Gale La Roche

Gale La Roche

Work History

Work History
Jan 2006 - Present

Vice President of Human Resources

Wayne County Airport Authority
  • Senior level executive responsible for all areas of human resources and labor relations functions.
  • Restructured entire human resources department; automated processes and created new human resources culture.
  • Responsible for labor relations function for 13 unions; revitalized training group, installed Achieve Global customer service and leadership training programs, set forth vision for integrated learning management system/performance management/succession planning programs.
  • Developed interim performance management/succession planning programs.Re-engineered human resources policies and procedures, re-wrote employee handbook and benefits manual, created recruiting marketing brochures.Restructured compensation system, and led an organization restructure process team.
2004 - 2006

Corporate Director of Human Resources

The Crown Group
  • Senior level human resources leader responsible for human resources and labor relations functions for multi-state (unionized and non-union) manufacturing organization.
  • Managed employment litigation and litigation prevention.
  • Responsible for managing multi-million dollar self-insured benefits program,worker’s compensation program, and safety compliance.
  • Delivered Achieve Global customer service and leadership training programs.
  • Coached executive staff in employee assessment and development.
  • Responsible for labor contract negotiations as well as maintaining non-union status of other facilities.
2004 - 2002

People Services Leader

Android Industries, LLC

Team leader hired to transition company for this multi-state (unionized) manufacturing organization from PEO-managed employees to in-house employees, included installation of a human resources information system and payroll time and attendance system to maintain employee data (training HR professionals to manage system), benefits programs implementation, including medical and worker’s compensation and the technology necessary to maintain these programs.Worked with management team on plant start-up projects in various states.Developed the Ai Institute, developed employee competencies, linking to organizational goals and objectives.Created various training programs, including employment law practices, organizational culture training, achieved certification to train managers in DDI’s Targeted Selections interview methodology.Conducted labor negotiations and maintained labor agreement administration.

1998 - 2002

Director of Human Resources

MSX International

Led the HR function for this glo

1988 - 1998

Human Resources Manager

MascoTech Accessories (Advanced Accessory Systems - SportRack)

Managed the labor relations/human resources function for two Teamsters organized facilities and one non-unionized manufacturing facility.Successful in maintaining non-union status for non-union plant, was asked to speak at a Masco HR conference concerning team-building and maintaining non-union facilities.Developed succession planning program and career pathing, including apprenticeship programs, including technical skills training working with local college.Led team of employees in creation and implementation of gainsharing program.Was part of a team in a start-up brownfield site, staffed the facility, developed HR function, implementing MascoTech policies and procedures.Managed labor relations, including grievance administration, arbitration hearings, and labor negotiations.

Education

Education
Jun 2008 - Present

Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial/Organizational Behavior

Walden University

Skills

Skills

Human Resources

AREAS OF EXPERTISE ♦ Human-resource strategy, objectives, policies, programs               ♦Employee and management training ♦Performance Management/succession planning programs             ♦Recruitment, selection process, workforce planning ♦Diversity programs                                                                           ♦Employee health and safety management ♦Employee/Labor relations                                                            ♦Policy creation and implementation ♦Compensation and benefits design/administration                          ♦Retirement program administration ♦Federal, state, and local regulatory compliance, including               ♦Private and public-sector experience                             ♦Multi-million dollar budgeting experience

Summary

SENIOR HUMAN RESOURCES EXECUTIVE AND ATTORNEY

Key strategic human resources leader with hands-on experience in developing and deploying human resources initiatives to link employee’s performance and talents to organizational goals and objectives. Extensive experience in the management of human resources and benefits staff at corporate and multi-state facilities.Fifteen years plus expertise in employment/labor issues, change management programs, and organizational development for both private and public sector and union and non-union facilities.

Interest

Reading, Traveling, Video Gaming, Volunteer Activities

Custom

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS, BOARD RESPONSIBILITY, AND CERTIFICATIONS

♦ State Bar of Michigan, Labor & Employment section; former Student Governing Council member

♦United States Eastern District Court, admitted to practice

♦Airports Council International-North America, HR Steering Group Member, Chair – Knowledge Sharing & Collaboration Working Group

♦American Association of Aviation Executives, Women in Aviation

♦American Psychological Association

♦Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology

♦Psi Chi Honors Society

♦Clara B. For Academy, Board President; Vista Maria, Advisor to the Executive Board

♦Schoolcraft College, Aviation Committee Advisory member

Certifications

Certifications

Targeted Selections Trainer and Interviewer

Development Dimensions, Inc.

Facilitator

AchieveGlobal

Coaching for HR Professionals

Lore Institute