Gary Dreyfuss

Gary Dreyfuss

Background Summary

Creative, results-driven SENIOR HUMAN RESOURCES executive with a demonstrated ability to develop clear vision, strategic direction and solid leadership in a changing environment.  Consistently successful in developing and implementing cost-effective programs.  Served Fortune 500 manufacturing, consumer goods and service related companies for over twenty years.  Held the top human resources position at two major corporations for the past 12 years.


My objective is to obtain a senior level human resources position with a major publicly or privately held corporation.  I am actively looking for a new position where I can add strategic excellence to a firm that appreciates the value and importance of its human capital.  I believe that my vast experience and knowledge of all areas of human resources will allow me to make a strong contribution to any organization's bottom line. 

Professional Affliations

Member of the Society for Human Resources Professionals (SHRM)

Member of American Compensation Association (ACA)

Member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)

Work History

Work History
Feb 1998 - Present

Vice President Human Resources


Frederick Goldman, Inc., is the world's largest manufacturer of plain and engraved wedding bands for sale to retailers. A leader in brand development, our major customers include, Zales, Wal*Mart, Macy's, Kohl's, Bailey, Banks and Biddle as well as over 4,000 independent jewelers. Our brands include Keepsake, Diana and ArtCarved Bridal.

Report to the Chief Executive Officer of this $180 million international jewelry manufacturing, marketing and  distribution company.  Responsible for all human resources activities for over 1000 employees in multiple locations.  Direct a professional and administrative support staff of six.

  • Established and organized a solid and professional human resources department. Became a strategic partner and internal consultant to senior and line management by establishing credibility through significant bottom line achievements.
  • Organize, budget, plan, develop and direct the implementation and administration of all phases of human resources activities.
  • Plan, develop and interpret all corporate polices and procedures relating to human resources activities.
  • Saved the Company over $800,000 by engineering and restructuring the workforce to meet and exceed FLSA guidelines and successfully negotiating with the Department of Labor during a Company audit.
  • Developed and implemented salary administration and performance management systems establishing goals and objectives, ongoing feedback and merit increase guidelines. Provided extensive management development and significantly improved employee morale.
  • Led and implemented HR due diligence during several successful corporate acquisitions and joint ventures.
Jan 1996 - Jan 1998

Vice President Human Resources


Lantis Eyewear was a leading designer and distributor of fashion accessories, designer brand eyewear and sunglasses.  Designed many famous brands such as DKNY, Donna Karen, Rebok, Jones New York and Ray-Ban. 

Reported to the CEO and Executive Vice President. I was responsible for all facets of human resources including employee relations, staffing, college recruitment, salary administration, and training and development.

  • Established an effective performance assessment process to maximize staff potential through goals and objectives and career development initiatives.
  • Restructured and automated the talent acquisition process resulting in a total savings of over $1M.
1990 - 1996

Director Human Resources


Responsible for all areas of human resources management for 2200 employees in over 100 locations. 

Reported to the Vice President and General Manager.

  • Successfully defended the company in over 100 EEOC complaints and litigation cases without one adverse decision.  Effected a cost savings of over $1 million.
  • Developed and implemented an effective college recruitment process and program.
  • Wrote policy and procedure manual.
1982 - 1991

Director of Human Resources


Reported to the President of a $60 million division of this diversified, multi-unit, international corporation manufacturing electrical and electronic products.Responsibilities included the total direction of human resources and administrative services for over 600 employees.

  • Successfully merged two unionized manufacturing facilities effecting a cost reduction of over $140,000 and avoiding any labor unrest.As chief spokesperson, negotiated all labor agreements with the IBEW and the UAW.
  • Acted as change agent by establishing employee-led work teams ensuring increased productivity while retaining full employment.
  • Achieved annual cost savings of over $200,000 through administrative changes and plan adjustments in the salaried medical benefits formulas.` 
1980 - 1982

Human Resources Manager

KIDDE, INC. Bright Star Industries

Reported to the Director on Industrial Relations of this $200M manufacturer of industrial flashlights and dry cell batteries in a heavily unionized manufacturing operation.

  • Effected cost savings of over $100,000 by successfully reducing the number of grievances from 30 to just under 5 per month and virtually eliminating arbitrations filed by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) by jointly establishing fair and effective work standards. 
  • Established production work team and increased productivity by 30%.
  • Reduced absenteeism by 15% through structural changes to the labor agreement and developing more effective hours distribution.
  • Dramatically improved labor-management relations and increase employee morale significantly through employing open communications and establishment of an ongoing labor management committee to address concerns.


1984 - 1991


1969 - 1973





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