Michael Dolen

Michael Dolen


Former marathoner who continues to enjoy distance trail running, P90X and exploring our national parks. 


Hands-on, results-driven human resources executive with solid understanding of business dynamics, competitive strategy and profitability. Adviser and coach to business leaders; employee champion. Expertise with and common sense approach to talent management, recruitment and retention, merger & acquisition activity, cost reductions, benefits administration, compensation, and employee relations.


HR lead in acquisitions with purchase price ranging from $2 - $60 million involving pre-close due diligence and post-close merger integration.  Led HR activity for non-strategic business divestitures and facility consolidations.  Facilitated cost reduction programs generating savings in excess of $5M while securing employee jobs and retaining key individuals.  Orchestrated annual benefit renewals for self-insured health plan reducing employer costs, but maintaining competitive coverage.  Introduced virtually no cost wellness program with biometric screenings, health risk assessments, walking programs, discounted health programs and regular health awareness newsletters.  Replaced costly online recruitment subscriptions and advertising and agency expenses with lower cost tools while expanding reach for sourcing qualified candidates. Scripted periodic communications for CEO to use at all hands and other meetings. 

Work History

Work History
2011 - Present

Vice President, Human Resources

Coburn Technologies, Inc.

Acquired on December 31, 2010 by a private investor and the senior management team, Gerber Coburn (formerly a subsidiary of Gerber Scientific, Inc.) became COBURN TECHNOLOGIES, INC. Coburn designs, engineers, manufactures and highly complex computer integrated optical lens processing systems and the appropriate consumable supplies that are used in surfacing prescription lenses, and then coating and machining them for eye wear. Coburn also supplies eye care practitioners with state-of-the-art vision diagnostic systems.

While working the asset sale of Gerber Coburn on behalf of Gerber Scientific, accepted invitation of new owner to drive the HR and risk management functions for the new private company. Installed over a period of 6 weeks and in advance of the switch to new ownership on January 1, 2011 new HRIS, payroll, health insurance and benefits programs, property & casualty insurance, workers' comp insurance, and hired key staff.  Serve as senior management team member; executive adviser and employee advocate. Hands-on HR role for a "start-up" that has been in business for over 60 years. Introduced employee engagement survey and programs. Negotiate annually all aforementioned benefits and business insurance programs. Key participant in safety and wellness programming. Personally conduct all recruitment efforts in-house (32 adds covering all disciplines). Revamped performance management system and added a formal individual development planning process. Championed "Customer First" learning initiative and spearheaded "Be Our Guest" employee training to reinforce service excellence standards.

1995 - 2011

Vice President, Human Resources Americas

Gerber Scientific, Inc.

$500+ million global manufacturer of innovative automation technologies marketed to increase productivity in a variety of industries including apparel manufacturing, lens processing, thermal and inkjet imaging, and more. Rose rapidly from HR Director (1995) at GC to HR VP (1999) at GS, Inc. Oversaw expansion due to organic growth and acquisitions integrating multiple corporate cultures, policies and benefits, and consolidating facilities. Participated in business strategy development as part of corporate SMT leading to significant growth in target market segments. Centralized, managed and mentored HR staff of 7 full time and 3 part time employees providing shared services amongst 4 business units and parent company. Instituted applicant tracking system and e-learning employee development program to improve services while reducing company spend in recruitment and training. Modeled annual equity grant and incentive bonus programs for review and approval by CEO and Compensation Committee of Board of Directors. Investigated and issued reports to senior management and Board of Directors for whistle-blower complaints. Regularly attended BOD committee meetings.

1990 - 1995

Director of Human Resources

Director of Human Resources, Town of Enfield & Enfield Board of Education

HR and labor relations assignment in a newly created role of HR Director for both Town and Board of Education reporting to both Town Manager and Superintendent of Schools as a shared service. Oversaw contract administration for 9 bargaining units and over 1,000 employees, chief spokesperson and negotiator over several collective bargaining agreements and represented management in union discussions, grievance hearings and arbitration cases.  Put new HR practices into place for benefits administration, workers compensation and recruitment / selection.

1988 - 1990

Director of Human Resources

Director of Human Resources, Mills Pride, Inc.

Recruited to lead the HR function for a start-up state-of-art manufacturer of ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets and other furniture products headquartered in Enfield, CT with factories in Vermont and Ohio. True start-up operation; one of a handful of people to quickly build and grow the business and capitalize on the emerging home improvement market. Reported to owner Malcolm Healey. Implemented entire human resources and benefits structure from scratch. When Company announced move to Ohio in 1990, was recruited to the Town of Enfield, but continued to manage the Mill's Pride HR function remotely until I found and helped select my successor in Ohio. Continue to stay in  touch with Healey family who sold the business sold to MASCO Corporation in 1999 for $1 billion+ having grown to one of the world's largest cabinet manufacturing companies.

1984 - 1988

Human Resources Manager

Gerber Systems Technology, Inc.

Start-up CADCAM workstation provider within the Gerber Scientific family of companies whose targeted markets were mechanical design and metal machining businesses using solid and wire modeling and controlling multi-axis machining systems. Divisional HR lead with the Gerber companies. Led business through several peaks and valleys.  Left for Mill's Pride start-up opportunity.



Bachelor of Arts

Villanova University