Matt Hinton, PHR, SHRM-CP

  • Bartow Florida
  • (863) 582-2018
Matt Hinton, PHR, SHRM-CP

People person & Human resources manager


Business professional with significant experience in facilitation, team building, and strategic HR. I have worked in the legislative process, political campaigns, and privately owned manufacturing giving me practical insight into what works in the public and private sector. I believe the missing link in many strategies is taking the time to listen to and learn from your customers and employees before making a decision.

Specialties:  team development & coaching, recruiting.

Work History

Work History
Feb 2013 - Present

Human Resources Manager


Responsible for all selection, training, and continuous improvement of employees at Bartow facility of the nation's largest manufacturer of wooden pallets. In addition, served as the safety and compliance manager for all production operations at Bartow facility. 

  • Implemented electronic record keeping accessible by all supervisors
  • Reduced weekly hours required for payroll through streamlined processes and updated software.
  • Improved annual workers compensation expense through a grass roots safety program.
  • Introduced "Train the trainer " program to improve coaching skills for supervisors leading to improved employee engagement
  • Reduced cost per hire by more than 20% through reducing turnover and streamlining on-board process.
  • Co-chaired committee that introduced company-wide employee engagement measurement
  • Began employee taught safety meetings to improve participation and enhance learning.
2013 - Present

Co-Lead Facilitator

LeaderShape, Inc.

Co-facilitate a week long leadership development institute that encourages students to lead toward "a just, caring, and thriving world where all lead with integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible."

Jan 2012 - Feb 2013

Business Consultant

Bartow Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Facilitated business model development for 5 small clients within the company portfolio resulting in $3 million in additional revenue for those small businesses.
  • Developed digital marketing strategy for two companies leading to click through revenue increase and in store foot traffic.
  • Co-chaired Bartow Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals group launching an on-going series of professional development workshops for the 25-40 year old demographic.
Jun 2008 - Jan 2012

Assistant Voter Outreach Coordinator

Polk County Elections Office
  • Implemented voter registration strategy that increased year over year registration more than 200% over 3 years.
  • Wrote best practices manual for electronic voter registration to meet Florida's paper form requirements.
  • Began real time updates and final / unofficial results streaming on website and social media.
Mar 2004 - Jun 2008

Legislative Assistant

The Florida Senate
  • Provided legislative relations services for Hernando and Sumter County portions of Senate District 15 serving 35,000 residents.
  • Wrote detailed tracking and analysis sheets on issue relating to the railroad industry, reclaimed water, and solar energy.
  • Received and met with 50-60 legislative professionals daily, during legislative session.


Aug 2011 - Dec 2013


University of South Florida - Muma College of Business Administration

3.85 G.P.A

680 GMAT

Aug 1999 - May 2004

BA Organizational Communications

University of Central Florida

3.5 G.P.A