HR Excellence Awards 2013

Achievements in Human Resources

This year, 14 honorees were singled out for their achievements and acumen.

By Stories by Nicole Kraft + Photos by Ryan M.L. Young


Those who work in human resources tend to be an underappreciated bunch. They slog through stacks of paperwork, post jobs and sort résumés, and act as enforcers when policies are violated.

But in today’s world, their responsibilities go well beyond merely maintaining order and keeping employees happy. Smart organizations give HR directors a seat at the decision-making table and consult with them on organizational goals and alignment. Most professionals also work to promote wellness and workforce development.

For the second year, Columbus CEO sought to recognize some of Central Ohio’s top human resources professionals as well as the organizations that are setting trends and establishing best practices.

This year, the HR Excellence Awards: Achievements in Human Resources recognizes eight winners and six finalists. The honorees represent organizations of all sizes and in a variety of industries, from health care to staffing.

We sought nominations earlier this year in six categories: Executive of the Year, Best Practices, Cutting Edge, Lifetime Achievement, Good Works and Future Leaders. Organizations could be in the public, private or nonprofit sectors.

All nominations were compiled and reviewed by a three-person selection committee. Each member chose a winner and, where warranted, a finalist in each category. The Executive of the Year award is based on organization size: large (more than 2,000 employees), midsize (500 to 2,000 employees) and small (fewer than 500 employees). No award was given in the large organization category this year.

Winners and finalists will be honored at an invitation-only reception July 18 at the Wigwam in Pickerington.

Julanne Hohbach