Sarah Pohmer graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in psychology and elementary education, but she fairly quickly decided she did not want to be a teacher.

Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Central Ohio HR Location Leader
JPMorgan Chase

Sarah Pohmer graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in psychology and elementary education, but she fairly quickly decided she did not want to be a teacher.

She did, however, want to help people achieve their goals.

That desire led the native of Sydney, Ohio, to become a tech recruiter and later move into human resources, culminating with her position as the Columbus-based senior vice president of human resources and central Ohio HR location leader for JPMorgan Chase.

Pohmer's success working with internal Chase customers from dozens of divisions on such topics as talent and job growth, recruiting, employee engagement, diversity, wellness, technology and career mobility helped win her the selection as Executive of the Year for a large company.

"Sarah approaches everything from a very common-sense viewpoint," Senior Executive Location Leader Corrine Burger says. "She is not only a value leader across the marketplace; she walks the walk and talks the talk. She is one of the highest-rated leaders in employee satisfaction."

Pohmer's relationship with Chase began when she graduated from college and became a New York tech recruiter with Chase as one of her clients. Two years later she joined the Chase team as an internal tech recruiter, and for the first time, was exposed to the HR generalists who sparked her interest in that career field.

She next earned a master's degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University in 2004, thanks to Chase's tuition benefit, and moved home to Ohio after the JPMorgan Chase-Bank One merger to work with the company's new Columbus tech hub.

The relocation put her on an upward trajectory as Pohmer moved from consumer support, to real estate risk, to finance and marketing, and then to support all retail techs. In 2011 she headed over to business banking and less than two years later she was asked to oversee the Columbus market of the company's national business banking, one of Chase's largest employee segments.

Employees she oversees span every career discipline: technology, operations, marketing, HR, wealth management, small business and consumer banking, mortgage banking, analytics and customer service.

"This has been the greatest learning experience to bring various segments together in one community," she says.

Pohmer's contributions as the market's senior HR leader have included:

Recruiting and retaining top talent and senior leadership roles for Chase's Columbus locations. Ensuring diverse candidate pools at all levels of recruiting. Maintaining a grassroots wellness effort for employees. Bringing the firm's global "Women on the Move" initiative to central Ohio. Advocating for expanded healthcare, resulting in a "nurse's station" becoming a full-service wellness center staffed by Mount Carmel family physicians. Serving in a key leadership role for Chase's global wellness and physical activity "StepUp Challenge."

The mother of four daughters, ages 3 to 9, Pohmer, a Powell resident, has also been a strong advocate for Chase families, developing an onsite backup childcare center and providing resources to help all employees better balance life and work.

"I have great appreciation and sensitivity for how to make employees' lives easier outside of work, so they can be the best inside of work," she says.

"I have great appreciation and sensitivity for how to make employees' lives easier outside of work, so they can be the best inside of work."

Finalist

Andrea Gintert
Senior Director of Human Resources, Office of Student Life
The Ohio State University

Any human resource position that involves 5,000 student staffers can't be easy, but Andrea Gintert has made enough of an impact in three years at Ohio State's Office of Student Life to make her a finalist as 2015 Executive of the Year of a large company.

Gintert oversees all HR-related services and initiatives for the office, which includes 1,200 staff members, along with 5,000 student staff members, spread across 40 departments. Their duties range from service and trade, to student leadership, to research, resulting in 25,000 annual transactions.

In leading her 18-person team, Gintert helped to establish the HR infrastructure for Student Life, and developed consistent performance management processes and policies that can be applied across departments.

When she arrived, as many as 18 different evaluation forms were being used, but Gintert streamlined the process and provided training for all managers.

She also recognized the unique opportunities and challenges that come with student employees and has worked to ensure all have a consistent experience and the ability to connect work experience to learning and career goals.

Training is also a key focus of her approach to student workers, as she developed a new Student Employee Experience Program.

With the pending expansion of Student Life into new North Campus residence halls, Gintert has created a strategy for recruitment and selection that will help the university continue its service to all students.