Crain’s Cleveland Business; Excellence in HR Award Finalist

It’s not only communications or PR departments that tell a company’s story. Human resources professionals practice storytelling by what they do — the kind of people they recruit, hire and seek to retain. The winners and finalists in Crain’s 2023 Excellence in HR Awards include an HR director at a construction company who managed to double the firm’s 401(k) match, a finalist at a leading law firm who stepped up and then “floored” the partners with her ideas, a team at a food company that achieved double-digit improvement in employee retention, and more. Winners and finalists — both as individuals and as teams — have been selected in the following categories: Employee Experience and Retention; Overall Excellence; Recruitment; and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.



Human Resources Director Consultant

ConnectedHR’s secret sauce is its “bench strength” and broad-based “insight and experience,” according to nominator Ryan Neumeyer, an attorney at McDonald Hopkins LLC.

“The entire team constantly surprises me with the depth of their expertise,” Neumeyer wrote. “I was particularly impressed with their response to the pandemic crisis, where they consistently provided clients with essential guidance and clarity.”

ConnectedHR is an HR services company based in Cleveland. The company’s 23-person team consults with 45 client organizations serving approximately 3,000 individuals, the nomination said. Its strong financial and talent growth landed ConnectedHR on the 2022 Weatherhead 100 and the 2021 Weatherhead 100 Upstarts.

In addition, company leaders have been recognized individually. HR Director Consultant Kim Marlette, for example, was awarded the 2022 Rising Stars of the Profession award for Consulting Magazine in the category of Excellence in Human Resources, and president Mark D’Agostino was named to the 2022 Northeast Ohio Smart 50 and was the 2021 Human Resources Today MVP Awards winner in the workplace wellness category.

In the nomination, D’Agostino said the company’s team brings “energy, focus and commitment to their work.”

More information on these awards is on the Crain’s Business website.

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