James G. Wolf - President
Jim's experience in corporate career transition services with HRMC began in 1986. He has been instrumental in developing unique programs specifically designed to meet the needs of corporate clients. He also led the development of e-Connect™, a successful remote-based career transition program serving candidates nationwide with personal attention and extensive technology tools. Jim is also nationally known for his career and outplacement counseling work with executives and professional candidates from nearly every industry and discipline. Corporate clients and individual candidates have praised him for his high ethical standards, trustworthiness, and ability to inspire and motivate.
Jim has been a guest on KMOX News Radio, providing insight on job market changes, and has been a regularly featured career expert on KMOV-TV's "Ready to Work" series. For over 12 years, he's conducted such workshops as "Networking Skills," "Job Search Strategy," "Job Interviewing," and "Capitalizing on Job Search Technology." His workshops are customized, fast-paced, and interactive, giving participants real-world tools and techniques they can use immediately.
Jim has served on numerous committees and as a board member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) local chapter, HRMA of Greater St. Louis, holding the title of Past-President. He is also active in a number of human resources and civic organizations, and regularly participates in volunteer activities to assist people in transition. Jim is a graduate of Saint Louis University with a BS in personnel and industrial relations.
Karen Phon - Vice President of Operations
Karen has over 15 years of experience in business operations management. She oversees all aspects of corporate and employee administration and handles human resource responsibilities, which include maintaining personnel records, facilitating coordination of new hires, payroll processing, and benefit management. She analyzes and organizes business finances and accounting procedures, implements company policies, and supervises our support team. Karen reviews contracts and handles requests from corporate customers regarding vendor requirements to ensure compliance with guidelines and regulations. She has an MBA from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
Kelly Fiala - Project / Services Coordinator
Kellyís background includes both customer service and administrative support within fast-paced, professional environments. Her past experience has cultivated strong communication, time management, and organizational skills that are regularly incorporated into her performance at HRMC. She is responsible for fostering and supporting relationships with clients, coordinating projects, and supporting the entire HRMC team. Kelly coordinates career transition services for our clients, including technology resources, business cards, weekly meetings, and special seminars. She actively participates in weekly job search strategy sessions and has customized specific networking role-play exercises to improve the skills of our outplacement clients. She has a BA in English from Saint Louis University.
Beverly Berner Ė Senior Consultant
Bev has over 25 years of progressive and diverse management experience, including advertising, banking, and entrepreneurship. As VP of a major advertising agency, she worked with Fortune 500 clients such as Anheuser-Busch, Purina, and Banquet Foods. Bev has provided career development, strategic planning, leadership development, and coaching services to individuals and in a corporate setting. She specializes in mid-life career coaching and has worked with individuals to hone their management skills, breathe new life into their professions, and examine their strengths and accomplishments to make better career and life decisions. Bev has taken an active role in the St. Louis community, starting the St. Louis Coaches Group and serving in a leadership capacity for many years. She is active in The Forum, an invitation-only group of female executives in St. Louis. She is also active with the growth and development of STL Village, a not-for-profit group encouraging and enabling seniors to ďage in community.Ē Bev is a graduate of Coach University and holds a BS in communications with departmental honors from Ithaca College.
James Brickey Ė Senior Consultant
Jim possesses global expertise and experience in all aspects of human resources, where he has created and flawlessly executed numerous strategic solutions to complex business issues well beyond the traditional aspects of HR management. As a native of St. Louis, Jimís post graduate career began as a data analyst for the industrial relations and personnel departments of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. (now an AT&T subsidiary). He then launched a career in compensation management at Anheuser-Busch Cos, where he held leadership roles as Manager and Director, adding new responsibilities such as benefits, staffing, executive compensation planning, and corporate relocation, on a global scale. In 2003, Jim elevated to a Vice President level, serving in multiple senior HR roles for A-Bís beer business and wholesaler subsidiary. In these roles, Jim drove the import agreements between A-B and InBev, providing insight which proved invaluable years later when A-B was purchased by Belgian brewer, InBev, in 2008. At that time, Jim was chosen by InBev to join their new leadership team as Chief Human Resources Officer for North America, a role he held through 2015. In addition to his functional expertise of HR strategies and developing soft skills, Jimís background is steeped in systematic and analytical thinking, having graduated in 1983 from the University of Missouri with a degree in computer science. The unique combination of Jimís passionate, hands-on management approach and his aptitude for analytics has molded him into a visionary leader of leaders.
Barbara Deters Ė Senior Consultant
Barbaraís experience as a resume writer and career coach makes her passionate about helping clients reach their personal job goals. As a former journalist, her expertise as an interviewer enables her to help job seekers realize their unique skills and abilities when preparing for job interviews. Barbara provides customized career strategies that help clients get noticed by recruiters and hiring managers, including LinkedIn profile development, personal marketing plans, and online job application assistance. She is an expert networker skilled at teaching others how to build professional relationships. With over a dozen years of experience in working with and in human resources, she has a deep understanding of the job market, in-demand skill sets, and negotiation techniques. Barbara is a former chapter board member and vice president of the International Association of Business Communicators. She has a certificate in change leadership from eCornell University and a BA in journalism from California State University-Fresno.
Neil Glaser - Senior Consultant
Neil is a performance improvement coach and human resource professional with a focus on helping individuals and organizations deliver business results. With over 25 years in operations and HR management, he began his career in operations and has always brought that bottom-line, customer-first perspective to the creation and execution of his coaching, training programs, and performance improvement initiatives. As a national member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Neil is an active member of the St. Louis chapter, and is also a past board member of the St. Louis chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and holds a graduate certificate in Human Performance Improvement from the American Society of Training and Development. Neil has a BS in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University and an MA in economics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Lainie Neiman - Senior Consultant
Lainie has over 20 years of experience in career transition and developing and improving team performance and communication. She specializes in executive coaching, team building, leadership management, and career/employee development. Lainie is particularly adept at developing people strategies and selling concepts, products, and services. As an organizational development consultant for a premier health care provider in St. Louis, she was responsible for executive coaching, team building, conflict resolution, and organizational restructuring. Lainie has also designed and conducted supervisory training and developed and presented seminars. As a trained psychotherapist, she specializes in adult, couple, and group counseling. She has an MA in counseling and a BA in psychology from Washington University.
Sterling Price - Senior Consultant
Sterling has spent the last 30 years broadening his HR and OD experience by assuming roles of increasing responsibility in the healthcare, financial, and aerospace industries. He headed EEO for McDonnell Douglas Corporation and has held positions as Vice President and Director of HR for two Fortune 500 healthcare companies. Sterling has extensive experience in executive coaching, employee relations, process improvement, executive recruiting, union contract negotiations, leadership training, new leader integration, strategic planning, and change management. He holds a BA in psychology and an MA in industrial/organizational psychology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Shary Raske - Senior Consultant
Shary has been an industry leader in the ever-changing world of career transition practices for over 20 years. Her pragmatic approach to career change teaches her clients to create opportunity from astute market analysis to give them the competitive edge by discovering unadvertised opportunities. She is also an expert salary negotiation coach. Shary achieved national top-performer recognition for both the volume of clients who made successful transitions and those who gained higher paying work. She built the first-ever full-time MBA career development program for Saint Louis University. Prior to becoming affiliated with HRMC, Shary was part of a team that orchestrated several outplacement projects for Monsanto, Citicorp, A.G. Edwards, Opaa! Foods, and more. She speaks nationally on bouncing back from unexpected change, stress management, and workplace humor. Her signature programs include Salary Negotiation for the Faint of Heart, Communication Disconnects: Why Isnít Anyone Listening?, and Thriving with the Driving Forces of Change. Shary has a BA in psychology from Adrian College with additional communications training from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Chad Secrist - Senior Consultant
Having spent the last two decades supporting the growth and development of companies around the globe, Chad Secrist prides himself on being a true business partner to leaders at all levels of the organization. Chad has worked for companies ranging from small startups and dot-coms to global Fortune 500 organizations. He has led teams through mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and startups, and organized numerous reorganizations and culture changes. As a career HR professional, Chad have lived and worked throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and has a keen sense of the cultural nuances for each region. Whether as an HR executive, lecturer, or consultant, Chad has been extremely successful in using his talents to increase employee engagement through better communication and understanding. Holding both a bachelor's and master's degree from Indiana University, as well as numerous HR certifications, Chad is able to apply his education and vast experience working in both private and public companies to benefit each organization he supports.
Kevin Shrake - Senior Consultant
Kevin began his career in healthcare and advanced to CEO-level positions in some of the largest organizations in the country. His experience includes organizations of all sizes and specialties in communities ranging from 4,000 residents to 4 million. He has demonstrated success in for-profit as well as not-for-profit organizations, and has orchestrated dramatic growth in an international membership organization that served 40,000 people in 43 different countries. Kevin has entertained and inspired companies using his unique style of "edutainment," utilizing the power of laughter with a distinct message that leads to increased employee and customer satisfaction, improving financial performance, leadership excellence, and quality. Kevin honed his life skills through comprehensive training with the Zig Ziglar organization. His demonstrated expertise in coaching, development, and education led to an assignment as a training consultant for that organization. He has frequently served as an adjunct faculty member at the university level, with his most recent assignment at Lindenwood University in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Kevin is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and received a master's degree from the University of Illinois in Springfield.
Max Lorenz, Ph.D. - Psychologist & Career Consultant
Dr. Lorenz has extensive experience working as the staff psychologist for an international career transition firm. He has worked with executives and organizations to provide value-added services to enhance the human factor for the past 20 years. Max is a licensed psychologist in Missouri and has a Ph.D. from St. Louis University with a focus in counseling and organizational psychology. He has an MA and a BA in psychology and is a member of the American Psychological Association.
Eileen Cain - Accounting Specialist
Eileen has over 20 years of billing/accounts experience at professional service and distribution companies. She is responsible for tracking and processing payables and receivables and updating and researching marketing and operations data. Her skills in Sage, Excel, and Word make her a valuable part of the support team.