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    Executive Panel: What We Want In Our HR Professionals

    Date: March 12, 2014, 11:45am – 1:30pm
    Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM
    Northwood Hall
    3240 Northwest Avenue
    Bellingham, WA 98226
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    You asked for it, Chapter members! This topic was voted number one in our last Chapter programs survey and was highly rated by attendees, and should provide a fascinating look into the minds and needs of executives from a wide variety of businesses and organizations in Whatcom County. We will be asking our panelists about their views on HR's role in such areas as business strategy, bottom line financial impact, most important skills of an HR leader, what the most valuable contribution HR leaders are making right now in their organizations, what they see HR's contributions will look like in the future, and much more.

    Please send us questions that you would like posed to the panel. You may email your questions to our Moderator, Kathy Washatka at We look forward to seeing you there!

    Panelists Include:

    • Bob Pritchett, President/CEO of Logos Bible Software
    • Terry Belcoe, President/CEO of North Coast Credit Union
    • Janelle Bruland, President/CEO of Management Services Northwest
    • Dave Finet, Executive Director of Opportunity Council

    Panelist Bios:

    Bob Pritchett co-founded Logos Bible Software and serves as President/CEO. Bob speaks regularly at industry conferences and to academic groups on entrepreneurship, electronic publishing and digital libraries. He is a 2005 winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was included in the Puget Sound Business Journal's 40 Under 40. Bob lives with his wife Audra and two teenage children (Jacob & Kathleen) in Bellingham, Washington.  Bob's first book, “Fire Someone Today, And Other Surprising Tactics for Making Your Business a Success”, was released in April, 2006, and has been translated into Russian and Korean.

    Terry Belcoe is President/CEO of North Coast Credit Union, a $170 million not-for-profit financial cooperative with branches in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. Terry was born in Mount Vernon and grew up on a small farm north of Bellingham. He received his AA degree from Whatcom Community College, his BA from Western with majors in Business Administration (1979) and Accounting (1984), and his MBA (1992). His career has included a variety of positions within the finance, accounting and information technologies sectors, with the past 20 years spent in the credit union industry. Terry served for eight years as VP/CFO of Whatcom Educational Credit Union and at Bay Federal Credit Union in Capitola, California for three years. He has held his current position since 2001.

    Terry is the father of two grown daughters, the oldest married and living in Southern California and the youngest in her doctorate program at Creighton University, and is actively involved in the community. He is a past two-term Board Chair of the United Way of Whatcom, and now serves as Board Chair for Skagit County Community Action Agency, past Board Chair and current Treasurer of the United Way of Skagit County, Chair of the Oversight Committee for the Leadership Skagit program, and is a member of the Advisory Councils for the WWU MBA, Northwest Career and Technical Academy, and Latino Business Retention and Expansion programs. He also represents our area’s credit unions on the Board of the Northwest Credit Union Association.

    Janelle Bruland is President/CEO of Management Services Northwest.  Management Services Northwest is a regional facility management company offering services from janitorial to complete facility management. As President and CEO, Janelle’s responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the business, with a focus on strategic planning and business development.

    Janelle serves as Vice President of Building Services Contractor's Association International (BSCAI), the largest international facilities services trade organization, and is author and speaker on leadership, business and industry topics. She is an active community volunteer and board member of Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center, and Whatcom Business Alliance. Janelle attended Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University and holds a degree in Business Administration and Accounting and is a Certified Building Services Executive. Among her recent awards are Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year, Fastest Growing Private Company and the Washington State Small Business Person of the Year.

    Janelle is a lifetime resident of Whatcom County, Washington.She is married and has five children, Terell (and son-in-law Colby), Payton, Blake, Matia, and Paige, and grandsons Willem and Jakob.She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, golf, and keeping fit through various sports and activities.

    Dave Finet has been with the Opportunity Council (OC) for 21 years and after a national search he was chosen to be Executive Director in December of 2006.  Prior to that Dave served as Director of Energy and Home Repair and Deputy Director.  As Director of Energy and Home Repair he received the Dept of Energy's 2006 National Recognition Award of Excellence in Weatherization Program Management. In 1997 Dave lead the effort to create the Building Performance Center a fee for service venture of the OC dedicated to training, energy efficiency retrofits and consulting services.    Dave was instrumental in developing the Weatherization Plus Health program, a U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development initiative to develop protocols and implement a set of procedures for low-income families to reduce asthma triggers in their homes.   Dave received the Most Outstanding Person in Energy award from the State of Washington in 1994. 

    This program has been generously sponsored by Kam-Way Transportation.  Click here to view their full bio.

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    • Member Lunch & Program: $20.00
    • Non-member Lunch & Program: $25.00
    • Program Only: $12.00
    • Student Lunch & Program: $12.00
    • Student Program Only: FREE

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    If you are not able to or do not want to pre-pay, we accept payment in the form of cash, check, or credit card and must be paid at the time of check-in at the event. See cancellation policy below.

    *This program is pending pre-approval for 1 HRCI recertification credit.

    Registration and lunch begin at 11:45, and include time for networking with other members and chapter announcements. The presentation/program begins around 12:00pm and lasts until approximately 1:30pm (includes a question/answer period).

    Cancellation policy: Registrants will be billed the full price of the event if a cancellation is not received by 5:00 pm on the Monday prior to the luncheon.

    To Cancel an Existing Reservation send the names of the attendees and the date of the event you cannot attend to

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