The Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management recently presented several prestigious awards to NOARK leaders, Thomas Dunlap and Broderick Daniels, at the 2013 annual conference held in Hot Springs.

Thomas Dunlap, PHR, of Rogers, Arkansas was named the recipient of the Russell Gunter Legislative Advocacy Award. Currently, serving ARSHRM as the Director of Federal Legislative Affairs and represented ARSHRM at the SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Affairs conference, Thomas has communicated directly with Arkansas’ members of Congress and the Senate regarding issues of interest to the Human Resources Profession. Most recently, he researched, developed, coordinated and lobbied to establish Act 598 which provides for a voluntary veterans’ preference program for private employers. Currently, serving as the HR/Benefits Administrator for Benton County, Arkansas, he led the County’s worksite wellness initiative several years ago.

Broderick Daniels, the Human Resource Director at Northwest Arkansas Newspapers in Fayetteville, received the J.C. Cote Scholarship. Broderick is a MBA student at Webster University, and is a longtime volunteer with the Arkansas SHRM association.

In addition, Arkansas SHRM provided appreciation awards to the eight 2013 chapter Presidents.

Jim Corter, SPHR, of Jonesboro, Arkansas was named the Jim Wilkins Arkansas SHRM Lifetime Achievement. Jim has served as chapter President, the Arkansas SHRM State Conference Chair, ARSHRM's Leadership Director and District Director. He was previously recognized as the Arkansas Human Resources Professional of the Year. A leader in his community and a member of his local Chamber of Commerce, Jim served as the HR manager for two Fortune 500 companies, and currently operates Corter Consulting.

The 2013 Arkansas HR Professional of the Year was awarded to Charles Frost, PHR, of Sherwood. Having served his chapter in a number of roles including President, Board Chair and Membership Vice-President, Charles was also previously named his chapter's Professional of the Year. In addition, he has served on the state conference committee, and as the Arkansas SHRM Director of Communications and Awards. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, he served over 13 years in the United States Air Force including as a Squadron Section Commander, and is employed with North Little Rock Wastewater Utility as Human Resource Administrator. Charles is an ordained minister and serves as Senior Pastor in the 12th Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church, and holds a honorary Doctorate of Divinity.

Southern Personnel Management, Inc. (SPMI), a family owned and operated Arkansas company in Van Buren, who realigned operations in multiple areas to have a positiveimpact in product recognition, customer service, daily task processing and internal process flow, was named the HR Best Practice. The SPMI staff developed the use of Quick Links to organize hyperlinks, allowing staff to efficiently located up-to-date checklists, forms, and procedural instructions and manuals. The Benefits Administration Department, Human Resource Department, and Retirement Plan Services all have fully realized Quick Links, providing these departments with centralized information and processes, rather than information scattered across the Company's network.

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