Features Region: Midwest

Lorenz Hasan – American Equity Investment Life Insurance Co.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Though he’s not from Kansas, Lorenz Hasan might relate to what Dorothy encountered in “The Wizard of Oz.”  His employer isn’t just in Iowa anymore, American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company riding the winds of an ambitious expansion agenda that has broadened its offerings in the past five years and stretched its outreach from the […]

Lisa Stahnke – Medica

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When the elderly mother of a Medica employee was having memory issues, Lisa Stahnke stepped in by coordinating assistance through Wellthy. A caregiving support service for families with complex, chronic or ongoing needs, Wellthy connected that employee with someone who could assist in tending to her mother. As Stahnke explains, it was just another indication […]

Rebecca Mohiuddin– Central Ohio Primary Care

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Rebecca Mohiuddin says she had no idea what human resources was when she was studying for the communications degree she earned from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 1997. Within months after graduating, she had started her HR career, and more than 25 years later, she knows she found her calling. As chief human resources officer […]

Jeff Tolsma – GELITA USA

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In the summer of 2022, Terry Rybolt, a member of the Forbes Business Council, wrote about the phenomenon dubbed as the Great Resignation, a two-year period during which a record number of people left their jobs. The Pew Research Center found the top three reasons they walked out in 2021 and 2022 were feeling employers […]

Reneé Konzelman – Elara Caring

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Reneé Konzelman was a globetrotting human resources executive who had traveled to more than 30 different countries and lived in Singapore for nine months before a family medical crisis changed her plans. Today, she’s still a passionate HR leader, but after doctors diagnosed her father with early-onset Alzheimer’s, Konzelman, a self-described “daddy’s girl,” moved back […]

Jeff Beckmann – LRS Healthcare

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Jeff Beckmann had a straightforward, comfortable life ahead of him. He was working at the big four accounting firm KPMG, and he was about to be promoted to manager. It was an enviable position; no one could have accused him of settling if he stayed.   But Beckmann couldn’t forget a lesson someone had taught him […]

Chris Lehman – OTC Industrial Technologies

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Chris Lehman grew up watching his father, a Church of the Brethren pastor, following his calling. The younger Lehman, who launched his career as a stockbroker, took longer to find his path. But once he got into human resources, he knew it was special.  “My mom and dad kind of thought I would get into […]

Mohsine “Mo” Gdid – Greater Omaha Packing Company

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s a tight labor market in the Heartland as in much of the country. No matter, Greater Omaha Packing Company has been on a hiring spree with the U.S. Department of Agriculture watching.   Last summer the federal agency granted this meat packer $20 million toward its $100 million investment in capital projects that will allow […]

Angela Antrim – Payroc

Est. reading time: 5 mins

With 125,000 global clients and an annual business volume of $65 billion in transactions, Payroc has provided payment processing services for almost 20 years. Yet despite that size and influence, and despite having acquired 14 other payment processing companies, it didn’t have a dedicated HR leader— Chief Operating Officer Matt Austin previously had the role […]

Andy Bulloch – ICM

Est. reading time: 4 mins

While he grew up in the agricultural state of Kansas without ever farming, Andy Bullroch says his career could still be measured in kernels as much as dollars. That may be especially true now he’s chief financial officer for ICM. In this role, he provides financial forecasts that help customers sell their corn which later […]

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