Bringing Out The Best

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Thursday June 7th, 2018  5:30-7:30 pm

Bringing Out The Best

A popular saying you may have heard is that culture eats strategy for breakfast.  Albeit being a popular maxim, this position places the two matters on competing grounds.  Companies that set themselves apart don’t see these as mutually exclusive choices, but instead make a conscious effort to align both their culture and their strategy to achieve their goals.  Gallup has found that these companies in turn see increased employee engagement and a bottom line return through increased revenue and consumer satisfaction as well as decreased expenses resulting in increased profitability of 27%.

Workplace culture plays a major role in attracting, developing, engaging, and retaining a great workforce.  Every organization has a unique culture which is shaped by the daily interactions of the staff at all levels of the organization.  Companies like Glassdoor and Indeed have created business models which makes it increasingly more transparent for job seekers to learn about the workplaces they are considering for careers further enhancing the need to manage organizational culture within your employment brand.  Executives play a vital role in setting and modeling the behaviors within the culture.  Some believe the day to day management of the organization’s culture falls solely to the human resources department.  While HR plays a role in managing the culture, the ultimate responsibility falls to the entire leadership team of the organization holding each other accountable.

This workshop will provide key insights into what it takes to bring the best out of your organization.  Our panelists will share what their company is doing which has made DeCrescente Distributing, CAP COM, and Auto/Mate Dealership Systems, being named multi-year winners of the Albany Business Reviews Best Places to Work.

Who’s on the panel?

Aileen Flach, VP of Human Resources @ DeCrescente Distributing Company

Aileen Flach serves as the Vice President of Human Resources at DeCrescente Distributing Company (DDC) in Mechanicville NY.   DDC is known as a premiere distributor in the beverage industry, and notably as a “Best Place to Work” in the Capital District.  Aileen came to DDC after 14 years with the Arc of Rensselaer County, where she worked to move from an entry level Direct Support role to the top Human Resource position in the organization.

Aileen holds a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Cortland, a Master’s Degree from Sage Graduate School, and has been PHR certified since 2006.  Aileen is also a graduate of the inaugural (2006) CRHRA Leadership Program, and presently serves as a co-chair for the program.

Aileen is an active member of the Capital Region Human Resource Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, and serves as an Advisory Committee member for the HR Executive Briefing Series.  Active in her home and professional communities alike, Aileen lives in Castleton with her husband Kolby, and their two young sons, Landon and Luca.

David Druzynski, Chief People Officer @ Auto/Mate Dealership Systems

David Druzynski is the Chief People Officer at Auto/Mate Dealership Systems where he is responsible for all aspects of human resources, talent acquisition, and company culture. His passion for culture and engagement has helped Auto/Mate be named a “Best Places to Work” (2009-2017) and “Top Workplaces” (2010-2018) recipient. David has been a featured speaker at conferences across the country and has authored articles for key automotive trade publications. David is a graduate from the SUNY Geneseo School of Business and holds both his SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications. Additionally, he serves on the board of trustees for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeastern New York.

Sharon Phillips, VP of Organizational Development @ CAP COM Federal Credit Union

Sharon Phillips is the VP of Organizational Development for CAP COM Federal Credit Union.  Sharon has been with CAP COM over twenty years overseeing Marketing, Business Development, Public Relations as well as the CAP COM Cares Foundation.  She recently moved back into HR and Training to expand on her passion to expand the culture, career pathing, management development and to build additional Human Resources programs with her team for over 350 employees.  She has also had the opportunity to lead the member services, contact center, administration, and executive services areas.  Sharon helps emerging leaders discover their next steps in their career journey by mentoring several within CAP COM and in the community.

Sharon’s community board involvement includes 10 years on the American Cancer Society Board of Advisors (including past president), past board member for Make-A-Wish and the American Marketing Association. A cancer survivor, Sharon participates in events to help to raise awareness and funds to support current cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.  She recently joined the board of JoyUs.

A mother of three boys, Sharon enjoys spending time with friends and family, outdoor activities especially in the Adirondacks as well as cooking, reading and is in the process of writing two books.

Mark Grimm

Longtime Hudson-Mohawk ATD member Mark Grimm is a professional speaker, facilitator and skills coach who has conducted hundreds of training seminars and keynote speeches.

Mark is also a former TV news anchor who conducted one-on-one interviews with Presidents Bush and Clinton. He hosted a local radio interview program for 14 years and was an adjunct professor for 11 years.

Mark has written a book, Everyone Can Be A Dynamic Speaker: Yes, I Mean You!, and served as a senior aide in the NYS Legislature.

Hudson-Mohawk ATD named Mark “Trainer of the Year” in 2009 and the  Guilderland Chamber of Commerce named him Entrepreneur of the Year. He represents the Carman Road area of Guilderland in the Albany County Legislature.

Much more on Mark at

*****There will be a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar 5:30PM-6:30PM.  The program will run 6:30-7:30PM.

*******Registrants can now bring one guest to the event free.  When registering please include the additional guests name in the comment box.  Only select one quantity of ticket when purchasing.

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