HR Professional of the Year

For over 20 years, the HR Florida State Council has recognized a human resources professional who is best in class, the cream of the crop, and who is making real changes in their organization. Get to know this years top four finalists:

David Bode, MBA, SHRM-SCP
Senior Director of People Support
Checkers Drive In Restaurants, Inc.

Why do you love working in HR?
I enjoy being able to help people reach their full potential and building long term relationships. People success leads to company success.

Edith (Edie) Long, SHRM-SCP
Executive Vice President
Integrity Employee Leasing, Inc.

Why do you love working in HR?
There are so many rewarding reasons why I love HR. Working in HR is an exciting ever-changing career. Everyday our responsibilities evolve as this hectic world changes. I enjoy the challenge of seeing ahead of the changes and proactively planning for my organization. I am fortunate to have opportunities to mentor, train, and develop employees to make a difference in their lives allowing them to reach their potential. I have a variety of leadership responsibilities that challenge my critical thinking daily allowing for professional growth.
HR leads the development of great workplace culture, being the voice of everyone, and investing in workplace efficiencies to bring organizations to the next level - this is my passion!

Courtnay Sanderfer, MPA, SHRM-CP, SPHR
Vice President, HR & Organizational Excellence
USF Federal Credit Union

Why do you love working in HR?
There is no such things as a typical day in the HR world, but it is incredibly heartwarming to still experience laughter, tears of joy, excitement, and fellowship on a regular basis. Working with others to help them realize and reach their potential is extremely rewarding. I have the opportunity to make positive impacts on people every day.

Mallory Whalen, SHRM-CP, PHR
Director of Human Resources

Why do you love working in HR?
I love that working in HR gives me the opportunity to create meaningful relationships with employees, vendors and the community as a whole. I see employees as my customers and I love getting to help them through any issues that arise, help them find ways to develop their skills and careers, and just overall- helping make their lives easier by serving them in any way that I can.

Wow! These finalists are representative of the wonderful nominees we received this year for the HR Florida Professional of the Year Award. As you can see, it will be a very tough decision for the selection committee. Join us at the HR Florida State Conference to see who this years’ winner will be!