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The August meeting will be at our normal time and will feature Ron Walters, Sr. Managing Partner with Endevis. The topic - "The Skills Gap - Why it Happened and What Can I do About it."


Registration and networking will begin at 5:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 5:30 and the program at 6:00.   Costs will be $19.00 for members and $25.00 for guests.


To register for the August meeting, please go to:

Our presenter will lead us through four areas in regard to the topic:

  • The first area is to help us focus on facts about careers, career survival, and the skills gap.

  • The second part of the presentation looks at the background behind the skills gap.

  • The third part explores new ways of thinking.

  • The final part addresses action items everyone can engage in.

The HR Certification Institute has pre-approved this activity for 1.5 Specified Credit Hour toward HR (General) credit towards the a PHR®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi® and SPHRi® certifications. The use of the HRCI® seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

The August meeting sponsor is EQ Consulting.  The monthly TVHRA sponsor attends our meetings to provide us informative  about their company and services. They also help supplement the cost of our meetings. Be sure to arrive early enough to visit our sponsor's booth and enjoying networking with other members!

Other meeting news - Jane Jolley with Senator Corker’s office will be at the August meeting for a brief presentation of ways their offices assist constituents.  Jane covers 15 East TN counties for Senator Corker and has begun to reach out to HR directors in the region to learn what their issues are and to be a resource.


WHY you should join a local SHRM chapter. View this short  YouTube video.


2016 Salary Survey Opens August 1!

The 2016 - 2017 East Tennessee Salary, Wage & Benefits Survey from is coming SOON!  Data reported for this year’s survey will be as of June 2016 and survey participation will begin on August 1.

Produced for our Chapter, this survey provides straightforward, easy-to-find data on market trends for your specific area.  This gives you the chance to join other area employers in collecting and sharing competitive wage data from our own geographic area.  The survey also has an extensive benefits section!

As a TVHRA member you can participate in the upcoming survey and receive the results FREE of charge.  Just complete and submit the online questionnaire anytime during the month of August and you will be able to access the online results beginning in September. 

The 2016-2017 Survey is being updated to make participation even faster and easier.  The overall process and questionnaire will be largely the same, but everything will have a new, more modern appearance, the site will be mobile-friendly and easier to use. Simply enter your data online - you can even save your work and come back as often as you like. Just follow these three steps to access this year's survey questionnaire:

1.     New participants log-in at using the following (previous participants will be contacted separately):

a.     Login Name: TVHRA

b.     Password: 2016347

2.     Complete the questionnaire at your own pace. Data reported will be as of June 2016. Save or print at any time. Come back as often as necessary!

3.     Click Submit to send your work.

Complete your survey anytime between August 1 and August 31, 2016 (sorry, no late submissions) and you will receive FREE online access to the complete tabulated results for your area when released in September.  Compare that with the hundreds of dollars some surveys charge!  You can even take advantage of reduced prices on customized survey reports and statewide data (use TVHRA’s referral code of 78-347).

The SalarySurveyOnline Team is standing by if you ever have questions or need assistance. You can call toll-free at 800-288-6044 or email

We encourage all TVHRA members to take advantage of this valuable opportunity. 


Nominations for the State of Tennessee SHRM Awards  

Any TVHRA member who would like to nominate someone for the Human Resources Professional Excellence Award or The James House Williamson Award should send the nomination(s) to by July 19, 2016.


This is the state’s top Human Resources Award. It honors James House Williamson, who served as permanent Secretary for the Tennessee Industrial Personnel Conference (later to evolve into the Tennessee HR Conference/SHRM Joint Conference and then the TN SHRM State Conference) for fifteen years before his death in February 1953. In all of his professional work and especially through his service to industry as Secretary of the Conference, he contributed significantly to the development of sound industrial management and personnel practices in Tennessee and neighboring states. In memory of him and in appreciation for his great service, the industries of Tennessee presented a plaque to the University of Tennessee and established the James House Williamson Award.

Purpose of the Award

To stimulate the development of sound human resources management in all of its various phases and to publicly recognize the work of those who have made significant contributions to this effort.


All persons nominated shall have made significant contributions to one or more of the various phases of human resources management in the State of Tennessee which include: Service to Employers, Service to the Human Resources Profession, Recognition of Honors, Civic Contributions, Local Human Resources Organization, and State/National Human Resources Organizations.



The HR Professional Excellence Award, presented by the Tennessee SHRM State Council, recognizes contributions to the Human Resource profession by any HR Professional working in the state of Tennessee. The call for nominations takes place in July of each year and awards are typically presented during the TN SHRM State Conference in September.

Multiple HR Professional Excellence Awards are generally presented at the conference.  The following criteria should be considered:

Service to the Chapter - such as leadership, committee participation, program development and participation and support of chapter goals activities.

Service to the HR Profession - including leadership roles in SHRM at the state, regional or national level; leadership roles in other professional organizations, volunteer activities that increase awareness of and reflect favorably on the role of HR professionals, innovations in HR practices, acting as a resource to peers, mentoring students or young professionals, publications, research, teaching and training in the fields of HR and business in general.

Service to the Community - Civic, community, and charitable and service organization involvement.

Professional History - Education, experience, work history, record of professional growth, accomplishments, professional certification.

Selection of award recipients will be made by a panel of TN SHRM State Council members and chaired by the Awards and Scholarships Chair of TN SHRM. Only the panel will know the identity of the honorees until the moment of the award. Nominations can be submitted in any written format but should be specific and as detailed as possible describing exactly why your nominee should be honored.

Thank you for your participation in this year's nomination process.


TVHRA is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management 


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  • August 9, 2016 - 5:00pm
    Rothchilds Conference Center 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923

    Our presenter is Ron Walters, Sr. Managing Partner with Endevis.  Ron has over 20 years of experience developing talent acquisition strategies and solution architecture.  Ron was recognized for basing these solutions on innovation, imagination and impact. He has proven expertise in business and account ...

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