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Who Should Attend?

Human resource specialists, managers, directors or VPs, or anyone who directs or manages a company's recruiting and retention activities.


For questions on the Human Resources Track program content, contact Jessica Bello, VMA Careers Coordinator.


For questions or assistance registering for the event, contact Malena Malone-Blevins, VMA Meetings Manager.






APRIL 11-13, 2018


VALVE INDUSTRY knowledge forum

Human Resources Track

From Hello to Goodbye, How to Improve the Employee Experience


About the Program

Attendees of the Human Resources track at the 

Valve Industry Knowledge Forum can look forward to hearing from experts in HR, manufacturing industry workforce, employment law and recruiting/training. In this comprehensive HR track, topics will range from improving the onboarding experience, to building a successful workforce pipeline, to employment law issues to best practices for employee engagement. Along with a member panel, roundtable discussions, and several networking opportunities, attendees will leave with a new set of HR resources and tools to put into use right away upon return to the office.


Speakers include:

  • Chuck Spangler, president of the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Chuck will discuss the unique challenges that manufacturers face when finding and retaining talent, and how to cultivate a successful workforce development program.
  • Louis Lessig, employment litigation specialist and partner at the Brown & Connery, LLC law firm. Louis will present two sessions, the first covering the top ten employment cases of the year including takeaways that attendees can apply to their companies. The second session will feature a fun Jeopardy style game covering lots of information about FMLA, ADA and FLSA matters. Louis will also host a “Stump the Lawyer” segment!
  • Laraine Knauss, human resources director for Food Sciences, Corp. Laraine will be discussing the importance of communicating to your own company’s workforce. Addressing employee engagement, accountability and training as a retention tool, Laraine will encourage participants to creatively look at their organizations and challenge them to create solutions that meet their budget, time frame and employee demographics.
  • Tiffany Gearhart, trainer and recruitment specialist for AIRS, powered by ADP. Returning for the third time as a speaker for VMA’s HR events, Tiffany will once again bring her recruiting and training expertise to present a detailed discussion on employer branding, candidate onboarding, and talent management.
  • Bob McIntyre, director of service operations at Insperity, a professional employer organization (PEO). Bob and a colleague will present an informative session on the benefits of PEOs, and how working with such organizations can streamline human capital management, workforce optimization and provide value to your company.

Finally, a member panel of human resources peers, round-table discussions and presentations and several networking opportunities will round out the human resources program.



6:00 8:00 pm
Optional Networking Dinner for HR Track Attendees

Thursday, april 12

7:00 – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast

8:10 – 8:45 am
Welcome and Meet Your Fellow Attendees!

8:45 – 9:45 am
Build a Better Workforce Through Pipeline Development
Chuck Spangler, President, South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership

9:45 – 10:00 am
Morning Break

10:00 – 11:30 am
Top 10 Employment Cases of the Year, plus Stump the Lawyer!
Louis Lessig, Partner, Brown & Connery, LLP

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch with the Exhibitors

1:00 – 2:30 pm
What Message Are You Communicating to Your Employees?
Laraine Knauss, Director of Human Resources, Food Sciences Corporation

2:30 – 3:15 pm
Afternoon Break with the Exhibitors

3:15 – 4:15 pm
Transforming the Candidate and Onboarding Experience to Maximize Success
Tiffany Gearhart, National Recruiter & Training Specialist, AIRS, powered by ADP

4:30 – 5:30 pm
Members’ Panel


5:30 – 6:30 pm

Welcome Reception


7:30 – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast

8:10 – 9:30 am
Employment Law Jeopardy
Louis Lessig, Partner, Brown & Connery, LLP

9:30 – 9:45 am
Morning Break 


9:45 – 10:45 am
The PEO Concept: A Good Option for Your Company?

Bob McIntyre, Director, Service Operations, Workforce Optimization, Insperity Premier


11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Roundtable Discussions and Presentations


12:30 pm

Human Resources Track adjourns


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