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CORNELIUS LEON THOMAS

118 Mustang Drive


Harvest, AL 35749
256.859.6163 cte1b6f0@westpost.net

SUMMARY
Results oriented Human Resource Manger who has over 12 years experience in singl
e and Multi-facility environments. Key strengths and responsibilities included
hourly and management training and development; Advised and coached managers in
areas such as employee relation, performance management, retention, turnover, di
scipline and terminations. Has acquired a strong ability in mediating conflict
resolution and employee relations. Responsibilities also included managing the d
istricts training center and identifying and selecting high potential employees
for promotion.
DEMONSTRATIONS OF EFFECTIVENESS
THE HOME DEPOT, North AL / TN 2008 - Present
District Human Resource Manager, Associate Development 2008 - Present
Performed HR duties and executed HR initiatives in the areas of organizational e
ffectiveness, staffing, training, performance management and associate relations
for a district containing over 900 employees and eight facilities combining for
over $200 million in sales. Partners and consult with management on HR best pr
actices and polices.
* Reduced employee turnover by more than 12%.
* Improved districts on-boarding process which resulted in employees becoming mo
re productive with in their first 90 days of service.
* Counseled staff on strategies to improve staffing levels.
* Lead district wide training initiatives and improved employee relations. Thes
e efforts have resulted in our district establishing the highest employee relati
ons scores in the region.
* Supervised the districts succession planning process which resulted in a high
number of hourly associates being promoted to salary managers and assistant mana
ger to store managers.
* Advised managers through out the district and answered questions related to em
ployee relations and HR procedures.
Human Resource Manager, Huntsville, AL 2000 - 2008
Directed the HR activities for a facility with over 130 employees, and boosting
sales of over $37 million annually. Conducted and coordinated training; plans a
nd assigned work; managed the employee performance appraisals system. Establish
ed an employee relations system which rewarded and disciplined employees; and ha
ndled complaints; mediated disputes; settled grievances and implemented resoluti
ons to problems. Managed the FMLA process, workers compensation and unemploymen
t.
* District Captain for Human Resources - Implemented leadership training, coache
d, developed, and led fellow HR Professionals, covering eleven facilities and th
ree States. Directly involved in identifying, testing and interviewing the sala
ry managers within the District. Developed, staffed and oversees the district t
raining center.
* Identified and developed talent, oversees store succession planning, and perfo
rmance management, which resulted in more salaried managers and hourly superviso
r promotions than any other facility in the district.
* Ensured store Management including associates in a supervisory capacity is tra
ined in Federal, State and Local employment laws.
* Optimized retention, productivity and motivation, through effective use of emp
loyee recognition, training and employee relations. Improved and enhanced emplo
yee morale, which resulted in the lowest turnover within the district.
* Effectively manages the stores payroll including average and effective wages,
new hire start rates, promotions and yearly increases.
* Ensure proper administration of benefits information including healthcare, 401
and Employee stock purchase.
NEW FUTURES, Huntsville, AL 1999 - 2000
Job Training Coordinator
Provided job placement, job training, and life enrichment classes, coordinated a
nd supervised the New Futures, Job Training Program in providing Adult Education
and Life Skills Training. Recruited, screened and interviewed prospective stud
ents, and determined their level of placement in program. Established and maint
ained working relationships with businesses and coordinated student's job placem
ent.
THREE SPRINGS OF MADISON, Madison, AL 1996 - 1999
Program Director
Program Director for a nationally recognized leader in youth services; which pro
vides therapy and education to adolescents experiencing emotional, behavioral an
d learning problems. Managed and directed the daily program activities of the f
acility. Coordinates the hiring, training, disciplining, and termination of emp
loyees. Investigated complaints, mediated disputes and oversaw employee develop
ment. Directed and reviewed the facilities performance management process.
* Monitored budgetary compliance for expenditures, equipment, supplies and salar
ies. Reviewed program activities and implemented new procedures and systems to
improve efficiency and effectiveness of the job for better utilization of buildi
ngs, services, and staff.
* Evaluated problem facilities and gave recommendations for improvement, which r
esulted in an increase in the facilities motivation and productivity.
* Conducted workshops and training for other facility leaders and supervisors.

EDUCATION
Pursuing PhD, Organizational Management, concentration Human Resource Management
(ABD)- Capella University
MBA, Human Resource Management, Alabama A&M University, 2000
BS, Organizational Management, Oakwood College, 1996

CERTIFICATIONS
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Senior professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
Community Mediation Center and Better Business Bureau
Certificate in Mediation / Conflict Management