“In Search of Excellence:” Two HR Professionals Chosen for IHRIM Award

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Jean Andrews, Rector-Duncan & Associates, and Elliott Witkin, Ultimate Software have been chosen to receive the 2005 IHRIM Excellence Award for their significant contributions to the advancement of IHRIM's mission and goals, for their exemplary volunteer service and for their leadership of projects that had a positive impact to IHRIM. The awards will be presented at the IHRIM 25th Annual Conference, May 1-4, in Reno, Nevada.

Jean Andrews of Fort Myers, Florida and Elliott Witkin of Champaign, Illinois have been chosen to receive the IHRIM Excellence Award for 2005. The award is presented to an IHRIM member who has made significant contributions to the advancement of IHRIM's mission and goals, and it recognizes them for their exemplary volunteer service and/or for their leadership of a project that had a positive impact to IHRIM. The awards will be presented at IHRIM’s 25th Anniversary Conference, May 1-4 in Reno, Nevada.

IHRIM is recognizing Jean Andrews for her contribution in the area of membership recruitment and retention. Her dedication, enthusiasm and tireless work on behalf of IHRIM have had – and continue to have – a very positive impact on the organization.

Her 20-year HRMS experience includes requirements analyses, process improvement identification, system selection (including RFP/RFI preparation and vendor evaluations) and system implementation. She’s been on the IHRIM Florida Sun Chapter Board of Directors since 1986 and has been chapter president twice; member of SHRM HRIS/HRTX national committee for nine years, and was on the SHRM HR Technology Professional Emphasis Group (PEG) Advisory Board. She has served on IHRIM’s Vendor Relations Committee, Conference Committee, and is currently on the Membership Committee. She has authored several published HRMS-related articles, and has presented at IHRIM, SHRM and ASTD events. Currently, she is employed by Rector-Duncan & Associates, Inc.

Elliott Witkin, IHRIM member since 1984, is being recognized for his long-standing contribution to IHRIM’s premier magazine, IHRIM.Link. His column, “The Back Page,” which began in 1994, has enabled HR systems professionals to look at themselves and their career challenges from a different, humorous perspective. He is the author of HR: Funny Side Up, a new IHRIM Press book, which is a collection of some of his favorite columns. From (what normally are) serious business-related subjects to personal favorites such as baseball, his writing combines humor with some occasional actual worthwhile observations

Currently a systems consultant with Ultimate Software, Mr. Witkin has provided consulting and project management expertise to customers in a wide variety of industries for more than 25 years. His HR systems career began at Florida Power & Light as a COBOL programmer (during the Iron Age, using a keypunch machine), later joining the HR department as a project manager. Following his time in sunny Florida, he moved to the Midwest to hone his snow-shoveling skills and to join the University of Illinois as the director of Human Resource Management Systems. Moving from the practitioner to the software vendor world, he has filled the roles of consultant, project manager, and implementation team manager. His experience includes implementations of enterprise-wide applications as well as focused applications in all areas of human resources and payroll.

The IHRIM Reno conference, HRMStrategies 2005, begins on Saturday, April 30 with Professional Development Seminars followed on Sunday evening, May 1, with a welcome reception. The conference officially opens Monday, May 2, and attendees may choose from more than 50 educational sessions and have an opportunity to visit the exposition featuring more than 100 exhibit booths and networking activities. For more information about the 25th anniversary event, visit http://www.ihrim.org/events/2005spring/index.asp.

About IHRIM

The International Association for Human Resource Information Management serves the HRIT professional community. Its mission is to be the leading global source of knowledge for the application of human resource information and technology to improve organizational effectiveness. For additional information about the association and its products and services, please visit http://www.ihrim.org.

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