2 Rs of the Workplace
Does your company hire, train or fire? Whether it's you, the boss, an HR department or a staffing agency, this free breakfast and panel discussion on Recruiting and Retention is just for you. Kenneth Reeves, Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development at Freese and Nichols, and Darien George, Managing Partner at Mackenzie Eason & Associates, will offer their thoughts and answer your questions on successes and pitfalls in hiring and retaining workers.
Kenneth Reeves, FREESE & NICHOLS
Ken Reeves currently serves as Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Freese & Nichols, an engineering and architectural firm based in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining Freese & Nichols, Ken has held various leadership positions. He held the position of Vice President of Human Resources for the Fort Worth Metropolitan YMCA, Vice President of Human Resources for E-Z –Go in Augusta, Georgia, Director and Senior HR Business Partner for Bell Helicopter supporting Commercial and Government Programs, Sales & Marketing, Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Legal and Communications. Ken was also in the Six Sigma Black Belt Program while at Bell Helicopter. Ken has held the position of Vice President of Employment, Employee Relations and Diversity for RadioShack and also held Corporate HR roles with organizations such as Dynergy, Inc., Enron and Reliant Energy.
Ken graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Training & Development from Texas A&M University. Additionally, he has completed most of the course work necessary towards his Ph.D. Ken currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Texas Health Resources and has recently been selected to serve on the Chancellor’s Advisory Council at Texas Christian University.
Prior to his corporate career, Ken spent seven years in the National Football League with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns. He retired from the NFL after the 1991 season. Caroline Harrison is a founding Partner of Dowell Pham Harrison LLP. As an attorney Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, she represents employers in disputes with former employees, and guides them through the sometimes confusing arena of employment law. Her practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling. She also acts as General Counsel for area businesses and non-profit organizations.
Darien George, MACKENZIE EASON & ASSOCIATES
Darien George is the Founder and Managing Partner of MacKenzie Eason & Associates. He focuses on consulting with clients on Organizational Development, Talent Management and Talent Acquisition processes. Darien graduated from the Talent Management Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the Chair of the Board of Adjustment-Residential and sits on the Board of Sports Advisory Council for the City of Fort Worth. He supports the Center for Transforming Lives, The Leg Up Program and is the President of Berkeley Place neighborhood. Darien completed Leadership Fort Worth in 2014-2015.
In 2017, Darien’s work success and community activities earned him recognition from the Fort Worth Business Press as a top 40-under-40 executive. Early in his career, Darien was recruited to join one of the nation’s most prominent retained physician search firms in Dallas, quickly assuming a leadership role in the Western region. After leaving larger firms, he created MacKenzie Eason & Associates in 2003, developing his own unique approach to executive search services. Darien attained the CPC, Certified Personnel Consultant, designation in executive search.
Darien’s search specialties are CEO, CMO, President, Vice President, Executive Director, Director, and Division Director. He is a frequent industry expert media contributor and speaker at Universities. Darien is actively involved in charity work with community nonprofit organizations and previously served 8 years on the board of FWASA and served on the Optimist Club of Fort Worth Board from 2008 to 2014.
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