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RICHARD W. MEYER, JR.

5161 Logan Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46250

 

 

 

Human Resources Executive

 

Highly experienced leader and hands-on generalist in all areas of Human Resources. Meaningful experience in small, medium and large public and private companies, including dynamic growth companies as well as those restructuring to achieve profitability. Extensive experience in talent management, employee relations, labor relations (including collective bargaining), compensation and benefits, training and development, change management and employee communications.

 

Major Strengths

 

  • Translating Company strategic business objectives into HR programs, policies and processes in support of and in alignment with such objectives, and positively impacting Company performance

  • Influencing decisions at all levels of the organization through highly effective facilitation and communication skills; effectively reading people and situations; coaching at all levels; collective bargaining with organized union groups resulting in mutually satisfactory agreements

  • Developing, leading and managing individuals and teams to excel

 

Professional Experience

 

ATA Airlines, Inc. (Global Aero Logistics Inc.)

April, 1989 – September, 2008

Indianapolis, Indiana

 

ATA Airlines began as an Indianapolis-based travel club and charter carrier in 1973 and by the mid-nineties grew into the nation's largest charter carrier and tenth largest U.S. scheduled service airline, specializing in leisure travel. At its peak in 2001, the company employed over 7,800 and had revenues of $1.4 billion. The impact of the terrorist attacks in 2001, subsequent unprecedented fuel prices and market competitiveness forced ATA into bankruptcy protection in 2004 and eventual liquidation in 2008.

 

Sr. Vice President -- Employee Relations (Reporting to President and CEO)

(December, 2004---September, 2008)

Directed all aspects of Human Resources and Labor Relations.

Accomplishments: Guided the Human Resources function through the bankruptcy process in 2004-2006, resulting in a 70% downsizing of the company, while also serving as chief company spokesperson in negotiating concession agreements with all five unionized employee groups. Subsequently led all Human Resource elements related to the 2007 acquisition of World Air Holdings, and subsequent functional integration at the new Holding Company. In 2008, managed all HR-related aspects of the liquidation of ATA.

 

Vice President -- Labor Relations (Reporting to President and CEO)

(August, 2001---December, 2004)

Because of scope and criticality of Labor Relations initiatives, recommended split of Labor Relations and Human Resources. Subsequently led a staff of specialists in coordinating company relationships with five national unions representing over 60% of ATA’s employees. Served as chief company spokesperson for all collective bargaining, as well as advisor to both senior management and various functional management teams on all labor matters.

Accomplishments: Successfully completed collective bargaining agreements with each union group in direct negotiations without any form of job action, minimizing operational impact on the airline; effectively managed the various grievance processes to minimize open grievances and arbitrations, maintaining effective relationships with all groups as a result.

 

Vice President – Human Resources (Reporting to CFO)

(April, 1989---July, 2001)

Led and managed a staff of up to 35 in the development and delivery of all human resource policy, program and consulting services, including but not limited to Corporate Employment, Training and Development, Compensation, Benefits and Employee Communications. Also responsible for company relationships with three national unions and serving as chief spokesperson in contract negotiations. Served as an advisor to senior management on all people-related issues.

Accomplishments: Transformed administratively-oriented and reactive HR function into a consultative, pro-active, value-added organization; established state-of-the-art processes and programs to match company strategic goals; successfully negotiated four labor agreements without workforce job actions while improving the overall relationships between the company and three unions; twice led fundamental redesign of employee benefit programs resulting in enhanced employee benefits and reduced costs. Also managed a more than tripling of the workforce and fundamental changes in company culture as the company redirected its strategic focus.

 

Career Consultants, Inc.

1985-1989

Indianapolis, Indiana

 

Career Consultants was a full-service human resources consulting firm specializing in executive and middle-management search, outplacement and management training for both large corporations and entrepreneurial businesses in central Indiana.

 

Executive Vice President

(1988-1989)

Oversaw the sales and delivery of human resource consulting services to the entrepreneurial market segment in central Indiana. Total staff managed ranged from seven to twelve consultants.

Accomplishments: Developed and managed the two largest client accounts in the history of the company at that time. Developed the human resource planning and general HR consulting service products, broadening the client base as a result.

 

Vice President -- Search

(1985-1988)

While initially responsible for Manufacturing/Technical Search as a Director, in less than twelve months became responsible for the sales and delivery of approximately $800K in executive and middle management search services (all functional areas) throughout central Indiana. Managed a staff of ten to twelve search specialists.

Accomplishments: Implemented the sales strategy for conversion to retained vs. contingency search services, establishing Career Consultants as one of the largest retained search firms in Indiana.

 

Cummins Engine Company, Inc.

1972-1985

Columbus, Indiana

 

Cummins is the largest independent manufacturer of diesel engines. Sales exceed $4 billion and the company employs over 15,000 worldwide. Cummins' headquarters, research and engineering center and largest assembly plants are located in Columbus, Indiana.

Director -- New Business Development

(1984-1985)

Member of a small, senior staff responsible for establishing an intrapreneurial effort to create additional corporate revenue streams and jobs for reallocated Cummins employees.

Accomplishments: Six business proposals were developed and two were approved for funding.

 

Director -- Corporate Communications

(1983-1984)

Managed the design and implementation of multi-media employee communication programs worldwide. Accomplishments: Created a state-of-the-art monthly video magazine and an eight-page tabloid newspaper, as well as coordinated videotape updates by the president.

Director -- Corporate Personnel Administration

(1981-1983)

Managed the administration of all human resource activities throughout the company, including recruiting and employment, management development, affirmative action and the human resource information system. Also responsible for managing various office facility services such as graphics, printing and mail services. Total staff consisted of 135 employees and an annual operating budget of over $6 million.

Accomplishments: Streamlined total group resulting in improved productivity and cost savings in excess of $1 million. Initiated use of third party for company relocation program; coordinated design and managed implementation of company's employee reduction efforts; initiated concept of worldwide, on-line HRIS and led process resulting in management approval.

 

(1972-1981)

Progressed through a variety of positions with ever-increasing responsibility within the Personnel/Human Resources function, including:

...Director of Personnel, Corporate Staff Groups

...Director of Personnel, Industrial Group

...Manager---Professional Employment

...Manager of Personnel, Industrial Group

...Training and Development Manager

...Employee Communications Administrator

 

Home News Enterprises, Inc., The Republic

1970-1972

Columbus, Indiana

 

Served as a general assignment newspaper reporter specializing in police, government and labor areas. Accomplishments: Awarded the United Press International News Editors Award for News Story of the Year for similarly sized Indiana newspapers.

Education

 

Executive Program for Management Development (September – December, 1983)

Harvard Graduate School of Business

Boston, MA

Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism (1970)

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

 

References: Available Upon Request