IHRIM Partners Award

award logo partnersThe IHRIM Partners Award Program is presented to organizations which have made significant contributions to the practice of human resources information management and/or to the supporting the mission and goals of the Association.

2016 Partners Award Winner:

SAP SuccessFactors provides the leading cloud-based human capital management (HCM) suite, which helps HR drive business execution with solutions that are complete, beautiful and flexible enough to start anywhere – optimizing your workforce today and preparing them for tomorrow. SAP SuccessFactors solutions are supported by a global partner ecosystem and the experience and commitment of SAP. With over 45 million subscription seats globally, we strive to delight our customers by delivering innovative solutions, content and analytics, process expertise and best practices insights from serving our broad and diverse customer base. Today, with more than 6,000 customers, we serve organizations of all sizes across more than 60 industries in more than 177 countries using our application suite in 42 languages.

IHRIM has selected SAP to be recognized for making significant contributions to the practice of human resources information management and supporting the mission and goals of IHRIM. While SAP is a well-known contributor to the field of human resources, the help that IHRIM received through the support of the two Workforce Analytics Forums held in 2016 and its ongoing support to IHRIM is much appreciated.

IHRIM Project of the Year Award

award logo potyThe IHRIM Project of the Year Award honors project teams for their successful completion of an HR information management project. The team may include both internal and external contributors and projects may range from a single, narrowly focused activity to a large, multipart initiative, so long as the results can be clearly linked to the goals of HR and the organization.

2016 Project of the Year Award Winner:

Cox Enterprises

Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues of $18 billion and approximately 60,000 employees, the company's major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications (cable television distribution, high-speed Internet access, telephone, home security and automation, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Cox Automotive (automotive-related auctions, financial services, media and software solutions); and Cox Media Group (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers and advertising sales rep firms).

Cox Enterprises’ challenge was to reimagine how it looked at talent management in order to improve its talent mobility, development and retention results.HR leaders embarked on a $15M+, multi-year journey to integrate Talent Management functions from across the divisions and create harmonized processes and systems that would enable cross-divisional Talent Management. Scope of the project included taking a fresh look at the underlining processes, organizations, and technologies that made up talent management for Cox Enterprises. This included talent acquisition, onboarding, performance management, career development, employee profiles, talent review, and succession planning.  Compass set out to link the people strategy to the business strategy by leveraging common processes, practices and technology.  At the end of the project, Cox is now able to have a holistic view of employee talent across the Cox family of businesses and promote having the right people in the right places at the right time.

IHRIM Ambassador Award

award logo ambassadorThe IHRIM Ambassador Award recognizes individuals who are IHRIM members in good standing for significant volunteer contributions within the previous twelve months in support of the Association's mission and goals.

2014 Ambassador Award Winners:

Henry Chung, HRIP
Denise Eppel, HRIP 

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Henry Chung, HRIP
Manager, HR Technology and Operations
The Jackson Laboratory

In his current role as Manager of HR Technology & Operations, Henry analyzes the business needs, provides the analytics and advises the HR management team on how to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of delivering HR services through process designs, use of technology and/or outsourcing solutions and implements the chosen solutions. 

An IHRIM member since 2008 (and HRIP certified since 2010), Henry accepted the invitation of Lynne Mealy, IHRIM’s past President/CEO, to serve on the 2012 Conference Content Committee. The volunteering experience was eye-opening. It expanded his horizons and increased his knowledge in the HRIS areas that he would not have been able to do as part of his regular work. He also gained satisfaction from contributing back to IHRIM.  Henry felt so strongly about his IHRIM volunteer experience that he served on the 2013 Conference Content Committee and then volunteered again for 2014! In addition to three years on the Content Committee, he is serving on the Education Committee for a two-year term (2014-2015).

An enthusiastic IHRIM supporter, Henry enjoys talking to people about what volunteering for IHRIM has meant to him and what it could mean to them.

Denise Eppel

Denise Eppel, HRIP
Senior HR Business Analyst
We Energies

Denise has over 13 years of experience in the HRIS industry as an HR analyst and project manager, with expertise in many areas of HR operations, including HR data management, project management, HR systems implementations and enhancements, process improvement, and learning system administration. Most recently she was the project manager on a large-scale project to replace their applicant tracking system and implement their onboarding system. The latter resulted in the Onboarding Re-Design Project Team being honored with an IHRIM 2013 Project of the Year Award.

An IHRIM member since 2010, Denise earned the HRIP certification designation in 2012. As an IHRIM Volunteer Social Media Coordinator, she has assisted IHRIM staff in expanding and enhancing the Association’s social media presence while learning more about the HRIS field through reading the various online discussions and posts and contributing content and engaging in the discussions.  Denise volunteered as a Session Coordinator at the IHRIM 2013 Conference and served as a member of the 2014 Conference Content Committee.

Volunteering is important to Denise, allowing her to repay IHRIM for the personal growth she has gained since becoming a member. She encourages everyone to take advantage of the opportunities available to them as members of IHRIM.

IHRIM Summit Award

award logo summitThe IHRIM Summit Award recognizes members who have made significant, long-term contributions to the HRIM industry and the advancement of IHRIM’s mission and goals.


2014 Summit Award Winner:

Jason A. Averbook

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Jason Averbook’s contributions to the HR Information Management (HRIM) profession span many years, beginning with his days at Ceridian and PeopleSoft, where he built strong relationships with industry-leading companies to understand the impact of technology on business and how to implement it. As President and Co-Founder of Knowledge Infusion, he helped businesses and technology leaders around the world think differently about the future of the workplace.

After Knowledge Infusion was acquired by Appirio, he was appointed Appirio’s chief Business Innovation Officer. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in the HR and technology industry, Jason works closely with clients as the executive lead on strategic consulting engagements. He is dedicated to helping organizations create technology strategy and execution plans that tie HR technology to business results and transform people, process and technology to align with business objectives.

In addition to being recognized as one of the top thought leaders in the HR and workforce technology space, he is a sought-after speaker at worldwide events, including IHRIM, HR Tech Europe, HR Technology Conference and SHRM, as well as conducting a variety of large group presentations for HR and technology audiences. He provides education and thought leadership to the HRIM community through countless webinars. He is a frequent contributor to IHRIM’s Workforce Solutions Review, HR Executive, Workforce Management, Talent Management, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, CIO, NPR, SHRM and other well-known publications. He is frequently quoted in a variety of HR and technology publications.

Jason was honored by Human Capital Magazine as a recipient of its Future HR Leader Award and has been named as one of the top ten leaders in the Human Capital Management space by HR Executive Magazine, one of the top Influencers in HR and in March, 2014, one of the top HR technology influencers on Twitter.  He is the author of the book, HR From Now to Next: Reimagining the Workplace of Tomorrow.

An IHRIM member since 1998, Jason served on the Twin Cities Chapter Board and on the Association Board. He has been a regular presenter at the IHRIM annual conference and has presented IHRIM webinars and chapter programs. In 2007, Knowledge Infusion was recognized in 2007 with the IHRIM Partners Award.

IHRIM Chair’s Award

award logo recognitionThe IHRIM Chair’s Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the general field of human resource information management. This award is selected by the chair of the IHRIM Board of Directors not on an annual basis but rather in recognition of an IHRIM member who’s contributions are deserving of this honor.

2010 IHRIM Chair’s Award Winners:

The Members of IHRIM's Human Resource Information Professional (HRIP)
Certification Technical Review Team

In 2009, IHRIM developed the only independent certification program available in the HRIM field, the Human Resource Information Management Professional (HRIP). HRIP is a test-based certification program, and passing the exam indicates a demonstrated comprehensive understanding and proficiency of the defined body of knowledge in HR information management.

Test development was a multiple phase process – beginning with defining our Body of Knowledge and creating the Exam Blueprint. The second phase – Item Writing – created the first pool of questions. Volunteers were trained in item development and coached in writing consistent and high quality items for the exam. During the third phase – Item Review – a team reviewed all items written by item writers for accuracy, consistency, format and overall appropriateness for the HRIP exam. The final phase was Item selection and Cut-Score Setting. The results of the pilot exam were analyzed to determine which items should be included in the published exam. This analysis focused on many factors, including item difficulty and readability.

Throughout test development was a core team of volunteers who worked on all phases of the project.
They are being recognized for their dedication and contribution to IHRIM's HRIP Certification Program.

Connie Duffey, HRIP
C. Lamar Davis, HRIP
Michele Edwards, HRIP
Magee Filitor-Murray, HRIP
John Hinojos, HRIP
Jacqueline Kuhn, HRIP
Terry Masters-Mullaley, HRIP
Lynne Mealy, HRIP
Dr. Lisa Plantamura, HRIP
Barbara Von Bergen, HRIP