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    Culture-Driven Organization Structures

    Date: February 18, 2014, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    Embassy Suites, N.Charleston Convention Center

    Registration is closed, but be sure to check for our state SHRM event in March!
    $20 Member - $25 Non-member (one meeting only)
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    Summary of the Event:

    In a creative and knowledge base economy all organizations are in the same business of, human scale. Human scale is maintaining individual performance at its very best, while adding more individuals into the organization. Using a Culture-Driven Organization Structure, leaders can create and sustain high levels of human scale.

    About the Speaker:

    As a serial entrepreneur, John Smith has successfully started and sold several technology-focused companies.  His first, at age 22, when he founded the DunRite Consulting Company in Cleveland, Ohio.

    John served as Vice President of Technology and CIO for  An early adopter of the Software as a Service (SaaS) business model, Benefitfocus became the health benefits enrollment and billing platform for millions of subscribers.  During his tenure, Benefitfocus was named the Fastest Growing Software Company.  That same year, John received the honor of being named one of the nation's Top 25 CTO's by InfoWorld magazine.

    In 2007, John joined General Electric.  Leading a team dedicated to the overhaul and restructuring of GE's technology teams and system directions, John placed focus on team culture.  He soon noticed that an entire team's level of productivity and engagement could be elevated by simple email communication and positive recognition.

    Realizing that email was not enough, in 2009, John left GE to focus on employee engagement and culture.  He became CEO of AcadiaHCS, now known as PeopleMatter.  PeopleMatter, a high-profile, VC-backed SaaS company, was focused on providing a strategic human resource platform.  A software that could be utilized by service industries.

    Currently, John focuses his passion for improving corporate culture, employee recognition and engagement as the Chief Evangelist and Chief Product Owner at SPARC, LLC.  Built from the ground-up with John's vision of the "work-life" balance, SPARC has risen to become a Best Place to Work in SC.  SPARC offers culture and employee engagement software platforms and custom services.

    John publishes a monthly blog, and offers culture training and tours at the SPARC headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina.

    John has a Masters in Business Administration from Georgia’s Institute of Technology and a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from Kent State University.