Orlando, FL—HR Florida could not be successful without the hard work and support of the volunteer leaders, our chapter presidents and board members who make up the HR Florida State Council. This annual award recognizes a volunteer who actively supports, promotes, and develops the human resource profession through volunteerism. Chapter presidents selected the winner by evaluating nominees on the overall contributions the nominee has made to support the chapters, to advance the profession, and to drive council effectiveness through outstanding approaches, innovative ideas, and promotion of the Society and Council.
Over the past year, Damian Taylor, Esq., with the Naples Law Firm, Coleman, Hazzard, & Taylor, has contributed significantly to the HR Florida State Council’s goal of “advancing the profession” through his leadership as the council’s State Government Affairs (GA) Director and in his chairmanship of the inaugural HR Florida Tallahassee Day on the Hill.
This is Damian’s second year as the GA Director. In addition to serving in this role, he has served in other council roles throughout the past several years. Damian is full of ideas on how to create efficiencies in different council processes and is often sought out to serve on various council committees. He also has worked closely with the federal government affairs director to communicate and educate the council on legislative activities.
In particular, Damian led the initiative to develop and implement the first-ever Day on the Hill. In less than seven months time, Damian created a committee, determined agenda, lined up keynote speakers, arranged for a visit to the Capitol, and coordinated program certification to offer four strategic continuing education credits to participants.
Not only was Damian successful in pulling off a great program, he exceeded his goal of 50% chapter participation by attracting seventeen chapters to the event with forty attendees. Those forty attendees met with over fifteen state legislators who were successful in advocating for changes in legislation regarding guns in the workplace, e-Verify, unemployment compensation, and civil rights updates. The program was so successful it has now become the standard for legislative activities at the state level.
From Damian’s advocacy for council activities to his leadership of the inaugural Day on the Hill, Damian exhibits all of the qualities of a Volunteer of the Year. The HR Florida State Council is proud to honor Damian Taylor, Esq., with the HR Florida 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award.
About the HR Florida State Council
Representing over 14,000 individual members, the HR Florida State Council is the state affiliate for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The Council facilitates services and programs for the collective interest of the state’s SHRM and local chapter membership, and promotes activities that serve the professional and advance the profession. We also act as the voice of employers with regard to legislation impacting the workplace. We coordinate professional development efforts, and serve as the conduit for communication among SHRM and chapters as well as at-large members. The state of Florida has 28 SHRM affiliated chapters and those chapter presidents sit on the Council. Visit HR Florida Online at http://www.hrflorida.org, or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hrflorida.