Tom Gandia - Resume 2016

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THOMAS J. GANDIA, M.A., SPHRCell: 262-483-9172

Human Resources Leader with experience in manufacturing, distribution, engineering, chemical R & D and life science businesses. Skilled in providing longer term strategic as well as daily tactical solutions, to achieve maximum return on human capital. Accomplished through a common sense and transparent HR management style. Professional ExperiencePATINA SOLUTIONS May 2016 to currentPatina is a firm that partners with companies to solve problems, realize opportunities, improve results, fill a key expertise or resource gap, develop talent through consulting, projects, leadership/board roles and coaching.

Human Resources Consultant Currently filling an employee benefits leader role for 3,500 employee organization. Saved the client in excess of $250,000 in quantified program management changes. Providing updated financial process flow and customer service model practices.

Professional Swine Management 2014 to 2015Swine producer with $500mm in managed assets and operations including a global training presence.

Director, Human Resources, Carthage, IL Responsible for all HR activities for expanding multi-state operations. Supervised four employees. 26+ sites with 550 employees including feed and nutrition research group Created Farm Manager Training program to strengthen the management team. Established monthly training sessions to address employee retention Part of training team for 40 Chinese managers in U.S. for six months

Bee-Pure Honey, Inc. 2010 to 2014Commercial and Internet retail honey supplier specializing in comb honey for gourmet markets.

Owner, West Bend, WI Responsible for all operations. Commercial sales to gourmet wholesalers Internet based retail sales monitored website and shopping cart performance Web based marketing and ad campaigns - SEO marketing Utilized Quick Books for budgeting and daily accounting

DR. REDDYS LABORATORIES, LOUISIANA, LLC 2012A leading generic pharmaceutical manufacturer. A division of Dr. Reddys Laboratories based in India.

Manager, Human Resources, Shreveport, LA Manage the HR function for the Shreveport facility. Supervise two employees. The site is FDA compliant and produces 4.5 billion tablets per year, with 24/5 production. Union free facility with 250 employees. Led effective performance management and compliance efforts for a pharma site.

SIGMA Aldrich (Aldrich Chemical) 1995 to 2010Aldrich is a $420MM division chemical manufacturer and distributor of research chemicals, part of Sigma-Aldrich (now Millipore Sigma) a $2.75B life sciences company.

Director, Human Resources, Milwaukee, WI Manager, Human Resources, Milwaukee, WI THOMAS GANDIA, PAGE TWO

Responsible for 1,050 non-union employees and $35MM in payroll for Wisconsin, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Oversaw all HR activities including employee relations, legal, benefits, compensation and policy administration. Supervised and mentored staff of 7 HR professionals. Reduced outside talent acquisition costs over $100K annually by training and using internal staff. Implemented two benefit conversions containing benefit costs and keeping benefits intact. Created benefit communication pieces as well leading large employee meetings rolling out changes. Managed compensation overhaul and upgrade project involving rewriting all job descriptions, market pricing all positions and formulating a structured rollout to the employees. Successfully accomplished in six months. Completely overhauled the performance management system to be a relevant, revitalized tool. Safety experience ranging from dealing with traditional hazards to environmental and long-term exposure issues. Addressed concerns at the shop floor level to executive briefings. Converted and staffed three plants from a 24/5 to 24/7 production schedule that included recruiting 25 scientific specialists and achieve on-time plant startups. Incorporated two acquisition integrations, converted HR systems and payroll and facilitated employee information meetings. Refined HR Dashboard Reports provided measures of HR Department performance and recap of total human capital activities on a monthly basis including benefits and safety statistics. Moderated two employee handbook revisions with employee groups from all levels of the company. Conducted monthly supervisory and management training creating a team-orientation of employee responsibility and addressed employee complaints in a fair and timely manner. All activities were validated by maintaining a union free environment. Utilized SAPHR for HRIS and part of team converting from ABRA. Also administered Success Factors for performance management and Kenexa for applicant tracking.


M.A., Human Resources, St. Francis University, Loretto, PAB.S., Forestry Major, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, NYB.S., Liberal Arts, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NYA.A.S., Forestry, Paul Smiths College, Paul Smiths, NY