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Social Security Disability and the Staffing Industry

Saturday, September 29, 2012

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Guests:

Christy Hillman,
CTS, CPC
Career Management Associates

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Career Management Associates’ Director of Recruiting/Staffing Services, specializing in CMA’s Recruiting and Contract Employment staffing services.

Christy is one of only 400 dually Certified Placement Consultants and Certified Temporary Specialists in the United States. As a CPC and CTS, Christy is knowledgeable on employment laws and regulations and upholds the highest standard of business practices set forth by the National Association of Personnel Services.

With over 15 years of valuable expertise in recruiting and staffing solutions, Christy has been helping New England companies for over 15 years hire and retain the best talent. She works with our clients to evaluate their business needs and company culture to find the staffing or recruiting solutions to best fit their needs.

Christy is active in her community. She is a Mentor and Career Counselor at Cross Roads For Women in Portland, Maine, the former Board president of Camp Ketcha, Hittonaowa Council Scarborough, Maine and continues to volunteer there.

She is a Member of the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine, Northern New England Association of Personnel Services, A Member of E2Tech (Environmental and Energy Technology Group of Maine) and a Member of NEWIEE (New England Women in Energy and Environment).

 

David Bueltemann,
Manager, Senior Claimant Representatives
Allsup, Inc.

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David has helped more than 5,000 people with disabilities receive their entitled Social Security Disability Insurance. He has represented SSDI applicants in all 50 states, guiding them from the initial application through the administrative hearing level. During this time he has represented SSDI applicants at administrative law judge hearings in 29 states in 10 judicial circuits.

He joined Allsup Inc. in 1991 and served as a claims representative, appeals analyst, claims manager and senior representative before assuming his current position. Mr. Bueltemann’s current responsibilities includes supervising two groups of senior representatives.

The first group prepare and submit detailed legal briefs to administrative law judges (ALJ) in an effort to secure on-the-record SSDI award decisions. The second group of senior representatives appear in person, if necessary, to present an oral argument to the ALJ in a continued effort to secure a favorable SSDI decision.

Understanding and successfully building strong underlying support for the disabled person’s claim is a specialized skill that, when applied well, has a positive lifelong impact on Allsup clients and their financial situation. “The last thing that a seriously ill or injured claimant should have to face is a stressful courtroom appearance,” Mr. Bueltemann said. “My job is to ensure our representatives present enough evidence that an ALJ can award benefits as early in the process as possible, preferably without the need for a face-to-face hearing. This makes a very difficult life situation for the claimant a little easier to handle.”

Social Media in the Modern Workplace

Saturday, September 22, 2012

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Matt Bahl
Verrill Dana

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Practical, cost-effective solutions are the hallmark of Matt’s practice. Matt counsels and represents management in all areas of labor and employment law. He has represented health care, construction, automotive, media and hospitality clients in a wide variety of traditional labor law matters, including successfully guiding clients through union organizing campaigns, arbitration, work stoppages, unfair labor practice proceedings, and collective bargaining. He also defends employers in litigation before state and federal courts and in administrative charges before federal, state, and local agencies. Matt frequently offers advice and guidance to employers on the ever changing world of wage and hour, employee misclassification, and social media law.

In addition, Matt routinely negotiates and drafts contracts on behalf of clients, including employment, professional service, consulting, vendor service, non-competition, non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements. Matt has also counseled clients on successor liability issues that arise during the sale and purchase of businesses.

Matt is an active author, presenter, a contributing editor to the American Bar Association’s Developing Labor Law treatise, and chief editor of Verrill Dana’s labor and employment blog, All In A Day’s Work (read Matt’s blog posts). Matt also serves on the ABA’s employment rights and responsibilities committee. Empowering employers to navigate the complicated business and legal landscape is a priority for Matt, and he frequently presents on matters relevant to employers and businesses as a whole.

When not helping clients to achieve their business goals, Matt maintains an active lifestyle filled with sports (a clear attempt to relive his former glory days as a college athlete), community involvement, and exploration of Maine’s vast wilderness.

Employee Loyalty

Saturday, September 15, 2012

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Dianne Durkin
Loyalty Factor

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President and Founder of Loyalty Factor, Dianne Durkin has over 25 years of experience in finance, direct sales, international marketing and training and development. She has held Vice President of Marketing and Presidential positions with companies like Gulf Oil, Digital Equipment Corp, Corporate Branding Partnership and ASTEA International. She has also founded and sold two companies.
Dianne has built a reputation as one who can quickly assess the core issues within a company and outline their impact on the organization and its profits, productivity and people. Dianne’s combination of executive management and entrepreneurial skills has proven very beneficial in helping major corporations and small enterprises achieve maximum results.

Dianne is described as a visionary thinker that takes vision into reality, a true leader, a rare combination of creativity and strong business sense who quickly gets to the core issues and their impact on the organization, profits, productivity and people. Because of her unique blend of skills of finance, direct sales, international marketing, training and development, she incorporates Return on Investment thinking into all her processes and recommendations thereby showing measurable results to her clients.

Her effective style at all levels of an organization energizes people to overachieve personally and professionally, while at the same time providing an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual respect.

Because of the combination of her skills, style and energy, she is continually sought after to guide companies into new markets and directions.

A graduate of Rivier College, Ms. Durkin holds a Masters Degree in Mathematics from Duquesne University. She has also completed advanced management programs at the University of Santa Clara and Babson College.

As author of The Loyalty Factor (October, 2010), she has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, The Boston Globe, among numerous other publications. She was also the subject of a cover story in Learning and Training Magazine and she appeared on National Public Radio and Bloomberg Television and Radio. Her writing has appeared in Master Salesmanship, Potentials, New Hampshire Business Review, and other business publications.

Dianne was named Distinguished Woman of the Year. She is also active in the Boston Club, Sales and Marketing Executives of Greater Boston, The Commonwealth Institutes, Boston College CEO Club, Who’s Who in America and Women in World Trade. She is fluent in French and Polish.

Leadership Culture & Engagement and Offsite Retreats

Saturday, September 8, 2012

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Guests:

Ryan Estis,
Chief Experience Officer at Ryan Estis & Associates
Ryan Estis & Associastes

The former Chief Strategy Officer for the People Marketing division of McCann-Erickson Advertising and now serves at the Chief Experience Officer in his growing training and development practice.
Recently recognized as one of the “best keynote speakers seen or heard” alongside Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Al Gore and Marcus Buckingham, Ryan is a leading expert on culture, leadership and the future of work.  He serves as a Sr. Associate with Employer Brand International, an advisory member on the SmartBrief Workforce Council, is a certified Human Capital Strategist and professional member of the National Speakers Association.

Don Macpherson,
President
Modern Survey

Don is responsible for leading the sales, marketing, and consulting departments at Modern Survey. Drawing on 17 years of experience in the field of employee measurement, Don’s areas of expertise include understanding of employee and customer motivations, development of effective leadership, and creating processes for gathering feedback from transitioning employees.

Among a variety of interests, Don volunteers his time to the A Better Chance Foundation. He has been a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters since 1998. Don’s undergraduate studies in Denmark and his stint as a professional basketball player in Germany have helped him understand the global challenges organizations face today. He earned his degree in History and Mass Communications from St. Cloud State University.

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Tom Morris
Founder/President
Morris Associates Inc.

Tom Morris is a career coach, published author, keynote speaker, entrepreneur and business owner. He’s founder and president of Morris Associates Inc. an outplacement and human resources consulting firm in Washington, DC that serves firms in the Mid-Atlantic region.

He is past president of the Washington, DC Area Chapter of the Association of Career Professional International, and for two years served on the Board of Governors for the Institute for Career Certification International. In 1995 he was certified as a Career Management Fellow. Tom has served on or led more than 20 professional and community boards and advisory groups.

Tom has been quoted in local and national publications and interviewed on radio and television stations in both the United States and Canada. His first book, Career Mechanics I: Solutions to Common Career and Employment Issues focuses on career development, recruitment and retention, changing jobs, career assessment, resumes, networking, interviewing and negotiation.

Five Ws and the H: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How For Organizations Conducting Off-Site Retreats –

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