Power Leaders in Human Resources

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Power Leaders in Human Resources
Meet the people behind the people at region's businesses


CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (October 28, 2016) – South Florida Business Journal is pleased to introduce the inaugural Power Leaders in Human Resources – recognizing the people who oversee the workforce at some of the tri-county area's most prominent companies.

This list highlights 48 individuals who oversee various aspects of employment, including recruitment; administration of employee payroll, benefits and compensation; employee training; compliance with labor laws and employment standards; ensuring equal opportunities and dealing with issues such as discrimination.

And though much of what they do is behind the scenes, their achievements are impressive and worthy of recognition. Some examples:

  • Joy A. Batteen built her firms HR department from the ground up, and has been instrumental in growing its wellness initiatives.
  • Michael Kushner started a third-party administrator for a former employer that is still paying employee claims 20 years later.
  • Colin P. McDonald took a talent acquisition function that had been outsourced in-house, saving more than $800,000 annually.
  • Mindy Raymond led the planning, development and implementation of the One Team. One Mission culture change initiative.

But they're not all about the workplace. Many of our honorees are active in the community, giving time and money to area non-profits, mentoring aspiring leaders and serving on boards.

Their extracurricular activities include playing sports, cheering on their favorite teams, visiting destinations worldwide, cooking and gardening – even skydiving.

Read on to learn about our Power Leaders in HR – the people behind the people in South Florida business. www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2016/10/28/power-leaders-in-human-resources.html

VP of Human Resources, ABB OPTICAL GROUP
12301 N.W. 39 Street
Coral Springs, FL 33065

Birthplace: Cleveland

Education: B.B.A., Florida International University, M.B.A, Barry University

Greatest professional achievement: She oversees the planning, staffing, talent management and succession processes, as well as compensation and benefits, employee relations and leadership development and training, for more than 1,000 employees at four distribution centers across the U.S.

Personal note: Delgado is Cuban-American and speaks Spanish. "I grew up with the best of both worlds,' she says. 'I have visited three continents and enjoy traveling."

ABB OPTICAL GROUP is a leading provider of optical products in the United States. The company supplies nearly two-thirds of eye care professionals across the country with brand name contact lenses, fully customizable gas permeable and custom specialty soft contact lenses, ophthalmic lenses and more. The company's Digital Eye Lab is a fully automated optical lab dedicated to freeform digital lens fabrication. ABB OPTICAL GROUP also offers practice-building services such as pricing strategy tools, business reviews, annual supply staff training and e-commerce solutions. For additional information, visit ABBOptical.com.

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