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HR group wins national award

Tommy Taylor

KINGMAN - The Northwest Arizona Human Resource Association recently received the top award from the world's largest human resource association.

The Society for Human Resource Management, which represents more than 250,000 members in more than 140 countries, awarded the EXCEL Platinum Award for 2012 to the local association this week.

NWAHRA, which is one of the society's 575 affiliated chapters, will receive a certificate of recognition, a specialized display banner and recognition in the society's publications and at conferences.

"This is actually a pretty big deal and I'm very proud, especially since we're only four years old," said Tommy Taylor, president of NWAHRA.

"We're excited to get this award and hope we can continue to build on it and become stronger in the state."

The EXCEL Platinum Award recognizes outstanding achievements in chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to members.

The award also recognizes NWAHRA's continued growth and development as a business leader.

The association, which has about 50 members in Kingman, Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City, has a growth rate of about 12 percent, placing it in the top 10 percent of affiliates nationwide, said Taylor.

It focuses on community workforce development, government advocacy, community outreach and membership activities.

The association also serves as a resource for small businesses that can't afford to hire full-time specialists in human resources, providing them with information about issues, concerns and legal updates.

Taylor said the networking opportunities on the local and national levels are unlimited for members.

"This recognition is a distinct indication of the chapter's successful partnership with SHRM to serve the networking and professional development needs of human resource professionals and the advancement of the human resources profession," said J. Robert Carr, senior vice president of membership, marketing and external affairs for SHRM.

For more information about NWAHRA, go to www.nwahra.shrm.org.


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