Joanne M. Loce, president of Loce Consulting LLC, is an executive coach, consultant and speaker on topics related to strategic human resources, organization and leadership development, culture, change management, and talent management. She brings over 20 years of experience partnering with business leaders to create Human Resources strategy and delivering people related processes that contribute to the bottom line in a variety of industries, including financial services, automotive, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, insurance, chemicals, non-profit, and public agencies and education. Her current coaching and consulting clients include Fortune 500 companies in various industries, state government, and leaders in small to mid-sized firms.
Ms. Loce served as a Program Director for The Conference Board, leading ten industry conferences on talent management, performance management, and the development of emerging leaders. Her most recent corporate role was the Vice President of Talent Management and Organizational Development for Genworth Financial. Ms. Loce was responsible for leading talent management strategies and processes, recruiting, succession planning, and leadership development across global Genworth. Prior to joining Genworth Financial, Ms. Loce worked for Capital One Financial, General Motors, and the Federal Reserve System where she held a variety of roles in which she coached and consulted with senior executive leadership, provided Human Resources strategy and support for her clients, and led enterprise-wide talent management, leadership development, and cross-functional change efforts.
Joanne is a speaker and consultant on topics such as Integrating Succession Planning with Business Cycles, Change Management, Culture Transformation, Leadership Development, Organizational Capabilities, Building Effective Teams, and Talent Management. She is a former member of The Conference Board Talent Management Executives Council and has been an expert panelist for topics related to maximizing the full potential of the workforce for companies, professional associations, colleges and universities. She is currently an adjunct faculty member with the Community College Workforce Alliance.
Ms. Loce holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Providence College, an MBA/MILR from Cornell University, and a Leadership Coaching Certificate from Georgetown University. She resides in Mechanicsville, Virginia.
Steve Bernstein is managing partner of the firm's Tampa office. He also serves as a Chair of the firm’s Associate Development and Retention Committee.
Steve maintains a traditional labor practice in which he represents employers throughout the United States in both state and federal courts, as well as before the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other state and federal agencies.
In the process, Steve has played a primary role in advising clients on union-related matters. Steve has also acquired a sophisticated level of experience with regard to advising clients on compliance with the WARN Act, USERRA, the FMLA, and the ADA.
A significant portion of his practice is devoted to the implementation of preventive employee relations programs that include supervisory training as well as the development and administration of effective human resources policies and practices.
Previously, Steve worked for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and with the Minority Staff of the U.S. Senate Labor Committee.
Marcella Burkheimer is the Human Resources Supervisor for Casey’s General Stores, Inc., which operates over 1,900 convenience stores across 14 Midwestern states with over 35,000 employees. She has a strong background in leadership development, employee relations, training, safety and performance management. Currently, she oversees a team of employees in the areas of employee relations and training.
Marcella began her career in the Criminal Justice field before shifting her focus to Human Resources. Prior to joining Casey’s, she worked in Human Resources in the retail, manufacturing and distribution industries. She holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and a SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) designation through the National Society of Human Resource Management and is an active member of National SHRM and the Cyclone Chapter of SHRM in Ames, Iowa.
Marcella is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in General Business with a concentration in Human Resources Management from William Penn University. She resides with her husband, Kevin, and their two sons, Brady and Brett.
Bob Graczyk is Vice President, Human Resources for QuickChek Corporation located in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. Prior to QuickChek he held positions as Manager, Human Resources, for Amerada Hess Corporation; and with The Southland Corporation, 7-Eleven, in human resources and retail operations.
Bob served four years in the U.S. Navy and attended George Mason University graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He then earned his MBA from Lehigh University; and attended Saint Joseph’s University completing his MS in Human Resource Management in 2007. Bob holds the SPHR certification from the Society of Human Resources Management.
He began his convenience store career as a part time team member with 7-Eleven, moving on to other positions within the company as Store Manager, Area Supervisor, and District Manager before accepting a training instructor position at a regional training facility. Prior to his departure from 7-Eleven in 1991, he held positions of Division Training and Division Personnel Manager. In that same year, Bob accepted a Retail Training Manager position with Amerada Hess and then was promoted to Manager Personnel Administration and finally to Manager, Retail Recruiting and Development. In September 1997, Bob joined QuickChek Food Stores as Director, Human Resources and in 2002 was promoted to Vice President, Human Resources.
He currently serves on the Boards of Financial Resources Federal Credit Union and the Mid Jersey Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Bob Graczyk retired as a Commander in 2004 from the U.S. Naval Reserves and lives with his wife Terrie in Wescosville, PA. They have two grown sons and three wonderful grandchildren.
Greg Levitan is a Research Coordinator at NACS, where he designs and distributes the annual NACS Compensation Survey, supports NACS Shopper Panel research and analyzes internal surveys that support continuous improvement of NACS events and services. Levitan previously served in various positions for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in Las Vegas and Baltimore, most recently as a Client Information Specialist supporting VIP guest profile management . He holds an M. Ed in Professional Studies from Marymount University and a B.S. in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Lorie Maring focuses her practice on helping employers navigate Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and other state and federal laws impacting the design, implementation and ongoing compliance of their employee benefit plans and programs.
She regularly advises clients on the Affordable Care Act, health and welfare benefits, qualified plans, executive compensation, Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs) and multiemployer plan issues.
Lorie also represents employers in managing Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) audits, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance and fiduciary obligations. She serves clients in the public and private sector, including non-profit organizations and trade associations.
Lori Mullins, Director of Learning, Talent, and Professional Development for RaceTrac Petroleum, joined the company in 2005 after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Louisiana State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University.
During Lori’s first 10 years at RaceTrac, her leadership was focused on the field teams – attracting and selecting top talent, career development, and retention of over 400 store teams across the southeast. During this time, Lori has held other roles to include Recruiter, Hiring Supervisor, and Director of HR in the Louisiana region; Director of HR in the Dallas/Fort Worth region; Director of Field HR supporting the 6 RaceTrac regions and the RaceWay division. Lori’s current role, Director of Learning, Talent, and Professional Development, leads and supports professional learning, career development, Instructional Design, and talent management for all employees in the field and at the Store Support Center in Atlanta. Prior to joining RaceTrac, Lori worked for Coca-Cola Bottling Company United for 5 years in Human Resources supporting its 6 bottling plants and production facilities across Louisiana and Mississippi.
Cindi Summers is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Casey’s General Stores, Inc., which operates over 1,900 stores across 14 Midwestern states with over 35,000 employees. She has spent much of her career at Fortune 500 companies in the retail, manufacturing and financial services industries. She has directed human resources, payroll, training, and technical writing functions with extensive and demonstrated experience in leadership and consulting roles involving compliance, talent management, employee relations, compensation and benefits. She holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and SHRM-CP (certified professional) designation through the National Society of Human Resource Management and she is an active member of the National Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), the Central Iowa Chapter of SHRM and the National American Payroll Association; she also serves as a Deputy on the Iowa Business Council. Cindi holds an Associate degree as a Legal Assistant, a Bachelor degree in Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship, and has a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership.
John Thompson is a partner in the Atlanta office. His practice focuses on wage and hour law, emphasizing issues relating to minimum wage, overtime, timekeeping, and wage-payment requirements.
He assists employers in preventive efforts designed to ensure compliance, and he handles both investigations conducted by government agencies and litigation in the wage and hour area.
He has also addressed wage-hour topics in presentations to numerous employer groups and in articles appearing in both human resources publications and industry journals.
John was recognized as an Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in Americafor 2014. He is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been included in Georgia Super Lawyers.
He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 and in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2009. John is the editor of the firm's Wage & Hour Laws Blog.
Matt Thornhill is considered to be one of the nation’s authorities on generational dynamics at work and in the marketplace. His opinions and insights are sought by media around the world. He’s appeared on NBC, CBS, CNBC, in BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek and The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and countless others.
Matt has spoken at over 200 events across the United States, Canada, Spain, Brazil and Panama in front of audiences from 2 to 2,000. He conducts training and workshop sessions at corporate events to help organizations better understand generational dynamics at work and in the market place and how those dynamics are shaping the future of work.
Before partnering with SIR to bring the Boomer Project to life in early 2003, Matt enjoyed a 23-year career in the advertising agency business with Ogilvy, Bates and The Martin Agency. Besides overseeing research and consulting work for clients, he also is the founder of GenerationsMatter, co-author of the acclaimed book, “Boomer Consumer” and writes a monthly syndicated column on generational issues.