Awards & Past Recipients

We provide our members the opportunity to be nominated and receive the following awards which are bestowed annually in December at our Honor’s Luncheon.

     Russell Gunter Member of the Year Award

     Rising Star Award

     Friend of CAHRA Award

     Legislative Advocacy Award


RUSSELL GUNTER MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD (formerly “Impact Award”)

I. Purpose
The purpose is to recognize service to the Central Arkansas Human Resources Association (CAHRA) in the field of Human Resources Management.  This person has given many years of service to the association and profession.  They are a “go to” person for the association and fellow members.

II. Requirements
Must be a voting member of the Association. Must have been engaged in the field of human resources management for at least five years. Must have made significant contributions to the CAHRA. Must have demonstrated a high degree of competency and professionalism to his/her employer.

Russell Gunter Member of the Year Award (Impact Award) – Past Recipients

Kimara Randolph, PHR, SHRM-CP

2016

Leslie Cloer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

2015

Dale Clinton

2014

Chanta Wells, PHR

2013

Julie Gentry, PHR

2012

Dwight Segraves

2011

Tim McKenna

2010

 Andrea Woods, J.D., PHR

2009

Kelly DeStefano, SPHR

2008

Kelly Carney, SPHR

2007

Kay Brewer, SPHR

2006

Steve Schulte, SPHR

2005

Martha Jones, PHR

2004

Deirdre S. Newcomb, SPHR

2003

Melissa Cofield

2002

Russell Gunter, SPHR

2001

Charles Frost, SPHR

2000

Allen Dobson, SPHR

1999

Kay Brewer, SPHR

1998

Robert Johnson, SPHR

1997

Sheryl Childs, PHR

1996

Vivian Joiner, SPHR

1995

Lin Blair, SPHR

1994

Russell Gunter, SPHR

1993

Peggy Deaton

1992

Nancy Parker Martinsen, PHR

1991

Robert O. Criner

1990

Helen Moore

1989

Richard Cooper, SPHR

1988

Bob Fisher

1987

Charles W. Teer

1986

Dale Black

1985

Linda Tyler, SPHR

1984

Kathleen McComber, SPHR

1983

Tim Orellano, PHR

1982

Ben Traylor

1981

Wes Smelley

1980

Robert G. Bryant

1979

Bess Hester

1978

John D. Lee

1977

Byron W. Smiley

1976

Mike Rogers, SPHR

1975

Harold E. McDaniel

1974

Daniel H. Woods, SPHR

1973

 

RISING STAR AWARD

I. Purpose
The purpose is to give special recognition to a new member who has actively demonstrated their support of the Central Arkansas Human Resources Association (CAHRA)  and our HR profession.

II. Requirements
Must have been a member of CAHRA for no more than eighteen (18) monthsand have demonstrated dedication to the association.

Rising Star Award – Past Recipients 

Doreen Mattes 

2016 

Katrinka Shields, PHR

2014

Glenda Johnson

2013

Jennifer Ragsdale, PHR

2012

Michael Smith, PHR

2011

Odette Woods, JD

2010

Tanner Chapman, PHR

2009

Cindy Wright, PHR

2008

Bobbi Britton, PHR

2006

Tara Musgrove, PHR

2003

Holley Little

2002

Alice Banks

2000

Tiffany Galchus, PHR

1999

Megan Palazzi Thornton

1998

Quinton Fletcher

1997

 

FRIEND OF CAHRA AWARD

I.    Purpose
The purpose is to recognize member companies that have shown an interest in promoting the association and in helping CAHRA advance the profession.

II.    Requirements

  •          The company must have a representative member in CAHRA.
  •          The company must show the extent of their support to maintain and encourage
              participation in human resources management.
  •          The company must show the extent of their support for CAHRA (Ex: chapter officers,
             committee members, facilities, conferences, sponsorship etc.)


Friend of CAHRA Award – Past Recipients

Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.

2016

CINTAS

2015

FirstStaff

2014

IMWell

2013

ABC Financial

2012

Challenger, Gray & Christmas

2011

Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.

2010

Delta Dental

2008

SkillSpan

2006

Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.

2005

M. M. Cohn

1986

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield

1985

Carrier Air Conditioning

1984

  

LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY AWARD

I. Purpose
The purpose is to recognize service to the Central Arkansas Human Resources Association with outstanding contributions of time and effort in local, state, or federal legislative advocacy on behalf of the Human Resources profession.

II. Requirements
Must be a voting member of the Association. Must have been engaged in the field of human resources management for at least three years. Must have made significant contributions in local, state, or federal legislative advocacy on behalf of the Human Resources profession. Must have participated in committees, task forces, or work groups involving legislation, inspiring members who are learning how to increase their legislative advocacy skills, and promote improved understanding of the importance of legislative advocacy and activities on behalf of the Human Resources profession.

Legislative Advocacy Award – Past Recipients

Andrea Woods, J.D., PHR

2009

Andrea Woods, J.D., PHR

Russell Gunter, J.D., SPHR

2006

Andrea Woods. J.D., PHR

2005