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Message from Kim: Who Can You Trust?

Published Monday, October 29, 2018
by Kim Gusman, President & CEO

Kim GusmanSince the 2016 election I’ve heard more about cyber attacks, Facebook hacks, and “Fake News” than ever before. And, while there are many positives that have come with technology, one of the downsides is information overload. Sometimes it’s hard to know who to trust as an accurate and reliable resource anymore. CEA has been providing thousands of California employers with employment solutions since 1937. This month especially, we want to thank you for turning to us as your trusted partner!

You don’t need to spend your valuable time watching for new labor laws or pulling your hair out trying to implement a new regulation. We stay on top of California’s ever-changing employment laws for you and deliver important information to you through weekly updates, e-newsletters, blogs, and a robust website. When you have questions, we are just a phone call away and we’ll even come on site to assist you.

As the President and CEO of California Employers Association, I am proud to be a part of the team that serves you. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my staff for the great work they do and remind you that when you work with CEA, you have access to a talented team of:

In-House Attorneys: Jessica Hawthorne, Esq. and Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. This high caliber duo has a combined total of over 40 years of employment law experience including investigations and litigations.

Subject Matter Experts: Mari Bradford, Jenn Connolly, Dennis Pufpaf, and Craig Strong collectively have more than 100 years of human resource and labor relations experience in a vast number of industries. Along with our in-house attorneys, they answer over 12,000 calls each year from employers.

Trainers and Recruiters: Daniela Devitt, Jerry Franksen, Kecia Hanson, Jessica Mirabile, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP are all certified trainers with a boatload of degrees and years of experience in education, facilitation and recruiting. They help our members find top talent and build engaged teams.

Labor Relations Directors: Dr. Rene Castro and Scott Kidd both have an incredible amount of experience in helping our members deal with difficult union negotiations and complicated collective bargaining agreements.

Membership Directors: Scott Dear, Mary Ann Grant, and Les Taylor are exceptional professionals who work to lighten the load for employers across the State with CEA’s membership plans, products, and services.

Operations Specialists: Brittany Faiola, Geneva O’Roy, Stephanie Neely, Regina Ruby, and Sandy Van Vleck keep CEA’s infrastructure strong, our marketing materials fresh, and provides superior customer service for thousands of employers each year!

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve your business and thankful to be your trusted HR resource when it comes to education, training and employee relation needs. Happy Thanksgiving!


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