2017 SHHRPP Conference Wrap Up

2017 Conference Wrap-Up


The 2016 SHHRPP Annual Conference was held at the beautiful Toftrees Golf Resort in State College, PA on October 13th and 14th. The Toftrees Resort is nestled in secluded pine trees providing a quiet, relaxing setting. Guestrooms were renovated in the spring of 2016. Toftrees Resort is also the home of “The Field,” a well known burger and tap restaurant with unique food options with a farm-to-table mentality.

The conference opened Thursday morning with a continental breakfast, sponsored by Health eCareers. Greg Maras, President of SHHRPP, welcomed everyone to the conference. Thursday’s presentations began with Chip Madiera, the Leadership Lion, specializing in developing courageous leaders who can accelerate business results and increase employee engagement and performance.  Chip is one of America’s premiere business speakers and experts on Courageous Leadership, Thriving in Change and Creating Environments of World-Class Excellence.  He is a wonderful and engaging speaker with a heart of BOLD!

Jon Delano is a well recognized, awarding winning political analyst known for even-handed on-air analysis of political and governmental events. He has the ability to analyze complex issues and make them understandable to any audience. His perspective of the upcoming elections and results were very interesting and done in a manner that was neither direction-driven nor biased. It was a wonderful insight to the political world and how the elections may affect our business.

During the Awards Luncheon, Greg Maras was presented with a gift for serving as President for SHHRPP during 2016. The gift and luncheon were sponsored by Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Steward, P.C.

Following the luncheon, Daniel Fassio, presented a legal overview on the current events. Daniel focuses his practice in the area of traditional labor and employment law for the Pittsburgh Office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.  Dan also worked on a variety of matters under the National Labor Relations Act, including unfair labor practice charges, bargaining issues, and work stoppage and picketing matters.

Tom Cummins’, CCP, National Practice Leader, Gallagher Surveys, presentation focused on the current market and future trends of healthcare compensation.  Tom is a regular speaker for the SHHRPP conference. His presentations, while always very informative, are enlightening and very entertaining. Tom’s expertise is in the fields of research, design, data modeling, and survey techniques.

A brief membership meeting concluded the business portion of Thursday’s events. A reception and delicious dinner, sponsored by Oxford Immunotec and Innovative Student Loan Solutions respectively, was held in the evening. This was a great time to fellowship and network with other HR professionals in a relaxed and beautiful setting in the Toftrees Resort.

Friday morning began with a continental breakfast, sponsored by Grand Canyon University, and the exhibitor prize drawings. This was followed by Angela Sanders’, Esquire and Theresa Mongiovi’s, Partner, of the Brubaker Connaughton Goss & Lucarelli law firm, presentation which focused on how marijuana, prescriptions drugs and alcohol affect the workplace and ways to manage it while keeping in mind regulations protecting employees.

Norman Kerr is a principal in the Pittsburgh Health Practice at Buck Consultants. Norm is responsible for overall delivery of Buck services and brings new ideas to clients across all human resource activities. He has over 25 years of experience in the group benefits field. Norm provided an update on benefit trends and employee engagement.

The final speaker of the conference, Sam Rosenberg, President of INPAX/Academy of Personal Protection presented on how to plan, train and prep for a disaster at a medical facility. Sam has over two decades of experience protecting people and organizations and teaching them to protect themselves. He is a former US Marine Corps officer and has written widely on the management of interpersonal aggression.  He is the author of INPAX – The Way of the Warrior and the Travelers Guide to Personal Security, and is the inventor of the Response Pen

We received many wonderful and positive comments from attendees, exhibitors and sponsors expressing their desire to attend in 2017.  We wish to thank everyone who participated in making the 2016 SHHRPP conference a wonderful, informative, fun and valuable conference once again!

A very special thanks to Peggy Maxwell for coordinating all aspects of the conference.


Debra Keller

Communications Officer