President’s Letter



Happy New Year!
It is hard to believe another year has passed and we have now welcomed in the year 2020.  It seems like just yesterday we were worried about converting from 1999 to 2000 and the impacts of Y2K.  Twenty years has certainly gone by in the blink of an eye, in fact the past year has too. 

First and foremost, I want to thank our past presidents, Tom, Darren, Rich, as well as, the SuncoastHR board for establishing the foundation and setting the stage for what I believe will be a fantastic year of learning, giving back and networking.  Without the hard work of many, our chapter would not have experienced the achievements we have had to date.  The SuncoastHR membership continues to grow and it is because of you providing input for program content, inviting guests to become members and supporting our speakers and sponsors at the chapter meetings.

As we kick off the New Year, our goal is to provide meaningful program content that appeals to all HR professionals no matter where you are in your HR journey.   The board has been working diligently to refine the program content starting in January with Tom Topping presenting at our chapter meeting then offering a workshop specifically addressing skills for Recruiting, Retaining, and Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce.  You will not want to miss this opportunity.  I am also pleased to announce we are nearing the completion of our new website, which will allow easier navigation for registration, finding information and supporting our sponsors.  We will feature our topics for the year to include the all-day learning with the SuncoastHR Conference (formerly On the Cutting Edge) on April 8th at Ruth Eckerd Hall. 

From all of us on the SuncoastHR board, we invite you to join us on the HR learning journey in 2020 and welcome your feedback throughout the year.  We look forward to another great year working with you. 

David Bode
President, SuncoastHR



Join SuncoastHR for our January Meeting featuring, for the first time, an optional WORKSHOP to explore and expand this month’s topic!

Part One – Breakfast Meeting (1 CEU)


“Don’t Let the Gray Hair Fool You, I’m a Millennial! – Recruiting, Retaining, and Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce”

Pre-registration Cost: $0 Premier; $20 Basic; $30 Guest


Wednesday, January 8th
8:00am - 9:30am (Registration begins at 7:30am)
Feathersound Country Club
2201 Feather Sound Drive
Clearwater, FL 33762

Eliminating generational bias plays a critical role in increasing an organization's ability to recruit, retain, and manage a multi-generational workforce. This program seeks to positively impact an organization's bottom line, while simultaneously impacting its vision, mission, and goals by developing and implementing strategies for recruiting, retaining, and managing a multi-generational workforce that will increase individual and organizational value, with a focus on aligning those responsibilities across all business units. Learners will understand how to leverage those strategies to positively affect different business functions across their organization and enter into critical partnerships with other departments, while focusing on the target of achieving larger organizational goals. This program will also help to improve participant's skills in strategic planning that are crucial to capacity building, increasing critical thinking around recruiting, retention, and managing employees, as well as developing overall leadership effectiveness.



Part Two - Workshop (2 CEU)


“Developing Skills for Recruiting, Retaining, and Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce”


Pre-registration Cost $40
Wednesday, January 8th  
9:45am - 11:45am



Generational labels are everywhere. Many organizations customize strategies to recruit, hire, and serve employees using what they believe are cutting edge, scientific data. Unfortunately, this “research” leads to unintended stereotypes that are wholly anecdotal and not true across generations. In fact, they're only true based on the developmental stage of a group of people born at the same time.


This workshop is designed to provide strategies that will help professionals start a shift in their thinking and raise awareness about predisposed generational differences that impact the workplace culture and human capital management decisions. It will reveal commonly held preconceptions that are the result of statistically inaccurate data. The consequences of which are costing organizations money and individuals their leadership credibility.





Tom Topping
Tom Topping is a professional speaker and employee engagement expert with a master’s degree in Human Resources Management. He has spent his career transforming teams and training individuals for some of the largest organizations in the United States. His professional contributions have been described as innovative, unique, pioneering, daring, and out-of-the-box. He has led large-scale pilot programs in performance management, re-envisioned an entire human resources department, and managed the implementation of a $5 million educational grant. His company, Training Perfected, is dedicated to helping organizations and individuals maximize the performance and happiness of their employees.

As a committed member of the business community, Tom currently serves as District Director for HR Florida. He was named the HR Florida Chapter President of the Year for 2017 for his service to SuncoastHR in Pinellas County, Florida. 

An aspect of his background that brings him pride is the 15 years he spent as a consultant for Nike, as the Director/Head Coach of the Nike Team Florida traveling basketball team. Many of his players went on to win high school, state, and national basketball championships, as well as NCAA Division I National Championships and NBA championships. Six Nike Team Florida alumni have been drafted by NBA teams. Over 120 Nike Team Florida alumni received full college basketball scholarships (an estimated value of $15 million dollars.)


According to Tom, “Optimizing staff leadership and team performance at every level of an organization truly excites me. I love developing cutting edge techniques that lead to award-winning approaches in team building.”

This month’s meeting is sponsored by:





At No Limit Technology, Inc. they leverage their experience, agility, and partnership model to implement and execute transformational strategies for cloud adoption. They have staffing solutions that are comprised of placing the right talent in the right position, streamlining business processes and exceeding client demands.

They serve the IT, Healthcare, and Higher Ed communities, fostering relationships with talented professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Working alongside business leaders, they excel in building end-to-end lean care systems for providers, payers, and technical organizations.

They pride themselves on offering rapid, quality services at fair price points. Their guarantee is to establish an ideal match for both consultant and end client, striving to create mutually prosperous relationships. If staffing gaps are identified they have an AI driven recruiting model that will assist augmentation to elevate technology, increase profits, and drive organizations toward new opportunities.

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