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HR Tampa Joins U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Hiring our Heroes” Career Fair

HR Tampa Joins U.S. Chamber of Commerce

“Hiring our Heroes” Career Fair


On behalf of HR Tampa, several volunteers recently provided “ground support” for the recently held Hiring our Heroes’ event sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on April 17, 2015 held at the Ramada Inn-Westshore.

The responsibility of each volunteer was to represent HR Tampa’s Workforce Committee as part of the recently launched Veteran Initiative 2015 and to provide in-person assistance to the 180 registered veterans.  This one-stop opportunity for veterans looking for employment was significantly helpful in areas of resume review, interview etiquette, the application process, to name a few.  HR professionals were in full force to answer any questions from veterans or their spouses in an effort to bring a calmness to their fears and address uncertainties regarding how to find a job outside of the military.

As a result, I would like to share a few comments received over the weekend from the sponsors of this event…

“I cannot thank you enough for the tremendous support you and your volunteers provided last week at the Tampa HOH event. Literally, to have 15 to 20 volunteers on the ground for the entire event was a huge help!

Ernie Lombardi, Senior Event Planner, Southeast Region,

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Washington, DC


“I wanted to take a moment to thank you personally for mobilizing such a big team at the event on last week. We helped a total of 70 people! I really appreciate all of your help with this. Resume review is a huge part of these events. These sessions give the service members an opportunity to work with experts and gain more tools and skills needed to succeed.”

Selyna K. Buie, Outreach Programs Coordinator, Hiring Our Heroes,

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Washington, DC


Although many wanted to be there but were unable to join us due to previous commitments, I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to the below listed individuals who not only represent themselves as an HR professional, but as someone with a passion and commitment to help veterans in the Tampa Bay region: 

·         Ashley Daniels, Ultimate Staffing

· Michael Levy, Verify Network

·         Becky Burns, Franklin Street

· Paula Rodriguez, Westminster Palms

·         Beth Greenman, Initiative Volunteer

· Ron Strother, Ultimate Staffing

·         Debby Erdahl, Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay

· Stephanie Ertel, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network

·         Edwin Del Castillo, Lowes Home Improvement

· Susan Broussard, Trademark Metals Recycling

·         Kevin Trussler, IT Resource Group

· Terry Kluender, St. Leo University

·         Krista Ellerman, Healthcare Support Staffing

· Victoria Heinrich, AgilityHR

·         Leander Hamilton, AACSB International



Thanks again everyone!




Bernard “Bernie” D. Currie, SHRM-CP, PHR

Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG)

Veteran’s Initiative 2015





Note:  HR Tampa’s Workforce Committee Veteran Initiative 2015 meets every month on the first Thursday of the month from 6:00-8:00pm at the Bayport Plaza, Suite #300 in Tampa.  This committee is open to current members of HR Tampa. We invite all active HR Tampa members in good standing to participate. For more information, contact Bernie Currie ( or Debby Erdahl (

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