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Our President

Sandra J. Byrnes

Ms. Byrnes has 20 plus years of senior-level human resource experience. She is a graduate of Roosevelt University’s School of Business with a degree in Personnel Administration. Sandra was one of the first people in the U.S. to qualify for the designation of "Senior Professional in Human Resources" through the Society for Human Resource Management.

She developed the HR Mentor subscription service, which is the unique help line service that acts as a cornerstone of the outsourced HR department. The clients of Ms. Byrnes count on her in a wide variety of crisis situations, strategic human resource planning initiatives and consider her an indispensable part of their management team. Sandy’s prior experience include; Managing Principal of Human Resource Management Systems, Inc., Vice President of Human Resources for NBD Illinois, Regional Manager of Employee Relations with L.B. Foster Company.

Sandy is a nationally licensed race official for Sports Car Club of America and a former member of its Chicago Region Board of Directors. She currently serves as the President of Executive Connections, an organization of women executives and is a member of the Tooling and Manufacturing Association. She also served as the President of the Board of Education for High School District 214, and as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Evanston/North Shore YWCA and the Shelter for Battered Women.

Professional Staff

"Each of these professionals brings a mix of skills ranging from compensation planning, recruiting, benefits programs, HR policies, employee handbooks, employee relations, training and more."

Paul J. Gonzales

  • A senior executive experienced in both compensation and benefits program design and implementation

Jack H. Grossman, Ph. D.

  • A management counselor focusing on family owned businesses
  • A published author and professor

Laura M. Mangini

  • An expert in designing and implementing employee handbooks
  • A specialist in payroll and benefits administration and recruiting

Jose E. Mendoza

  • A training expert and Spanish translator for effective communication of standards and benefits to improve morale and productivity