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The Tom Burke Award

Thomas B. Burke, SPHR, was a special individual who was a dedicated leader in the human resource profession - a Past President of the chapter and a Past President of the Society for Human Resource Management. At the time of his death in 1996, HHRMA (HR Houston) established the Tom Burke Award for the Distinguished Professional in Human Resources in his memory. In naming a recipient of the award, the nomination committee searches for someone who meets the following criteria, as exemplified by Tom Burke in his career:


Criteria: (a) Professional HR Certification; (b) Member of HR Houston; (c) Actively employed with a minimum of ten years HR Management experience; (d) A strategic business partner; (e) A role model for the profession; (f) A leader, rather than a follower, who sets standards for the profession; and (g) Applies his/her professional experience outside his/her organization.


Recipients of the award have included:


Jim Wilkerson, SPHR
Vice President, HR
ABB Vetco
Kathleen Fenninger, SPHR
Senior Director, Recruitment & Retention
Enron Corporation
Mary Banks, SPHR
Manager, Employee Relations
Bank One
Bob Carlquist, SPHR
Vice President, HR
The Houston Chronicle Publishing Co.
Tom Anderson, JD, SPHR
Director, HR & Risk Management
Fort Bend County


John Ryder, SPHR
Division Vice President, HR
Dynegy, Inc.


Irene Helsinger, SPHR
Senior Vice President, HR
St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital System

Lane Transou, SPHR
Manager, Benefits
Dyneygy, Inc.

Kathleen Kelley, SPHR
Vice President, HR
Garden Ridge, Inc.
Joe Gorczyca, SPHR
Senior Director, HR-Worldwide Ops.
BMC Software


Suzanne Speak, SPHR
Senior HR/OD Consultant
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center


John Greer, SPHR, HRIP
HR Director

B&W Fluid Dynamics, Inc.


Tracy Frazier, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Director of Advice & Counsel Services

Memorial Hermann Health System



Mitch Beckman, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Vice President, Human Resources, HSE

Webber, LLC


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