Strategist, consultant, trainer, and speaker. John Savas has more than 25 years of human resource experience in both corporate and consulting roles. He has worked with a variety of industries including public and private companies, family-owned businesses, and non-profit organizations. Throughout his career, he has been exposed to virtually all areas within HR and would be characterized as a true senior HR generalist and expert. He has successfully managed and participated in projects relating to strategic planning, employee communications, performance management, re-designing and implementing health and retirement benefit programs, leadership training, employee and labor relations, total rewards and compensation, staffing and recruitment, and numerous talent management initiatives. He has been instrumental in the development and implementation of numerous workplace violence prevention and intervention programs, including domestic violence in the workplace. He speaks and trains frequently on human resource topics such as performance management, leadership, harassment and discrimination, workplace violence, as well as personal development.
Prior to forming Odasi Consulting, he was the Practice Leader for Forest Financial Group, Inc., where he led both the human resource consulting and workplace violence consulting practices. Compelled to make a difference, John co-founded the Center for Domestic Violence Policy whose purpose is to advocate for the prevention of domestic violence and the protection of victims. John was previously a Partner and Human Resource Practice Leader for Blue Prairie Group, a human resource and investment consulting firm, helping it to become one of INC 5000’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in 2009 and 2011. Prior to that, he was an Officer and Vice President of Human Resources for The Pampered Chef, a Berkshire Hathaway company. His senior leadership experience was also demonstrated at Tuthill Corporation, where he was successful in starting-up the company's first corporate Human Resources Department. He has previously held senior management positions with DSC Logistics and The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Much of his professional life has been dedicated to improving processes and systems, developing the people around him, and adding value to organizations by documenting and quantifying the successes of the Human Resource function.
John holds an M.B.A. and a Bachelor of Science degree in Personnel and Industrial Relations Management from Northern Illinois University. He is President of the Board of Directors of the James R. Jordan Boys and Girls Club and serves on the Corporate Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago SHRM chapter and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management where he maintains both the Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certifications. He is also a member of Forefront and the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits. He maintains an Illinois producer license for health and life insurance. He volunteers as a pro bono Account Director for Taproot Foundation. In his spare time, John enjoys golf, bicycling, hiking, and spending time with his two daughters.
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