Martha I. Finney

Martha I. Finney is a writer and consultant specializing in employee engagement and leadership communications. A business journalist for 20 years before entering the consulting field full-time, she brings the qualitative perspective of workplace passion and problem-solving to clients who value the transformative power of engaged employees throughout the organization.

Her clients and leader interviews have come from such organizations as the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency; Intuit; Hewlett-Packard; Newell Rubbermaid; Caterpillar; Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide; Marriott; America Online; Yahoo!; the New York Philharmonic; Textron; Charles Schwab; Industrial Light and Magic; AFLAC; Walt Disney Studios; Deloitte Touche and U.S. Geological Survey.

Martha is author or co-author of more than 13 books, including HR From the Heart: Inspiring Stories and Strategies for Building the People Side of Great Business, with Yahoo’s Chief People Officer, Libby Sartain. Her newest book, The Truth About Getting the Best From People (FT Press, February 2008), helps new managers understand how their beliefs and behaviors promote engagement among their direct reports.

Her original research into joy in the American workplace was featured on CNN, NPR’s Morning Edition, and in major newspapers throughout the United States, as well as Across the Board magazine.

  • Outcomes: Loyalty; retention; recruitment; motivation; safety; engaged culture; public relations positioning; change objectives.
  • Areas of emphasis: Corporate communications; HR groups; workforce development; sales; new managers; new hires; community relations.
  • Products and services: Voice-of-the-employees interviews and profiles; white papers; case studies; book chapters; ghostwriting; publishing consultation.
  • Keynotes and workshops: “Sustain Your Flame! Keep Alive the Mission and Meaning of Your HR Career” (for internal HR group events) and new manager workshops based on the principles of The Truth About Getting the Best From People.

Cathy Fyock

Cathy Fyock, CSP, SPHR, consults with organizations to attract top talent, reduce turnover, and improve productivity in a volatile labor market. A dynamic speaker and seminar leader, she has provided over 200 national seminars for the Society for Human Resource Management alone. Fyock's acclaimed books on hiring include UnRetirement: A Career Guide for the Retired...the Soon-to-Be-Retired...the Never-Want-to-Be-Retired (1994, AMACOM) and The Hiring Source Book: A Collection of Practical Examples (2004, SHRM). Her monthly electronic briefing, The Employment Strategist, is distributed to thousands of hiring managers and HR pros who have attended her training programs.

Rusty Rueff

Rusty Rueff joined SNOCAP as their CEO in 2005. SNOCAP is the world’s first end-to-end solution for digital licensing and copyright management services, enabling record labels and individual artists to make the full depth of their catalogs available through authorized peer-to-peer networks and online retailers.

Prior to his position at SNOCAP, he was Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Electronic Arts (EA). Joining EA in 1998, he was responsible for global human resources, talent management, corporate services and facilities, corporate communications, and government affairs, reporting to EA’s Chairman and CEO. EA is the world’s largest, and leading, interactive entertainment software company, with revenues of over $3.5 billion and 6,500 employees. In 2003, Fortune named EA one of the “Top 100 Places to Work For” in the United States.

Prior to joining EA, Rueff held positions with the PepsiCo companies for over 10 years. He concluded his career with PepsiCo as Vice President, International Human Resources. Prior to his tenure with PepsiCo, Rueff spent two years with the Pratt & Whitney Division of United Technologies. In addition, he spent six years in commercial radio as an on-air personality.

He holds an M.S. degree in Counseling and a B.A. degree in Radio and Television from Purdue University. He was given the honor in 2003 of being named a Distinguished Purdue Alumni. Rueff and his wife are the named benefactors of Purdue’s Patti and Rusty Rueff Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

He currently serves on the Corporate Boards of SNOCAP, All Covered, and Sports Potential. He is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of San Francisco-based American Conservatory Theater (ACT). He is the majority owner of R-Squared Stables, based at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY., and a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). He and his wife, Patti, reside in Hillsborough, CA.

David Russo

David Russo is Principal and CEO of Eno River Associates, Inc., a consulting practice which helps executives build high performing organizations by developing win-win relationships with the workforce.  Mr. Russo has consulted with many global companies, including American Express, Johnson & Johnson, Minitab Inc., American Eagle Outfitters, and the CIA.  Before his retirement in 1999, he was the senior HR executive for SAS Institute, the world’s largest privately held software company, known as a perennial Fortune “Best Place to Work” for its quality work environment and focus on its people.

Hank Stringer

Hank Stringer has over two decades of experience as a successful high-tech industry recruiter, entrepreneur, and innovator in the use of information technology in the recruitment and employment process. Today, Stringer is CEO of Q Talent Partners, an executive search services and consulting firm based on the philosophies and best practices of this book.

Forecasting a talent shortage in 1996, Stringer applied his energy and experiences to start Hire.com. There, he and a team of entrepreneurs created an early ASP business model, utilizing the Internet to scale and automate interactive recruiting relationships and processes. Under his tenure, Hire.com dramatically changed the way companies recruit, hire, and retain talent. Today, global companies, such as Federal Express, BP, Allianz, Raytheon, and Prudential, have adopted Hire.com’s revolutionary approach.

Prior to founding Hire.com, Stringer was president and co-founder of Pedley-Stringer, Inc., a high-tech recruitment firm. Stringer previously served as an internal recruiting consultant for Tandem Computers and Dell Computer, where he was responsible for a number of special recruiting projects in the U.S. and Asia.

Stringer has authored many articles about recruitment and the future of talent management in the workplace, and is an accomplished speaker who has appeared at numerous international industry-leading events.

Stringer holds a B.A. in Journalism and Government Studies from Texas State University and currently serves as President of the Advisory Board for the McCoy School of Business at his alma mater. Hank resides with his wife and kids in the hill country outside Austin, Texas.

Vince Thompson

Vincent Thompson is principal at Middleshift Consulting, and works with Internet companies to design world-class online marketing solutions and build sales organizations. His clients include Napster, StarStyle.com and Break.com. Thompson has spent fifteen years as a middle manager leading teams in challenging industries: first in restaurants, then in television, and now in the Internet business. He spent seven years as Regional VP of Sales for America Online, designing its sales training organization, and managing teams in SF, LA, Chicago and Dulles, VA. He has spoken widely on online advertising, and contributed to the textbook Media Selling.

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