On April 15, 1970, the Southern Connecticut Chapter received recognition of its charter from our national organization, which was known, at the time, as ASPA (The American Society for Personnel Administration). ASPA was founded in 1948 by a group of just 28 individuals, and we became its 133rd chapter represented by 45 local area Personnel members. (Today, SHRM has over 490 affiliated chapters!)
Our early officers and members were associated with such companies as Barnes Engineering Company; Standard Packaging Corporation, Nash Engineering Company, Glyco Chemicals, Inc., Perkin-Elmer Corporation, Hewitt-Robins, Inc., Xerox Corporation, Warnaco, Liggett Drug, Pepperidge Farm, Citizens Utilities, and Clairol, Inc. to name a few.
Our first Chapter President, Edward Tarczali, Director of Personnel, Barnes Engineering, indicated there was “a need to bring professional resources in the fields of personnel administration and industrial relations together, particularly considering the increasing number of major U.S. firms locating their corporate headquarters to the Southern Connecticut area.
The chapter focused on “improving the competence of personnel and industrial relations administrators to raise the standards of performance in all phases of personnel and industrial relations.”
While we, as a profession, have changed our name from Personnel to Human Resources, we have also expanded our roles and impact on business and industry. No longer are we just focused on “personnel and industrial relations administration.” Today, we are management partners of vital businesses across all industries, domestically and internationally.
We have grown as business has grown. We are global. The Society of Human Resource Management, nationally and locally, has been there to support this dynamic growth.
And so, we present our past Presidents who have left a legacy to us…
With gratitude, we thank them for their leadership and service along with all of the many volunteers, past and present, who have contributed to the success of
The Southern Connecticut Chapter
of the Society for Human Resources Management.
Susan Blazer 2014-2015
Randall Chase, SPHR2012-2013
Jennifer Moran Araujo, SPHR2010-2011
Edward L. Skarren1987
Michele T Beccarelli, SPHR2006-2007
John J. Gurecki1994
Ambrose R. Frascino1985
Donald G. Duncan1983
Peyton Morris, Jr.1974
John L. Ungvary1990
Barbara Rittner John Carroll1998
Martin J. Dunleavy1989
Edward Tarczali Founder, 1970
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