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Panelist Bio

Craig Broome
Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management

Born 1975; Married to Michele; four children. Connor, boy, 2001, Blake, boy, 2001, Hannah, girl, 2004, Kate, girl, 2009

• BS, Louisiana State University
• Human Resources

Business Leader who has successfully aligned Human Resource Departments to key corporate values to ensure HR is operationally effecient. He has experience in multiple highly competitive industries where the employees are the competitive edge. He has created and lead an HR / Payroll / Benefits outsourcing company that focused on value creation and long term client satisfaction.

• 2015 - present – Highflyer HR, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; President
• Create and lead Human Capital Management company
• Responsible for management of all daily activites including sales, operations and strategic partnerships.
• 2006 - 2015 - ESS, Baton Rouge, LA, CEO
• Accomplished Executive with extensive experience and consummate achievements building multiple best-inclass organizations. A savvy team leader skilled in attracting the most qualified employees and matching them to jobs for which they are well suited. Pivotal contributor to senior operating and leadership executives, providing leadership for multiple acquisitions, from due diligence to conversion. Innovative problem solver, strategic decision maker, strong communicator.
• Drove the continuous personal improvement and professional development of both leadership and non-leadership employees reducing turnover to less than 5% annually
• Maintained an average annual increase in sales of 35%
• 2004 to 2006 – Surgical Specialty Centre Baton Rouge , LA, HR Director
• Developed a HR department and hired all staff for a new concept outpatient surgical Hospital.
• Managed all non-clinical functions of the Hospital
• Maintained a > 10% turnover rate

• Partnered with clinical management to grow the business through innovative human-resources management.

• 1998 – 2004 – EATEL, Baton Rouge, LA Human Resource Executive
• Established communication programs to update employees, management, and field offices on company’s new programs and changes.
• Incorporated benefits-program review that resulted in increase in 401(k) program participation from 25 percent to 65 percent.
• Reviewed and restructured health-benefit program without reducing benefits to employees; reduced cost, while improving claims payments and ability to introduce several wellness programs.
• Refined salary systems for all levels of employees with compensation programs

Current Topic

     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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