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Gene Caudle, SPHR, Senior Vice President

Gene Caudle is the practice leader for OFCCP Government Contractor Compliance, Affirmative Action and OSHA Safety Compliance programs for Flex HR. Throughout his comprehensive human resources career, Caudle worked with several Fortune 500 organizations well known for their leading edge HR programs and "best practice" processes. His experience includes working for the CECO Corporation, a Fortune 500 organization in the Construction/Engineering industry. While a senior HR leader with CECO, Caudle led the winning team that received the National Society of Professional Engineer’s prestigious Professional Development Award. The national award is presented annually to the company that exemplifies outstanding contributions to the advancement and improvement of the engineering profession through its employment policies and HR practices. CECO – Mitchell Engineering was the Society’s first ever two-time winner of this award thanks to Caudle's HR leadership.

Caudle has global experience with major manufacturing, professional services, warehouse/distribution and logistics organizations. As the Sr. HR leader for AmeriCold Logistics, Universal Furniture, AO Smith - Tower Automotive, and FMC Corporation; Caudle helped reengineer the human resources functions, achieving substantial bottom line cost savings. As VP HR of Universal Furniture, the world’s largest manufacturer of bedroom, dining room and occasional furniture, AO Smith – Tower Automotive, a major tier automotive components manufacturer Caudle has managed global HR with facilities in Wales, England Europe, Southeast Asia and China.

As a Sr. consultant with Flex HR, Caudle has worked with startup organizations, construction, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, healthcare, home furnishings and technology organizations. As a recognized expert in affirmative action planning and strategic diversity programs, Caudle has completed over 300 AAPs and conducted over 500 internal EEO investigations.

As a career member of the Society of Human Resources Management, Caudle holds the highest level of professional certification SPHR – Life Certified Senior Professional of Human Resources. He is a chapter founder and former president of the Golden Triangle SHRM chapter and has held numerous offices in various SHRM chapters including attending the first SHRM leadership conference. He also maintains professional memberships in the American Society of Training and Development, American Management Association, American Society of Safety Engineers, and the National Industry Liaison Group.

Caudle is a certified trainer and executive coach with an MBA from Mississippi State University and undergraduate degree from Memphis State University (BBA). Caudle has supplemented his formal education with various training certifications in positive guidance counseling, lean/six sigma transformations; values based leadership development, team building, performance management, change management, and project management. He has led organizations in the structured transformation into Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Caudle was previously an Adjunct Professor of Management with Colorado Technical University.