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Joseph Dickens, SPHR, Senior Vice President

Joseph (Joe) Dickens has over 35 years of operations and human resources management experience in several industries including distribution, manufacturing, food and beverage, agriculture, construction and health care. The combination of human resources and operations management had provided him with a strong background in implementing organizational and operational changes in many different business environments.

Joe has served in a number of corporate and executive positions. As the Vice President Human Resources for ContiGroup Companies/Wayne Farms, LLC, Dickens created the company's first professional Human Resources function, becoming a "true partner" in strategically managing the business. As Vice President of Human resources and Communication for GSPG, Joe was a major player in the creation of the General Signal Pump Group’s merger and acquisition strategy for such companies as Aurora Pump, Verti-Line, Fairbanks Morse, Hydro-Matic, and Layne & Bowler.

Dickens offers a unique set of skills and experiences in the areas of labor and employee relations, mergers and acquisitions, management development, training, and operations management.

Joe holds a MBA in Human Resources Management from the University of Beverly Hills, in addition to a BA in Psychology from Aurora University. He is a certified instructor for Development Dimensions Institute (DDI) management and supervisory training programs, certified Senior Human Resources Professional (SHRP), a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, a certified golf instructor and a member of the National Registry of Professional Golf Instructors (NRPGI).