E2E - Navigating Todays HR Landscape

E2E: Speakers

Aaron Buchko

Aaron A. Buchko, Ph.D.

Professor of Management, Foster College of Business, Bradley University

Dr. Aaron Buchko is Professor of Management in the Foster College of Business, Bradley University, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Planning and Strategy and graduate courses in Executive Development and Business Ethics. He earned his Ph.D. in management from Michigan State University. Prior to entering the academic field, Dr. Buchko had a successful career for several years in production, sales, and marketing, and was the chief marketing officer for a publishing company. His research and writing focuses on the roles and activities of senior managers, the practice of general management, and the process of executive development, and he has published a book, textbook, research monograph, and numerous articles in various academic journals and professional publications, including the Academy of Management Journal, Advances in Strategic Management, The Journal of Business Research, and The Journal of Management Studies. Dr. Buchko is a Past President of the Midwest Academy of Management, and has received Bradley University’s New Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence and Mergen Award for Public Service. He is a confidential advisor and consultant to executives in many organizations, conducts numerous professional seminars, and is a frequent speaker to corporate, trade, and civic associations. Dr. Buchko serves on the Boards of several community and for-profit organizations. He lives in Peoria, Illinois, with his wife, Dr. Kathy Buchko, a counseling psychologist. They have two children, their daughter, Alex, and son, Andrej. In his spare time, he is an avid fly fisherman, enjoys golf, motorcycling, trapshooting, and reading, among other interests.

Stephen Buck

Stephen M. Buck

Attorney, Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo

Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, Steve Buck was sure of two things: he would come to be a life-long Cardinals fan and would make a career in law. After Steve finished his law degree at St. Louis University in 1992, he moved with his wife to Peoria, Illinois, and has been litigating business disputes ever since. With more than 20 years of experience, Steve routinely represents companies facing business-critical disputes. Not all of the shareholder disputes, foreclosure actions, fraud claims, breach of contracts matters, warranty issues or employment disputes Steve handles end up in court. Depending upon a client’s circumstances, negotiation rather than litigation may be the best course. But, when the need arises, Steve has been an aggressive and convincing advocate in the courtroom. Steve’s practice area focuses on Commercial and Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Labor and Employment Litigation, Municipal Law, Business and Transactions, Real Estate, and Estate Planning, Probate and Trusts. Steve’s honors and awards include 2009-2018 Illinois Leading Lawyer, and 2007 Illinois Super Lawyer. When not otherwise involved with employment law matters, OSHA investigations, a set of construction contracts, or the concerns of local municipalities and their collective bargaining agreements, you’ll find Steve rooting for his beloved St. Louis Cardinals. Steve resides in Peoria with his wife Lisa and three children.

Erik Christian

Erik Christian

Principal Consultant, HR Fit

Erik Christian is a human resources professional with a wealth of experience with private, public, and non-profit employers of all types and sizes. Through HR Fit, Erik helps employers improve their core HR functions. Erik’s particular expertise is in coaching managers and HR professionals, helping them craft strategies for success and position themselves as leaders in their organizations. In 2010, Erik was named the first Director of Human Resources for the Dunlap School District in Dunlap, IL, tasked with creating an HR department that would provide services to over 600 employees. Prior to that role, he served as the Assistant Director of Human Resources for the County of Peoria, IL, delivering HR services to over 1,000 employees. Erik is a highly-sought speaker on HR and management topics, presenting at numerous conferences and seminars, including the state conference of the Illinois Society for Human Resources Management. He holds the SHRM-SCP, SPHR, and IPMA-CP designations, as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Heart of Illinois Human Resources Council (HIHRC). Erik also has professional memberships with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR). In 2007, Erik was selected for the “Forty Leaders Under Forty in Central Illinois” award by InterBusiness Issues magazine.

Paul Ledbetter

Paul Ledbetter, RHU, REBC

Sr. Account Executive, Springbuk

Paul recently joined Springbuk after almost 30 years in the employee benefits arena. Having spent the first 10 years of his career on the insurance carrier side, and the next 20 years as an independent broker/consultant, Paul brings a wealth of knowledge and network relationships to the Springbuk team. He has advanced certifications from the American College as a Registered Health Underwriter (RHU) and Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC). Understanding the importance of claims transparency, and the need to analyze trends in population management, Paul is excited about the opportunity to share the innovative Springbuk solution with the broker /consultant community, as well as the employer client users. Paul grew up in Ottawa, Illinois, and spent much of his career in the Chicagoland area. He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona, but will be moving to Indianapolis this summer to be a part of the Springbuk office there.

Stephanie Sinn

Stephanie Sinn, CPA

Accountant, Advanced Medical Transport of Central Illinois

Stephanie Sinn, CPA, is an Accountant at Advanced Medical Transport of Central Illinois. She holds a Masters in Accounting from Bradley University. Stephanie has previous experience in public accounting and has worked with Payroll and HCM systems for the past four years. She has personally overseen the implementation and system upgrades for two different HCM systems to help promote a more efficient Payroll and HR work environment.

Terrie Strebing

Terrie Strebing

Client Services Manager, Group Plan Solutions

Terrie Strebing is the Client Services Manager for Group Plan Solutions. She has been in Third Party Administration (TPA) since 2000. Prior to the TPA Administration, Terrie’s background included over 20 years in Accounting and Business Administration. Terrie’s TPA career started at the reporting and data managing position and then moved to Client Development Coordinator in 2002, in this position, she was able to bring the reporting information to the client and develop reports and information that both the client and carriers requested. In 2005, Terrie advanced to Client Development Manager, managing Client Representatives, reporting, renewals and stoploss administration. She has worked at several Central Illinois TPA’s as well as a national carrier. In 2011, Terrie joined Pekin Insurance to help develop Group Plan Solutions a Third Party Administration division. Terrie brings her strong business background together with her knowledge of Third Party Administration to offer client a high level of risk management.



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