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HR association appoints president

September 11, 2018
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Jason Reep
Jason Reep. Courtesy The Employers’ Association

A local human resources association has selected a new president.

The Employers’ Association said last week its board promoted Jason Reep to role of president, beginning this month.

He succeeds Dave Smith, who retired as president but will remain CEO through the rest of 2018 to assist with the leadership transition. 

Reep joined the nonprofit in 2015 as the director of learning and inclusion, coordinating and updating all leadership training programs, overseeing the organization’s affirmative action programming, presenting on diversity and inclusion and mentoring new leaders.

Previously, Reep worked in the health care industry and at an employers association in Seattle.

His experience includes over 20 years of strategic inclusion and diversity work, including training and development, organizational development, coaching and HR consulting.

He has worked with all level of employees in manufacturing, health care, nonprofit, education, government and service industries.

“Reep is an experienced executive with proven success driving quality outcomes and exceeding member satisfaction goals,” said Mary Tabin, board chair, The Employers’ Association.

“He brings the experience and focus needed to take The Employers’ Association forward in this ever-changing industry, along with an innovative approach to serving our community."

He holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Cincinnati and an M.Ed. in HR development from Xavier University.

He has certifications as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional and a Senior Human Resource Professional.

Reep is also an HR adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University and serves on the board for Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, the Experience Grand Rapids Diversity Advisory Council and WGVU Engage Inclusion Committee.

“The Employers’ Association will continue to leverage the solid foundation established under Dave’s leadership, and I will challenge the organization to continue to meet member needs through the use of virtual platforms, further enhance quality with a focus on technology and innovation and increase collaboration, while ensuring that our mission is achieved,” Reep said.

“The association is well positioned to carry on the work of making our community a better place to live and work, and I am honored to be chosen to lead it into the future.”

The Employers’ Association

Founded in 1939, The Employers’ Association provides HR-related services, including research, training and consulting to more than 500 organizations. 

The nonprofit's mission is to promote operational excellence and sustainability for West Michigan employers through HR solutions.

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