HR executive to speak at Grand Junction conference

Jack Smalley

Jack Smalley

Phil Castle, The Business Times

Jack Smalley, a human resources executive known for both his experience and speaking abilities, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at an upcoming conference in Grand Junction.

Smalley will discuss the competencies and behaviors of successful HR professionals during his presentation at the Western Colorado Human Resource Association fall conference set for Sept. 14 at Two Rivers Convention Center.

The conference also will offer separate sessions on such topics as performance and project management, inclusive workplaces and job descriptions.

While the conference is geared toward HR professionals, the event also will offer useful information to business owners and managers who often handle HR duties.

Smalley works as director of human resource learning and development for Express Employment Professionals. He provides training and consulting for the more than 700 offices of the staffing services franchise in the United States and Canada.

Smalley also speaks at an average of 125 events a year, including the Society for Human Resource Management national conference.

In Grand Junction, Smalley’s address is titled “Transition from HR Leader to Chief People Officer Without the Need of a Superhero Cape.” Smalley will cover the five competencies and behaviors HR professionals must master to achieve success.

Nina Anderson, owner of the Express Employment Professionals franchise in Grand Junction and Montrose, is a member of the WCHRA and helped to arrange Smalley’s appearance.

Smalley basis his presentations on his more than 30-year career in human resource management in the oil, chemical and packaging industries, Anderson said. “He really has been there and done that.”

But Smalley also offers his advice in a humorous and entertaining fashion, Anderson added. “He’s very personable.”

In addition to Smalley’s address, the day-long conference will include breakout sessions presented by the Mountain States Employers Council. Sessions will offer an executive guide to inclusive workplaces; a 360-degree view of performance management; the hows and whys of project management in human resources; and tips, tools and considerations in job descriptions.

Registration for the Western Colorado Human Resource Association fall conference costs $139 for members and $159 for others. Bundled rates are available for people who want to become members and attend the conference. To register for or obtain more information about the conference, log on to

Phil Castle is editor of the Grand Valley Business Times, a twice-monthly business journal published in Grand Junction. Castle brings to his duties nearly 30 years of experience in editorial management positions with Western Colorado newspapers. In addition, his free-lance work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Washington Post. He holds a bachelor's degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University.
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