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Up Close with Sheri Bass, Human Resources Director, Winter Park
My alma mater: Many schools over the many years it took me to get my degree, but my diploma says Rollins.
Where I worked prior to Bonnier: I was a banker in my first career, and then started my own business in the medical field in the mid ’90s. I sold it a few years later, took a year off to relax, then came to work for Bonnier in 2001.
A day in the life of Winter Park’s human resources director consists of: A little recruiting, a little paperwork, answering a few questions and productive conversations with wonderful employees.
How my job is changing with the reorganization of Bonnier Corp.’s HR department: I have been focused on recruiting for the past three years, and it was very rewarding to assist applicants in joining Bonnier, especially during the downturn in the economy, when so many wonderful candidates were seeking a new opportunity. But I really missed the day-to-day interaction with current employees. In my new role, I think I have the best of both worlds.
Favorite part of my job: Making someone smile!
Greatest challenge on the job: Making everyone smile!
My strongest assets: I just really love people, old friends and new acquaintances. It has served me well in life, and no matter what the day brings, if there are people, I am happy.
Most memorable day on the job to date: Shortly after I joined World/Bonnier, we acquired the sailing magazines. There was a small group of us who worked long hours and late nights with outside sources to make it happen. On the day the deal closed, well past our normal workday, we ran next door and got champagne and paper cups. Small steps toward the growing company we are today.
What I want to accomplish at work this year: I want to reconnect with the management and employees that fall within my groups, and work with them to simplify HR and recruitment processes to fit into their hectic schedules.
Greatest advice for success: Learn something new every day and use it to become a better person than you were yesterday.