Monday Mentor Minutes- Ray Bates

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Spartan Ray Bates shares his experiences within the HR field.

Ray Bates joined Croda International, a boutique chemical manufacturer, in March of 2016 and is currently a Human Resources Manager in the Philadelphia, PA metropolitan area.  In his current role, he is responsible for all of the strategic and tactical HR requirements and oversees two locations in Delaware and Pennsylvania.  With one location being a unionized environment, and his other site a non-union environment; Ray and his team experience a wide-ranging spectrum of challenges and opportunities on a daily basis.  Ray is currently in a transitional period as he will soon be leaving Croda and has accepted an opportunity to work at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a Sr. HR Business Partner.

Prior to joining Croda, Ray was the Lead HR Business Partner for The Boeing Company at their Ridley Park, Pennsylvania location.   While at Boeing, Ray began as an intern and went on to hold a variety of positions that extended from unionized manufacturing settings to international HR support in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

Prior to his career in Human Resources, Ray served in the United States Marine Corps for 11 years, and prior to that, he spent 4 years in the Army Reserves.  After his career in the military, Ray went on to earn his Bachelors and a Masters Degrees from Michigan State University in Human Resource Management (Eli Broad College of Business) and Human Resources & Labor Relations (MHRLR) respectively.  As an undergraduate he studied abroad at the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland, studying International Business and Labor Management.  Ray has since then earned a Master of Business Administration, specializing in International Business, from Washington State University.  He is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and holds both the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certifications.

Ray is a native of Durand, Michigan and currently lives just west of Philadelphia.

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Monday Mentor Minutes- Richard Stankiewicz

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Spartan Richard Stankiewicz discusses both his role as an IT executive and how he has seen the field change over time.

Richard is currently working as a Senior Manager for the State of Michigan with an IT focus, spending a lot of his time conversing about IT projects with customers both at the executive and business level. More specifically, he is representing three state agencies on the implementation of the new statewide financial system, along with working on two other large projects.

When Richard began his career, after receiving a computer science degree from Saginaw Valley State, he says the IT field did not exist. Professionals in the IT field were required to jump in and find solutions, unlike today where people have specific roles and responsibilities. Additionally, he mentions how the field has become more accessible through the internet and use of mobile devices as well as through specialized University programs. Richard also received a degree in Parks and Administration from Michigan State and is working towards earning an MBA from Texas State University.

For those of you who are thinking about going into the I.T. field, Richard offers some great advice you may not have already thought about. For example, before entering the field, individuals should know what sector of business they want to be in, with options ranging from healthcare to business management. He also says in order to be successful in IT, professionals require flexibility and communication skills. Most importantly though, Richard says it is imperative to find a mentor early and utilize him/her often so as to offer sound guidance and advice.

Contact Richard-

Email: StankiewiczR@michigan.gov

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