LOUISVILLE, Ky. — HR Affiliates is making big moves in 2020. Last year saw unprecedented growth, and the company is determined to continue that trend by expanding ownership and adding staff.
Jennifer Wheatley, a seasoned human resources professional who was promoted to President in 2019, recently became a partial owner.
“When she took the reins last year, we started seeing even better client experiences right away,” co-owner Blair Gordon said. “She’s the real expert in the industry, and her buy-in shows that she’s as confident about the future of HRA as we are in her ability to lead us.”
HRA’s other big investment is hiring a new Director of Operations to oversee outsourcing, consulting, and recruiting. Paula Agee, most recently director of Human Resources at Oak Island Creative, joins the team to oversee the company’s day-to-day business.
“My goal is to help the consulting team continue to deliver excellent service for our clients, and to improve an already inspiring company culture for our team members,” she said.
As one of the few fast-growth companies in Louisville, HR Affiliates is committed to outpacing the economy in 2020 and beyond. By investing more money in operations, selling ownership to leaders, and hiring additional staff, this is a company that’s serious about making HR outsourcing an established industry not just in Louisville, but also in the broader region.
Wheatley holds an M.A. in Human Resources Management and a B.S. in Business Administration and is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) as well as a certified Senior Professional in HR (SPHR). She is a member of the National Society for Human Resources Management; the Kentucky Society for Human Resources Management, where she serves on the state council; and the Louisville Society for Human Resources Management (LSHRM), where she serves on the Board as co-chair for the Certification and Member Development Committee. Wheatley also is an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville, teaching Human Resources Management in the College of Business.
Agee holds a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Psychology and Communications from Georgetown College. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). She is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute, as well as a Senior Professional certified by SHRM (SHRM-SCP). Paula is an alumna with the Leadership Oldham County project (Class of 2006) and is a graduate of the Walt Disney University’s “The Disney Approach to People Management.”
Agee is married to husband Todd, a Business Services Advisor with ARGI Financial Services. Their family includes two daughters and three dogs. Agee is active in her church, is an avid cook and baker, and has a “mild obsession” with vintage clothes.