Columbus, OH, September 20, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Local human resources vice president selected from 112 nominees.
Jim Hummel, vice president of human resources at Lauren International, is one of 11 people appointed to the newly established Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Board of Directors by Gov. Ted Strickland.
Strickland announced his appointees July 31 after reviewing the 43 nominees presented to him by the Workers’ Compensation Nominating Committee, chaired by Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher. A total of 112 applicants were considered.
“It was an honor just to be nominated let alone actually being appointed,” Hummel said. “My work at Lauren International certainly helped as I believe the nominating committee and Governor Strickland saw Lauren as a leader and recognized that our approach and guiding principles are in lockstep with returning integrity to the Ohio BWC.”
During his 18-year tenure at Lauren International, Hummel has implemented many programs that protect both the company’s assets and its employees. Under his supervision, the company created a wellness program that successfully reduced health and workers’ compensation related expenses among employees.
“Lauren is committed to its human resources and continues to make significant investments in its employees through comprehensive health, wellness and safety programs, as well as continuous training and educational opportunities,” Hummel said. The company believes that its employees are its most vital asset, and the same can be said about Ohio’s workers.”
According to Hummel, his work at Lauren International will greatly influence his approach to the BWC. Hummel said he intends to take some of Lauren International’s core values with him to the BWC, such as a dedication to continuous improvement principles, a willingness to change, the elimination of waste and horizontal perspective. He said these principles set Lauren apart from other manufacturers and could help set Ohio’s BWC apart from other states.
“The cost and reputation associated with workers comp in Ohio is a huge deterrent for companies looking to open new operations,” Hummel said. “Our goal is to reduce that cost, keep businesses in Ohio and bring new business to our state.”
Additionally, Hummel will focus on changing the mindset of Ohio employees about work safety. Having learned the benefits of continuous improvement and the elimination of waste first-hand at Lauren International, he believes that implementation of basic principles from these philosophies can positively impact workers comp.
“Being a believer and supporter of prevention, I’m determined to help by implementing a program that educates Ohio workers about what safety at work really involves,” Hummel said. “Helping companies and employees work together to achieve a safer work environment will help reduce our dependency on workers’ compensation, and most importantly, keep people safe.”
Hummel joins representatives of business and labor as well as experts in accounting, investments, economics and law on the newly created board. Hummel will serve on the board as a representative of employers, for state-fund employers with over 100 employees. His term begins in 2007 and lasts one year. The non-legislative membership consists of one representative of employees, two representatives of employee organizations, three representatives of employers, two investment and security experts, one certified public accountant, one actuary and one member of the public.
Once convened on Aug. 23, members will form three subcommittees to provide independent advice and verification of BWC financial and operational performance: an audit committee, an investment committee and an actuarial committee.
“The establishment of an independent board of directors brings us a step closer to restoring confidence and accountability in the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation,” Strickland said in a press release. “The new board will ensure greater professional expertise and strengthened fiscal management of BWC funds.”
According to Fisher, a stable, trusted workers' compensation system is imperative to the future success of Ohio's economy.
About Lauren International: Lauren International is privately held and vertically integrated company with six subsidiaries in the polymer industry. The company employs more than 500 people around the world through its extensive, global sales and marketing network. For more information, please contact them at 330.339.3373. Lauren International is located at 2228 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.
Contacts: Cindy Miller