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Richard Baron

Principal at Talspire, LLC
Sarasota, Florida
Rick Baron, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Human Resources & Talent Leader
[email protected]
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Rick Baron, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Human Resources & Talent Leader
[email protected]

Rick Baron is an, Advisor, Teacher, Writer, and Business Strategist, specializing in Strategic Human Resources Management & Recruiting that help organizations exceeds their highest objectives through the efforts of its members.

Over his career, Rick has held strategic HR and Staffing positions with Coca-Cola, CIRCOR International, Leslie Controls, Harmar Mobility, PGT Industries, Sarasota County Government, Trinet, and Spherion. He is also a course developer and faculty member for the University of Miami.

Rick is a principal of TALSPIRE HR, a Human Resources & Recruiting Consulting organization that helps organizations refine their people strategies by acquiring, building, and growing talent through programs that enhance employee engagement while building great leaders and great places to work.

Rick is an energetic and enthusiastic professional that uses a true-to-life approach to the subjects of Leadership, Management, Human Resources, and Career Planning. His method includes a spirited and positive approach in helping leaders and organizations better understand people at work. By presenting best-practice, empirical research, and case study methods, Rick has the ability to engage and retain groups at every level in pursuit of better productivity and profitability.

Rick’s credentials include the designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources issued by the Society for Human Resources Certification Institute and Senior Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resourcs Management. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Human Resources Management and a Master’s Degree in Business and has completed doctoral studies in organizational leadership and post graduate work in instructional design.

Rick’s community involvement includes being a member of the board of the Suncoast Workforce Board and Sarasota-Manatee Human Resources Association and chairs committees that promote HR certification and career development within the Human Resources field. He is also the Career Management Examiner for the Tampa Bay area and is a popular speaker on the subjects of Human Capital and Career Development. In 2010 he published the book, “Your Career 101: A Guide to Managing Your Career”, which has been adopted by the University of South Florida. Most recently, Rick was awarded “HR Professional of the Year” by the Sarasota-Manatee Human Resources Association and nominated as "HR Volunteer of the Year" by HR Florida.

Rick is an avid cavern diver, bonsai artist, and cook, as well as an aspiring, but not nearly successful rock drummer and beat mixer. He’s been married and has been a big fan of his wife Sue for more than twenty years.

You can contact Rick at: rick @

Presentations & Teaching:

"Human Capital Analytics: Understanding and Optimizing the People Impact of Your Organization" Webinar
LORMAN Education Services (2016)

"Recruiting in the New Economy" Seminar
Custom Training Program for LORMAN Education Services (2015)

"HR Fundamentals" Course
Coca-Cola Refreshements (2014)

“Human Capital: Performance & Engagement Learning Track Chair”
2011 Employer Health, Human Capital & Wellness Congress (2011)

“Selection using the Lominger Leadership Architect System”
CIRCOR International Global Talent Seminar (2010)

“Dealing with Difficult Conversations at Work”
Florida Association of Court Clerks and Controllers (2010)

“Human Resources Management Certificate Program”
University of Miami (2010)
Course Developer and Lead Faculty Member

“Rebuilding, Re-recruiting, Re-engaging
your Organizational Talent”
Florida Public Personnel Association Academy (2010)

“PHR/SPHR Exam Preparation Program”
Sarasota Manatee HR Association (2010)

“Ethics and the Workplace”
Keiser University (2010)

“The Corporate Conflict & Mediation Process”
PGT Industries (2009)

“Professionalism& Respect in the Workplace
PGT Industries (2008)

“How to Sell to the HR Department”
Ad-VANCE Personnel Semi-Annual Training Seminar (2007)

“The Strategic Approach to Staffing”
Sarasota County Economic Development Corporation (2007)

“Employment Branding for Public Sector Organizations”
FKS International: PATS User Group Conference (2005)

“Starting Your New Career”
Manatee County Technical Institute (2005)

“Employment Selection Training: Establishing the Doorway”
(Candidate Engagement Training),
Sarasota County Government, Florida (2004)

“Your Career 101”
Sarasota County Government, Florida (2003)

Writing & Research:

"The Successful HR Career" (2017)
"The Malden Career System" (2012)
“Your Career 101: A Guide to Managing Your Career” (2010)
“The Human Resources Development Matrix” (2009)
“The Paradox of Training and Development” (2009)
“Conflict Analysis” (2008)
“Conflict Resolution and Mediation Processes” (2008)
“Forgiveness and Resolution” (2008)
“Human Resources Leadership Competences” (2008)
“Influence of Leadership, Power, and Politics” (20087)
“Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Forgiveness” (2008)
“Manager Role Influences” (2007)
“Managing and Resolving Interpersonal Conflict” (2007)
“Mediation and Conflict Resolution for the HR Practitioner” (2007)
“Organizational Behavior Disciplines” (2007)
“Organizational Behavior Influences” (2007)
“Conflict Management” (2007)
“Defining Conflict and Identifying Personal Mediation Skills” (2007)
“The Argument for a Corporate Talent Management Strategy” (Thesis) (2004)

Speaking Subjects Available:

Building Effective Teams
Change Management
Career Management
Coaching and Counseling Employees
Competency Modeling for Recruiting and Performance Management
Conflict Management
Developing and Delivering Training for Adults
Difficult Conversations at Work
Employee Benefits and HIPAA
Employee Health (FMLA/ADA)
Employee Issue Documentation & Evaluations
Employee Rights
Employment Law
High Potential Employee Programs
Human Resources Development
Individual Employee Development
Interviewing Skills
Investigations & Terminations
Job Classifications and Job Descriptions
Job Search Skills
Managing Diversity
Managing Electronic Issues
Military Leave
Motivational Methods during Challenging Times
Orientation and Training Methods
Performance Management
Preventing Discrimination
Preventing Workplace Violence
Progressive Discipline
Recruiting and Selection
Sexual & Other Harassment
Substance Abuse and the Workplace
Succession Planning
Talent Management Principles
Total Rewards – Compensation Basics
Training Management
Union Avoidance
Wage & Hour Law
Workforce Planning

Rick is always happy to speak at events or groups on the above subjects or can customize a program for your organization or audience. Because he is a working HR professional, many programs are offered at no cost to associations or public organizations.


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Contact Information

Talspire, LLC

4232 Malden Drive
Sarasota, FL 34241