November 08, 2012 at 14:00 PM EST
HRMAC Announces Chicagoland Awards of Excellence Recipients

The Human Resources Management Association of Chicago today named Jim Bell, President & CEO of Veolia ES Technical Solutions, and Moira Madell of Madell Consulting, its 2012 Leader of the Year and Volunteer of the Year award recipients, respectively. The award presentations were held during HRMAC’s premier event, SUMMIT 2012.

Jim Bell, President and CEO of Veolia ES Technical Solutions (Photo: Business Wire)

Jim Bell, President and CEO of Veolia ES Technical Solutions (Photo: Business Wire)

The annual Leader of the Year award program honors one Chicago-based business leader who has demonstrated the ability to execute leading-edge human capital practices while realizing business strategy success. Mr. Bell was selected by the HRMAC Board of Directors for his proven ability to lead by example, prioritize employees ahead of shareholders and implement successful human capital initiatives within the Veolia organization.

“Since becoming president and CEO of Veolia ES Technical Solutions, Jim has embraced human resources programs and tools as business drivers rather than business requirements,” noted Katie Lawler, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, GATX and Chair, HRMAC Board of Directors. “He has continuously demonstrated his commitment as an HR champion, including serving as the executive sponsor of the ‘People’ goal for the organization’s strategic plan and fostering a company culture that puts training, development and the safety of people at the core of its business practices. The company’s record-breaking financial performance for two consecutive years is a testament to the success of these efforts and Jim’s first-class leadership abilities.”

Some key people achievements for Veolia ES Technical Solutions under Mr. Bell’s leadership include:

Implementing new training and development initiatives to develop leaders at both the executive level and deep into the organization’s next generation of leaders.

The ‘President’s Call for Excellence’ quarterly award program, which recognizes employees who have demonstrated exceptional effort to aid a peer or a customer.

The open-forum ‘Breakfast with Bell’ project, held at Veolia operating locations to provide local employees an opportunity to ask candid questions and receive honest feedback.

Ms. Madell, the 2012 Volunteer of the Year, was also selected by the HRMAC Board of Directors. As a long-time HRMAC member, Ms. Madell has been a leader, a follower, a cheerleader and participant in nearly every type of event offered through HRMAC. She has mentored volunteers, leveraged best practices from the corporate arena into her HRMAC activities, actively recruited prospective members and served as a true peer-expert in her many speaking roles.

Ms. Madell currently serves HRMAC in the volunteer role of Membership Committee chair, which she has held for two years. Among the best membership activities initiated under her chairmanship are the regional Meet-and-Greet receptions and HRMAC’s new three-month trial membership program.

Ms. Madell has clearly demonstrated her commitment to HRMAC and the practice of HR by her tireless efforts, enthusiastic participation and collaborative spirit. She meets all criteria of the award, most notably as an “unsung hero” who has gone above and beyond the call of duty while providing distinguished service to further the HRMAC mission.

SUMMIT 2012 is the largest annual gathering of human resources professionals in the Midwest and includes presentations by business and industry thought-leaders, a trade show and special events for various groups. Over 800 human resources professionals attended the event, held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

About HRMAC

Since its founding in 1915, HRMAC has been leading the dialogue on workplace strategy, connecting HR leaders with the industry’s best-in-class resources, and growing Chicago area companies and talent. With a membership of over 750 organizations and a network of more than 7,000 HR professionals, HRMAC is the oldest organization of its kind in the country and independent of other local, state or national organizations. For more information on HRMAC, the Awards of Excellence and SUMMIT 2012, please visit our website at www.hrmac.org.

Veolia ES Technical Solutions, LLC.

Veolia ES Technical Solutions, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp., provides a complete range of services for industrial and municipal customers needing to dispose of hazardous and regulated waste. Based in Chicago, Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp. is the leading provider of fully integrated waste, environmental and industrial cleaning solutions to residential, municipal, commercial and industrial customers across the US, Canada and the Caribbean. The company is part of the Veolia Environnement companies in North America, with 30,000 North American employees providing sustainable environmental solutions in water management, waste services, energy management, and passenger transportation.

The Veolia Environmental Services group is the global benchmark for waste management and resource recovery and the only global manager of liquid, solid, non-hazardous and hazardous wastes. From waste collection to treatment, recovery and recycling, the company provides innovative, efficient and sustainable waste solutions to municipal and industrial clients. Its parent company, Veolia Environnement (NYSE: VE and Paris Euronext: VIE), is the worldwide reference in environmental services. With employees in 77 countries, Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of over $38 billion in 2011. Visit the company's Web sites at www.veolia.com and www.VeoliaES.com.

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Contacts:

HRMAC
M. Bernadette Patton, 312-981-6790
bpatton@hrmac.org
or
Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp.
Denisse Ike, 312-552-2800
denisse.ike@veoliaes.com
or
On Ideas Inc.
Denise Graham, 904-354-2600
deniseg@onideas.com
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