HR Excellence Awards

About the HR Excellence Awards

Charlottesville SHRM boasts over 220 members from entities employing 108,000+ employees in the Charlottesville metropolitan statistical area. Cville SHRM is one of 575 local chapters from over 160 countries of the 275,000 member Society of Human Resource Management (, the national association for members of the HR profession. The chapter inaugurated the Human Resource Excellence Awards program in 2010 to recognize exceptional human resource efforts and has presented awards to deserving organizations, departments, teams, and initiatives.  

The nomination window is from November 1 - August 19 each year and the awards are presented during lunch at our annual conference in September. Individual finalists are invited to be our guests for lunch and the awards ceremony. In addition, all award winners are invited to comprise a “Best Practices Panel” held annually at our February monthly membership meeting. Traditionally these panels have been among our more popular meetings.

Nominees are assessed according to the following criteria:

  • the impact of the project, initiative, organization, or individual on the organization’s strategy and goals;
  • how the project, initiative, organization, or individual contributed to or applied human resources competencies and the body of HR  knowledge;
  • the potential applicability of the project or initiative or the scalability of the organization and/or individual’s efforts or contributions to others as a best practice model or exemplar;
  • the measurable impact of the project, initiative, organization, or individual; and
  • the creativity and innovation demonstrated by the project, initiative, organization, or individual.

For more information or to submit a nomination, click here to contact Sharon Burleson or CLICK HERE to download the Nomination Form for submission.  

Past award recipients have been:



  • Tiger Fuel is an employee focused company providing excellent customer service through their family of local brands Tiger Fuel, Tiger Wash, Tiger Solar, and The Market. Their local, family-owned business has grown to 350+ employees in the last 40 years.

           Tiger's goal is to provide employee benefits that care for employees as whole person through their career journey and acknowledge      
           barriers to access to healthcare in the area. They have shown dedication and support of programs that focus on employee health,
           access to care and assistance programs.

           Visit  for more information on their programs.



  • Seraphic Group Inc. is a local innovation hub that develops and scales root-cause solutions to positively impact human and planetary health.  They operate three companies - ION* Intelligence of Nature, The Journey of Intrinsic Health, and Resources*Dynamics – and have many other projects in various stages of development. 

    Seraphic has always been committed to supporting its team members as whole beings by honoring their unique approaches, cultivating their passions, and encouraging their overall well-being.  As the pandemic affected all companies in unprecedented ways, Seraphic took the opportunity to reinforce and expand its approach and the new challenges that came with it – shifting to “Remote-Optional” work arrangements; maintaining culture and connection across geographies; supporting personal growth and development; and retaining and recruiting exceptional team members in this new business landscape.


  • Albemarle County Public Schools Human Resources had to adapt and innovate quickly. One of the major challenges they faced in the spring of 2020 was how to issue 1300 licensed teacher and administrator contracts with HR and school division staff all working remotely. Another challenge created by COVID-19 was how to conduct orientation sessions for new employees. Limitations on gathering for in-person orientations with several hundred employees during June and July, they had to come up with a solution very quickly.


  • UVA Imaging is a state-of-the-art outpatient diagnostic imaging center which was formed in the Fall of 2002, by a partnership between the University of Virginia Health System and Outpatient Imaging Affiliates.  Their Leadership team realized the importance of making changes in the culture, communication, and connection with their team members.  Ultimately, they had to change the focus from how people did their jobs but to how people felt about their work.   More training, better communication and building strong connections through ‘passion projects’ were keys to success.  2018 engagement scores showed improvement, and better participation and as a bonus as engagement and communication improved so did increases in the Customer Service satisfaction scores. 


  • Teachstone, founded in 2008, has worked hand-in-hand with thousands of programs worldwide to improve the quality of the educational experience for learners across age levels, from infant childcare settings through secondary classrooms. Teachstone collaborates with teachers, coaches and administrators to ensure positive and sustainable student outcomes on a school-wide basis. Teachstone was recognized for its multi-faceted approach and efforts to increase employee engagement, innovation and profitability.

  • Farmington Country Club is a premier full-service member-owned private club founded in 1927 and recognized as a Platinum Club of America and ranks as the top private club in Virginia.  Farmington was recognized for its work on a Strategic Plan for 2027 to celebrate their 100th year anniversary which included their work with the Workforce Planning and Community Engagement Initiative that provided a proactive approach to recruitment and staffing.



  • WillowTree Apps
  • Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development
  • Faye Giles


  • Charlottesville Works Initiative
  • City of Charlottesville Office of Economic Development (OED), GO Driver Program
  • Robbins Staffing Solutions
  • Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge: WCBR Institute 
  • International Rescue Committee of Charlottesville (IRC)
  • Virginia Department of Transportation, Culpeper District, Human Resources & Training
  • Bryan Garey, PHR, SHRM-CP: Cville SHRM Student Cohort
  • Honorable Mention: UVA School of Medicine OneHR Pilot Project


  • Community Investment Collaborative of Charlottesville
  • UVA Health System’s Clinical Faculty Hiring Project
  • University Human Resources’ Job Families Project and the MY-UVA-CAREER website


  • Worksource Enterprises
  • UVA’s Facilities Management HR and Training team: Leadership Forum and HR Boot Camp
  • Honorable Mention: Boar’s Head Inn: hiring of IRC foreign nationals 


  • Temporary Search Group of the University of Virginia
  • SNL Financial: Compensation Management program
  • University of Virginia Employee Development and Leadership Center: Executive Onboarding Program


  • Boar’s Head Inn
  • Live Arts: Executive Director Search Process
  • Piedmont Pediatrics


  • Albemarle County HR: Organizational Development
  • City of Charlottesville Leadership Development Academy
  • Farmington Country Club: Lend A Hand Foundation
  • University Human Resources department’s Service Center at the University of Virginia