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Human Resource Association of Martin County (HR Martin) is a non-profit SHRM Affiliate Chapter.  The mission of HR Martin County is to provide ongoing professional development, resources, networking and support for its members and the community.  We have a lot to offer you so be sure to learn all about us.  

Upcoming Event...


Thursday, February 21st, 2019

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Monarch Country Club, Palm City

Dealing with the Multi-generational Workforce (Baby Boomers to Millennials)

Presented By:

Michael Merker, Chief Information Officer

Martin County Board of County Commissioners 

Description of the Presentation:

How do you get past your frustration that your younger workers seem to always have their faces buried in their phones when they are at their desks?  Should you be concerned?  Do your older workers complain?  Mike Merker, CIO for Martin County Government, tells his story of how he manages a workforce with worker ages spread over a 50-year range.


Key “take-aways” for the Presentation

  • How to apply popular thinking about multigenerational workforce management, tempered by real-world experience. 
  • Generations are more alike than they are different.
  • The problem is not the workers, but how the boss reacts to the workers

More on our Speaker:

Michael Merker, MBA-Information Technology, CGCIO, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, A+, Network +, Security+, Citrix CCA

Michael Merker is the Chief Information Officer for the Martin County Board of County Commissioners (MCBOCC).  In that role, Michael oversees Internet services, network infrastructure, data security, email, desktop computers, data center operations, software and website development, and telecommunications and radio services operations, with a staff of 40.  They are the “computer guys” for the MCBOCC.  In his previous position as IT Director for Palm Beach State College, Michael managed the group responsible for the network and data center for the entire College.

Michael is a former Principal of Computer Network Specialists, and a former partner of KW Computer Services, Inc.  He has designed, installed, and managed many different types of computer systems for clients over his thirteen-year tenure at those two firms.  In previous positions with Xerox Corp., Schlumberger Industries, Moore Business Forms, and Computer Associates International, he has provided training, consultation and direct service to both colleagues and clients.  Printed software training guides and classroom courses, purchase order software, network system diagramming, sales training and accounting system design have been numbered among his work.

As a construction controller for The Florida Home Group, EDP auditor for Coopers and Lybrand (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers), and an accounting systems manager for Schlumberger, Michael refined his financial and business skills.  He instituted streamlined, automated billing systems at both firms, which resulted in a decrease in billing and collection cycles with no addition of staff.

Michael holds a B.Mus. in Music Merchandising from the University of Miami (Florida) and has completed undergraduate work in Physics and Physical Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Michael has also earned his MBA in Information Technology at Florida Atlantic University.

He is active with leadership positions in several religious organizations and has served on the PTO and School Advisory Council at Westward Elementary School, having served in various board position in both organizations, most recently PTO President and SAC Chairman.  He has given up on a musical career, for which his friends and family are eternally grateful.

To Register:  http://www.hrmartin.org/event-3248812


Thursday, February 21st, 2019 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Monarch Country Club, 1801 SW Monarch Club Drive, Palm City, 772.286.8447

Registration Fee:  $25/members & $30/non-members     Deadline:  Monday, February 18th, 2019 

**  PLEASE NOTE:  There will be a $5.00 charge for not pre-registering for this event online.  In addition there will be an additional $5.00 charge for paying by credit card on the day of the event.** 

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  • Ø Donate $30.00 or more to the  SHRM Foundation. Tax deductible. Designate HR Martin as your chapter.
  • Ø  Support SHRM Foundation's inclusion initiative.


  • Ø 30+Club Ribbon for your badge
  • Ø Special Seating/Recognition during meetings/conferences
  • Ø Drawings for door prizes

For more information, please contact Pat Szczesny, Foundation Chair at  772-223-6103.  

The Human Resource Association of Martin County (HR Martin) is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management.  The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries.  For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. For more information please visit www.shrm.org.

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