San Diego Employers Association: 100 Years of History
- Passage of the Wagner Act led to unions and organized labor becoming a greater component of San Diego business, and employers began searching for experts to help them work comfortably alongside the unions.
- In 1939, the Manufacturer and Employer Association was renamed San Diego Employers Association and reorganized to become the local union expert for over 300 businesses.
- Under this structure, SDEA’s clientele expanded to include Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and numerous other clients in various industries ranging from construction and shipping companies to water districts.
- In 1957, San Diego Employers Association began offering management training covering a wide range of relevant topics, including leadership and communication and began catering to the Human Resources departments of their member companies.
- Today, San Diego Employers Association offers comprehensive HR consulting services to businesses in the San Diego region in addition to hosting training and development courses and Roundtable workshops, conducting employee and company surveys, creating employee handbooks, administering HR audits, and assisting in labor relations negotiations.
Chris serves as President of SDEA. She came to the organization after spending many years in the financial services industry, where she held a wide spectrum of leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, Lending, and Administration at the local, statewide, and national levels.
Chris volunteers with a number of organizations and is known for her commitment to the San Diego community. She serves as the Treasurer for Rest Haven’s Children’s Health Fund, is a member of Executive Committee for the Executives Association of San Diego, a member of Rotary Club 33 and a Finance Committee Member for the Council of Community Clinics. Chris is also a graduate of LEAD San Diego.
Outside of SDEA, Chris’s main joy is spending time with husband Bill and her son Spenser.
SDEA Professional Development Trainers
Cathi serves as Vice President of Risk Management Services with Aspen Risk Management Group. She began her career in environmental health and safety in the Coast Guard Reserves. She has a strong ability to analyze exposure and loss history to advise and implement safe, cost-effective, efficient, and regulatory-compliant solutions. Cathi works with clients and brokers to minimize loss exposure, protect employees from workplace injury, and provide strategic improvement plans to senior management.
Jennifer Jacobus, PHR-CA
Jennifer has worked for SDEA since 1988 and is considered an expert in the field of Human Resources. She conducts Human Resources audits, drafts and reviews employee handbooks, and provides advice and assistance with employer-employee and other employment-related issues for SDEA’s membership. Jennifer has created and conducted training in the areas of employment law, exempt and non-exempt status, independent contractors, harassment prevention training, and employee handbook formation.
Tyler Jensen, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP
Tyler has been working in the Human Resources field for over 24 years. His background includes experience working for and advising small businesses and large global corporations. Over the years, his specialties have become the elements of Talent Management, specifically in the areas of recruiting, compensation, employee and management relations, development, discipline, separation, and consulting. He earned his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification in 2000 and earned his California HR credential (PHRca) in 2009. Shortly after it launched, he also received the SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) in 2015.