San Diego Employers Association: 100 Years of History
- In 1914, a group of local businessmen concerned by the growing strength of organized labor in the San Diego area came together to found the Manufacturer and Employer Association.
- 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 roundtables, 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.
Cecile serves as founder of RMA Management Alliance, Inc. and holds a Master’s Degree in HR, specifically in Organizational Effectiveness/Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Cecile’s company specializes in human resources in relation to employee relations, investigations, facilitation, and collaboration.
Jan is the author of the book Meetings Over Easy: How to Have Better, Shorter, More Productive Meetings. She is President of High-Performance Training Solutions, a performance-improvement firm specializing in business communications and supervisory and management development. She designs and conducts training programs on time management, strategic presentation skills, business writing, coaching skills, effective meeting skills, and performance management.
Janis is the owner of JP Whitaker & Associates, a results-oriented management training and consulting enterprise in business since 1991. Janis has been a trainer and educator since 1977. She was a Corporate Trainer and Supervisor in the manufacturing environment for seven years for a Fortune 500 Company. As a trainer and consultant, Janis has experience working in many different environments. Her subtle humor, personable style, and seasoned professionalism set her apart from the rest.
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/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.
Lori Miller, Ph.D.
Lori is a business consultant and college professor who teaches people how to enrich and sophisticate their professional and personal goals. The workshops she offers through SDEA are designed to motivate business people to understand and reinvigorate their work environments and goals, clarify their roles at work, and become successful communicators in the workplace. Lori also works as a professional coach and editor, offering coaching on resumes and other professional documents.
Lois brings over twenty years of independent and corporate business experience in training, development, coaching, and management to SDEA’s course offerings. She has designed training and coaching programs and facilitated workshops for all levels of employees with an emphasis on skill and career development. Her expertise in in leadership and management development, performance management, career management, succession planning, strategic planning and talent management, and sales.
Michelle Peard, SPHR-CA
Michelle has over twenty years of HR experience with an emphasis in training and development. She has consulted hundreds of employers from manufacturing, non-profit, financial, and service industries on various HR issues ranging from compliance with state and federal laws to strategic initiatives to the development of training programs for first-line supervisors, middle managers, executives, and HR professionals. She served as President of San Diego’s ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) chapter, received a “lifetime achievement award” for her contribution to the profession, and is also a lifetime member of ASTD.
Retirement Benefits Group™ (RBG) is one of the premier retirement plan consulting groups in the country. We function as true independent consultants; we are both vendor- and investment-neutral. We bring our clients advice, innovative designs, sophisticated solutions, fiduciary risk management, and experience-backed recommendations. Our goal is to create exceptional retirement plan experiences for employers and their employees while helping to ensure the highest quality programs, saving time and reducing exposure to fiduciary liability.
BenefitMall is the nation’s largest employee benefits General Agency and is SDEA’s preferred provider of payroll services. BenefitMall works with a network of 20,000 Trusted Advisors, comprised of Brokers and CPAs, to deliver employee benefits and payroll services to more than 200,000 small- and medium-sized businesses. As a courtesy to our SDEA members, we offer a cost and service comparison for your payroll through BenefitMall. In addition, all members can take advantage of a complimentary month of payroll processing should you choose to use BenefitMall. Interested members may contact Dawn Witmondt at 619-300-8504.
The San Diego County Apartment Association (SDCAA) is a non-profit trade association that since 1919 has been advocating on behalf of and assisting rental housing property owners, apartment communities, and suppliers. The SDCAA provides members with education, operational advice, rental forms, tenant screening services, and legislative advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. The SDCAA’s mission is to protect and preserve the economic vitality of the rental housing industry in San Diego County.
The San Diego Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors has been serving the construction community for nearly 40 years. Our mission is simple.
Based on the merit shop philosophy, we are helping our members develop people and win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, and profitably.
We are connecting you with the training and resources you need to build your business.
The merit shop philosophy is a way of doing business that encourages open competition and a free enterprise approach to construction. It promotes an environment where all qualified contractors can bid on all jobs and where the contract is awarded based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.
Our mission is to advance marketplace integrity through business self-regulation, assisting in resolving disputes, and correcting abuses to serve the best interests of the consuming public and business. Staunchly neutral, the BBB does not endorse or recommend any product, service, or company. Our credibility stems from our role as an impartial third party, reporting factual information which has been brought to our attention to assist the consumer in exercising his/her own best judgment.
OfficeMax Incorporated is a leader in both business-to-business office products solutions and retail office products. The OfficeMax mission is simple: we help our customers do their best work. As an SDEA member, this mission become even more attainable with a 5% discount on over 12,000 OfficeMax products, in addition to discounts on certain print and document services.