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HR Director, Portage Public Schools
In his first HR job, Brad Galin wrote policies for international theme parks. He boasts of riding 106 roller coasters around the world. Naturally, he sees some similarities to working in HR.
“There are ups and downs, and sometimes it makes you sick,” says Galin, who writes a blog called RollerCoaster HR.
His career path certainly has taken plenty of twists and turns. In addition to working with theme parks in China, Mexico and Brazil, he has also held HR roles with an aquarium, a family-owned printing company, a large nonprofit agency serving people with disabilities and a large public school district. And he has a consulting business on the side.
He takes the same adventurous approach to volunteering with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Although he recently moved to Michigan, he still serves as director-at-large for the Indiana State Council of SHRM, where he previously focused on diversity and technology roles. He also has volunteered with the HR Indiana Conference Committee and has been part of the Society’s social media team at the Annual Conference in recent years.
It has been a wild ride, and he isn’t ready to get off yet.
What has been your greatest challenge?
Pursuing my MBA while working full time and staying active with my family. It was only after receiving a SHRM Foundation scholarship that I felt I had the means to rise to the challenge.
What’s your work philosophy?
While it’s easy to get cynical, I strive to see the best in everybody. I find that most people are trying to do what they can, in the best way they know how. If it’s not working, it’s up to us to help move them in the right direction.
What are you passionate about?
I love my volunteer work with SHRM because it allows me to give back to my profession. I can make a difference not only in my organization but to society as a whole. We can learn so much from others. This involvement re-energizes me.
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