Kevin Smith HCS, SPHR, President and Owner of VIE Associates, LLC, is a featured speaker at the upcoming Manufacturers Growth Conference. His presentation, Beyond Orientation, will focus on the link between onboarding and retention. Companies often end the onboarding process after a few days of orientation and completing all the paperwork. The employees first days, weeks, and months are vital to their long-term success. Smith will share best practices to help leadership and HR develop an onboarding strategy to help new employees grow with the company and reduce the risk for turnover.

Smith is a performance management consultant and certified Human Capital Strategist (HCS). He has spent the majority of his career assisting leaders in improving organizational performance and maximizing human resources. He earned his BA from Mercyhurst College and MBA from Penn State University.

The Manufacturers Growth Conference will be held in St Marys (May 17) and Erie (May 18) from 7:30am-4:00pm. The event is sponsored by PNC, Knox Law, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners and information will focus on ‘growing people’ and ‘growing revenue’. Visit NWIRC’s Event Schedule to find the location near you for more details on speakers, topics, venue, and to register.