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Anthony Germano, Director of Employee Relations, NY State Canal Corporation, Albany, NY
Tammy Nichols, Human Resources Director, Pulaski County, VA
Anthony Germano, Jr.
Director of Employee Relations
New York State Canal Corporation, Albany, NY
Anthony Germano Jr. has worked in New York State Government for more than 17 years, with 10 of those years in the Employee/Labor Relations field. Prior to working in State Government, he was in Law Enforcement for 12 years.
He is the Director of Employee Relations for the New York State Canal Corporation and was instrumental in shaping the unit after the Canal Corporation was shifted from the Thruway Authority to the New York State Power Authority. Previous positions in the Labor Relations arena were at the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.
As part of leading the Canal Corporations Employee Relations Unit, Anthony has worked hard to develop solid working relationships between Management and Union Leadership. Anthony also represents Management on the Corporations Labor Management and Contract Negotiating teams and is the PSHRA President elect for the Albany NY Capital Region Chapter.
Anthony has an MBA from Pfeiffer University focusing in organizational and fiscal management and a B.S. in Political Science from SUNY Empire State College.
Human Resources Director
Pulaski County, Pulaski, VA
I have worked for Pulaski County, Virginia for 31 years. I am a local to the area, graduated from our local high school and took classes at our local New River Community College in Finance/Accounting. I began my career with the County as a receptionist in the County Administration Office, then was promoted to Administrative Assistant for the same office. Some years later I began training alongside our payroll clerk and eventually became the payroll supervisor for our Public Service Authority Department. Approximately nine years ago I was promoted to the role of the HR Director for the County. After beginning this role, I participated in the IPMA program to receive my Certified Professional Certification and subsequently the Senior Certified Professional Certification. Before my placement in this role, the County did not have a designated HR Director and most of the required documents, practices and policies did not exist. I am happy to say that we are now a fully functioning department of two for approximately 375 employees. The job is very challenging, requires a tremendous amount of hard work, time and dedication; however, I find it to be the most rewarding job that I have ever worked and love being able to provide my services to our employees.