College of Business and Innovation

UT College of Business and Innovation presents HR Management Excellence Awards to four Northwest Ohio companies

The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation presented their 18th annual Human Resource (HR) Management Awards for Excellence on May 21, recognizing four Northwest Ohio companies for their outstanding human resource practices.

Each of the four finalists was named a recipient of the Human Resource Management Award for Excellence: Health Care REIT, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Matrix Technologies and Worthington Industries.

Health Care REIT is a world leader investor in health care real estate. Their strong human capital culture and HR processes are viewed as the keys to their growth and success. They have built a culture of excellence by recruiting talent through improved information flow, candidate management and implementation of a hire on-boarding process. Health Care REIT demonstrates their commitment to employee support and outreach through their implementation of impactful wellness, women and community outreach initiatives.  Their leadership and management development initiatives are geared towards fostering employee development and engagement, and they have a long term approach to talent management to grow their business today and in the future.

Hospice of Northwest Ohio, established in 1980 and now having more than 400 employees, is a non-profit organization providing care and education to positively transform the way people view and experience serious illness and the end of life. Their HR department has established itself as a critical member of the senior management and strategy team, and they have a proactive approach to employee wellness programming and an effective management of health insurance costs. Hospice of Northwest Ohio has extensive employee engagement practices to build, enhance and improve employee performance and commitment, and their culture of appreciation and gratitude for every employee displays their effort to treat all employees with respect, care and concern.

Matrix Technologies, established in 1980, is headquartered in Maumee, has five other locations in the US with nearly 300 employees. It is a single-source provider all types of process, facility and automation engineering. HR leadership is provided at the strategy table, with its input perceived as critical for organizational success. Over three years they have revamped every HR functional process, including recruitment, compensation, performance appraisal and leadership development. They leverage both internal talent and external experts to ensure quality, individualized service training and development for all employees. Evaluating their initiatives has resulted in job growth and decreases in turnover.

Worthington Industries is a global, diversified metals manufacturing company in Delta, Ohio, which opened in 1997 and employs nearly 200 people. Utilizing the Golden Rule philosophy, they believe people are their most important asset impacting everything they do. They have a high performance operating culture driven by employee engagement and empowerment, safety, quality and productivity. Their recruiting program for developing manufacturing talents includes partnerships with high schools and community colleges, and they are investing heavily and systematically in employee development and team building training to improve workplace performance.  

"This is the first time we have presented awards to all four finalists,” noted Dr. Clinton Longenecker, COBI Professor of Management and chair of the Awards Selection Committee.  “Each organization was so distinctive, each doing remarkable and innovative things in utilizing their human capital to compete at the very highest levels.”

“The Human Resources Management Excellence Awards are given annually by the college since 1998 to celebrate the success of local organizations and leaders for creating great places to work. Their efforts make a real difference in our economy while they also inspire others to advance their organizations, demonstrating to the region that area employers can compete in a world marketplace,” said Longenecker.


Last Updated: 11/3/16