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Valerie Tolhurst

Valerie Tolhurst

Women's Leadership Council

Valerie Tolhurst

Vice President, Talent
Brundage Management/Sun Loan Company

Valerie is the Human Resources Director at Sun Loan Company/Brundage Management, reporting to the CEO. She has been working in HR for 20 years with the last 16 at Brundage. Having started out in a one-person HR office, she has grown the department to a team of 10 professionals that manage all HR functions that include recruiting, performance management, benefits, engagement and compensation surveys, and organizational development. Under Valerie’s watch, turnover was reduced by more than 50% due in part to initiatives in better hiring, better training and development for employees and managers, a market-based approach to compensation, and affordable benefit offerings. Her team effectively supports approximately 1000 employees in 12 states.

Areas of Expertise
Employee Relations, Coaching, Team Building

Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning.
Executive Management

What three keywords best describe you?
knowledgeable, Intelligent, Helpful

Personal Motto
Do what you love, love what you do.

What are you passionate about?
Helping people.

What is something interesting about you that members might not know?
I play the bagpipes.

What are you most proud of?
Building my team.

What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
Compatibility, Shared Vision.

What advice would you give yourself as a young executive?
Find a mentor.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your career?
How much I enjoyed working in HR.

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