2008 Coleman Peterson
Mr. Peterson spoke to our group in 2001 and is a fine example of a lifetime career in the HR industry, having served as a Chief HR Officer for Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retail company.
He currently serves as the President/CEO of Hollis Enterprises, LLC, which “supports businesses in building people, creating extraordinary cultures and improving organizational effectiveness.” Peterson is chairman of the compensation committee of JB Hunt and chair of the compensation and development committee of the Build-A-Bear workshop.
During Mr. Peterson’s ten years with Wal-Mart, the People Division became a strategic partner within the company and he stressed three basic "People Needs" of getting, keeping, and growing great associates
He received the SHRM Award for Professional Excellence in 1998, and was named a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 1996.
He studied industrial relations as an undergraduate at Loyola University in Chicago. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he went on to earn a master’s in industrial relations from Loyola. Soon after graduating, he was hired as a college recruiter for Loyola. Prior to his experience with Wal-Mart, Mr. Peterson spent 16 years with Venture Stores, with his last position as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources. His background includes over 30 years of experience in HR.