In 2013, the Arkansas SHRM State Council renamed this award in honor of our dear friend and advocate, Russell Gunter. Russell served in various volunteer capacities throughout the volunteer structure, including as Director of Government Affairs and spearheading the Employment Law & Legislative Affairs Conference as Chair in 2003, and serving on its committee for many years. In addition, Russell served on SHRM's Legislative Action Committee, testified in front of Congress on human resource legislation, and represented the organization on the Today Show. Russell received this award in 2005.
The Arkansas Legislative Advocacy Award was new for 2004. It recognizes members for "outstanding contributions of time and effort in local, state or federal legislative advocacy on behalf of the Human Resources profession." This recipient demonstrates aggressive leadership in building relationships with legislators, taking action directly or indirectly affecting law and policy, introducing and presenting our organization and mission(s) to key media outlets and legislators, and developing strong grassroots initiatives within the organization.
Candidate must meet at least two of these criteria:
A panel of judges will select the ARSHRM State Council Russell Gunter Legislative Advocacy recipient. The panel will consist of the current SHRM members from within the state of Arkansas as approved by the state council. The application process and recipient selection are overseen by the ARSHRM State Council’s Communication & Awards Chair.
Each judge will review and rate the applicant on a scale from 1 to 10 with “1” being the lowest marks for that criterion, and “10” being the highest. The winner of the ARSHRM State Council Russell Gunter Legislative Advocacy Award will be the applicant with the highest cumulative point total. If nominees do not meet the criteria as outlined or if no nominations are received, no award will be presented. Only one award will be given each year.
This application must be filled out completely and accurately. Please PRINT or TYPE. You may attach additional sheets if more space is needed. Send your completed application along with any supporting documents to:
Arkansas SHRM State Council
Attn: Kelli Burris - Director of HR, Malvern National Bank
ARSHRM Communications & Awards Chair
Deadline is July 31, 2020
The recipient of the “Russell Gunter Legislative Advocacy” award will be recognized by the ARSHRM State Council at the annual ARSHRM Employment Law & Legislative Affairs Conference. The Employment Law & Legislative Affairs Conference Chair, in cooperation with the Governmental Affairs Director, will coordinate the presentation of the award at this conference.