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AG Featurette: Rich Slater

Mandee Thomas
Feb 28, 2019 8:04:00 AM

Rich Slater is the Vice President of Human Resources at Becklar, LLC, the holding company for AvantGuard and Freeus. He joined the AvantGuard team in late 2016 after managing a large and diverse work force dispersed in numerous locations across the United States.

Slater has more than 20 years of Senior Human Resources experience. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Weber State University, alma mater to many AvantGuard employees, in 1996, and went on to receive a Masters degree in Human Resources Management two years later. His love of learning and professional development continued and he now holds the SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.

He has worked in a variety of industries and excelled in his responsibilities, including: talent acquisition, succession planning, employee training and development, culture improvement, safety, security, compensation, benefits, payroll, and employee relations.

When asked about the decision to hire Slater, Justin Bailey, President of AvantGuard said, "We had a need to further professionalize our HR department and meet the needs of an organization that had grown significantly in the last 5 years. Rich brought large business experience and expertise, as well as unique perspective from other industries. He has transformed our HR team and has helped make AvantGuard an even better employer as a result."

Slater attributes his work ethic to growing up on a dairy farm where he learned the law of the harvest—that you "reap what you sow" and “work hard and play hard."

As part of the AvantGuard team, he strives to be the best servant leader and business partner possible. He demonstrates, exemplifies, and looks to hire those who are “Hungry, Humble, and Smart.”

Slater prides himself on his ability to partner with other business leaders within the organization in order to influence positive change management, drive the "we care first" culture, leverage cost savings, and be a strategic business partner.

Outside of his career, Slater enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and seven awesome children, running long distance races (including qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 2017), learning new things, and mountain biking.


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