Past Winners

     2016 - Shawn Premer
      Shawn Premer

Shawn is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Consumers Credit Union and focuses on: Strategic Planning; Training & Development; Employee Relations; Litigation Avoidance; Policy Development; Compensations; Benefits Wellness and; Recruiting. She is also an Adjunct Professor in at Northwood University, where she teaches Strategic Management, Human Resources Management, and Leadership Development to college students. In addition, she facilitates SPHR/PHR (HRCI accreditation) courses for Eastern Michigan University and Kalamazoo Valley M-Tech.

Shawn joined Consumers Credit Union in May of 2011. She previously worked as Director of Human Resources at Rehmann and as Human Resources Manager at Titan Plastics Group, in a  career spanning over 24 years. She is also an accomplished speaker who has presented at several Chamber, Community and professional organizations across the state of Michigan.

Shawn’s accomplishments include graduating Suma Cum Laude from Northwood University with a BA in Management. She also has a MBA from Cornerstone University. She also holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a SHRM Senior HR Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation. In 2015 she was elected to Inforum’s Inner Circle in Kalamazoo and selected as keynote speaker at WMU Women In Leadership Development Day. Shawn was also the winner of the Credit Union National Organization’s HRTD Strategic Leadership Award in 2014.


     2015 - Julia Kellogg and Danielle Crane

Danielle Crane

Leads the talent function at GreenPath Financial Wellness. She views herself as an advocate for people, helping them to see and achieve greater possibilities than might immediately seem attainable. With her leadership and partnership, GreenPath is home to a thriving culture of talented and caring people whose strengths lie at the heart of GreenPath’s vision to remix the American dream so it works for everyone.

Danielle got her start in talent recruitment, and quickly grew into a leadership role, serving as VP of human resources for North American Bancard &Pay Anywhere prior to joining GreenPath’s mission. An extraordinary leader, Danielle has a deep understanding of how the people who make up an organization are its most valuable asset. With her guidance, talent plays an active role in executing GreenPath’s business strategy.

Danielle is an active member of the Detroit Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the National SHRM. She earned her MBA from the Walsh College of Business and Accountancy and bachelor’s degrees in HR and English from Albion College. She is the recipient the American Society of Employer’s 2016 Michigan HR Executive of the Year award and Michigan Council of SHRM’s 2015 Top HR Professional.          

     2014 - Steve Nelson and Joni Nelson