Ross P. Alander, M.L.I.R.

Ross P. Alander has an extensive and comprehensive background in Human Resources and Organizational Development in health care, in the auto industry, professional employer organizations, with service companies, with professional groups, the public sector and not for profits. Ross has held a number of management/leadership positions at the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors, including being a factory (foreman) supervisor. Moving into the area of health care, he served as Personnel Administrative Manager of E.W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing (Michigan) and as Vice President of Human Resources at Lansing General Hospital (Michigan), then for 10 years as the Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development for Tampa General Hospital, where he led a team of 200 members.

Ross’ areas of responsibility included general Human Resources, Affirmative Action, Compensation, Benefits, Labor Relations, Team Development, Parking, Safety and Security, Dietary, Customer/ Physician Relations, Volunteer Services, Library, Pastoral Care, Child Care, Organizational Development, Minority Business Enterprise and International Relations. Ross also directed and led the implementation of a comprehensive customer service culture for Tampa General. As a member of the Executive Team, Ross served on various hospital and board committees and task forces.

Ross assisted in the coordination of the consolidation (from the Human Resources aspect) of four separate Tampa hospital merger/consolidations: St. Joseph’s/Humana Women’s, University Community Hospital/Centurion, Charter Tampa/Pasco, and St. Joseph’s/South Florida’s Baptist/Bay Care. In addition, Ross has worked with employee leasing companies, including a start-up leasing company. Most recently, Ross facilitated the Human Resource factor in the start up of Hillsborough Kids, Inc. (HKI), a community-based child welfare organization.

Ross works with or has worked with a number of organizations (nonprofits, for profits and public) and is committed to making every organization that he works with an Employer of Choice. Two of his clients have made the One of the Best Places to Work list in Tampa and Lakeland, Florida.

Ross has held numerous community leadership and/or chair positions including the Tampa/Hillsborough Urban League Board, the Suncoast Ronald McDonald House Board, United Way, Hillsborough County Human Rights Commission, National Conference of Christian & Jews, and the Tampa Coalition. Ross has been the recipient of the National Conference of Community and Justice Brotherhood and Sisterhood Award and an Outstanding Leadership Award from the Urban League. The former Governor of Michigan recognized him for his efforts on behalf of physically challenged citizens. Ross is the former Chair of the Hillsborough County (Fl.) Human Rights Board and a former member of the City of Tampa’s Human Rights Board and currently is on the Calendar Committee for the Hillsborough County School Board. Ross was a candidate as an interim member of the Tampa city council in 2006.

Ross is a Human Resource Consultant, a Labor/Employment Arbitrator and a Mediator in Tampa. Ross has done and is doing consulting work for numerous Tampa Bay area, Sarasota area and Lakeland area companies, public sector organizations and non-profits. Ross is a retired full-time Senior Lecturer in Management Studies in the College of Business at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USF S-M) and was voted Outstanding Professor USF Sarasota-Manatee, fall 2009 and spring 2012. Ross has a bachelor’s degree in social science and economics and a master's degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University and recently attended the Program on Negotiations at Harvard Law. In addition, Ross is a member of the Labor Panel of the American Arbitration Association and the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators.

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