Michael Strand has over 35 years of human resources experience at the executive level. From 1977 to 1991 he served as the HR Director of 4 non-profit organizations ranging in size from 650 to 4,000 employees. Mike has been consulting since 1991. He provides a broad variety of human resources projects and services to small and medium sized non-profit and for-profit organizations. Primary areas of expertise include compensation, employee benefits, and employee communications.
As a consultant, Mr. Strand has served in multi-year capacities as the top human resources person for a number of organizations. In these capacities he advised the CEOs on regulatory compliance such as FLSA classification and independent contractor status, employee communications through employee handbooks, personnel policies and fringe benefits brochures, employee compensation, performance evaluation plans, benefit plan enhancements, reference checking, job descriptions, HHR audits, employee relations, executive retention programs, and other issues. Additionally, for 8 months in 1992 Mr. Strand served as Acting Executive Director of a professional association with 35 employees.
Mike has also been an adjunct instructor at George Mason University since 2013 teaching the human resources course in the Department of Health Administration and Policy and previously served as an adjunct HR instructor at Marymount University, Northern Virginia Community College, and Prince George’s Community College. Mike also teaches the Total Rewards, Employee & Labor Relations and the Risk Management modules to HR professionals in preparation for Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) certification exam. Additionally he teaches courses in Leadership, Compensation and Benefits. He teaches both in person and online courses ranging from delivering a 2-day workshop in Compensation and Benefits for multinational corporation representatives in Singapore to creating and conducting webinars for BLR (“Market-Based Compensation”) and Compensation Connection (“7 Steps to Market-Based Pricing.”)
In 2008 Mr. Strand received an appointment to the 3-person Merit System Board of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The Board serves as the final administrative appellate entity on all employee appeals resulting from disciplinary actions, grievance decisions, classification decisions and complaints of discrimination.
Mr. Strand is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He wrote a chapter in the book Stress-free Performance Appraisals by Sharon Armstrong and Madelyn Appelbaum (2003, Career Press). He also authored two chapters in the original edition of The Essential HR Handbook by Sharon Armstrong and Barbara Mitchell (2008,
Mike has a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of Toledo and a Masters of Arts degree (School of Government and Business Administration) from The George Washington University.