HR Student of the Year (Graduate) Award, 2014 HR Awards

Brandon Griffin
Cleveland State University

cle_hr_BrandonGriffinBrandon Griffin is held in high regard in the Greater Cleveland and Akron area by a number of HR professionals and leaders. He has been invited to and recently accepted a lifetime membership to the intellectual business ranks of Beta Gamma Sigma. Griffin founded his own nonprofit, Guarded Hands Foundation, to help Ohio’s military veterans find employment — all while in graduate school at Cleveland State University.

Griffin is a member of the Cleveland Society for Human Resource Management where he volunteers on the membership committee after previously serving on the education committee. He served as vice president of the CSU Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management, and was also nominated by CSU faculty to become a member of the Dean’s Diversity Council for the Business College. Griffin is the only graduate student who is a volunteer on the council.

Griffin is considerate, hardworking and a personable young man. He is always willing to assist colleagues in HR, and he has an excellent rapport with upper management. Most importantly, the leadership skills that he has learned throughout his career have served him well. He has also volunteered at the Cleveland Ronald McDonald House for the past 13 years and wants to be a positive influence for his community and for young HR professionals who continually look up to him.

He has proven himself to be a dedicated student and dedicated, forward-thinking HR professional — all while giving back to the community that has supported and helped shape him.