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An 18 Year Milestone

Kyle Jones, MegaGate Broadband, 18th AnniversaryI reached a milestone in 2013 on my birthday as I reached the big four-zero. No, I didn’t feel any differently than I did at thirty-nine. Yes, I was still the same person.  No, the world didn’t end and my life didn’t nosedive into a midlife crisis. I reached another milestone today as I celebrated eighteen years with the same company, MegaGate Broadband (formerly known as Cellular One of South Mississippi.) It is an accomplishment for which I am proud. Read more

Conference Connect: MSSHRM14

It seems like the conference shouldn’t be less than two weeks away but it is.  I’m excited to be able to attend again this year and be a part of the team that makes it happen, the Mississippi State Council of SHRM. That organization, as anyone who knows me would know, brings knowledge, networking and friendship to all associated.  The information below was written by me and posted to the Mississippi SHRM website and to the South Mississippi site.  This is our first step in making our conference more social than in previous years. Sound the drums.  Let silence fall.  Knock four times.  Be still my beating hearts.  It’s almost time for Conference Connect: #MSSHRM14! Read more

5 Things to Expect from 2014 @MSSHRM Leaders Retreat

I will have the honor to attend the Mississippi SHRM Leaders Retreat next Friday and Saturday in Meridian, Mississippi. This retreat has become an annual event. I look forward to seeing everyone next week.  So, I hope everyone will share my excitement as I list my 5 Things to Expect from 2014 @MSSHRM Leaders Retreat.


@MSSHRM Leaders Retreat

Mississippi SHRM, @MSSHRM Leaders Retreat, Kyle JonesThe purpose of the Mississippi SHRM Leaders Retreat is to provide orientation, networking and educational information to current and/or new SHRM volunteers in Mississippi.


#1 Mississippi SHRM State Council Meeting


The State Council of Mississippi SHRM is expected to meet next Friday. Plans for the upcoming 19th Annual Mississippi Human Resource Conference & Expo will be reviewed and finalized. This year marks my sixth year of participating in the behind-the-scenes planning of the event. My advice to anyone who attends any event is this: There is much more that goes into event planning than most realize.

I look forward to seeing the Council members, too!  Added bonus!


#2 Visit from Dorothy Knapp of SHRM

Dorothy Knapp of SHRM, @MSSHRM Leaders Retreat

Dorothy Knapp, Field Service Director for Southeast Region, SHRM

Weather and conditions permitting, the event will see a visit from Dorothy Knapp, SHRM Field Service Director for the Southeast Region. Dorothy is a great resource of SHRM knowledge.  She has been a voice of encouragement as I’ve moved along my professional volunteer journey with SHRM.




#3 MSU Riley Center


MSU Riley Center Logo, @MSSHRM Leaders RetreatOur retreat will be held at the MSU Riley Center. I’ve never been but I am excited based on the pictures I’ve seen.


The following information is taken from the Riley Center’s website:


MSU Riley Center, @MSSHRM Leaders Retreat

Located in the heart of historic downtown Meridian, the MSU Riley Center opened its doors in September 2006 to offer cultural, artistic, and educational experiences like no other in the region. The multifaceted center attracts 60,000+ visitors to downtown Meridian annually for conferences, meetings, and performances. The center includes a fully restored 1889 grand opera house theater that seats approximately 950, a 200-seat studio theater, and 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including a large exhibit hall, breakout rooms, and boardrooms, all equipped with teleconferencing capabilities and built-in technical features to create the optimal meeting environment.

#4 The Trio Rides Again

I’ve had the pleasure of traveling with two area HR pros to 95% of all SHRM events since November 2008. Our first trip together was to the SHRM Leadership Conference in November 2008. They – Jan Farve and Amanda Ford – have become two of my favorite from my HR circle. To read an article I wrote about Amanda, click here. To read an article I wrote about Jan, click here.


#5 Social Media Session with Curtis Midkiff

Technology will provide me the chance to meet and moderate (or maybe facilitate – either word is good) a closing session on Social Media with Curtis Midkiff. I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Curtis in person during his tenure as SHRM’s Go-to-Guy for Social Media; however, he has graciously agreed to present at our event. He will be “attending” the event via Google Hangout.

I’ll update more information during and after the event.

About Author

I am a fan of comic books, science fiction, gadgets and a devoted fan of Doctor Who.  Professionally, I am the Human Resources Manager at Megagate Broadband, Inc. and serve the HR profession with both South Mississippi SHRM and  Mississippi SHRM. This blog is my creative outlet and doorway to the world of Doctor Who and HR blogging.  For more information, visit one of the following social networks/sites:

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Registration Opens for Mississippi SHRM 2014 Conference

19th Annual Mississippi Human Resource Conference & Expo


It’s that time of year again.  What time is it?   Well, it is time to begin preparing for the annual Mississippi SHRM Human Resource Conference & Expo. This year’s event celebrates the conference’s nineteenth year.  

Unmask Your Super Power


2014 Mississippi HR Conference

The theme for this year’s event can be described with just one word – SUPER.  Unmask your super power and find your Super HeRo within! The event will be held at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi on May 06 – 08, 2014.


To register for the event, click on this link:  http://bit.ly/1hTUJ81


Three Events in One Week

All masked marvels should maximize their time away from work and supercharge their HR power! To help train and maintain, Mississippi SHRM will offer the following events:


  1. The Essentials of HR Management (Two-Day Course)

  2. Pre-Conference Workshop

  3. Two-Day Conference


About Mississippi SHRM


Mississippi HR, Mississippi SHRM, HR to Who, Kyle Jones HR, Kyle Jones

Mississippi SHRM

Our goal is to provide you with a central hub for information about HR in Mississippi as well as providing information about affiliate chapters across Mississippi.  Whether you are new to the HR field or have many years of experience, we are a local starting point for networking, information, professional development and continued support of excellence in Human Resources.  


About the Beau Rivage

Beau Rivage


  • Originally opened: March 16, 1999; re-opened: August 29, 2006
  • Original cost: $800 million; renovation cost: $550 million
  • A wholly owned subsidiary of MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL™
  • The largest employer in Biloxi with 3,800+ employees
  • The largest resort in the Southeast to receive the AAA Four Diamond award; recognized by both Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure as one of the top resorts in the country
  • The tallest and largest building in Mississippi reaching 32 stories and 3.2 million square feet
  • Features the most table games, guest rooms and meeting space on the Gulf Coast
  • Conveniently located on the Gulf Coast in Biloxi approximately an hour drive from New Orleans to the west and Mobile, Alabama to the east; near the Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport, serviced by 6 major airlines with 48 regular daily non-stop flights
  • Beau Rivage features 1,740 guest rooms and suites, redesigned casino floor, 11 restaurants, four lounges and bars, 12 retail venues, spa and salon, pool and convention center


Information taken from the Beau Rivage website.  To make a reservation, click here.

Susan Holland Achieves SPHR Certification

I commend anyone who achieves accreditation for a professional and/or academic standard. It involves a commitment of resources ranging from time, money and personal dedication. Obtaining the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) is a coveted distinction for most of us who work in the HR profession. We now have another to join this ranks of Mississippi HR SPHR! Read more

Mississippi SHRM Certification Scholarship



This post is for my fellow SHRM volunteers in Mississippi. Have you taken the certification exam and are a SHRM volunteer on the local and/or chapter level?  If you answered yes….this information is for you! Mississippi SHRM offers a scholarship for PHR, SPHR, GPHR, PHR-CA, and SPHR-CA certification. If you answered no or are already HRCI certified…I encourage you to share this information with your fellow chapter board members. Read more

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