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Jeff Kortes, Employee Retention Speaker

So a little bit about Jeff…

Jeff Kortes didn’t become an employee retention and recruitment speaker, author and expert by accident. His early career spanned 25 years as a human resources professional, trainer, and consultant. He has held leadership roles in companies such as ConAgra, Midas International, SPX, and Quaker Oats Company.

During that quarter-century, Jeff saw countless employees come and go. The reasons rarely varied. The employers always suffered, though. Good people are hard to replace. Over time, Jeff devised a plan of inventive, common-sense employee retention strategies to help businesses keep their best talent.

After three facility closures, a strike and a corporate buyout, Jeff put all his experience together and started Human Asset Management, LLC, a multi-segment HR services firm. He has helped hundreds of first-line supervisors, managers, and executives with training in employee retention and engagement.


His no-nonsense approach is reflected in his C.R.A.P. Leadership® System and Execution Focused Leadership® which instill positive supervisory and managerial behavior while driving results in the organization.

Jeff also works as a “headhunter,” finding candidates to fill organizations’ talent needs … and constantly learning about what drives candidates to choose one employer over another.

Jeff speaks and conducts workshops nationwide as an employee retention trainer. He draws on his experiences as a human resources professional, father, coach, martial artist and U.S. Army veteran to provide thought-provoking programs that yield results.


Fun Facts About Jeff

  • Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • Lived in WI, MN, MO, TX, AZ, CA, KS, ND
  • Favorite quote: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight … it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
  • U.S. Army veteran
  • Avid CrossFit participant and high school wrestling fan

Clients RAVE about Jeff…

David M. Paskachi 

Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Rosen’s Diversified Inc./American Foods Group, LLC

Thank you for presenting “Giving Your Employees C.R.A.P.” and then leading the excellent workshop
on “7 Secrets to Employee Retention” the following morning for our FY 2019 HR Conference. Both
sessions helped launch our Year of Engagement theme to our Operations and HR leaders across the
company. I also appreciate the visit you made to our facility ahead of the conference to learn more about
our business and our people. This certainly helped the connection with the group.
I also appreciate your follow up work with one of our plant HR managers, as well as your assistance with
one of our continuity efforts on engagement at the corporate HR level. You have definitely created some
sparks in the organization that can turn into flames.

Cherish Schwenn

Executive Director
Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association

Thank you very much for speaking at the Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s 66th
Annual Convention at the American Club in Kohler on March 8th , 2016.
Your session “Give Your Employees C.R.A.P. and 7 Other Secrets to Employee Retention” was
well received by our attendees receiving a 9 out of 10, the highest rated session at the
The information on employee retention as well as the additional reference material you
provided were both useful and timely. Your willingness and foresight to speak to a couple of
members prior to the presentation really tailored it to employer needs in the concrete industry.
You did a great job of engaging the audience, making it an educational and enjoyable learning

Diane Gadzalinski

Vice President Human Resources
Construction Resources Management Inc.

Thank you again for your presentation at our Zenith Tech Foremen start up meeting. It was very
beneficial for them to learn more about praising their employees as well as having difficult conversations
with employees. Your common sense and straight forward approach, C.R.A.P. (care, respect,
appreciation and praise) is fun but very effective.
You connected well with the group and we received very positive feedback from them. I also appreciate
the research you did prior to the presentation as well as the onsite visit. I think that was very beneficial
and allowed you to connect so well with them.
A good culture and positive, supportive work environment are key elements in employee recruiting and
retention. Your presentation gave our Foremen practical tools and resources to use on a daily basis.
I look forward to continuing to work with you in various areas throughout all of our Walbec Companies.
Thank you again for being so detailed and passionate about what you do. It certainly comes across
when you are speaking.

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Contact Info


Human Asset Mgmt LLC
P.O. Box 320294
Franklin, WI

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