The Rochester Affiliate of the National Human Resource Association named George Huyler, VP of Human Resources at Continental Service Group, Inc., d/b/a ConServe, as the 2015 HR Executive of the Year earlier Tuesday at an awards luncheon held at Monroe Country Club.

The second annual award presentation, which included fellow nominees Michelle Halloran, Director of HR & Corporate Compliance at eHealth, Michael O’Connor, VP of HR at Lewis Tree Service, and Karen Oliveri, Senior VP of HR at Volunteers of America, focused on identifying and celebrating exceptional leaders in the local HR community.

Mark Davitt, President of ConServe, congratulates all of George’s fellow nominees for inspiring others to make a difference: “They are a remarkable group of leaders who clearly excel in innovation and expertise”.

Understandably, Davitt is especially thrilled that his colleague’s accomplishments have been recognized: “George Huyler is an exceptional visionary whose keen intuitive sense, emotional intelligence and leadership has not only helped to shape ConServe and its culture, but has also made impactful and notable contributions to both the HR community and the communities in which our offices operate.” He continues: “Thanks to George’s innovative and insightful initiatives, ConServe is responsive, dynamic, prepared and thriving.” According to Davitt, “ConServe would not be what we are today without George’s many valuable contributions.”

George Huyler (left) displaying his trophy with Mark Davitt, President of ConServe.

George Huyler (left) displaying his trophy with Mark Davitt, President of ConServe.

Jennifer Steier, Co-Chair of the NHRA HR Executive of the Year 2015 Planning Committee, notes that “George has all the key characteristics we look for when determining a true HR Executive: George is at the pinnacle of his career and is an outstanding strategic leader. He has successfully brought both theoretical and experiential ideas to his company and its HR department thereby strengthening his company’s people resources.” According to Jennifer, “George is known for his strong business acumen and awareness of the industry in which he competes and is respected as a true business partner among the executives with whom he works.”

ConServe has been ranked consistently as a top-performing agency by the federal government and the U.S. Department of Education. Representing less than 1% of collection agencies nationwide, ConServe has achieved the ACA International Professional Practices Management System (PPMS) certification, representing the collection industry’s standard for quality management, and has completed the SSAE 16 Type II Engagement. Nationally accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating, ConServe is a recipient of the Rochester Business Ethics Award, has repeatedly appeared on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies and has been named a Rochester Top 100 company 12 times in the last 13 years. ConServe has been voted a Best Place to Work in Collections (for the last three consecutive years) and was recognized in 2015 as the #1 Top Workplace in Rochester, N.Y. Training magazine named ConServe on its Top 125 list of organizations with the most successful learning and development programs in the world and the Greater Rochester Quality Council has presented ConServe with both the Customer Excellence and Operations Excellence Awards. Visit ConServe online at

The National Human Resources Association (NHRA) is focused on advancing the individual career development, planning and leadership of human resource (HR) professionals. Through professional networking programs and development services offered across the country, they strive to support human resource professionals throughout their career life cycle – from intern to executive – as Human Resources leads the way for change in today’s businesses. The Rochester Affiliate of NHRA provides an active forum for the exchange of information and ideas related to Human Resources in which members can enjoy quality monthly programs and a supportive environment for networking, professional development, and community involvement.

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