Talman Consultants hires director, human resources

Talman Consultants, LLC, a leading WBE- and DBE-certified civil engineering consulting firm, announced the hiring of Perry Sartori as director of human resources. Sartori replaces Liane Adduci, who will continue to lead marketing and operations at the firm. He will report to Katherine Latham, managing partner.

“One of our goals is to advance women and diversity in engineering in the hopes of shaping the future of our industry. Talent is at the heart of that goal,” said Latham. “Perry’s experience and passionate approach to developing talent and directing human resources strategy is a perfect match as we look to find the right people, develop our existing team, advance diversity and implement best practices in human resources.”

A 20-year industry veteran, Sartori joins the firm from AbbVie, Inc. where he was a business human resources partner aligned with senior leadership in developing and implementing HR strategies, needs assessments and HR programs linked to business results. Prior to that, he was director of human resources for Trustwave, where he managed global HR, employee relations, performance management, KPI’s for top performers and best practices in change management and talent acquisition. He began his career at MWH Global, Inc. where he partnered with management on HR strategy and conducted pre- and post-merger integration during his tenure there. Sartori also consulted and acted as interim director of HR for Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Architectural Foundation.

“Talman’s success has been in large part the result of our steadfast commitment to a culture that promotes doing whatever it takes to deliver accountability and results to our clients, doing the right thing with integrity, honesty and purpose and welcoming diversity and differences of opinion,” Latham said. “It’s a tall order and we’re confident Perry’s experience in helping growing firms maintain culture while building HR strategies is the right fit.”

Sartori has a BA in business administration from Lewis University as well as certifications in strategic human resources leadership from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. He is also a Certified Trainer DDI Targeted Selection and has given presentations on leadership through respect, preventing harassment and discrimination and the blink effect on diversity in the workplace.

“I’m looking forward to being part of Talman as they continue to work towards redefining the face of engineering and developing best practices in HR, employee relations, professional development, recruitment and organizational and regulatory development,” said Sartori. “Their vision is consistent with my experience and passion. My primary focus will be to ensure that Talman continues to be a great place to work for top talent.”

Talman was ranked #4 in 2018 as one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois and is soon to announce two more Best Places distinctions for 2019.