WorkforceNEXT HR Pro Announced for April

Blog Post created by sara.marchionda on May 2, 2016



Congratulations to our HR Pro for April, Joel Gray!


Joel, Vice President of Human Resources with Westlake Chemical, is a true leader with strong business acumen, who has been working to transform HR and implement business solutions in his time at Westlake. He is working to support the growth of the company, which is now a global organization with more than 4,000 employees, by preserving what's made them successful so far and adding elements to ensure sustainable success as a larger, global organization.


Earlier in his career, Joel created and implemented true HR Business Partner functionality at BASF Corporation (North American business of BASF SE).  He transformed a geographic, administratively-focused group into one that was business-focused and value-adding.


But, after all this hard work, what does he do to relax, de-stress, and revitalize? He told us he "spends time with family, travel and photography, and, since [he] grew up in Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama, [he is] a a big fan of SEC football." 


Something unique about Joel? "Before getting into HR, I worked as a radio/TV news reporter."


Know another HR Pro that deserves recognition? Nominate your colleague today.