(INDIANAPOLIS) — Two human resources experts were named the 2017 Ogletree Deakins Human Resources Professionals of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon ceremony today.

Cari L. Kline (Grundfos Americas Corporation, Indianapolis) and Kendra L. Vanzo (Old National Bank, Evansville) were awarded the honors during the 53rd Annual Human Resources Conference & Expo at the Indianapolis Marriott East.

The HR Professional of the Year award is given annually to a human resources professional that provides lasting impact through the implementation of best practices, organization design and effectiveness and accomplishment of the company’s strategic direction. 

Also honored at the luncheon and receiving the Award of Excellence was Lori L. Gooding, vice president of human resources for Buckingham Companies (Indianapolis).

Cari L. Kline

Kline is regional director of human resources, Americas operations for Grundfos Americas Corporation and is based in Indianapolis. Grundfos is a $4.5 billion company and global leader in advanced pump solutions and water technology, with headquarters in Denmark.

After joining Grundfos in 2012 as human resources director for the company’s Peerless Pump business unit in Indianapolis, she was promoted into her current position and oversees human resources for all of the Grundfos operations facilities in North and South America. As a strategic business partner, Kline provides leadership on a broad range of issues and has implemented key initiatives throughout the company’s Americas operations.

“I am flattered to be honored (with the award),” Kline adds. “I think HR is one of the most unique and challenging professions in today’s business environment.  The variety of opportunities and issues that present themselves – sometimes even in a single day – can be astonishing and I find that hugely motivating. I learned many years ago to stop saying, ‘Now I have seen it all!’”

Kline holds an MBA from Ball State University and an undergraduate degree from Purdue University.

Kendra L. Vanzo

Vanzo is the executive vice president of associate engagement and integration for Old National Bank in Evansville; she has been with the company since 1994.

Over the past year, her accomplishments include overseeing the largest merger in the company’s history, implementing a system to simplify training and career development, and spearheading the creation of an employer-sponsored health clinic for associates and families.

She credits her team and the values at Old National Bank for her honor.

“This recognition is reflective of the contributions of our entire HR team and the people-first, ethical culture of Old National. I am humbled and honored to accept it on behalf of our HR team and company,” Vanzo offers.

She received an MBA from the University of Southern Indiana and an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois.

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