Human Resources Association of New York Celebrates 60th Anniversary

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The Human Resources Association of New York (HR/NY) is the Premier Membership Organization representing Professional Human Resources practitioners, educators and service providers, at all levels in their organizations, who work or live in New York City.

In 1948, at the same time that SHRM (formerly named the American Society for Personnel Administration or ASPA) was being formed, a parallel professional development and networking association was developed by a small cadre of personnel and labor relations leaders in New York. Within five years of both organizations’ existence, the New York association became the first chapter to be chartered as an affiliate of SHRM, with a dozen professionals who met every month or two to educate each other. Today, HR/NY offers as many as five programs and/or meetings a month to its membership, which has grown to number in the thousands.

Over the years, HR/NY (and its predecessor the Metropolitan New York Chapter of SHRM/ASPA) has focused on professional development to improve its ability to better lead and serve employers. HR/NY introduced monthly presentations designed to increase knowledge for all HR professionals; newsletters containing contemporary personnel topics and summaries of programs; specialized in-depth workshops and seminars; and more than 15 special interest groups and committees.

From its inception, volunteer leadership has been the major underpinning of HR/NY’s success. It has grown from a small “collegial” sharing of concerns around a conference room table, to a major educational organization supporting HR professionals from every industry and business sector in and around Metropolitan New York. This has been accomplished through the selfless leadership of professionals who have volunteered time and talent to lead this organization towards their goal of “positioning HR professionals as an integral part of the strategic management process to enhance their organization’s performance.”

HRNY is managed by Association Associates, Inc. (AAI) Established in 1992 and located in Trenton, New Jersey, AAI is a leading association management company providing management services to voluntary organizations, including trade show, conference and special events planning; administrative services, membership services, financial management, media relations, lobbying, and communication services for trade and professional groups. AAI is a member of the International Association of Association Management Companies and is a charter accredited association Management Company by the American Society of Association Executives. Continually growing, AAI now serves 14 association clients.