Brian Gallagher – VP & Content Director of Milestones

Brian Gallagher has been serving the Human Resource market for more than seven years now. With a Master’s in Accounting and Data Analytics, he comes from a place of numbers, yet has dedicated his career to recognizing the human element of business. As such, he created the Humans over Numbers blog – a blog dedicated to the human side of human resources.

As a resident author of Milestones, he hears of the needs of human resource professionals everyday and uses that to draw conclusions and form opinions on things. Whether it be at a SHRM conference or over the phone, Brian is dedicated to forging meaningful relationships with HR professionals so he can help them form meaningful relationships with their employees. He is available for consulting services or speaking engagements upon request.

Brian has a wife and three kids. He is a big Survivor fan and Fantasy Football guru. He is also a novelist and professor at Belmont Abbey College in his spare time.

Heather Dulin – Director of Talent Acquisition and Org Development at NOV and Founder of People On Purpose Blog

Coming from a family of self-made entrepreneurs and strong women, Heather approaches life with a mindset of “I got this.”  From having worked since the age of 15 to putting herself through graduate school and growing her career in a predominately male industry, her background is rich in both academic achievements and life experiences.

Heather attributes her career success to four fundamental values: 1. Show up and be yourself  2. Give a damn 3. Get uncomfortable and 4. Don’t expire.  These have allowed her to face new frontiers head-on, working through economic downturns, mergers & acquisitions, and building a dream team inspired to help make the world a better place every day.

She founded the People On Purpose blog with the intention to bring to light issues and challenges associated with the job search, the workplace, and life in general. Her aim is to ‘keep it real’ with her audience while also sharing a future-forward stream of thought.

Heather Dulin
Kyle Crooke

Kyle Crooke – Life Development Coach | “People Skills” Speaker | Strategy & HR Author | Master Your Mission

Kyle enjoys long runs in the park, heavy weights, and gymnastics. He’s a triple threat!

He’s also passionate about all things employee engagement, company culture, and talent management. He’s published a book on individual engagement, a playbook on organizational engagement, and regularly contributes his perspective on the intersection of technology and humanity.

Kyle finds joy in personal development coaching and business consulting. His biggest joy comes from impacting others through mental health advocacy, fitness, and wisdom-sharing.

Kyle would love to connect with you on LinkedIn, as well as through his website.

Live your life with purpose, passion, and persistence. God bless!

Elisa GarnHR & People Executive | Chief Disruptor | Student of Design Thinking | Executive Director, Utah SHRM

Elisa’s experience includes more than 15 years in HR, recruiting and business development primarily with small to mid-sized businesses. A true Xennial (the micro generation between Gen X and Millennials), she is often an early adopter with a natural curiosity for all things – Especially people!

Her passion for the HR profession is obvious: She has served as the President for Salt Lake SHRM, co-founded DisruptHR SLC, currently serves as the Executive Director for Utah SHRM and acts as an advisor and member of several business-focused groups. Elisa holds the SHRM-SCP, SPHR, PRC and SHRM Talent Management Specialty Credential certifications.

A true believer of the global impact HR can have on creating a better human experience, her career path now focuses on the advocacy and influence for the progression of the HR function within the business environment.

Elisa Garn
Jeff Kortes

Jeff Kortes – Employee Retention Speaker | Recruitment Expert

Jeff has more than 25 years experience in human resources.  He has worked at companies that specialize in manufacturing, construction, and software development.  During his career he has worked to recruit, retain and develop employees, at companies including ConAgra Foods, SPX, Midas International and American Crystal Sugar.

Jeff is the founder of Human Asset Management LLC, which helps organizations to recruit, engage, develop and retain talent.  He is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and a frequent speaker on the topic of loyalty, employee retention, recruitment and culture building.  He is an avid high school wrestling fan, CrossFit participant and US Army veteran.  Jeff is the author of Give Your Employees C.R.A.P…and 7 Other Secrets to Employee Retention and HR Horror Stories…True Tales from the Trenches. For more information visit and follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffkortes

John Sydney Tighe – Certified Grief Counselor, Expert in Employee Grief, Author of Beyond This Day

John Sydney Tighe is an editor with Good Will Publishers, Incorporated, the parent company of Milestones. He is the author of three books on bereavement, two children’s books and two volumes on married life. He is a grief recovery specialist and a former addictions counselor and community educator.  A published poet, John has also just finished a novel set in his hometown in the year he was born and his portfolio contains a growing number of short stories. John and his wife are the proud parents of three grown children and are tapping their fingers on the kitchen table anxiously and eagerly awaiting grandchildren!