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3375 Edison Way,  Menlo Park, CA 94025
Brad Taft, MBA, CMF, SPHR, RCC
Managing Director
AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Vocational Evaluation, Employability Analysis, Labor Market Analysis, Earning Capacity
Analysis, Job Search Effectiveness Evaluation, Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation,
Career Counseling, Job Search Strategy Development, Job Placement Assistance.

CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES

Career Management Fellow (CMF), Institute of Career Certification International

Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Human Resource Certification Institute

Registered Career Consultant (RCC), International Association of Career Consulting Firms

Licensed Career Consultant, Labor Department of the Industrial Commission of Arizona

Advanced Communicator - Bronze, Toastmasters International

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration, University of Southern California, 1976

Bachelor of Arts in Communication, University of Southern California, 1974

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

TAFT VOCATIONAL EXPERTS, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ                                                     2010 to Present
Managing Director

Provide expert witness services including vocational evaluation, earning capacity analysis, labor market research, and opinions in cases involving employment and human resources issues. Lawsuits include wrongful termination, divorce, workers compensation, personal injury, and wrongful death.

•       Prepare and deliver comprehensive reports and provide depositions and testimony.

​TAFT RESOURCE GROUP, Scottsdale, AZ                                                                    2003 to Present
Chief Career Strategist

Provide corporate-retained outplacement services, career transition consulting directly to individuals, and workforce and career development consulting for organizations.

Assist job seekers in career planning, goal setting, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, networking, identifying sources of job leads and job search strategy development
Develop and deliver customized, one-on-one career transition services including entrepreneurial consulting to individuals throughout the United States
Create and deliver presentations, webinars, teleseminars and workshop programs on a variety of career, employment and workplace topics 

SPHERION HUMAN CAPITAL CONSULTING, Los Angeles, CA                                      2001 to 2003
General Manager/Account Director

Managed and delivered outplacement consulting and business development for the Southwest region of this international human resources consulting firm, a division of Spherion Corporation, a $2.5 billion human resources, recruitment, technology and outsourcing company. Managed a staff of five in the Los Angeles office.

Assisted displaced employees with career planning and job search training services through one on one consultation and small group workshops

RIGHT MANAGEMENT, INC., Phoenix, AZ & Los Angeles, CA                                      1993 to 2001
Senior Vice President, Client Relations (Phoenix)                                             2000 to 2001 
Vice President (Los Angeles)                                                                                1993 to 2000 

Managed and delivered outplacement services and business development for the three office Arizona/Nevada region of this international human resources consulting firm.  Previously developed, managed and delivered outplacement services and managed client relationships in the Los Angeles and Woodland Hills, CA offices.

Developed and implemented strategic marketing plans involving product changes, new product introductions and their successful launch into new target markets
Managed and implemented on-site career centers
Created and delivered consulting and sales training programs

LEE HECHT HARRISON, INC., Los Angeles, CA                                                             1990 to 1993
Vice President, Client Relations

Delivered executive and group outplacement services and managed client relations for the Los Angeles office of this national outplacement firm.

CAREER TRANSITION GROUP, INC., Los Angeles, CA                                                  1985 to 1990
President & Human Resources Director

Co-Founded this outplacement firm and was responsible for general management, human resources, program development and delivery of executive and group outplacement services.

Developed innovative outplacement programs to meet the needs of a diverse group of employees transitioning from a major healthcare organization

UNIVANCE, INC., Los Angeles, CA – Outplacement Consultant                                 1981 to 1985
N. W. GIBSON INTERNATIONAL, Los Angeles, CA - Executive Recruiter                  1980 to 1981
TAFT & ASSOCIATES, Los Angeles, CA - Executive Recruiter                                    1979 to 1980
GLOBAL MARINE, INC., Los Angeles, CA - Treasury Associate                                  1978 to 1979 
KORN/FERRY INTERNATIONAL, Los Angeles, CA - Executive Recruiter                   1976 to 1978

EXPERT TESTIMONY

  • Superior Court of Arizona

VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP & AFFILIATIONS

Board of Directors, Forensic Expert Witness Association Phoenix Chapter
Associate Member, American Board of Vocational Experts
Member, WorldatWork (formerly American Compensation Association)
Associate Member, Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators
Board of Directors, Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Board 
Workforce Policy Advisor, AARP Arizona
Member, Association of Career Professionals International
Member, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Member, SHRM of Greater Phoenix
Past President, Board of Directors, USC School of Business Alumni Association
Chair, Employment Committee, AZ ASPIRE (Allegiance for Special Persons' Independence, 
       Recreation and Employment)

RECOGNITION & AWARDS

Arizona SHRM Professional Excellence Award - 2008

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

Co-author of Boom or Bust!: New Career Strategies in a New America (Cambridge Media, LLC; 2006) and Return of the Boomers (Cambridge Media, LLC; 2008). Write numerous articles and present speeches on employment, workforce and career issues. Guest lecturer at ASU, USC, UCLA, Loyola Marymount University and Grand Canyon University. 

Articles include:

Following Through: How a Vocational Expert Can Support A Spouse in Finding Employment
Arizona Association of Family Law Attorneys Newsletter, Fall 2014

Do Both Sides in a Divorce Case Need a Vocational Expert?
Arizona Association of Family Law Attorneys Newsletter, Summer 2013

Earning Capacity: Labor Market Analysis for Determining Spousal Maintenance;
Arizona Association of Family Law Attorneys Newsletter, Fall 2011

Can America Continue to Compete in the 21st Century?; Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, Fall 2008 (Co-author)

Mature Workers: a Fine Source of Renewable Energy; Phoenix Business Journal, December 14, 2007

Mature Workers: Do They Really Cost More to Employ?, Phoenix Business Journal, June 29, 2007 

A Letter to Career Consultants and Coaches on Behalf of Boomers and Traditionalists Who Need Your Expertise: Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, Fall 2006 (Co-author)

Managing Workforce Reductions, California Employment Law Letter, 2/4/02 & 2/18/02 editions.

Outplacement and Communicating Work Force Reductions, chapters in Downsizing by              
      Ethan Lipsig; BNA Books; 1997, 1998 Update.

Presentations include:

What are You Worth?: Sources of Executive Compensation Data
ExecuNet - Phoenix Networking Meeting
Tempe, AZ
6/17/14

New Beginnings: Tapping into Vocational, Career and Educational Resources
Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators
Phoenix, AZ
1/28/14

Strategic Job Search
ExecuNet - Phoenix Networking Meeting
Tempe, AZ
1/21/14

Executive Marketing Strategy:The Dynamic Resume & More
ExecuNet - Phoenix Networking Meeting
Tempe, AZ
2/19/13

The New Networking: It's Not Who You Know, It's Who Knows You
Financial Executives Networking Group - Phoenix Chapter
Scottsdale, AZ
1/15/13

Sources of Hire Survey: Implications for Executive & Professional Job Seekers
ExecuNet - Phoenix Networking Meeting
Tempe, AZ
10/16/12

 Attracting & Retaining the Best Talent by Creating an "Age - Friendly" Workplace
 2012 Arizona State SHRM Conference
 Chandler, Arizona
 8/28/12

 Effective Networking Communications: The Uplifiting Elevator Speech
 ExecuNet - Phoenix Networking Meeting
 Tempe, AZ
 1/17/12

 Boomer Networking: How to Use Networking to Overcome Barriers to
 Job Search Success
 Tempe, AZ
 11/14/11 :

The New Networking: It's Not Who You Know, But Who Knows You
Financial Executives Networking Group - Phoenix Chapter
Tempe, AZ
7/26/11

Public Speaking: A Critical Business Skill
Arizona Business Travel Association Annual Education Conference
Phoenix, AZ
6/15/11

Overcoming Myths about Hiring Older Workers
American Payroll Association - Phoenix West Valley Chapter
Glendale, AZ
4/19/11

Generational Recruiting Workshop
Financial Executives International - Arizona Chapter
Phoenix, AZ
3/8/11

The New Networking
Career Connectors Workshop
Phoenix, AZ
9/15/10

Generational Diversity: Four Generations Sharing the Workplace
Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association Workshop
Phoenix, AZ
5/18/10

A Strategic Planning Model for Mature Workers’ Career Transition 
Southwest Job Network Workshop
Phoenix, AZ
8/10/09

Are You Stuck Using 20th Century Coaching/Counseling Methods and Techniques in the 21st Century?
International Career Development Conference
Los Angeles, CA 
11/7/08

Recruiting, Re-vitalizing and Retaining the Workforce of the Future
Arizona State SHRM Conference
Phoenix, AZ
9/3/08

Debunking the Myths of Employing Mature Workers
American Society on Aging/National Coalition on Aging Annual Conference
Washington, DC
3/29/08

Supporting the Career Success of the Aging Population
Workforce 411 Conference
Columbus, OH 
10/24/07

The New “3 R’s”: Recruiting, Revitalizing and Retaining Mature Workers
Arizona Industrial Compensation Association
Phoenix, AZ
9/20/07

Rethinking Career Options for the Aging Workforce
American Society on Aging/National Coalition on Aging Annual Conference
Chicago, IL
3/7/07

Strategic Integration and Alignment of the Aging Workforce
Alliance for Work-Life Progress Annual Work-Life Conference
Scottsdale, AZ
2/2/07

Boom or Bust!: New Career Strategies in a New America
International Career Development Conference
San Jose, CA 
11/3/06

The Future Through Gray – Colored Glasses: Supporting the Career Success of the Aging Population
Working With Diverse Populations in Indiana Conference
Indianapolis, IN
8/23/06

Outsourcing: Meeting the Competitive Challenges of a Global Economy (Panelist)
California Workforce Association Annual Conference
San Diego, CA
4/6/04

SUMMARY

Over 30 years experience in the employment, human resources, and vocational consulting fields. Positions include recruiter, human resources director, career counselor and outplacement consultant. 

Strong understanding of employment and HR issues, including compensation, the labor market, career planning, job search strategies, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. 
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