Larken Associates welcomes new human resource director

Larken Associates on Wednesday said Barney Drew has joined the company’s executive leadership team in the role of human resource director.

Drew will focus on developing and implementing an enterprisewide integrated human capital management strategy and framework in support of the firm’s expansion and growth plans, working closely with Larken Associates Chief Operating Officer Lenny Tartamella.

Drew will also work to build a comprehensive human resource department in support of the firm’s extensive growth by identifying and implementing the latest human resources technologies to streamline the company’s internal processes, ensure a seamless experience for the firm’s 150 employees and to recruit the industry’s top talent.

An expert in employee relations, talent management and organizational effectiveness, Drew has over 30 years of extensive experience in all aspects of human resources across numerous industries, including construction, industrial services, automotive manufacturing, transportation and warehousing.

“This is an exciting time for Larken, and we owe all of that to the great work of our employees. Barney’s wealth of experience and expertise in human resources makes him a vital asset amid our ongoing growth,” Tartamella said. “We welcome Barney to our leadership team, as we know that his dedication to our employees will help us increase employee engagement, performance and synergy across the organization.”

Prior to joining Larken Associates, Drew served as vice president, human resources, for Party Rental Ltd., in Hasbrouck Heights, where he provided innovative HR leadership efforts throughout all phases of the business and implemented a highly effective HR strategy for over 800 full-time employees and up to 700 seasonal employees.

He also served as human resource and safety director at Harsco Infrastructure Americas and director of employee relations at Lafarge North America.