Magazine article HRMagazine

Martha Argotte Thomas HR Director, United Southern Bank

Magazine article HRMagazine

Martha Argotte Thomas HR Director, United Southern Bank

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When the weekend rolls around, Martha Argotte Thomas likes to hit the open road on her 2004 Honda Goldwing motorcycle. In fact, it's a lot like practicing HR.

"From the moment you get on the motorcycle, you don't know what you're going to come across," she says. "That's a typical day in human resources."

Mentoring others and helping them live up to their full potential are the aspects of her job that rev her up most.

She feels a similar exhilaration when she is volunteering with the Society for Human Resource Managemer (SHRM).

"I feel like I have a part in the future of HR," says Thomas, who is secretary of SHRM's Kentucky state council. Previously, she served three years as diversity co-director of the state council and two years as president of her local Western Kentucky SHRM chapter in Hopkinsville, Ky. She has also assisted with planning f the state council's HR conference. …

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