Chief Operating Officer
With more than 25 years of human resource experience in both corporate and consulting roles, John Savas has worked with a variety of industries in public and private companies, family-owned businesses, and non-profit organizations. A true senior HR generalist and expert, John has been exposed to virtually all areas within HR throughout his career. He has successfully managed and participated in projects relating to strategic planning, employee communications, performance management, re-designing and implementing health and retirement benefit programs, leadership training, employee and labor relations, total rewards and compensation, staffing and recruitment, and numerous talent management initiatives. He has been instrumental in the development and implementation of numerous workplace violence prevention and intervention programs, including domestic violence in the workplace. John speaks and trains frequently on human resource topics such as performance management, leadership, harassment and discrimination, workplace violence, as well as personal development.
Prior to partnering with The Lake Forest Group, he founded Odasi Consulting, a human resource consulting firm. His strong consulting experience was demonstrated further at Forest Financial Group, Inc., where he was the practice leader for both the human resource consulting and workplace violence consulting practices. John was previously a Partner and Human Resource Practice Leader for Blue Prairie Group, a human resource and investment consulting firm, helping it to become one of INC 5000’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in 2009 and 2011. Prior to that, he was an Officer and Vice President of Human Resources for The Pampered Chef, a Berkshire Hathaway company. Much of his professional life has been dedicated to improving processes and systems, developing the people around him, and adding value to organizations by documenting and quantifying the successes of the Human Resource function.
John holds an M.B.A. and a Bachelor of Science degree in Personnel and Industrial Relations Management from Northern Illinois University. He is President of the Board of Directors of the James R. Jordan Boys and Girls Club and serves on the Corporate Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), has served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago SHRM Chapter and maintains both the Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certifications. John also has an Illinois producer license for health and life insurance.