Great feedback from a recent manager training participant!


“It was helpful. I was happy that a lot of the content was actually taught in my business class. I did learn some new ways to approach situations, and also how to hire and fire properly. I did an interview yesterday with a new prospect. I have another interview today, so we are already implementing a new strategy from the workshop.”


Erik Luhrs

Parrish Tire Company



“We have worked with People Development Partners for several years.  Our company started out small with only about 35 employees but has grown to over 115 employees in less than 10 years.  People Development Partners has been instrumental in our recruiting effort to help ensure we hire the best employees for our company. They have also provided us with the expertise to make sure we stay in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.  They are professional, knowledgeable and have been flexible with our company’s consulting needs.”


Meredith Masten


Foothills Brewing



“When we were faced with a tight deadline to roll out a manager training program, we reached out to People Development Partners. Heather and Barbara were a valuable resource. They helped us design our training program, determine the best delivery method and then delivered the training to more than 500 of our managers. By using People Development Partners as an extension of our own training team, we were able to deliver an effective training program on time and within our budget.”


Julie Elliott

Senior Vice President for Compensation and Benefits

Scripps Networks Interactive (Food Network, HGTV, Cooking Channel, DIY, Travel Channel, Great American Country)



“As a newer company, and starting our first Human Resources department, Barbara Thornton was fundamental in our success. Not only did she organize our initial human resources strategy, payroll function, benefits structure, policies and procedures, she continues to be a mentor to me as a first-time human resources Manager.  Barbara successfully transitioned DEDON, Inc. from a professional employer organization to a stand-alone human resources function, and I am grateful to have gotten the chance to work with her.”


Joanna Stone

Human Resources Manager



“Working with People Development Partners has been an answered prayer for LifeStar.  When starting the business, there were a couple areas where I didn’t have a great deal of experience, and human resources was one of them.  Heather came in, did an assessment and helped me identify areas where I needed assistance.  Within weeks she had LifeStar going in the right direction.  Nearly four years later, she continues to navigate us through mine fields on a weekly basis.  LifeStar is very thankful for the working relationship we have with People Development Partners.”


Mike Hoots

President & Director

LifeStar Emergency Services



“Thank you for facilitating our staff retreat.  I think it was a very good session and helped us begin to look at things a little differently here.  At our next meeting, we will take the work that we did at the retreat and build on that to identify our goals for the coming year.”


Andrew Rodgers

Executive Director

RiverRun International Film Festival



“We have worked with Barbara Thornton since we started organizing our bank in 2007.   She has been an invaluable resource for us from developing an employee handbook and job descriptions when we began and continues to assist us with managing our human resources.  It is comforting for us to know that we have someone with her knowledge and experience available to us when needed.  I would highly recommend Barbara to anyone looking at human resources assistance.”


Greg Edwards

President & CEO

Great State Bank