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The Value of RPI Membership

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“When I first started in the recognition industry as a practitioner, I knew nothing. A quick web search lead me to RPI and its members who were happy to share best practices and arm me with the tools needed to succeed in the recognition and engagement industry. I’ve since hopped the fence and today work as a provider. Whether practitioner or provider, RPI has been a valuable asset in helping understand and deliver effective recognition."

      Tommy Lee Hayes-Brown
      VP Business Development & Customer Experience
      Rideau Recognition

"RPI has provided me with the knowledge and skill to build industry leading Employee Recognition programs at my company through its many on-line resources. In addition, I have gained from the insight of many fellow members who I have met virtually or at the annual Recognition Conferences to share ideas and best practices."

      Steve Richardson, CRP
      Manager, Recognition Programs
      Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto

"RPI brings together like-minded individuals who know the value that recognition delivers in driving behavior change. As an RPI member, my clients regard me as an expert in all aspects of engagement and loyalty within an organization. The information shared by RPI at the annual conference, during the webinars and among the community members helps to reinforce how and when to recognize someone in alignment with the latest research published by academics in this field."

      Dr. Jacalyn Kerbeck, CRP
      Sr. Business Development Manager
      ITAGroup, Inc.

"I have been involved with RPI since 2007 and grateful for the information and training I have received as well as the helpful connections I have made with other recognition professionals. I am proud to be a Certified Recognition Professional (CRP), an outstanding coursework certification designed and maintained by RPI. RPI conference training has provided me with insight for new ways to implement recognition tools, validation on programming and numerous ideas on ways to formulate ROI, appropriate nominations and scoring practices, and so much more!"

      Amy J. Hurley LSW, CRP
      Program Director
      The Ohio State University
      Wexner Medical Center Faculty and Staff Recognition

"From time-to-time, we all need a handful of resources to help us be better equipped to do our jobs. Over the years, I have found Recognition Professionals International (RPI) to be the premier resource for all things relating to employee recognition. Whether it be through webinars, newsletters, conferences, education, or informal networking, the wealth of RPI resources is just a click or call away."

      Rita Maehling, CRP
      Director, Human Resources
      HLT, Inc.

"Recognition Professionals International (RPI) is the world’s largest not for profit dedicated employee recognition. RPI teaches organizations of all sizes on how to use employee recognition as a strategic business tool to enhance performance. We do this by sharing Best Practices strategies and offering state of the art educational programs to members. Regardless of whether you have been charged with implementing a new recognition program or updating and existing one you need to join RPI."

      Peter Hart, CRP
      President and CEO
      Rideau Recognition Solutions

"When I started at the Missoula DIRECTV call center as the recognition specialist nine years ago, I was new to the industry. One of the first things that I did was join RPI and attend the conference in Savannah, Georgia. Not only was it the happiest place on earth, with the happiest people, I learned that recognition and appreciation needed a strategy. My head was spinning after the conference and I still learn something new about recognition each day! RPI introduced me to the Seven Best Practices of Recognition. The value that has given our business and our department is immeasurable."

      Kari G. Schauss, CRP

"Being a member of the Recognition Professional Institute (RPI) for a number of years has provided a multitude of benefits. From providing the groundwork and strategies to build an effective program; to providing ongoing access to resource and educational forums to enhance and make program more impactful; to providing ROI measurements and tools that prove the bottom line value of reward and recognition. RPI puts recognition to work at work!"

      Shelley Judges, CRP
      Senior Manager Employee Experience
      TD Bank Group

"RPI is very valuable to me for a variety of reasons, up to date relevant information on recognition and how it impacts my business. Access to research and experts in the field that share information generously. All of this helps move our business forward and support our employees."

      Kathy Stark

"My company takes great pride in our Culture of Recognition, and we do so many things to thank our Employees through many different recognition programs on the department and enterprise level. It was not until I became a part of RPI that I learned there was a very meaningful strategy when it comes to the art of recognition. And from applying RPI’s Seven Best Practice Standards, our Culture of Recognition has gotten even stronger, we’ve learned to brand all of our programs under one umbrella, and I always have the opportunity to spark powerful conversations with other recognition professionals."

      Tonda Ferguson, CRP
      Southwest Airlines
      Senior Director Employee Engagement & Travel

"Being a member of RPI has given me vital connections to people, resources and recognition information that I constantly utilize in my work. Our organization is enhancing our enterprise recognition program and I use the RPI White Papers, webinars, marketing and ROI plans, etc. to keep us on track with best practices – a truly valuable benefit of being an RPI member! Furthermore, the RPI webinars are fantastic and the fact that they are free for RPI members makes them an added investment in my RPI membership."

      Sandy Broughton, CRP
      Senior Field Recognition Specialist, Event Planning and Recognition,
        Total Rewards
      Thrivent Financial

"I am proud to be a member of RPI because of the education and networking aspects. I have been able to add the CRP credential to further support my role as a subject matter expert for recognition, as well as build upon my own base knowledge for the seven best practices. It has also been a valuable network to meet others in our industry, share best practices, and even sometimes find out you are not alone with a problem. I have made some amazing friends during CRP education course, and heard amazing keynote speakers. From one of the conferences, we have been able to incorporate a program into our own strategy and seen tremendous growth with our brand."

      Eric G. Franchois, CRP
      Employee Recognition, Events, & Corporate Citizenship Specialist

"When recognition became the responsibility of my role a few years ago, I began looking for resources to help me shape the culture here at the institution I work for. RPI has become one of my most valuable resources, providing me with an arsenal of best practices and ideas from the website, webinars, and connections I have made. I particularly enjoy the conferences as a way to connect with other practitioners who understand the everyday challenges of recognition and gain knowledge from other experts in my field."

      JoAnn E. Grantham, SPHR
      Workforce Planning Specialist
      University of Michigan
      Health System Human Resources

"Achieving the CRP Certification has been extremely valuable to both my loyalty marketing career and Rymax Marketing Services. The classes gave me great insight into what motivates employees and how to quickly implement some of these ideas into my organization. Additionally, the contacts I’ve made and maintained since taking the class have proved to be very beneficial to my never ending education into employee recognition and motivation. Given Rymax Marketing Services is a loyalty and recognition program provider, having the CRP Certification and knowledge has helped us better anticipate the needs and concerns of both current clients and prospects. Lastly, the depth of information discussed during the classroom session has allowed us to pass on both tools and information to our clients so that they can better evaluate and build their existing programs.

      John Mangini, CRP
      Marketing Manager
      Rymax Marketing Services, Inc.

“The CRP coursework is a valuable source for knowledge and direction for those professionals developing, implementing and growing employee engagement initiatives.”

      Stan Striker
      V. P., Client Services, CRP
      Maritz Motivation Solutions

"Receiving my CRP designation several years ago was a turning point in my career. Adopting the RPI Seven Best Practice Standards allowed me the framework, language, and tools I needed to engage our leaders in more robust and thoughtful recognition conversations. The holistic approach inherent in the RPI model also allows us to strategically align our recognition efforts with those of other talent management and engagement initiatives within our company. By shifting our focus from less structured approaches to fully integrated strategies no matter the program, line of business or team member tenure, we continue to witness the positive (and lasting) impacts of employee recognition."

      Ryan Maddux, MA, CRP, WLCP 
      Business Initiatives Consultant
      Wells Fargo