For 14 years Doug Parton has built his career on a progressive and people oriented human resources philosophy. Working across healthcare, manufacturing and now advertising, he has developed strong relationships at all levels to help lead companies forward in a thoughtful and strategic way.
Doug became the Head of Talent and Director of Human Resources at Partners + Napier in April of 2015 and upon arrival, immediately began working closely with the Founder and CEO, Sharon Napier, and her Senior Management Team to evolve how the agency attracted, retained, engaged, and developed their talent. Partners + Napier helps brands leave a mark on people, business and culture by creating work with lasting impact. They are an insight-led creative agency with expertise in CPG, food and beverage, healthcare, financial services, technology, travel and more. They are proud to have won numerous Effie Awards, affirming their belief that great, creative talent and work impacts ROI in a big way.
The creative agency industry is fast moving, competitive, and talent hungry. Doug has always believed that people are most engaged when they are supported, encouraged, and equipped to use their talents. That is why Doug’s philosophy of high touch, knowledgeable, approachable, and thoughtful HR has been a contributing force behind the agency’s talent evolution into national competitiveness.
In his 4 years there Doug and his team have seen a 68% growth in employees, which represents over 130 new hires in that timeframe. All with turnover being cut from 26% to 10% . Doug’s “Talent Teams” have made an impact through several initiatives, including: a “Talent First” recruiting strategy, the agency’s first Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Agency Safety and Security initiative, “Protégé” mentoring program, their Recycling and Sustainability Team, and a robust Training and Onboarding program.
Doug lives with his wife Rachel and their four children in Spencerport. He serves on the 4A’s Human Resources Council, Nazareth College Marketing Advisory Board, and is an advisor to Rochester Global Refugee Services. An Adirondack 46er and Ultra Saranac 6er, Doug loves adventure, learning new things, and gaining new experiences. He graduated with his Bachelors in Business and Political Economics from Spring Arbor University (2005) and received his Masters in Organizational Development and Human Resources from Eastern Michigan University (2011). He is also SHRM-SCP certified and is a proud member the NHRA.