THE TOP 20 BRANDED HR & TALENT PROS: Meet Steve Browne of LaRosa’s Inc.

Let’s face it – Fearful of the spotlight and conservative to a fault, HR pros generally aren’t the best examples to look towards when it comes to professional branding. Kris Dunn (Kinetix RPO, The HR Capitalist) and Tim Sackett (HRU Technical Resources, think that needs to change.  That’s why they created this series – The Top 20 Branded HR Pros(sponsored by the team at Glassdoor).

KD and Tim searched the globe for HR Pros who used the tools at their disposal (writing, speaking, social and more) to brand themselves in the HR space, but limited the results to actual practitioners in the areas of HR, Recruiting and Talent Management.  No consultants, no vendors. They found out well-branded HR pros who are actual practitioners are hard to find.  

Tim and KD are running the Top 20 they found here on the HR Capitalist and at  No rankings, just inclusion in the list and some notes on why.  There are at least 20 well-branded HR Pros in the world.  These are their stories. 


I can’t remember the exact time and place I met Steve Browne in person but I think it was at the Ohio State SHRM Conference.  Steve stands about a foot taller than me, so I saw him way before he saw me!  What instantly struck me about Steve is he has an infectious personality and energy that people are drawn to in a very good way.

Steve Browne is the Executive Director of HR for LaRosa’s Inc. out of Cincinnati, OH.  LaRosa’s is a restaurant chain with about 1500 employees and Steve is responsible for running their HR team.  If you have ever worked in HR in the restaurant and/or retail industry you know Steve is knee deep in the trenches of real HR work on a daily basis! This makes his ability to brand himself and his organization so remarkable.

Here is Steve’s playing card:

Glassdoor Top 20 - Steve Browne


Steve is also super involved with his volunteer work at the local, state and national level with SHRM.  Steve has been on various boards for SHRM in the past, but he also is currently running for SHRM’s  Executive Board, which is a very high honor!  Steve also is a frequent speaker on the SHRM circuit, statewide and nationally.

On the writing side of the business Steve is part of CareerBuilder’s Talent Advisors, where he gets to share his real-life HR strategies with a huge audience. Steve also is hugely creative with a weekly HR inspired song he sends out to a growing following. Each week Steve takes a popular song and changes the lyrics to be HR and Talent inspired! He’s been doing this for years, and it’s awesome to see this creativity coming from an HR guy!

Twitter was built for people like Steve.  Over 35,000 tweets and going!  Steve has a huge twitter following where he gets to share all of the latest and greatest HR and Talent content with his followers. Steve has never met a tweet he didn’t like!  Instagram on the other hand might be more of a challenge, but you can’t count Steve out of conquering this medium as well.

He’s an HR’s Pro, Pro.  In the dictionary next to HR Pro there should be a picture of Steve Browne!  As good of an HR guy, he might be a better person. Active in Scouting (his son just received his Eagle Scout rank) and always willing to help whomever might need it.  Make sure you connect with Steve, you’ll be better for it!  I’m super excited Glassdoor choose to recognize Steve for his professional efforts. Congratulations Steve!


The Top 20 Branded HR Pros is brought to you by Glassdoor, who invites you to attend the Annual Glassdoor Employer Branding Summit on September 25th, where a stellar speaker lineup of industry experts and thought leaders exploring the intersection of employer branding and talent acquisition, the candidate experience and employee engagement. 

Tickets are sold out, but wait!  You can attend the livestream online featuring studio coverage with Kris Dunn and Tim Sackett by registering here (click to register).  Fun and games are sure to be a part of that coverage.


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