February 2019 BN360 Spotlight Professional – Claire Petrie

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to present the 2019 BN360 Spotlight Professionals, with the support of Alpine Films.

Each year, BN360 highlights 12 up-and-coming young professionals who strive for professional growth and development, care for their community, and are passionate about the future of the Buffalo Niagara region.

Check in monthly for a feature profile on a young professional making a difference in our community!

Claire Petrie
Talent Acquisition Manager, Remedy Intelligent Staffing

Claire is the Senior Manager of Global Talent Acquisition Operations at Unifrax. Unifrax is a global leader in high-performance specialty fibers and inorganic materials used in high-temperature industrial, automotive, and fire protection applications.

She has built many years of successively diverse HR management experience with privately-owned and publicly-traded global leaders that provide hospitality and food service management, medical devices development, and non-dairy frozen food production. Claire holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in HR from the University at Buffalo and an MBA from Niagara University. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute and a SHRM Certified Professional. When not at work she is volunteering on the Board of Directors for her local SHRM chapter, Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association (BNHRA) facilitating professional development events at both of her alma maters, and on the Disrupt HR Buffalo event planning committee.

Claire is passionate about helping people succeed and find their way in the world of work. Prior to working at Remedy, Claire held corporate human resources and talent acquisition positions for Rich Products, Integer (Greatbatch Medical), and Delaware North.

First Job Out of School

Claire began working for Rich Products as an Associate Service Center (HR) Assistant soon after graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University at Buffalo.

Greatest Professional Win

Among her career highlights, Claire was awarded with two complementary SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) conference registrations in 2018. She was also awarded a conference registration for 2019 by sharing her knowledge with others and engaging attendees. During the conferences, Claire writes articles for the SHRM blog, interviews speakers, and live tweets.

Claire also earned her PHR certification through the Human Resources Certification Institute in 2016 and her SHRM-CP certification through the Society for HR Management in 2018.

Best Piece of Professional Advice

Listen to understand and not to respond.

Community Corner

Claire is an active member of the Buffalo Niagara Community and beyond. Her involvement includes:

  • Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association (BNHRA)—Professional Development Director
  • DisruptHR—Committee Member, Buffalo Event Planning
  • Ride for Roswell—Campus and Route Guide
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)—Contributing Writer and Blogger
  • University at Buffalo School of Management—Alumni Speaker
  • University at Buffalo, Young Alumni Leadership Council—Member

Thoughts on Living and Working in Buffalo Niagara

“I’m in awe of the amount and types of manufacturing companies here in Buffalo. We have a lot of hidden gems and talented people producing amazing, life-changing products! It’s a tight-knit community and everyone knows everyone. Networking and relationships are the way to get things done! There are also so many opportunities to help and give back to the community.”

Greatest Hope for the Region

“When it comes to talent, I hope that the Buffalo business community continues to put the human element first when hiring and managing employees. We are a diverse community offering valuable past knowledge and experiences that need to be heard! There are many stigmas and assumptions made by both companies and candidates during the recruitment process that more open conversations help resolve. My goal is to continue to encourage and facilitate open conversations between employers and candidates and to bring people together to build relationships and ultimately fill job openings.”

On Being a BN360 Spotlight Professional

I am so excited to have been nominated and selected as a BN360 Spotlight Professional for 2019! There are so many young professionals currently doing great things for the region, so to be recognized is a great honor. I have been very involved with BN360 throughout 2018 and looked up to last year’s Spotlight Professionals, so to get a chance to make an impact on others like they had on me is so exciting!

Claire’s Top 5 Favorites:

  1. Go to Lunch Spot – Rowhouse on Delaware
  1. Best Buffalo Hidden Gem – Central Terminal
  1. Dream Vacation Location – I’ve already been to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It was amazing! 
  1. Best Buffalo Activity/Hobby – Ice skating at Canalside
  1. Favorite “Buffalo” Food – Buffalo chicken deviled eggs from the Griffin

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