Debi Pettit, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Business Advisor




Debi is an accredited Senior Professional in Human Resources with over 25 years experience with a track record of progressive hands-on experience in HR operations in both non-union and union environments including manufacturing companies and company headquarters. Also an energetic leader of organizational effectiveness and lean manufacturing programs implementing change programs for the ‘people side’ of the business. Certified in the Change Management process in accordance with PROSCI methodologies and tools.


Professional Experience:

Business Advisor, CITEC, Inc. - August 2010 to present
Providing assistance to North Country companies in the areas of human resources, including employee recruiting / retention, federal and State labor requirements and HR management services for start-up or small companies without an HR expert on staff.

  • personnel policy development
  • federal and NYS employment requirements
  • effective programs for employee training
  • change management (certified)
  • employee selection & retention
  • integrating Lean improvement processes to HR, office and production areas

Human Resources Director, Schonbek Worldwide Lighting, Inc., Plattsburgh NY (July 2008 - August 2010)
Managed HR department and all related functions for global headquarters and non-union manufacturing facility consisting of 350 employees. Responsible for leading organizational culture change from small privately owned family business to corporate environment (still privately owned family business but with 20,000 employees worldwide) for this manufacturer of high end luxury chandeliers and lamps.

  • Implemented policies, procedures and structure where none existed previously.
  • Implemented compensation structure for facility - salaried, non-exempt office and production positions.
  • Developed job descriptions for every position within company.
  • Member of Lean Mfg. Steering Committee
  • Led restructuring efforts during 2009 recession that included job consolidations, downsizing and using NY Shared Work Program to retain trained talented team members.

Human Resources Director - Salerno Plastics Corp., Plattsburgh NY (October 2003 - July 2008)
Managed HR department and all related functions for non-union plant of 100 people. Lean Manufacturing Coordinator for both manufacturing plants, Plattsburgh and Chateauguay, Canada. Member of the company Strategic Lead Team.

Human Resources Director - Williamsport Wire Rope, Williamsport PA (January 2003 - September 2003)
Responsible for all aspects of Human Resources for two plant 600 person company. Managed labor relations working directly with Union Executive Committee and United Steelworkers International representative.

Human Resources Manager - BBA Nonwovens, Lewisburg PA (1997 - April 2002)
Managed HR department with an annual budget $5MM consisting of Human Resource Assistant/Payroll Clerk and Safety Coordinator in the administration of human resources, payroll, safety/security and workers' compensation policies/procedures for the Lewisburg plant (200 employees - 150 union represented by PACE).


Education / Certifications:

SHRM-SCP: Society for Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional (2015)

Senior Professional in Human Resources, accreditation (2007)Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Two Semesters, University of Phoenix (2003)
Certificate in HR Management, Penn State University (1992)
Membership: National Society for HR Management, Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP), associate member of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)


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CITEC is a not-for-profit business consulting organization driven by a mission to help the small- and medium-sized enterprises in northern New York to thrive. The depth of our consulting team's expertise and an unbeatable nationwide network of resources will deliver the impacts your business needs to grow strategically, improve profitability, and create the competitive advantages you need.

We have proven results. Our clients are surveyed by an independent third party upon project completion and have reported amazing impacts to their businesses because of our assistance. On average, working with CITEC provides a return of $71 for every $1 of project cost.


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