Chris Ponder II is a human resources professional who has harnessed his human resources knowledge and experience across the casino, retail, and service industrie. He challenges people to think outside of the traditional “thought box” and strives for something unique by pushing thoughts and actions to a different scale—the extreme.

Stifled by limiting this extreme thinking and passion to the four corners of the office, Chris created XtremeHR. However, he quickly began to discover that a group of people sharing their passion was even better, which lead to the establishment of Performance I Create, where nine contributors share their thoughts, knowledge, and experience on training, performance improvement, social media, leadership, and much more.

Knowing the value social media can bring, he continues to be an advocate for trench HR professionals who want to take a leap with social media and utilize its capabilities to grow both professionally and personally. As such, his efforts in social media have been recognized on SmartRecruiter’s Top 10 Social HR Pros to Follow, as well as the HR Blogger Network’s 40 HR Bloggers Under 40. Chris is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and holds an undergraduate degree in management and a graduate degree in training and performance improvement. 

Holland Dombeck is the Marketing Manager at Kinetix, the RPO firm for growth companies, by day and the Editor of Fistful of Talent, a leading industry blog, well, still by day. She has a pretty sweet gig. In her role, Holland is responsible for delivering thought leadership with a snarky twist to your inbox and social streams daily. She also serves as producer of The CYA Report podcast and writes for the Kinetix corporate blog, Tremendous Upside.

Holland is a native south Floridian turned Atlanta transplant and graduated from The Florida State University with a B.S. in Marketing, Communications minor. In her free time she is constantly on the run—literally—serving as a coach/mentor for Girls On The Run Atlanta.


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Articles by Chris Ponder and Holland Dombeck

Organizational silos are fueled by a cocktail of culture, attitude and burdensome process design, and can plague businesses ranging from Fortune 500 leaders to 10-man start-ups. They also create an environment in which sharing and collaborating for anything other than the interest of the silo is nearly impossible.

September 27, 2013