HR Consulting Tulsa

Meet Our Team

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Laurie Graves

Founder and Principal

Shelly Holden

Senior Consultant

Eric Marburger

Senior Consultant

Laurie Graves

Founder and Principal

Graves Consulting was founded by Laurie Graves. Laurie has more than 25 years of experience in Human Resources leadership and a proven track record of success in building high functioning teams, people focused strategies and processes that deliver effective, engaged team members and measurable financial results.

Previously, Laurie was the head of People Systems (Human Resources) for The Bama Companies for over 15 years. Bama is a global manufacturer of bakery products and employs 2000+ team members globally.

Laurie’s expertise includes Compensation, Organizational Culture, Employee Retention and Engagement Strategies, Leadership Development and more. She has worked with dozens of clients across multiple industries to build customized solutions for her clients.

Laurie Graves

Shelly Holden

Senior Consultant

After more than 20 years leading organizations across various industries domestically and internationally, Shelly Holden joined Graves Consulting as a management consultant in January 2020. Shelly has an extensive background in multiple disciplines including Human Resources, Business Development, and Operations, serving in roles such as VP of People Systems for The Bama Companies, EVP of Global Accounts with East Balt Bakeries, and most recently COO of NPI-Nameplates, Inc. Areas of expertise include strategic planning & operational execution, new business start-up, business integrations/acquisitions, organizational design & restructuring, workflow design, process improvement, business development, and project management. In addition to helping organizations build, integrate, and align business systems, Shelly is also an ontological coach trained in strategies to facilitate transformative change in individual and team performance.

In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, Shelly has extensive training, certifications, and credentials from The Levinson Institute (Strategic Organizations), Deming Management Method, EQ Strategies & Practices (Staub Leadership), Franklin Covey (certified in 7 Habits Signature Series), Hogan Assessments (certified in HPI, HDS, MVPI), Six Sigma Design & Process Improvement, and Newfield Network ICF Accredited Coaching Program. Shelly is a member of the International Coaching Federation and also actively involved in the community as a Board Member of CASA-Tulsa and previous Board President of YWCA-Tulsa.

Shelly Holden

Eric Marburger

Senior Consultant

Eric Marburger has an extensive background in Human Resources and Compensation. Eric ran his own successful consulting firm, ESM Consulting Services, Inc for over 20 years. He began partnering and working with Graves Consulting in 2016. Before consulting, he served as the HR Director for El Paso County, Colorado, a diverse organization with over 2,500 employees. He has been an HR executive in a number of unionized environments in the private and public sectors.

Eric has consulted with scores of public sector organizations throughout the Rocky Mountain Region and has worked with the Health Care Sector in hospital, clinic, and administrative environments. The majority of Eric’s clients based-work has been in Classification and Compensation, Employee Relations and in interim executive leadership positions.

Eric has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Business Administration from Hood College with a concentration in Public Administration. He has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Society for Human Resource Management and as a Certified Professional from the International Personnel Management Association. Eric has served on the IPMA-HR/Colorado Board of Directors and on numerous IPMA-HR/National Committees.

Eric Marburger
Laurie Graves

We have worked with Laurie Graves for several years. She has a unique combination of technical skills and people skills that increase her effectiveness. She collaborates well, uses systems thinking and understands the impact that people and culture has to an organization.

Paul Keeling
Chief Business Development Officer, CareATC

Laurie Graves

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