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NORTH TEXAS INDUSTRY LIAISON GROUP

Our mission is to promote the understanding of E.O. 11246 and to enhance equity in employment, economic and educational opportunities. Since 1982, ILGs have emerged as an effective way of strengthening relationships between federal contractors and the OFCCP. Local ILGs offer a forum that encourages open communication between the two groups. Since ILG’s inception, one prevailing goal has emerged-to work together towards equality in the workforce. NTILG provides educational opportunities to ignite ideas, share best practices and innovate new standards with Human Resources professionals. We look for contributors, participants and partners who are willing to share their expertise without expectation of payment in the spirit of networking.

North Texas Industry Liaison (NTILG) Group is a 501(c) (3) not-for profit network of professionals working in human resources, affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity & inclusion in both the public and private industries.

NTILG Board Members

Nicolas Paul
Nicolas PaulPresident
Nick Paul is the Director of Compliance for Kairos Services, Inc. Nick is responsible for directing Kairos’ staff in the preparation and implementation phases of Affirmative Action Programs for Kairos clients. Additionally, Nick Paul is responsible for the development of continuing education for Kairos’ staff and provides technical assistance in EEO and affirmative action to Kairos clients. Serving previously as a Project Manager and Affirmative Action Specialist for Kairos, Nick has assisted contractors through both the development and implementation phases of effective workplace compliance strategies in Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity.

Prior to joining Kairos, Nick served as a team and squad leader with Special Operations’ 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Nick graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Dallas. Speaking from his first-hand experience as a disabled combat veteran, Nick regularly presents compliance strategies to Federal Contractors covering new and forthcoming regulatory changes at local, regional and national ILG Conferences.

Mark Nagel
Mark Nagel Vice President
Mark Nagel currently is a Sr Leader in the People Department (Human Resources) at Southwest Airlines leading a special focus on HR Transformation and HR Technologies. His previous role in Southwest focused on Employment Practices / Compliance including disability accommodations, employee records, employee relations and employment screening.
Prior to Southwest Airlines Mark was a HR Director Best Buy for 15 years, covering a variety of HR operational areas including Affirmative Action, HR compliance and Employee Relations. Within that work was the launch of the company’s first ever Affirmative Action program, building from concept to rollout within 9 months. The Best Buy Affirmative Action program was recognized as a best practice environment and its model presented at various ILG regional and national conferences.
In his spare time Mark serves on the Board of Directors and sings in Resounding Harmony, a non-profit chorus that performs concerts for other non-profits, raising funds and awareness for their causes.
Brenda Sitton
Brenda SittonTreasurer
Brenda Sitton is responsible for North America HR Compliance for Nokia of America Corporation and has been with the company since 1996, previously serving as HR Manager for the Alcatel Longview manufacturing plant from 1996 to 2006. She is currently responsible for North America and Latin America HR Investigations; EEO, Affirmative Action and Employment Equity policies and compliance programs in North America; and government and internal reporting. Brenda received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, majoring in Accounting, and is a Certified Manager and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Christine Avila
Christine AvilaSecretary
Christine Avila has been a Project Manager for Affirmity (formerly known as PeopleFluent) since 2010. She consults clients in a variety of industries in affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, and diversity.
Prior to joining Affirmity, Christine had seven years of compliance experience for Turner Broadcasting, Countrywide Financial and Bank of America. Christine’s prior work experience also includes four years of recruiting for Turner Broadcasting and two years handling automobile insurance claims for State Farm Insurance.
Christine received her Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans.
Alex Gonzalez
Alex GonzalezFormer President
Mr. Alex Gonzalez, Director Product Management is responsible for overall management and strategic planning of Affirmity’s Workforce Compliance and Diversity Management Software Roadmap. With over 25 years of industry experience, Mr. Gonzalez has assisted hundreds of clients in various industries in preparing affirmative action programs. Mr. Gonzalez led the North Texas ILG and is currently serving on the Executive Board and Program Committee.
Norma Brito
Norma BritoProgram Chair
Norma Brito is the CEO for Kairos Services, Inc., and has been with the company since its inception in 2002. She leads, directs all aspects of Kairos’ activities, including client services, product development, sales, marketing, and professional development. Previously, she held a management position at the Department of Labor , as a federal contractor, professional trainer, and a proposal writer. Norma graduated cum laude from Texas State University as a journalism and business major and holds a Masters in Counseling.

National ILG Regional Representatives

Maria Bunting Smedley, Esq.
Maria Bunting Smedley, Esq.Regional Representative
MARIA BUNTING SMEDLEY, ESQ. currently serves as vice president of human resources and corporate strategy for both Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI). She is responsible for human resource policy, organizational design and development, talent management, employee relations and total rewards strategies and programs. She is also responsible for leading enterprise-wide strategy development for both a utility services cooperative as well as a generation and transmission cooperative.
Smedley holds a Juris Doctor from George Mason University Law School and is licensed to practice law in Virginia and Arkansas. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois.
Maria resides in Little Rock, Arkansas with her son, Jayden.
Kevin M. Fitzpatrick
Kevin M. FitzpatrickRegional Representative
Kevin is the Sr. Compliance Manager for PepsiCo and has been with the company for 20 plus years in Sales, Finance and Legal Compliance. He has spearheaded 560+ Affirmative Action plans across all divisions of PepsiCo. Represented PepsiCo in Compliance Reviews for all Divisions, (Pepsi Beverages, Frito Lay, Quaker Foods, Gatorade, Tropicana)
• Master’s Human Resource Education, University of Illinois, Champaign IL, 2012
• MBA, Lewis University Romeoville IL, 1997, Marketing and Human Resource Management
• BA, Business Administration, University of St. Francis, Joliet IL, 1992
Double Major: Marketing and Management
Valerie J. Vickers
Valerie J. VickersRegional Representative
Valerie Vickers is Executive Director of Enterprise Affirmative Action for JPMorgan Chase & Co. She joined the firm in 1981 and has held various positions including recruiting, training, human resources generalist, and employee relations. She was named Head of Enterprise Affirmative Action in 2002, and has since led the team responsible for AA Compliance. Valerie holds a BS degree in HR Management. She was certified as an instructor in aggression management by the Center for Aggression Management, Orlando, Florida and received her mediation training through Mediation Works, Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts. She is active in the Louisiana Liaison Group Board, National Industry Liaison Group Board, and the Center for Workplace Compliance Board.

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