Industry News | December 1, 2012

HoneyBaked Ham Appoints New VP of Human Resources

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The Original HoneyBaked Ham Company of Georgia, a premium food retailer for over half a century, has named Michael Esposito to the newly-created position of vice president, human resources. Most recently, Esposito was with The Home Depot where he served as director of associate relations for the company’s northern division. 

“Michael brings an appreciation for the uniqueness of the HoneyBaked brand, a passion for people and an absolute alignment with our core values,” said Chuck Bengochea, CEO of HoneyBaked. “With him, I am confident we have found a strong leader for our team member strategies and look forward to Michael’s contributions across the organization.” 
 
Esposito is a sought-after speaker, published author, and an expert in networking to build business results and facilitate job searches. He is known as a “connector” who gives back to others, taking time each week to meet with someone who is unemployed then connecting them with the right people to help in their job search.
 
A board member of the American Red Cross of Georgia, Esposito serves as co-chair of the Community Outreach Committee, is an active member of the community, and understands the importance of volunteerism to build relationships and improve leadership skills. He earned his baccalaureate degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta and Masters’ degrees from Kent State University and The Ohio State University. Esposito earned his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) in 2008 and is a board member of The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. 
 
“HoneyBaked is a great place to work and its associates are best known for their exceptional customer service,” says Esposito. “As the company grows, my goal is to help HoneyBaked associates realize their full potential and reach their career goals.”  
 
A native of East Rockaway, New York, Esposito moved to Atlanta in 2006 and now lives in Marietta with his wife Ann and their two children. He enjoys relaxing with his family, entertaining friends, weight lifting, cardio exercise, yoga, reading, and helping people in transition.