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WS-SHRM member spotlight:  Ken Crews

Hometown:  Kernersville

Professional Summary: Currently, Vice President of Human Resources at Lexington Home Brands, a global leader in the design, sourcing, manufacturing and lifestyle marketing of upscale home furnishings. Ken has over 35 years of human resources and operations management experience across industries, including: manufacturing, supply chain, technology, and consumer product goods.  Ken received his MBA degree from the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Relations and Political Science from UNC Chapel Hill. I hold certifications as Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).  He previously served on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Society for Human Resource Management (NC SHRM) and Winston-Salem SHRM (Treasurer).  Ken is an Adjunct Instructor at both Duke University and Forsyth Technical Community College teaching the SHRM Exam Prep course.

Hobbies:  Volunteering, teaching, reading, golf.  Ken loves his Family and especially playing with the grandchildren.

Words to Live By:  Be a Servant Leader.  Always give back to the Community and always make a difference.  Be the solution, not the problem.

Personal accomplishments:In 2017, honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award by NC SHRM and was inducted into the NC SHRM Hall of Fame.  In 2019 / 2015:  President’s Award - United Way of Davidson County; 2010:  Volunteer of the Year Award – Second Harvest Food Bank; 2006 / 2003:  HR Professional of the Year – WS SHRM; 2004:  Outstanding President Award – Twin City Kiwanis Club.

Community Board Involvement:  United Way of Davidson County (past Board Chair), Second Harvest Food Bank (past Board Chair), Twin City Kiwanis Club (past President/Treasurer), American Red Cross, DataMax Foundation, Goodwill Industries NWNC and United Way of Forsyth County.







Winston-Salem SHRM Chapter Awarded

For Elevating Human Resources, Improving Workplaces


May 25, 2020 — SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) recently awarded the Winston-Salem SHRM Chapter its prestigious 2019 Platinum Excel Award Award for the Chapter’s accomplishments in 2019.


The EXCEL award is given to state councils and chapters to recognize major accomplishments, strategic activities, and tactical initiatives that elevate the profession of human resources.


“So much of SHRM’s impact on the world of work can be traced back to the dedication and hard work of our chapters and state councils like Winston-Salem SHRM. These leaders took the initiative and drove changes to make workplaces where employers and employees can thrive together,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. “The Platinum EXCEL Award is not only a celebration of the great work done by Winston-Salem SHRM - it’s also a recognition of the grit it took to do it.”

The EXCEL Award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that must be met. Winston-Salem SHRM will receive recognition in SHRM publications and at conferences, a logo to display on its website, and information to share with its members about the significance of this award.


The Winston-Salem SHRM Chapter was recognized for its professional development programs designed to meet the needs of human resources professionals in the Winston-Salem area; participation in workforce development initiatives that serve various segments of our community - elementary school students (future workforce), high school students (emerging workforce), and clients served by our local Goodwill Industries affiliate (displaced/at risk workforce); and advancing the human resources profession through advocacy for state and federal workplace policy addressing the changing needs of workers and employers who are actively contributing to the ongoing development of our nation's economy. 


For more information about Winston-Salem SHRM visit


Media: For more information, contact Julie Hirschhorn at or 703-842-5152


About SHRM

SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today's evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. Learn more at and on Twitter @SHRM.

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