Rik Brankle-Piszczek, SHRM-CP
Director of Human Resources
Prior to joining the South Shore Convention and Visitor's Authority in 2011, I spent 10 years with Officemax.
Initially I was hired as an associate in the print department; I took on many roles and finally joined the District Management Training Team in 2007.
I then joined the SSCVA as an intern in June of 2011, after which I took on the role of Travel Counselor and then, in 2012, Visitor Services Manager, managing the day-to-day operations of the Indiana Welcome Center and its staff. In 2014 my affinity for problem solving and working to help people drew me to the position of Manager of Human Resources. Since then I have enjoyed every minute of serving the great staff that we have assembled here at the South Shore CVA.
I graduated from Indiana University Northwest with a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs with a concentration in management and a minor in accounting. I am also an active member of my discipline's honor society, Pi Alpha Alpha, and I am a current member of both local and national chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management. I am currently working on gaining my national certification as a human resource professional through SHRM. My future goals include certification as an Employee Benefits Specialist and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management.
I spend most my free time playing with my dogs, Sophie, Libby, Nick & Gus and utilizing the many miles of bike paths across Lake, Porter, and La Porte counties.