William K. Zinke
Founder and President
William K. Zinke has been a management consultant since 1969 when he founded Human Resource Services, Inc. (HRS), relocated from New York to Colorado in 1990. His consulting work has been concentrated in the human resources and legal fields, with particular focus on strategic issues in such areas as: recruitment/selection systems, organization and management development, performance management, team building, management succession planning, and strategic plan development/implementation.
In his various consulting activities since 1969, Bill has contributed to the popularization of the term “Human Resources” and to an increasing recognition of the center-stage role of human resources management. As a result of these activities, he was asked in 1980 to organize the Human Resources Roundtable Group, which consisted of the top HR executives in 65 major multinational corporations of North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific who met twice yearly to discuss strategic issues relating to human resources management. HRS has organized international conferences on various aspects of human resources management in such places as Brussels, Moscow, Beijing, and various North American locations. These activities were sold in 2010.
HRS has played a leadership role in confronting issues relating to aging, retirement and workforce planning. In June 2000, the firm organized an event in Washington, DC that attracted major media attention, Meeting the Employment Needs of the 21st Century: National Conference on the Economic and Social Impact of Demographic Change. In January 2001, HRS privately published a book, Working through Demographic Change: How Older Americans Can Sustain the Nation’s Prosperity.
HRS organized a second event in June 2007 in Washington, DC, National Conference on the New Human Resources Frontier: Utilizing Older Workers for Competitive Advantage, to serve as the launching platform for the Center for Productive Longevity (CPL), a 501(c)(3) non-profit created and funded by HRS; a book was privately published by CPL in August 2008, Utilizing Older Workers for Competitive Advantage: The New Human Resources Frontier, with chapters contributed by leaders in the U.S. and Europe. The mission of CPL is to stimulate the substantially increased utilization of workers 50 and older who are ready and qualified to continue in productive activities, paid and volunteer.
Prior to founding HRS, Bill was a practicing lawyer for more than 10 years as Assistant General Counsel of GTE Corporation, an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and an associate with the New York law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Thereafter, he served for three years as Vice President-Industrial Relations of the National Association of Manufacturers.
He has given many talks and written numerous articles on various aspects of human resources management. He holds degrees from Amherst College and Columbia Law School.