Welcome Jolene Smith

New Director of People and Culture

Change is a constant in the business world, and at Van Buskirk Companies, we are thrilled to introduce our newest addition to the team, Jolene Smith, who has joined us as the Director of People and Culture. As we continue to grow and evolve, we understand the significance of nurturing our company culture and ensuring our people are at the heart of everything we do. With Jolene on board, we are excited to embark on this new chapter in our journey towards a stronger and more employee-centric workplace. 

A Strategic Addition 

Van Buskirk Companies is a forward-thinking organization with a deep commitment to its employees and community. We believe that to thrive in today’s competitive landscape, we must prioritize our people and foster a culture of innovation and employee well-being. Jolene is the perfect candidate to lead us in this endeavor. 

With Jolene’s extensive background in HR leadership and cultural transformation, we are confident that her expertise will help us achieve new heights. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge gained from years of experience in various industries and a track record of successfully implementing strategies that enhance company culture, attract top talent, and boost employee engagement. 

A Vision for People and Culture 

Jolene has a clear vision for Van Buskirk Companies’ People and Culture department. She aims to create an environment where every employee feels valued, supported, and empowered to reach their full potential. This vision aligns perfectly with our core values and our belief that a thriving workforce is the foundation of a successful company. 

Key Initiatives 

To achieve this vision, Jolene has outlined several key initiatives they will be spearheading in their role as Director of People and Culture: 

  • Enhanced Employee Experience: Jolene will focus on enhancing the overall employee experience, from recruitment and onboarding to ongoing development and career growth. They will work closely with department heads to ensure that our employees have access to the resources and opportunities they need to excel. 
  • Employee Engagement: Jolene will encourage communication and teamwork between employees and departments as well as establishing set processes and collaboration.  
  • Leadership Development: Jolene will work on developing leadership programs to cultivate the next generation of leaders within the organization. This investment in our talent will not only benefit the individuals but also contribute to the long-term success of Van Buskirk Companies. 
  • Performance Management: Jolene will revamp our performance management processes to provide regular feedback and opportunities for growth, aligning individual goals with the company’s mission and objectives. 


The addition of Jolene as our Director of People and Culture marks an exciting new chapter in the history of Van Buskirk Companies. We believe that investing in our people and fostering a positive, inclusive culture is essential to our continued success, and Jolene is the ideal leader to guide us on this journey. With her vision, experience, and commitment to excellence, we look forward to a future where Van Buskirk Companies continues to thrive as a great place to work and a leader in the industry. Join us in welcoming Jolene Smith to our team and stay tuned for the exciting developments ahead! 

 Jolene SmithDirector of People & Culture605-740-9740
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