Jay is the Vice President of Operations and Healthcare Strategy at Kinetix and has nearly two decades of experience in the healthcare industry. Specializing in hospitals and health systems, he most recently worked as the Vice President of Human Resources at All Children’s Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Prior to joining All Children’s, Jay served in human resources executive roles with HCA in Tampa Bay and the United Health Services Healthcare System in upstate New York.
Jay gets fired up about lots of things including social media, speaking, his leadership blog, NoExcusesHR, doing HR differently, and watching more hockey than anyone should. Follow him on Twitter @jrkuhns or connect on LinkedIn.
5 Questions with Jay Kuhns
1. Step up to the plate and give us the insider’s edition on how you make grand slams for Kinetix on the daily:
I am the luckiest member of the Kinetix team. I have the privilege to work with a great team of people at our super cool offices in Atlanta. Plus, I’m also with our remote staff onsite with clients each week making things happen for them in ways they could not achieve on their own. Tell me that isn’t awesome?!
2. Tell us why you’re in the RPO game and how you got here:
I spent twenty years leading hospital human resources teams prior to joining Kinetix. I adopted social media, original content, and a heavy focus on employer brand strategies into my talent acquisition work. Now I don’t have to get bogged down in the administrative realities of a traditional corporate role, and can focus exclusively on making our clients more contemporary and successful than they ever imagined.
3. What’s your favorite HR/recruiting buzzword to openly mock and why?
That’s an easy one! Synergy. Ugh! No one EVER uses the word synergy outside the workplace. Have you ever heard anyone say to their family or friends at the end of a busy day that they are excited about the synergy they created that day? NEVER!
4. A great tradition in Major League Baseball is that each batter for the home team gets to pick his own intro music as he’s walking up to the plate. If you could choose a song to play as you entered the Kinetix HQ, what would it be and why?
“The Idiot Box” by Shadows Fall. I love the energy the band puts out in this song. It’s about the negative messages television advertising pushes on society.
5. Describe your first car to us. God, please let it be a junker that embarrasses you:
Sorry… mine was a 1980 white Camaro Berlin Etta. It was beautiful, super-fast and I loaded it up with a ridiculously loud stereo.