Ross P. Alander, MLIR

Alander Consulting

Also Serving Bradenton, Clearwater, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Sarasota, St. Petersburg & Venice
5655 Gulf of Mexico Drive
A 202
Longboat Key, Florida 34228


Employment, Labor

Ross P. Alander has an extensive and comprehensive background in Human Resources and Organizational Development in health care, in the auto industry, professional employer organizations, with service companies, with professional groups, the public sector and not for profits. Ross has held a number of management/leadership positions at the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors, including being a Final Assembly Line Supervisor. Moving into the area of health care, he served as Personnel Administrative Manager of E.W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing and as Vice President of Human Resources at Lansing General Hospital (Michigan), then for 10 years as the Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development for Tampa General Hospital, where he led a team of 200 members.

Ross’ areas of responsibility included general Human Resources, Affirmative Action, Compensation, Benefits, Labor Relations, Team Development, Parking, Safety and Security, Dietary, Customer/ Physician Relations, Volunteer Services, Library, Pastoral Care, Child Care, Organizational Development, Minority Business Enterprise and International Relations. Ross also directed and led the implementation of a comprehensive customer service culture for Tampa General. As a member of the Executive Team, Ross served on various hospital and board committees and task forces.

Ross assisted in the coordination of the consolidation (from the Human Resources aspect) of four separate Tampa hospital merger/consolidations: St. Joseph’s/Humana Women’s, University Community Hospital/Centurion, Charter Tampa/Pasco, and St. Joseph’s/South Florida’s Baptist/Bay Care. In addition Ross has worked with employee leasing companies, including a start-up leasing company. Most recently, Ross facilitated the Human Resource factor in the start up of Hillsborough Kids, Inc. (HKI), a community-based child welfare organization. Ross works with or has worked with a number of organizations (non profits, for profits and public) and is committed to making every organization he works with an Employer of Choice. Two of his clients have made the One of the Best Places to Work list in Tampa and Lakeland, Florida.

Ross has held numerous community leadership and/or chair positions including the Tampa/Hillsborough Urban League Board, the Suncoast Ronald McDonald House Board, United Way, Hillsborough County Human Rights Commission, National Conference of Christian & Jews, and the Tampa Coalition. Ross has been the recipient of the National Conference of Community and Justice Brotherhood and Sisterhood Award and an Outstanding Leadership Award from the Urban League. The former Governor of Michigan recognized him for his efforts on behalf of physically challenged citizens. Ross is the former Chair of the Hillsborough County (Fl.) Human Rights Board and a former member of the City of Tampa’s Human Rights Board and currently on the Calendar Committee for the Hillsborough County School Board. Ross was a candidate as an interim member of the Tamnpa city council in 2006.

Ross is a Human Resource Consultant, a Labor/Employment Arbitrator and a Mediator in Tampa. Ross has done and is doing consulting work for numerous Bay Area, Sarasota and Lakeland companies and non profits Ross is a full-time Senior Lecturer in Management Studies at the College of Business at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USF S-M) and was voted Outstanding Professor USF S-M, fall 2009 and spring 2012. Ross has a bachelor's degree in social science and economics and a master's degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University and Ross has over 50 hours of Negotiations training at Harvard Law School. Ross also completed the 40 hour Civil-Ciruit Mediation Training Program at the University of South Florida Ross is a member of the Labor Panel of the American Arbitration Association and a member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators. Please visit for additional information.


EXPERIENCE SUMMARY     Human resources, organizational development executive and certified mediator with over 38 years experience with service providers, the public sector, the health care and automotive industries with professional organizations, for profits, not for profits, including ten years as an officer of 1,000-bed, 3,500 employee medical center. Created and implemented a total human resource program that includes proactive employee and community relations, workforce planning, turnover reduction, team leadership, proactive mergers, competitive/cost effective compensation and benefits, and innovative customer service programs. Recognized as a decisive, creative problem solver with excellent interpersonal skills who achieves goals through understanding both organizational and individual needs. Directed department teams exceeding 200. Proven expertise in:    

Proactive Employee/Team Relations 
Labor Arbitrator/Mediator Coaching (All levels of Management) 
Workforce Planning/Becoming an Employer of Choice 
Minority Business Development "Reinventing" the Organizational Change 
Merging of Human Resources Programs 
Customer Service Excellence  
Hiring Right and Retention

Training & Organizational Development 
Compensation, Incentives & Recognition
Sexual Harassment Investigations/Resolutions 
Proactive Union/Management Relations, Negotiations and, Arbitration (Unions: U.A.W., S.E.I.U., M.N.A., A.F.S.C.M.E., O.P.E.I.U., and A.F.M.) 
Acting as a "Human Resource Director On Call" and/or "Interim Director" 
Start ups, including non-profits


Developed and presented with the Nonprofit Resource Center a Leadership Certificate program.

Successfully coordinated the development and implementation of the first ever Continuing Education Program for the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, Sarasota, Fl.

Successfully facilitated the Human Resource factor for a Community-Based Child Welfare organization, Hillsborough Kids, Inc. This included the staffing of three Care Centers with a total of 250 employees.

Successfully assisted with the coordination of the Human Resources aspect of the merger of eight Tampa area hospitals. Four consolidations involving eight hospitals to date: St. Joseph's/Humana Women's, University Community/Centurion and Charter Tampa/Pasco and St. Joseph's/South Florida Baptist Hospital/BayCare.

Developed and implemented human resource policies and compensation plans for automobile dealerships, service industry companies, the public sector, an employee leasing company, physician practices, and for various not for profit organizations.

Two of my clients (the Lakeland Housing Authority/Lakeland and the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County/Tampa) were named as One of the Best Places to Work in Lakeland and Tampa.

Developed and coordinated cost reduction program, which resulted in fewer management layers, i.e., resizing, right sizing, and re-engineering for profit, not for profit and nonprofit organizations.

Have worked effectively to make nonprofits even small ones, Employers of Choice. 

Voted outstanding Professor USF S-M fall 2009 and spring 2012.


Michigan State University     
Masters Degree in Labor & Industrial Relations     
Bachelor of Science/Social Science - Economics     

Numerous Continuing Education Programs

Various Labor Relation Programs via LERA & AAA

Negotiating, Mediating, Arbitrating Employment Disputes (16 hrs.)

Circuit/Civil Mediation Program/University of South Florida (40 hrs.)

Program on Negotiations/Harvard Law (27 hrs.)

Ross P. Alander
5655 Gulf of Mexico Drive, A 202
Tampa, FL 33606

813.250.9867 (Office)   
813.765.0978 (Cell

[email protected]