HR Answers

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In-Accord enjoys a strategic alliance with HR Answers. We support each other in delivering the highest quality services to our respective clients through a long-standing agreement. In appropriate cases, the two companies integrate to deliver complementary services while maintaining firewalls to protect our neutrality and the clients’ confidentiality. As an example, In-Accord will mediate a case for employees, while HR Answers performs executive coaching for one of the participants in the process. The result is a full-spectrum, seamless service that combines employee relations and performance management expertise with specialized workplace conflict resolution.

HR Answers is a full-service, regional human resource consulting firm headquartered in Tualatin, Oregon. The company was founded in 1985 by President and CEO, Judy Clark, SPHR, CPC, and is the largest independent human resources firm in the Pacific Northwest. HR Answers has a staff of specialists and generalists consultants, as well as supporting staff. These in-house experts provide all things human resources, including executive coaching, organizational assessments, investigations, performance management, change management and more. HR Answers prides itself on offering practical tools and resources to aid clients’ overall success, without creating dependencies on HR Answers’ services.

United Employers Association

United Employers Association (UEA) and In-Accord have developed a strategic partnership to support local employers when conflicts arise. United Employers Association has a long history of helping Northwest employers solve employment challenges. Their affordable and predictable membership fee grants access to experts and resources to efficiently, effectively and legally handle employment law and HR issues.

Members have unlimited access to UEA’s dedicated team of human resources professionals and employment law attorneys to help with a full range of employment issues including leave and disability laws, harassment, employee termination, benefits, wage/hour laws, and much more. UEA’s services also include access to an attorney-reviewed Online HR Resource Center; wage, policy, and benefit survey data; an online Learning Management System with over 200 courses; labor relations support; and both public and onsite training programs. UEA routinely refers thorny conflict resolution-related cases to In-Accord, where UEA members are offered a special discount on services.

Oregon Mediation Association

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In-Accord has maintained a membership in the Oregon Mediation Association (OMA) for a decade and a half and subscribes to this professional association’s Standards of Practice. In fact, Chris Sheesley helped write those Standards as a former Board member and during his 3-years’ of service on the Standards Committee. Our affiliation underscores In-Accord’s serious commitment to up-to-date knowledge of this work. Importantly, our OMA affiliation ensures your access to the “Process for Resolving Disputes with OMA Mediators”, which can be found at

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Portland Human Resource Management Association

This is the premier professional organization for human resources professionals in Oregon. Chris Sheesley has been an active member for over a decade and has served on the Board of Directors. In addition to being featured as the keynote luncheon speaker on three occasions, Chris has also served as the Co-Chair for the Special Interest Group on Training and Development. We support PHRMA’s mission to engage the HR community through professional development, relationship building opportunities and other resources.

Professional 50

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The Professional 50 is a network of some of the best and brightest business exit/succession professionals in the Portland area.  Each of these top tier professionals has been endorsed by others on the list, ensuring that only highly-regarded experts are included.  Please visit to review our network and find the transition expert you need.