Kimberley (Kim) is the CEO of Employers Council, a comprehensive resource for employers in the areas of employment and labor law, human resources, surveys and training. Kim joined Employers Council in 2000. From 2000 – 2005, Kim worked with Employers Council members in employment law related matters. From 2005 -2014, Kim was the Director of the Southern Regional Office of Employers Council concentrating on business and member development in southern Colorado. Prior to Employers Council, Kim worked in employment and insurance defense for Burg & Eldredge, P.C. in Inverness, Colorado and completed a clerkship with Denver District Court. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in English from Washington State University and a Juris Doctorate from University of Denver, College of Law. Kim oversees the member service departments at Employers Council: Employment Law Services, Human Resources Services, Surveys, and the Member Engagement Department.
Kim currently serves on the Certification Committee for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, currently serves on the Griffith Centers for Children and the Colorado Judicial Institute’s Board of Directors. She served as a Board of Director for Rocky Mountain Health Care Services for six years, is a graduate of Leadership Pikes Peak class of 2004, and was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Colorado Springs Business Journal in 2008.
Michelle Jacobsen was promoted to Vice President of Employers Council in 2019 and she currently oversees the member services departments: Human Resource Services, Surveys, and Employment Law Services. Over the years, Michelle has worked for Employers Council as a Staff Attorney in the Northern Regional Office, as the Director of the Southern Regional Office, and as the Director of Employment Law Services. Michelle’s other professional experience includes working as an investigator for the State of Wyoming, private legal practice, and she served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for a large community bank. Michelle earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wyoming, she was a graduate of Leadership Pikes Peak Signature class of 2016 and she also served on their Board of Trustees. Michelle holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional. She is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Wyoming and is a member of the Colorado and Wyoming Bar Associations.
Bill Smith began his career with the Employers Council as an employment law services attorney in 1994. Since that time he has worked in the Labor Relations Department, Colorado Springs Regional Office, Membership Development Department and the Arizona Office. He was the first Arizona President for the Employers Council and still resides in Scottsdale. In 2017 he became VP of Regional Offices which includes Loveland, Colorado Springs, Salt Lake City and Scottsdale. Bill’s new role is to help expand the Employers Council brand through the growth of regional offices. He was instrumental in opening the first MSEC Regional office in Colorado Springs in 2000. Following the opening of the Colorado Springs Office, he played an active role in the creation of the Fort Collins Office in 2007 which has since moved to Loveland. In 2009, Bill helped open the first office located outside of Colorado when MSEC opened the Arizona Office. With the recent merger involving the Utah Employers Council, Bill has been given the privilege of working closely with the new Utah President of the Employers Council in expanding its membership base in Utah. As the Employers Council’s members are expanding and growing into different regions of the Western States, so is the Employers Council’s support of those employers. As an Employment Law Services attorney and later a Labor Relations attorney he has assisted members with union matters, including collective bargaining, grievances and union avoidance. Prior to working for the Employers Council, Bill worked in the Employee Relations department at Mississippi Power Company, a subsidiary of the Southern Company. He received his law degree from Mississippi College, an MBA from William Carey University, and his undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Jacksonville State University. For a few years following college Bill worked in law enforcement. While he was a police officer he also serviced as a Petty Officer Third Class in the US Coast Guard Reserve. He is currently an active member of the Colorado and Arizona Bar Associations.
Julie McLaughlin serves as Chief Financial Officer for Employers Council, having joined the EC team in 2005. Julie has over 20 years’ experience in providing financial services including accounting, budgeting, contracts, strategic analysis, payroll, treasury, income tax, risk management, forecasting, and reporting. Julie’s responsibilities extend to many areas of Employers Council operations, but her primary role is to manage and direct all activities and policies related to financial accounting, business processes, budgeting, income tax, retirement plans, insurance, financial analysis and reporting. McLaughlin graduated from Mankato State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and is a CPA. Prior to Employers Council, Julie was the Controller for Fresh Produce Retail, Inc., a 12 store multi-state retail clothing company headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Julie has also worked for local and national CPA firms performing financial statement audits for a variety of industries including not-for-profits, construction, manufacturing, retail, and employee benefit plans.
Julie is a member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants. Julie is originally from South Dakota but enjoys all Colorado has to offer. She enjoys, running events, gardening, paddle boarding, relays, biking and triathlons. She is married and enjoys living in “rural” Longmont/Frederick.
We joined Employers Council when we had a specific employee-related issue. We have stayed members because of the value of the services provided.
I could not do my job without the partnership of Employers Council. I truly value the access I have to good information and intelligent staff there. Thank you for all you do!
Your services are extremely useful and a great value. Our organization has been a member for several years. I can't imagine doing without your services. And your reps and employees are the best - professional, knowledgeable, responsive, and reliable.
You all do a great job. I always get a quick response, or return call from whoever it is. Very informed personnel who know their stuff.
Would I recommend Employers Council membership to other organizations - 100 times YES! We have always received such excellent service from staff at Employers Council - thank you for all that you do!!