“Managing the firm’s Human Resources allows me to combine my interest in psychology and HR to help the partners build a strong, supportive, friendly and fun culture. It’s gratifying when we hear from new hires and long-time staff that our unique culture is one of the things that distinguishes WBL from other firms.”
Jamie Burak is WBL’s human resources manager and chief culture officer. She devises and implements recruiting strategy to attract and develop top talent, oversees the firm’s training and continuing professional education programs, helps create the compensation and benefits structure, coaches staff, creates policy and helps enhance careers.
Since joining the firm in 2009, Jamie has worked closely with partners to implement “busy season” morale programs, coordinate after-hours events and volunteer opportunities for staff, launch a wellness campaign, create an individual performance bonus and spot award program, develop a mentorship program, enhance the firm’s benefits offerings, and increase the firm’s outreach and visibility on area campuses. WBL has been voted by its staff as one of AccountingToday’s “Top 100 Best Accounting Firms to Work For” each year since the firm began participating in the survey in 2013.
Jamie has more than 20 years of professional HR experience, previously working in the hospitality and rapidly growing software industries. At WBL, she focuses a majority of her efforts on the firm’s staff and culture, but also shares her expertise with the firm’s clients on occasion to help them identify and evaluate candidates for accounting-related positions within their organizations.
Jamie grew up in Madison, Georgia. When not at work, she spends time with her daughter, reads thrillers and looks forward to her next beach vacation.