Thriving on Challenges in Human Resources
Guided by impeccable values and strong principles, Melissa Croll is passionate about success, quality, efficiency, and people.
As vice president of human resources for Carmeuse Lime & Stone, she’s instrumental on an executive team that steers the corporate and commercial direction of the company. She’s also in constant collaboration and communication with European parent company, the Carmeuse Group. The company has an international presence spanning Europe, Asia, and North America. Croll is based in Pittsburgh, PA.
With seven senior human resources team members reporting directly to her and 21 human relations representatives underneath, she’s imperative in implementing morale and team building cultures and philosophies at Carmeuse.
As a human resources executive with over two decades of experience in manufacturing settings, both union and non-union, her colleagues say she’s humble and an asset to the company. “When you have a great team that surrounds you, your best solutions are driven from your team. Every day is another opportunity to learn something new,” Croll said.
Her areas of expertise include contract negotiations and overseeing multiple site locations across the Eastern portion of the United States. As part of her role, she focuses on eliminating process inefficiencies to help move the company closer to its 2020 goals and objectives, including sustaining its leadership position in the limestone mining industry.
Her career started in Texas in human resources for a telecom company in the early 1990’s. “I thrived on the diversity and different challenges that each day provided. There is such a wide variety of activities to get involved with being in the HR field and you meet so many different types of people,” Croll said.
She had stepped out of the workforce in the late 1990’s to focus on raising a family and subsequently joined Carmeuse Lime & Stone in various HR positions working her way up to a vice president this past February.
“My role isn’t to know everything, my role is to facilitate getting to the right solutions for our employees,” she said. “When you have a great team that surrounds you, your best solutions are driven from your team and you don’t need to know everything,” she said.
Croll holds a B.S. in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.