By Diane Fox, ATD Detroit Chapter Member
Meet Eddie Rayborn, a new member to the ATD Detroit Chapter. Eddie is currently a Jr. Corporate Trainer at Meridian Health Plan where he has been employed in his first corporate training role, since April 2015.
I had the opportunity to meet Eddie at his first ATD Detroit chapter meeting in October. When you first meet Eddie you will notice his friendly demeanor, bright smile and infectious energy but what you might not learn about Eddie until you get to know him is that he is an avid bowler and is the captain of his 4-member bowling league at work. When Eddie isn’t spending his free time increasing his bowling average, you can find Eddie spending time with family and friends keeping up with those important connections.
Eddie earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Human Resources Development with a minor in Employment Systems and Standards from Oakland University in 2014. Eddie started his career in HR while still in school and was very proud to have had his first full time HR position at Fox Run Village, before graduation. As an HR Coordinator at Fox Run he enjoyed counseling and coaching staff as well as running new employee orientation and working on a team that was implementing the company’s LMS. He feels that skills he developed in his role at Fox Run are what prepared him for his current role as a trainer.
As a Jr. Corporate Trainer at Meridian Health Plan Eddie trains New Employee Orientation. Eddie is the first face a new employee will see on their first day and is the go-to person at Meridian for New Employee Orientation. When Eddie isn’t training NEO he is creating E-Learning courses about the line of business.
When I asked Eddie what he thought of his first ATD Detroit chapter meeting, he said “amazing”. Eddie felt that everyone was welcoming and he enjoyed the idea sharing, different perspectives and learning opportunities through other members.
What advice would Eddie give to someone just graduating or starting in the L&D field? Intern, and learn everything you can – not only about the field but about how businesses work in general. Most importantly always be ready for opportunities that are presented to you, even the smallest ones.
It was a pleasure getting to know a young professional new to our field who brings sound insight and past success in the HR field with him. Say hi to Eddie at our next chapter meeting and ask him his progress on increasing that bowling average.