believes in leadership.
(1) values direct relationships between employees and supervision, (2) helps clients align employee and management goals for the greater good, and (3) thrives on the dynamics of change in business.
has worked for non-union and unionized clients with operations in North, Central & South America, the Caribbean and Europe to help maintain positive, productive relationships with their employees.
has been involved in over 1,500 successful client scenarios.
hi-energy work style focuses on consultation, consensus building and timely issue resolution while facilitating client efforts to sustain productive work environments via positive employee relations.
advises senior leaders on strategic communications and identifies proactive solutions to workplace and community issues designed to have a positive impact on employees, customers, shareholders, the community and the bottom line.
In 2011, Bell founded the Texas Labor & Employee Relations Consortium (TLERC) which hosts periodic meetings for senior leadership in operations, labor relations and human resources to discuss key labor and employment issues.
regularly speaks on leadership, labor & employment, entrepreneurship, and diversity issues.
also writes a newsletter and blog, "One-On-One with Oliver Bell.". In 2011, Mr. Bell
was one of only 60 nationally recognized labor relations professionals including attorneys, union officials, and trade association heads selected to provide testimony before an historic National Labor Relations Board public hearing on pending changes in labor law and procedures.
The Governor of Texas appointed Mr. Bell to serve as the Chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice (TBCJ).
is responsible for oversight of the $3.1 billion a year, 40,000-employee Texas Department of Criminal Justice
also serves as the Board of the Trustees for the Windham School District
, the largest geographic district in Texas, supporting the state criminal justice system.
As Chairman, Mr. Bell also serves as a healthcare administrator overseeing a seven hospital healthcare system, 100+ onsite infirmary locations, and numerous vendor relationships.
He oversees a vertically integrated operation that includes security services, logistics, food service, manufacturing, agriculture, vocational services, law enforcement, and legal services.
Mr. Bell joined the board as a member in 2004.
He sits on six subcommittees including Healthcare (which he chairs), Human Resources, Business & Finance and Internal Audit.
participates in several community and business activities.
In 2010, Mr. Bell was named a "Kentucky Colonel" by the Governor of Kentucky.
He is a TLERC fellow and adjunct faculty member of Long Gray Line Leadership, LLC.
Bell is a member of the West Point Society of Houston, the National Black Chamber of Commerce, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Association, the Association of the United States Army, and the US Army Historical Society.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and is former President and Board Member of the West Point Society of Central Texas.
He is also a past member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (The Boulé) and the Knights of Peter Claver.
Bell is a former Army officer and graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point.
After completing "Airborne" & "Ranger" training, he
was assigned to a "cold war" mission in Germany to patrol the then East-West German "Inter-Zonal Border.
Follow on assignments included command of a border mission Armored Cavalry Troop, command of a rapid deployment Tank Company, and a tour as the Officer-In-Charge and co-developer of the US Army Scout Platoon Leader's Course.
was selected to attend graduate school and return to West Point to teach, but he
declined to pursue a non-military career.
After leaving active military service, Mr. Bell joined Mobil Oil's Human Resources Group.
He later left Mobil to pursue a career in labor relations consulting.
Over the next several years, Mr. Bell rose to Vice President of a large labor relations consulting firm.
subsequently left that firm to form his
company and has since consulted for numerous organizations in a variety of industries.
resides in Houston, Texas with his
wife and children.