Ben P. Muro is vice president of human resources for Acme Brick Company in Fort Worth. Mr. Muro directs the daily efforts of the human resources department of this 3,000-plus employees manufacturing and sales company. He reports directly to the CEO and interacts daily with members of the senior management team on all HR-related issues, policies and procedures. Mr. Muro joined the DFW Airport Board in April 2005. He served as Vice Chair from February 2008 through March 2009. He also served as Chair from April 2009 until February 2011.
Mr. Muro received a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Prior to joining Acme Brick Company, Mr. Muro served as vice president of human resources for Valor Telecom in Irving, Texas from 2000 - 2006. He participated as an integral member of the start-up operations team for this rural telephone company serving Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The company began operations by purchasing 550,000 telephone lines, customers and equipment from GTE, and in 2005, reported 1,300 employees and more than $450 million in annual revenues. Mr. Muro developed policies and procedures, negotiated employee benefit plans, established a 401(k) package, and migrated the existing pension plans and trusts. He negotiated two collective bargaining agreements with Communication Workers of America. He staffed three customer service centers, field operations positions and corporate headquarters. He was engaged in strategic planning to meet future needs, facilitate employee retention and promote positive employee/management relations. An advocate for strong, workable and ethical HR standards, Mr. Muro interacted with senior management on a daily basis.
Mr. Muro served as senior vice president of human resources for Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas from 1991 - 2000. He directed the efforts of five in the daily operation of the human resources department, serving an employee population of more than 6,000. He created new programs such as: The Executive Performance Evaluation Program, The New Workforce Diversity Program, and The Multi-Cultural Awareness Program. He created a recruitment plan that resulted in workforce diversification by targeting schools and neighborhoods to attract nurses, technicians and administrative personnel.
Mr. Muro worked for General Instrument Corporation, a manufacturer of PC boards and LED products, from 1987 - 1991. He began his career at General Instrument as director of human resources for the United States, managing all division personnel interests, which included employees based in El Paso, Chicago, Detroit, Massachusetts and Juarez, Mexico. In 1989, he was named director of manufacturing operations and was accountable for production, repair, manufacturing, engineering and Mexican personnel in the company's Juarez facility. Mr. Muro's community involvement includes:
Board Chair, Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce
Board Member, Dallas County Local Workforce Development
Division Chairman, United Way