Who we are

Tracie Sponenberg

Tracie Sponenberg, SHRM-SCP, SPHR  is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources for The Granite Group, a full-service wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, cooling, water and propane supplies based in Concord, NH.  Responsible for leading all HR functions for 35 locations throughout New England and nearly 500 employees, she has gained a broad HR  background across a wide range of industries in more than 20 years in HR, with much of her career focused on working with CEOs  to develop strategic people strategies to help the organizations grow.  She began her career in HR while in college, interning with a global public transportation company but found she could have the most impact on the business in smaller, private companies.  

Tracie has a BA in Psychology from Holy Cross, which prepared her amazingly well for the world of HR, and a MA in Human Resources from Framingham State University. She is Co-Organizer of DisruptHR NH, and a member of SHRM’s Special Expertise Panel and teaches the SHRM Certification course at SNHU.   A bookworm and introvert who never spoke in class until college - and then only reluctantly - she started getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.  Though she has recently learned that she won’t die speaking in public, to the media, or on camera, she still hates parties and crowds.  (Though Disney World remains her favorite place to travel with her family,)  When not road tripping or hanging out at home with her family, you can usually find her on her beloved early morning trips to Starbucks and Target.

Michelle Strasburger

Michelle is the Director of Talent Engagement at Emerson Ecologics She has over 15 years of progressive experience in Human Resources with both Fortune 500 companies and small to mid-size companies.  She enjoys pushing the status quo to continually grow organizations.  Michelle has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and International Business and an MBA in Human Resources Management.  Michelle has over 10 years of experience sitting "at the table" with leadership teams and making strategic decisions to impact the bottom line of the organization.  Early in her career, Michelle co-founded the Southern NH Women’s Business Network, a networking group for women in business in NH.  Michelle served several years as a board member with the Manchester Area HR Association and two years as the Programs Chair for the Granite State HR Conference.   Michelle also has given back to the HR community by teaching the SHRM HR Certification program at Southern NH University.

Michelle is certified in Human Resources and has received the SHPR, GPHR and the SHRM-SCP certifications.

Michelle lives in NH and when there’s downtime, she’s enjoying family time with her husband and two sons.  They enjoy hiking, swimming or snowmobiling in the “Great North Woods” of Northern NH.