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Company: ;Hydrow, Inc
Category: ;Rising HR Star of the Year

Nomination Title: Joseph Arquillo, People & Business Operations Manager



Joseph Arquillo is a Senior Human Resource and Business Operations professional who offers unparalleled execution and leadership skills with the ability to propel organization goals, policies and metrics to a higher level. Beginning his career at Ernst & Young (EY), a global consulting firm, he interfaced with clients to gain a thorough understanding of their organization mission, business priorities and strategic plans, which enabled these companies to harness people as part of the overall integrated business strategy. There, he was instrumental in engaging key clients by providing reporting options such as future- state headcount and organizational/people cost analysis across four business units totaling 5,000 employee resources and $178.8M.

Following EY, he joined Hydrow, a fast- growing startup that brings Live Outdoor Reality (LOR) technology to indoor rowing machines. Here, he oversees all HR and Business Operations, from providing guidance across people operations, employee engagement, and talent solutions. He has excelled at creating, implementing and supporting HR strategies that positively impact operations, improve business outcomes and align to core values. He continues to exceed and maintain a track record of continued process improvements and policy harmonization with the objective of delivering productivity to the business and creating a lean and efficient HR organization.

Some people are afraid to come on board a brand new start- up in the tech space, especially one that is making news after a viral Indiegogo campaign and the promise of rapid- fire growth it would bring. But not Joseph Arquillo. From the beginning, Joseph developed, implemented and scaled Hydrow’s human resources infrastructure from the ground including people strategy, recruiting, onboarding, benefits management, engagement, compliance and system administration. These efforts included but were not limited to:

Top Tiered Talent Acquisition: Joseph not only built out Hydrow’s talent acquisition strategy but also executed full- life cycle recruiting, resulting in the addition of 90+ staff members (400% growth) in less than 14 months. Designing Hydrow’s talent acquisition strategies allowed him to complement the overall business direction needed to maximize productivity, create a talent pipeline, fuel internal promotions and ensure continued market success.

Strong Benefits, Perks & Wellness Programs: From creating Hydrow’s health and wellness strategy, including 100% employer paid healthcare plan, curation, design, financial analysis, budgeting, employee communications and enrollment, Joseph supports Hydrow employees across many levels. Additionally, he crafted and implemented Hydrow’s short- term disability, life insurance, 401(k), and 6- month paid parental leave to accommodate individual needs appropriately. As his broker said, “His ability to communicate strategy and make decisions makes him an integral part of his company. What would take most teams six months to accomplish, Joe was able to finish in two!”

Upon joining a new organization, it's difficult to inherit an existing HR infrastructure and then improve on it. But imagine the herculean effort it would take to build one from the ground up for a new startup that is simultaneously already becoming a recognized brand and household name. That’s exactly the innovative, interactive and exciting world Joseph Arquillo stepped into - keenly aware that the brand’s reputation internally is as important as it is externally, especially at such a vital junction in its growth and establishment.

Hydrow set the standard by moving from a dream to production line in under 12 months - a process that competitors usually take at least 24 months to accomplish. Joseph has proven his ability to execute quickly as the company's accelerated success has created massive demand. He understands that moving fast can be stressful and things can break, but has always been resilient in getting back on track by pulling together and pushing the company forward. Hydrow changes a lot, as illustrated by the 400% growth numbers, and Joseph has helped Hydrow continue building an experience to serve our rapidly- growing team in the best possible way.

Employee Glassdoor Ratings of Company and its CEO: 8 five star ratings
#8 for Top Workplaces to Work (Small Size Band), and it was Hydrow’s 1st year of entry!
2 LinkedIn Reviews from brokers.

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