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Jesse Kook

SPHR, SHRM-SCP

  • Senior Associate
  • Director of Talent Management and Development
Jesse Kook
  • Senior Associate
  • Director of Talent Management and Development

Jesse Kook, SPHR, is Director of Talent Management and Development. He is a member of DLR Group's Executive Team, responsible for talent management, development programs, and all human resources operations. His role is to continually position DLR Group as the employer of choice in the design industry.

"I love watching someone, or teams, achieve something they thought to be impossible. The reward is a sense of fulfillment in providing coaching, support, and training that allows individuals and an organization to operate at a superior level of performance."

Kook is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. He serves DLR Group with a depth of experience in change management, recruiting, new employee onboarding, skills training, professional development, and performance management. He has completed Disney's Selection Training and Engagement Course; the University of Minnesota's Workforce Staffing and Planning Certificate; and Hamline's Qualified Neutral course. He is a US Army Veteran, successfully completing US Army Ranger and Airborne training.

"I will never forget the advice of my first company commander in the US Army. He said ‘Fear is paralyzing. Attack, Attack, Attack!' Translation: Never be afraid to fail. Commit, take action, and continue to move forward."