Acute Consulting LLC

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Striving to Become a True "Partner" that Assists My Clients with Excellence in HR Strategies and Total Rewards Consulting

For the last 20 years, I've been working in the field of Human Resources for predominantly large, global organizations. During my time in HR, I've specialized in total rewards by starting as an analyst and eventually moving on to become a Manager, Director, VP of Human Resources, and Head of Total Rewards. Most recently, I served as the Global Head of Human Resources for one of the largest technology start-ups in the Mid-Atlantic region with a valuation of close to $1BB and $100MM in revenues.

Rick Harman

Throughout my career in Human Resources, I've overseen teams responsible for HR Operations, HR Information Systems, HR Analytics, Total Rewards, Talent Acquisition, and HR Business Partnering. During my time as the Head of Human Resources, I created and implemented a highly successful STEM campus recruiting strategy while helping the start-up grow tech talent by 45% year over year with some of the best and brightest developers, engineers, and salespeople in the start-up market.

As a consultant, I believe it's important to truly understand your clients' needs on multiple levels. Having the ability to understand organizational dynamics while also understanding the business aspects of running a company creates a powerful partner and consultant who aligns quickly with your company's interests.

Mission, Vision, and Core Values

At Acute Consulting, our mission is simple: We want to provide expert HR insights and practices with customized precision for your specific business needs. Through each step of our relationship, from initial introductions to closing out a project, we strive to provide you with the one-on-one attention you deserve in order to deliver exceptional value, advice and an expert point of view.

We rely on five core values that guide our business strategy, behavior and relationships:


  • We do what we say we'll do, every time.
  • We uphold the beliefs of honesty, do the right thing, professional ethics, and trust.
  • We strongly believe that your word is your bond; even in today's uncertain and disrupted world.


  • We work as a team with an eye on consensus.
  • We are accepting and open to all feedback while offering it as well.
  • We share knowledge and best practices.
  • We iterate until the ideal state or product is achieved.


  • We believe in a professional, yet relaxed engagement.
  • We believe it's always more fun and best to use humor as much and whenever appropriate.
  • That's right. We're down-to-earth and easily approachable.
  • We like rational decision-making and don't like to just check the box.


  • When you don't have the tools, create them.
  • When you can't find an answer to a problem, innovate.
  • When you're up against tight deadlines and constraints, run harder.


  • Smart, but effective and easy-to-understand solutions win the day.
  • When we have to be highly technical, we will. But, we'll let you know in advance.
  • We follow the principle of K.I.S.S. whenever and wherever we can. After all, this isn't rocket science.