AAP Cabinet Member Spotlight: Troy Felder
Human Resources Manager, Genuine Parts Company

AAP: Tell us about your role at Genuine Parts and how you impact the company’s strategic goals.

Troy: I have been with GPC for 5 years, the last 2 years have been in my current role of Sr. HRBP, where I currently support GPC IT & Financial Shared Services. I impact GPC’s strategic human capital objectives, by partnering with our senior leaders on solutions in talent acquisition, retention and succession planning for a high performing workforce. As a certified facilitator, I am actively involved in learning & development activities that also encourages employees to take ownership of their careers. This type approach to career planning is beneficial to them personally and to the organization.

AAP: What advice would you give to someone wanting a career in human resources (or more specific aspect of HR)?

Troy: My professional career began in retail management, before I transitioned to HR. That experience taught me the importance of building and maintaining relationships. This remains my philosophy as a HRBP. As a business partner, I would encourage someone starting their HR career to do more than manage policies and procedures but manage relationship and seek exposure. I once read that, “60% of your career success depends on who you know and more importantly, who knows what you know.

AAP: What aspect of United Way’s work in the community are you most passionate about supporting?

Troy: Income: financial education and job readiness training specifically. I have toured the City of Refuge 4 or more times. I was there when the first AutoTech class started in the NAPA training center and hired one of the first graduates in a NAPA retail store. To hear that programs have been added in home security and pest control are exciting and gratifying!

AAP: Who is your favorite African-American trailblazer that serves as a source of inspiration to you?

Troy: Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall – Justice Marshall accomplished so many firsts in his life. I am often told; I could be a lawyer in a different life. There are many quotes that come to mind, when reflecting on our current affairs. Instead, I will lean towards the work of AAP: children & communities. “None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody – a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns – bent down and helped us pick up our boots.” Thurgood Marshall