Consultant - Author - Publisher
Dr. Jac, as he is known worldwide, has published 15 books and over 450 journal articles and columns. His 12 nonfiction books written between 1984 and 2014 focused on strategic topics describing how human capital management needed to change from a shepherd’s role to a significant force in 21st Century organizational management.
Prior to entering business in 1959 Dr. Fitzenz served as a naval intelligence officer. For the next 21 years he enjoyed a successful career as a human resources executive in firms such as Wells Fargo Bank and Motorola. In 1978, he conducted the first seminars on how to measure the effect of the human resources services on the organization’s performance.
In 1980, he founded the famous Saratoga Institute to carry on the development of the quantitative research. In 1985, Saratoga Institute published the first international HR benchmarking service, eventually covering 1,000 companies in a dozen countries. To date, Dr. Jac has trained nearly 100,000 managers in 46 countries on human capital return on investment and predictive analytics. Two of his books, Human Value Management (1991) and The ROI of Human Capital (2001) won the Book of the Year Award by the Society for Human Resources Management. His books are translated into Chinese, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. He has long been acknowledged as the father of human capital strategic measurement and analysis.
In 2000, he sold Saratoga Institute, which continues to date as a division of Pricewaterhouse- Coopers. In 2004 he left Saratoga and started a personal consulting and training service under the name of Human Capital Source, which he continues to date. In 2007 he organized a dozen major corporations and several thought leaders into The Predictive Initiative to explore the emerging concept of predictive analytics. The result was the design of the first human resources predictive and prescriptive analytics package. This was supported later in his 2013 book, The New HR Analytics.
Over his long career Dr. Jac has received many awards. In addition to being profiled on the cover of several human resources magazines, some of his more notable acknowledgements include:
* Society for Human Resources Management cited Dr. Jac as one who has significantly changed what HR does and how it does it.
* Institute for Human Resources Information Management gave him its Chairman’s Award for innovation in HR technology.
* HR World picked him as one of the Top 5 HR management gurus.
* National Academy of Human Resources elected him as a Fellow of the Academy.
* Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru awarded him an Honorary Doctorate
* Center for Talent Reporting made him its first Lifetime Appreciation Honoree
In 2014, he reduced his analytics work and turned to writing fiction authoring his first novel, Rough Waters. Rough Waters is semi-biographical covering a number of Dr. Jac’s experiences during his naval intelligence service in Asia Pacific. This served as the launch point of the popular series, Mike and Grace Novels, covering the romance and clandestine adventures of the naval intelligence team Michael Holmes, his Chinese wife Grace Holmes, (Liu Chan-juan) a special agent of the State Department and their extraordinary cat Cixi. The succeeding titles are:
Undaunted Lovers – 2016
Spies with Benefits – 2017
All titles are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble or directly as personally inscribed copies from Dr. Jac.
Dr. Fitzenz has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in political science, M.A. from San Francisco State in organizational psychology and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in organizational communications.
He is active in veteran’s programs and resides in a golf community in San Jose, California with his wife Laura.