Freddy Pardo

Freddy Pardo


Freddy currently serves as Vice President of People Resources for Benihana National Corporation, where he leads the Human Resources function in key areas like talent acquisition, benefits, compensation, performance management, organizational development, employee relations and HRIS to HR initiatives align to company’s strategic priorities, profitability objectives and growth goals for close to 7,000 employees serving customers in over 22 states.

A strategic human resources executive with over 20 years of professional experience in several industries like healthcare, hospitality, non-profit, education, home care and retail industries in the USA and Colombia, South America. Extensive experience developing strategic initiatives that promote organizational and employee development through effective leadership, culture alignment and performance management. He has designed and executed business strategies, human resources programs and operational efficiency solutions bringing higher employee engagement, financial results and enhanced service experience for multiple companies.

His professional experience in the USA includes working for large as well as small organizations in South Florida for over 18 years. His progressive career has taking him from developing, growing and leading the Human Resources function for several organizations to serving as Chief Operating Officer in charge of multiple business units leveraging and empowering their people to ensure financial, and programmatic success.

His areas of practice in human resources include strategic planning, talent acquisition, benefits and compensation, employee relations, organizational development, performance management, DEI and leadership development among others.

He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Miami and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Pontifical Xavierian University in Cali, Colombia. He has been certified as Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) since 2007 and 2015 respectively. He has been an active Board member of the HR Miami- SHRM chapter. He is also a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society for the best in business since 2005. He has also served as Adjunct instructor for human resources programs for Florida International University (FIU) since 2018.