Noma Bruton – Principal
Noma Bruton is known for her expertise in human resources, process improvement and positioning the workforce for turnaround profitability.
An HR veteran of the financial services industry, Noma has collaborated with executives to successfully lead institutions through all stages of the business life cycle. Before founding Sagacity HR, she was the Chief Human Resources Officer at Pacific Mercantile Bank in Costa Mesa, CA, where she was recruited to develop and rollout a scalable HR strategy, laying the foundation for future growth. As Chief Human Resources Officer at Santa Barbara Bank & Trust during the Great Recession, Noma was a member of the executive team instrumental in the bank’s successful turnaround, leading to its acquisition by Union Bank. She then co-led the Human Resources integration team, retaining an impressive 95% of key Santa Barbara Bank & Trust talent.
At Bank of America, Noma provided HR leadership across a number of divisions. She enabled the rapid growth of a Southern California Wealth Management division, developing a vigorous recruitment strategy and reducing Financial Advisor turnover. She also built the Intellectual Capital & Property team within the Operational Risk division. During the NationsBank / Bank of America merger, Noma was a member of the merger and acquisition team.
Noma holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Dallas, has attended the Executive Coaching Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. She is certified as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor by the National Council for Behavioral Health.
Noma is a Board Member of the South Orange County and Coachella Valley Chapters of the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) and a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). Noma serves on the CalSHRM Legislative Committee and is a SHRM A-Team Advocacy Captain for the CA – 36th District.
Noma was a 2015 National Human Resources Association, Orange County Affiliate, HR Executive of the Year Nominee and received the 2016 PIHRA HR Award of Excellence.
In her spare time, Noma collects California art and writes her blogs, Sagacity HR and Sagacity Etc.
Visit Noma’s art and history blog at Sagacity Etc.