About Nat Alston

Nathaniel  Alston is the President & Founder of THE HORIZONS GROUP, LLC, a human capital  consulting firm specializing in human resources strategic planning, talent  acquisition, management development training and succession planning.

Nat has over 35 years of executive level and mid level human  resources experience in a variety of positions covering such industries as  financial services, health care, hospitality, food service, food distribution,  higher education, local and state government.

Prior to the December 2000 founding of The Horizons Group, Nat  was the Vice President of Human Resources for State Employees Credit Union of  Maryland. In that capacity he directed the overall human resource function for  the largest credit union in the State of Maryland. With over 450 employees and  one billion dollars in assets, Nat was part of the senior management team that  set the strategic direction for the credit union.

Before joining SECU, Nat was the Regional Director for Human  Resources for Service America Corporation, a major food service contractor. In  that capacity, Nat supervised a team of 4 and was responsible for the regional  human resources function, which consisted of approximately 8,000 employees in 16  states.

Nat has been employed by The Marriott Corporation as Corporate  Manager of Employee Relations and Manager of Employment, by Holiday Inns, Inc. as  Manager of Employment, by Baptist Memorial Hospital Health Care System as Manager  of Human Resources, by PYA Monarch a division of Sara Lee Corporation as Manager of  Corporate Employee Relations, and by The HBH Corporation as an Overseas Recruiter.

Prior to entering corporate America, Nat spent 10 years in Law  Enforcement serving as a Maryland State Police Officer, a Prince George’s County  Police Officer and as Director of Public Safety, Bowie State College (now Bowie  State University).

In 1998, Nat along with twelve other senior human resources’ executives founded the National Association of African Americans in Human  Resources. In 2001 he was elected as the National President .This is an  organization which represents over 7000 African American Human Resource  professionals in 30 cities.  In 2007 Nat was bestowed the Lifetime Member Emeritus designation of the organization.

In 2013, Nat was elected Chairman of the National Board of Directors of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources.

Nat is also the 2011 – 2013 Immediate Past President of The University  of Maryland University College National Alumni Association. The Alumni Association represents over 20,000 UMUC Alumni.

Nat is a weekly contributor to radio station WEAA, Morgan  State University on Mondays on the Sandy Mallory Show with his “Tips to Elevate  Your Career”  and a frequent presenter at the “Moneywise Empowerment  Seminars with Kelvin Boston.

He has spoken before numerous Civic Organizations, Colleges,  and business organizations.

Nat received his undergraduate degree from the University of  Maryland University College.