Victor Barocas

Board Member

Victor S. Barocas is described as a “…thought leader whose depth and breadth affords him the human capital high ground. Called by one client as their organization’s “Dr. Phil”, he repeatedly makes strategic planning, leadership and management theories real by demonstrating how human capital is a critical to business success.”

With recognized corporate, academic and consulting successes, he helps clients realize bottom-line results by translating theory into real-time practice. Victor assists his clients:

  • Align strategic plans with execution strategies that integrate management practices, organization structures and human capital efforts.
  • Leverage corporate learning and knowledge management through effective organization change and communication initiatives with clear lines of sight between employee performance and business success.
  • Develop corporate policies and communication strategies that leverage human capital and ensure adequate flexibility for both employees and management.

Currently, Victor, a Managing Director of Strategic Management Group, partners with clients – who include leading corporations and trade associations – on a broad range of human capital and business topics. Among the organizations with which he worked include: Northrop Grumman, US IRS, US Social Security Administration, Ashland Oil, AEC, Wyeth-Ayerst, Kerr Drugs, WellPoint Health Care, Blue Cross-Blue Shield of MA, Philips Electronics, UTC, EyeQuilt, Shawnimals, Near Northwest Arts Council, Powell Kleinschmidt, SSA 33 (Chicago) and The Conference Board.

Before joining SMG, Victor – as Rand McNally’s Director of Corporate Human Resources – planned and coordinated company-wide initiatives. He reconfigured company-sponsored health and welfare benefits producing a 6:1 ROI. Without sacrificing quality, cost and choice, he reduced the company’s health care costs by 2% while benchmark companies experienced a 24% increase.

The author of over 8 books and some 75 articles, monographs and technical assistance guides, Victor serves on national advisory groups and is frequently invited to speak at regional and national conferences, like 1st Congress of Social Security Administrative Judges, Benefit Forum and Expo and HR Association of the Midlands.


Northeastern University, Boston MA – Bachelor of Science with Honors: June 1972 – Major: Psychology

Washington University, St. Louis MO – Masters of Arts: June 1976 – Major: Psychology

The Pennsylvania State University, College Park PA – All But Dissertation (i.e., ABD): 1975-1980 -Multidisciplinary Doctoral                      program in Human Development.

Additional/Select Professional Training Development

WorldatWork/American Compensation Association (circa 1996-1999)

  • Total Rewards Management
  • Health and Welfare Benefits
  • Strategic Benefit Planning
  • International Benefit Programs
  • Compensation Management
  • Communicating Reward Programs
  • Quantitative Management

International Employee Benefits Association (circa 1987-1990)

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plans
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plans
  • Health and Welfare Programs
  • Compensation and Management
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Advanced and Current Topics

 American Management Association (circa 1985-1995)

  • Executive Leadership
  • Team-based Compensation
  • Strategic Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Employee Benefits Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Managing Managers
  • Critical Thinking
  • Organization Development
  • Supervision
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Group Dynamics

Select University-based Teaching    

Santa Barbara Business College

  • Rancho Mirage, CA 2013 – present
  • Business Communications
  • Group Dynamics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Psychology
  • Professional Resource Development
  • Business Ethics
  • Management
  • Organization Behavior

Liataud Graduate School of Management

University of Illinois at Chicago, IL (2007-2008)

  • Organization Behavior
  • Management

Milano Graduate School of Management

The New School University, NY (1994-2001)

  • Employee Benefits
  • Strategic Rewards Planning[3]
  • Employee Relations as a Strategic Tool
  • Strategic Human Resource Planning
  • Strategic Execution3