OBITUARY

Jamiel Shaheed Saliba

October 13, 1951January 9, 2020
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Jamiel S. Saliba of Hoover, Alabama left this life on Thursday, January 9, 2020 while on business in California. He died suddenly of an apparent heart attack. It was a shock to all of us, but we are so grateful he didn’t have to suffer and that he is now with all of our loved ones who went to their heavenly homes before him, especially our beloved daughter, Jeannie.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Pelham, Alabama. A Celebration of Mr. Saliba's Life will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Pelham. Burial will be at Southern Heritage Cemetery, Pelham.

Mr. Saliba was born in Mobile, Alabama but spent most of his early life in Florence, Alabama. He attended Coffee High School and upon graduation went to the University of North Alabama, joining the ROTC program which led to a 23-year career in the U.S. Army until his retirement in 1996, returning to Baumholder, Germany for his son’s graduation from high school there.

Mr. Saliba loved his years in the Army and was a fierce patriot of the United States, following in the footsteps of his father, the late MG James S. Saliba, former Adjutant General for the Alabama National Guard. His awards were a source of pride to all of us and he worked hard to be an example to his “troops” and to his family.

While assigned to Ft. Gordon, Georgia, Mr. Saliba met Ellen Hahn, who was working at Eisenhower Army Medical Center. Their “blind date” led to marriage on September 6, 1975 (the wedding date had to be adjusted so as not to miss a Bama game) and remained together for nearly 45 years. Over the course of his career, they moved 13 times, having had assignments at Ft. Gordon; Vicenza, Italy; Heidelberg, Germany; Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana; Ft. Polk, Louisiana; USA MILPERCEN, Virginia; Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; back to Heidelberg; Recruiting Command, Montgomery, Alabama; and again Baumholder, Germany, serving in Bosnia. Retirement led him back to Sweet Home Alabama, specifically Birmingham, where he could get as close as possible to the Crimson Tide.

Mr. Saliba then began his “civilian” career in Hoover, which then resulted in over 45 years of global experience in the Human Resources arena. He currently serves as the Senior Global Vice President/General Manager of TAPFIN and oversees how the company leads organizations to develop, deploy and enable an integrated approach to analyzing and managing their external talent. He previously served as Vice President/General Manager of TAPFIN’s Global Operations from October 2004 to October 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Saliba held a variety of positions at Venturi Technology Partners from 1996 to 2004 including Managing Director for the Alabama Office, President for the Southeast Region, and eventually President, Managed Staffing Solutions where he oversaw all MSP and VMS activity.

Mr. Saliba represents Manpower on the Board of Directors for the National Minority Supplier Development Council. He is also a member of the Hoover, Alabama Veterans Committee and a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club of Birmingham. This organization has raised over $22 million for Crippled Children’s Foundation and Birmingham Children’s Hospital along with other agencies to support less fortunate children in Alabama. He has been selected as one of top 100 influential people in staffing by Staffing Industry Analyst the past four years.

Mr. Saliba received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Alabama and his Master’s in Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his father, General James S. Saliba; his mother, Ina Mae Saliba; his dear sister, Shauna Saliba Salter; and finally in 2011, his beloved daughter, Jeannie Elizabeth Saliba.

Survivors include Mr. Saliba's wife, Ellen; his son, Jamiel S. Saliba III and fiancé Lesley Langham; son, Jonathan R. Saliba and wife Jennifer Davis Saliba; and grandchildren, Jamiel IV, Marek, Shauna, Jakeb, Jensen, Jonas, Matthew, Angel, and Sam. He was known to all of his grandchildren as “Diddy” and will be greatly missed.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 17, 2020
  • A Celebration of Life for Jamiel Shaheed Saliba Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • Gravesite Committal Service Saturday, January 18, 2020

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Wendy Tyler

January 24, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss, Jamiel was an amazing man. He hired me at Venturi, when I was shortly out of college. Through his guidance, support and numerous phone calls and occasional meetings in Atlanta, I am a much better person today. He provided so much support and understanding through the years I worked with him. We kept in touch after I left Venturi and through a lot of my career, but we lost touch once I moved to the west coast. Because of Jamiel I have had an amazing 25 year career in consulting, and am strong and proud. I will miss him and hope the family knows what an impact he has had on so many people. Condolences and prayers, Wendy

Steve Van Meter

January 20, 2020

Posted on Facebook on Jan 11 --- This week we unexpectedly lost a true American hero, an inspirational leader at TAPFIN, and one of the finest human beings to walk the face of this planet. Jamiel Saliba brought laughter, respect and passion with every person that crossed his path. He was an incredible leader and mentor but what he taught me, and others, was bigger than the trials and tribulations of our day-to-day work…it was about LIFE! It was about honoring your country, respecting your neighbor, and loving your family. Jamiel was my father, my brother, my boss, and my best friend all in one. He will be tremendously missed by so many people but his legacy will live forever. Including my father, truly one of the greatest men I have known. I love you Jamiel. Roll Tide, Attack In Force, and may God rest your soul.

Aditya Joshi

January 18, 2020


“How are you doing my boy? He use to start his conversation with me like this every time I met him or I spoke to him on phone.

Ex- lieutenant colonel - US Army, General Manager Global Head - Tapfin ManpowerGroup Solutions, he was known as BiG DADDY in our TAPFIN family. He was The Jamiel Saliba.

Dedicated and focused towards work every time and always. Would take care of his team as his family...he would always bring energy within everyone around. Would always like a glass of wine after a tiring work day and client meetings and share his stories and experiences along with wisdom words.

I lost a great leader and mentor...He always cheered me up and encouraged to do well and better.

He was like a father to me. My condolences to the his friends and family ; He was grater than life personality and he made the world a better place.

He will be missed more than words can express.

Wanda Boles

January 18, 2020

I met Jamiel, maybe 10 yrs ago, I can't believe it has been that long. I picked him up in a black Lincoln Towncar and drove him to the airport. That was the day we became Friends. I retired out of the Army National Guard as an AGR employee and soldier. So we had something in common . I drove him the last time the same week he passed away. I was heart broken when I got the news. That run will always be a nice memory in my mine. We had nice talks to the airport and back. Subjects; Family first, then came Football and the military. That's what we talk about on that last run to the airport. I will miss him very much and I'm so happy that we met and became Friends. Will miss you dearly!

Mitch Patterson

January 18, 2020

Jamiel was a great friend and I was so sad to hear of his passing. I am so glad he and I were able to spend some quality time this past summer at our class reunion. Ellen and his family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless during this very difficult time.

Dave Whittington

January 18, 2020

A second marriage brought Jamiel into my life as a brother-in-law but we bonded as fellow veterans over a weekend at the beach and quickly became friends. An incident retold captures his humor, toughness, humbleness and charisma. He was once awakened out of a sound sleep and uttered, “Mama! He then became fully awake and said “Watch that, I’m a trained killer!” :) He was larger than life, a bear of a man with a teddy bear’s heart. Although he traveled the count and world as an internationally recognized businessman, he quickly responded to calls and texts from all. He had the knack of making people they were the most important people in the world and in conversation one had his undivided attention- a rarity these days. He and I often good naturedly traded barbs about Clemson and Alabama football; he as a native Alabamian and I as as Clemson grad. I will miss this good man loved by us and many. God Bless you Colonel. Thank you for your service to our country, the leadership and mentoring to so many in the business realm, here and internationally. Here’s to you and your love of Bama Football...Roll Tide Roll. One of the last times I spoke with him, I invited he and Ellen to come up and spend the weekend before some surgery. He said, can’t make it right now but there will come a day 😢 Gone to soon but forever in our hearts. See you again Brother with all our loved ones.

Doug Leeby

January 18, 2020

I was blessed to have been able to be a business partner to Jamiel for 15 years. It wasn't until a year or so after we met that I learned he had been a Lt. Colonel in the Army. Out of complete respect, I called him Colonel 80% of the time from that day forward. Jamiel and I did a lot of business together over the years but it wasn't until recently that we drew up a contract. We never needed one- ever. His word was his bond. We shared many drinks in airports and no matter how tough the client call we just left, his face would radiate and he'd avail me stories about his family and friends. Above all, "The Colonel" was a family man who cherished his bride, his kids, grandkids, and his "extended family" more than anything in the world. Heaven just got a whole lot better.

Vickie Black-Vigue

January 17, 2020

It`s hard to capture the essence of what a positive impact Jamiel had on so many lives. I feel so fortunate to have worked with him for so many years. His passion for his work, his genuine concern for others, and most of all his love of family were always at the forefront. To know Jamiel was to love him. He was always concerned about people first, with a kind word and a big heart. I will never forget working with him - he jokingly and lovingly dubbed me the `HR Lady` in his TAPFIN `family`. It will always make me smile when I think of it.

My condolences to the Saliba family; know that Jamiel`s impact on the world was one of compassion & he made the world a better place. He will be missed more than words can express.

Bruce Morton

January 17, 2020

My deepest condolences
Jamiel is a legend in the staffing industry and his legacy will live on throughout this wonderful industry for many many years to come.
Bruce Morton
Head of Strategy
Allegis Global Solutions

Debby Nelson Brown

January 16, 2020

Went to high school with Jamel,,he was always a sweet and fun guy,,,so sorry for your loss

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