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Speaker bios as of March 11, 2021

 

Threase BakerThrease Baker, TSC, CSP

President, Abbtech Professional Resources

Baker is president and an owner of Abbtech Professional Resources Inc. Based in Washington, DC, the company supports both the government and private sectors by providing information technology, engineering, and office–clerical staffing services, as well as personal identity verification. Baker has more than 20 years of staffing industry experience. She is past president of the Capital Area Staffing Association.


J. Scott BickslerJ. Scott Bicksler

Lead safety manager, Aerotek

Bicksler came to the staffing industry in 1995 after retiring from the U.S. Army as a nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare specialist. He is currently lead safety manager for Aerotek and has health and safety oversight of Aerotek’s national, international, and government accounts. Bicksler serves as co-chairman of the American Staffing Association’s safety committee and member of the National Occupational Research Agenda services sector council.


Benjamin D. BriggsBenjamin D. Briggs, Esq.

Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Briggs is a partner in the labor and employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and serves as co-chairman of the firm’s workplace safety and health practice group. His practice focuses on employment-related litigation and compliance counseling involving federal and state statutes that govern employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour issues, employee leave issues, and workplace safety and health. Briggs represents and counsels clients in matters involving the protection of trade secrets and the enforcement of noncompete agreements and other restrictive covenants. He has successfully represented employers in a wide range of industries, including staffing, building and consumer products, technology, retail, automotive, distribution, utilities, insurance services, construction, and media, in federal and state courts throughout the U.S.


Aaron CrewsAaron Crews, Esq.

Chief data analytics officer, Littler Mendelson PC

As Littler’s first chief data analytics officer, Crews leads the firm’s data analytics practice and big data strategy. Leveraging an extensive background focused on the intersection of technology, business, and the law, Crews’s team of lawyers, analysts, statisticians, and data scientists work with clients and case teams to harness the power of data to build superior legal strategies and improve legal outcomes. This team also advises the firm and its clients on the development, implementation, and use of analytic models, machine learning, and algorithm-driven technologies (often called AI), and using data visualization/data storytelling to enable insight, drive understanding, and extract value. Crews has lectured and published extensively on the topics of eDiscovery, information governance, big data, analytics, and artificial intelligence. He is particularly well known for bringing cutting-edge solutions to the most difficult problems faced by clients, holding a patent for some of his work.


Maureen Dry-WassonMaureen Dry-Wasson, Esq.

Vice president—group general counsel and global privacy officer, Allegis Group

Dry-Wasson is senior in-house counsel and a trusted advisor to corporate executives on complex business issues, with experience in both the manufacturing and service industries. She is an energetic leader who thrives in a fast-paced environment, with a drive for execution and results while achieving desired business outcomes. Dry-Wasson has broad experience providing counsel on a wide range of substantive areas of the law, including employment, privacy, employee benefits/ERISA, contracts drafting and negotiation, litigation management, corporate, and mergers and acquisitions. She established the Allegis Group Global Privacy Office and provides leadership for compliance with privacy regulations worldwide across multiple, unique operating businesses.


Stephen C. DwyerStephen C. Dwyer, Esq.

Senior vice president, and chief legal and operating officer, American Staffing Association

Dwyer is senior vice president and chief legal and operating officer for the American Staffing Association. He is a leading authority on the legal and public policy aspects of staffing, and engages in and coordinates the association’s legal and public affairs activities and advises the staffing industry on labor and employment law and policy issues. He has testified before legislatures and regulatory bodies regarding, and written extensively and spoken widely on, the staffing industry. Before joining ASA, he was associated with the New York multinational law firm Chadbourne & Parke, as well as De Forest & Duer, a 100-year-old Wall Street firm. Dwyer is a member of the New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, and District of Columbia bar associations.


Jim EsseyJim Essey, CSP

President and CEO, The TemPositions Group of Cos.

Essey is president and chief executive officer of the TemPositions Group of Cos., which operates in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and California. He served five terms as president of the ASA-affiliated New York chapter. Essey was elected ASA chairman in 2004—exactly 30 years after his father, Dick, served in the same role—and has chaired the chapter relations, member education and certification, political action, and industry practices committees. He currently chairs the legal and legislative committee and the public policy advocacy taskforce. Essey received his bachelor of arts degree from Trinity College and master of business administration degree from Harvard University.


Jill HulsizerJill Hulsizer, Esq.

General Counsel, AB Staffing Solutions LLC

Hulsizer joined AB Staffing Solutions LLC in 2017 as its general counsel. AB Staffing was founded in 2002 and focuses on health care staffing, placing travel nurses and locum tenens nationwide. Hulsizer oversees all legal activities and policies, corporate governance, risk minimization and mitigation, contract administration, and regulatory and legal compliance for the company. She has worked extensively in matters involving labor and employment law and manages all outside counsel relationships. She regularly partners with the executive leadership team and advises the company on new legal developments and potential impacts on the company.


Mike JonesMike Jones, Esq.

Chief privacy officer, Randstad

Jones is a privacy lawyer with more than a decade of in-house experience. He joined Randstad North America Inc. as its first chief privacy officer in 2017, managing privacy and data security compliance and strategy across Randstad’s brands—including Randstad’s staffing and HR services, job board monster.com, and outplacement service RiseSmart. In his adventures in data, he has dealt with criminal hackers, demanding marketers, inquisitive regulators, and unhappy candidates.


Jason B. KlimplJason B. Klimpl, Esq.

Partner, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Klimpl is a partner in the employment law group of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP. In this capacity, he advises clients on a broad range of employment law matters, such as wage and hour compliance, health care, equal opportunity actions and policies, employment agreements and restrictive covenants, independent contractor and consulting issues, reductions in force, technology and privacy concerns, and other human resource counseling. He is also the general counsel of the New York Staffing Association, an ASA-affiliated chapter, and is heavily involved in legal and legislative efforts to support the staffing industry. He has written numerous employment law articles and is a contributing faculty member of both Lawline and the National Academy of Continuing Legal Education. Klimpl also is a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce speakers bureau and help desk. He was awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s “preeminent” peer review rating, was named 2013–2020 New York Super Lawyer (Rising Star), and won the “Rising Star Attorney” category in New York Enterprise Report’s Best Attorneys and Accountants list.


Helen L. KonradHelen L. Konrad, Esq.

Director, immigration and practice group, McCandlish Holton PC

Konrad is director in the immigration practice group of the law firm McCandlish Holton PC, where she concentrates on work site compliance; defending employers in U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Special Counsel, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations; and employment-based and professional immigration. She has worked directly with the staffing industry for nearly 20 years and has shared her extensive expertise with staffing professionals at Staffing World®, through American Staffing Association webinars, and at past ASA Staffing Law Conferences. Konrad has regularly been recognized as one of the best immigration lawyers in America and she is consistently one of the highest-rated speakers at ASA events.


Edward A. LenzEdward A. Lenz, Esq.

Senior counsel, American Staffing Association

Lenz is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the legal and policy aspects of staffing. He joined the American Staffing Association in 1989 as the association’s first general counsel and later, as senior vice president for legal and public affairs, was the industry’s chief legal and legislative strategist. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, Lenz has led the industry’s advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration regarding how the ACA uniquely affects staffing companies. Before joining ASA, he was vice president and assistant general counsel for regulatory affairs with Kelly Services and chairman of the ASA legislative committee. In addition to his ongoing leadership role with ASA, Lenz also serves as senior adviser for employment, labor, and benefits to the law firm Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.


Toby MalaraToby Malara, Esq.

Government affairs counsel, American Staffing Association

Malara is government affairs counsel for the American Staffing Association. He advises on all staffing-related legislation and regulation, including the Affordable Care Act, immigration/I-9, paid sick leave, sales tax, and per diem issues. He also directs the association’s political activities through its political action committee, StaffingPAC. Malara graduated from Georgetown University and earned a juris doctorate degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.


Agape OgbondaAgape Ogbonda, Esq.

Legal counsel, Airswift

Ogbonda is legal counsel, Americas, for Airswift, where he provides legal services to the company’s operations across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America since joining in December 2019. With almost a decade of experience in the staffing industry starting out on the sales side, he now advises on a range of issues from labor and employment, corporate governance, compliance, litigation management, and contracts.


Brandon C. RománBrandon C. Román, Esq.

Senior associate, Squire Patton Boggs

Román advises a wide array of domestic and international clients, including banks, nonbank financial institutions, financial market utilities, trade associations, and multinational corporations, on a variety of financial services and tax issues. He assists clients in developing comprehensive strategies to further their legislative and regulatory interests before Congress, relevant congressional committees, and various regulatory agencies. He also assists various nonprofit organizations with their corporate formation, including assistance with obtaining tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service and state-level tax regulators, as well as advises nonprofit organizations on corporate governance and compliance issues. Román is a member of the advisory committee of the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation, which promotes the role of public service and pro-bono work in the practice of law and the development of public policy.


Brittany SakataBrittany Sakata, Esq.

Associate general counsel, American Staffing Association

Sakata is an experienced labor and employment attorney with more than 10 years of experience litigating matters on behalf of individuals and employers. She advises American Staffing Association members on labor and employment law and policy issues, including equal employment opportunity, wage and hour, immigration/I-9, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and National Labor Relations Board issues. Sakata graduated from George Mason University and earned a juris doctorate degree from the Washington College of Law at American University.


Robert ThompsonRobert Thompson

President, World Wide Specialty Programs

Thompson is a president at World Wide Specialty Programs with 22 years of staffing industry experience. He started as a principal in a firm focused on market research and analysis of the staffing industry, and World Wide and American International Group were two of his many insurance clients. Thompson sold his company in 2007 and joined World Wide to run its new business, broker development, and workers’ compensation divisions. He is a skilled manager with experience in marketing, research, analysis, sales, customer and broker relations, underwriting, loss control, and co-authoring a staffing industry risk management manual. Thompson is from New York and has four grown children.


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