Alexander is a language strategist at maslansky + partners, a New York City-based language strategy firm. She joined maslansky + partners in January 2016. Prior to joining the team, she worked as a journalist at Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, where she fostered an appreciation for the power of clear language and a compelling story. She brings that perspective to her work in language strategy, solving communications challenges across industries—including financial services, energy, and pharmaceuticals. Alexander graduated from Emory University with degrees in journalism and English literature.
Alfaro is the group vice president responsible for Adecco Group North America’s IT and business transformation initiatives. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in enabling business performance through people and technology foundations, Alfaro drives strategy, planning, and execution across Adecco Group’s professional and general staffing businesses. His professional background includes business and IT strategy, operations leadership, and global technology management roles. Alfaro is a U.S. Navy veteran.
Threase Baker, TSC, CSP
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, an ASA-affiliated chapter, and is on the board of the American Staffing Association.
Bell is chief operating officer at People 2.O. In this role, she oversees IT, leads the process of developing the People 2.O software product as well as software implementation, and supervises HR activities. Since joining the company in 2004, Bell has brought specialized expertise in staffing back-office support, including training, operations compliance, and project planning, helping People 2.O clients grow exponentially each year. Prior to joining People 2.O, she spent more than 10 years in computer hardware manufacturing and seven years as vice president of training and operations for a national, commercial staffing company.
Bleibtreu is chief marketing officer for both On Assignment Inc., a leading global provider of in-demand, skilled professionals in the creative, interactive, technology, health care, and life sciences sectors; and Creative Circle, a specialized staffing agency that connects innovative advertising, marketing, creative, digital, and interactive professionals with companies seeking talent on a full-time or freelance basis. Bleibtreu has also been a television executive (supporting the launch of the WB network and its shows) and is an award-winning commercial director and documentarian. He co-founded Gas Station TV, the largest digital signage network in North America. He has also received numerous creative awards from Emmys to Addys. Bleibtreu is a thought leader in the current digital marketing age as a result of his career as a creative director, a senior marketing executive, and a media expert.
Bradley Block, CSP
Block is the vice president and principal of the Staffing-the-Universe Family of Cos., including Rotator, Industrial, Medical, and Block Staffing Services. He is responsible for overseeing all operations within the organization. In addition, Block is former president of the board of directors for the New York Staffing Association, where he is still very active. He volunteers time toward many industry and personal causes, including national policy councils and various committees at the American Staffing Association.
A 20-year veteran of the staffing industry, Bowling is the founder and former chief executive officer of Dallas-based firm the Delta Cos. He now sits on the board of directors for TDC and spends time consulting with and investing in service-based, business-to-business companies. TDC has three brands providing physicians, therapists, and other allied professionals to health care facilities throughout the nation, on both a contract and direct hire basis. Bowling has created an impressive culture at the Delta Cos., which has received several “Best Places to Work” awards during his tenure. Bowling serves on the American Staffing Association board of directors and is chairman of the association’s operational excellence committee.
Bradford is senior director in IT for Kelly Services Inc. and has more than 18 years of experience in the staffing industry, spanning multifaceted applications and system integrations. Bradford contributes to the development of internally built and purchased, internet-based solutions. Her expertise lies in management of large projects, connecting the business requirements and designing automated technology solutions that complement business operations. She is responsible for managing global teams and relationships with suppliers, and often serves as an interpreter of business requirements and technology solutions. Bradford is past chairman of the ASA member education and certification committee.
Burgess is the chief executive officer of Shiftgig, a mobile platform that connects businesses with reliable, high-quality workers on demand. In this role he oversees Shiftgig’s product and technology roadmap, sales and support process, operating practices, and much more to ensure the needs of the enterprise is met today and beyond. Prior to joining Shiftgig, Burgess was the vice president of Talent Solutions at LinkedIn, where he grew and led the Talent Solutions sales team and support organizations globally. His personal mission is to help people live better lives, and his role as CEO of Shiftgig allows him to do this for the gig economy and hourly worker. His career has predominantly been about bringing technology innovations to the business community. Burgess is focused not on a particular technology or tool, but on improving the way business is done through the combination of people, process, and technology.
Daniel Campbell, CSP
Campbell is founder and executive chairman of Hire Dynamics, which provides staffing services through its 15 offices in Georgia, Nevada, and North Carolina. He previously served as chief executive officer of Hire Dynamics. Before joining Hire Dynamics, Campbell was CEO of a Los Angeles-based staffing company. He has also been director of business planning for AHL Services and an investment banker for PwC.
Jim Carchidi, CSP
Carchidi is chief executive officer of JFC Staffing Cos., a recipient of the Central Penn Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award, a 2015 finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year, and most recently nominated for the Lancaster Chamber's 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Committed to giving back, he serves on the board for Harrisburg Academy, the Employment Skills Center, and Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation.
Lisa M. Cooney
Cooney, regional president, oversees the South Central region for Employbridge. She brings more than 29 years of career experience in the staffing industry to the organization. Her career in the staffing world began in 1988 when she joined a small national staffing organization that later became Spherion. Cooney held numerous field leadership positions during her 16-year tenure at Spherion. She held the position of group vice president until she joined another private staffing company in 2005 as regional vice president. Cooney graduated with a bachelor of arts from the University of South Florida. She lives in Austin, TX, with her husband.
Davey is director of manufacturing services at MAU Workforce Solutions. He joined MAU in 2002 as a production manager in the outsourcing division, where he managed two fuel injector assembly lines for an automotive tier one supplier. In the past 15 years, he has held positions of additional responsibility as a contracts manager, operations manager, and regional manager. Davey holds PHR, SHRM-CP, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certifications, and is a graduate of the Bosch and BMW Value-Add Production Systems. He also serves on the board of directors for the Greenville Tech Foundation.
Delaski is vice president and chief information officer for the TemPositions Group of Cos., one of the nation’s largest regional staffing firms. He has more than 30 years of experience in information technology, with the last 15 years spent in the staffing industry. At TemPositions, Delaski focuses on leveraging the company’s cutting-edge technology and emphasizing business process automation to increase overall business efficiency. In 2010, Delaski was awarded a prestigious CIO 100 Award from CIO Magazine. He serves on the ASA education and certification committee and regularly hosts webinars for the association on technology issues pertinent to the staffing industry.
Brian Delle Donne
Delle Donne has been a leading force in driving innovation through his career in operating roles in the industry. After serving as chief operating officer at both large public and privately held IT staffing, engineering, and HR solutions firms, he has amassed a wealth of insight into effectively applying innovation. One of the original founders of Talent Tech Labs, Delle Donne stepped in to head up this unique entity, which is focused on promoting technological developments in the field of talent acquisition. At Talent Tech Labs, Delle Donne and his team identify and assist emerging companies with breakthrough ideas to gain commercialization and scale. He has guided the company in being both a unique accelerator and the leading authority on emerging technology addressing talent acquisition.
Dietrich is a principal owner of TOPS Staffing LLC, AllTek Staffing and Resource Group Inc., e-Staff Consulting Group, AccountStaff Inc., Sterling Office Professionals, and TVS Inc. She began the western chapter of the Pennsylvania Staffing Association, an ASA-affiliated chapter, and served as its president for three years. Dietrich also has served on the American Staffing Association chapter leadership council and the chapter past presidents committee. She currently serves as chairman of ASA.
Stephen C. Dwyer, Esq.
Dwyer is general counsel for the American Staffing Association and a leading authority on the legal and public policy aspects of staffing. He 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.
Ebeling and his technology-driven solutions are the epitome of innovation and creativity. His organization’s first project was an ocular tracking device, called the EyeWriter, which enables individuals with paralysis to communicate and create art using only the movement of their eyes. Time magazine called it one of the “50 Best Inventions of 2010.” Ebeling aims to expand human possibilities and potential through technology. In his book, Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn't Be Done, he recounts his life experiences, the EyeWriter project, and Project Daniel—which took Ebeling to Sudan to 3D-print prosthetic limbs and fit them for children of the war-torn region. At Staffing World, Ebeling will share his unique mindset and forward-thinking strategies that can help you and your company tackle any challenge.
Tom Erb, CSP
Erb is president of Tallann Resources, a consulting firm specializing in the staffing and recruiting industry. With a career spanning more than 20 years, he has established himself as one of the staffing and recruiting industry’s top subject matter experts. As a consultant, trainer, and speaker to the staffing and recruiting industry, Erb has helped hundreds of firms create and execute sales and recruiting strategies to grow their business and help optimize their workforce strategy. He entered the staffing industry as a recruiter with Olsten Staffing Services, where he quickly rose through the ranks to the position of area director, followed by a 10-year career with Spherion, one of the largest staffing companies in the U.S. He left Spherion in early 2010 to form Tallann Resources. He is a past president of the Ohio Staffing and Search Association.
Jim Essey, CSP
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, and serves on the ASA board of directors. Essey received his bachelor of arts degree from Trinity College and master of business administration degree from Harvard University.
Farr is a director at maslansky + partners, a language strategy firm based in New York City. She joined the company in 2014 and has helped Fortune 500 companies, industry associations, and nonprofit organizations understand and embrace their audience’s truth and develop messaging strategies to communicate more effectively. maslansky + partners uses a research and data-driven approach to help clients simplify the complex, build credibility amidst controversy, stand out from the crowd, and always speak in the language of their audience. Prior to m+p, Farr worked at Omnicom media agency OMD as a strategic media planner, with a focus on content marketing and native advertising. She graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University, with dual bachelor of arts degrees in English and art history.
Gimbel is the founder and chief executive officer of LaSalle Network. Founded in 1998, LaSalle Network is a professional staffing and recruiting firm head quartered in Chicago. LaSalle is a 10-time Inc. 5000 company and on Glassdoor's Best Places to Work list. Gimbel was honored on the Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40, and was inducted in the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Gimbel serves on the board of directors of Ounce of Prevention, and is an active member in the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Economic Club of Chicago. He also currently serves on the ASA board of directors.
Aaron Green, CSP
Green is the founder and chief executive officer of Professional Staffing Group and PSG Global Solutions. One of Boston's largest staffing firms, Professional Staffing Group provides clients with office support, creative, technical, and financial staff. Green founded PSG Global Solutions, based in the Philippines, as a way to provide the benefits of offshore outsourcing to staffing firms of any size. Green is past president of the Massachusetts Staffing Association, an ASA-affiliated chapter, and is its industry legislative representative. He previously served as an officer on the ASA board of directors.
Gregg is chief executive officer of Inavero, a leading provider of client and employee surveys for the staffing industry and an ASA satisfaction survey partner. As an ASA research partner, Inavero conducts the association’s annual membership survey, ASA Sector Benchmarking Survey, quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey, and weekly Staffing Index survey, and co-produces its quarterly State of the Industry webinar series. The creator of the Best of Staffing list, Gregg is an expert on client retention in the staffing industry. He has spoken at many industry events and published numerous articles on the subject.
Gudas launched 24 Seven in 2000 after working 15 years in the fashion and retail industry. The company began as a creative talent provider for fashion companies. Now operating from 12 U.S. and two international locations, today's 24 Seven is a strategic talent management partner to the most prominent companies and exciting new entrants in the fashion, retail, beauty, marketing, advertising, digital, and creative sectors globally. Gudas and 24 Seven have been recognized by industry organizations and media. Recent distinctions include being recognized by Glassdoor for International Women’s Day–Spotlight on Women CEOs and being named the eighth largest woman-owned business by Crain’s NY Business 2016. She is an active member of the Women Presidents' Organization—both platinum and zenith chapters. In addition, Gudas is a passionate advocate for expanding overall workplace diversity, and is a sought-after speaker and active member in organizations spearheading diversity initiatives, such as the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund, Enterprising Women, The Committee of 200, Cosmetic Executive Women Inc., The Fashion Group International, Institute for Supply Management, Society for Human Resource Management, Human Resource Association of New York, and the American Apparel & Footwear Association.
Hamblet serves as the chief operating officer of the Glass Family of Cos., a group of companies supporting the energy, financial, industrial, and agricultural sectors. In his current role, Hamblet is responsible for the growth and profitability of the companies’ global operations, which include offices in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Singapore, and Romania. He has been integrally involved in the companies’ transition to a model more heavily focused on managed service provider (MSP) growth, including the development and reliance on a recruiting and back-office support center in Bucharest, Romania. He began his career in the petrochemical construction industry, where he worked his way from welder to the executive suite, in an operations role. A connection to David Glass, president of the Glass Family of Cos., brought him to the staffing industry a little more than five years ago. His first-hand understanding of client needs and process improvement approach to problem solving have proven valuable in building a sustainable model of profitable delivery in a challenging market.
Hammond joined Randstad in 2013 and is currently executive vice president of the bicoastal/mid-state zone in Randstad's in-house services division. Prior to Randstad, he spent five years working for Benefit Express, an HR technology start-up where he held both operational and sales leadership positions. Hammond began his career at Motorola in 1997, spending 11 years in roles ranging from engineering, program management, and technology/business incubation. He holds a master of business administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, as well as bachelor of science degrees in both manufacturing engineering and applied science from Miami University.
Amy Harper, Ph.D.
Harper is director for workplace safety initiatives at the National Safety Council. In her role, she is responsible for the council's strategic planning for workplace safety and the execution of its first advocacy initiative—the Journey to Safety Excellence campaign. She has been employed in the field of safety and health for 20 years, having worked primarily in the insurance industry. Harper’s experience varies from consulting with Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses, to product development, marketing, and executive-level management. She holds master's and doctorate degrees in social and organizational psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia.
Harris is co-founder and chief executive officer of ettain group, an information technology, health care IT, and digital creative talent solutions company with offices in North Carolina; Virginia; Washington, DC; Minnesota; Tennessee; and Texas. He co-founded the National Staffing Alliance and the IT Staffing Executive Roundtable. Harris also is a board member of IT-oLogy, a community organization devoted to influencing and promoting IT-related education. Harris currently serves on the American Staffing Association board of directors.
Hartman has more than 23 years of experience with Allegis Group, a global leader in talent solutions, where he leads a team focused on strategy and enterprise-wide initiatives. In his role as global development officer, Hartman is responsible for driving the company’s strategic investments, stewarding the Allegis Group brand, as well as ensuring the company’s continuous growth and responsiveness to marketplace trends and innovations. He has held a number of global leadership roles across Allegis Group’s network of specialized companies, during which he built new business units and drove key acquisitions, market acceleration, and leadership succession plans for long-term success. Hartman currently serves on the American Staffing Association board of directors.
Healy is vice president and chairman of the corporate members committee of the World Employment Confederation (formerly Ciett). He is also a vice president and managing director for Kelly Services Inc., where he is responsible for integrating data analytics with strategic workforce planning and supply chain principles to drive proactive management of workforce strategies across directly hired and outsourced labor categories. He consults with clients in the design and delivery of workforce solutions. Healy is a frequent presenter on topics such as workforce strategy, offshore market considerations, workforce analytics, and workforce management technology. In 2013, he was named to Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s annual Pros to Know list. Healy currently serves on the board of directors for WEC, and is a member of the Gartner Executive Supply Chain Leadership Council and the Duke University Center for International Business Education and Research.
Seiki “Stan” Hirota
Hirota is chairman of the board of directors for UHS Partners Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Mitsui, which invests in health care staffing and other human capital solutions to optimize health care facilities’ workforces. He is also executive chairman of the Delta Cos., and recently became chairman of Accountable Healthcare Staffing, both of which are wholly owned companies of UHS. The Delta Cos. was named to the Best Places to Work list by Dallas Morning News, and was recognized with Best of Staffing Awards for four consecutive years, affirming Hirota’s belief that employee engagement and customer service are key to success in business.
Hodes is president and founder of CMI. He is dedicated to helping companies grow—with a focus on developing work teams, business leaders, and executives into powerful performers. As a business strategy consultant and a former psychotherapist, he brings a diverse blend of skills and education to his work. He has coached and planned with numerous companies that have experienced real tangible revenue growth. Hodes has also facilitated team building retreats for employees of the Chicago Public School System, and other not-for-profit organizations. He developed a methodology, called Breakthrough Strategic Business Planning. Hodes is a prolific writer—his writing often appears in Textile Rentals magazine and on the Strategy Driven blog. His book, Front Line Heroes: Battling the Business Tsunami by Developing Performance Oriented Cultures, was published in February of 2012.
Jenkins, chief diversity and inclusion officer, is responsible for working with Randstad’s U.S. operating companies to further diversity strategies both internally and externally to elevate the diversity mission for our customers and Randstad overall. In this role, Jenkins provides clients across the organization with guidance for effective strategies in diversity, inclusion, and compliance. Her team includes experts in U.S. equal employment opportunity, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and global diversity-related regulations, and provides diversity and compliance planning, audit and risk assessment services, training, formal governance practices, and regulatory updates to keep clients informed on the requirements that impact their recruiting strategies. With more than 20 years of human resources, diversity, and compliance experience, Jenkins was instrumental in developing Randstad’s shared services offerings, and has advanced expertise across multiple industries. She also helps run Randstad’s Hire Hope program, designed by Randstad to provide career readiness training and job placement services to underserved and at-risk women, which includes survivors of exploitation and trafficking.
Jason B. Klimpl, Esq.
Klimpl is a partner in Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP’s employment law and staffing practices and associate general counsel to the New York Staffing Association. He advises clients on a broad range of employment matters, such as wage and hour compliance, equal opportunity actions and policies, employment agreements, restrictive covenants, health care reform implementation, independent contractor issues, workforce reduction, technology and private concerns, and human resource and compliance counseling. Klimpl is a frequent speaker and author of HR topics and has been selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers list from 2013 to 2016.
Helen Konrad, Esq.
Konrad is a director in the immigration practice group of the law firm McCandlish Holton PC, where she concentrates on work site compliance; defending employers in Department of Labor, Office of Special Counsel, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations (including questions relating to Form I-9 and E-Verify); as well as employment-based and professional immigration. She has worked directly with the staffing industry for more than 19 years and has shared her extensive expertise with staffing professionals at Staffing World®, through ASA webinars, and at past ASA Staffing Law Conferences. Konrad has regularly been recognized as one of the best immigration lawyers in America.
Kosnik is a certified organizational development adviser to the staffing industry and president of Visus Group. For more than twenty years, he has developed and facilitated peer growth strategy roundtables for presidents, owners, chief executive officers, and chief financial officers of staffing firms. Kosnik advises staffing firms in every sector of the staffing industry on topics such as business strategies, mergers and acquisitions, increasing gross margins, sales enhancements, compensation design, and other organizational development variables. From the sales side, Visus Group is certified with Miller Heiman and brings state-of-the-art sales methodologies, tools, and research to his clients. From the leadership development side, Kosnik is certified with the Center for Creative Leadership and brings leadership development tools and enhancements to his clients.
As president of EQC Talent Sourcing Experts, LaDouceur challenges our fundamental assumptions about information gathering. Previously with Heidrick & Struggles, she now heads a global talent sourcing firm and is a speaker and trainer on best practices in sourcing and recruiting the most qualified talent—not the most easily findable. She has empowered talent acquisition and sourcing teams at multiple multinational corporations and recruitment process outsourcing providers, and at many conferences and recruiting summits around the world.
Cynthia Larose, Esq.
Larose is a certified information privacy professional and chair of the privacy and security practice of Mintz Levin, an Am Law 100 firm. Larose has extensive experience in privacy, data security, and information management matters, including state, federal, and international laws and regulations on the use of transfer of information, data security breach compliance and incident response, and data breach incident response planning. She has authored legal articles for Staffing Success magazine, published by the American Staffing Association for its members, and is the editor of Mintz Levin’s Privacy and Security Matters blog, privacyandsecuritymatters.com.
Leentjes is currently vice president of the World Employment Confederation and vice president of external affairs at ManpowerGroup. He joined ManpowerGroup in 2005 as country manager for the Netherlands before heading the group’s operations for the EMEA region that included Austria, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. In 2011, he joined ManpowerGroup’s executive management team and served as executive vice president and president of Northern Europe until 2016, where he had a large share of responsibility for executing the company’s strategic direction and ongoing operations. Since 1989 and over the course of his career, Leentjes has held several management positions in the employment industry. He also served as a board member of the Dutch Federation of Private Employment Agencies for a mandate of five years. Leentjes studied sociology and business administration at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and is a member of the board of the Amsterdam Diner foundation that contributes to the fight against AIDS/HIV.
Lejeune is a keynote speaker, facilitator, executive coach, and author. He helps organizations select, engage, and empower top-tier talent and minimize turnover through proven retention strategies. Lejeune has more than 25 years of experience in building award-winning teams. As the former chief executive officer of a leading recruiting firm, he understands the challenges of finding great people, and the pain and devastation of losing an individual who is key to the organization. Lejeune spent more than 20 years in the middle lane between top talent and the organization, giving him insight into the challenges and success secrets for securing great talent once they are hired. Lejeune is the author of the blog Simple Leadership, and is the co-author of the book A Father’s Love—The Generational Bridge That Changes Hearts Forever.
Lescallett is assistant regional administrator for enforcement programs for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He began his career with OSHA in 2001 as an industrial hygienist in the Toledo area. He also served as an assistant area director while in the Toledo office. Lescallett spent more than five years working in OSHA’s national office in Washington, DC. While in DC, he worked for the directorate of science, technology, and medicine and the directorate of enforcement programs. In 2012, Lescallett was selected to be the assistant regional administrator for enforcement programs for Region V, which covers Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Prior to working for OSHA, Lescallett worked for five years in chemical processing and consulting. He holds a bachelor of science in environmental and hazardous materials management and a master of science in environmental management from the University of Findlay as well as a master of science in occupational health from the Medical College of Ohio.
Jason Leverant, TSC, CSP, CSC, CHP
Leverant is president and chief operating officer of AtWork Group, a Knoxville, TN-based franchisor of staffing services. He is responsible for the management, growth, and administration of the AtWork brands throughout the country. Leverant is an active volunteer with the American Staffing Association; worked with the organization to create the ASA Affordable Care Act Cost Calculator for Staffing; helped rejuvenate the Tennessee Staffing Association, an ASA-affiliated chapter; and is also a board member for Jobs for Tennessee Graduates.
Mark Lies, Esq.
Lies is a labor and employment attorney and partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He specializes in occupational safety and health law and related employment law and personal injury. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1968 and DePaul University School of Law in 1974. Lies was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy and is a Vietnam veteran.
Linkner is an authority on fostering creativity, entrepreneurship, and disruptive innovation. An avid venture capitalist and mentor, Linkner has invested in more than 100 start-ups and twice has been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. At Staffing World, Linkner will present a fascinating look at the risks staffing companies face when they rely on the past to determine the future. He’ll also discuss valuable tools and techniques for fostering innovation, creativity, and disruption within your organization.
Loose has worked for MAU Workforce Solutions since 2006 supporting both human resources (HR) and operations functions. He is a certified safety professional (CSP) and professional in human resources (PHR) with a background rooted in manufacturing, HR, and health care management. A 1998 graduate of Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, Loose now calls North Augusta, SC, home, where he lives with his wife and two kids. He is an active member of the Augusta, GA, chapters of American Society of Safety Engineers and Society of Human Resources Management.
Lubarsky joined Huxley, Specialist Staffing Group’s finance brand, as a recruiter in 2008. She excelled at creating trusted partnerships with her clients, and as a result, in 2011 she was promoted to client relationship manager, managing several key clients including a portfolio of managed service provider (MSP) programs. In 2016, Lubarsky pioneered an initiative to align operations with the company’s MSP partners and develop a dedicated MSP client services function, covering all six of Specialist Staffing Group’s brands across North America. Promoted to senior director in 2015, she currently heads up the company’s MSP client services and manages the account management team. Throughout her nine years with the company, she has been a committed and passionate advocate of Specialist Staffing Group’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Most recently, she spearheaded a series of discovery sessions that seek to share experiences and offer a networking opportunity for future female leaders.
Mary Lucas, CSP
Lucas is an author, speaker, and people connector with more than 30 years of experience working in the staffing industry. As chief talent officer for Supplemental Health Care, Lucas and her team focus on creating solutions that enhance the talent experience and deliver efficiencies to the organization in the areas of both talent acquisition and retention. She has coached individuals at all organizational levels to successfully reach goals, enhance working relationships, improve employee retention, and elevate team performance. In 2006, she published Lunchmeat & Life Lessons, a motivational memoir and tribute to her father on how to bring out the best in yourself and others. She is certified as both an executive coach and Situational Leadership (SLII) facilitator.
Lori Malett, CSC
Malett is the president of Hatch Staffing Services, a boutique staffing firm headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. She has spent the past 22 years carving out strong client relationships and building a strong team of customer driven, talented recruiters. Malett was recognized by Milwaukee Business Journal as a "40 under 40” winner. During her time as president of Hatch, she has built a strong team of internal staff members with innovative and everchanging training programs for all staff at all levels. In the past two years, Malett and her team have not lost an internal team member, largely due to constantly changing their training to adapt to the changing needs of employees today. A graduate of Marquette University, she served as the president of the Marquette University College of Business Alumni Association. Malett is the current president of the Wisconsin Association of Staffing Services, serves on Marquette University’s human resources advisory board for the College of Business Administration, and serves as a board member on the Jesuit Partnership Council.
Mariduena is a dynamic business strategist who leverages her expertise in marketing, relationship management, and corporate diversity to assist organizations in converting business challenges into opportunities. She is the founder and president of StarMar Consulting LLC.
Mathis serves as the lead search consultant on Nonprofit HR’s search engagements and brings more than 12 years of experience in executive search recruitment to the company. She is a talented, results-driven international staffing and recruitment professional with expertise in directing the creation of marketing tools and steering the execution of recruitment marketing programs. Prior to joining Nonprofit HR, Mathis was a principal of a professional services firm, where she supported small to large corporations including government agencies and nonprofits. She demonstrates solid strategic leadership skills and an ability to build and guide top-performing recruiting and training initiatives. Mathis has worked with federal government and international development agencies and foundations and other nonprofits such as USAID, Department of State, Share Our Strength (No Kid Hungry), Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Administration, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, OXFAM, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and many others.
Mayer is chairman and chief executive officer of QPS Employment Group Inc. He founded the firm in 1985 in his parents' basement with only $5,000. Under his leadership, QPS has grown from one office and two employees to nearly 50 offices in five states in the Midwest, with a staff of more than 300 internal employees. QPS works with more than 6,000 temporary employees on a weekly basis and is the largest independently owned staffing firm in Wisconsin and Iowa. Mayer also owns Brass Alley, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant, and Evolution Milwaukee, a premier ping-pong nightclub located in downtown Milwaukee. He is past president of the Wisconsin Association of Staffing Services and serves on the boards of Wisconsin Lutheran College and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.
Kelly McCreight, CSP
McCreight is the chief executive officer of Hamilton-Ryker, which provides commercial and IT staffing, IT managed solutions, and vendor management system (VMS) and managed service provider (MSP) services across the Southeast. McCreight began his career with Hamilton-Ryker in 1993 as a staffing coordinator. Over his more than 20 years with the firm, he has worked as a vendor-on-premise, branch manager, business development manager, and controller; he became president and CEO of Hamilton-Ryker in 2009. McCreight is also a past president of the Tennessee Staffing Association and the current treasurer of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce. He is first vice chairman of the ASA board of directors.
Tammy McCutchen, Esq.
McCutchen serves as vice president and managing director, strategic solutions, for ComplianceHR, where she provides strategic direction for the company and manages development of compliance applications designed to assist employers in making key employment decisions. She also is a principal in Littler Mendelson’s Washington, DC, office, and is a leading authority on federal and state wage and hour laws. McCutchen served as administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour division from 2001 to 2004. She was the primary architect of the 2004 revisions to the overtime exemption regulations, and represented the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in obtaining the preliminary injunction of the 2016 overtime rule. McCutchen is a member of the Labor Relations Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Legal Advisory Board of the National Federation of Independent Business, and the Editorial Advisory Board of Law360. She is a graduate of Western Illinois University and Northwestern University School of Law, and clerked for Judge Daniel A. Manion on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Brad Middleton, CSP
Middleton is the director, recruiting, of Columbus, OH-based Portfolio Creative, a niche staffing and recruiting firm focused on the marketing, advertising, design, and digital fields. The firm is a certified woman-owned business, has appeared on Inc. magazine’s list of America’s fastest-growing companies, and has been named Best Temporary Staffing Agency by Columbus CEO magazine. Prior to joining Portfolio Creative, Middleton's recruiting and management experience spanned both third party and internal corporate talent acquisition, mainly in the technology industry. He currently serves as an ASA section council leader for the engineering, IT, and scientific section, and also volunteers as a mentor for the Overwatch Partnership, a Columbus-based nonprofit organization that provides mentoring and career development support to the veteran community.
After several years working in the London ad industry, Mildenhall spent a summer at Harvard Business School on the advanced management program—an experience that was the turning point in his professional trajectory. In 2006, Mildenhall joined the Coca-Cola Co. as vice president of global advertising strategy and creative and introduced “Open Happiness,” an initiative that helped contribute to the most profitable growth period at Coke in 20 years. Mildenhall joined Airbnb in 2014 and says he has never worked harder, never worked smarter, and never felt more creative in his life.
John K. Morrison, CSP
Morrison joined Elwood Staffing through an acquisition in 2013, bringing with him more than 20 years of staffing and senior leadership experience, including previously serving in the roles of general counsel, corporate secretary, vice president, and senior vice president. In his current role as senior vice president and legal counsel, he oversees the human resources, risk management, safety, and unemployment claims departments from a management perspective. He also provides subject matter expertise in various legal activities, oversees the company’s insurance programs, and offers input and support on programs throughout the departments with which he interacts. Morrison serves on the American Staffing Association’s legal and legislative committee.
Murphy is the senior consultant for training and development with Next Level Exchange. He has more than 27 years of training and consulting experience in the areas of leadership, team effectiveness, trust, performance management, productivity, and project management. He spent many years at Franklin Covey, and has worked with and consulted multiple international and national companies.
Murphy is responsible for Cross Country Healthcare's workforce solutions division, where he oversees operations, new business sales, strategic development, and other areas of workforce solutions. In Murphy’s prior role with Cross Country, he served as executive vice president of branch operations and played an integral part in the successful integration of the company’s most recent acquisitions. He has more than 25 years of experience in the health care staffing industry, including working directly with large hospital systems to develop labor optimization strategies designed to deliver maximum ROI to hospitals throughout the U.S.
Nagel, vice president and director of staffing for PMC Insurance’s staffing program, StaffPro, began his insurance and risk management career with the National Counsel on Compensation Insurance in 1979. After three years with NCCI, he became a staffing service franchise owner in the Midwest. He has held various positions within the staffing services industry ranging from franchise owner to regional vice president to chief executive officer and partner. Nagel joined PMC Insurance Group in 2013 to continue to develop insurance and risk management services. National associations and the insurance industry recognize him as a leader in creating effective risk management/ loss control and underwriting guidelines as well as developing profitable insurance programs.
Neff is co-founder and chief financial officer of Hire Dynamics. Hire Dynamics is recognized as a Best of Staffing company by Inavero—achieving an industry-leading net promoter score from both clients and talent for seven years in a row through 2016. Additionally, Hire Dynamics’ employees have voted it as a Best Place to Work in all the cities where it operates. Prior to establishing Hire Dynamics, Neff spent eight years with KPMG as a senior manager within the assurance practice, primarily working with public and private companies in the high-tech industry. He is a certified public accountant (CPA),and a member of both the AICPA and Georgia Society of CPAs. He currently serves on the boards of Junior Achievement of Georgia and 21st Century Leaders, and is a past board member of the Georgia Chamber and its health and wellness committee.
Nicastro began as a teacher in primary education before joining the corporate world as a director of learning and talent development for several companies. She performed that same role, initially, at Advanced Group before becoming the director of operations for Advanced Clinical, a leader in staffing and consulting for the pharmaceutical industry. Outside of work, Nicastro started and continues to lead a Girls on the Run program and she is the proud mom of three daughters.
Obuchowski leads high-profile cybercrime and data breach investigations and provides digital forensics and incidence response services. As an industry leader and expert in his field, Obuchowski and his team provide services and solutions for clients in preparation and in response to matters involving a wide range of information security, privacy assessments, and investigations. His experience includes managing teams responsible for data breach investigations, complex digital forensic collections, network vulnerability, and rapid security assessments. Obuchowski has substantial experience providing testimony at deposition, hearings, and bench and jury trials. As a former supervisory forensic analyst and special U.S. marshal with the Regional Electronic & Computer Crime Task Force, he managed digital-related investigations on all types of media, ensured compliance with accepted computer forensic protocols, and presented testimony for numerous criminal cases related to computer and digital forensics. Obuchowski is a certified information systems security professional, certified information security manager, PCI Security Standards Council LLC qualified security assessor, EnCase certified examiner, and National Security Agency information security professional, among other designations. He is also a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, International Association of Privacy Professionals, High Technology Crime Investigation Association, and High Technology Crime Consortium. He is an adjunct professor at Anna Maria College.
Krisi Rossi O'Donnell
O’Donnell is chief recruiting officer at LaSalle Network, a national staffing, recruiting, and culture firm headquartered in Chicago. She started her career at LaSalle Network 14 years ago as an entry-level office assistant and climbed her way up the ranks. O’Donnell now oversees LaSalle’s entire suburban recruiting practice, as well as the research unit, totaling more than 70 employees. She has helped shape nearly every group in the company, and has single handedly shaped the company’s direct hire recruiting strategy. From strategies for using an applicant tracking system to tips for conducting difficult searches and role-playing difficult conversations, O’Donnell has not only created, but organized many of the processes LaSalle’s recruiters now use every day in order to be successful in their role. Further, she has helped refine LaSalle Network’s internal recruiting process, helping grow the company and hiring an additional 100 employees in the first half of 2017 alone. O’Donnell was honored by Chicago Business Journal on its Women of Influence 2016 list, and has contributed to Training magazine, Workforce magazine, Inc.com, and Fast Company, among others.
Pancamo is an experienced national loss prevention and safety professional. She is a Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO), which is a tribute to her care for others and her passion for safety and health. She serves as area safety manager for Elwood Staffing Services and has a diverse industry background developing innovative, people-focused health, safety, and risk management programs with outstanding, repeatable results. Pancamo is highly effective in identifying risk trends and developing solutions to eliminate, prevent, or reduce risks through loss-control programs, education, and training. She is chairman of the ASA workplace safety committee.
Penn is the founder and president of PECC LLC, an executive coaching and consulting company. She works with senior executives, business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals to create greater alignment between business goals, vision, and profitability. Her practice focuses on working with professionals who are committed to developing innovative, creative, and sustainable solutions in the areas of workforce management, talent acquisition, and retention in a diverse global environment. Penn brings more than 25 years of leadership experience at the executive level. Previously, she held the positions of president, chief service excellence officer, and president of the legal staffing division at Spherion Staffing Services, a $1 billion division of SFN Group. She also spent 10 years in sales, marketing, and executive management positions with IBM Corp. In alignment with her coaching and consulting practice, Penn is currently an adjunct professor at George Washington University in the nursing leadership and management program.
Based on his long-term experience in the field of work and industrial relations, Pennel is a well-respected analyst of the labor market at a European and global level. Work futurist and author of the book The Ego Revolution at Work, he is regularly invited to act as speaker and lecturer for forums, hearings, and conferences. Pennel has been ranked as one of the Top 100 most influential HR professionals at a global level by Staffing Industry Analysts. He was appointed in 2005 as managing director of the World Employment Confederation (formerly Ciett), the global professional association representing the employment industry. In his role, Pennel promotes the interests of the employment sector before international institutions, such as the European Union, the International Labour Organization, the World Bank, and the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development.
Phillips joined Childs Advisory Partners following successful tenures at several global human capital firms. As a director, he manages the company’s Jacksonville, FL, office, focusing on firms in the business services sector. Before joining Childs, Phillips served as the vice president of corporate development for Volt Information Sciences. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as vice president of corporate development for MPS Group. Phillips leverages his three decades of experience acquiring, integrating, and managing high-performing business services and technology companies to provide guidance to services firms.
As director of research for the American Staffing Association, Poole oversees the association’s research and data initiatives, including the weekly ASA Staffing Index, quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey, ASA Skills Gap Index, and ASA Workforce Monitor®. She is a primary author of the annual economic analysis of the staffing industry, the association’s most widely referenced publication. Poole has a master’s degree in business administration and more than 20 years of experience in strategic research and analysis, project management, and financial management in various industries including fast food, newspaper, cable television, electric utilities, government, and staffing.
Poole is executive vice president and chief financial officer of EmployBridge Holding Co. and a certified public accountant. Throughout his career, Poole has served as executive vice president, chief financial officer, secretary, and treasurer of American Studios Inc.; and senior vice president and chief financial officer of Carolina Freight Corp. He brings a wealth of experience in the human resource service sector. He served as managing director and chief financial officer of Randstad North America, and executive vice president, chief financial and accounting officer, and secretary for Career Blazers prior to leading the management acquisition of EmployBridge. Poole graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, with emphasis in accounting.
Rhoades is vice president of marketing at Parker Staffing Services, an office-administrative services firm based out of Seattle, WA. He has spent the entirety of his career in the staffing industry, having started as a technical recruiter shortly after graduating from Marquette University in 1999. In his career, he also worked as a recruiting director, branch manager, and employer branding director, before creating the marketing team at Parker, which, since its creation, has helped to guide Parker to numerous Best Workplaces awards, a Best Staffing Firms to Work For award, a 2015 ASA National Staffing Employee All-Star, and an ASA Genius Award. He is currently the vice chairman of the ASA marketing subcommittee and also serves as a member in the office-administrative section council and the Washington state regional council.
Ring has held a variety of sales-focused roles across multiple industries specializing in a consultative sales approach, providing him a wealth of unique experiences and a deep understanding into multiple industry verticals. He has been a part of Innovative Employee Solutions Inc. since 2013, where he serves as business development manager. He is currently vice chairman for the American Staffing Association social responsibility committee, as well as chairman of the IES Cares program for community outreach. Under his leadership, the IES Cares program donated 800 employee hours in 2016 across six nonprofit organizations with an employee base of only 27 people. Ring was recognized in 2016 as a top Millennial in the staffing industry by Staffing Industry Review magazine.
Ross is president at Advanced Clinical, a full-service, global outsourcing solutions provider of clinical research organization, staffing, full service provider, and consulting services, and serves as a director at large on the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association board of directors. She is a tenured executive leader who has been instrumental in leading the growth, profitability, and overall success of multiple companies. Ross has more than 25 years of clinical research experience, has participated in fund raising and mergers and acquisitions, authored many clinical research articles, and is a well-known industry speaker. She is a change management expert who has successfully led multiple company integrations, implemented a variety of cutting edge technologies and platforms, and served six years as board president for a nonprofit community group.
Ruffini works for Jackson Nurse Professionals as its vice president of sales. He is responsible for managing a team of account managers and business development managers focused on job order generation and overall business development with new and existing clients. Prior to joining Jackson in May of 2017, Ruffini was the national director for direct hire placement with Randstad Professionals. In that role, he helped develop the organization’s direct hire strategy. He also had ownership of organizational training and professional development programs, while serving as a mentor to seasoned and rookie recruiters and managers. Prior to Randstad, Ruffini served as a regional perm director with Ajilon Finance and as a managing director with the Mergis Group. He also co-founded his own professional recruiting and career management firm, Proticon Career Services. Ruffini boasts a tenured career in the recruiting industry, spanning more than two decades. In 2016, he released his first book for sales and recruitment professionals, Money Makers: Proven Ways to Increase Sales and Productivity in the World of Professional Recruiting.
Sacco has been a partner with R.A. Cohen Consulting since 1998. He has been involved with the staffing industry for more than 35 years and is an expert on the sales and operating procedures critical to mergers and acquisitions. During his tenure, Sacco has provided in-depth knowledge of the staffing industry and historical understanding of its development to numerous trade publications and news media. He works with temporary commercial, information technology, and health care staffing firms, as well as with permanent placement firms, to help them maximize their value in the merger and acquisition process. R.A. Cohen has completed more than 155 merger and acquisition transactions in the staffing industry.
Sasser is the chief executive officer of Impacting Leaders, a leadership development and organizational growth firm that specializes in providing consulting, coaching, and training to individual leaders, teams, and organizations. Her enthusiasm for staffing and HR began more than 25 years ago as the small business owner of five Express Personnel Services locations in and around Austin, TX. With more than two decades of experience owning and operating multiple staffing franchised locations as well as serving as the sales and marketing executive for a staffing franchisor, Sasser brings a unique perspective in leadership through the lens of a veteran staffing professional.
Schichtle is a twenty-year veteran of the workforce solutions industry and an executive in industry leading firms such as Kelly Services, Ajilon, and Roth Staffing Cos. His focus throughout his career has been centric to the fee-based solutions of direct hire, professional search, executive search, and recruitment process outsourcing, and he is known for his ability to create, launch, manage, and scale high performing national search practices. In addition, Schichtle has been an active member of ASA and the search and placement policy council for the past eight years, where he has served as vice chairman of the section and has hosted several events such as webinars, town halls, and Staffing World Section Forums.
Schulman has enjoyed an unprecedented career as a first-call drummer for world-class rock and pop artists, including P!nk, Cher, Foreigner, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Destiny’s Child, and Billy Idol. Schulman is also an educator—he has taught at the Los Angeles Music Academy and hosted drum clinics worldwide. He also serves as board chairman for Create Now!, a nonprofit organization that aims to help at-risk children through creative arts mentoring. Schulman has packaged these inspiring experiences to author Conquering Life’s Stage Fright and to arm the audiences he speaks to with three steps, or strategies, that he says are essential to break-through moments—whether in life or in business.
Searns is chief executive officer of Haley Marketing, a content marketing and web design firm that works with more than 1,000 staffing and search firms across four continents. For the past 21 years, Searns and his team have helped staffing firms to stand out from the competition, get past HR, sell higher-margin staffing solutions, improve sales productivity, and nurture relationships with clients and candidates. Haley Marketing offers website design, blogging and social media, email marketing, reputation management, direct mail, and strategic and creative support. Prior to forming Haley Marketing, Searns was director of marketing for an upstate New York temporary staffing and direct placement service.
Sheridan is chief executive officer and president of the Advanced Group, a staffing and outsourcing solutions provider with offices across the U.S. In 1988, Sheridan founded Advanced Resources, and as the firm quickly expanded, he added additional businesses to create the Advanced Group. Today, the Advanced Group includes Advanced Resources, Advanced Clinical, the WunderLand Group, and Advanced RPO. Sheridan earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from St. Michael’s College in Vermont, and completed the executive management program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He has provided leadership to a variety of professional organizations, including TechServe Alliance, the American Staffing Association, and the Young Presidents’ Organization. Sheridan serves on the board of directors and the board of trustees for Cristo Rey Network, and as secretary of the American Staffing Association board of directors.
Siegel is a dynamic business leader with more than twenty years of global experience and hands-on operational management across growth businesses, turnarounds, restructurings, and business model transitions. He joined Emerald Health Services as president in October of 2013. Since joining, he has lead the company into its next phase of high growth, supported by strong infrastructure. Prior to joining Emerald Health, Siegel was chief executive officer of Street Surfing Worldwide, where he successfully restructured the business, transitioning it from family ownership to private equity. Despite his demanding career, Siegel makes time to be involved with several professional and community organizations. He has been a consultant to the Otis School of Design toy program and the ABC television program American Inventor. He is also an active member of the Santa Monica Bay chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization.
Andrew W. Singer, Esq.
As co-managing partner, Singer leads Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP’s employment law practice, which offers a broad spectrum of legal services from counseling clients on day-to-day human resource issues to defending companies in complex employment litigation. He has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law and regularly advises companies and HR professionals on issues including employment agreements, restrictive covenant enforceability counseling, HR compliance, discrimination, wage and hour, sexual harassment and HR policies such as social media, technology, email usage, audits, equal employment opportunity claims, workforce reduction, and employment-related litigation. With more than 25 years of experience, Singer has represented businesses from across industries, including staffing, financial services, hospitality, retail, technology, manufacturing, and more. A frequent speaker and trainer on various employment and HR topics, he has been selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers list from 2010 to 2016.
Smith is the director of search engine optimization and social media at Haley Marketing, one of the nation’s largest marketing firms dedicated to servicing the staffing and recruiting industry. Smith has 13 years of experience in the staffing and recruiting industry helping organizations develop and implement strategic marketing plans. As a certified inbound marketing specialist, Smith has helped more than 300 staffing and recruiting companies with website development, search engine optimization, online reputation management, blogging, and social media marketing. A frequent contributor to Haley Marketing’s educational webinar series for the staffing industry, Smith has presented for several staffing industry groups and associations and has been quoted in industry publications.
Solomon leads high-profile financial, accounting, compliance, and due diligence investigations around the world relating to allegations of accounting irregularities, improper financial disclosures, fraud, noncompliance, corruption, bribery, theft of trade secrets, and data breaches. He has provided expert testimony on accounting and financial issues in commercial litigation matters and has appeared before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Reserve Bank, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and the U.S. Department of Justice to present findings on behalf of his clients. Solomon has also served as an accounting expert in postacquisition disputes and a financial adviser to court-appointed receivers/trustees and their counsel, and has quantified business interruption losses, including losses resulting from cyber-attacks. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, and the Illinois CPA Society. Solomon is a certified public accountant, certified in financial forensics, a certified fraud examiner, and a certified anti-money laundering specialist. He also serves on the board of directors of two not-for-profit organizations: the Better Government Association and CARPLS.
Spencer has more than 25 years of staffing leadership experience. As president of TeamPeople, one of the top creative and media staffing firms in the U.S., Spencer led the group through rapid growth and the recent acquisition by SystemOne. Post-acquisition, she will lead the SystemOne creative and digital services division. A career staffing professional, Spencer has led creative, technical, health care, clinical, administrative, and industrial staffing divisions across the U.S. From 1995 through 2009, she worked with the group of companies that became Randstad. As a managing director of Randstad’s U.S. division, Spencer led a $500 million multispecialty division. She has successfully grown and led specialized, rapid growth companies through investment, acquisition, and integration stages since 2009. She is the 2017 chairman of the ASA women in leadership council.
Spring is currently vice president of operations at Big Joe Handling Systems, a forklift and warehouse equipment company headquartered in Hayward, CA. Previously, he was with RK Logistics Group of Fremont, CA, starting in 2014 as senior director of operations and then heading up business development, marketing, and the pharma medical division. Spring’s other roles have included director of operations at engineering firm Peoples Associates; sales operations manager for global OEM at flash memory manufacturer SanDisk; and numerous management roles over 12 years at Applied Materials, including engineering, quality, manufacturing, business management, sales, and operations planning. He is a former U.S. Air Force officer who served in combat as a weapons director aboard an air warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft. He holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from UCLA and a master of arts degree in management from Webster University.
Stevens is the director of benefits and compensation for Staffmark. She has more than 20 years of experience in employee benefits and human resources, with specific expertise in health and welfare strategy and administration; PPACA strategy and compliance; compensation management; and vendor, project, and human resource management system management. She also has a specialized HR focus on the total lifecycle of talent development, which embraces the changing nature of work and the generational shift in talent—including successful onboarding, continual feedback, succession planning, and leadership development. Stevens’s career has included positions in the staffing, transportation, and health care industries.
Stukalsky oversees all facets of Randstad’s technology strategy and implementation in the U.S. and Canada. Under his leadership, Randstad consolidated websites, infrastructure, and systems that resulted from acquisitions, and used technology to create efficiencies in back-office processes. Stukalsky also spearheaded the launch of mobile apps and chat functionality to improve the company’s customer experience. He has a strong focus on digitizing processes and improving interactions with clients, talent, and employees to help them be successful in their interactions with the company. Stukalsky is passionate about raising awareness of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers with primary, secondary, and college-level students and actively participates in STEM-related activities, including work with Junior Achievement, Georgia State University, STE(A)M Truck, and more. He was selected to participate in the prestigious 2016 Leadership Atlanta program and was nominated in both 2013 and 2015 as Georgia CIO of the Year. He currently participates in and leads IDG Enterprise’s CIO Staffing Roundtable, and serves on the boards of the Georgia CIO Leadership Association, Omicron, Staffing Innovation Exchange, and Community Guilds.
Taneja joined De Bellas & Co. as an associate in 2008 and now serves as managing director focused exclusively on a wide variety of merger and acquisition (M&A) advisory assignments in all segments of the staffing industry. As managing director, he is responsible for the sourcing, origination, execution, marketing, and management of M&A transactions for sellers of staffing companies. Taneja has worked on and successfully completed a number of M&A transactions since joining the firm. Prior to De Bellas & Co., he was an equities analyst for two years for a successful family office in the greater Los Angeles area. He is currently based out of Orange County, CA.
John Thomas, CSP, CSC
With more than 30 years of staffing industry experience, Thomas is an expert in talent acquisition, strategic hiring processes, organizational development, and business trends. He is a professional staffing field consultant and the national recruiting center manager for Express Employment Professionals, where he assists franchisees with growing their businesses. Thomas is a master at locating talent and providing training, tools, techniques, coaching, and on-site support. A Kansas City native, he has served on the board of directors for a variety of organizations, including the Kansas City Workforce Investment Board and Platte County Economic Development Council; as well as in leadership roles with the American Staffing Association. Thomas is a Kansas City 40 Under Forty winner.
Thompson is a vice president with World Wide Specialty Programs. Now with 22 years of staffing industry experience, he started as a principal in a marketing firm. His firm focused on market research and analysis of the staffing industry, and World Wide and American International Group were two of its many insurance clients. Thompson sold his firm in 2007 and joined World Wide as a vice president to run its new business, broker development, and workers’ compensation divisions. He is an experienced manager with a wide range of skills, including marketing, research, analysis, sales, customer/broker relations, underwriting and loss control, and co-authoring a staffing industry risk management manual. Thompson serves his community as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Massapequa in New York. He has been recognized by Kiwanis International with the Presidential Award for his efforts spearheading an antidrug program.
Tulgan is internationally recognized as a leading expert on young people in the workplace, as well as leadership and management. He is a best-selling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer. Since 1995, Tulgan has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations. Recently, Tulgan was named by Management Today as one of the few contemporary figures to stand out as a “management guru”; and was named to the 2009 Thinkers50 rising star list. In 2009, Tulgan was honored with Toastmasters International’s most prestigious honor, the Golden Gavel. He lectures at the Yale Graduate School of Management, as well as other academic institutions, and his writing appears regularly in human resources, staffing, and management publications. Before founding RainmakerThinking in 1993, Tulgan practiced law at the Wall Street firm of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn.
Verberg has general management responsibilities with principal oversight of the association’s membership recruitment, retention, membership sections, and member service functions. Upon joining ASA in 1992, Verberg served as legislative assistant supporting the association’s legal, legislative, government affairs, and chapter relations operations. She also has served ASA as director of membership and membership representative. Prior to joining the association, Verberg was a senior customer service representative with H.J. Heinz Corp.
Wahlquist is the president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association, where he is responsible for the overall direction and performance of the company, and is the association’s primary spokesperson. Before joining ASA in 1989 as vice president, administration and government affairs, he led and coordinated government affairs activities on behalf of the staffing industry in all 50 states; Washington, DC; Puerto Rico; and Canada. He speaks regularly before business groups on employment issues and trends and has been a featured lecturer in Europe, South America, South Africa, and Japan. He was recognized by Human Resources Outsourcing Today magazine as one of the “100 Superstars of HR Outsourcing” and by Recruiter magazine as one of the 100 most influential individuals in the staffing and recruiting industry. Wahlquist also serves on the board of directors for the World Employment Confederation and Jobs for America's Graduates.
Mike Whitmer, CSP
Whitmer is the global chief information officer for Recruit Holdings’ international staffing business, focusing on Advantage Resourcing’s and Staffmark’s day-to-day operations while also providing technology strategy and oversight to Recruit’s international staffing businesses in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. He has created and deployed a global technology platform that consistently delivers business value for Advantage Resourcing and Staffmark. Whitmer has a strong background integrating technology into business operations and managing complex enterprise technology. He is a “technologist for business strategy sake,” which means he believes in implementing the right technology for the business need.
As president of the Wintrip Consulting Group, Wintrip has helped thousands of companies across the globe increase revenue, improve profitability, expand market share, and boost employee retention. He has consulted for, coached, and educated more than 40,000 staffing professionals, creating more than $1.3 billion in positive economic impact for his clients. For a fifth consecutive year, Wintrip appeared on the Staffing 100 list of most influential leaders in the industry—as a result of his innovative leadership, development of cutting-edge strategies, and host of practical and sustainable solutions. He is also a member of the Million Dollar Consultant Hall of Fame and was recently inducted into the Staffing 100 Hall of Fame. Wintrip is the author of two books, High Velocity Hiring: How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant and Sales Yoga: A Transformational Practice for Opening Doors and Closing Deals.
Wright is president and chief executive officer of Genuent, a Willis Group Co. He is a staffing industry veteran instrumental in shifting the landscape of the human capital industry. Known as a passionate leader with an innate ability to drive both growth and organizational efficiencies, Wright is responsible for all facets of executive strategy and leadership for Genuent. In his 26-year career, he has served in numerous leadership roles with public and private staffing and workforce solution companies. As senior vice president of Manpower, North America, he successfully led Manpower’s $2 billion contingent staffing line of business for the U.S. and Canada. Wright also served as senior vice president of ManpowerGroup Solutions in North America, which boasted service offerings of recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), managed services provider (MSP), and talent-based outsourcing (TBO). He holds a business degree from Louisiana State University. Wright currently serves on the board of Genesys Talent and has participated on numerous other boards, including OnForce and Homemade Gourmet.
Tenfold founder Stacy Donovan Zapar is an 18-year recruiting veteran for Fortune 500 technology companies and an advisory board member for HR technology companies from all over the U.S. She has led the global employer branding, social recruiting, and sourcing initiatives for TripAdvisor, Zappos, and other great client companies. Zapar has been the most connected woman on LinkedIn since 2008, with more than 40,000 1st-level connections. She was named the 2015 Trendsetter of the Year for Talent Acquisition by the Society for Human Resource Management’s HR Magazine and has been featured in multiple newspapers and trade journals. Her own blog (stacyzapar.com) has more than one million views.
Zorn has been in the staffing industry for more than 18 years, holding positions including recruiter, account manager, senior account executive, branch manager, on-site manager, area director, regional vice president, and senior vice president. Currently, he serves as senior vice president of Modis Engineering, overseeing 12 states totaling $160 million in annual revenue. Zorn also has experience in several delivery platforms, which include staff augmentation, on-site services, direct hire, project-based solutions, and outsourcing (near shore and offshore). On any given day, Zorn’s region has more than 1,600 consultants working in a variety of engineering and technology engagements.