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Speaker Biographies


Threase Baker

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.



Judi Bell

Judi Bell

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.



Adam Bleibtreu

Adam Bleibtreu

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

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.



Jeff Bowling

Jeff Bowling

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.



Hope Bradford

Hope Bradford

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.



Danie Campbell

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.



Al De Bellas

Al De Bellas

De Bellas is founder and president of De Bellas & Co. and has more than 45 years of experience in all phases of investment banking. Founded in 1983, De Bellas & Co. has advised in approximately 225 staffing and workforce solutions merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions. De Bellas has held investment banking positions at Goldman Sachs & Co., as well as two regional investment banking firms. He has served on the American Stock Exchange member firm advisory committee, as an allied member of the New York Stock Exchange, and as a director of several for-profit and not-for-profit entities.



Kevin Delaski

Kevin Delaski

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

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.



Susie Dietrich

Susie Dietrich

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.



Mick Ebeling

Mick Ebeling

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

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

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.



Aaron Green

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.



Eric Gregg

Eric Gregg

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.



Amy Harper, Ph.D.

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.



Jeff Harris

Jeff Harris

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.



John Healy

John Healy

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.



Bruce Hodes

Bruce Hodes

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.



Jason B. Klimpl, Esq.

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.

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.




Tom Kosnik

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.


Conni LaDouceur

Conni LaDouceur

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

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.



Mike Lejeune

Mike Lejeune

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.



Gary D. Lescallett

Gary Lescallett

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

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

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.



Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner

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.



Mary Lucas

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.


Tammy McCutchen

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.


Jonathan Mildenhall

Jonathan Mildenhall

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.



Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy

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.



Bill Nagel

Bill Nagel

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.



Jon Neff

Jon Neff

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.



Sharon Pancamo

Sharon Pancamo

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.



Loretta Penn

Loretta Penn

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.



Denis Pennel

Denis Pennel

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.



David Phillips

David Phillips

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.



Cynthia Poole

Cynthia Poole

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.



Shawn Poole

Shawn Poole

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.



Sean Ring

Sean Ring

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.



John Ruffini

John Ruffini

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.



Sam Sacco

Sam Sacco

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.



Linda Sasser

Linda Sasser

As president of Impact Performance Group, Sasser works with companies to overcome their workforce challenges and achieve their leadership, HR, and workforce goals. 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. Sasser’s leadership and staffing expertise reflect her experiences as both a small business owner and a corporate executive, and she excels when working on organizational structure and team leadership development that promotes a replicable growth environment.



Mark Schulman

Mark Schulman

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.



David Searns

David Searns

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.



Leo Sheridan

Leo Sheridan

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.



Andrew W. Singer, Esq.

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.



Brad Smith

Brad Smith

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.



John Thomas

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.



Bruce Tulgan

Bruce Tulgan

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.



Richard Wahlquist

Richard Wahlquist

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

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.



Scott Wintrip

Scott Wintrip

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.



Stacy Zapar

Stacy Zapar

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.



Scott Zorn

Scott Zorn

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.


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