Presenters & Panelists

Staffing World 2019 will feature 60+ subject matter experts. Select any of the photos below to learn more about each presenter. See the session descriptions for more information.

David Ballew

Managed Service Provider Consultant, CC Advisors Group LLC

Ballew is a global contingent workforce and talent acquisition consultant. The recruitment industry recognizes him for his strength in managed service provider strategy, creative thought leadership, and international business development. Ballew’s 25 years of leadership experience includes operations in North America and Europe, and (most recently) consulting on business development in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region. He previously worked at Kelly Services, where he led in the creation of Kelly’s first managed service provider solution. Ballew has a bachelor’s degree from Regent’s University in London, studied law and business management in the U.S., and holds numerous staffing industry and Six Sigma certifications.

Steve Berchem, CSP

Chief Operating Officer, American Staffing Association

Berchem is the chief operating officer of the American Staffing Association. He has general management responsibilities with principal oversight of the association’s public relations, publications, marketing, research, corporate alliances, information systems, and meetings and events. Berchem serves as spokesperson and chief economist. He was named one of the 100 most influential executives in the industry. Before joining ASA in 1998, he held executive positions with Washington, DC, think tanks and associations. Berchem’s background includes service in government and experience in advertising and public relations agencies, where he handled marketing and public affairs for food and pharmaceutical clients.

Adam Bleibtreu

Chief Marketing Officer, ASGN

Bleibtreu is chief marketing officer for ASGN, a leading global provider of in-demand, skilled professionals in the creative, interactive, technology, health care, and life sciences sectors, and for 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 also has 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, senior marketing executive, and media expert.

Jeff Bowling

Member, Four Piers Capital Partners LLC

A more than 20-year veteran of the staffing industry, Bowling is the founder and former chief executive officer of Dallas-based firm the Delta Cos. After stepping down as chief executive officer at the end of 2016, Bowling now sits on the board of directors for the company, as well as three other boards in staffing-related companies. In addition to his board work, Bowling also advises CEOs and executive teams on how to grow quickly and profitably. He does most of this work in association with Four Piers Capital Partners LLC, which was created by Bowling and three other staffing CEOs. Four Piers started as peer group 12 years ago. They met and compared notes regularly, became close friends, and propelled one another to very similar successes. Today, Four Piers is a growth investment and advisory firm in human capital-related businesses, assisting to maximize a company’s growth, value, sustainability, and ultimate succession. Bowling is a member of the ASA board of directors and is chairman of the association’s operational excellence committee. He is a proud Texan; earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas; and resides in Coppell, TX, with his wife, Daniella, and their three children.

Dan Campbell, CSP

Founder and Executive Chairman, Hire Dynamics LLC

Campbell is founder and executive chairman of Hire Dynamics, which provides staffing services through its 15 offices in Georgia, Nevada, and North Carolina. The company was recognized by Staffing Industry Report for four years in a row as one of the fastest-growing private staffing companies in America, and by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as the No. 1 best place to work in Atlanta in 2007 and 2008. Campbell previously served as chief executive officer of Hire Dynamics. Before joining Hire Dynamics, Campbell was chief executive officer of a Los Angeles-based staffing company. He also was director of business planning for AHL Services and an investment banker for PwC.

Claudette Cunitz, TSC, CSP

Staffing Industry Consultant, Speaker, and Trainer, CC Advisors Group LLC

Cunitz brings a rare combination of successful staffing firm ownership, sales acumen, and operations excellence to her clients. Over the course of her career, she has a proven track record of improving sales by growing the bottom line, managing operational standards, and finding efficiency opportunities. she is an expert in assisting owners and leaders in change management. She was a member of the ASA board of directors and an ASA officer for 12 years.

Beth Delano

Chief Executive Officer, Malone Workforce Solutions

Delano has been the chief executive officer of Malone since 2019, having previously served as chief operating officer and as vice president of sales for the commercial staffing division. As CEO, Delano is responsible for the overall growth strategy, both organically and via acquisition, to support nationwide expansion. As a 20-year staffing veteran, her true expertise lies in identifying and advancing strategic development initiatives that result in bottom line revenue production.

Kevin Delaski

Vice President, Chief Information Officer, The TemPositions Group of Cos.

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 past 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 received a prestigious CIO 100 Award from CIO magazine. He serves on the ASA education and certification committee and regularly leads webinars for the association on technology issues pertinent to the staffing industry.

Brian Delle Donne

President, Talent Tech Labs

Delle Donne has been a leading force in driving innovation throughout his career in operating roles in the staffing industry, having served as chief operating officer at large public and privately held information technology staffing, engineering, and human resource solutions firms. One of the founders of Talent Tech Labs, 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 into being an accelerator and a leading authority on emerging technology addressing talent acquisition.

Stephen Dwyer, Esq.

General Counsel, American Staffing Association

Dwyer is general counsel for ASA 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.

Tom Erb, CSP, SPHR

President, Tallann Resources LLC

With a career spanning 25 years, Erb has established himself as one of the staffing and recruiting industry’s top subject matter experts. As an executive for two of the largest staffing and recruiting companies, he worked with some of the most recognizable and well-respected companies in the world to help optimize their workforce strategy. He has presented to a variety of industry organizations and currently writes the monthly “Recruiting Today” column for Staffing Success magazine. HR Examiner named him one of the Top 25 Online Influencers in Staffing. He is the author of the industry best-selling book Winning the Staffing Sales Game. He is a former president of the Ohio Staffing and Search Association, an ASA-affiliated chapter, and of the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio. He currently serves on the board of the National Association of Personnel Services and is chairman of the ASA professional-managerial section council.

Jim Essey, CSP

President and Chief Executive Officer, The TemPositions Group of Cos

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

Dan Fisher

Founder and President, Menemsha Group

Fisher is the founder and president of Menemsha Group, a provider of sales enablement solutions for staffing firms. Fisher has personally consulted with more than 400 IT staffing companies and has trained and coached thousands of sales reps, recruiters, and staffing leaders across the country. Drawing from more than 20 years of sales and sales leadership experience in information technology staffing and consulting industry, Fisher combines his deep institutional knowledge and experience to optimize operations and maximize client success. Fisher started working in the staffing industry in 1996 and is a popular speaker at industry events such as Staffing World, TechServe Alliance, and Bullhorn Engage, as well as at sales conferences and leadership retreats. Fisher graduated from Michigan State University and currently resides in Boston with his wife Laura.

Kristin Kane Ford

Director of Social Media, Imparture Inc.

Kane Ford has been involved in social media and marketing since 2007. She is the owner of a social media and social recruitment business, has been speaking and training on social media since 2010, and has been recognized in many media outlets. Kane Ford leads social media and online initiatives for a variety of clients ranging from entrepreneurs to teams within large corporations. She devised the core syllabus for, and has been working with, Imparture for two years.

Heather Foust-Cummings

Senior Vice President, Research and Consulting, Catalyst

Foust-Cummings is the passionate leader of Catalyst’s researchers, consultants, and librarians, who are experts and thought leaders on building workplaces that work for women. Before serving in this role, she researched topics such as women on boards, women in technology, inclusive workplace cultures and leadership, how men engage in workplace equity efforts, and how leaders effectively sponsor high-potential talent. A sought-after speaker, she has consulted for organizations in the financial services, pharmaceutical, technology, and construction industries. Prior to joining Catalyst, she taught at Columbia University and conducted brand analyses for Young & Rubicam. Foust-Cummings received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science and a certificate in women’s studies from Emory University; she received her bachelor’s degree in political science and secondary education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Brian Frydenlund, CPA, CGMA

Principal, Growth Mindset Group

Frydenlund serves as principal with Growth Mindset Group LLC. He is a founder of several entrepreneur companies in staffing and television production-including Team People LLC, a staffing company he co-founded and recently sold. He has worked closely with clients such as CNN, the World Bank, Intel, BMW of North America, Novartis, Discovery Communications, and BBC America. His latest company, Growth Mindset Group LLC, is focused on helping staffing industry owners, executives, and managers grow personally and professionally. He has served as president of the Capital Area Staffing Association, an ASA-affiliated chapter, and as chairman of the ASA professional section policy council. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Risha Grant

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Risha Grant LLC

Grant is founder and chief executive officer of Risha Grant LLC, an award-winning diversity consulting and communications firm, and she created, an online recruitment tool to connect diverse professionals with careers, internships, and nonprofit and corporate board positions. As an international speaker, Grant has worked with governors, NBA teams, mayors, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and other business and community leaders to reduce bias and further the understanding of diversity and inclusion. Through her interactive keynotes and deep-dive training sessions, Grant empowers attendees with diversity and inclusion tools to increase their bottom line.

Diane Geller

Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

Geller is a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP with more than 28 years of experience, including a tenure as general counsel for a multimillion-dollar publicly traded company in the staffing and funding industry. She is a seasoned practitioner who helps clients stay compliant with federal and state regulations governing the workplace. Her areas of specialty include employment agreements, employee policy handbooks and training, sexual harassment and discrimination, and other business agreements. Geller regularly counsels staffing companies on matters related to business operations, mergers and acquisitions, and employment matters. She also is a nationally recognized author and speaker on employment and business law topics—including the complex issue of cannabis in the workplace—at staffing industry and workforce solutions events throughout the U.S.

Eric Gregg

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, ClearlyRated (powered by Inavero)

With nearly 15 years of research experience in the staffing and recruiting space, Gregg and his team at ClearlyRated (formerly Inavero) have analyzed more than three million surveys with the goal of determining what drives success for staffing and recruiting firms. From trying to find, attract, and retain top flexible and permanent talent to delivering world-class service to the clients they serve, ClearlyRated’s research has influenced top staffing firms across the globe. ClearlyRated’s popular Best of Staffing program turns actionable client and talent satisfaction surveys into credible online ratings and testimonials, recognizing the top firms on Gregg has served as an adjunct faculty member in Portland State University’s marketing program, and has published numerous articles, business cases, and technical notes in the field of marketing, client loyalty, and employee satisfaction. His research and consulting have been featured in articles, and he is a noted industry speaker.

Jeff Harris

Chairman and Co-Founder, ettain group

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 is co-founder of 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 is a member of the ASA board of directors.

Eric Janson, Esq.

Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Janson is a partner in the labor and employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He has nearly 20 years of experience representing management in single- and multiplaintiff employment litigation before federal and state courts, as well as class and collective actions brought by private litigants and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He is also a founding member of Seyfarth Shaw’s cannabis law practice group and regularly counsels clients on concerns involving cannabis in the workplace. Janson is also frequent contributor to Seyfarth Shaw’s nationally recognized legal blog “The Blunt Truth.” Prior to joining the firm, Janson served as assistant U.S. attorney with the civil division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where he represented federal agencies in civil litigation before the federal district and appellate courts. He also served as senior labor and employment counsel for the National Gallery of Art.

Jason Klimpl, Esq.

Partner, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Klimpl is a partner in the employment law group of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP. In this capacity, he advises clients on a broad range of employment law matters, such as wage and hour compliance, health care, equal opportunity actions and policies, employment agreements and restrictive covenants, independent contractor and consulting issues, reductions in force, technology and privacy concerns, and other human resource counseling. He is associate general counsel of the New York Staffing Association, an ASA-affiliated chapter, and is heavily involved in legal and legislative efforts to support the staffing industry. He has written numerous employment law articles and is a contributing faculty member of both Lawline and the National Academy of Continuing Legal Education. Klimpl is also a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce’s speakers bureau and help desk. He was awarded Martindale-Hubbell “Preeminent” peer review rating, named 2013–18 New York Super Lawyer (Rising Star), and won the “Rising Star Attorney” category in New York Enterprise Report’s 2012 Best Attorneys and Accountants list.

John Klymshyn

Author, Speaker, Coach, The Business Generator Inc.

Klymshyn, a popular speaker at past ASA events, spent the first five years of his professional selling career working in staffing and employment. His book, The Ultimate Sales Managers’ Guide, quotes several industry leaders in areas from executive recruiting to staffing to online employment advertising. Klymshyn has spoken at ASA-affiliated chapters in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Texas, where attendees gave him high ratings for interactivity, knowledge, and humor.

Helen Konrad

Director, McCandlish Holton PC

Konrad is director in the immigration practice group of the law firm McCandlish Holton PC, where she concentrates on work site compliance; defending employers in U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Special Counsel, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations; and employment-based and professional immigration. She has worked directly with the staffing industry for more than 18 years and has shared her extensive expertise with staffing professionals at Staffing World, through ASA webinars, and at the ASA Staffing Law Conference. Konrad has regularly been recognized as one of the best immigration lawyers in America.

Xochitl Ledesma

Director of Learning and Advisory Services, Catalyst

Ledesma is the director of Catalyst’s “leading with inclusion” team and is focused on partnering with supporters to create learning programs that foster inclusive leadership at all levels of an organization. She is an advocate of creating inclusive behavior through impactful programs. Prior to joining Catalyst, Ledesma worked for EY’s cybersecurity practice in New York, where she managed cybersecurity projects with c-suite and operational teams, developed firm-wide communication plans for F500 firms, and executed client workshops. After EY, she moved to France where she earned her master’s degree at Skema Business School. While in France, she also worked as a consultant with several organizations on event design and strategic communications

Jason D. Leverant, CSP, CSC, CHP, TSC

President and Chief Operating Officer, AtWork Group

Leverant currently serves as president and chief operating officer of the AtWork Group, an award-winning national franchisor of staffing services with more than 75 locations in 27 states. This year he was recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts in its Staffing 100 list, for the sixth consecutive year, as a “Hall of Fame” honoree. He was honored by ASA as one of the recipients of its first Volunteer of the Year Award. He has been recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts and the Knoxville Business Journal in their “40 Under 40” lists. Under Leverant’s leadership, the AtWork Group has grown exponentially over the past five years and has been recognized by a number of organizations for accelerated growth and operational excellence, including the Best of Staffing–Client Diamond Award and the Best of Staffing–Talent Diamond Award from ClearlyRated.

Toby Malara, Esq.

Government Affairs Counsel, American Staffing Association

Malara is government affairs counsel for ASA. He manages information about all staffing-related legislation and regulation on behalf of ASA and represents the industry’s interests before the U.S. Congress and state legislatures. He provides government relations counsel to the association’s affiliated state chapters and regional councils and directs political fundraising activities through the ASA political action committee, StaffingPAC. Malara is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his law degree from Catholic University. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association.

Norma Marquez-Barahona

Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Randstad North America

As diversity and inclusion manager for Randstad USA, Márquez-Barahona is responsible for its diversity and inclusion internal platform, overseeing projects surrounding affirmative action plan goals, division efforts around corporate social responsibility, team member engagement, diversity learning, talent development, and supplier diversity. With more than 15 years of experience in business operations, workforce solutions, and strategic business development, Márquez-Barahona has a rich history in building relationships with c-suite executives to identify solutions that meet their workforce needs.

Brenda Marshall

Principal, Global Diversity Solutions, Kelly Services

Marshall is principal, global diversity solutions at Kelly Services and leads its supplier diversity program. She is responsible for developing strategies, designing processes, and building alliances that support the organization’s overall strategic direction for diversity and inclusion. Marshall joined Kelly Services in 1997 and brings more than 20 years of business, leadership, and consulting experience in workforce management strategies, with 15 years as a supplier diversity specialist. She is president of the board for the Council of Supplier Diversity Professionals and Diversity Information Resources and serves on the board of directors for the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council and the Great Lakes Women Business Council and is chairman of GLWBC’s certification review committee. She is also a member of the executive advisory boards for the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development. Marshall has been named “Top Champion of Diversity” by DiversityPlus, “Champion of Diversity” by, and “Ambassador of Supplier Diversity” by MBN USA.

Mike Menzer, CSP

Managing Director, Rotator Staffing Services Inc. 

Menzer is currently the managing director of strategic development at the Staffing-the-Universe Family of Cos. He oversees a team of more than 30 recruiters and sales personnel and directly contributes to the company’s sales and recruiting efforts. He has experience in a variety of specialties and industries but focuses primarily within direct hire. In addition to his management and operational responsibilities, Menzer also manages accounts representing over $5 million in annual contract revenue and over $1 million in annual direct hire fees. Menzer is chairman of the ASA search and placement policy council; co-president of the New Jersey Staffing Alliance, an ASA-affiliated chapter; and a speaker and presenter at a variety of industry events.

Jody Mohammed

Global Head, Supplier Partnerships, Pontoon Solutions

Mohammed is an award-winning executive and visionary leader with more than 20 years of experience with Pontoon Solutions and Adecco Group. She was worked on developing and executing strategic global partnerships and managed service provider programs from the ground up, aligning innovative services and value-added solutions with customers’ critical business initiatives.

Bill Nagel

Vice President and Director of Staffing Programs, PMC Insurance Group

Nagel, vice president and director of PMC Insurance Group’s staffing program (StaffPro3), began his insurance and risk management career with the National Council on Compensation Insurance in 1979. He has held various positions within the staffing services industry, ranging from franchise owner to regional vice president to chief executive officer and partner. In 1990, he founded a risk management firm that specialized in providing risk management and loss control services to the staffing industry. He has consulted with firms in a variety of industries, including national and international staffing companies. He joined PMC Insurance Group in 2013 and has grown its staffing program business by more than 11 times, created a full-service risk management platform, and led his team to provide comprehensive value-added client services for the industry. Nagel was recently named a Top Specialist Broker by America Business Insurance.

Matt Nagler

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, BANKW Staffing

Nagler is managing partner of BANKW Staffing and its portfolio companies—which include the Nagler Group, KBW Financial Staffing & Recruiting, Alexander Technology Group, and Sales Search Partners. After spending a decade in management and public relations, Nagler co-founded BANKW Staffing and the Nagler Group. A dedicated philanthropist, he spearheaded BANKW’s involvement in the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Make-a-Wish Foundation, and New Hampshire Food Bank. He serves on the board of directors for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and is a professional coach for the coaching and leadership program at Babson College. Nagler is also a successful restaurateur with establishments across the Midwest.

Brian Pauley

Vice President–Global Sales Operations, Kelly Services Inc.

As the leader for global sales operations, Pauley focuses on developing his team to help Kelly’s global sales and large account management organizations be more effective and efficient. Practice areas include: sales enablement, demand generation, demand support, client first, sales strategy, transformation and analytics. Sales Operations is, in essence, an organization solely focused on helping sellers throughout Kelly sell more and delight clients more! Pauley has been with Kelly Services for 28 years. His background managing both staffing and sales operations make him uniquely qualified to identify and address key process components that make Kelly a deeply client-focused organization.

Daphne Phalon, CSP

Vice President of Eastern Operations, The Job Center LLC

Phalon joined the Job Center as vice president of eastern operations in early 2019, providing operational management and strategic leadership throughout the New England market. She is responsible for driving growth, profitability, and organizational compliance. Phalon began her staffing career in 2000 as director of human resources for the Davis Cos. and in 2015 became chief operating officer of United Personnel. She is highly involved in compliance and legislative matters facing the staffing industry. Phalon is a member of the board of directors and the legislative committee of the Massachusetts Staffing Association, an ASA-affiliated chapter.At the national level, she is a member of the ASA safety committee and workers’ compensation committee. She is a regular public speaker and training facilitator on topics such as workers’ compensation insurance, safety, and hiring practices.

Dave Phillips

Managing Director, Bowstring Advisers

Phillips joined Bowstring Advisors (formerly Childs Advisory Partners) following successful tenures at several global human capital firms. As a managing director, his focus is on firms in the human capital sector. His three decades of experience acquiring, integrating, and managing high-performing business services and technology companies gives him a unique understanding of the qualities and attributes required to achieve maximum client value. Over the past 16 years he has executed more than 70 transactions in the human capital sector, focused on sell-side and buy-side strategic financial advisory services for owners and senior management teams. Phillips is an active member of ASA, Staffing Industry Analysts, and Tech Service Alliance and is a frequent guest speaker on mergers and acquisitions.

Michelle Poler

YouTuber and founder of Hello Fears

Poler is a creative and passionate social entrepreneur, fear facer, and branding strategist. She is the Founder of Hello Fears, a social movement empowering millions to step outside of their comfort zones and tap into their full potential. In 2015, Poler embarked on a 100-day project that would change the course of her life. Born to a family of Holocaust survivors, she was accustomed to living with fear. But when she moved to New York, Poler quickly realized that the Big Apple was not for the fearful. She decided to face 100 of her fears in 100 days, uploading every experience to YouTube to share with the world. Around day 40, the project was discovered by the media, becoming a viral phenomenon. In 2017, she started speaking to the younger generation. Since then, she has empowered over 20,000 students at schools and universities around the world to live with courage, find their authenticity and embrace their growth paths. Poler holds a master’s degree in branding from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Paula Ratliff

Vice President and General Manager, ManpowerGroup

Ratliff is vice president and general manager of global sales for ManpowerGroup. She has responsibility for an elite group of global clients and client team leaders and manages an enterprise sales team in North America. In both roles, she drives the strategy for top sales leaders to provide innovative workforce and total talent management solutions through the company’s full suite of brands: ManpowerGroup Solutions, Right Management, Experis, and Manpower. Utilizing the ManpowerGroup network across 80 countries and territories, she coordinates global services from incidental staffing to consulting and global information technology projects to fully outsourced high-impact solutions. Ratliff joined ManpowerGroup in 1999. Before assuming her current position, she was vice president, global key accounts; vice president, strategic account sales for Experis, Americas; and vice present of national sales, central region, for Manpower in the U.S. and Canada. Ratliff has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Louisville and an MBA from Bellarmine University.

CJ Rodriguez

Franchise President, AtWork Personnel—Las Vegas

Rodriguez is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business. As a senior executive with more than 18 years of expertise in staffing, people development, operations, and sales and marketing, her successful partnerships have helped national and globally recognized organizations evolve. She has coached, mentored, and advised business owners, executive leaders, and their teams on successful business and leadership strategies—including crowdsourcing, retained search programs, human resource consulting, vendor management systems, managed service providers, and recruitment process outsourcing. Rodriguez is a sought-after motivational speaker, mentor, and executive coach. She was president of a national health care staffing firm that experienced growth of more than 175% in revenue and 360% in staff in just 18 months while increasing candidate attainment by 450% for clients.

John M. Ruffini

Vice President, Professional Development, Healthtrust Workforce Solutions

Ruffini is the vice president of professional development for HealthTrust Workforce Solutions in Sunrise, FL. He has 25 years of experience in the recruiting and staffing industry, with responsibilities including organizational management, strategic planning, staff recruitment and development, and full profit & loss management. Prior to joining HealthTrust, Ruffini headed the permanent placement business at two large, national staffing firms. He also has run his own recruiting and career management company. Ruffini was chairman of the ASA search and placement council and has presented at Staffing World the past five years. He is the author of Money Makers: Proven Ways to Increase Sales and Productivity in the World of Professional Recruiting. He holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Joyce Russell

President, Adecco Group US Foundation

Russell is president of the Adecco Group US Foundation, which launched in January 2019 and focuses on upskilling and reskilling American workers and helping to ensure work equality for all. Russell has firmly established her reputation and passion for working with people and providing new opportunities for both employees and companies. She constantly strives for growth both personally and professionally, while remaining focused on work-related programs, partnerships, and investments that create greater economic opportunity for American workers. In 1987, Russell joined Adecco as a branch manager in Charlotte, NC. From 2004 to 2018, she served as the president of Adecco Staffing US, leading the largest business unit of Adecco Group North America—with more than 450 branch locations, approximately 1,800 colleagues, and a diverse portfolio of clients. Russell is a member of the ASA board of directors, the Committee of 200, Paradigm for Parity, and Women Corporate Directors. She was included on Staffing Industry Analysts’ first Global Power 100—Women in Staffing list and has been a panelist at the World Economic Forum and the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. She holds a degree in business and communications from Baylor University.

Samuel R. Sacco

Principal, R.A. Cohen Consulting

Sacco has been a partner with R.A. Cohen Consulting since 1998. He has been involved with the staffing industry for more than 37 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 companies, 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 170 mergers and acquisition transactions in the staffing industry. He joined the National Association of Temporary and Staffing Services (which later became ASA) in 1982 as its director of public relations. In 1984 he became chief operating officer of the association, a position he held until 1997.

Brittany Sakata, Esq.

Associate General Counsel, American Staffing Association

Sakata is associate general counsel for ASA. She is an experienced labor and employment attorney with more than 15 years of experience counseling and litigating matters on behalf of individuals and employers. She advises members on labor and employment law and policy issues, including equal employment opportunity, wage and hour, and immigration law; occupational safety and health issues; and the U.S. National Labor Relations Board.

Carol Sankar

Founder, The Confidence Factor for Women in Leadership

Sankar is the founder of the Confidence Factor for Women, a global executive leadership firm focused on inclusion initiatives for high-level women professionals. Carol has been featured at TEDx and Columbia Business School, on “The Steve Harvey Show,” in Fast Company, and more. In addition, she is a contributor for Inc. and Entrepreneur magazines.

Nick Schichtle

Vice President—Adecco Search, Adecco North America

With 20 years of permanent workforce solutions experience, Schichtle has a track record of success in building national professional search practices within staffing companies, large and small, across multiple niches. He is known for his leadership, sales and recruiting strategies, marketing and fulfillment excellence, and providing industry best practice training and development. He is an expert on talent solutions, pricing, and contract negotiations. Schichtle has always had a knack for speaking, presenting, teaching, facilitating, and rallying people behind a vision and powerful ideas.

David Searns

Chief Executive Officer, Haley Marketing

As the chief executive officer of Haley Marketing, Searns has been helping staffing companies create innovative marketing strategies and award-winning marketing campaigns for more than 23 years. Searns and his team work with more than 1,400 staffing and recruiting firms worldwide, providing website development, blog writing, social media, recruitment marketing, search engine optimization, pay-per-click, video, and other marketing services.

Leo Sheridan

Chief Executive Officer and President, Advanced Group

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. He is ASA first vice chairman.

Renee Silver

Counsel, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Silver has more than 30 years of experience in representing private and publicly traded staffing industry and health care companies, most of them as the sole in-house corporate counsel responsible for all of the corporations’ legal needs. Silver has also represented clients on a broad range of employment law issues, including misclassification, wage and hour compliance, and discrimination, and has defended numerous lawsuits, administrative claims, and arbitration proceedings involving employment-related issues. Her other practice areas include franchise law, health care compliance, corporate, and corporate transactional work. For franchise clients, Silver has prepared disclosure documents, franchise agreements, master franchise agreements, and area development agreements. She regularly counsels clients regarding operational, relationship, and regulatory issues.

Andrew W. Singer, JD

Co-Managing Partner, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Singer is co-managing partner of Tannenbaum Helpern and is chairman of the firm’s employment law practice, which offers a full spectrum of legal services from everyday counseling to complex employment litigation. With extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, he regularly advises companies with various human resource and compliance issues. Some of Singer’s areas of expertise include drafting and negotiating employment agreements, employment-related litigation and dispute resolution, and advising clients on the laws and regulations surrounding employment relationships. A frequent speaker on employment law topics and emerging trends, Singer regularly conducts training seminars for supervisory and managerial employees covering equal employment opportunity laws and sexual harassment, the Americans With Disabilities Act, wage and hour laws, independent contractor misclassification, workplace violence, social media policies, the Family and Medical Leave Act and other leave policies, workforce reduction and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, and other employment law developments.

Brad Smith

Director of SEO and Social Media, Haley Marketing

Smith is a Certified Inbound Marketing professional and, as the director of search engine optimization and social media for Haley Marketing, he has managed the implementation of marketing campaigns for hundreds of staffing firms. Smith manages a team of more than 15 people exclusively focused on digital marketing for the staffing industry.

Courtney Stieber

Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Stieber is a partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where she focuses on class-action and single-plaintiff claims involving background checks under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and “ban-the-box” laws. Stieber also has substantial experience counseling employers and consumer reporting agencies on FCRA compliance and on compliance with state and local laws governing pre-employment background checks, including New York Article 23-A and the New York City Fair Chance Act. She has been named a New York Metro Rising Star in employment defense litigation by Super Lawyers magazine each year since 2013.

Akash Taneja

Managing Director, De Bellas & Co.

Taneja joined De Bellas & Co. as an associate in 2008 and now serves as managing director focused on merger and acquisition advisory assignments in all segments of the staffing industry. As managing director, he is responsible for the sourcing, origination, execution, marketing, and management of merger and acquisition transactions for sellers of staffing companies. Taneja has worked on and successfully completed a number of mergers and acquisition transactions since joining the firm. Prior to joining De Bellas & Co., he was an equities analyst. He is currently based out of Orange County, CA.

Ken Taunton

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Royster Group Inc.

In 2001, Taunton leveraged his proven track record of leading mid- to senior-level executive searches for public and private companies and founded the Royster Group. Prior to establishing his company, Taunton was a senior associate with Korn/Ferry International and held various recruiting and sales positions at Merck & Co. The Royster Group recently completed the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection Program and the Small Business Administration’s Emerging 200 Initiative Program—a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. Taunton is chairman of the ASA inclusion, diversity, and equality advocacy interest group.

Chris Taylor

Founder and Chief Executive Officer,

Taylor founded Actionable in 2008 with a goal of helping leaders and teams access new ideas through actionable books. More than 10 years later, Actionable is used in more than 400 organizations in 14 countries. A sought-after speaker, and the creator of the “21st Century Workplace” podcast, Taylor speaks about the forces causing culture change and affecting the learning and development landscape. Prior to founding Actionable, Taylor held senior sales and marketing leadership roles in advertising and consumer goods companies. Taylor lives in Toronto with his wife and young son.

Shad E. Tidler

Consultant, Lushin & Associates

Tidler has worked in sales, business development, market strategy, rate negotiation and pricing management, contract negotiation, and operations in the transportation, logistics, and supply chain industry in the U.S. and Asia. Over the past five years, Tidler has helped business owners, presidents, and chief executive officers and their sales teams in various industries—including the staffing industry—fight through the challenges of managing and growing a strong sales pipeline. He works with sales teams by challenging their current mindset, techniques, and behaviors in order to build a high-growth sales organization. He knows how to loosen up the room and facilitate engaging sessions so that people walk away with a greater understanding of how to increase their sales potential while increasing their competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Bob Thompson

Vice President, World Wide Specialty Programs Inc.

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

Mark Toth, CSP

Chief Legal Officer, ManpowerGroup North America

Toth is chief legal officer for ManpowerGroup’s North American operations. He also serves on its global leadership team and North American lead team. Toth is a frequent speaker on workplace legal topics and writes an award-winning employment law blog. Toth is a member of the ASA board of directors.

Leslie Vickrey

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, ClearEdge Marketing

Vickrey is a marketing expert and business adviser who began her career with McDonald’s Corp. and Junior Achievement. After serving as head of marketing for Spherion’s technology division, Vickrey founded ClearEdge Marketing in 2006. Vickrey is a frequent speaker on diversity and co-founder of ARA, a national organization that seeks to attract, retain, and advance women in technology and leadership. She is a member of the board of directors for Chicago Innovation and a judge for its annual awards program; was recognized by Blue Network as one of Chicago’s most compelling innovators and entrepreneurs; is in the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame; and was named one of the Enterprising Women of the Year. Vickrey is a contributor to industry publications such as Recruiting Daily and Entrepreneur.

Steve Wehn

Vice President, Government and Community Relations, AMN Healthcare

Wehn joined AMN Healthcare in 1993 and is currently its vice president of government and community relations. His responsibilities include legislative and regulatory advocacy and compliance, as well as overseeing the company’s corporate social responsibility programs. Prior to 2005, Wehn served as senior vice president of client services in AMN’s travel nurse and allied divisions. Wehn is a member of the ASA board of directors.

Mike Whitmer

Global Chief Information Officer, Recruit Global Staffing

Whitmer has been global chief information officer of Recruit Global Staffing since Jan. 1, 2018, and a member of the executive management team since April 1, 2019. He started with Recruit in 2012 as operational CIO for Staffmark Group and Advantage Group UK. He started his career as a software engineer and has worked in technology for more than 33 years; 17 of those were in staffing. Over 20 years he has held numerous roles managing information technology internationally, integrating technology into business operations, and managing complex enterprise technology. Whitmer holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of West Georgia. He is an avid golfer.

Scott Wintrip, PCC

President and Senior Consultant, Wintrip Consulting Group

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 50,000 staffing professionals, creating more than $1.3 billion in positive economic impact for his clients. For five consecutive years, Wintrip appeared on Staffing Industry Analysts’ Staffing 100 list. 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.

Mark C. Wolf, CSP, CPC

Director of Performance and Sales Training, C&A Industries

Wolf began his staffing and recruiting career at C&A Industries in 1998 as a recruiter in the light industrial sector. Over the next decade, Wolf launched an engineering and health care staffing division. In 2008, Wolf became C&A’s director of performance and sales training, where he as responsible for helping over 250 recruiters and their managers maximize their potential, achieve their sales goals, and exceed their expectations by training, coaching, and guiding them in the principles, tactics, and methodologies of the staffing industry. Along the way Wolf has helped C&A grow into the 87th-largest staffing company in the world.

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