Home >> Speakers >> Session Speakers Conference Session Speakers Scott Aicher Chief Operating Officer, RGBSI Scott Aicher is an industry veteran with almost 25 years of Executive Leadership experience with some of the industry’s top national/global organizations. In his current role as RGBSI’s Chief Operating Officer, Scott is responsible for the global strategy and operational execution of the company’s sales, recruiting marketing, and back office goals. The insight gained from his many years within the Staffing and Outsourced Solutions space, has given Mr. Aicher a unique perspective on developing unique optimal structures to service clients, as well as consultants in an ever changing, challenge filled, employment market. Threase Baker President, ABBTECH Professional Resources Threase Baker has earned her reputation as a national voice for the staffing and recruiting industry best-in-class standards. As President of ABBTECH Professional Resources (ABBTECH) she continues to manage and grow a dynamic, award winning national firm devoted to providing Top Talent in the areas of staff augmentation and creative staffing solutions. Threase has more than twenty five years of experience in all areas of the staffing industry with particular emphasis on corporate recruiting, executive placement and staff augmentation. Her customer focus includes both the government and private sector. Prior to her current role at ABBTECH, Threase worked as a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System project manager which provided vital perspectives on the Information Technology (IT) industry and process. Dr. Al Bates Chairman and President, Profit Planning Group Al Bates, founder and Chairman of the Profit Planning Group, a research and executive education firm concentrated in corporate financial planning, provides strategic direction for the firm’s investigation into profitability research for over seventy trade associations. Al is a published author in the professional and trade press and was an initial recipient of the Ford Foundation Fellowships in Business Education. Alan Beaulieu President, ITR Economics Alan Beaulieu has been providing workshops and economic analysis seminars in countries across the world to literally thousands of business owners and executives for the last 25 years. He is considered one of the country’s most informed economists. He is co-author of "Prosperity in the Age of Decline," a powerful look at how to make the most of the US and global trends over the next 20 years. Alan also coauthored "Make Your Move," a practical and insightful guide on increasing profits through business cycle changes, and noted by one reviewer as “simple, yet awesome.” As the chief economist for numerous US and European trade associations, it has been remarked that Alan’s “insight into our business, a track record of accurate forecasting, and unparalleled knowledge of global markets has earned him the respect and appreciation of key business leaders in our industry.” Alfred De Bellas President, De Bellas & Co. Alfred De Bellas has over four decades of experience in all phases of investment banking, with an established expertise in mergers and acquisitions, corporate valuations, financial advisory services, public securities offerings and private financing transactions. Prior to founding De Bellas & Co. in 1983, Al managed the Corporate Finance Department of Underwood Neuhaus & Co., Inc. for nine years. Al began his investment banking career in 1966 at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked until 1972. He has taught investment banking at the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Rice University and has served on the American Stock Exchange Member Firm Advisory Committee and as an Allied Member of the New York Stock Exchange. Andrew Braswell Senior Research Analyst, Staffing Industry Analytics Andrew Braswell is a Senior Research Analyst at Staffing Industry Analysts, covering the IT segment of temporary staffing, along with merger and acquisition activity in the sector and issues related to the Affordable Care Act. Andrew also maintains SIA’s global Staffing Industry Stock Indices. Prior to joining SIA in May 2013, he spent more than eight years in equity investment research, most recently as Director of Research for a boutique investment banking and advisory firm. Andrew has been a featured speaker for numerous conferences, presentations and media interviews, including CNBC’s Squawk Box. Robert Brown Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Oxford Global Resources, LLC Robert “Bobby” Brown is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Oxford Global Resources, LLC, a division of On Assignment, Inc. Recently named by Forbes as the second fastest growing company in the nation, On Assignment also holds the distinction of second largest US IT staffing firm. Bobby, and the members of his esteemed in-house law department, are tasked with overseeing all legal matters for several US and international On Assignment subsidiaries and divisions including Oxford, CyberCoders, Valesta Clinical Research Solutions, LabResource and Lab Support. Barbara Bruno President, HR Search, Inc./Good as Gold Training, Inc Barb Bruno CPC, CTS is respected as one of the top training professionals and consultants to the Staffing and Recruiting Profession. She has worked in all segments of the profession and is an experienced, successful entrepreneur. She became a trainer so her clients could improve sales and profits. Her innovative training products include her web based Top Producer Tutor, Temp and Contract Tutor, Sales Tutor and Strategic Management Tutor. In addition, she has created a customized Career Portal for candidates who are not placed, which greatly improves the candidate experience and generates passive income. Her most recent product is her Metric Program, the Sales Performance Indicator that automatically calculates individual stats and ratios. She has received numerous national awards and had the honor or participating in the creation and development of the TechServe Alliance Certification Program. Rick Carlson Founder/President, Harvyst Consulting Partners Rick Carlson has been selling, managing, and training sales, recruiting and management teams for more than 30 years. The past 20 have been spent in the staffing world. Rick has held various senior level positions at Modis, Kforce, and Corestaff Services Group. In each organization, Rick has been tasked with revitalizing struggling offices, regions, and divisions. His hands on approach to ensuring that team members are properly trained and adequately challenged have been the catalyst to his team’s successes. Rick is the owner and founder of Harvyst Consulting Partners, a company that customizes growth solutions specifically for staffing organizations. Jason Clayton Vice President of Sales, Prudent Technologies & Consulting, Inc. Jason has more than 17 years of professional experience in IT solutions and consulting. He attributes his track record of success to his genuine understanding of his clients’ businesses and in helping them tailor a solution for their IT needs. He has a primary responsibility for developing and managing all sales, delivery, and personnel development activities for Prudent. In this capacity, he provides leadership in the day-to-day operations of the sales and delivery department, while seeking out and targeting new customers and sales opportunities, and initiating action plans to approach and secure new business for Prudent Consulting. Jason is a graduate of Texas A&M and the President of Tech Serve Alliance’s Dallas Chapter. Michael Cleland President, Charted Path With more than 20 years of experience in the staffing industry, Mike Cleland has shaped his success around the belief that staffing managers and executives are the cornerstones of high performing staffing organizations. As the founder of Charted Path, Mike has worked with staffing executives and managers on business planning, sales strategy, process improvement, performance management, compensation plan development, metrics portfolio creation and more for over 50 multi-million dollar companies. He has worked with every major staffing vertical including IT, engineering, healthcare, light industrial, clerical, legal, and managed services. In addition, Mike assists owners and investors with pre and post-merger vetting and assimilation of strategic acquisitions. Jay Cohen CEO, Signature Consultants Over a 25-year period, Jay Cohen has been an owner and operator of various businesses. Upon graduation from Cornell, Jay completed his residency and fellowship at Jackson Memorial in Miami, Florida, and was selected as chief resident of internal medicine. He then completed my fellowship in gastroenterology. After leaving Jackson Memorial, Jay founded MSPB, a privately held medical group. While there, Jay was a practicing physician and managing partner of what became one of the largest privately owned medical groups in South Florida. After discovering that he really liked the business side of things, Jay decided to invest in his own staffing company, Signature Consultants. Jeff Dean Managing Director - Dallas & Fort Worth, MDI Group Jeff has more than 15 years of professional experience in IT staffing and consulting. His unique background of starting out as an IT consultant and eventually moving into the business side of IT Staffing gives him the ability to hone in on what is important to his clients. Today he is responsible for leadership, operations and development for both sales and delivery for two offices in Dallas/Ft Worth for MDI Group. Jeff is a graduate of Texas A&M University. Jamie Delsing Managing Partner, Consultis Jamie Delsing received a BA in Communications from the University of Arizona. She began operations with Consultis in September 1989 as an Account Executive in Los Angeles. She later relocated to corporate headquarters and was promoted to Chief Operations Officer of the company. Jamie now holds the title of Managing Partner, and is responsible for all marketing efforts as well as management of the entire Florida IT staffing region. Brian Delle Donne President, Talent Tech Labs Brian has been a leading force in driving innovation through his career in operating roles in industry. After serving as Chief Operating Officer at both large public and privately held staffing and project firms he has amassed a wealth of insight into effectively applying innovation. Since Mitchell Martin, Inc. originally founded Talent Tech Labs, he has gone on to head up this unique entity. Talent Tech Labs is entirely focused on promoting technological developments in the field of Talent Acquisition. It is the only hyper focused incubator and accelerator that concentrates on the advancement of recruitment technology. At Talent Tech Labs Brian and his team have been identifying and then assisting emerging companies with breakthrough ideas to gain commercialization and scale. TTL provides its insights to both the staffing industry as well as corporate talent acquisition execs who are buyers of new technology. Always seeking ways to improve processes in talent acquisition, he has guided Talent Tech Labs to being not only a unique incubator but has elevated it to be the leading authority on emerging technology addressing talent acquisition. Derek Dewan Chairman and CEO of GEE Group Inc. (formerly General Employment Enterprises, Inc.) Derek Dewan joined publicly traded IT and professional staffing solutions company GEE Group Inc. (formerly known as General Employment Enterprises, Inc.) on April 15, 2015 as the Company’s Chairman and CEO. upon completion of the Scribe Solutions merger into GEE. The Company has more than doubled in size since then through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Mr. Dewan was previously Chairman and CEO of publicly traded MPS Group, Inc. and its predecessor AccuStaff Incorporated (NYSE: ASI), a multi-billion global Fortune 1000 staffing and solutions provider. Craig Etter Attorney, CAE Staffing Consultants, PLLC Over the past 25 years, Craig. Etter extensively consulted with and represented clients in the IT Staffing and Services Industry in matters involving employment taxes, benefits, wage and hour requirements, and other tax and employment law issues. Craig has successfully concluded numerous audits throughout the United States involving worker classification issues. His experience also entails counseling clients on a broad spectrum of tax and employment law issues, including drafting contracts, employee terminations, and representing numerous clients on co-employment issues with respect to various federal laws affecting employer/employee relations. Craig also has participated in the drafting of Federal employment tax laws and has authored a number of articles on tax and employment law issues. Craig Fisher Director of Employer Brand and Talent Acquisition Marketing, CA Technologies. Craig Fisher leads employer branding at CA Technologies. His digital branding methods have been adopted as best practices by companies like Linkedin, Zappos, YUM! Brands, Hootsuite, and many more. Craig created the first Twitter chat for recruiters and partnered in the first Linkedin certified training company in North America. He is the author of Inbound Recruiting and co-host of the Cool Tools Show on Soundcloud. He’s been detailed in the Wall Street Journal, Mashable, NBC News, and The Huffington Post; and is listed among HR and Recruiting’s top influencers and most engaging conference speakers. Connect with him on Twitter @fishdogs and his blog at fishdogs.com. Matt Franklin Director of Recruiting, Mitchell Martin Inc. Matthew Franklin is a Director at Mitchell Martin, Inc. (MMI). He joined MMI in 1997 and has participated in the rapid expansion of the company’s consulting practice. Matt presently leads recruiting and service delivery for MMI’s IT staffing division. During his tenure, MMI has increased its recruiting staff to more than 50 dedicated full-time recruiting professionals. He has played an integral role in the selection and implementation of MMI’s internal “technology suite” which includes mobile, referral platforms, ATS integration, and video interviewing. Matt believes talent acquisition technology is here to stay and is passionate about discovering new products and services that will continue to give MMI a competitive advantage. Anna Frazzetto Chief Digital Technology Officer, Harvey Nash As Chief Digital Technology Officer and a visionary IT strategist, few leaders can match the global impact of Anna Frazzetto in helping businesses expand their digital capabilities and resources in Big Data, Cloud, social and mobile technology. Serving as Harvey Nash’s global IT solutions and outsourcing strategist, Frazzetto leads sales strategy, solution architecture, management delivery and support of digital initiatives for a growing client base of 200. In addition to speaking globally on digital innovation, Frazzetto is a tireless advocate of workplace diversity and the advancement of women in technology. She currently serves as the National Chair of ARA, an organization aspiring to Attract, Retain and Advance women in IT. Diane Geller Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP With more than 25 years of experience in the staffing industry — including as general counsel for a public company in the staffing and funding industry — Diane Geller is known as a business savvy and strategic counselor. She offers her clients informed and experienced guidance on the challenging business and employment law issues that arise in complying with the ever-changing regulations governing the workplace. She regularly works with her clients in the staffing industry on preparing client agreements, purchase and sale agreements and employment related agreements, such as noncompete, confidentiality, independent contractor and separation agreements, affirmative action plans, employee policy handbooks and social media policies. Diane is a nationally recognized author and speaker on employment law topics, frequently appearing at staffing industry and contingent workforce events throughout the United States. Sean Gilligan Chief of Staff, Harvey Nash USA Sean Gilligan manages the high-volume and complex staffing needs of the global recruitment firm’s largest U.S. clients, while also focusing on its primary business functions; including large account penetration, driving strategic initiatives and oversight of program management. In addition, he serves as the U.S. representative for global Harvey Nash initiatives and cross selling. Previously, Sean held Vice President/Market Director roles for HN in Colorado, Houston and Seattle. Andy Gole Sales Consultant, Bombadil LLC Andy Gole, M.B.A., developed the Urgency Based Selling® System to solve the business development problems he encountered in thousands of sales calls. Andy started three businesses - a packaging sales agency, a product company selling to retailers and a sales consulting business. The sales consulting sale is a solutions sale. His company - Bombadil LLC - has implemented his selling system in dozens of companies in diverse industries. His clients typically increase sales at least 10 to 20 percent. Andy taught sales theory for eight years at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies. He has offered sales consulting and training since 1995. John Goullet Principal, DIVERSANT Inc. John Goullet is an entrepreneur who has led the development of a number of highly successful ventures in the IT sector. John began his professional career initially working as an IT consultant before switching to IT staffing in 1994. With a clear understanding of emerging market trends, John founded Info Technologies, an IT staffing company that focused on providing solutions to Fortune 500 companies nationwide. Within five years, Info Technologies grew to $30 M, earning it the number 8 spot on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest-growing privately-held firms in the US. In 2010 John and Gene merged Info Technologies and DIVERSANT Inc. to form DIVERSANT LLC. As DIVERSANT’s Principal, John is able to continue his passion for developing new ways of meeting the challenges facing the ever-evolving IT marketplace. Eric Gregg CEO, Inavero Eric Gregg, founder of Inavero, brings his expertise in marketing and quantitative analysis to top professional service organizations. Eric is also a professor of marketing, a published author in the field of marketing, client loyalty and employee satisfaction, as well as client and job candidate research and consulting. Mike Hammond Founder/Senior Partner, Hammond Law Group, LLC Mike Hammond is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the founder and Senior Partner of Hammond Law Group. He has been practicing immigration law for more than 20 years with a focus on the IT and healthcare staffing sectors, handling over 750 H-1b cases annually. Mike is a national and international speaker as well as a published author on immigration. Paul Hansen Chairman/CEO, Millennium Consulting, Inc. For more than 30 years, Paul Hansen has been a pioneer and thought leader in the areas of talent acquisition, management, and training in the fields of engineering and information technology. Under his stewardship and executive direction, he has founded and grown numerous staffing and solutions organizations in the United States and Latin America. He has also lead the inception and growth of an entity focused on designing, developing and delivering classroom instruction, seminars, and forums on small business management, entrepreneurship, leadership, and organizational excellence. Paul is currently the Chairman and CEO of Millennium Consulting Inc., an IT and Engineering staffing firm he founded in 1996 and serves on the TechServe Alliance Board of Directors. John Hennessy Chief Operating Officer, Whitridge John Hennessy joined Whitridge in 2012 and oversees all business operations at Whitridge. He manages day-to-day business activities and defines company strategy including entry into new geographies and industry segments. Prior to joining Whitridge, John acquired a unique blend of experience both within and servicing the staffing industry. He spent twenty-two years with a $1.1-billion-dollar international staffing company, TAC Worldwide, where he began as a recruiter and held expanded positions from Branch Manager to Area Vice President to his final role as SVP of Delivery Operations. Moving on from TAC, John was recruited by Monster Worldwide to join as the SVP of the Staffing vertical which required him to create products, pricing and promotion focused specifically on the staffing industry along with developing a staff to service that segment. This effort resulted in dramatic growth of the vertical and a sizable portion of Monster’s overall revenue. John has also provided management consulting to small and medium staffing/technology companies and served as VP of Operations and employee number one for a technology start-up focused on intelligent workflow in the healthcare space. John prides himself on being on top of the latest in technology impacting the staffing industry and is an avid reader of self-development and leadership strategy books. John, back in the day, served as Chapter President twice and Chapter Director twice for the National Technical Services Association, New England Chapter, now absorbed into the American Staffing Association. Jim Holcomb Global Head- Contingent Staffing, Wipro Technologies Jim Holcomb is currently the General Manager and Global Head of Wipro Technologies’ Contingent Staffing Program. Overseeing a team spread across 6 continents, his office manages a program that is present in 52 countries, utilizes 300+ vendors and hires 12,000+ contractors annually. He has been part of Wipro for 7 years, and has 20+ years of experience in the industry with companies such as Siemens, Bearing Point and Microsoft. He began his career in the staffing industry as a recruiter, branch manager, VP and President of staffing firms in Seattle and the Bay Area. He currently lives in Seattle and when not working, spends his time travelling and paying for 3 kids in college. James Janesky Managing Director, Corporate Fuel Advisors Prior to joining Corporate Fuel, Jim Janesky spent more than 20 years as an equity sell-side research analyst in the Business Services space. During his tenure as an analyst, he launched the Business Services research effort at three investment banking firms: Montgomery Securities (now Bank of America Merrill Lynch), Stephens, Inc., and Stifel Financial. Jim started in capital markets in 1993 as an Associate Equity Analyst in the Technology/Telecom area at The Chicago Corporation. Jim participated in, or evaluated, over 100 public as well as private M&A, equity and debt transactions and his M&A analysis included strategic merits and accretion evaluation. He advised senior management, analyzed and provided institutional investment advice on one of the largest mergers in the human capital solutions industry. William Josey Attorney at Law William (Bill) Josey has over 25 years experience advising the staffing industry, including service as General Counsel of Kforce Inc. for 14 years before returning to private law practice in 2014. Today, Bill provides staffing firms with practical guidance and advice in the areas of employment law, wage/hour, contracts, insurance and risk management, noncompetition agreements, and compliance. Bill is the author of the TechServe Alliance white paper "The New Overtime Rules: Understanding the Challenges and Choices for Staffing Firms." Molly Jungbauer CEO/CFO, Hollstadt & Associates Molly Jungbauer is the CEO and majority shareholder of Hollstadt and Associates, Inc., a 26 year old Twin Cities based IT and management consulting firm that represents 200+ employees and subcontractors. This year Hollstadt was recognized as the 11th largest management consulting firm in the Twin Cities. In prior years Hollstadt was a recipient of the Minnesota Business Ethics Award, and been awarded Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Fast 50 award on six occasions. Jim participated in, or evaluated, over 100 public as well as private M&A, equity and debt transactions and his M&A analysis included strategic merits and accretion evaluation. He advised senior management, analyzed and provided institutional investment advice on one of the largest mergers in the human capital solutions industry. Meredith Kaley Senior Vice President of Enterprise Recruiting, ConsultNet, LLC Meredith Kaley has been in the IT Staffing world for over 24 years, and with ConsultNet for the past 20 years. Meredith received her Bachelors of Administration from the University of Cincinnati. Dedicated and trusted, in her current role as SVP of Operations and Administration at ConsultNet, Meredith has developed her ability to strategically guide the company in a supportive role. This includes a hands on, engaged approach for implementing, executing and evaluating overall developmental and training programs for all levels within the organization from new hire acclimation to senior leadership training. Her first hand industry experience and expertise in Human Capital Management enables her to execute Servant Leadership and continues to drive growth as a key contributor and expert in the staffing industry. Laura Kelly Co-founder & Chief Executive, Keyot As Keyot’s co-founder and Chief Executive, Laura Kelly draws on over twenty years’ experience in the creation of new business models, business architecture, process design and organizational designs. Her perspective was born from consulting for a multitude of Fortune ranked organizations across the US and a skill set fusing creative solution thinking and strategic discipline. Laura’s pursuit of a more efficient consulting partnership that creates value for both consultant and client has shaped Keyot’s unique business model and practices. It has helped launch innovative programs into developing the next generation of leaders – both in consulting and corporate America. Laura holds a B.A. in Communications and Business from The University of Iowa. She lives in Woodbury, MN with her husband, Tom Jonathan Kestenbaum Executive Director, Talent Tech Labs Jonathan Kestenbaum is the Executive Director of Talent Tech Labs. Talent Tech was originally founded to foster the growth and development of emerging ideas and companies in the talent acquisition technology space. An entrepreneur at heart, having founded startup ventures himself before joining, he now spends his days managing the incubator lab and advising the technology companies of tomorrow. Jonathan also can be found at HR technology conferences all over the country as he has been a sought after speaker and panelist sharing his deep insights into the evolution of the talent acquisition ecosystem. Steven Laine TechServe Alliance Board Member, Future State Steven Laine first began attending TechServe Alliance meetings at the Northern California chapter in 1988, as a recruiter for the Computer Resources Group. He has led two other TSA-member companies, most recently Future State, which he transformed from a IT and Technical Documentation staffing firm to a project-based, management consulting company specializing in Change Management and Operational Transformation. Steven has served on the TechServe Board for six years and is the current Board President. John Larson CEO, CPSI Consulting Mr. Larson has over twenty years of senior operational management experience, ranging from entrepreneurial driven companies to F500 enterprises. He has an extensive knowledge of sales driven organizations and the dynamics associated with building them. He has also acquired a unique body of knowledge gained from working with entrepreneurs as they have grown their organizations. After many years of management in the IT staffing industry, Mr. Larson became an owner and CEO of CPSI Consulting through an acquisition from the company founder. Molly Louthan Account Executive - Workforce Strategist, Upwork Molly Louthan is a Workforce Strategist for Upwork by day and has worked in the staffing industry for 6 years. She worked her way up from recruiting, to sales, to management in 3 short years. She saw first hand the difficulties finding the right Millennial talent and the struggles to keep the top performers. She spent the last two years working with VP-Level executive women as a career coach and one of their biggest issues is around Millennial talent as well. Molly has a passion for giving back and is involved in multiple non-profits including IC Stars, ARA and the YWCA. Molly attended Miami University where she received a BA in Marketing. Her motto and brand: She empowers people to be fearless and ask for what they want out of life! Sarah Michel VP Professional Connexity, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting Sarah is an Experience Architect who has been working in the meetings industry for over 17 years to create dynamic audience experiences. Her vast knowledge of next-generation learning and facilitation skills help design dynamic educational sessions that guarantee more participation, opportunities for networking and peer-to-peer learning to make content sticky. Sarah is Vice President of Professional Connexity for Velvet Chainsaw Consulting helping organizations deliver on the networking promise at face to face meetings. She is a professional speaker and has keynoted for audiences around the world and author of Perfecting Connecting©, A Guide to Mastering Networking in the Workplace and the e-book, Conference Connexity. Bruce Morton Head of Innovation, Allegis Global Solutions As a distinguished thought leader and global innovator, Bruce Morton has over three decades of experience within the human capital and workforce management industry. Throughout this time he has seen a massive shift in the way organizations manage their greatest asset: people. As a sought after and renowned international speaker, Bruce has stimulated audiences across Europe, US and Asia with his fresh and innovative approach to acquiring top talent. Bruce shares his in-depth knowledge on recruitment and retention with new age media on a global scale. He has designed, implemented and managed some of the largest resourcing solutions across many different parts of the globe, saving companies millions of dollars while securing the very best talent. In his current role, Bruce serves as Global Head of Innovation for Allegis Global Solutions. He was promoted from Chief Marketing Officer in January 2013. The Innovation team leads and champions ‘enterprise innovation’ efforts across Allegis Global Solutions. The function embodies the whole process of innovation: from new services and product idea generation, sales presentations, internal and external evangelism, digital and social media strategies, lead generation and face to the industry through conferences and speaking engagements. Prior to his role at Allegis Global Solutions, Bruce owned e3 Unlimited, a talent acquisition and development organization managing a breadth of staffing-related needs for global companies. Bruce’s latest innovation is that of a dynamic integrated technology platform that, for the first time, integrates top-of-class digital recruitment technologies that create engaged living talent communities; diverging from traditional static methodologies. Bruce was recognized as Thought Leader of the Year at the 2013 European HRO 'Be Transformed' Awards, and again as Thought Leader of the Year at the 2014 North American HRO Today Forum. Tom Nunn President,Tom Nunn Consulting Tom Nunn is the president of Tom Nunn Consulting, LLC, a company he started in 2009 that specializes in helping owners and executive teams of growing companies implement best practices to enable long term growth, profitability and health. Tom currently works with numerous IT staffing companies around the country and also facilitates industry roundtables. He is actively involved in TechServe Alliance as a speaker, facilitator and currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer for the Board of Directors. Prior to starting his own company, Tom was president of a national IT staffing company headquartered in Boston, MA. Over the nine years that he was there, Tom helped develop and lead a high performing team that grew the company from $25MM to $100MM and top quartile profitability. Tom has over 30 years of diverse business experience including many years as an executive in the financial services industry where he led teams that oversaw IT and back office support for various investment management functions in multi-national banks. Matt O’Brien Global Director of Business Development ,Phenom People, Matt O’Brien is the Global Director of Business Development for Phenom People, and the General Manager for Staffing and RPO solutions. Phenom People is the leader in the Talent Relationship Marketing category. The Phenom Talent Relationship Marketing Platform automates the process for driving awareness, interest, engagement and acquisition for talent. With a diverse background in ATS, CRM and ERP solutions, Matt has spent the last decade applying SaaS technology solutions to leading Staffing organizations and has been involved in hundreds of technology evaluations throughout his career. Matt has a healthy sense of curiosity and is heavily involved in applying the next wave of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to talent engagement and candidate experience. Pat Patel CEO and President,Intelliswift Software, Inc. Currently, as the CEO of Intelliswift, Pat has been instrumental in building one of the fastest growing companies in the Bay Area. He managed to grow the company from one employee to 1,100 employees in a span of 13 years with a paltry investment of $5000. Pat has been instrumental in driving Acquisitions of four companies ranging from Offshore development, a 34 year old Onsite Staffing Company and Legal Placements. He has successfully lead the organization while posting a three digit growth margin for Intelliswift. David Phillips Director, CHILDS Advisory Partners Dave Phillips joined CHILDS Advisory Partners following successful tenures at several global human capital firms. As a director, he manages CHILDS Advisory Partners’ Jacksonville, Fla. office, focusing on firms in the business services sector. Prior to joining CHILDS, Dave served as the Vice President of corporate development for Volt Information Sciences. Prior to that, Dave spent 10 years as Vice President of corporate development for MPS Group, and executed over 40+ transactions across the IT, healthcare, legal, finance & accounting, marketing and VMS/RPO/MSP sectors. He leverages his three decades of experience acquiring, integrating and managing high-performing business services and technology companies to provide guidance to services firms. Vaishali Pokharkar Operations Director, TransTech IT Staffing Vaishali has been with TransTech for more than 18 years. Always very professional, positive and sporting a winning attitude, she serves as a true inspiration to the rest of the team. Vaishali ensures that the processes, procedures and on-going training are in place throughout the organization to ensure that we are operating at the utmost efficiency so our recruiting and sales teams can deliver in a timely and productive manner. Vaishali has extensive experience working with VMS and direct relationship clients. Her strengths are data analysis, quality and process improvement and training. Jeanette Prenger CEO, Ecco Select Jeanette Prenger is the Founder, President, and CEO of ECCO Select, an award winning IT consulting and professional services firm and one of the top 500 Hispanic Businesses in the United States. ECCO is based in Kansas City with an office in the DC area. Jeanette and ECCO are recipients of numerous awards for their achievements in business and generosity in the community, both nationally and locally. The Kansas City Business Journal named Jeanette to the Power 100, a list of the 100 most influential business people in Kansas City region with their inaugural list that was published in 2015 as well as this year. Community Linc, has just announced that she is the recipient of the Karen and Hank Hermann Humanitarian Award for 2016 and the first woman to win this award. In May of this year, Open Options, an organization committed to providing programs, services and resources for people and families with disabilities, honored Jeanette with their annual Hats Off to Mothers award and in March, she was recognized by Connections to Success for her contributions in elevating the successes of women in business. Earlier in the year TechWeek 100 named Jeanette a Kansas City honoree. She has been privileged to be recognized with these types of awards for almost two decades. Jeanette has been named an Enterprising Women of the Year by Enterprising Women magazine and has been featured in HER Life Magazine, FORBES, Business Week and many other career and business publications. Jeanette is a graduate of Park University with a BS degree in Management Information Systems. She and her husband, Kevin, are most proud of their two sons, their wives and six grandchildren. Dan Quiggle Expert on Impactful Leadership Quiggle’s professional career began in the Office of Ronald Reagan, following the President’s return to California. He has hands-on experience as the founder of several companies, including America’s Choice Title Company, where he is currently President and CEO, which was recognized by Inc. as the second fastest growing title agency in the nation. He founded the Quiggle Group to share effective traits and principles exhibited by some of the most successful leaders in the nation. Professor Michael Roberto World-Renowned Authority on Decision-Making Michael Roberto is the Trustee Professor of Management at Bryant University where he is a seven-time winner of the Outstanding MBA Teaching Award. He also teaches an executive program every summer at the Nomura School of Advanced Management in Tokyo. He served on the faculty at Harvard Business School and NYU’s Stern School of Business and created two best-selling audio and video lecture series for The Great Courses, The Art of Critical Decision and Transformational Leadership. Professor Roberto has consulted with and taught in the leadership development programs of organizations such as Target, Apple, Morgan Stanley, Coca-Cola, Cisco, and Federal Express where he helps senior executives improve strategic decision making and neutralize hidden organizational threats. He’s the author of Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes for an Answer and Know What You Don’t Know. Mark Roberts CEO, TechServe Alliance Mark Roberts is Chief Executive Officer of TechServe Alliance, the national trade association for the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry. Prior to being named CEO by the TechServe Alliance Board of Directors in February 2003, Mr. Roberts served as COO & General Counsel of the organization. He is an authority on both business trends and legal issues impacting the industry. He writes and speaks frequently on industry topics including what successful firms are doing to drive growth and profitability. Before joining TechServe Alliance, Mr. Roberts was a partner in the Labor and Employment Group of a large Florida law firm. Mr. Roberts also served for four years in the Washington, D.C. office of Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman of New York. Mr. Roberts currently serves as a member of the Labor Relations Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Harvey Shulman President, EAC Harvey Shulman, a co-founder and general counsel (1987-1999) for NACCB (now TechServe Alliance), has provided legal advice to more than 150 IT companies for more than 25 years. Clients respect Harvey’s practical approach and legal knowledge on employment and independent contractor issues, government audits (IRS, DoL, state agencies), customer contracts, non-competes, M&A, and more. Harvey is a published author and received NACCB's Lifetime Achievement Award.d. Chris Skerrett Sales Director, CareerBuilder’s Staffing and Recruiting Group Chris is a CareerBuilder Veteran, starting his career 11 years ago in the Multimedia Sales Group. He quickly grew his business becoming Team Lead and eventually taking on 9 leaders and leading 100 account executives as CareerBuilder expanded its market leading position. He spent 4 years in Canada, starting with leading the inside sales team and being promoted to Director of all Canada. Chris was responsible for all sales, marketing and partnerships in the CA marketplace. In 2011 Chris returned to the US to lead the Central Major Accounts Team within the Staffing and Recruiting Division. Chris is an industry expert and is a frequent speaker at many industry events and currently sits on the Board of several staffing associations. He is a graduate of Denison University. Sue Thaden President/CEO, CRi Susan Thaden, President/CEO of Client Resources, Inc (CRi), founded the company in 1999. CRi is a leading provider of IT Consulting and Project Services in the Midwest. Sue founded From Now On in 2015. From Now On is a product company that creates fan and student experience apps for college arenas and campuses. Sue was the 2013 Chairman of the Board of Directors for TechServe Alliance and is the 2015 Chair of their Government Affairs Committee. She is a member of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Board and has been a member of Strategic Coach, an entrepreneurial coaching program, since 2001. Sue serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for Information Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and served as the Chair of the Women in IT Task Force for the University. Richard Thatcher Managing Director, Fairmount Partners Richard W. Thatcher is a founding partner and managing director of Fairmount Partners. Mr. Thatcher specializes in mergers and acquisitions, strategic/financial advisory services, and private financings for emerging growth companies. His clients include leading middle-market and entrepreneur-led companies in the information technology and business services sectors. Prior to founding the company, Mr. Thatcher led Investec Inc.’s corporate finance practice serving those same sectors. In 1992, Mr. Thatcher joined PMG Capital, Investec’s predecessor firm, following an extensive career as head of mergers and acquisitions for AGS Computers Inc., a major information technology software and consulting services company, where he focused on the financial services, telecommunications, computer manufacturing, and distribution industries. Mr. Thatcher joined AGS when they purchased his firm, Atlantic Management Systems, of which he was founder and CEO. Atlantic specialized in project management and systems development software and consulting services. Catherine Thomas President & CEO Kinetix Technology, A ConsultNet Company Over her 25-year career, Catherine’s professional experience includes managing software startups and high tech data driven consultancies, and professional services firms to large scale outsourcing solutions. She has a demonstrated history of leading business transformations, driving growth, and developing high-performance teams. Catherine is a recognized expert in assessing organizational performance, creating and implementing real world solutions to enhance business practices, mobilizing resources to enhance financial performance and shareholder wealth. Catherine helps clients with their IT talent and team acquisition strategies. specializing in today’s complex and high demand areas of big data, and emerging technologies. She has served in senior executive positions of Fortune 500 firms and has launched three successful startups from inception to sale. Sam Velu Director of Talent Acquisition, Amzur Sam Velu is Director of Talent Acquisition at Amzur. Sam has over 20+ years in the staffing and solutions model and has seen the changes over the last three decades. He is responsible for strategic recruiting, workflow processes and the company's technology infrastructure. In the latter role, he directs the research and development of tools for internal recruiting, sales automation and business operations. Sam joined Amzur in February 2013. He is responsible for overall operations of the Staffing and Solutions Talent Acquisition. Sam helps companies to strategize delivery models, validate these processes with metrics and utilize social data to make smarter and quantifiable decisions regarding talent management. His passion is technology and tools to help the staffing industry to staff the right talent. Sam serves on the board of eTeki and currently serves on the TechServe Alliance’s Taskforce on the IT and Engineering talent shortage. Leslie Vickrey President & Founder, ClearEdge Marketing Leslie Vickrey is CEO of ClearEdge Marketing, a full-service agency specializing in outsourced marketing and PR services for companies within the talent management space, from HR technology firms to global staffing organizations. In addition to being the company’s founder, visionary and strategist, Leslie supports all ClearEdge account managers and strategic accounts. She is committed to personal service and meets with clients to identify marketing strategies that help businesses achieve their critical branding, sales and recruitment goals. John Weston Founder & CEO, Newbury Consulting Group John Weston is the founder and CEO for Newbury Consulting Group. Newbury has operated for over 12 years. Clients include staffing industry companies as well as corporate recruiting clients. Newbury assist clients with software evaluations and implementations as well as business process assessment and optimization. Areas of expertise include ATS, CRM, Middle Office PayBill, Back Office and Business Intelligence. Prior to founding Newbury in 2005, John spent eight years at PeopleSoft in a number of sales and executive management roles. Before PeopleSoft he worked in executive roles as CFO and COO. Karen Wilson President/CEO, MAKE Company Karen Wilson joined MAKE Corporation as a partner in 2002 and purchased the company in 2010. MAKE Corporation has offices in Chicago and Dallas and Karen considers herself fortunate to work with both the brightest and kindest team of professionals at MAKE. Over the course of her career, Karen has established herself at the forefront of contingent workforce management through her thought leadership and IT services industry involvement. Mindy Zaziski President & CEO, FYI Solutions, Inc TechServe Alliance President Elect President and co-founder of FYI Solutions, Mindy Zaziski is responsible for developing and implementing long-term business strategies as well as overseeing the firm’s day-to-day performance and operations. A highly insightful and intuitive business leader, Mindy has brought together a team of top professionals that share her passions for people, technology and service excellence. Mindy is an active member of the Women’s Presidents Organization (WPO) and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). 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