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2017 Conference Speakers

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is a 6-time Olympic champion. She won 4 medals in 1996 in Atlanta and two more in Sydney, Australia in 2000.

Van Dyken-Rouen has the distinction of being one of the few Olympians whose medals are all gold. In 2007 she was the only American swimmer to be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame's Class of 2007. She was also inducted to the Olympic Hall of Fame in July 2008.

After high school, Van Dyken-Rouen attended the University of Arizona for two years before transferring to Colorado State University, where she broke her first US record with a time of 21.77 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle at the NCAA championships in 1994. She also placed second in the 100-yard butterfly. In 1994 she was named the NCAA Female Swimmer of the Year. After college, she moved to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to train full-time for the 1996 Olympics.

Following her 4 gold medals at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, she won the ESPY for Female Athlete of the Year; Swimming World magazine's female Swimmer of the Year award; induction into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame; induction into the US Olympic Hall of Fame; and Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, USOC Sports Woman of the Year, the Women’s Sports Foundation Sports Woman of the Year and USA Swimming Swimmer of the Year. She was also featured as one of Glamour magazine's Top 10 Women of the Year, named one of 25 most influential females in sport by Women’s Sports and Fitness magazine and received the ARETE Courage in Sports award.

She has graced the cover of several newspapers and magazines, including USA Today, Newsweek, Time, Swimming World magazine, and Sports Illustrated.

Van Dyken-Rouen is retired from swimming and lives with her husband, former NFL punter Tom Rouen, in Arizona. Since her retirement, Van Dyken-Rouen has been a public speaker, a disc jockey on a sports radio show in Arizona, served as the side-line reporter for the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos football teams, and even played in the award-winning stage-play the Vagina Monologues.

In June of 2014, she was injured in an ATV accident and severed her spinal cord leaving her paralyzed from the waist down.

Todd Bossler
Product Manager, Top Echelon

Todd Bossler is the Software Product Manager at Top Echelon, a company dedicated to helping recruiters make more placements through its products and services: Big Biller, recruitment software for applicant tracking; and Top Echelon Network, the leading split network of recruiters.


Candy Bradford
Vice President, Odell Medical Search

With over 37 years experience in the direct hire and contract placement industry. Candy has an extensive knowledge base in day-to-day operations and development of a Recruiting Firm. Her experience includes human resources management, recruiting, client development, business operations management, leadership training and projected growth strategy planning. Candy is a well-known speaker in the local and national recruiting industry. Since 2006, she has focused primarily on growing a Healthcare firm that specializes in several of the most difficult specialty areas of medicine, including positions in the Surgical Suite and particularly the Heart, Cancer, Ortho, Pediatric, and Neuro programs, both in the hospital setting and stand-a-lone facilities.

In 2007 she became a Certified Employee Retention Specialist, which only a handful of professionals have obtained in the country.Past President of the Metroplex Association of Personnel Consultants (MAPC) Board of Directors and has served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Personnel Consultants (TAPC) over a period of 10 years. Candy has received numerous awards in her distinguished career, including the MAPC Person of the Year in 2000. This is the highest award possible at the local level.

Barbara J Bruno, CPC, CTS
President, Good As Gold Training, Inc.

Barb has authored books, created mobile apps and is often quoted as an industry expert. 100% of Barb’s Top Producer Tutor 25,000+ participants have increased their production. Barb speaks at conferences, conducts webinars and provides in-house training and consulting.

LinkedIn hired Barb to create courses for Recruiters and Job Seekers. Ten courses have been released at

Barb also developed Happy Candidates to allow Staffing and Recruiting Firms to focus on the 5% of candidate flow they place, but also provide an amazing resource for the other 95% while generating passive income.

She served as Chairman of the Board of NAPS, recipient of the Harold B. Nelson Award and was inducted in NAPS Hall of Fame.

Frank Burtnett
NAPS Certification and Education Consultant, Author, Educator and Consultant

Dr. Frank Burtnett has served as certification and education consultant for the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) since 1995. In that capacity, he has created numerous continuing education programs and protocols and authored the certification examinations associated with the Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and Certified Temporary Staffing-Specialist (CTS) credentials. Along with the late NAPS legal counsel Bob Style, Frank developed and has taught the NAPS Certification Immersions Classes (live and webinar) in more than 75 sites to more than 1,500 participants. Frank is also the author of Career Errors: Straight Talk About the Steps and Missteps of Career Development, published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Frank has been involved in education, counseling and human resource development throughout his lengthy career and was named to the NAPS Hall of Fame in 2013. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and Masters of Arts and Doctor of Education degrees from George Washington University. Frank resides in Rockport, Maine and Springfield, VA.

Carletta Clyatt
Senior Vice President, The Omnia Group

Carletta Clyatt, SVP at The Omnia Group, brings personality and over 15 years of business-to-business consulting experience to help companies effectively select, manage and engage their biggest asset…people. She understands that the more you invest in their success, the more you get back.

Carletta specializes in employee behavioral assessments for companies of any size in any industry. Does communication flow smoothly within your teams? Are you promoting the right person? Carletta can help you uncover the behavioral preferences that lead to top notch employee performance. Her presentations are enlightening, engaging and always impactful.

Carletta is a frequent speaker at corporate meetings, associations, and conventions, such as American Collectors Association, Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association, Auto Success Best Practices Summit, Association of Insurance Management Consultants, American Staffing Association, Honeywell, Independent Insurance Association, the National Association of Broadcasters and many more. Carletta speaks and consults on topics such as Authentic Communication, Creating a Sales Culture and Power Interviewing. You can expect to gain employee selection, retention and development guidance, along with keen self-awareness insight, to take your team and business to the next level.

Before joining The Omnia Group in 2000, Carletta ran her own business for ten years and already had extensive field sales experience. She holds a BS Degree in Social Work from the University of South Florida and a certification in Negotiation for Senior Executives from Harvard Law School. Using her leadership and sales experience, she is dedicated to working with companies to hire right, decrease turnover, increase profitability and manage more effectively. She is continually seeking out new and innovative tools to help drive your business forward.

Greg Doersching
President, Bullseye Recruiter Training

Greg Doersching is Creator and Owner of Bullseye Recruiting – one of the most comprehensive Recruiting Training programs in the country. He is also the President of the Griffin Search Group a National Search Firm focused on Direct Hire Management recruiting. He is an active recruiter who still runs a highly productive desk. Day to day he is in the trenches just like the rest of us.

For over 20 years Greg has been recognized as one of the most cutting edge voices in the recruiting industry. He is an International Trainer and has presented hundreds of workshops and Keynote Addresses for the National Association of Personnel Services, American Staffing Association and the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services, Fordyce Forum and numerous Regional, State and Local groups. He is consistently rated as one of the top presenters for each conference.

He currently consults with many nationally known staffing and recruiting agencies where he helps these firms improve their overall recruiting process. He is an expert in creating and establishing Direct Hire and Contract recruiting divisions, his knowledge and process have taken contract and temporary firms to new levels of productivity. There are very few Trainers/Consultants who are true “students” of our industry the way Greg is and the knowledge he is able to share drastically improves recruiting production.

Greg has also mentored and trained 100’s of recruiters, his thorough style and step-by-step training approach develop a core foundation of recruiting excellence that is hard to beat.

Recognized as one of the "Top Producers" for the state of Wisconsin - he served for 2 years as the President of the Wisconsin Association of Personnel Services and now sits on their Board of Directors.

He is an avid fisherman and hunter and has been known to trade consulting services for a chance to go hunting or fishing in new places. He heads the Sportsman’s Ministry for FRCC and is a member of Safari Club International, North American Hunting Club, Whitetails Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited. He is also active in musical theater where he has had lead roles in Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Music Man, Camelot and more. Greg is the father of 2 boys, Griffin (age 18) a Division 1 baseball for Northern Kentucky University and Greysen (age 10) the next middle linebacker for the Green Bay Packers; Greg’s wife Jessi is also a converted hunter!

Tom Erb
President, Tallann Resources

With a career spanning over 20 years, Tom 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 in the world, Tom worked with some of the most recognizable and well-respected companies in the United States to help optimize their workforce strategies. As a consultant, trainer, and speaker to the staffing and recruiting industry, Tom has helped staffing and recruiting companies of all sizes and verticals transform their sales structure, create and implement their strategic plans, and optimize their recruiting process.

Tom has presented to a variety of organizations including the American Staffing Association, National Association of Personnel Services, TechServe Alliance, New York Staffing Association, Capital Area Staffing Association, Midwest Staffing Conference, New England Association of Personnel Services, and many others.

A variety of national and regional media outlets including The Wall Street Journal,, Columbus CEO, and multiple city business journals have interviewed Tom. His article on negotiating skills for staffing professionals was published in ASA’s Staffing Success magazine in April 2012.

Tom is immediate past president of the Ohio Staffing and Search Association and past president of the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio, and currently serves on the board for the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS).

Fran Goldstein, CSP CPC
Chief Business Officer & Consultant, Gold Staff Consultants

Fran Goldstein's passion for the staffing and recruiting profession began in her first "real" job out of college. Fran's high energy, natural instinct for recruiting and funny sense of humor has led and mentored hundreds of owners, managers, recruiters and account reps over her career. Fran's expertise began in staffing and she quickly expanded her skillset to include direct hire. Fran has started divisions for leading Boston recruiting firms and ultimately had her own staffing firm which she grew to a multimillion dollar business. Fran now consults in the outplacement and HR spaces. She also teaches Linked In, resume writing, interviewing and branding to leading Boston clients. Fran has served on the Board of Directors for NAPS and MASS. She has presented at numerous industry conferences and association events, including ASA. Fran has a BS from Syracuse University and lives in greater Boston.

Jeff Kaye
Co-CEO, Next Level Exchange

Jeff Kaye leads Kaye/Bassman, a search firm that has averaged over $15m annually for the last decade, while simultaneously starting a training firm that now has over 2,000 recruiting firm clients in 30 countries. Five years ago, he purchased Sanford Rose Associates and has grown the number of offices in the network by 35% yet revenues by over 400% in the same time - 45 existing firms have joined the network with 100% retention.

Laura King
Executive Recruiter, Marketing, Versique Search & Consulting

Laura King is an authentic, award-winning recruiter leading the digital marketing recruitment division at Minneapolis-based Versique Search & Consulting, a $16M firm with over 40 employees. With a ramp-up time quicker than any recruiter in company history, Laura billed over $1M in less than 27 months, and has placed more than 85 individuals in 50+ organizations since 2013. Laura is a four-time President’s Club Winner, and currently is in consideration for the exclusive Pinnacle Society. Prior to her agency recruitment career, Laura joined the talent acquisition industry in 2005 and placed hundreds of candidates and consulted global companies including UnitedHealth Group, Microsoft, Target, Best Buy, Thomson Reuters, and more.

Rolf Kramer
Founder & CEO, Kranect, LLC

Rolf Kramer, is the Founder & CEO of Kranect, LLC. Rolf has 20 years’ experience in the staffing industry. Rolf spent 8 years successfully building and managing a highly successful IT staffing team in Denver, Co. from 1999 - 2007. In 2007 Rolf joined Bullhorn, a market leader in staffing software, and helped build market share among the largest enterprise staffing companies in the world. In August of 2012, Rolf started Kranect, a premier staffing and consulting agency working solely with skilled professional information technology workers and businesses along the Front Range of Colorado. Rolf is a native of Colorado and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Fort Lewis College in Durango. After college, Rolf spent three seasons as a sponsored athlete on the World Pro Mogul Tour. Rolf and his family enjoy skiing, rock climbing, river rafting and riding their mountain bikes.

Kathleen Kurke
Productivity and Profitability Coach, The Kurke Report
Having worked a desk and built a business in this industry, Kathleen has left more than 300,000 voicemails. Enough got returned that Kathleen personally billed almost $19M and built a team that billed $42M.

Well known for her 30 year history of high dollar production and growth-oriented leadership, Kathleen has worked extensively with companies and individuals to leverage learning as a business success strategy. Having most recently served as CLO for Global Recruiters Network (GRN), Kathleen worked with the almost 200 franchised offices to implement a learning strategy that increased system-wide and individual office revenues by launching over 1000 hours of annual learning content. Getting her start in the business at MRI, Kathleen then built StarbridgeGroup, Inc. recruit and hire executive talent to convert clients’ business goals into reality.

Kathleen has remained a leader in the executive search industry for the last 20 years of her recruiting career, and was selected in 1995 for membership in the Pinnacle Society, a recruiting industry honor consortium recognizing 75 of the top executive recruiters in North America. Kathleen was honored to serve as President of this prestigious organization for 4 consecutive years, and has now returned to the organization as an honored member Emeritus.

Jenifer Lambert
VP, Sales & Marketing, TERRA Staffing Group

Jenifer Lambert considers it her great fortune to have accidentally wandered into the staffing industry more than 20 years ago. What started as a "summer job" right after college turned into a rewarding career spanning all aspects of the business including contract staffing, executive search, management, training, and business development roles and eventually became a partner in TERRA Staffing Group, one of the largest privately-held regional staffing firms in the Seattle area. Today, TERRA is comprised of 10 offices in the Seattle, Portland, OR and Phoenix metro markets. TERRA has been six years running named to Inavero's Best of Staffing list--an honor awarded to less than 2% of staffing firms nationally based on exceptionally high client and candidate satisfaction scores.

Jen has been featured in business publications including “Selling Power” magazine and is a top-rated speaker at national conferences. Jenifer was inducted into the Pinnacle Society, a consortium on the nation’s top producing recruiters, in October 2008. While she’s proud of her time as an individual contributor where she set records for largest fee in company history (contingent and retained) and highest grossing accounts sold, today she has set her sights on leading others to setting their own records and growing one of the most respected, privately-held staffing firms in the nation. She says, “I love this business. I believe what we do matters and I love the idea of helping this industry get stronger--one recruiter, one firm at a time.”

Bob Larson, CPC
President, Berman Larson Kane

As president of Berman Larson Kane, which was named “Best Employer in New Jersey” by NJBIZ magazine, Bob leads one of the country’s foremost information technology and human resource staffing firms and one of the first nationally-credentialed firms in the United States.

Bob is a nationally recognized speaker and author whose published works include the book “ Aim, Shoot, Get Hired!” and numerous articles in a wide range of professional journals and magazines. His popular FREE job-seeker webinars have exceeded over 50,000 attendees since they were introduced 2009.

In addition to his work as president, he served as chairman of the board of the National Association of Personnel Services. He has also served the Association as district director as well as president of the New Jersey Staffing Association and certified employment arbitrator and staffing ethics chairperson for New Jersey.

Inducted into the Staffing Hall of Fame in 2007 and the recipient of numerous awards for his work throughout the years, Bob began his career in 1980 when he was one of two founding partners of both Berman & Larson and Larson Consulting Services. He purchased the firm from his partner in 1988 and acquired HR Pros, a Rose Kane company in 1999. In 2008 he acquired a clinical and medical affairs recruiting and consulting firm.

Holding a bachelor’s degree from New Jersey City University where he majored in sociology and minored in computer science. He has completed graduate studies in human resources and people development at New School for Social Research. Bob earned CPC (certified personnel consultant) designation in 1992.

Mike LejeuneMike Lejeune
President, Simple Leadership

Mike is President of Simple Leadership and is one of the leading voices in the recruiting industry, serving as a keynote speaker, facilitator, and executive coach. He also served as President of Steverson and Company, recognized for 13 consecutive years as #1 and co-wrote an accreditation program for staffing for the Texas Association of Personnel Consultants. Mike writes a blog on leadership principles (Simple Leadership). He and his daughter Nikki are co-authors of the international award winning book A Father’s Love, the generational bridge that changes hearts forever.

Nina Markey
Shareholder, Co-Chair, Staffing, Independent Contractors and Contingent Workers Practice Group, Littler Mendelson

Nina K. Markey is a shareholder and co-chair of Littler's Staffing, Independent Contractors and Contingent Workers Practice Group. She represents and counsels employers in all aspects of employment and labor law in the single plaintiff and class action contexts, including:

• Discrimination, retaliation and harassment
• Wrongful termination
• Wage and hour
• Unfair competition and trade secret violations
• Arbitrations
• Unfair labor practice proceedings
• Representation elections

Nina practices before state and federal courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, and the National Labor Relations Board. She counsels employers on various human resources issues such as:

• Reviewing and drafting employer policies, handbooks, and severance agreements
• Discrimination and harassment
• Social media
• Employee benefits and leaves
• Hiring and termination

Nina regularly conducts EEOC and other compliance training sessions for employers and has taught courses on employment law and legal writing at Rutgers University School of Law. Her clients range from Fortune 100 companies to closely-held corporations and public entities. She is a core member of Littler’s Retail Industry Group and Co-Chair of the Staffing, Independent Contractors and Contingent Workers Practice Group.

Prior to joining Littler, Nina served as a law clerk to the Hon. Mary L. Cooper of the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Hon. Jane Grall of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division. During law school, she was state constitutional law editor of the Rutgers Law Journal.

Nina earned her J.D. with Honors from Rutgers School of Law and her B.A. from Dartmouth College. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey.

Bob Marshall
President, TBMG, International

Bob Marshall, founder of The Marshall Plan, has an extensive background in the recruiting industry as a Recruiter, Manager, VP, President, Coach and Trainer. In 2017, Bob will be celebrating his 37th year in the recruitment business.

In 1980, Bob started in search and recruiting with a large recruitment organization and soon became a Pacesetter. In his first office, he was named Account Executive of the Month 16 times. He is the recipient of the Million Dollar Hall of Fame Award.

After working a desk for 4 years, Bob became a Regional Manager for this same organization delivering operational support and training for their 60+ offices in the 11 Western states. He was acknowledged by corporate executives as the top trainer.

Bob then became Manager of an award-winning Sausalito, CA office where he developed and produced the first Morning Meeting video training series.

In 1986, Bob founded The Bob Marshall Group (based on The Marshall Plan). Since then he has traveled extensively throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Malta and Cyprus training and coaching recruiters.

Bob’s current list of copyrighted recruitment products and training/coaching services include:
*The TBMG Consulting Partnership Training System
*Three Coaching Formats, all based on the 20 week $1,000,000 Biller Program
*The Monthly BLS Analysis for Recruiters
*The Training Manual “Your Desk as a Manufacturing Plant”, Mastering the Fundamentals of Search and Recruiting – 8 modules with test and answer sections
*The Classics, Unplugged” Audio Teleconference Series – 43 sessions
*The Quick Resource Guide – recruitment resource/response binder
*The Forms Package
*The Modularized & Multi-Tasked Quarterly Executive Edition Daily Planner
*The Illuminati Think Tank – a series of teleconferences with Recruitment Superstar guests; includes access links to selected past recordings
*Weekly Business Analysis Meetings based on the “100 Point Sheet”
*Annual, Quarterly, Weekly & Daily personalized Goal Sheets

Bob has a BA, Political Science & International Relations from UCLA and a MIM (Masters of International Management) from Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale, AZ.

Bob continues to live and work on his horse ranch in McDonough, Georgia.

Bob can be reached at or at 770-898-5550. His website is

Monte Merz
Managing Partner, The High Country Search Group

Monte Merz is the Founder and Managing Partner of The High Country Search Group. Originally from Nebraska, he moved to Denver in 1994 and got started in the Recruiting Industry at the tender age of 25. Recruiting came pretty naturally and after three years of being the top Finance and Accounting biller for the national recruiting firm everyone knows, he chose to move into a management role with another national recruiting firm everyone knows. Five years of management experience there resulted in explosive growth, unbelievable experience (good and bad), and a series of promotions that brought him responsibility for multiple offices and a Regional VP title…. as well as some internal intellectual conflict as to whether continuing down the path of the large National Recruiting firm model was really the best long term solution for him (or his teams).

In February of 2002, Monte managed to get himself promoted and subsequently fired for lack of enthusiasm for the aforementioned promotion, all in the same day… and The High Country Search Group was born. Having sworn off management and being responsible for people for good, Monte embarked on a solo recruiting career he promised would expand no further than the breakfast nook in his kitchen.

Fifteen years later, High Country has 28 employees, three Perm Groups, a Staffing Group, and multiple local and national awards for both “Fastest Growing” and “Best Company to Work For” and Monte has clearly failed on his promise to stay a simple little one man shop.

How did this happen? He kept his promise to stay simple, it just didn’t stay a one man shop. Simple rules, consistent execution, and almost zero turnover lead to slow but steady growth and a local shop doing more than 10 Million Dollars in annual Revenue… and a 15 year overnight success story sort of just happened.

A farm kid from Nebraska, Monte was a 2-time All-American and 2-time Academic All-American Collegiate wrestler. He was a Volunteer Graduate Assistant Wrestling Coach for the Iowa Hawkeyes, and last year at age 46, clocked his first sub-3 hour marathon at the 2016 Boston Marathon. Don’t be overly fooled by the country jargon, he’s about as laid back as it comes, but at the end of the day he’s an incredibly competitive, process driven, numbers guy. And, if you give him a listen, you might just find some simple wisdom that resonates.

Terri Roeslmeier
President/CEO, Automated Business Designs, Inc.

Terri Roeslmeier is the Founder and CEO of Automated Business Designs, Inc. (ABD), a software development company that has been servicing the staffing industry since 1982.

Terri is degreed in Business Administration and began her career as a software developer. In her early career, Terri was employed as a Systems Engineer for Dallas-based Electronic Data Systems (EDS) automating wholesale distribution and manufacturing companies with a complete ERP solution. In the early 80’s Terri founded ABD and began servicing the staffing industry exclusively, providing a turnkey front and back office software option. Terri currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Search & Staffing Association (ISSA), and is a Member of the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) the American Staffing Association (ASA), the Minnesota Recruiting & Staffing Association (MNRSA) and the American Payroll Association (APA). Terri’s company is a WBENC Certified Business.

In 2015, Terri received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence from the Herald Business Ledger. In 2016 Terri received the NAPS Shero Award for her many years of work within the staffing industry. Also in 2016 Terri’s company was recognized as one of Chicago’s Best & Brightest Companies.

Kevin M. San Juan, CPC, CSP
President, Advanced Medical Resources

Kevin is a Certified Personnel Consultant, CPC, with over twenty years of experience in the Executive Search Profession. He attained his CPC designation in 1989 and his area of specialization is Executive Healthcare Recruiting. Kevin, a former professional skier, brought his competitive philosophy and belief to the recruiting industry and created a high quality Executive Search Firm. Kevin served as a staff recruiter and then managing partner for seven years with Advanced Personnel of Southington, focused in Healthcare, and in 1994 opened Advanced Medical Resources (AMR). Kevin has led AMR to be one of the premier boutique search firms in the nation, specializing in Executive Healthcare Recruitment.

Kevin is on the Pinnacle Society, whose members are the most select group of high achieving executive search consultants in the nation. It is recognized as the most prestigious independent national group associated with our industry. Kevin formerly held the Chairman of the Board position with the Connecticut Association of Personnel Services. He is a graduate of Western State University, Gunnison, Colorado, receiving his BS degree in Business Management with a double minor in Marketing and Economics.

Karen Schmidt
Managing Partner, Next Level Exchange and Kaye/Bassman International

Karen Schmidt is a Managing Partner with Next Level Exchange and Kaye/Bassman International, and President of Sanford Rose Associates International. Karen oversees all training initiatives and ongoing career development organizationally, and serves as an ongoing consultant to search firm owners who have a greater vision of growth, hiring and training. She is a frequent speaker and facilitator at continuing education seminars in the areas of recruiting, sales execution and performance development.

When joining Kaye/Bassman in 2001, Karen specialized in the search and recruitment of professionals for clients in the Commercial Construction, Specialty Contractors and Real Estate Development markets. She finished in the top five project staff for two consecutive years, achieved the distinction of becoming a Pacesetter within the company and reached a personal production of over $1,000,000 before transitioning into a leadership role. In 2006, Karen pioneered the redevelopment of Kaye/Bassman International’s corporate training program and subsequently launched the Next Level Foundation Program compiling best practices from industry trainers and big billers from around the globe. Past speaking credits include The Fordyce Forum, the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS), the Texas Association of Personnel Consultants (TAPC) Texas Tour, the Mid Atlantic Association of Personnel Consultants and the North Carolina Association of Staffing Professionals.

Karen graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a degree in General Business. In 2010, Karen was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty,” a list of rising young leaders in the Dallas area.

Andrea Tajgiszer
President, Train Recruiters, LLC

Andrea is the President of Train Recruiters, LLC, a training and development firm exclusively focused on recruiters with a commitment to building top performing teams, quality, and results. She partners with search firms nationally to conduct the initial training and onboarding for their new recruiters. She also has several long term, existing relationship with firms in which she continues to conduct coaching and training with their tenured staff. Her training programs are either delivered face to face or through webinars. She truly becomes an extension of your firm.

Andrea’s training strategy includes extensive script writing and role-play sessions so that each person not only learns the foundational curriculum, but also practices and perfects this information in a classroom environment. Her training sessions are high energy and extremely hand’s on. Clients regularly enlist Andrea to conduct multiple training sessions and rely on her experience to help grow their firms. Throughout her career, more than 80 percent of her clients have come from repeat or referral business.

Prior to creating Train Recruiters, LLC, Andrea has held various leadership roles with Management Recruiters International, the world’s largest executive search firm. Prior to her career in executive search, Andrea worked in Human Resources for an Anheuser Busch subsidiary. She is a graduate from Kent State University and lives in Aurora, Ohio.

Tricia Tamkin
Partner, Moore eSSentials

Tricia started her own firm, Wolftec, when phones had cords. In the 1990s she started combining Boolean logic and search strings with strong phone techniques and became a very successful recruiter, when most in her industry still didn’t have a computer on their desk. Dozens of training classes later and she launched her own series of classes; teaching hundreds of recruiters per year. Her deep experience in business over the last 20 years enables her to see the big picture for virtually anyone’s needs.

Jason Thibeaut
Partner, Moore eSSentials

Jason has trained and entertained many conferences and been quoted in Entrepreneur magazine on diversity sourcing. When he's not being a recruiter, trainer, and speaker, Jason is a published fiction author and father. To fill the rest of his time, he's working on his second degree black belt and an upcoming business book.

Carol Wenom, CPC, CTS
Vice President, The Whitaker Companies

Carol began her recruiting career in 1978 with one of the nation's largest engineering placement firms based in Houston. She became Manager of a major technical recruiting firm in Dallas for six years before returning to Houston as Vice President of The Whitaker Companies in 1989.

Carol has weathered many economic cycles in her over-30 years in engineering and technical recruiting and has achieved “preferred provider” or “exclusive provider” status with many of her clients. Consistently a top producer in the recruiting industry, Carol has been recognized with numerous honors and awards at local, state and national levels, and is serving her second term as President of the prestigious Pinnacle Society (a consortium of top recruiters in the US). Also among her credits, Carol has been inducted into the NAPS Hall of Fame, and named to Who’s Who in Energy in Houston for several consecutive years.

Carol has been a national speaker/trainer in the staffing industry for many years. Her speaking credentials include the National Association of Personnel Services (national and regional conferences), ACSESS (the national Canadian Staffing Association), ASA (the national staffing organization for contract/temporary staffing services), as well as National Personnel Assn (NPA), International Personnel Assn (IPA) and Top Echelon, as well as "guest appearances" for SHRM (Society of Human Resource Managers). Carol has also been a featured speaker at several engineering industry national conferences, and is frequently called upon to give in-house presentations to corporate recruiting staffs.

Amy West
Sr. Business Development Consultant, TFI Resources, a division of People 2.0

Amy West is the Senior Business Development Consultant for TFI Resources, a division of People 2.O. Based in Houston, Texas, she contributes extensive experience in the sales and recruitment industry. Specifically, her international staffing experience has provided full project recruitment and workforce solutions for clients in 20+ countries.

Previously, Amy held an Executive Senior Sales Director role for a Fortune 500 company and is a four-time recipient of the prestigious Circle of Excellence Award. Her achievements positioned her in the top 2% of all company performers for eight consecutive years and she was recognized as the number one director among all other sales directors in the United States.

A dynamic public speaker, emcee, and a sought after presenter, Amy is a highly respected community advocate, philanthropist, advisory board leader, and founding member of several nonprofit associations.


September 20 - 22, 2017
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