William J. Grubbs is President and CEO of Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCRN). Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. is a leader in healthcare staffing with a focus on providing nurse, allied and physician (locum tenens) staffing services and workforce solutions to the healthcare market.
With more than 30 years of experience in the recruiting industry, Grubbs has held a variety of senior executive positions in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Previously, he served as EVP and COO of TrueBlue Inc., and prior to that as EVP and COO of SFN Group (formerly known as Spherion Corp.). Grubbs was part of the executive team that successfully sold SFN Group to Randstad in 2011.
For the fourth consecutive year, Grubbs was named to the Top 100 Most Influential People in the Staffing Industry for 2018 by Staffing Industry Analysts. He is also named as a top Power Leader in Healthcare by the South Florida Business Journal. Cross Country Healthcare, based in Boca Raton, Fla., ranks No. 3 on Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2017 list of the Largest U.S. Healthcare Staffing Firms.
JP Sakey is President and CEO of Headway Workforce Solutions, a leading North American sector focused workforce solutions provider. JP has a passion for business with over 30 years in executive leadership roles, including major stints in the human capital, investment banking and private equity sectors.
After 10 years in the Private Equity and Investment world his foray into human capital and HR related businesses began in 1994 with the buyout of SPEC Group Holdings; a provider of technology based outsourcing solutions focused primarily in the energy and utility sector. Over 6 years JP and his team grew SPEC more than ten-fold before being acquired by TMP Worldwide, the parent company of Monster.com.
JP became President of Monster.com’s e-Resourcing Americas group. While at Monster he was heavily involved in Monster.com's business development strategies, including the launching of a successful series of sector specific initiatives and targeted country sites.
Sakey has been cited by numerous publications seeking his subject matter expertise about employment, hiring and human capital issues, and Human Resource Outsourcing Today magazine recognized Sakey with their prestigious HRO Super Star Provider Award, for having the “vision, influence, tenacity…while setting examples in building processes and organizational support structures, including IT, payroll and financial infrastructures” that benefit the human resources outsourcing and human capital industries.
With a career spanning more than twenty years in the Staffing Industry including eleven years consulting to firms of all sizes and sectors, Amy Bingham works with owners and executives to increase sales effectiveness. Standardizing processes in alignment with the latest best practices of high-growth firms, training sales and recruiting teams, and coaching leaders are key competencies of Bingham Consulting. It is Amy’s broad exposure to the best practices of high-performance staffing firms that her clients value most. Earlier in her career, working for a global firm provided the foundation for achieving excellence as one of seven elite performers. Today, continual research on emerging industry trends and sales process enhancements equip Amy to help her consulting clients differentiate and stay ahead of the competition.
Identifying a need to prepare the next generation of staffing leaders as Baby Boomer owners and executives develop their succession plans, Amy founded the Millennial Mentors Program this year. The Millennial Mentors Group is a consortium of self-employed Baby Boomer coaches with deep leadership expertise in Talent Acquisition and Executive Development. Working one-on-one with high-potential managers in careers they had personal success in, the Millennial Mentors transfer their knowledge and set emerging leaders up for more responsibility.
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, Tom worked with some of the most recognizable and well-respected companies in the world to help optimize their workforce strategy. As a consultant, trainer, and speaker to the staffing and recruiting industry, Tom has helped hundreds of firms create and execute sales and recruiting strategies to grow their business.
Tom has presented to a variety of industry 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, Monster.com, 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. HR Examiner named Tom one of the Top 25 Online Influencers in Staffing.
As Managing Director, Dan draws on his leadership, marketing, sales, sales management and operational experience to help develop and execute the company’s overall growth strategy. Dan is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of Menemsha Group and has been instrumental in the successful transition of the company from a founder-driven, services only business to a SaaS based training company.
Dan has personally consulted with over 350 IT staffing companies and has trained and coached thousands of sales reps, recruiters and staffing leaders across the country. Drawing from over 17 years of experience in the IT staffing and consulting industry, Dan combines his deep institutional knowledge and client experience to optimize operations and maximize client success.
Dan’s core focus is implementing the company’s growth plan including product development and go-to market strategy to ensure that Menemsha Group provides the best experience possible for the client.
Dan started working in the staffing industry in 1996 and is a popular speaker at industry events TechServe Alliance and Staffing World, as well as sales conferences and leadership retreats. Dan graduated from Michigan State University and currently resides in Boston, MA with his wife Laura.
Stephanie Banuelos leads CTI’s Credits & Incentives Practice with primary oversight of operations and overall practice development. She is focused on identifying, and maximizing federal, state and local tax credits that drive job creation, job training, capital investment and new business development. Stephanie has extensive experience working with companies of all sizes and industries to ensure that lucrative tax benefits are not overlooked. Since joining CTI, Stephanie has been actively involved in building CTI's incentives practice, while maintaining high-level client relationships. She is a talented, ambitious leader who is widely recognized for her technical knowledge and superior level of customer service.
Mark leads CTI’s national research and development (R&D) tax credit practice and is involved in all aspects of providing R&D services to his clients, including: conducting high-level R&D tax credit feasibility analyses, managing complex and comprehensive R&D tax credit studies, and defending R&D tax credit claims under IRS and state taxing authority examinations.
Mark has over 20 years of tax consulting and accounting firm experience and specializes in federal and state R&D tax credit solutions for his clients. He provides R&D services to Fortune 500 corporations and large public companies, as well as medium-sized private companies.
David Sprong regularly represents staffing companies as their trusted advisor as to the many complex and important issues impacting their businesses. As a founding member since 2010 of Becker LLC’s Staffing Group - one of the largest in the country - David is uniquely committed to staffing firms and assists them with matters such as talent acquisition/retention, on-boarding/off-boarding, compensation strategies, compliance and litigation. He regularly attends and speaks at state and national staffing conferences and events, and he has served on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Staffing Association.
Kristin Lindblom is VP of Client Services at Assurance and manages a staff of 15 and oversees a team of 23. Her main focus is the temporary staffing industry and professional employer organizations. With over ten years of experience, Kristin’s number one priority is client satisfaction, which she ensures her team accomplishes through prompt and accurate service. Kristin began her career at Assurance as an intern. Kristin holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in HR Management from Roosevelt University. She has earned her Associate in Insurance Services (AIS) and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designations.
Jourdan Block, Chief Operating Officer, is a key member of the executive management team at Block Staffing Services LLC. Jourdan is integrally involved in all facets of the organization, encompassing business operations, project management, business development and client interfacing. He is a goal oriented leader whose management style, business approach, and unique experiences enable him to offer a wide variety of insightful solutions to any situation. Jourdan is third generation in the staffing industry and has tremendous experience providing solutions. Jourdan is a Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) and a Technical Services Certified (TSC) professional through the American Staffing Association.
Formerly honored as one of Ottawa’s “Top 40 under 40” business leaders, Rudi Asseer’s energy, reputation and executive experience in the business sector helped attract an exceptionally strong team capable of executing his visionary leadership at IMI.
Rudi has proven to be a natural “disruptor” throughout his career. Focusing on “change management” has paved his path to the success formula that drives any organization.
His recent appointment as President & CEO of IMI has signalled a period of significant transformation for the long-established material handing company. Focused on international growth, digital transformation and expansion into new markets, Asseer placed IMI on the frontier of automation and artificial intelligence technology in the material handling sector.
Patrick Morin is a Managing Director with Transact Capital Partners, an investment banking firm that specializes in mergers and acquisitions of privately-owned companies with enterprise values up to $100MM. Transact serves clients in staffing as well as other industries. While a member of the National Speakers Association, he personally conducted thousands of keynotes and training meetings for notable groups such as: NASA, the National Ground Intelligence Center, DEA, and the National Independent Staffing Association. Mr. Morin appears on television, radio, and in print as an authority in his field and wrote a weekly column on sales for the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal and www.lendio.com.
Carl Stecker is a career entrepreneur and is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Benefits in a Card, LLC. In this role, Carl oversees all aspects of the business and leads a team of experts providing top quality group healthcare benefit products and services to temporary and contract employees of companies. He created a niche for high turnover employee populations in the staffing, manufacturing, hospitality and home healthcare industries.
Carl is no stranger to high turnover population industries. In 1990, having fifteen years’ experience in audit recovery specializing in administering Federal, State and Local tax incentives, he founded Net Profit, Inc. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer building the organization to one of the first in the industry to procure employment-related tax incentives for its clients.
Kerri Quigley is a Vice President at Assurance, a Top 50 U.S. insurance brokerage, who specializes in the staffing industry. Kerri has solidified her expertise in providing in-depth coverage analysis, including the reconstruction of staffing industry products with Philadelphia, AIG, CNA and Hanover Insurance. Her extensive knowledge of the industry is further augmented through various speaking and teaching opportunities. She's a member of the American Staffing Association and New Jersey Staffing Alliance. In 2017, Kerri was named an Elite Woman in Insurance by Insurance Business America.
Kurt Murray is a Principal at Assurance, a Top 50 U.S. insurance brokerage. Kurt focuses on mid-sized companies in the staffing industry. His primary responsibility is to provide cost-effective solutions and develop insurance programs that are individualized to a company’s specific needs. Kurt graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He has presented at numerous staffing industry events and conferences, including TempNet, New Jersey Staffing Alliance and American Staffing Association.
John McGraw is Senior Vice President at Access Capital. He’s responsible for new business origination and business development. John’s career in servicing companies in the staffing industry began 20 years ago at Sterling Payroll Finance (a division of Sterling National Bank) and its predecessors. He has a long record of successfully providing staffing companies with growth capital and business processing services. John is an active member of staffing industry associations including the New York Staffing Association, the American Staffing Association, TechServe Alliance and Staffing Industry Analysts.
Paul Mehring is a Co-President at Access Capital, a national leader in asset-based lending, payroll and staffing funding. He oversees the company’s new business and underwriting. Paul has a long record of successfully supporting the growth of entrepreneurially run staffing companies. He serves as an Industry Partner of the New York Staffing Association and is also a member of the American Staffing Association, TechServe Alliance, Staffing Industry Analysts and the New Jersey Staffing Alliance.
Access Capital is based in New York, NY and provides working capital lines of credit to help staffing companies increase their profitability.
Martin Borosko is a Managing Member of Becker, a mid-market law firm, and Co-Chair of the firm’s staffing group. Martin has 20 years of experience handling complex corporate structuring matters and commercial disputes in healthcare and staffing. He counsels companies on corporate matters impacting strategy and growth. Martin has received several honors including “40 Under 40” by the New Jersey Law Journal and named a New Jersey Super Lawyer 2009-2012. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of New Jersey and Juris Doctorate from the Rutgers School of Law – Newark.
Nick is a Certified Public Accountant and Partner at Citrin Cooperman, a full-service accounting, tax and consulting firm in the Northeast. With over 20 years of experience, Nick advises in the areas of valuation services, business consulting, and profitability analysis and helps clients with strategic corporate organization, as well as business and tax planning. A graduate of Pace University, Nick is a member and past chairman within the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He’s also an independent director of Staffing 360 Solutions.
Michael Zyborowicz, a partner in Citrin Cooperman's Philadelphia office, has 14 years of accounting experience. Mike provides staffing and executive search firm clients with industry benchmarking, profitability analysis, business planning strategies and general business and tax advice. Mike was named by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of Philadelphia’s Top “40 Under 40” in 2014 and was selected as a “Rising Star” finalist for SmartCEO’s CPA & ESQ Awards in 2015. Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Syracuse University. He’s a licensed CPA in Pennsylvania and New York.
Mike Bartels is the Chief Development Officer of Becker, a mid-market law firm, and is a leader in the Staffing group at the firm. In his role at the firm, Mike oversees all business development & marketing activities for the firm as well as working closely with the partners on client relations & project management to ensure complete satisfaction is realized between the attorneys and their clients. Mike & the firm are proud members of both national and state staffing trade organizations across the country. He has also been honored to be a guest speaker at these events, speaking on various topics such as sales, marketing, recruiting and the #MeToo movement.