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The 2018 conference speakers are below. Stay tuned as we will soon start to build out our 2019 conference agenda and add all speaker bios here!

2018 Conference Speakers


Author & Speaker Aaron Davis has shared with over a million people and is a leading authority & expert on the importance of having a Positive Attitude!

From the age of 8, he was helping his Dad work in the evenings as a janitor. Through this experience, Aaron learned the importance of having a Champion Attitude no matter what your role or title is. Through mopping floors, cleaning bathrooms, emptying out hundreds of trashcans nightly, Aaron learned that it's not WHAT you do instead it's HOW you do it!

With Aaron, you won't get just another speaker "telling" others how to be successful. He's in the trenches every day with his own consulting & speaking firm (Aaron Davis Presentations), and also a serves as Chief Outreach Director for, a software platform that provides employee engagement solutions for several industries.

As a member of the 1994 National Championship Nebraska Football team and working with numerous corporations & organizations, he understands firsthand what it takes to perform like a champion & experience incredible results both personally & professionally by maintaining a positive Attitude!

He's a proud University of Nebraska alumnus earning his degree in Psychology, and Aaron and his wife reside in Nebraska with their two sons and daughter.



Matt Keller is the founding and lead pastor of Next Level Church in Fort Myers. He also oversees Next Level Coaching, through which he trains thousands of Leaders each year. Matt has worked with such companies as Chick-fil-A, Walgreens, the Florida Country Club Managers Association, Waypoint Homes as well as industries ranging from the medical field to the construction world. He’s led Next Level Church from 15 people in a coffee shop to over 3,200 in 3 locations. Matt is also the Founder of the Fort Myers Dream Center, a non-profit outreach center that exists to help meet the needs and challenges of our community, while bringing hope and restoring dreams. Over the past two decades, Matt has helped thousands of leaders around the country take their organizations, teams and influence to the next level.




Amy Bingham is the Managing Partner of Bingham Consulting Professionals and founder of the Millennial Mentors Group. With a career spanning over twenty years in the Staffing Industry including ten years consulting to firms of all sizes and segments, Amy works with owners and executives to increase sales effectiveness by standardizing processes in alignment with the latest best practices of highgrowth firms, training sales and recruiting teams, and coaching the leadership team. It is Amy’s ability to expediently identify growth impediments, then help install and institutionalize processes and behaviors that produce immediate results, that her clients value most.



A digital marketing expert, Brad Bialy is passionate about helping organizations develop and implement strategic digital marketing strategies to reach defined business goals. Brad has motivated and educated more than 1,300 staffing industry members through 20+ industry-specific conferences and webinar series.


He has helped oversee the social media and content marketing strategy and comprehensive marketing execution of nearly 200 staffing and recruiting firms. While at Haley Marketing Group, he has guided the strategy and delivery of multiple industry award-winning social media campaigns.

Brad oversees and develops the comprehensive social media marketing campaign for Haley Marketing Group and manages the product development of Haley Marketing Group’s Social Pro service, the award-winning social media marketing solution designed specifically for the staffing industry.


Barb is recognized internationally as one of the top experts in the Staffing and Recruiting Profession. She was selected by LinkedIn Learning to create Recruiting Courses, which have had over 1 million participants worldwide.


She became a trainer to help others make more money. 100% of Barb’s Top Producer Tutor clients have increased their sales and profits. She has developed a private labeled Career Portal to help 100% of the candidates we attract.


She has also held many leadership roles including Chairman of the Board of NAPS, has received many top honors and believes in giving back.


Bottom Line: Her enthusiasm and passion are contagious!


Jon Bartos is a premier thought leader, entrepreneur, trainer, speaker and consultant on all aspects of Sales, Marketing, Talent Management, Human Performance Management and Data Analytics. Jon was the founding partner of Executive Search Firm - Jonathan Scott International in 1999, Data Analytics software firm Revenue Performance Management in 2008, International Executive Search Firm - Global Performance Search in 2015 and Marketing firm Alpine Double Black in 2017.

As President and CEO of Jonathan Scott International in Ohio, Jon took the organization from start up to being international leader in Healthcare IT and SAP talent management, which was acquired in 2012. JSI was a top 10% executive search and staffing firm winning 17 international awards in the MRINetwork. As of today, Jon has billed over 17 million in personal production. Starting GPS in 2015, Jon now manages one of the fastest growing retained search firms in the country. GPS is the leader in talent solutions for Workday, Data Analytics, Logistics and Supply Chain Technologies.

Jon has also helped hundreds of business owners worldwide to achieve their maximum potential. Jon has also been a toprated speaker at events all over the world. He has had an opportunity to speak with audiences all in South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Aruba, the Dominican Republic, New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, Bulgaria, Australia, Greece, France, the UK and North America.

In the last 10 years Jon has published over 100 articles, 12 white papers and 3 eBooks on the above topics. He has a BS in Advertising and Marketing from Michigan State University and a MBA in International Marketing from Amberton University in Garland, Texas.

Jon also owns and operates the RedGate Farm and Vineyard in Quincy, Kentucky which is the future host to many training and coaching events upcoming in conjunction with Redgate Adventures. Making it Rain - How to Increase your Billings from 2 - 10x WITHOUT WORKING HARDER the industries block buster seminar starts in June, 2018.

Jon can be reached at 513-515-1267 or



Todd Bossler is a Product Manager at Top Echelon, a company dedicated to helping recruiters make more placements through its products and services that include an applicant tracking system, split network, and contract staffing back office.



Greg Doersching is the Creator and Owner of Bullseye Recruiting – one of the most comprehensive Recruiting Training programs in the country. He has been in Recruiting for over 25 years and is the recipient of the National Association of Personnel Services lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the recruiting industry. As the owner of Griffin Search Group, he is an active recruiter who still runs a highly productive desk - so day to day he is in the trenches just like the rest of us.



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 is one of the most highly sought after national speakers in the staffing industry, presenting 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 dozens of others.

A variety of national and regional media outlets including The Wall Street Journal,, Columbus CEO, and multiple city business journals have interviewed Tom. Tom currently writes the monthly Recruiting Today column for ASA’s Staffing Success magazine. HR Examiner named Tom one of the Top 25 Online Influencers in Staffing.

Tom is a former president of the Ohio Staffing and Search Association and the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio. He currently serves on the board for the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) and as Chairman of ASA’s Professional-Managerial Section Council. Tom is a Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) and Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR).

Diane Geller focuses her practice on the representation of clients in the staffing industry. With more than 25 years of experience, including as general counsel for a major public company in the staffing and funding industry, Diane is a seasoned practitioner and strategic counselor who helps her clients with business issues and to stay compliant with the ever-changing regulations governing the workplace. She works with clients to prepare various employment agreements — including noncompete, confidentiality, independent contractor and separation agreements — as well as affirmative action plans, employee policy handbooks and social media policies.

Michelle Gomez represents and advises employers on a wide variety of employment matters, including claims based on age, race, color, national origin, and sexual discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour issues. She defends clients in employmentrelated disputes before federal and state courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. Michelle’s recent trial experience includes a federal court jury trial, a federal court bench trial, and a state court jury trial, all of which concluded favorably for Littler’s clients.

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, his organization 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.


Joshua Kirkpatrick focuses his practice on employment litigation and counseling. He represents clients in a wide range of employment and labor law matters in federal and state court in Colorado and Montana, in arbitration and mediation, and before numerous government agencies. He has litigated hundreds of cases arising under dozens of laws regulating the employment relationship, including many cases involving claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Joshua has extensive litigation experience relating to state and federal wage and hour issues, including many claims that have involved attempts by plaintiffs to obtain class action or collective action treatment.


Kathleen Kurke's 30 years in our business has translated into $19M of personal production, building an office with $42M of production, and many hard learned lessons along the way. Kathleen has worked with hundreds of recruiting firms to build their focus and performance around productivity and profitability. Known as a great trainer and inspiring coach, Kathleen's session are filled with realistic strategies and action plans you can take back and put into practice immediately to see better results.


For almost 20 years, Stephanie has been an industry thought leader and market expert in the area of recruiting top talent. Year after year, Stephanie is one of the top producers in the firm and is recognized as the premier recruiter for top talent in her marketplace and has personally billed almost $5M in her career.

In addition to her success on the job, Stephanie has also become the in-house expert on The Millennial Generation. Along with her live events, Stephanie shares a weekly vlog on LinkedIn.

Stephanie is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a B.S. in Business Administration. She also holds the Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) designation. She lives in Nashville with her husband and three children.

Kelly Merbler is the current President of the Florida Staffing Association. Kelly is someone who "walks the talk" and has been in the trenches practicing what she teaches. She has developed an effective and proven approach to discovering the greatness within an individual, small team or large organization. She specializes in Gallup Strengths based coaching workshops, Sales Success Coaching Workshops, Career Coaching, Leadership Development and Motivational Speaking. Prior to starting her own coaching enterprise, Kelly spent twenty-one years as a regional executive with a global staffing organization where she was responsible for hiring, developing and building successful sales and operations teams. She knows that the secret of success is hiring good talent which begins with identifying what people do best and aligning them in the right role for maximum impact internally and externally.


Jordan Rayboy has always taken the road less traveled. He began his recruiting career in 2000 at age 20, and by 2005 was ranked Top Ten globally out of 5,000 recruiters in the network. The following year, Jordan struck out on his own, forming Rayboy Insider Search. He joined the Pinnacle Society in 2009, and has served on their Board of Directors and as Member Education Chair.

Being an impatient type-A recruiter, Jordan long ago abandoned the deferred life plan (slave, save, retire). By building an effective virtual team & leveraging technology, Jordan has run his firm for over a decade while traveling nearly full-time in a tour-bus RV with his wife Jeska, their three dogs, and now their daughter Ryder. They’ve covered the majority of the US and Canada during their adventure while living their dream every day.

Through Jordan’s numerous presentations at NAPS conferences, state associations, and training videos on Next Level Exchange, he has inspired countless recruiters to raise their game and make their dreams a reality as well.

Sean P. Rigsby, CPC is the Managing Partner of Rigsby Search Group, LLC, an environmental recruiting firm dedicated to bringing expertise to candidates and clients nationwide.

Sean is a Member of The Pinnacle Society, an organization of 75 highest volume recruiters in North America. An advocate for continued education, he has been a speaker at various conferences, events and trainings.

Prior to founding RSG in 2012, Sean spent 19 years at RJS Associates. When he finished his career at RJS, he was a Partner and was ranked in the top three highest producing recruiters within the history of the company.


Karen Schmidt is a Managing Partner with Kaye/Bassman International and oversees all training initiatives and ongoing career development organizationally. On behalf of Next Level Recruiting Training and the Next Level Exchange, Karen is a frequent consultant to search firm owners who have a greater vision of growth, hiring and training.

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 in 2004 and 2005, 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. 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.


Tony Sorensen is the CEO of Parqa and sister-company, Versique Executive Search & Consulting. With a career spanning 20 years in the recruiting industry, Tony founded Parqa Digital Marketing Agency with a passion to help staffing firms nationwide take their online presence to the next level. By investing in digital marketing efforts for his own recruiting company, Versique grew from $0 - $10M in just four years and now receives over 50% of revenue from marketing sources including SEO, pay-per-click, social media marketing, and content marketing. Tony is one of the country’s forefront thought leaders on digital marketing for the recruiting industry and has contributed to organizations including NAPS, ERE, The Fordyce Letter, EMinfo, Star Tribune, and



Andrea is the President of Train Recruiters, which is a training and development firm that partners with executive search firms, staffing companies, and RPO firms across the United States.

Andrea has over 15 years of training and development experience working with firms ranging from 2 to over 100 recruiters. She has an extreme passion for getting new recruiters off of the ground, quickly. She develops a true partnership and over 90% of her business comes from repeat clients and referrals. Prior to starting her own firm in 2009, she held various leadership roles with Management Recruiters International.

Tricia has started eight successful companies. When most in recruiting still didn’t have a computer on their desk, she combined internet skills with strong phone techniques to become a successful recruiter. Her deep experience in business enables her to see the big picture for virtually anyone’s needs.

Mark founded Tier One Executive Search in Detroit in 2002, as a boutique search firm, serving the automotive industry. Less than a year later came an office in Ontario, Canada, followed by an office in Shanghai, China in 2004. In 2010, Mark was invited to and accepted as a member of the highly regarded Pinnacle Society where he now serves as a member of the board. Prior to Tier One, Mark held positions as Automotive Practice Manager for a large firm, and as Area Director, for a $13 Billion contract staffing firm. He was born in Detroit, and lives in Windsor, Canada with his wife and two children.


Jason started teaching logic in college. Twenty years later, he still does that. Along the way he’s been a USAF officer, manufacturing plant manager, and now recruits and trains with Moore eSSentials. With his downtime, Jason is working on another Black Belt, is a published author, and solves mysteries with his Great Dane.

Aaron Wandtke, CERS is the Senior Partner at Executive Staffing Solutions (ESS) which was founded in 2000. ESS recruits for the health care industry on a national basis. Aaron's recruiting firm employs 24 individuals. ESS was named “Best Places to Work” in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Forbes magazine named ESS as one of the top 150 executive across all industries in 2017.

Aaron is a Past Chairman for the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) as well as the Ohio Recruiters Association. Aaron has spoken at NAPS, CSP, NEAPS and ORA in the past.



Carol Wenom, CPC/CTS, Vice President of The Whitaker Companies, has over 35 years of experience in Engineering/Technical


recruiting and search for the refining and chemical process industries. Her major focus has been in the midstream and downstream sectors of the energy industry. She came to Whitaker in 1989 after having worked for major engineering staffing companies in Houston and Dallas. She has achieved preferred provider or exclusive provider status with most of her clients.

Consistently a top producer in the recruiting industry, Ms. Wenom has been recognized with numerous honors and awards at local, state and national levels including membership in The Pinnacle Society since 2007 - the nation's premier consortium of top recruiters within the permanent placement and search industry. She is presently serving in her second two-year term as Pinnacle Society President. In 1985 and 1992 respectively she was awarded Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS) designations, attesting to her continued commitment to the highest standards of legal and ethical business practices. She was honored in 1992 as the Houston Area "Consultant of the Year" and "CTS of the Year" by the State Professional Association (TAPC). In 1994 Ms. Wenom was also recognized by the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) as "CPC of the Year". In 2003 the Houston Area Association recognized Ms. Wenom for Outstanding Contributions to the Professional Staffing Industry. Ms. Wenom served as Chairman of the Board of NAPS from 2008-2010. In recognition of her lifetime achievements to the industry, she was inducted into the NAPS Hall of Fame in 2013.

In addition to her operational roles at Whitaker, Ms. Wenom also serves as Vice President of Training and Organizational Development. She conducts both new-hire and on-going training for all divisions of the company. Additionally, she has developed a series of training videos introducing the Fundamentals of the Staffing Industry that is now being offered throughout the industry nationwide.

As a noted speaker/trainer in our industry, Ms Wenom’s credentials include the National Association of Personnel Services, the national Canadian Staffing Association, American Staffing Association, National Personnel Association, and International Personnel Association, as well as "guest appearances" for the Society of Human Resource Managers. Ms Wenom is also frequently in demand as a speaker at national and regional engineering trade association meetings including the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals. As testimony to her reputation throughout the energy market sector, Ms Wenom was named a Finalist to Who’s Who in Energy, 2012 and 2013 by the Houston Business Journal.

Ms. Wenom received her Bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in 1973 with a dual major in English and Communications. Prior to her career in recruiting, Ms. Wenom worked in both technical and training positions for Western Geophysical Company of America based in Houston.


Amy West, Senior Business Development Consultant for People 2.0, has a Bachelor degree in Design and Architecture. She combines a robust creative foundation with extensive experience in global sales and recruiting.

Amy’s International staffing experience has provided full project recruitment and payroll services for her clients in 20+ countries. She has held an Executive Senior Sales Director role for a Fortune 500 company and is a four-time recipient of their prestigious Circle of Excellence award.

Based in Houston, Texas, Amy is a highly respected community advocate, NAPS board member, advisory board leader and founding member of several nonprofit associations.



Mark is dedicated to helping C&A’s 350 in-house recruiters maximize their potential by training, coaching and guiding them in the principles, tactics and methodologies within the staffing industry. Mark is not only an expert with staffing, recruiting and search bestprocesses, but also develops content and conducts workshops on critical soft-skill topics including time management, self-accountability and influence. Mark also works with C&A’s managers on such topics of setting recruiter expectations, goals, processes and accountability.



September 22 - 24, 2019
8:00 - 5:00pm MST


Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa

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