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    • September 26, 2021
    • September 28, 2021
    • Henderson, NV

    NAPS 2021 Conference is the premier education opportunity representing the search, recruiting & staffing industry. More than 300 attendees are expected to attend this year's annual event, which will be held September 26-28, 2021 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa in Henderson, NV.

    Attendees will have an opportunity to learn from best practices and understand how to improve their business through case studies while expanding their professional network. Exhibitors and sponsors will have dedicated time to showcase products and services in front of hundreds of leaders and decision makers who want to learn more about how you can help them run their businesses more efficiently and effectively.

    Register for this event on NAPS website

    • September 28, 2021
    • September 30, 2021
    • Denver, CO

    • October 14, 2021
    • 8:30 AM
    • October 15, 2021
    • 1:00 PM
    • Racine, WI

    The Illinois Search and Staffing Association and the Michigan Association of Staffing Services would like you to join us for "Soaring Higher", an exclusive event for staffing Owners and Executives. Come along with us on October 14th and 15th, and experience Wingspread Retreat and Executive Conference Center  near Racine, WI. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and situated on 36 peaceful acres along Lake Michigan, Wingspread will delight and inspire you!

    Retreat pricing is all-inclusive for the two days--meals, beverages, activities and overnight accommodations. Staffing Owners and Executives will stay on site Thursday night, in the recently renovated Sam and Gene Johnson Guest House. Each guest will have access to a private room (one queen bed per guest room) and bath, a community living room, outdoor patio and firepit, as well as complimentary beverages and snacks.

    "Soaring Higher" Retreat Agenda

    Thursday Oct. 14


    8:30AM – 9:15AM

     Continental Breakfast

    9:15AM – 10:00AM

     State of the Industry: Joyce Russell, ASA Board Chair


     Group Activity

    11:00AM -11:45PM

     Economic Outlook: Jason Turner, Great Lakes Advisors

    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

     Wisconsin Tailgate Lunch and Games

    1:30PM - 2:30PM

     Keynote: “A Leader Worth Following: The Real Take on Real Leadership” – Randy Fox

    2:45PM - 3:45PM

     “Attract, Mentor, Motivate, Retain” - Kim Whiteley, Mee Derby

    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

     Wingspread Narrated Tour

    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

     Cocktails / Dinner

    8:00PM - 10:00PM

     Outdoor Fire Pit - Smores and Social Time


     Owners and Executives - Overnight stay at Wingspread 

    Friday Oct. 15


    7:00AM - 8:00AM

     Breakfast Buffet

    8:00AM – 8:30AM

     Group Activity

    8:30AM - 9:30AM 

     “It’s a New Cyber World. Is Your Staffing Company Prepared?” – Jerry Grady, UHY

    9:30AM - 10:30AM

     "Harnessing AI and Automation to Build a Powerful Recruiting Machine" - Pankaj Jindal, Sense

    10:30AM -11:30AM

     “Balance Sheets: Are You Growing or Selling?” – Joe Priola, Coveted Financial

    11:45AM - 12:45PM

     Owners Panel Roundtable Discussion

    12:45PM – 1:00PM


    Attendance at this event earns 8.75 CE Credits

    toward ASA and NAPS Certification

    Keynote Speaker and former NCAA basketball official Randy Fox will present: 

    "A Leader Worth Following: The Real Take on Real Leadership"

    The world is starving for leaders that make a difference, that change the world and that are worthy of following. Hear Randy's most requested and highly acclaimed keynote, which transforms the way people live, work, and lead. Journey with Randy to learn the key leadership qualities.

    Randy Fox, Keynote Speaker

    Randy Fox's incredible energy, leadership expertise, and undeniable stage charisma all come together to engage audiences and help people transform their professional and personal lives. Audiences love his authenticity, humor, and captivating stories. Meeting planners appreciate his ability to tailor keynotes to their needs, as well as his professionalism and pursuit of excellence. Prior to becoming an international award-winning speaker, author, and coach, Randy earned his stripes with 23 years as an NCAA basketball official and 20 years filled with much success (and some failure too) as a corporate operations and sales leader. He is a professional member of the National Speakers Association Florida Chapter, has written several prestigious books, and is fully aware that his 8-year-old has more artistic ability than he.

    Joyce Russell,  President at Adecco Group US Foundation, ASA Board Chair

    As President of the Adecco Group U.S. Foundation, Joyce is committed to making the future work for everyone. The Foundation launched in January 2019 and focuses on up-/reskilling American workers and helping to ensure work equality for all.

    In 1987, Joyce joined Adecco USA, Inc. (Adecco) as a Branch Manager in Charlotte, North Carolina. From 2004-2018, she served as the President of Adecco, leading the largest business unit of Adecco Group North America, with more than 450 branch locations, approximately 1,600 colleagues and a diverse portfolio of clients.

    During her time at Adecco, Joyce has firmly established her passion for working with people, and providing new opportunities for both employees and companies. She constantly strives for growth both personally and professionally, while remaining focused on work-related programs, partnerships, and investments that create greater economic opportunity for American workers.

    Joyce is a panelist and participant at the World Economic Forum in Davos and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summits.  For the 2020-2021 term, she serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Staffing Association.  Additionally, Joyce is a board member of Dress for Success Worldwide, a founding member of Paradigm for Parity, a member of C200, International Women’s Forum, and Women Corporate Directors. Joyce holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and communications from Baylor University.

    Kim Whiteley, Director and Executive Recruiter, Mee Derby

    Kim brings more than 20 years of staffing industry and search experience to Mee Derby. She and her team focus nationally, with an emphasis on the professional services sector, working with both privately-held and national firms to help increase their footprint and attract senior leadership, working on both a retained and contingent basis. Prior to joining Mee Derby, Kim spent 15 years with Randstad in sales management and sales in the areas of IT, Professional services,and Managed Solutions. Her work experience includes managing and selling staffing services in the Washington, D.C. region and nationally. Kim is a graduate of McDaniel College.

    Pankaj Jindal, Co-Founder, Sense

    Pankaj is a staffing industry veteran and the co-founder of Sense, the first candidate engagement platform designed specifically for the Staffing Industry. Before founding Sense, Pankaj spent 15 years running staffing companies, becoming an expert on candidate experience, recruiter productivity, redeployment, and understanding the day-to-day problems faced by recruiters. Pankaj used this practitioner’s knowledge to create Sense, which can help transform the consultant-care paradigm for staffing companies.

    Prior to founding Sense, Pankaj was the CEO of Akraya, President of Aditi Technologies and Aditi Staffing, and completed the Advanced Management Education Program from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He routinely speaks at Industry Conferences on candidate engagement, employer branding and increasing retention.

    Jason Turner, Chief Operating Officer, Head of Multi-Asset Strategies, Great Lakes Advisors

    Jason Turner joined Wintrust in 2009 and currently serves as the head of multi-asset strategies at Great Lakes Advisors, a Wintrust Wealth Management Company. In this role, Jason has oversight for asset allocation, manager selection, and investment strategy for the firm’s Multi-Asset Strategy investment approach.  He is also a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and Management Committee.

    In 2015, Jason became one of the first global recipients of the Yale School of Management-EDHEC Risk Institute Certificate in Risk and Investment Management. This rigorous post-graduate course incorporates the latest research advances and state-of-the-art practices in the areas of risk and investment management. He also holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 Licenses, an MBA with distinction from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University, and a bachelor’s degree in finance and communications from North Central College.

    Joe Priola, President, Coveted Financial Services

    Joe Priola, President of Coveted Financial Services, has over 30 years of banking experience. He founded Coveted in 2011, a fractional CFO firm that empowers business owners and helps companies increase their value. 

    Jerry Grady, Partner, UHY LLP

    Jerry Grady is the Ann Arbor Office Managing Partner for UHY LLP and board member of UHY Advisors, Inc. He has acquired a wealth of knowledge throughout his more than 35 years in public accounting. Jerry is a leading member of the firm’s National Management and Technology Consulting Services Group as well as a member of the National International Financial Reporting Standards Committee. He is also the chairperson of the firm’s National Staffing Practice that provides services to more than 140 staffing companies across the U.S.

    Bryan Tweed, Senior V.P.,  Sales and Key Accounts, IMS People Possible

    Panel Moderator

    Bryan Tweed, Senior Vice President of Sales & Key Accounts for IMS Group, is passionate about providing customized, value-added workforce & talent solutions for IMS customers. He brings to the team 15+ years of experience building global recruitment teams, overseeing workforce management operations, and generating an unparalleled experience across his IMS Group client portfolio.

    Bryan previously spent 8 years with Volt Workforce Solutions in progressive recruitment and account management leadership roles at local, regional, and national levels. His relationship with IMS Group began while serving as the National Account Manager for Channel Partnership at Volt, in which he managed the outsourced delivery model for more than 25 enterprise customers. Prior to joining IMS, Bryan served as the Director of Recruiting at CyberSearch, an international technology staffing and consulting firm in which he was accountable for the global recruitment delivery management for the organization. Bryan attributes much of his career success to the 6-year partnership with IMS as a customer and he is particularly excited about sharing these best practices with strategic clients to design recruiting solutions which meet all IMS customer needs.

    Patrick Dolan, Area Developer and Franchise Coach, Express Employment Professionals


    Patrick Dolan is an Area Developer for Express Employment Professionals, the largest franchised staffing company in the world, with 825 franchises in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, and $3.5 billion in annual revenues. In this role, Dolan acts as an internal business consultant and coach to 20 Express franchises in the Chicagoland area, helping them grow their businesses through strategy, marketing, sales, sales management, hiring & leadership.

    Dolan began his career in staffing as Vice President of Sales & Marketing in 1998 when he joined the family staffing business begun by his father in 1962, Olsten Staffing of Chicago, the first, and eventually largest, franchise in the Olsten network. The Dolans sold the company, consisting of 21 Chicagoland offices and almost $80 million in annual revenues, to Adecco, in 2000.

    Dolan previously served as a Corporate Accounts Executive in the Global Sales Group of Kelly Services, selling MSP and VMS solutions, and Regional Vice President for Adecco, managing the Chicagoland business operations. Dolan is a past-President of the Illinois Search & Staffing Association (1999-2000).

    Dolan earned his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where he double majored in Organizational Behavior and Marketing and has a BA in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Dolan resides in Chicago.

    Laura Hanoski, Owner of Premier Physician Services 


    In 2002, Laura Hanoski co-founded Premier Medical Staffing Services, LLC (“Premier”), a Wisconsin Certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise, with her husband, Mark Hanoski. Laura is a nurse by trade and has worked in a variety of specialty areas as a pool nurse, including 6 years in orthopedics. She has a passion for healthcare and improving quality of life for patients. Laura oversees all the clinical aspects of Premier, from medication teaching to maintaining Joint Commission standards. She works alongside Mark to help grow and plan the future of Premier.

    Under Laura Hanoski’s leadership, Premier Medical Staffing Services has under numerous recognitions including Diversity-Owned Staffing Firm, Wisconsin Marketplace Governor’s Outstanding Large Business, Fastest-Growing Staffing Firm, Largest Wisconsin-based Women-owned Business, Milwaukee Business Journal Best Places to Work, Military Spouse Employment Partner, and more.

    While working with the Department of Defense and Veteran facilities over the past several years, Laura discovered that having a healthcare job while in the service does not necessarily translate to the ability to obtain a healthcare job in the civilian world. In 2017, Laura Hanoski started the non-profit, Heroes for Healthcare. This organization helps military personnel transitioning to civilian life and Veterans find their career in healthcare. Learn more by visiting heroesforhealthcare.org.

    Rama Kavaliauskas, President of Sterling Engineering


    Rama Kavaliauskas joined Sterling in 1997 as a Business Development Manager and was the top revenue generator for many years because of her client-centric approach to the business.

    As President, she is focused on developing and implementing strategic and tactical plans related to delivering engineering/design expertise and technical staff augmentation solutions. Rama is a graduate of Cleveland State University, and she holds a degree in Business Administration.

    Rama is proud to be a part of the following organizations:

    Illinois Search and Staffing Association – Executive Board Member -- ISSA is the leading midwest staffing and recruiting association focused on serving the professional and business development needs in the industry

    Valley Industrial Association – past Board Member -- Regional trade association for Northern Illinois manufacturers which serve manufacturing in the Fox Valley area

    Women in Manufacturing -- National trade association dedicated to providing support to women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry

    Staffing Industry Analysts -- Global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions

    TechServe Alliance – IT & Engineering staffing association dedicated to advancing excellence and ethics within the IT & engineering staffing solutions industry

    Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this event possible!

    Cocktail Hour Sponsor: Coveted Financial Services

    Tailgate Lunch and Games Sponsor:  World Wide Specialty Programs

    • October 21, 2021
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    Date and event details TBA soon!

    • November 04, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • At Your Desk

    The Pinnacle Society was founded in 1989 with the assistance and leadership of industry trainers Tony Byrne and Ben Meador. It was initially envisioned as a gathering of “the best of the best” within our industry to share ideas, best practices and provide networking opportunities--ideals which the society has embodied to this day.

    Join us virtually on November 4, 2021 for a session with Pinnacle Society members.  Learn from epic producers who will share their secrets for success in navigating this ever-changing industry.

    Date: November 4, 2021

    Time: 2:00 – 4:00PM CST

    • May 25, 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • May 26, 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL

    Midwest Staffing Conference

    May 25-26, 2022

    Donald E. Stephens Convention Center - Rosemont, IL

    Thank you to our sponsors!

Past events

September 14, 2021 September 2021 Legislative Series
June 10, 2021 California Staffing Professionals - Staffing and Recruiting Conference
May 20, 2021 Webinar: Explosive Growth--Are You Ready?!!
May 13, 2021 Illinois Legislative Review - Urgent Update
April 29, 2021 Webinar: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Talent Leaders
April 29, 2021 ASA Staffing Law Virtual Conference
March 24, 2021 Recipe for the Perfect Recruiter - ISSA Young Professionals Virtual Event
March 11, 2021 Webinar: Unemployment and Fraud--What You Need To Know
February 23, 2021 ISSA Legislative Series I
January 21, 2021 Webinar - 15 Ways To Add Video To Your Recruitment Strategy
December 09, 2020 ISSA Annual Meeting and Holiday Event
November 12, 2020 Webinar: 3 Things To Do Now For Revenue Growth in 2021
October 28, 2020 Afternoon With Pinnacle Society - A Virtual Event
October 28, 2020 Staffing and "Boos" Virtual Trivia - A Young Professionals Event
October 19, 2020 Staffing World 2020 - Virtual Event
October 01, 2020 Webinar - E-Verify and Form I-9: Staying Compliant Through COVID
September 24, 2020 Midwest Staffing Owners and Executives Symposium
September 10, 2020 Virtual Legislative Conference
August 19, 2020 Staffing Survival 101 - A Young Professionals Virtual Event
June 03, 2020 ASA Staffing Law Conference - Virtual Event
May 20, 2020 Virtual Midwest Staffing Conference 2020: Re!magine Rebuilding
April 30, 2020 ISSA Virtual Roundtable Discussion Series - Week 3
April 23, 2020 Recruiting Webinar - 8 Tips for Candidate Engagement
April 16, 2020 ISSA Virtual Roundtable Discussion Series - Week 2
April 09, 2020 ISSA Virtual Roundtable Discussion Series - Week 1
March 25, 2020 Young Professionals Event - March Staffing Madness - CANCELED
February 27, 2020 ISSA Legislative Conference
January 23, 2020 Webinar: Leadership Excellence--Four Best Practices of Overperforming Organizations
December 05, 2019 ISSA Annual Meeting, Client Panel and Holiday Party
November 14, 2019 Webinar: Hiring Veterans / Giving Back to Those Who Have Served
October 24, 2019 Afternoon With Pinnacle Society Members
October 24, 2019 OSHA Temporary Worker Safety Seminar - Presented by the Illinois Department of Labor
October 15, 2019 ASA Staffing World
September 22, 2019 NAPS 2019 Annual Conference
September 12, 2019 Midwest Staffing Owners and Executives Retreat
August 20, 2019 Webinar: Social Recruiting
August 08, 2019 Young Professionals - Recruiting with LinkedIn®
June 27, 2019 Member Appreciation Event - Chicago Dogs Baseball Game
May 22, 2019 2019 Midwest Staffing Conference
April 04, 2019 ASA Staffing Law Conference
March 27, 2019 Young Professionals - March "Staffing" Madness
February 28, 2019 ISSA Legislative Event
November 29, 2018 Annual Meeting and Holiday Party
November 04, 2018 NAPS 2018 Annual Conference
October 16, 2018 ASA Staffing World
September 25, 2018 Midwest Owners and Executives Symposium
September 13, 2018 Afternoon with Pinnacle Society Members
June 19, 2018 Seal at Ravinia - Member Appreciation Event
May 09, 2018 Networking Reception - Happy Hour
April 19, 2018 NAPS Immersion Webinar
March 07, 2018 Navigating the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – A Primer on the 2018 Tax Law
November 30, 2017 Meet the Owners Panel and Annual Meeting Holiday Party
November 02, 2017 State of the Law in Illinois
October 24, 2017 ASA Staffing World
September 28, 2017 Midwest Staffing Owners and Executive Retreat
September 20, 2017 NAPS 2017 Annual Conference
August 10, 2017 Why Salespeople Fail, and What You Can Do About It
June 16, 2017 Day at the Races Member Appreciation Event
June 07, 2017 Are You Ready for the Sick Leave Law Going into effect 7/1/2017 and Other Employment Law Updates!
April 07, 2017 MIDWEST STAFFING CONFERENCE - 2nd Day Leadership Session with Danny Cahill
March 22, 2017 Young Staffing Professionals Event: Networking 101 for Sales and Recruiting Professionals
January 19, 2017 Fast and Furious: The Road to Bigger Billings
December 01, 2016 Meet the Client Panel and Annual Meeting Holiday Party
November 16, 2016 Inside the Mind of the Modern Job Seeker
November 15, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
October 25, 2016 ASA Staffing World
October 20, 2016 Young Staffing Professionals Fall Event: LinkedIn for Sales and Recruiting
October 13, 2016 Afternoon with Pinnacle Society Members
October 04, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
September 19, 2016 NAPS 2016 Annual Conference
September 14, 2016 Staffing Company Owner and Executive Symposium
September 01, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
August 04, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
July 27, 2016 Labor and Employment Law Update
July 07, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
June 21, 2016 Rooftop Chicago Cubs Game Member Appreciation Event
June 02, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
May 05, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
April 20, 2016 ASA Staffing Law Conference
April 06, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
March 15, 2016 The Loyalty Playbook: Using Remarkable Service To Unleash Your Firm's True Potential
March 03, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
February 11, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
February 10, 2016 Transform the Profitability of your Staffing Firm with WOTC
January 21, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
January 20, 2016 Good Recruiting Habits
December 10, 2015 Meet the Client Panel and Annual Meeting Holiday Party
November 10, 2015 Afternoon with Pinnacle Society Member
October 27, 2015 ASA Staffing World
October 22, 2015 Exclusive Event for Young Staffing Professionals
October 03, 2015 Arlington Resources CureSade 5K Run/Walk
September 28, 2015 NAPS 2015 Annual Conference
September 10, 2015 Midwest Staffing Owners and Executive Retreat
August 27, 2015 Connecting With Your Audience – Making Your Communication Count!
April 28, 2015 ASA Staffing Law Conference
March 24, 2015 Legal Legislative Update: What Is Going On Out There?
January 14, 2015 Controlling the Chaos! Effective Time Management for Staffing Professionals
December 04, 2014 Meet the Client Panel and Annual Meeting Holiday Party
November 13, 2014 Pinnacle Panel and Networking Event
October 17, 2014 The Power of Nice ~ Probing Skills
September 18, 2014 Cutting Edge Marketing Tools for the Staffing Industry
August 20, 2014 Why Specializing is the Key to Recruiting Success
August 14, 2014 ASA Certification Workshop
July 09, 2014 Impact! Handling Challenging Conversations Effectively
April 16, 2014 How to Sell Without Selling
March 11, 2014 ACA - Planning that your Staffing Company should be doing to be ready for it





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