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With a career spanning nearly 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 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 entered the staffing industry as a recruiter with Olsten Staffing Services, where he quickly rose through the ranks to the position of area director. Tom then began a 10-year career with Spherion, one of the largest staffing companies in the U.S. During his tenure, he excelled in several roles including business development director, where he grew the Northeast regional sales team into the Spherion’s largest. As Regional Vice President, Tom propelled the Mid East market to the largest in the company with over $90 million in annual revenue.


Greg Cox graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana with a degree in Communications/Theater Arts. He began his career at Canon Business Solutions, where he held many roles over his 14-year tenure. He gained valuable experience in territory sales, major account sales, sales team management, branch management, and ultimately ran a division.
The second chapter of his career was at Dale Carnegie – Chicago where he served as the President and Chief Operating Officer. Over his 16 years there, he played many roles and developed a deep understanding of organizations in a variety of industries. He lead the Chicago Dale Carnegie team, trained in a variety of corporate settings, coached business leaders and owners, developed content, and was a sought-after speaker. Here he developed a passion for small to medium-sized businesses and the challenges they face.
Greg strongly believes that his 30 years of experience prepared him to open The Impact Foundry, Inc., a thriving consulting practice that works with organizations to help their people be more effective and have a greater impact in whatever role they’re in. He works with organizations that want to grow leaders, build revenue, and create more cohesive teams.


Jeff Mariola, President of Brilliant, is a one-of-a-kind leader with more than 25 years of management experience across the globe. Jeff has perfected a unique management style that lends to the success of his teams, who are constantly achieving their goals and producing results through his nurturing and motivating techniques. For the majority of his career, Jeff served as President of Ambius, a division of Rentokil Initial Plc, a publicly-traded international service organization based in the UK. He effectively managed and led the company’s European and North American business operations for more than seven years. Prior to that, Jeff served as President of Initial Tropical Plants where he managed day-to-day operations of more than 1,200 employees across more than 40 satellite offices. In Jeff’s free time, he serves on the board of ATTCOMCharities.org, a nonprofit dedicated to providing food, clothing and hope to inner city families. He also enjoys riding motorcycles, performing with the Lyric Opera House as a super numeri, and training for marathons and triathlons.


Kevin O’Brien is a Co-Founder and Partner of echogravity – the leading marketing agency serving the professional staffing and recruiting industry. His industry expertise began when he joined a Big 8 Accounting Firm in 1992 as an IT recruiter. Kevin then rose through the ranks of regional and national firms as a recruiting manager, account executive, branch manager, managing director and strategic advisor. As a top sales executive, he witnessed and responded to the challenges facing startups, small, mid-sized, and global staffing and consulting firms firsthand. As an industry consultant from 2002-2007, Kevin advised over 100 staffing executives on initiatives spanning strategy, legal, human resources, operations, sales and recruiting interests. Now, Kevin leverages that wealth of knowledge through echogravity, helping staffing and recruiting firms develop marketing strategies and plans that increase brand awareness and drive growth.


Dawn McCartney is the Senior Director of Contingent Workforce Strategies and Research (The Americas) at Staffing Industry Analysts. She has over 13 years of human resource experience working on both the supplier and buyer sides. Her expertise on the buyer side includes contingent workforce policies, procedures, strategies and implementation of contingent workforce programs including VMS selection and supplier selection. She currently utilizes her experience and expertise to provide insight and best practices globally to the CWS Council members. She is also an industry speaker, writer and an instructor of SIA’s CCWP Certification program.


As a Regional Sales Leader in the Staffing & Recruiting Group at CareerBuilder, Dave is responsible for developing his team on sales strategies and industry knowledge to help clients achieve their goals. Dave has 12+ years of experience at CareerBuilder, having lead and helping to develop CareerBuilder’s Small Business divisions, Enterprise sales teams and now in the Staffing & Recruiting Group. Dave is an expert at understanding both candidate behavior and an organization’s recruitment process across all industries which allows him to help his customers implement the most effective strategies in matching the right people with the right jobs. Dave holds a B.A. from Ohio University in Marketing and International Business.


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