Harry Snyder

JSG Employee Spotlight – Harry Snyder

In this week’s employee spotlight, we are pleased to highlight Harry Snyder! Harry is a Business Development Manager out of our Westmont, IL office. He’s been with JSG for over five years now and has made a tremendous impact on our organization. Keep reading to learn more about Harry’s role at Johnson Service Group and his career in the staffing industry.

You have been a Business Development Manager with JSG for over five years. What does that entail?

My role as a Business Development Manager is centered around finding new clients to work with, as well as maintain and grow relationships with our current clients to ensure we’re helping them in all areas that JSG can affect. I also assist in directing and mentoring our newer sales staff in the Chicago office to help them understand the JSG way and systems.

Tell us a little bit more about your background in business development and sales.

At the beginning of my career, I worked in construction for my family-owned businesses. I wanted to get into business, so I moved to St. Louis. I started in Engineering-focused call centers, and from there, I transitioned into Operations. Eventually, I was set up with the staffing industry and transitioned into a full business development role. I wanted to continue staffing but was looking for something closer to home. I discovered Johnson Service Group, and the rest is history.

What do you like most about working in the staffing industry?

I have worked in several industries, and working in staffing is like riding a wave. At its high, this job can be the best there is, but as with most jobs, there are low points too. For me, it’s seeing that the low points are far and few between and that things change so fast, everything can change in a week (sometimes even a day!).

Are there any positions/industries that your office specializes in?

Our office focuses on Manufacturing and Engineering. We deal heavily with Quality, Project Managers, and all types of Engineering. However, Quality seems to be a hot button topic this year!

What do you think makes Johnson Service Group unique?

One aspect that I like the most is the direct contact with my SVP Ken Slater, contact that I’ve had from day one. It allows me to get an answer quickly. This is so important, especially in this market. You don’t have time to wait around on redlines of a contract, or “can we work with the client based off the INFO that was given?” If I have a pressing question that needs an answer, I can get it within the hour sometimes.

Lastly, JSG is all about building relationships with their clients. Having the chance to get to know them over lunch, taking them to a ball game, joining them for a company golf outing, and even getting invited to their companies’ outings. JSG is always shifting gears to allow our employees to succeed and listening to their ideas to help better the company as a whole.

What are some of your favorite things to do in the Chicagoland area?

My fiancé and I have a golden retriever named Lolli and a border collie named Shelby. So, we like to take them on walks and take them swimming. We just bought a house in Geneva, IL, and because of my construction background, I have been tasked with all the projects around the house! I’ve been busy, and I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We both love food and try to get out to new restaurants as we find them. We also love to cook ourselves, and every Sunday, we do meal preparation for our lunches for the week ahead. I also love to golf!

Harry Snyder

JSG Employee Spotlight - Janette Chavez

JSG Employee Spotlight – Janette Chavez

In this week’s spotlight, we are excited to highlight Janette Chavez, one of our talented Technical Recruiters at Johnson Service Group! Janette has been working out of our San Jose, CA office for over five years. During her time here, she earned both her American Staffing Association (ASA) certificates as a CSP – (Certified Staffing Professional) and her TSC – (Technical Services Certified). Keep reading to learn more about her career in the staffing industry and her role at JSG!

How long have you worked at Johnson Service Group as a Technical Recruiter?

I’ve been with Johnson Service Group for five years now. I started as a receptionist and got along really well with everyone in the office. It’s easy for me to talk to people, so Jim Beckley, our Senior Vice President, and coworker Cathy Kennedy thought I would be a great recruiter. He said, “let’s give it a try,” and I went in and love it!

How has the staffing industry changed over that time?

For me, the staffing industry is always a learning process. No matter what, you’re always challenged by new things. There are so many different tools now – various job boards, texting apps, etc. I get excited about new strategies and opportunities to recruit talent, so it’s easy for me to adapt.

What do you like most about working for Johnson Service Group?

I love the freedom and flexibility of working for Johnson Service Group. I really get to run my desk. The harder you work, the more it pays off. It’s very comforting to have great communication with my leadership and the candidates I work with.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

It can be challenging to work off of the job description; there are a lot of things I don’t know. However, I’m always learning and self-educating. I always talk to the clients or my coworkers to get a better idea of what we’re looking for. Through those conversations and a little trial-and-error, I’m able to improve my strategy every day. There’s always a new challenge because I always want to be better!

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I have two kids, a 13-year-old son, and a five-year-old daughter. I spend a lot of time with my family!In my free time, I enjoy doing pretty much anything to relax – I love reading, as well as watching movies and TV shows.

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Jackie Pyatte

JSG Employee Spotlight: Jackie Pyatte

We are excited to highlight Jackie Pyatte in this week’s JSG employee spotlight! Jackie is one of our talented Operations Administrators and plays an integral role within our North Charleston, SC team. Keep reading to learn a little more about Jackie’s career here at JSG!

You’ve been an Operations Administrator with JSG for just over a year. Tell us more about your career here!

I do all of the onboarding paperwork for current contractors – including payroll, changes, answering questions, and handling the day-to-day tasks that come along with the industry. I also source for our recruiters in my free time and help prepare paperwork for submittals.

What do you like most about working for Johnson Service Group?

I love my coworkers; we have a great team here in Charleston! I also love being able to help people get into new positions and take the next step in their career.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

As an Operations Administrator, you wear many hats – so you have to be flexible. One minute you might be doing onboarding, and the next, you might be transitioning someone into their future role.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I am very family-oriented, so I spend a lot of time with my kids. With everything from sporting events to school functions, they keep me busy!

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Sherri Weatherley

JSG Employee Spotlight: Sherri Weatherley

In this week’s employee spotlight, we are excited to highlight Sherri Weatherley, one of our wonderful Account Coordinators! Sherri has been with JSG since April and has been an invaluable asset to our Haddon Heights, NJ office. In her brief tenure at JSG, Sherri has done a remarkable job adding processes to improve efficiency in her office. Keep reading to learn more about Sherri and her role here at Johnson Service Group!

You have been an Account Coordinator with JSG for almost a year. Tell us what made you interested in getting into the recruiting world?

I actually went to school for HR. Once I finished my degree, I was looking for something in HR. After meeting with Ed and John, I really liked the message they put across about the company and where the office was going, so I absolutely knew I wanted to work for them in this field!

Why Johnson Service Group?

My favorite thing about Johnson Service Group is definitely the office environment. The tone that Ed & John set for the office makes Johnson Service Group a great place to work. Once you develop a good relationship with the people you work for, it makes you want to go above and beyond in your role and believe in the company and what they stand for.

Can you tell us more about the Account Coordinator role?

Recruiting is only one aspect of HR. As an Account Coordinator, you work with a lot more HR factors such as helping with benefits, onboarding, employee relations, payroll, etc.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I am a huge football fan! I actually bartend in my free time, as I really enjoy the social aspect and building relationships. Also, I have an awesome group of friends that likes to travel a couple of times a year.

Jose Hernandez

Introducing Jose Hernandez, JSG’s New Safety & Risk Coordinator

Johnson Service Group is excited to introduce Jose Hernandez, JSG’s newest addition to our Safety & Risk Management team. Jose brings to JSG a wealth of knowledge in the safety world and is already making an impact on our team. Keep reading to learn a little more about Jose and his role at JSG.

Tell us a little about yourself?

My wife and I have two children, both of whom are boys ages 13 and 16. I am very simple in life and easy going. I have been in the safety field for more than 15 years, and I learned by being in the trenches and working alongside those I intended to help.

What made you want to go into a career in Safety & Risk Management?

I love having the opportunity to help others in times of need. The stratification of trying to prevent work-related injuries makes me feel like I am making a difference and ensuring everyone gets back to their loved ones, the way they walked into work.

What attracted you to Johnson Service Group?

The opportunity to be an integral part of a safety team. With my previous employers, I was a one-man-band. Also, I enjoy the challenges and obstacles that arise with a company that has thousands of contractors in the field.

What will your main responsibilities be as a member of our Safety Team?

My main responsibilities include managing claims and incidents, as well as keeping all departments informed of any changes with their affected employees.

What do you like to do for fun outside of work?

My family and I enjoy hiking and fishing. I also like to fix anything and everything that is broken. I tend to refer myself as a “jack of all trades, master of none.” When I have free time and the weather is warm, I like to do woodwork. For example, I make plaques with inspirational messages and build furniture.

Ric Flores Employee Spotlight

JSG Employee Spotlight: Ric Flores

Meet Ric Flores, an Engineering Recruiter in our Calabasas, California office. Ric has been on staff with JSG for three years and has been working with us for even longer! He is great at establishing relationships with candidates and finding the talent our clients need. Keep reading for more information about Ric and his career with JSG!

You have been a Recruiter with JSG for over three years. What does that entail?

My role in the office is to find candidates. I work towards getting an accurate job description and a thorough understanding of the company from our sales staff. From that point, we use the tools we’re equipped with to find qualified candidates. I like to review the job description and have conversations with sales to really understand what the client is looking for.

I want to ensure the candidate is as prepared as possible. Once we’re partnering with a candidate, it’s important for me to establish a personal connection with them as well. Many of our candidates are interviewing with multiple companies, so it’s essential to make them comfortable with me and let them know that I’m on their side. They know that they can be completely open and honest with me! I will put my own professional spin on everything, and they can talk straight with me. So part of what I do is play “agent” as well on behalf of the candidate to land the position they want.

Tell us a little bit more about your background in staffing.

Earlier in my career, I was in manufacturing as a Floor Supervisor. The company had a lot of staff conflicts and really needed a soundboard for their employees. Eventually, the Vice President asked if I would want to get more involved in a staffing role. I established relationships with the different recruiting firms we worked with, and JSG stood out. They were the most professional, provided the best detail, the best match of what we were looking for, etc. I really loved working with Cathy Kennedy. After relocating, I reached out to Cathy; JSG was hiring for a recruiter, and the rest is history!

What do you like most about working in the staffing industry?

As a recruiter, connecting with people one-on-one is one of my strong points. I want to gauge exactly what they are looking for right off the bat, and then continue to keep that conversation going and grow that relationship.

One of the things I like most about working in the staffing industry is the ability to talk to people about their jobs. Getting to understand everything from Data Collection programs to Manufacturing qualifications allows me to grow connections across all different industries and experience levels. This job really embodies the saying “jack of all trades, master of none.” I learn something new every day!

What do you think makes Johnson Service Group unique?

Freedom and trust are what make JSG unique. We have a great team and work structure with a lot of wiggle room in between. We’re able to work on different positions, utilize different strategies, and put ourselves out there to try new things. The open communication between the leadership and staff is really empowering, from our local team all the way to the corporate office. The fact that we have the freedom and trust to do things “our way” is very nice.

What do you like to do in your free time?

We have 5.5-year-old twins and a three-year-old, so we stay pretty busy! My weekends are ballet lessons and art museums. Even with three girls, we do everything together – stuff they like to do, stuff I want to do, etc. Their joy is something that I am naturally into. I’m also really into sports; I enjoy shooting hoops at the park or going to the local boxing gym when I get the chance.

Tracey Hill Employee Spotlight - JSG

JSG Employee Spotlight: Tracey Hill

Today we’re shining the spotlight on long-time JSG employee, Tracey Hill! Based in our Dallas, Texas office and specializing in recruiting within the Aerospace industry, Tracey brings years of experience and a great attitude to our team. Keep reading to learn more about Tracey and her impressive career with JSG.

Tell us more about your career as an Aerospace/Aviation Recruiter.

I have been here for over ten years. I started working with JSG’s Senior Vice President, Rich Geil, as an HR Specialist for another recruiting firm. At JSG, I initially came in as a Recruiting Coordinator. I was interested in recruiting and had been around it, so I wanted to jump in and see what I could offer! I have recently dipped my toe into a Sales role, as well. Having to find clients, uncover their needs, and sell our services is a totally different, but exciting world!

What has kept you at JSG for all these years?

The atmosphere. We’re more like a big family. Most of the coworkers we have, we’ve developed a good rapport. We are always here to support one another – we want to see everyone succeed.

How has the industry changed over the past ten years?

It’s been a rollercoaster. I’ve realized that the industry has grown pretty tight. The market is so competitive that it can be challenging to place candidates while employers are focusing on the retention of full-time employees rather than maintaining contractor status. However, it has allowed us to continue growing our relationships with current clients and expanding our services to meet their needs in this job market!

What do you enjoy most about being a recruiter?

I got into recruiting to help people. I enjoy building a relationship with people. It’s great to get to know candidates, what they’re looking for, and help them find that perfect next position. The network that I’ve grown over the years is definitely what has enabled me to be successful. Word of mouth is key in this industry!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love spending time with my family and traveling. I also love to eat, sing, and volunteer for the church, but in the end, it all comes back to family!


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JSG Employee Spotlight: Donna Blodgett

JSG Employee Spotlight: Donna Blodgett

This week, we’re so excited to introduce you to Donna Blodgett, an Operations Administrator in JSG’s Jacksonville office! She joined our company almost three years ago and has been making an impact on our Operations and staff ever since. Keep reading to learn more about Donna and her role here at Johnson Service Group!

You have been with JSG for two and a half years, tell us a little bit more about your career.

I started my career in the social work industry and have always had a passion for helping people. My last position in social work was a manager of a 31 bed Alzheimer’s Unit. In 2010, I transitioned into the IT industry and did recruiting and business development. In 2012, I had a great opportunity to be part of a startup IT company, working directly with the CEO, helping to grow the company. Almost three years ago, I joined JSG, and it has been a great learning and growth experience ever since!

You have a background in Business Development and Recruiting. What do you like most about the Operations side of staffing?

Having experience working in staffing, I was definitely interested in staying in the industry. The operations side of staffing allows me to still help people, which is what I love most! I like working with the consultants, either doing onboarding or helping to resolve issues.

Why do you enjoy working for JSG?

I love that I work for an international company, and at the same time, the company has a family feel to it. No matter which office, all of the employees, co-workers, managers, and our Senior VP Mike Measures are great and supportive. I had the opportunity to visit the San Jose office last year while visiting family and all the staff treated me like they had always known me. I really feel like management cares about us as employees, as well as people too.

How has your division grown since you’ve been with the company?

The biggest thing is that we’ve gone paperless! Going digital has made the onboarding process and doing audits easier to streamline. I do all the audits for our clients, and the process goes a lot faster and smoother.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love baking and cooking. And giving back to my church. I am on the hospitality team, and I bake for the church monthly. I learned ballroom dancing about 15 years ago and would love to spend more time doing this.

JSG Employee Spotlight: Matthew Bennett

JSG Employee Spotlight: Matthew Bennett

Meet Matthew Bennett, Johnson Service Group’s Digital Marketing Manager! He has been with the company for two years now and has made a tremendous impact on our digital footprint in that time. Keep reading for more information on Matthew and JSG’s marketing strategy.

You’ve been doing Marketing for about six years now for a few different companies. What is unique about Marketing in the staffing industry?

Before joining JSG, I didn’t know much about staffing. I knew they helped people find new opportunities, but I had no idea how extensive the process was. This was the first time I’ve done marketing for a company that provides a service instead of a tangible product. It’s been a really fun change in pace, and I’ve learned a lot about new ways to market a company. I’ve also only worked for smaller, local businesses, so it’s interesting to work for a larger organization that has a large footprint across the continent.

One of the things that’s interesting about marketing in the staffing industry is that you have multiple target audiences. We work with clients and candidates in over a dozen different industries. This means we have to generate content that appeals to all sorts of different people throughout North America.

Tell us more about Johnson Service Group and how they compare to other staffing companies.

Johnson Service Group is privately held, so we have the opportunity to simply put people to work without having to worry about what people on Wall Street think. We compete with some of the largest firms in the industry, and with our talented team of recruiters and salespeople, we’re able to go head-to-head with them. For example, we were recently named to SIA’s list of Largest Engineering Staffing Firms in the U.S., which is quite an accomplishment in such a competitive industry.

With 30+ offices throughout the United States and Canada, each one has the autonomy to operate a bit differently. We all have the same guidelines, responsibilities, and overall mission, but each office has the opportunity to tailor their process. This allows us to serve our clients better and be more efficient overall. It’s cool to see how different locations approach the same thing in a slightly different way!

What do you like most about working for Johnson Service Group?

I love that I have the creative freedom to try new things and experiment with new marketing strategies every single day. I enjoy working with different people and offices throughout the company; it allows me to learn a ton about our industry. Some of our staff have been in the staffing industry for decades, and it’s always interesting to learn something new from them.

When you’re not dreaming up the next big Marketing idea, what do you like to do in your free time?

I just got married in September. My wife and I are huge Gonzaga basketball fans (Go Zags!), and we never miss a game. I love hanging out with my dog, Penny, and enjoy spending the weekends at our family cabin.

JSG Employee Spotlight: Dina Romero

JSG Employee Spotlight: Dina Romero

JSG Customer Relationship Manager/Program Manager – VMS/MSP, Dina Romero, has been with Johnson Service Group for six years. During that time, Dina has made a significant impact on our team in Irvine and our company as a whole! Keep reading to learn more about Dina and her impressive career in the recruiting industry.

You’ve been with Johnson Service Group for almost six years, tell us a bit more about your career here at JSG.

I started as a Senior Recruiter 6 years ago, out of the Irvine office. In 2016, I transitioned to being an Account Management for our VMS/MSP Accounts. I still love recruiting, so I assist several clients with recruiting for permanent roles as well. I love finding candidates and having the ability to share my passion for their job and the companies we partner with. It makes me happy to know I placed them at the right company and at the right time in their careers.

How was the transition between being a Sr. Technical Recruiter and a Customer Relationship Manager/Program Manager?

It was a natural transition for me because I had been working with these clients and already knew what they were looking for. I was ready to grow into this role, and my Senior Vice President, Jim Beckley, assisted me along the way. I love that I now have the opportunity to work with a lot of onsite managers and professionals who I had already established relationships with. Having these connections allows me to step in and help recruiters because I really understand the companies and what they need to be successful. It makes it easier to find a perfect fit for our clients!

How has the industry changed since you started recruiting?

The market has changed a lot, especially in the last couple of years with the decreasing unemployment rate. With more people actively employed, we have transitioned to recruiting qualified candidates when the opportunity and time is right for them. Additionally, with new laws regarding salary, we focus on selling the whole package – we are able to provide information about the company, growth opportunities, benefits, and more.

What do you like most about working for Johnson Service Group?

I love how even though we are a big company, every region has a unique culture. I have loved working here with Jim Beckley as my leader since day one. He is extremely hands-on, and he helps you get where you want to be. Even from the top down in the corporate office, you have the opportunity to meet, socialize, and really get to know our leadership team, which is great. We are like one big family! You are able to build a relationship with every employee and get to know everyone on a personal level. I love being a part of the onboarding process in our office. Introducing new people to the company is fun, and you get to watch them grow in their careers!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I just had a baby, so at this point, pretty much all of my free time goes to her! I love to spend time with family and friends. I also volunteer at my Church and Women Helping Women (WHW), in which I help individuals with career advice, their resumes, interviewing tips, and any other career coaching they may need.