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Michael Geil Employee Spotlight

JSG Employee Spotlight: Michael Geil

Michael Geil Employee Spotlight

Michael Geil has been with Johnson Service Group, Inc. for over ten years on our Aerospace Engineering Recruiting team. As a Senior Technical Recruiter, he works with many of our longstanding clients in the industry. Keep reading to learn more about Michael and his career with JSG!

You have been with JSG for over ten years! Tell us more about your career in staffing.

Through the years, I’ve had multiple connections with JSG, including Jim Beckley, the SVP out of California and my dad, Rich Geil, the SVP back here in Texas. When I graduated from school, my dad was the one who hired me and inspired me to get into Aerospace Engineering staffing.

What do you like most about working for JSG?

Working for my dad and working with great coworkers. We’ve been together for a long time, and have been able to establish family comradery. I love that the company is family-oriented from corporate down. Over the past ten years, the company has grown exponentially!

How has the industry changed over the past ten years?

Since I primarily work on contract or contract-to-permanent-type positions, it certainly has been more difficult with better technology, more competitors and people less inclined to move for contract positions, which are things outside our control.

So, we need to focus more on the things we can control to better serve these people working for us or potential candidates and help separate us from our competitors. By focusing on better customer service and provide quick response/feedback to these people (unless some fly night agencies), they might be more inclined to work with you. I like to use the analogy like that of a 5-star hotel or Chic Fil A, where they provide over the top customer service.

What are some of the significant trends in the Aerospace industry?

It’s always a roller coaster ride; it’s never the same! Lately, a lot of the work we’re getting is military and space. There are a lot of advancements in Aerospace, particularly surrounding NASA.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I have four young kids ages 8, 6, 4, 18 months. So they take up the vast majority of my time outside of work. If I do get to do anything, I like to exercise and watch sports (football, baseball, hockey).

Just spend time with family and enjoy life.

Gabriella Hoeflich

HR Highlights: Meet Our New HR Coordinator

Gabriella Hoeflich

As Johnson Service Group continues to grow in today’s candidate-driven market, we’re building up our staff to better serve our clients, candidates, and internal employees. As a result, we’ve added another new face to our Human Resources team! Please join us in welcoming Gabriella Hoeflich, our newest HR Coordinator!

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hello! I am Gabriella, and I am JSG’s new HR Coordinator. I just graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Human Resource Management. During my time at ISU, I worked in the Admissions Office and was involved in a few organizations. After my graduation, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Romania for 17 days. I am very excited to begin my career in Human Resources!

What made you want to go into a career in Human Resources?

Right before I began my college applications, I knew I wanted to major in something related to business, but I was not exactly sure which field. I started to think about my work experience in high school and the interactions I had with the HR department. I was interested in what they did, and I decided to pursue Human Resource Management as my major. After taking classes in my program and gaining HR experience from my internship, I knew I made the right choice and wanted to begin my career in a Human Resources role.

What attracted you to Johnson Service Group?

When I was taking a recruitment and selection course at school, the staffing industry became one of the top industries I wanted to have an HR role in. I was also taking a benefits course at this time, so when searching for my first HR role, I wanted an opportunity to work with benefits as well. When I found the HR Coordinator job posting, I was happy to see this was a position with mostly benefit responsibilities for a staffing company. After doing some research on Johnson Service Group, I became even more interested in working here. Everyone here is so welcoming, too!

What will your primary responsibilities be as a member of our HR Team?

As an HR Coordinator, I will have a variety of responsibilities, but most will be with benefits. I will be assisting with insurance and 401(k) administration, payroll, and commuter benefits. I will process enrollments and changes for contract and staff employees, respond to questions regarding benefits, help with open enrollments, update 401(k) plans, and help with other tasks as needed.

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

Outside of work, I like to spend time with family and friends, watch movies, travel, and go shopping!

JSG, employee spotlight, Jason Kennedy

JSG Employee Spotlight: Jason Kennedy

JSG, employee spotlight

Jason Kennedy has been with JSG for over 4 years in our Jacksonville, FL office. In that time, he has grown from a Senior Account Executive to the Director of Client Delivery for our Florida region. Keep reading to learn more about Jason and his career with JSG!

You have a lot of experience working with national accounts. Tell us a little more about that and how you got into staffing.

I got into staffing in 2008 and started as a recruiter. After about six months, I moved to a dual desk (sales and recruiting) role and really enjoyed learning about what it takes from both the client-side and the candidate-side in order to make placements happen. After about a year, I accepted a promotion to National Account Manager/Business Development Manager role and moved my family from Columbia, SC to Jacksonville, FL. Throughout my career, I have been really involved with the clients’ needs to make sure the delivery team has everything they need to be as effective as possible.

I came to JSG because I really liked the entrepreneurial empowerment that the company fosters. JSG enables their offices to maintain true “Single Point of Contact” account management. This includes all client lines of business without geographic limitations. We’ve experienced tremendous growth in Jacksonville and I’m extremely proud to have contributed to that growth.

You’ve been the Director of Client Delivery for almost a year now – what all does that entail?

As the Director of Client Delivery, I’m responsible for the training and ongoing development of our delivery team in the South. My role is to understand our clients and their needs to help JSG’s delivery team place the best talent with those clients. My goal is to bridge the gaps between both sales and recruiting, and clients and candidates to make placements and ensure client satisfaction.

What industries/roles do you specialize in, and what are some of the trends you’re seeing within those spaces?

My background in staffing was always specifically in IT until I got to JSG. Since joining the team, I’ve grown and expanded to engineering and F&A type roles. I’ve really embraced the idea that the more we know about our client’s varying needs, the more we grow as a branch. In Jacksonville, we’ve taken full advantage of the opportunities our clients have afforded us and hope to continue to do so.

We are certainly in the middle of historically low unemployment and it does make it more challenging to find the right candidates for our clients. Our office accommodates this by having the best possible understanding of our candidate’s motives when presenting them to a hiring manager. As a result, we ask lots of questions, listen to what our candidates tell us, and follow solid processes. This allows us to find the best, most interested, most locked-in candidates. When you know what motivates and drives a candidate’s interest, it ensures that they will be fully engaged throughout the entire hiring process.

What are some of your professional goals for the remainder of 2019?

The Jacksonville team is at our highest headcount ever, and I would love to continue that growth through the rest of the year! We’re striving to hit all-time highs in headcount, revenue, and profitability.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

Outside of work, I’m most passionate about my family. I love spending time with my kids and wife! I also follow college football pretty closely, especially the USC Gamecocks!

JSG Employee Spotlight: Thomas Zetusky

JSG Employee Spotlight: Thomas Zetusky

JSG Employee Spotlight: Thomas Zetusky

Thomas Zetusky has been with Johnson Service Group for over 2 years, and in that short time has made a tremendous impact on our organization! As a Recruiter out of our Haddon Heights, New Jersey office, Thomas plays an integral part in placing qualified candidates with our great clients. Keep reading to learn a little bit more about Thomas and his career at JSG.

You were recently promoted from Account Coordinator to Recruiter – congrats! Tell us a little bit more about this transition.

The Account Coordinator role has always been in the background of the recruiting process. This made for a really easy transition because I knew exactly what to expect. Starting in an Account Coordinator role also allowed by to create relationships early on. So after the promotion, it was easy to build off of that!

What made you decide to get into recruiting?

I came from the banking world and just got to a point in my career where I knew I wanted something different. Lucky for me, JSG was hiring! I knew right off the bat that I would like that every day was different, so you never know what to expect.

What do you enjoy most about being a recruiter?

As I mentioned before, it’s always different. Throughout the years, I’ve learned a lot about various positions and industries. I really enjoy learning more in-depth about what different people do. I’ve found that every moment is a teaching opportunity. I’m always learning how to help companies grow, expand my business, how to be a better communicator, etc.

What recruiting trends have you noticed throughout the market lately?

One of the trends that we’re seeing lately is that companies seem to be leaning toward offering more contract-to-hire opportunities. It’s been cool to learn about the benefit that offers clients, from being able to “try before you buy,” flexible hiring options, and more.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work, I am definitely a hands-on person – I do a lot of woodwork outside work like landscaping. I also enjoy a great game of golf!

Alex Price

JSG Employee Spotlight: Alex Price

Alex Price

Alex Price is a Division Lead for our Mining and Heavy Industrial team at Johnson Search Group. Based out of our Spokane office, Alex has been with our team for over 2 years. In that short time, he has been able to establish and grow his career in the recruiting space tremendously. Learn more about Alex and his career at JSG below!

You’ve earned multiple recognitions during your time with Johnson Search Group. What do you think has contributed to your success?

I think the biggest contributor to my success is just being trainable. Prior to joining JSG, I had experience in sales but not recruiting specifically. I was fortunate to join a team with a good Manager who matched my style and a Senior Vice President who trains every day. Coming in with a fresh slate and being coachable has been huge in growing my career!

Your office works a full desk, meaning they coordinate with both candidates and clients. In your opinion, what are the benefits of this approach?

I think the biggest advantage is being able to choose and be selective of the clients I work with. When I handle the client-side, I’m able to identify great companies with strong hiring processes. Recruiting goes hand-in-hand with that. I find candidates that will be a good fit for the clients that I’ve been able to build a relationship with. As a result, this process works really great for anything technical from mining and mineral processing to the more hands-on maintenance side of things.

As a Division Lead for the Mining team at Johnson Search Group, what has your team been experiencing within the industry lately?

We’ve had a record-breaking year so far. This can be contributed to Senior Management and the work ethic throughout the whole mining team. We work together and learn from each others’ experiences, successes, and failures. Therefore, partnering with my team on projects has helped me get involved with other clients and candidates to get a better understanding of the industry as a whole.

What do you enjoy most about working in the Mining industry?

The best thing about the mining industry is the people. It’s great to work with relatable, blue-collar people who are easy to communicate with and have the same goal as you in growing their teams and careers. The fantastic clients I partner with make it even more rewarding to connect them with great candidates. Even the highest-level candidates we work with have a great disposition so working with them is really enjoyable.

What do you like to do for fun?

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and two dogs. Additionally, I enjoy outdoor activities like fishing!

JSG Employee Spotlight: Nicole Shenberger

Nicole Shenberger has been with Johnson Service Group for almost 3 years, and during that time has advanced her recruiting career significantly! As Recruiting Team Lead in our Chicago office, Nicole and her team have the opportunity to make an impact on our clients every day by finding the talented professionals they need. Keep reading to learn a little more about Nicole!

You were promoted to Recruiting Team Lead almost a year ago – Congratulations! Tell us a little bit about that transition.

I started working with JSG almost 3 years ago as a Technical Recruiter. Once I picked it up, I really fell in love! I’ve found with recruiting that you get what you put in, which is great for my competitive personality. When my manager eventually left, I stepped in to help with training. I was able to fill in some of the management duties and quickly learned more of the Operations side of recruiting such as working with our 3rd party vendors. Since then, our team has grown by 2 additional people. We’re now up to 8 now, including myself, and I hope to continue growing!

What do you like most about being in recruiting?

I love the competitive aspect of recruiting. I played sports throughout my past, so it has always been in my nature. Helping people find their dream job and grow their careers is also something I love!

What are your goals for your team for the rest of 2019?

My overall goals are just to continue to grow our office and the people on our team into their careers at JSG. I want to help everyone perform better and pick the right positions that they’re suited to fill.

What do you specialize in?

Our team specializes primarily in engineering and technical-driven positions. We are currently in the midst of the busy season for our industry. With the candidate-driven job market, there are now 3 jobs for every person looking for a new position. We always try to add value by helping find those people and educate our clients about how to be competitive in this market.

What do you like doing outside of work?

Of course I love to hangout with family and friends! I also love weather – so I’m constantly tracking storms and weather in our local area.

Mike Adelman

JSG Employee Spotlight: Mike Adelman

Mike Adelman

Mike Adelman is a Senior Vice President at JSG and as of Monday, has 45 years of experience in the staffing industry. Mike is located in the Philadelphia market and brings a wealth of knowledge to JSG. We had the opportunity to talk with Mike and learn about his impressive tenure in the staffing industry.

You have been with JSG for 10 years now but have a total of 45 years of staffing experience. Tell about your career and how you got started in the staffing industry.

I started my career in the staffing industry in 1974 when I was hired as a recruiter for Joule Technical Staffing in Union, NJ. Shortly afterward, I transferred to the branch in Philadelphia and four years later, I started working at Yoh as a recruiter/salesperson in 1978. I worked at Yoh for 27 years and eventually became Executive Vice President, responsible for all 42 offices in the United States. In 2005, I left Yoh and acquired TechSource, Inc, a small staffing company. In 2009, TechSource was acquired by Johnson Service Group and I officially joined the JSG family.

Over the last four decades, how has the staffing industry changed?

The process of communicating with clients and submitting resumes has definitely changed through the years. When I first started working in the industry, you would speak to a candidate on the phone and they would have to mail you their resume. You couldn’t leave a message because voicemail wasn’t a thing yet. After you received the resume, you would have to retype it on a typewriter using the company letterhead. Then, we would have to mail the resume to the client since fax machines were not around quite yet. The whole submittal process could easily take over 10 days.

And while technology has ultimately made our industry more efficient, it has also made it more difficult to build relationships. With so many different ways to communicate with clients and candidates, it’s challenging to build relationships since we no longer talk face-to-face or over the phone as often. However, technology has also given us great access to candidates across the country. We are no longer restricted to local candidates as we can communicate with them from anywhere.

Why do you love working in the staffing industry?

I love the staffing industry because of the personal relationships we get to build. Over the years, I’ve prided myself on building strong relationships with my clients and contract employees. I have developed strong relationships with them and I believe it has helped my team and I fulfill our clients’ needs. Through the years, I have been extremely lucky with the staff I have worked with. Having a great staff and a strong working relationship with my team makes coming to work fun every single day.

Has the labor market ever been this competitive throughout your career?

I don’t think the market has ever been quite this tight. In today’s market, you’re not just competing with other staffing firms, but you’re also competing with your own clients, as they frequently post their open positions on their website. As a result, it’s not unusual for candidates to have already submitted their resumes to our clients. The market is about as tight as I’ve ever seen it.

Outside of work, what do you like to do?

I enjoy playing golf and I love to do yard work at our home. I’m an avid reader and love music. I recently started taking piano lessons and last Sunday, I had my first piano recital. It’s been very challenging, but it’s been a fun new hobby of mine. Also, this August will be my 45th wedding anniversary with my wife. We have three kids and we enjoy traveling internationally.

JSG Employee Spotlight: Ben Shirley

Ben Shirley has been a Branch Manager with Johnson Service Group for over 10 years. We took the opportunity to talk with Ben about his time in the staffing industry, and how the Aerospace and Aviation industries have changed during his time partnering with them.

You’ve been in Aircraft Staffing for over 30 years. Tell us about that.

I started in the industry as a recruiter in 1987 and stayed with the company I was with for over twenty years. During my first year, I began supervising and coordinating the recruiting. I quickly became a primary contact for some of our larger clients. Soon after, I transitioned into an Account Executive role. Wichita was an aircraft center at the time, and I developed not only good business contacts in this industry but also great friends.

I have worked staffing with multiple industries but Aircraft and Aerospace quickly became what I enjoyed the most. The office had a division doing in-house engineering and I was fortunate to both learn from them and bring in work for them. Fast forward and JSG was looking to grow. They brought me in for a dinner with the owners and upper management and I felt right at home. I knew I had found a new home.

You work primarily in Aerospace and Aviation – what are some of the recent trends in these industries?

Technology is enabling exciting developments in the Aerospace and Aviation industries. The private sector started moving into spacecraft development a few years ago and now there is research and development starting on commercial drones, small air taxies, and electric powered aircraft. There are a lot of new developments coming in the next several years. The job market is really strong. These growth opportunities have been shining the light back on our recruiting strengths.

What are some of the hobbies you enjoy outside of work?

I have always enjoyed cars and dirt bikes. But if you ask me today, I am a St. Louis Blues fan!!!  We finally got the Cup!!!

Amanda Walton

Employee Spotlight: Amanda Walton

Amanda Walton

Amanda Walton is our new Safety & Risk Manager at JSG. She will be taking over for Patty Rhoads, who will be retiring later this year. We had the opportunity to sit down with Amanda and get to know her a little better and learn about some of her goals for JSG’s Safety & Risk Management team.

You were officially announced as JSG’s new team Safety & Risk Manager last week. Tell us a little about yourself and career.

Before coming to JSG, I worked for another staffing firm where I was in the worker’s compensation arena for over four years. Throughout my four years with the firm, I oversaw multi-state compensations claims, which kept every day fun and interesting. Claims varied from federal (OSHA), state, local, and even company claims. There were always a lot of different layers and it was a very fast-paced environment.

How does your background as a Warranty Administrator help with your career in the Safety & Risk Management world?

My experience as a Warranty Administrator helped create a smooth transition into the Safety & Risk Management world. As a Warranty Administrator, you have to have extraordinary attention to detail. So, whether you’re dealing with people, vehicles, or property, everything affects the company’s bottom line. If you’re not careful and don’t pay close attention to timelines, you can cost the organization a lot of money. Developing a keen eye for thoroughness and details has definitely helped with my Safety career.

At JSG, our safety slogan is “Safe Work is Great Work!” What makes you passionate Safety & Risk Management?

I am truly passionate about the safety environment because I have the opportunity to help people. I am either helping protect my clients’ interest, an injured worker, or sharing safety knowledge with the staff on workers compensation.

The two largest costs to an organization are payroll and workers compensation. So, working in this field allows me to share my knowledge with others and ensure everyone within JSG, as well as our clients, understand how all of the processes work.

As you get settled in your new role at JSG, what are you hoping to accomplish in 2019?

My number one goal is to maintain and continue to grow the safety culture JSG has developed over the years. I want to maintain the partnerships with those out in the field (our contractors and clients) and provide the necessary education to all parties involved. Through continuous education and fostering our culture of “Safe Work is Great Work,” I want to help grow Johnson Service Group’s business SAFELY.

JSG Employee Spotlight: Krista Portolesi

Krista Portolesi has been an Executive Recruiter with Johnson Search Group, a division of Johnson Service Group, for almost three years. We wanted to take the opportunity to chat with Krista and learn more about her career at JSG. Here’s what she had to say:

You have been with JSG for almost 3 years. Tell us a little bit about your career and your experience working for JSG.

I launched my career in banking, and eventually went back to school to finish my degree. I had a short stint in Marketing and from there, I ventured into sales. As I grew my career in sales, I found myself wanting to dive in even deeper and expand my experience and make an impact on people. Once I learned about the opportunity at JSG that perfectly tied together my background and professional goals, I was extremely excited to help others grow their careers.

In your opinion, what sets JSG apart from other recruiting firms?

Our division, Johnson Search Group, focuses on full-desk recruiting, so it’s nice to work with both candidates and clients. I enjoy being involved in every step of the process from start to finish. I also think we have an outstanding vetting process. We work really hard to ensure that candidates are represented accurately and that our clients’ needs are met.

You work within both the contract and permanent placement spaces, how do you balance?

I like working with contract because it’s a faster process and you’re able to put people to work right away. While permanent placements take a little longer, I love that I get to develop deeper relationships with my candidates and clients.

What do you like most about recruiting for the banking industry?

Because I had a background in banking, I came in with knowledge of the industry. I also enjoy recruiting locally, which allows me to meet with clients and people I’ve placed. The banking industry is so community-focused, so it’s nice to watch each person I place make an impact on their community.

When you’re not busy at work, what do you like to do in your free time?

I love to do stuff with my two kids! They are very active, so we go to the park all the time.

For information about the banking industry, recruiting, and hiring trends, Krista Portolesi is your girl. Connect with her today!