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Stephen Horton

Director of Strategic Accounts

Education/Certification

Sam Houston State University – Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS)

Experience

I have been in the Staffing industry for 12 years and have been fortunate enough to have worked multiple roles. I have worked in Sales, Sales Management, Market Management, and Sr. Management positions

Professional Awards / Achievements

I have been fortunate enough to win multiple awards throughout my career but my greatest satisfaction is helping the people I work with and my customers achieve their goals.

Bucket List Item

Would love to take an African safari – Not to shoot, just to see the amazing animals in their own habitat

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

...me to be honest enthusiastic and straight forward. I will do what I say I will do!

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Be persistent and treat your search like a job. Set a plan for each day and execute that plan. Network as much as you possibly can, you never know who you may meet.

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Candace Gaskin

Senior Sales Representative, Carlton Staffing

Education/Certification

Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications with a Minor in Human Resources Training and Development

Experience

4 years in the staffing industry with a mix of experience in Recruiting & Sales

Bucket List Item

Go on a mission trip, Climb Enchanted Rock, travel to Europe, volunteer at the Sloth Institute of Coast Rica (#ilovesloths) and snorkel in Hawaii

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

An outgoing personality and out of the box thinker. I’m happy to help talk through any situation to get to the root cause of a problem so please do not hesitate to ask!

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Don’t give up! When there is a will, there is a way! Come up with creative ways to get your resume seen, never limit yourself to one resource, and seek a professional to assist you with formatting your resume.

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Gricelda Aviles

Staffing Consultant, Carlton Staffing

Education/Certification

Texas Woman’s University

Experience

5 years plus in customer service and administration

Professional Achievements

Within the last 6 months, I went from Temporary employee to permanent Administrative assistant to now a staffing consultant.

Stupid Human Tricks

I live with all types of animals, literally cats possums and dogs! I am the real Dr. Dolittle, I seem to attract all sorts of animals, even the ones I wish would not come around.

Bucket List Item

Have a property where I can keep homeless cats and dogs, until they get adopted.

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

Feedback, honesty and partnership.

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Sell yourself! When interviewing speak to your strengths not your weakness, an interview starts when you first arrive.

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Katie Sechrist

Senior Operations Manager and Training Specialist, Carlton Staffing

Education/Certification

NAPS CTS Certification, obtained 7/23/2008

Experience

Recruiting since 2004 in a variety of fields including Administrative, Light Industrial, Technical, and Skilled Trade.

Professional Awards & Achievements

Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants:

  • 2016 1st place Individual Award – LI Division
  • 2016 1st place Team Award – LI Division
  • 2015 2nd Place Team Award – LI Division
  • 2015 1st Place Individual Award – LI Division
  • 2013 3rd Place Team Award – LI Division
  • 2012 3rd Place Team Award – LI Division

Promoted from Staffing Consultant to Senior Staffing Consultant, September 2010. Promoted to Operations Manager and Training Specialist October 2013. Promoted to Senior Operations Manager and Training Specialist August 2015.

Stupid Human Tricks

When I'm not working hard at Carlton Staffing, you'll find me cooking sweets for my Etsy shop or spending time with my husband and children. I completed the Houston Aramco Half Marathon in January 2013, a full marathon in the Chevron Houston Marathon in January 2014, and the Galveston Half Marathon on Valentine's Day 2016 with my 11-year-old daughter who I'm proud to say has caught the running fever!

Bucket List Item

Attend and participate in La Tomatina (the worlds biggest tomato fight) in Spain.

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

Professionalism, integrity, and honesty

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Create a simple, conservative email address, preferably just your name. thatsnotaknife@yahoo.com and babyfishmouth@hotmail.com are humorous, but not appropriate for resumes.

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Melissa Edmonds

Operations Manager, Carlton Staffing

Education/Certification

High School Graduate, CTS Certification

Experience

10+ years in Staffing Industry with Carlton Staffing

Professional Achievements

3 Pinnacle trips, Multiple Operations Achiever’s Awards, Management Achiever Award, Million Dollar Club, Member of the Carlton Staffing Advisory Board

Stupid Human Tricks

I live with all types of animals, literally cats possums and dogs! I am the real Dr. Dolittle, I seem to attract all sorts of animals, even the ones I wish would not come around.

Bucket List Item

To spend a week in Bora Bora

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

Honesty, integrity and the utmost professionalism

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Dress for success and go fully prepared for your interview to stand out from other job seekers.

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Sara Lozano

Senior Staffing Consultant, Carlton Staffing

Education/Certification

High School Diploma

Experience

10+ years in Staffing Industry with Carlton Staffing.

Professional Achievements

I have received Achiever’s, Top Producer’s, Runner Up’s, and Million Dollar Club Awards while working at Carlton Staffing.

Bucket List Item

Travel all over the world!

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

Honesty, excellent customer service, and results.

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Make sure your resume is updated. Make sure you research the company before your interview. Be on time. Dress presentably for the interview, write notes, ask questions, make eye contact, and maintain good posture.

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Chris Lowry

Branch Manager, Southeast Houston, Carlton Staffing

Education/Certification

High School Diploma

Experience

10+ years in the staffing industry serving in both business development and management roles with a focus on the light industrial and clerical sectors.

Professional Achievements

5 time recipient of the annual President’s Award for exceeding annual gross revenue and gross margin revenue objectives.

Stupid Human Tricks

I can propel a bicycle in excess of 40 mph and I can do a mean moonwalk.

Bucket List Item

To see both of my children graduate college and become the people that I know they can be.

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

An honest effort of my very best capabilities to help make your company more efficient and more profitable.

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Arm yourself with as much information as possible and do your homework. It goes further than just looking at job postings. You should know as much about the potential job opportunities as possible including specifics about the company before you even walk through their front door. Being able to congratulate a hiring manager about their company’s recent growth or upcoming expansion plans is a powerful first impression. Also, keeping an open mind about looking into different business sectors can open up unforeseen new opportunities.

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Annette Monks

President

Education/Certification

BA, Communication, University of Houston; Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS)

Experience

I have been in the staffing business since 1990 working virtually every type of field position in recruitment (operations), sales, training, management and executive management.

Professional Achievements

My greatest achievement is having the opportunity to work with the fantastic people at Carlton Staffing and Carltech Engineering & Technical!

Stupid Human Tricks

I am a competitive ballroom dancer and I love to go hunting with my husband! How’s that for variety?

Bucket List Item

Hike up to Machu Picchu with my husband and family.

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

That I will get to the point very quickly and get things done at the same speed!

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Treat your job search like a sales job. Create a huge pipeline from many different places, know what your target job is and how to describe what you do, network like crazy, plan each day and execute an organized, well-disciplined call/email/social media plan daily. Do not stop searching until you have started your new job! Understand that you will get more “no’s” than “yes’s” but it only takes one yes!

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Cindy Jennings

Vice President

Education/Certification

BS in Aquatic Biology, UT Austin; CTS – Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist

Experience

40+ years in sales and sales management, 30+ of which have been in the staffing industry, 15+ of the best at Carlton Staffing!

Professional Achievements

As a result of my performance in sales and management, I’ve been blessed to be given the opportunity to train others in every company I’ve worked. The ability to assist others reach higher levels of success and help them find additional ways to contribute to the success of the company is extremely satisfying.  And while I’m proud of each individual award I have earned, I am more proud when someone I’ve worked with and trained is recognized for their accomplishments.

I have been privileged to serve on the Board of Directors of HR Houston and Chair their Legislative Action Committee.  I currently serve as an HR Houston Ambassador.  I have also served on the Board of the Texas Association of Staffing, both as Legislative Committee Chairperson and as President. As an active member of The Professional Group in Houston, I serve on the Board as the VP of Meeting Coordination.

Stupid Human Tricks

I love to build and fix things, especially if that requires power tools, wood glue and clamps – kind of a MacGyver with a tool belt!!  I also enjoy giving thrift store finds a “new life” as something different than their original purpose.

Bucket List Item

Walking tour of the Australian outback; hiking in the rain forest in Costa Rica

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

...to laugh. You will also get lots of questions, honesty and enthusiasm.

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Do your homework! With all the resources available today there is no excuse for showing up at an interview without having visited their website and the LinkedIn profiles of people you’re scheduled to meet! Be prepared with questions (written out ahead of time is fine) and have a portfolio so you can take notes during the interview. A good interview is essentially an exchange of information that will be critical to the hiring decision. Walking in empty handed is a signal that you don’t expect to learn anything.

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Signe Feldman

Operations Manager, Carlton Staffing

Education/Certification

Bachelor’s Degree:SDSU, Psychology & Business. (Emphasis: Organizational Behavior & Employee Relations)

Experience

Over 20 years combined experience in Staffing, Professional Recruiting/Human Resources, Large Onsite Account Management and Operations Management. Skilled in both Exempt and Non-Exempt Recruiting. Broad range of recruiting background to include; Financial Services, Mortgage, Banking, Call Center, HR/Accounting, Retail Management, Industrial and Skilled Trades.

Professional Achievements

Million Dollar Club, two time recipient of Top Service Growth Award/Runner Up, CCCP (Certified Call Center Professional), successful completion of Stephen Covey course - “ 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

I have been privileged to serve on the Board of Directors of HR Houston and Chair their Legislative Action Committee.  I currently serve as an HR Houston Ambassador.  I have also served on the Board of the Texas Association of Staffing, both as Legislative Committee Chairperson and as President. As an active member of The Professional Group in Houston, I serve on the Board as the VP of Meeting Coordination.

Stupid Human Tricks

One challenging “trick” I mastered during adolescence was riding a unicycle.

Bucket List Item

Visit the Caribbean?

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

I will listen and be both honest and respectful.

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Make sure your resume is tailored to the position you are applying for and is easy to read. Always research the company and gain a solid understanding of their history and culture.

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Beth Hammond

Area Vice President of Carltech, Inner Loop & Southwest

Education/Certification

B.A. History, B.A. Political Science, Trinity University

Experience

I entered the staffing industry in 1998 as an entry level recruiter with no prior experience, and have worked hard to move up the ladder to the position I hold today, as an Area Manager.

Professional Achievements

My Southwest Branch has been the top performing office for the years 2014-2015.

I have been privileged to serve on the Board of Directors of HR Houston and Chair their Legislative Action Committee.  I currently serve as an HR Houston Ambassador.  I have also served on the Board of the Texas Association of Staffing, both as Legislative Committee Chairperson and as President. As an active member of The Professional Group in Houston, I serve on the Board as the VP of Meeting Coordination.

Stupid Human Tricks

In my spare time, I volunteer at Citizens For Animal Protection as a foster parent for homeless cats, kittens, dogs and puppies.

Bucket List Item

I would love to go on an African safari!

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

I am someone who can always be depended on to do what I say I’m going to do.

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Follow up! You’d be surprised how many people don’t do simple things like send a thank you note or email after an interview. Also, make sure to follow up post-interview to reaffirm your interest in the position and find out when the employer expects to make a decision.

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Chelsea Lavoie

Operations Manager, Carlton Staffing

Education/Certification

Bachelor of Business Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, 2010 Major: Marketing

Experience

5+ years staffing experience

Professional Achievements

Upon graduation, I became a Human Resources Assistant in 2010 for Alliantgroup in Houston, TX.  I then progressed into the role of Recruiter for Alliant Group in 2011 and began to hone in my skills in sourcing top-quality talent. I joined the Carlton team in the summer of 2012 as a Staffing Consultant and was promoted to Operations Manager with in a few years.

I have been privileged to serve on the Board of Directors of HR Houston and Chair their Legislative Action Committee.  I currently serve as an HR Houston Ambassador.  I have also served on the Board of the Texas Association of Staffing, both as Legislative Committee Chairperson and as President. As an active member of The Professional Group in Houston, I serve on the Board as the VP of Meeting Coordination.

Hobbies

Horseback riding, being outdoors, and playing with my dogs.

Bucket List Item

Zip lining in Costa Rica

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

Honesty, compassion, empathy, and professionalism.

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Finding a job is a full time job. You have to get up early every morning and tackle the day head on! Do not get discouraged and give up because your dream job could be right around the corner.

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Debbie Williams

Branch Manager , Fort Worth, Carlton Staffing

Experience

18 years’ experience sales and operations for the staffing industry.

Professional Achievements

Named Top Performer, tripled annual gross revenue in 2 years.

Bucket List Item

Visit Italy

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

Someone who is determined and committed to professionalism.

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Research the company and the decision makers you are interested in working for. Make looking for the next opportunity your full time job!

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Ashleigh Kraatz

Operations Manager

Education/Certification

Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University

Experience

Nearly four years of experience making connections that work by placing qualified candidates into exceptional professional roles.

Professional Achievements

Service Achiever, Top Service Growth, Management Achiever

Bucket List Item

I would love to travel around Europe with my fiancé and see all of the classic landmarks!

Inspiring quote that drives you to action

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

To see quick results from my hard work and dedication!

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Stay positive, do your best, make as many connections as possible and never give up!

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Brenna Barnett

Senior Marketing Coordinator

Education/Certification

Bachelors in Marketing, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Bucket List Item

Swing at the end of the world in Cantón Baños, Ecuador

Professional Achievements

Service Achiever, Top Service Growth, Management Achiever

Bucket List Item

I would love to travel around Europe with my fiancé and see all of the classic landmarks!

Inspiring quote that drives you to action

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

To see quick results from my hard work and dedication!

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Stay positive, do your best, make as many connections as possible and never give up!

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Carlos Delgado

Technical Recruiter, Carltech

Education/Certification

Bryan H.S, class of '96

Recruiting Experience

2014–Present

Bucket List Item

A trip around the world, Skydive

Favorite Sports Teams

Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Texas A&M

Hobbies

Collecting rare coins and sports memorabilia

Fun Fact

Chosen to observe world-renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey perform open heart surgery

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

...a positive attitude, easy to get along with, and team oriented

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Felicia Ruiz

Operations Manager – Southeast Houston

Education/Certification

High School Diploma

Experience

10 years staffing experience, 5 years Human Resources experience

Professional Achievements

  • Manager’s Achiever’s Award Q1 2017
  • Top Service Producer Q1 2017
  • Top Service Producer Q4 2016
  • Service Achiever’s Award Q2, Q3, Q4 2016
  • Manager’s Achiever’s Award Q4 2016

Bucket List Item

A trip around the world, Skydive

Stupid Human Tricks

I am left handed which means I think with the right side of my brain.

Bucket List Item

Travel the world after I win the lotto

Inspiring quote that drives you to action

"People may hear your words but they feel your attitude." – John Maxwell

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

...me to give you 100% effort and be honest. I will always try to go above and beyond and make sure that I can get the job done to the best of my ability.

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Brittany Deluna

Sales Representative, Carlton Staffing

Education/Certification

Bachelors of Psychology from The University of Houston

Experience

3+ years sales/staffing experience

Professional Achievements

2013 Top Sales Rookie

Stupid Human Tricks

I can touch my nose with my tongue.

Bucket List Item

Skydiving

Bucket List Item

Travel the world after I win the lotto

Inspiring quote that drives you to action

"Nothing changes if nothing changes"

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

...my best

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

First impressions are made within 30 seconds, and are often all a person remembers once you’ve left, so whether you are speaking to the receptionist, or the manager, always put your best foot forward.

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Keri Hodges

Staffing Consultant

Education/Certification

Some college

Experience

20 years of experience in the Recruiting Field.

Stupid Human Tricks

Lover of German Shepherds

Bucket List Item

Travel to Europe

Bucket List Item

Travel the world after I win the lotto

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

A sense of humor and friendly demeanor

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Don’t settle, be persistent and treat everyone every job opportunity as a chance to grow and learn.

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Kimberly Shapiro

Branch Manager, Dallas Branch and Carlton Accounting & Finance

Education/Certification

BAAS Organizational Leadership

Experience

Staffing & Recruiting in the Accounting & Finance space since 2009. Mid-market Accounting Manager prior to joining this awesome industry.

Professional Achievements

Track record of breathing life back into failing branches.

Stupid Human Tricks

Sadly, I don’t have one. I can make my dog purr, does that count?

Bucket List Items

Retire on the beach, Spend a month in Greece, Go on another mission trip to Africa.

Inspiring quote that drives you to action

"If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door." – Milton Berle

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

Honestly, Humor, Candor, and a warm greeting.

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Read the book Presence by Amy Cuddy, watch her 10 minute TedTalk. In her words, “Fake it till you believe it!” Looking for a job can be a long, daunting process that can be tough on your self-esteem. When searching for a job, it is absolutely critical that you are perceived confident and capable. Hold your head up, and believe in yourself.

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LaDonna Hatton

Key Account Recruiting Manager

Experience

15 years of recruiting experience

Bucket List Items

Go to Disney World

Inspiring quote that drives you to action

“No one is going to hand me success. I must go out and get it myself. That’s why I’m here. To dominate. To conquer. Both the world, and myself”

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

That I will listen to understand, not just to respond.

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Stay positive and when you find the positon you want, don’t be afraid to look the hiring manager in the eyes and ask for it.

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Niki Leal

Staffing Consultant

Fairvalley - High School 2001

Experience

9 years in the Human Resources field including recruiting

Bucket List Items

To visit every Disneyland in the world

Inspiring quote that drives you to action

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” – Dr. Seuss

When you speak/work with me, you can expect…

Hard work, dedication and honesty

Advice for a job seeker in today’s market

Don’t let bad news get you

Meet our Team

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