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Katie Sechrist

Director of Operations

Education/Certification

NAPS CTS Certification, obtained 7/23/2008

Experience

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

Professional Awards & Achievements

Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants:

  • 2018 1st place Team Award – Blended Svc Division
  • 2018 1st place Individual Award – Blended Svc Division
  • 2017 1st place Team Award – Blended Svc Division
  • 2017 1st place Individual Award – Blended Svc Division
  • 2016 1st place Team Award – Blended Svc Division
  • 2016 1st place Individual Award – Blended Svc Division
  • 2015 2nd Place Team Award – Blended Svc Division
  • 2015 1st Place Individual Award – Blended Svc Division
  • 2013 3rd Place Team Award – Blended Svc Division
  • 2012 3rd Place Team Award – Blended Svc Division

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

Participate in La Tomatina (the world’s biggest tomato fight) in Spain.

Quote that you actually are inspired by and that drives you to action:

“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you—always,” - Oprah Winfrey.

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

Professionalism, integrity, and honesty

Can you please share what your best advice would be for a job seeker looking for a new position in today’s market?

Create a professional email address if you don’t already have one, join every networking organization you can find in your industry, and don’t take rejection personally! Finding the right job can take a considerable amount of time. Keep a positive attitude and don’t give up!

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Sara Lozano

Operations Manager

Education/Certification

High School Diploma

Experience

I’ve worked with Carlton Staffing’s Southwest branch since 2004 handling industrial, skilled trade, and administrative staffing.

Professional Achievements

I have received Achievers Awards, Top Producer Awards, and Million Dollar Club Awards while working at Carlton Staffing, and I was promoted from Administrative Assistant to Staffing Consultant, then Senior Staffing Consultant, and my most recent promotion was to Operations Manager over the Southwest branch.

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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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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Beth Hammond

Area Vice President: Southwest Central Branch, Southeast Branch

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 since 2014.

I have been privileged to serve on the Board of Directors for the Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants, most recently as President, and currently as Past President and Treasurer. I am also a member of Carlton’s Million Dollar Club ($11 million), and have managed Carlton’s Top Performing Branch 2004-2019.

Stupid Human Tricks

In my spare time, I volunteer for S.A.V.E. Rescue Coalition as a foster parent for homeless cats and kittens.

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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Shawn Kowalski

Staffing Consultant

Education/Certification

Some College Completed

Experience

I’ve have been in the staffing industry since 2002. I have staffed industrial, skilled trades, administrative and professional.

Bucket List Item

I want to visit all the continents.

Quote that you actually are inspired by and that drives you to action

“A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.” - Sam Houston

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

Honesty/Straight Forward/Results

Can you please share what your best advice would be for a job seeker looking for a new position in today’s market?

Make sure you keep your resume updated and have all your skills posted on it. Don’t be afraid of a 2-3 page resume. Research the company you are interviewing for and have a few questions to ask. Make sure you are 10-15 minutes early for the interview.

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Tona Buster

Area Manager

Experience

34 years

Professional awards, achievements

Top 10 achievers club 10 years in a row. District Director of the year

Bucket List Item

Live in an Airstream on Key West for a month at least. Finally chill out…

Quote that you actually are inspired by and that drives you to action

Information is power but what you do with that information is what can turn dreams into reality. Also…. Where Focus goes energy flows.

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

Energy, passion and success.

Can you please share what your best advice would be for a job seeker looking for a new position in today’s market?

Start with a great attitude, skills can be taught but not attitude.

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Shan Bailey

Compliance Specialist

Education

B.A. Finance; M.A. Human Resources Management

Experience

I have over 20 years retail experience. I decided to change careers 5 years ago. I enrolled in to Graduate school and pursued my Masters in HR Management. Recruiting is something I have always wanted to do and I am so excited to have been given this opportunity with such a great company like Carlton.

Stupid human tricks

My husband thinks it’s cool I can raise each eyebrow one at a time.

Bucket List Item

Seeing the world, traveling to as many places as I can. Get the courage to jump out of a plane. Conquering my fear of water and learning to swim.

Quote that you actually are inspired by and that drives you to action

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

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

Humor, professionalism, and diligence.

Can you please share what your best advice would be for a job seeker looking for a new position in today’s market?

Encourage constructive criticism. Allow someone to help you be better. Always present yourself in a professional manner regardless of the level of pay you are seeking. First impressions are everything.

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Christie Derry

Business Development Consultant

Experience

9 year staffing experience in the roles of Recruiter, Account Manager and Business Development Consultant.

Professional awards, achievements

Awarded top producer 2 consecutive years.

Stupid human tricks

I spend my free time with my pet pig Boogie.

Bucket list item

I dream of seeing the Alaskan Northern Lights.

Quote that you actually are inspired by and that drives you to action

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt

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

A person who is committed to matching great companies and great employees.

Can you please share what your best advice would be for a job seeker looking for a new position in today’s market?

Approach every job interview confident that this company would be lucky to have you.

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Kariana Gonzalez

Staffing Consultant

Education/Certification

Striving to obtain my associates degree in Business Management.

Experience

I have seven years of business administrative experience. In the journey of my career I have worked with the Human Resources department were I learned my passion in recruiting and helping others! I’m fairly new to the Industry but so eager to learn the ins and outs of the business. I look forward in growing with Carlton Staffing.

Stupid human tricks

I love home renovations/ decor. You will always find me working on DIY‘s. My daughter has officially awarded me Best MOM, therefore most of my free time is spent with her and my husband.

Bucket list item

Visit the monkey forest in Bali Indonesia.

Quote that you actually are inspired by and that drives you to action.

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” -Dr. Seuss

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

Respect, transparency & professionalism.

Can you please share what your best advice would be for a job seeker looking for a new position in today’s market?

Always keep a positive attitude. Don’t let the fear of the unknown decrease your efforts in finding your dream career/job. Continually update your resume with all your skills! You never know the opportunity that awaits you.

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Lindsay Kosley

Business Development Consultant

Education/Certification

BS Interdisciplinary Studies from Stephen F. Austin State University

Experience

2 years in Education working with children with special needs. Decided to change career paths into the Staffing industry, and I am thrilled to be a part of the Carlton family.

Stupid human tricks

I can do an aerial (cartwheel with no hands), I am able to wiggle my ears, and can sound like Minnie Mouse.

Bucket list item

Would love to travel around the world! There are so many beautiful places to see including Bora Bora, Italy, Australia, Greece, and many more!

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

Open and honest conversations, enthusiasm, and willingness to go the extra mile.

Can you please share what your best advice would be for a job seeker looking for a new position in today’s market?

Identify your strengths/passions in order to find a position that compliments your attributes, but will also allow you to grow. Keep an open mind and be open to learning new skills.

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Cameron Hoelscher

Business Development Consultant

Education/Certification

B.S. in Mathematics from Sam Houston State University

Stupid human tricks

I (attempt to) play golf on the weekends.

Bucket list item

Attend all the biggest sporting events in person. The Olympics, World Cup, and The Masters are the highest on my list right now.

Quote that you actually are inspired by and that drives you to action

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” When people travel back in time, they worry about the butterfly effect. Small actions in the past changing the outcome of the present. But those same people won’t make small changes in the present that could improve their future.

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

An extremely hard worker that doesn’t take himself too seriously.

Can you please share what your best advice would be for a job seeker looking for a new position in today’s market?

It isn’t so much about what you know, but a lot more about who you know. Networking is huge in today’s job market. Everyone you meet is a potential business connection

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Courtney Heater

Staffing Consultant

Education/Certification

Some College Alvin Community College

Experience

12 years of sales experience and 2 ½ in Staffing

Professional Awards & Achievements

Consistently meet my monthly and quarterly goals.

Bucket list item

I would love to visit Australia!

Quote that you actually are inspired by and that drives you to action

Fear is a Liar!

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

Straightforward, honest answers. I want to help people as efficiently as possible.

Can you please share what your best advice would be for a job seeker looking for a new position in today’s market?

Update your resume! Some employers will only take seconds to look, it wastes your time when you send it out with incorrect information.

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Kristen Sandberg

Operations Manager

Experience

30 years’ experience in the staffing / recruiting industry with a focus on industrial, skilled trades and administrative staffing.

Professional Awards & Achievements

Consistently meet my monthly and quarterly goals.

Bucket list item

To retire and travel the entire US

Quote that you actually are inspired by and that drives you to action

“Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammed Ali

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

Honesty

Can you please share what your best advice would be for a job seeker looking for a new position in today’s market?

Don’t give up on your job search. The key is persistence and professionalism. The right opportunity will be there.

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Edwina Gray

Compliance Specialist

Education/Certification

BA Mass Comm emphasis in Public Relation Minor in Theology

Experience

7+ Years of Marketing and Clerical Experience

Stupid Human Tricks

I am double jointed and bowlegged!

Bucket list item

I would like to write a crisis press speech for a President.

Quote that you actually are inspired by and that drives you to action

“The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.”

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

effort to get things done as efficiently as possible.

Can you please share what your best advice would be for a job seeker looking for a new position in today’s market?

Always seek a job that builds into your core narrative, everything about it will be a lot easier.

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Cole League

Business Development Consultant

Education/Certification

B.S. Health Sciences, Minor is Mental Health Psychology, Texas State University

Experience

This my first professional job out of college! During my time at Texas State I worked in the Food service and Hospitality industry as a server.

Professional Awards, Achievements

Magna Cum Laude

Stupid Human Tricks

I can snow ski backwards about as good I can forwards

Bucket list item

I would love to go skiing in the summer in Argentina/Chile when it is the winter there. Get my Pilots license. Go Skydiving. Go Snorkeling in Guam.

Quote that you actually are inspired by and that drives you to action

"You make your own luck." –Ernest Hemingway

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

A genuine and respectful interaction which will lead to a higher level of cohesiveness for our team.

Can you please share what your best advice would be for a job seeker looking for a new position in today’s market?

To always pursue your interests and give it your best effort, while keeping an open mind and a positive outlook on the situation presented to you.

Ashley Jordan

Staffing Consultant

Education/Certification

Bachelor in Applied Design and Visual Arts with EC-12 Art Certification

Experience

10 years in education

Bucket list item

Travel as much as I can.

Quote that you actually are inspired by and that drives you to action

“Working hard is important but there is something that matters even more: believing in yourself.” –Harry Potter

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

my complete attention. You can also expect a positive and uplifting attitude!

Can you please share what your best advice would be for a job seeker looking for a new position in today’s market?

The best thing for you to do as a new job seeker is to apply to all of the jobs that you qualify for and to make sure that your resume is up to the standards expected for the company. Also, personalize your resume to the potential position you are looking for. It also helps to maintain a positive attitude during the job-seeking process.

Angelita Aparicio

Staffing Consultant

Education/Certification

Associates Degree

Experience

HR professional for 12 years

Professional Awards, Achievements

I was voted employee of the year by managers and co-workers.

Stupid human tricks

Not really a trick but I actually have an unusually small head and I can fit into a toddler size hat.

Bucket list item

Take a vacation on the Amazon river.

Quote that you actually are inspired by and that drives you to action

Be positive, be true, be kind.

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

respect, understanding, loyalty, and results.

Can you please share what your best advice would be for a job seeker looking for a new position in today’s market?

Edit and update your resume, prepare ahead of time, give eye contact, be confident, be presentable, smile.

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Nicolas Oliveros

Staffing Consultant

Education/Certification

TCC SE Culinary

Experience

Full Cycle Recruiting

Stupid Human Tricks

I can touch the floor without bending my knees, and I can connect my fingers behind my back!

Bucket List Item

Acquire Texas Notary License

Quote that you actually are inspired by and that drives you to action

2+2=4, 2x2=4, 100/25=4. There are many ways to get things done. Work with what works for you, as long as you get the results you want.

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

A caring individual. Selflessness and understanding. Will help getting you unstuck and onto the next step after a fall.

Can you please share what your best advice would be for a job seeker looking for a new position in today’s market?

Exhaust all your options, job sites, Facebook job groups, job finding apps and making connections that work will get you ahead.

Meet our Team

The following team members have a serious photo, and also a silly photo that shows on hover. Annette M serious photo Annette M funny photo (she has a big smile with thumbs up) Cindy J serious photo Cindy J funny photo (she's smiling with her head resting in her hand) Beth H serious photo Beth H funny photo (she is making a silly face)