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  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020 4:13 PM | Anonymous

    Houston, TX (May 13, 2020) – The Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants (HAAPC), the local trade association for staffing and recruiting firms, announced winners of its 37th Annual Awards Program. As the only trade association for recruiting and temporary staffing firms in Houston and the surrounding areas, the HAAPC provides educational programs, certification, advocacy, and recognition for those in the industry.

    The awards honor staffing and recruiting professionals for their achievements and success in 2019. Usually held at the Junior League of Houston, this year’s awards program was held in a digital format for the safety of the association members and guests. The awards are given each year in a variety of categories to recognize individual recruiters, as well as recruiting teams, in contract staffing, blended services, administrative, and technical/professional niches. This year’s digital program was emceed by Elithia Marshi, President of the HAAPC Board of Directors, along with Beth Hammond, the Immediate Past President and Treasurer. More than 60 awards were presented to nearly a dozen Houston-based firms.

    “We are so proud of our members across Houston for the amazing work they do on behalf of their clients and the business community,” said Marshi. “Recruiters play a valuable service to help businesses grow and it is so important to take time to celebrate the recruiters and teams who represent the best in Houston.”

    The following award winners were announced:

    Blended Services Category

    Team Awards- Administrative Support Division

    ·         1st Place- Burnett Specialists Greenway: Michelle Waldron & Toni Altom

    ·         2nd Place- Professional Alternatives: Sue Bragg & Christine Norris

    ·         3rd Place- Burnett Specialists Westchase: Carmen Albertson & Marissa Watson

    Individual Awards- Administrative Support Division

    ·         1st Place- Christine Norris with Professional Alternatives

    ·         2nd Place- Sue Bragg with Professional Alternatives

    Team Awards- Technical/Professional Division

    ·         1st Place- Burnett Specialists Accounting: Krystal Brod & Nicole Stoker

    ·         2nd Place- Professional Alternatives Credit & Risk: James Criswell & Donna Stewart

    ·         3rd Place- Physician Resources: Rebecca Orzabal, Angela Garcia, Bronti Phillips, Patti Fudge, Ana Clark, Jolyn West Scheirman, Amanda Muren, Katrina Martinez, Brenda Rodriguez, & Stacie Cruz

    ·         4th Place- UltraStaff: Andrenette Cox-Nyatome, Krystal Garcia, & Denise Vidaurri

    Individual Awards- Technical/Professional Division

    ·         1st Place- Roger Reyna with Professional Alternatives

    ·         2nd Place- Molly Gutierrez with Burnett Specialists

    ·         3rd Place- Caitlin Spellings with Burnett Specialists

    ·         4th Place- Shelley Ray with Burnett Specialists

    ·         5th Place- Meredith Clem with Burnett Specialists

    ·         6th Place- Sue Ellen Burch with Burnett Specialists

    ·         7th Place- Dana Schneider with Burnett Specialists

    ·         8th Place- Jennifer Gibbs with Burnett Specialists

    ·         9th Place- Kevin Gwinn with Burnett Specialists

    ·         10th Place- Melissa Marbais with Burnett Specialists

    ·         11th Place- Elena Mazaraki with Burnett Specialists

    ·         12th Place- Rachael Hooker with Burnett Specialists

    ·         13th Place- Janet Candelario with Burnett Specialists

    ·         14th Place- Chris Peters with Burnett Specialists

    ·         15th Place- Charisse Brown with Burnett Specialists

    Contract/Temporary Staffing Category

    Team Awards- Administrative Support

    ·         1st Place- Burnett Specialists TeleSkills: Krista Clements & Elpida Routsas Duff

    ·         2nd Place- Burnett Specialist Northwest: Patsy Ford & Patti Villarreal

    Individual Awards- Administrative Support

    ·         1st Place- Karen Walding Zuntch with Professional Alternatives

    Team Awards- Light Industrial

    ·         1st Place- Carlton Staffing Southwest: Beth Hammond, Candace Gaskin,  Sara Lozano, & Shawn Kowalski

    ·         2nd Place- Burnett Specialists Southwest: Heidi Roe & Daniela Dees

    Individual Awards- Light Industrial

    ·         1st Place- Sara Lozano

    Team Awards- Technical/Professional

    ·         1st Place- Dagen Personnel: Tiffany Wallace & Angie Lawson

    ·         2nd Place- Nearterm: Gayle Tapps & Matt Watson

    ·         3rd Place- Burnett Specialists Woodlands: Hope Simmons & Natacha Corley

    Individual Awards- Technical/Professional

    ·         1st Place- James Criswell with Professional Alternatives

    Direct Hire Administrative Category

    Team Awards- Administrative Support

    ·         1st Place- Burnett Specialists Westchase: Brandy Falcon & Kylie Mulvogue

    ·         2nd Place- Burnett Specialists Accounting: Molly Gutierrez, Shelly Ray, Melissa Marbais, Rachel Hooker, Ashley Flowers, & Danielle Avalos

    ·         3rd Place- Burnett Specialists Southwest: Isabel Swanson & Shannon Holloman

    Individual Awards- Administrative Support

    ·         1st Place- Brandy Falcon with Burnett Specialists

    ·         2nd Place- Stephanie King with MK Personnel

    ·         3rd Place- Shannon Holloman with Burnett Specailists

    ·         4th Place- Charise Spedale with Burnett Specialists

    ·         5th Place- Ashley Golden with Burnett Specialists

    ·         6th Place- Ashley Craddick with Burnett Specialists

    ·         7th Place- Kylie Mulvogue with Burnett Specialists

    ·         8th Place- Lindsay Loveland with Burnett Specialists

    ·         9th Place- Elle Cavatore with Burnett Specialists

    ·         10th Place- Sue La Vonne Stone with Burnett Specialists

    ·         11th Place- Isabel Swanson with Burnett Specialists

    ·         12th Place- Amy Gonzalez with MK Personnel

    ·         13th Place- Skylar Smith with MK Personnel

    Rookie of the Year-Administrative

    ·         Amy Gonzalez with MK Personnel

    Direct Hire Technical Professional Category

    Team Awards- Technical/Professional

    ·         1st Place- Burnett Specialists IT/Engineering: Kevin Gwinn, Sarah Terry, Caitlin Spellings, & Jess Moreno

    ·         2nd Place- Burnett Specialists Accounting: Molly Gutierrez, Shelly Ray, Melissa Marbais, Rachel Hooker, Ashley Flowers, & Danielle Avalos

    ·         3rd Place- Hunter & Sage: Elithia Marshi, Cathy Higginbotham, and Oliver Gregg

    Individual Awards- Technical/Professional

    ·         1st Place- Nicole Self with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    ·         2nd Place- Sarah Terry with Burnett Specialists

    ·         3rd Place- Mark Dremely with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    TOP 10

    ·         4TH Place- Paul Johnson with Qualitec

    ·         5th Place- Roger Reyna with Professional Alternatives

    ·         6th Place- Truett Allen with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    ·         7th Place- Susan Benson with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    ·         8th Place- Ken McQueen with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    ·         9th Place- Eric Holzer with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    ·         10th Place- Kyle Williams with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    TOP 20

    11TH Place- Stacie Beaujeaux with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    12th Place- Kurt Dawson with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    13th Place- Cathy Higginbotham with Hunter&Sage

    14th Place- Neshia Plai with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    15th Place- Lisa Martin with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    16th Place- Kristi Pickett with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    17th Place- Alexis Rogers with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    18th Place- Patrick Drew with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    19th Place- Roger Reissig with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    20th Place- Tyna Truong with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    TOP 30

    21ST Place- Cheryl Norton with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    22nd Place- Tania Killebrew with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    23rd Place- Ariana Morris with Professional Alternatives

    24th Place- Lance Russel with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    25th Place- Carrie Flick with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    26th Place- Oscar Reed with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    27th Place- Oliver Gregg with Hunter&Sage

    28th Place- Cynthia Jackson with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    29th Place- Ruth Schlanger with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    30th Place- Steve Hadnot with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    TOP 40

    31st Place- Sara Walkowiak with Professional Alternatives

    32nd Place- Rachel Hooker with Burnett Specialists

    33rd Place- Gayle Tapp with Nearterm Corporation

    34th Place- Stacy Johnson with Qualitec

    35th Place- Gary Bryson with Nearterm Corporation

    36th Place- Matt Watson with Nearterm Corporation

    37th Place- Alina Lozier with Nearterm Corporation

    Rookie of the Year-Technical Professional

    ·         Oscar Reed with Richard, Wayne, & Roberts

    ABOUT HAAPC

    The Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants (HAAPC) is the only professional trade association for the staffing and recruiting firm industry in the greater Houston area. HAAPC is dedicated to promoting high standards of business practices and state of the art educational programs for its members and the industry in Houston. For more information, visit www.haapc.org.

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  • Monday, April 27, 2020 11:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HOUSTON ASSOCIATION FOR RECRUITING & STAFFING FIRMS ELECTS NEW BOARD LEADERSHIP

    The Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants Names New President, Vice President, and Treasurer to Lead the Organization

    Houston, TX (April 23, 2020) – The Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants (HAAPC), the local trade association for staffing and recruiting firms, has elected Elithia Marshi as its President, Chris Myers as Vice President, and Beth Hammond as Treasurer. All will serve a two-year term in their roles.

    As the only trade association for recruiting and temporary staffing firms in Houston and the surrounding areas, the HAAPC provides educational programs, certification, and advocacy for members.

    Marshi is President & CEO of MK Personnel and Hunter+Sage, two recruiting firms with more than 20 years of experience working with businesses and organizations in the greater Houston-area. Marshi has served on the Board of Directors since 2016, including terms as Special Events Chair and most recently as Vice President. “I am excited to take the helm of the HAAPC as we continue our vital work here in Houston. It is more important now than ever before to serve those in the staffing and recruiting industry, as well as the community where we all live and work. As a small business owner and as a staffing professional, I understand the value that HAAPC provides and I am honored to continue to bring that value to others in our industry,” said Marshi.

    Myers is President and CEO of Professional Alternatives, an award-winning, Houston-based recruiting and staffing agency with over 20 years of experience in finance and professional staffing and recruiting. Myers has served as an At Large Board Member on the HAAPC Board of Directors since 2017.

    “We have a unique opportunity to serve our industry in this time of unprecedented challenge. I look forward to working and leading the HAAPC with my fellow Board Members,” said Meyers.

    Hammond is Area Vice President of Carlton Staffing/Carltech, a full-service staffing firm with over 40 years’ experience in staffing solutions in Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth. Hammond has served on the Board of Directors since 2015, including her recent role as President of the association.

    “The volunteers leading this organization bring years of experience, passion, and commitment to their craft, it is an honor to continue to serve in my role as Treasurer,” said Hammond.


    ABOUT HAAPC

    The Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants (HAAPC) is the only professional trade association for the staffing and recruiting firm industry in the greater Houston area. HAAPC is dedicated to promoting high standards of business practices and state of the art educational programs for its members and the industry in Houston. For more information, visit www.haapc.org



  • Thursday, February 20, 2020 12:39 PM | Anonymous

    Did you know that weekly 60-minute power NAPS can give you a significant recharge to help you perform more efficiently and effectively at work?  

    That's why NAPS is launching the Power NAPS at Night Spring Certification Study Group. The study group will meet virtually for 6 consecutive Thursdays at 7pm EST starting on March 5th and conclude on April 9th.

    The group will be led by our own "power NAPPERS" - NAPS Board Vice Chair, Ryan Scott, and NAPS President/Executive Director, Trinette Cunningham. Each participant must first purchase the NAPS Immersion Exam (Certification Manual and Test) and then register online for the study group.  After purchasing the exam and registering for the group, "power NAPPERS" will receive an electronic version of the manual, the 6-week syllabus and webinar/call-in instructions.

    Visit :  www.naps360.org

  • Monday, February 17, 2020 4:47 PM | Anonymous

    HAAPC is proud to announce our annual awards banquet and conference will be held on March 25, 2020.  More details will be coming in the next few weeks!

  • Wednesday, November 06, 2019 12:48 PM | Anonymous

    SAVE the DATE! Registration coming soon... On Nov. 19th HAAPC will host a “Lunch N Learn”featuring: Jeremy Sisemore, a CERS (Certified Employee Retention Specialist) who will be presenting on the HOT, HOT, HOT topic of “Employee Retention in a Tight Labor Market!”



  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 12:56 PM | Anonymous

    To be exempt from overtime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees must be paid a salary of at least the threshold amount and meet certain duties tests. If they are paid less or do not meet the tests, they must be paid 1 1/2 times their regular hourly rate for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek.

    The new rule will raise the salary threshold to $684 a week ($35,568 annualized) from $455 a week ($23,660 annualized). A blocked Obama-era rule would have doubled the threshold, but a federal judge held that the DOL exceeded its authority by raising the rate too high.

    The new rule is expected to prompt employers to reclassify more than a million currently exempt workers to nonexempt status and raise pay for others above the new threshold. 

    The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is pleased that the DOL has finalized the overtime rule. "Employees and employers have been waiting for an overtime salary adjustment for over 10 years," said Nancy Hammer, SHRM's vice president of regulatory and judicial engagement. "Today's rule provides important clarity for the workplace on FLSA implementation," she said.


  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 11:52 AM | Anonymous

    This is not in Texas – yet – but might be helpful info just in case you want to share with your clients!

    Salary History Bans Continue to Gain Momentum Across the Country
    Lexology (09/11/19) Ariel Cohen

    States and cities continue to implement prohibitions on employer salary history inquiries. In Alabama, the Clarke-Figures Equal Pay Act took effect on Sept. 1. Illinois' amended Equal Pay Act will go into effect on Sept. 29. In New Jersey, an amendment to the state's Law Against Discrimination takes effect Jan. 1, 2020. New York's Salary History Bill, which broadens the state's Equal Pay Act, goes into effect on Jan. 6, 2020.

    At the city level, employers with six or more employees in Kansas City, MO, will be prohibited from asking applicants about their salary history, starting Oct. 31. In Toledo, OH, a salary history law that applies to employers that employ 15 or more employees within the city takes effect July 4, 2020. Employers in these locations should review and update their hiring practices and job applications to comply with these new laws.


  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019 4:08 PM | Anonymous

    Join us on August 28th, from 11:45-1:15 at Tulane University for "Anatomy of a LinkedIn Profile For Recruiters" with Raissa Evans! With over 600 million members in 200 countries, LinkedIn remains the top professional social network, making it a powerhouse for recruiters and active and passive prospects. It's unique among the major social media players because it has a very specific user base: people who are already in a professional headspace and actively looking for networking, employment and business solutions. With Microsoft's acquisition, data and behaviors from LinkedIn are beginning to be integrated into tools professionals use in enterprise on a daily basis. In fact, LinkedIn generates more leads for B2B than Facebook, Twitter or blogging. Is your professional presence positioned properly? In this interactive session you’ll walk away with: · "How to's" that help you showcase your expertise on LinkedIn for a polished professional brand. · Tools to enable you to search optimize your profile for the algorithm as well as gain new business. · The ability to master LinkedIn in just 10 minutes a day!

  • Thursday, June 06, 2019 9:49 AM | Anonymous

    The bills which would have preempted those city ordinances for paid sick leave never made it onto the calendar. Unions are all over this and are out showing at the hearings by 3 to 1. We can’t let that happen in Houston.

    See below from one of our San Antonio friends. Dallas passed as well as Austin. They ARE coming to Houston so we HAVE to be prepared to go down to City Hall if need be to fight this. This cannot work in the staffing business! 

    Message from San Antonio:

    Paid Sick Leave is here in San Antonio…and the City says it's ready.

    Here is the link to a current article in the Rivard Report regarding paid sick leave.  

     therivardreport.com/...

    The current ordinance requires employers to provide one hour of earned sick time for every 30 hours worked, with a yearly cap of 48 hours for small employers and 64 hours for those with more than 15 employees. Businesses with more than five employees must comply by August 1, and those with fewer have until August 2021.

    Let's prevent this from happening in Houston!

  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019 4:13 PM | Anonymous

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