The Advisory Board for Chicago Recruiters is responsible for setting the overall strategy and direction for the community, content, education and agendas for our recruiting conferences and events.
With over 20 years of recruiting and human resources leadership experience, Jason Buss is a recognized expert with deep experience in identifying, recruiting and hiring high-performing teams. He is currently the Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition & Workforce Strategy for MongoDB.
Jason founded the Recruiters Network in 2011, an organization committed to advancing the talent acquisition profession through continuing education, professional development, recruiting conferences and networking events. Jason has built and led several of the nation’s largest and most active regional recruiting communities and he has authored and published content in, and has been quoted by The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Bloomberg, MarketWatch, Society for Human Resource Management, Corporate Executive Board and more.
Outside of work you can find Jason enjoying the outdoors in the Bay Area, indulging in froyo, exploring a new part of the world on vacation, hanging out with his family, or tending to their adorable yet bossy Pekingese named Otis.
President & Community Leader
Rob Trzcinski has more than ten years of experience in the staffing and recruiting industry, and joined LaSalle Network, one of the fastest growing staffing and recruiting firms in the country, in 2008.
Rob has worked in recruiting, sales and management during his tenure at LaSalle, earning more than five promotions in ten years. Rob helped launched LaSalle Network's technology recruiting practice, now one of its fastest-growing staffing verticals, and today, Rob advises clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies on their growth and the talent they need to thrive.
During his time with LaSalle, Rob has earned LaSalle’s Producer of the Quarter award, Producer of the Year, as well as the Sales’ Team Gold Club in 2017.
Rob grew up in Midland, MI, earned a BBA from Northwood University and lives in Chicago with his wife.
Advisory Board Members
Taylor Martinez is the Marketing & Events Specialist for the Recruiters Network. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of St.Thomas in 2018. While studying at the University of St. Thomas she had the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland, Argentina, and Brazil. Also, during the completion of her degree, she underwent many different work experiences such as being a Marketing Research Intern for Sidewalk Dog, Social Media Intern for Hy-Vee, and Talent Acquisition & Social Media Intern for Spok. Throughout her experiences, she has become increasingly interested in social media and how its use can shape and grow an organization.
Taylor has proudly lived in Minnesota her whole life. She is passionate about volunteering and has spent numerous hours volunteering with the Jeremiah Program. In her free time, she enjoys partaking in outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming, as well as going for walks with her adorable English Mastiff named Mabel.
Sakena Gardner's professional background is in recruiting, operational leadership and program management. She is currently TransUnion’s Director of Talent Acquisition. Prior to joining TransUnion, she was Manager of Talent Acquisition for Lenovo, leading a full cycle recruitment team with responsibility for North America and Latin America. Prior to joining Lenovo, Sakena spent several years providing consulting expertise to 40+ enterprise software companies across the globe. During her 10 year tenure with Xerox, she applied lean concepts to drive process efficiencies across a variety of programs and operations.
Her passion for operational process efficiency, recruiting expertise, strong leadership and program management abilities have allowed her to successfully build and lead high performing Talent Acquisition organizations.
Sakena and her husband live in the Western Chicago suburbs. Together, they enjoy traveling, spending time at home with their young son and volunteering to provide aid to the underserved youth in Chicago.
ROBERT G COMMON II (RG)
Robert G Common II (RG) is a Senior Talent Partner at Best Buy supporting 9 midwestern states and an HR Practitioner with over 15+ years within Talent Acquisition & HR Project Management experience. RG has provided consultation for numerous Financial Services, Information Technology, Professional Services, Operations Strategy, M&A and Risk Management requisitions.
RG is a Business Doctoral Candidate at Liberty University-Online with a key goal to contribute to diversification within corporate HR and the restructure of employment law. He is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt Professional, PHR certified, member of SHRM - Society for Human Resource, and a member of AOM – Academy of Management, International.
RG is versatile as an individual contributor but also as a true team member. He stands by the old college motto that “teamwork makes the dream work”.
James Parker currently leads Glassdoor's global GoToMarket recruiting team, with recruiters based in the US and Europe. He has a passion for building teams focused on the candidate experience while leveraging ATS data and GRIT to win.
James and his wife live in Lincoln Park, Chicago, and although he grew up in South Africa, James has since traded in the Indian Ocean for Lake Michigan. Together they enjoy being active, traveling, eating, and eating while traveling.
Anne Nordlof has over seven years of experience in recruitment. Starting off as an entry-level recruiter at LaSalle Network, a Chicago-based staffing firm, she discovered a passion for helping managers make key hires and assisting candidates in advancing their careers. Over her time at LaSalle Network, Anne earned four promotions, ultimately managing one of the largest teams of recruiters in the company. Anne recently joined the talent acquisition team at Glassdoor and is excited to make a hiring impact on the quickly growing company.
Anne is from Indiana but has been a Chicago resident for nearly ten years. She lives in the city with her husband and baby daughter. They love to catch up on sleep when they can, and when awake they love trying new restaurants and parks in the city.
Tom Pollock has 10 years of recruiting experience across agency staffing & recruiting along with corporate talent acquisition and HR. In 2019 he joined the talent acquisition team at Publicis Media, one of the top 3 media agency holding companies in the world.
At Publicis, Tom is currently a Talent Acquisition Manager, supporting businesses and teams in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Chicago. He manages hiring efforts for teams that handle media strategy and planning for clients which include Verizon Wireless, JP Morgan Chase, Oracle, Kohl’s, Farmers Insurance and Sonic.
Tom grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, earning a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Ali, and dog, Emma. Outside of work, Tom enjoys working out, traveling, and cheering for Michigan Football.
Michael Teske is the Talent Acquisition Manager at Arbor Lodging in Chicago, a leading hotel investment and management company with hotels all across the United States.
Currently focusing on sourcing and recruitment for 22 properties, Michael has also been a corporate recruiter for accounting, finance, information technology, and sustainability-focused companies. Michael’s range of talent acquisition environments has rewarded him invaluable experience in systems implementations, remote recruitment strategy, and Boolean search.
Michael lives in the Western suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.
Kunal Laroia serves as the inaugural Executive Director of The Recruiters Network. In his role, Kunal oversees the development and implementation of the strategic objectives for the organization and its regional communities. Passionate about harnessing and leveraging the collective wisdom of Human Resource & Recruitment professionals, Kunal is the connector and convener of The Recruiter's Network nationwide communities.
Prior to The Recruiter's Network, Kunal consulted with talent acquisition teams to support their overall technical hiring needs, most recently at Hired. With deep and diverse experience in engaging startups, Kunal has also served as a lead community organizer for TechStars Startup Week, Membership & Community Manager at Galvanize, and is the Founder of Arizona-based Telescope Ventures which helps seed-stage companies connect with and hire local engineering and design graduates.
From time-to-time you can find Kunal on the golf course, experiencing new wines, exploring to new destinations, and taking flying lessons as a pilot-in-training.
Join The Conversation
The Recruiters Network is excited to host this upcoming webinar on Recruiting in 2020.
This week’s tip of the week comes from Jason Buss, VP Global Acquisition at Mongo DB and Founder of the Recruiters Network, from our webinar: Guarantee Great Hiring Decisions Every Time!