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.

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Founder

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JASON BUSS

With 22 years of human resources and talent acquisition 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 talent acquisition for MongoDB.

Jason 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.

He is the founder of the Recruiters Network, and serves as the president and community leader for several of the nation’s largest and most active regional recruiting communities including Minnesota Recruiters, California Recruiters, Denver Recruiters, Florida Recruiters, Wisconsin Recruiters, Michigan Recruiters and Oregon Recruiters.

President & Community Leader

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MATT DUFFY

Matt is the Recruiting Practice Leader at Milestones Human Resources and the President of Wisconsin Recruiters. He has over 15 years of Human Resources experience specializing in the field of talent acquisition. Specific areas of concentration include recruitment strategy, executive search, assessment and selection, metrics, candidate experience and process design. Previous experience includes leading the corporate recruiting function for an international insurance and financial services organization.

Matt graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement and is an active participant in several community organizations, including acting as coach for youth softball, basketball, and volleyball.

Advisory Board Members

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ANDREW LEE

Andrew is a Lead Technology Recruiter for TransUnion and has been an in-house Recruiter for over seven years.  He has a passion for new cutting-edge technologies and created the Tech Exploration Committee, a team that is responsible for exploring, discovering, assessing, and implementing new talent technologies that help TransUnion recruit more effectively and efficiently.  In addition to technology, he enjoys organizing and directing Diversity and Inclusion programs. 

Andrew graduated from the University of Michigan with Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Mass Communications. 

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SAKENA GARDNER

Sakena Gardner's professional background is in recruiting, operational leadership and program management.  She is currently a 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.   

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ROB TRZCINSKI

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.

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ADAM SPRECHER

Adam Sprecher is Director of Business Operations with Salo, a staffing and consulting firm that places senior-level finance and accounting professionals on an interim, contract or direct-hire basis, and senior-level human resources consultants in on-demand, contract roles.

As Director of Business Operations, Adam is responsible for ensuring Salo’s business development teams have the tools, training, and resources required to be a stand-out leader in all markets they serve.

Adam has more than 15 years of experience in the recruiting industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

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ELIZABETH ELLIOTT

Bio coming soon.

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