Join us next year, May 5-7, 2015 | Charleston, SC
Join us next year, May 5-7, 2015 | Charleston, SC
Our can’t-miss annual meetup of the biggest industry leaders, brands and ideas
The best of Collaborate '14
From new feature and product annoucements to breakout sessions covering all the hottest topics in the service industry, we packed a lot into three days!
Watch the Best of Collaborate '14 highlights video
Videos from Collaborate '14
Listen to Steve Boese, Co-Chair for HR Technology Conference, share his thoughts on PeopleMatter and our products.
Nate DaPore, PeopleMatter President and CEO, and Steve Seymour, Country Fair Director of Human Resources, discuss PeopleMatter's impact on Country...
Nate DaPore, PeopleMatter President and CEO, and Jenny Bullard, Flash Foods Chief Information Officer, discuss PeopleMatter's impact on Flash...
Nate DaPore, President and CEO, and Kay Lucas, VP of Product Management, launch the new Mobile Job Application in PeopleMatter HIRE™.
Nate DaPore, President and CEO, and Kay Lucas, VP of Product Management, discuss the new features to PeopleMatter SCHEDULE™.
Nate DaPore, President and CEO, and Kay Lucas, VP of Product Management, discuss the new features to PeopleMatter LEARN™.Perfection. Inspiration. Motivation. Inclusion. I loved seeing the office environment and meeting all the team that we did. It seems to be a very consistent trait of genuine passion for your products, your company and your customers. Loved it.Susan Powell, Director of HR, Del Taco
Why come to Collaborate?
It’s a whole new world out there. Obamacare, big data, mobile and more are changing everything you know about effective business and workforce management. Find out what you need to conquer it at Collaborate.
We’re putting you in the room with top industry experts, brands and thought leaders to talk candidly about the biggest issues you’re facing and how to make the most of them.
Pushing the envelope, always. Loved your genuine hospitality and great enthusiasm from every employee for everything they do to serve customers – whether product people, marketing people and, of course, Nate.Lexy Martin, VP, Research & Analytics, CedarCrestone
2014 SpeakersSteve BoeseCo-Chair, Blogger, Editor, HR Technology Conference×
Steve is the leading industry expert for human resources, workforce technology, and business management insights. He currently serves as Co-Chair of Human Resource Executive Magazine’s HR Technology Conference, the leading global event for the HR Technology Industry, and as a Technology Columnist and Editor for LRP Publications.
Steve regularly blogs on, speaks to, and writes about the latest human resource issues, technology tools, business-management topics, and industry trends. He created and co-hosts the “HR Happy Hour Show,” a popular podcast dedicated to opening the lines of communication among HR thought leaders, practitioners and service providers in the global human resources field. He has also been invited to speak at numerous HR and industry events like the HR Technology Conference, the HR Executive Forum, the SHRM Annual Conference, Oracle HCM World, and regional SHRM events like HR Florida and HR Southwest. Steve’s blog was selected as the No. 1 Talent Management Blog by the editors of the Fistful of Talent in February 2010.
Previously, Steve was a Director of Talent Management Strategy for Oracle Corporation helping to create and deliver the next generation of Human Capital Management solutions. And before that, Steve led HR Systems in a corporate role for diverse industries like telecommunications and higher education. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Steve currently resides in Rochester, NY, where he leads a graduate-level course he developed in HR Technology for the Rochester Institute of Technology.John SumserFounder, Author & Editor-in-Chief, HRExaminer×
John Sumser is the founder, principal author and editor-in-chief of the HRExaminer Online Magazine. John explores the people, technology, ideas and careers of senior leaders in Human Resources and Human Capital. John is the also principal of Two Color Hat where he routinely advises Human Resources, Recruiting Departments and Talent Management teams with product analysis, market segmentation, positioning, strategy and branding guidance.
John regularly consults with recruiters and employers on how to find, hire and keep the best employees, how people work, how companies and systems affect employees and how changing economies and technology alter the nature of work itself. One of his current areas of interest is how the cultural differences between the generations are changing the workplace. He also continues to explore the importance of culture and communications through new technologies and forums like Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and blogging.Nate DaPorePresident & CEO, PeopleMatter×
Nate is an entrepreneur, start-up investor, occasional blogger and SaaS disciple. He is the founder, President and CEO of PeopleMatter, a purpose-driven company focused on creating change in the hourly workforces of the best companies in the U.S. and abroad. He centers his attention on providing PeopleMatter team members with a rewarding experience and workplace that values culture, creativity and passion, which in turn brings industry leading technology to the marketplace. Nate began his journey as a visionary entrepreneur and leader in the human resources and benefits software space more than 15 years ago.
Prior to PeopleMatter, Nate was a Principal at Battery Park Ventures – an investment company, where his focus was on healthcare and technology companies. Prior to BPV, Nate served as VP of Enterprise Sales with consistent triple-digit, year-over-year growth at Benefitfocus (NASDAQ: BNFT) from the early days as a startup through its rise as the largest employer benefits software (SaaS) provider in the U.S. Throughout his career, Nate has consistently created, launched and executed unique sales, operational and marketing strategies for SaaS business models and developed teams that yielded remarkable results.
Nate sits on the Board of Directors of the Charleston Digital Corridor helping advance entrepreneurs in the Silicon Harbor who are launching innovative technology companies. Nate was named Economic Ambassador in 2013 by the South Carolina Department of Commerce. He received TiE Atlanta’s “Top Up-and-Coming Entrepreneur” of the Year award in 2011 – the southeast chapter of the world’s largest non-profit organization for entrepreneurs. Nate is an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the Communications Chair for the YPO Food & Beverage Network, a Mentor for 500 Startups based in Mountain View, CA and a private pilot.Mark GuckianSVP of Human Resources, Heartland Automotive×
Mark Guckian is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Heartland Automotive, Inc., America’s largest Jiffy Lube franchisee with 575 locations across the United States. At Heartland, Mark is responsible for field and corporate HR, compensation and benefits, HRIS, talent management and acquisition. Prior to joining Heartland, he held several executive and leadership roles at some of the industry’s top foodservice and retail brands, including Yum! Brands, 7-Eleven, Chili’s Grill & Bar, and more.
While working in operations at National Tire Wholesale, Mark found his dream job as a recruiter. He followed that passion to Waffle House, where he honed his HR skills in the foodservice industry. In 1996, Mark began an 11-year tenure at PepsiCo where he gained significant experience in organizational design, succession planning, and the implementation of people development processes and practices, working with Pepsi, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and other Yum! Brands.
Mark led talent acquisition at 7-Eleven, Inc., as well as the convenience brand’s field and corporate HR generalist teams. In 2009, Mark joined Brinker International as Vice President of Human Resources for Chili’s Grill & Bar. While there, he helped lead a cultural transformation to one of accountability, and played a key role in the iconic brand’s strategic turnaround.Harris BornsteinDirector of Strategic Alliances, Sterling InfosystemsShannon ScottCEO, TaxBreak×
Shannon ScottAs a serial entrepreneur and acting CEO of TaxBreak (a subsidiary of Neon Workforce Technologies), Shannon Scott offers diverse professional experience and dynamic perspectives on profitability and business growth. He has owned and operated multiple successful information technology and business consulting companies over the past twelve years.Todd RushingPartner, Concentrics Restaurants×
A partner in the nationally acclaimed, Atlanta-based, Concentrics Restaurants, Rushing is responsible for creating nationally acclaimed innovative wine programs which have received numerous awards and recognition in publications such as Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine & Sprits, The Wine Report, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Restaurant Business, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and Jezebel magazine.John PatePresident and Chief Executive Officer, LS Screening×
John is a 30-year veteran of business operations, human resources and training. He joined the pre-employment screening industry in 1998 when, as a former client, he was hired by BTi Screening Services. John served as Vice President of Operations and personally supervised the acquisition of several Fortune 500 accounts, including ALLTEL Communications and American Airlines. He also developed innovative programs that reduced time service and internal costs. John later joined ChoicePoint as Vice President of Operations and, after 9/11, chaired the original Task Force that led to TSA’s initial airport screening program. He left ChoicePoint in 2003 to form LS Screening.
John is a licensed private investigator in both Texas and Nevada. He serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Helping Hand Home for Children in Austin, Texas. In 2010, he wrote “You and Your Data”, a handbook for job seekers trying to understand how personal data is being used in background checks.Dave LehnVP of Information Technology, Noodles & Company×
Dave is the Vice President of Information Technology for Noodles & Company and has been with the growing restaurant brand for more than nine years. He leads a small, talented team that focuses on implementing and supporting technologies that will provide the greatest value to the organization. Dave’s areas of expertise include Point-of-Sale and other in-restaurant systems; enterprise-level business intelligence and data warehousing; and hosted, cloud-based applications for core business needs such as food management, payroll and HR. Prior to joining Noodles, Dave spent more than 10 years in accounting and director-level I.T. roles at Wild Oats Markets. Dave has a degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and enjoys running on the trails around Boulder, Colorado in his spare time.Louis BasileFounder & CEO, Wildflower Bread CompanyJohn PepperCo-Founder, BolocoCraig FisherCEO, TalentNet×
Craig Fisher is the CEO of TalentNet, LLC, and a partner in the TalentNet Live and #tru (collectively Globaltru) recruiting and HR events, the largest recruitment conference series in the world. He is also a social media and HR Marketing Strategist at fisher VISTA. He does speaking, training, and consulting for groups of all sizes, all over the world, on social media and mobile strategy, branding, and how to use the latest cool tools to connect better with their target audience.
Craig has consulted to and trained sales and recruiting teams from big brands such as YUM! Brands, Pizza Hut, Zappos, News Corporation, TGI Fridays, Dice.com, JCPenney, Linkedin and many more. He’s also developed strategies that Linkedin has made internal best practices for its own teams. Craig has been named one of the top influencers in HR and recruiting; maintains one of the social search community's most strategic blogs; and is a featured speaker at sales, recruiting, HR and social media events around the world.Jenny BullardChief Information Officer, Flash Foods×
Jenny Bullard is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for The Jones Company, Inc. Working with the Executive team, Jenny provides technical leadership, vision and experience to the company. She is responsible for all software development and purchases, information systems, wide area networking, local area networking and disaster recovery/business continuity for the organization.
The Jones Company is the holding company for Flash Foods Inc., a chain of 172 convenient stores in Georgia and North Florida. Other corporations owned by Jones Company include Fuel South, a petroleum company; Distribution South, a wholesale distributor of grocery products and health and beauty aids; Walker/Jones Chevrolet, a local car dealership.
Jenny’s technology career of 42 years has all been with The Jones Company.Steve SeymourDirector of Human Resources, Country Fair×
Steve Seymour, SPHR, is the Director of Human Resources at Country Fair, Inc., in Erie, Pennsylvania. Steve is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Mercyhurst University in Erie, where he teaches Human Resources classes. In his spare time, Steve does Human Resources and Customer Service consulting.
Steve actually started working in the convenience store industry at the age of 14. After attending college, Steve worked in both operations and human resources in the drug store and video store industries before joining Country Fair in 1997.
About a year ago Steve needed more to do so he decided to begin his pursuit of his master’s degree in Human Resources Training and Development.Claire Xidis TorresImmigration Attorney, Torres Law Firm×
Claire Xidis Torres
Claire Xidis Torres has more than a decade of litigation experience and currently concentrates her practice on immigration matters at Torres Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina. The Torres Law Firm is a full-service immigration law firm that provides legal services to businesses and individual clients in federal and state compliance matters, employment-based immigration matters, family-based immigration matters, and immigration court proceedings.
Claire graduated magna cum laude from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2001. She worked for more than seven years as an attorney with the nationally recognized litigation law firm, Motley Rice LLC, before joining Torres Law Firm as a partner in 2010. Claire is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is licensed to practice law in South Carolina, New York, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.Isabel PorzecanskiVice President of People & Culture, 50 Eggs, Inc.×
Isabel joined 50 Eggs, Inc. in February of 2014 as Vice President of People & Culture. Prior to her role there, she worked as Director of Human Resources for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts for 12 years in Palm Beach, Los Angeles, Miami and London. She also spent four years with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in New York as a Food & Beverage Manager and Learning Manager.
Isabel has a BA in Hospitality Management with Food & Beverage Specialization from the Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland. She is originally from Uruguay and grew up in Brazil and Argentina. She's married with two boys, ages 10 and 8, and is as passionate about human capital as food & beverage!Yvonne FrameCEBS, GBA, Marsh & McLennan Agency×
Yvonne has been in the employee benefits consulting field for 15 years. In her current role at Marsh and McLennan Agency, Yvonne is responsible for client plan management. Yvonne also serves as the internal resource for all large employer-clients, providing analysis and recommendations specific to PPACA and plan financials.Nancy SansomChief Marketing Officer, PeopleMatter×
Nancy leads PeopleMatter’s Marketing and HR teams and is responsible for demand generation, product marketing, brand, communications, and partnerships. She oversees and drives PeopleMatter’s Marketing Strategy while supporting Sales 2.0 methodologies to reinforce company sales growth. By leveraging large strategic and channel partnerships, Nancy focuses on building groundswell within PeopleMatter’s four primary target verticals.
With more than 15 years of experience leading product management and marketing departments in the SaaS industry, she brings a cohesive dynamic to the marketing department. Prior to joining PeopleMatter, Nancy served in many executive leadership roles at Benefitfocus. Most recently, she was the Senior Vice President of Product Design and Marketing where she focused on the design and launch of new products and technology while managing marketing, communications, events, partnership programs and inside sales. Nancy also worked at Cambar Solutions, Allegheny Printed Plastics and PTC Alliance.
Nancy earned her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and has been a member of Kellogg School of Management’s Executive Education program. Nancy spends her free time lifting weights and spending time with her husband and two sons.Jason ConradSenior Solutions Engineer, PeopleMatterGinny DrinkerDirector of Strategic Marketing and Events, PeopleMatter×
Ginny joined PeopleMatter in 2012 and has more than 15 years of combined experience in the strategic business development, human resources and Software-as-a-Service fields. She is responsible for strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, and events at PeopleMatter and works closely with the Senior Management Team to drive the success of corporate goals and initiatives.Andrew EvansContact Center Manager, PeopleMatter×
As the Contact Center Manager for PeopleMatter, Andrew Evans serves as the “voice of the customer" by acting as a liason between PeopleMatter clients and the rest of the company. Working within multiple departments, Andrew ensures the success of clients by helping them maximize use of the PeopleMatter Platform™.
Prior to this position, Andrew served as a Senior Customer Experience Manager. He was also a Business Development Manager where he generated new sales leads for the outside sales team. With a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Andrew began his career in management as an Assistant Operations Officer and Repair Divisions Officer while serving in the US Navy.Ryan GlushkoffDirector of Product Marketing, PeopleMatter×
Ryan GlushkoffRyan Glushkoff is the Director of Product Marketing at PeopleMatter, a purpose-driven software company whose mission is to change the way employers and employees interact in the workplace and make it better. With more than 15 years of software industry experience, Ryan is responsible for defining PeopleMatter's go-to-market strategy and managing its creative services. Despite formal training as a chemical engineer, Ryan stuck to software and has spent his career helping great companies like PeopleMatter, Blackbaud, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Capgemini deliver awesome technology solutions to their customers.Jay NathanVP of Professional Services, PeopleMatter×
As the Vice President of Professional Services, Jay and his team are responsible for providing service offerings that help our clients achieve success using the PeopleMatter Platform. The Professional Services team manages customer implementation, and also helps boost the return on investment PeopleMatter clients achieve through training, business process consulting, custom reporting, integration, documenting policies and procedures, and other value-added services.
Jay previously held key positions in professional services and product management with Blackbaud, a provider of software and services to the nonprofit sector. During his tenure there, Jay established and grew the enterprise technical consulting practice. Most recently, Jay was Director of Platform Product Management responsible for CRM platform strategy and guiding Blackbaud’s product portfolio to the cloud.
Earlier in his career, Jay held various engineering and consulting positions with Mariner – a BI consultancy based in Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable, and Duke Energy Corporation. Jay holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business.
In his free time, you will likely find Jay chasing after one of his three children. With what little time remains, you may spot him on a date with his wife, strumming his guitar, running or reading a good book.Kay LucasVP of Product Management, PeopleMatter×
As Vice President of Product Management, Kay brings more than 20 years of experience in software technology solutions and has a geniune passion for building dynamic relationships by listening to and working with PeopleMatter clients. Her goal is to make sure their needs are met and any challenges are resolved. She works closely with the development team — from requirements to releases — to provide a cutting-edge product.Julie MorelandSVP PeopleClues Division×
As Senior Vice President, Julie leads the PeopleClues Division in providing behavioral assessments designed for measuring job fit, attitude and level of engagement of candidates and employees. With 21 years of experience, Julie is a nationally respected authority on practical business applications of assessment technologies.
Before joining PeopleMatter, Julie was the CEO of PeopleClues and the co-developer of several employment assessment products used by thousands of companies globally. She led an international team of Psychologists through a 3-year rigorous review and was awarded an industry-coveted certification from the British Psychological Society for the PeopleClues Assessments.
Julie holds a bachelors degree in Finance from the University of West Georgia with a secondary emphasis on Business Information Systems. In her personal time, Julie enjoys riding her Harley through the Sonoma wine country, spending time with great friends and family on both coasts and playing with her four-legged children Harpo, an Airedale mix and Daizy, a Welsh Terrier.I would love to come and work with PeopleMatter. I would even move across the country to be a part of your team. I was very impressed with the leadership displayed by Nate, and I truly believe in the product that you have.Evett Van Beek, HR Director, Pet Pros
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PeopleMatter Offices & Rooftop
466 King Street
- Cocktails and appetizers on the PeopleMatter rooftop patio
- Tours of PeopleMatter Corporate Headquarters
Breakfast 8:15 a.m. Take seats for Keynote Address 8:30 a.m. Welcome & PeopleMatter Keynote Address
9:45 a.m. Break 10:00 a.m. Guest Keynote Address
Work and the Modern Employee
11:00 a.m. Break 11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions #1
Be a Hiring Hero:
The Top 10 Tips to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck with HIRE
The New PeopleMatter Product to Connect and Analyze Your People, Processes, and Systems
Better Schedule = Happier Employees:
The New Tools to Create and Fill Accurate Schedules, Faster
12:00 p.m. Lunch 1:00 p.m. General Session
The PeopleMatter Roadmap: The Features You Can Expect on the Road Ahead
1:45 p.m. Break 2:00 p.m. General Session
Obamacare & Your Bottom Line: How to Prepare Before It’s Too Late
2:45 p.m. Break 3:00 p.m. General Session
Cool Tools You Can Use for Mobile Recruitment
3:45 p.m. Break 4:00 p.m. Panel of Experts
Pick the Right Fit: How Screening Helps You Build a Better Business
- Shannon Scott, TaxBreak
- John Pate, LS Screening
- Harris Bornstein, SterlingBackcheck
- Julie Moreland, PeopleClues
- Matt Kelm, HireVue
4:45 p.m. Break 6:30 p.m.
The Charleston Distilling Company
501 King Street
- Cocktails and heavy hors-d'oevres
- Distillery tours, vodka tastings
- Live music
Breakfast and Opening Remarks 8:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions #2
Keeping Up with the Millennials:
The Future of the Mobile Job Application
What’s Hot & What’s Not:
The Latest Industry Trends and How to Use Them to Your Advantage
Building a Dream Team:
Laying the Groundwork with Great Training
9:15 a.m. Break 9:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions #3
Organic Growth & Scaling Your Business:
The Noodles & Company Story
Right-Sizing Workforce Management:
Equipping Managers to Hire Right, Optimize Coverage and Decrease Labor Costs
The Culture Club:
Creating and Nurturing Your Company Culture
10:15 a.m. Break 10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions #4
Expanding Your Business:
How to Stand Out and Rock Out
Going Mobile with LEARN & SCHEDULE:
Viewing Your World through Smartphones & Tablets
Hook the Right Fit:
Catching the Best Candidates in a Sea of Applications
11:15 a.m. Break 11:30 a.m. Closing General Session
- Closing remarks
12:00 p.m. Depart
Collaborate '14 Sponsors
Sterling Infosystems is the global leader in background checks and employment screening.
LS Screening is a national provider of pre-employment screening services, including drug testing.
Ready Training Online
RTO is a fast, easy, cost-effective way to deliver, document and track employee training online.
TaxBreak is an industry leader in tax credit processing, focusing solely on tax credit recovery for its clients.
HireVue is a talent interaction platform that brings the job interview process into the digital age with on-demand style video and phone interviews.
VenueCollaborate ‘14 was held at the Francis Marion Hotel, right in the heart of downtown Charleston and steps away from hundreds of the best shops, restaurants and bars.
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Browse our Collaborate '14 FAQsMay 7-9, 2014The conference is being held at The Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, Charleston, SC.The cost to attend is $199 and includes all sessions, meals and events during the conference.You will be billed after the conference has been held.
Call 843.722.0600 or 877.756.2121 (Toll Free) to book your reservation. When you call, let them know you are attending the PeopleMatter Collaborate conference for the special $179 rate.Yes, $179 per night, plus state and hotel taxes. When you call to book your reservation, mention you are attending the PeopleMatter Collaborate conference to secure this rate.Yes, you can. We recommend you reach out to the hotel to do this soon, however; this is Charleston’s busy season and rooms will fill up quickly.We like to call it Charleston Casual. It falls somewhere between Business Casual and Casual Friday and is always comfortable. If you like to put jeans with a sports coat, please do.There will be a block of free time on Thursday afternoon, between the sessions and the evening event.Typically, May highs are in the mid-70s and the lows are in the mid-60s.
- Conference sessions on Thursday and Friday, May 8-9
- A cocktail reception on Wednesday, May 7
- An evening event that includes food and drinks on Thursday, May 8
- Breakfast, lunch and break refreshments throughout the conference
- Cabs from the airport to downtown run about $30 one-way.
- The shuttle rate for downtown Charleston is $14 per passenger and departs within 15 minutes. It is a shared ride and may make several stops, which is dependent upon the passengers on board.