Join us next year, May 4-6, 2015 | Charleston, SC
Join us next year, May 4-6, 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
Craig Fisher, CEO of TalentNet, highlights the benefit of PeopleMatter being the single source of technology for businesses while attending...
Listen to John Sumser, Founder and Author for HRExaminer, share his thoughts on PeopleMatter's newest product, PEOPLElytics™.
Listen to Yvonne Frame, CEBS, GBA at Marsh & McLennan Agency, discuss the impact healthcare reform is having on employers and how PeopleMatter...
Listen to Steve Boese, Co-Chair for HR Technology Conference, share his thoughts on PeopleMatter and our products.
Watch Lancie Affonso from College of Charleston discuss PeopleMatter's culture while attending Collaborate '14.
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.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.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.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.Ginny 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 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.Curt SchwallVice President, Corporate Ethics and Compliance, SterlingBackcheck×
Curt Schwall joined SterlingBackcheck as Vice President of Corporate Ethics and Compliance in June 1997. Using his certification as a Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP), Curt oversees that SterlingBackcheck remain compliant with all legislative obligations within the background screening industry.
Curt also serves on the National Association of Professional Background Screeners' (NAPBS) Board of Directors. This organization exists to promote ethical business practices, compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC) laws, and fosters awareness of issues related to consumer protection and privacy rights within the background screening industry.Stephen WoodsShareholder, Ogletree Deakins×
Stephen Woods represents companies in all aspects of labor and employment law. He assists national, regional, and local clients on counseling/preventive, EEOC and employment litigation, and traditional labor (union) issues and questions. He is the chair of the firm's Background Check Advice Group and the shareholder-author of the firm's O-D Comply: Background Checks subscription and O-D Comply: E-Signatures materials.
Stephen lives by a client-centric mantra which combines prevention and practicality to create innovative, business-centered solutions which comply with the employment law updates. Making national clients happy and satisfied takes a unique skill set, which Stephen has developed and honed during his work with clients and the firm since 1996. Some of the employer-clients with whom Stephen has the pleasure of working as the firm's relationship shareholder are Michaels Stores, Michelin North America, Raycom Media, and McKesson Corporation.
Before becoming a lawyer, Stephen served as the Manager of Administrative Services at The Greenville News (Greenville, SC), where he managed the HR function for this 500-employee newspaper publishing company.Jeff RogersGlobal Client Director, Armor DefenseJulie MorelandSenior Vice President of Strategy and People Sciences, PeopleMatterBrittany ChancoCustomer Support Specialist Supervisor, PeopleMatterChase SamplesJackson LewisScott Stratten (Keynote)Social Media Expert & Bestselling Author×
Scott Stratten (Keynote)
With a unique Un-Marketing philosophy focused on viral, social and authentic marketing, president of Un-Marketing, Scott Stratten, offers enlightened fresh perspective on how to effectively market, sell and engage, that flips traditional advice on its head. He encourages individuals and businesses in all industries to think differently, in order to achieve results.
Formerly a music industry marketer, national sales training manager and a professor at the Sheridan College School of Business, he ran his "UnAgency" for nearly a decade before solely focusing on delivering his message on a larger scale. Stratten was named one of the “Top 5 Social Media Influencers In The World” by Forbes and one of "America's 10 Marketing Gurus" by Business Review USA, with more than 176,000 Twitter followers and 60 million views of his clients' marketing videos. As a result, companies including PepsiCo, Adobe, Red Cross, Cirque du Soleil, Saks Fifth Avenue, Deloitte and Fidelity Investments have invited him to provide guidance through the social media and relationship marketing landscape.
Stratten has been featured by various leading outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, and on CNN.com, and is the author of four best-selling business books, including his newest, UnSelling: The New Customer Experience.
One of the most sought-out speakers on social engagement, with a palpable passion for sharing his Un-Marketing message and a rare approachability, Stratten captivates audiences with his nonconformist attitude and exciting perspective on how to think differently, and effectively market, sell and engage in any Un-industry.Kara BadynaHealth Care Compliance Consultant, Arthur J. Gallagher & CompanyJoe HannaCEO, Job Market Maker×
Joe is the founder and CEO of Job Market Maker, a comprehensive, data-driven hiring platform that enables companies to find, assess and select top talent. With over 22 years of global experience in ERP, HCM, Supply Chain and CRM solutions, Joe is an accomplished enterprise technology thought leader. He has held key executive and management positions with a number of Global 2000 companies including Oracle, CSC, EDS and P&O Nedlloyd, in addition to a number of startups. He is also a published author with articles appearing in publications such as Globalization Today, Oracle Magazine and Profit Magazine.Meghan MuellerDirector of Human Resources, Brick Bodies / Planet FitnessIlan LastoffSenior Manager, Global Alliances, IndeedAnthony LyePresident & CEO, HotSchedules×
Anthony provides strategic direction and business guidance for HotSchedules, including the integration of multiple technology solutions into one integrated platform. Prior to his role as President and CEO, Anthony was Chief Product Officer for HotSchedules, managing product development and cloud operations for all products, which include hiring, training, scheduling, business intelligence, shift communication, loyalty programs, labor and inventory management software and tools.Dave Ridley (Keynote)Former Southwest Airlines Executive×
Dave Ridley (Keynote)
Dave Ridley retired from Southwest Airlines in January, 2015, after a twenty seven year career. During this period he served as a senior executive in a variety of operational, commercial, and staff functions including: SVP Chief Marketing Officer; SVP People and Leadership Development; SVP Business Development; and VP of Ground (Airport) Operations. Since 1998 he was a member of the Executive Committee, the CEO’s staff responsible for strategy and corporate policy.
During Dave’s years at Southwest (1988-2015), the Company grew from a $700 million in revenue regional airline flying to 26 U.S.cities to become the largest domestic airline in the United States with nearly $20B in revenue, now flying to 97 cities in 40 states, Mexico and the Caribbean. Southwest is the only airline in the world to post a profit every year for the past 41 years and it consistently ranks in Fortune’s Top 10 Most Admired Companies in the World. Its unique culture is well known and recognized as a reason why Southwest is generally regarded as one of the best corporations to work for in the world.
While retired from fulltime Southwest employment, Dave has retained an office at Southwest and serves as Senior Advisor to the CEO on a limited time basis. He oversees a number of companywide initiatives; represents the Company in select public forums; and mentors leaders throughout the organization. He also provides keynote speeches and consults with organizations across the world sharing lessons learned in his career at Southwest regarding building a world class brand based on service excellence, the type of leadership required to do so, and the importance of a healthy corporate culture in sustaining it.
A native Texan, Dave earned his BBA in the Honors Business Program at the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and received his MBA at Southern Methodist University in 1981 while working fulltime. Prior to joining Southwest in 1988, he worked in marketing and business development capacities with several Dallas area companies.
Dave has enjoyed 34 years of undeserved good fortune as the husband of Mary Flo Ridley. They are the grateful parents of two married daughters and a recently married son as well as the grandparents of the four most beautiful granddaughters in the world. He’ll be happy to show you pictures to prove that fact. He is an avid/passionate/fanatical golf nut whose addiction thereto is perhaps superseded only by his love for ice cream. And, rest assured, despite what may look like a busy post-retirement plan, he plans to squeeze in much more golf and granddaughter time than he did when his calendar was a lot less of his own making.Kelly WilsonDirector of Talent, Charlotte RusseKristen BaylisAssociate, Jackson Lewis×
Kristen Baylis is an Associate in the Denver, Colorado, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She practices primarily in the area of employment litigation. Kristen brings to her clients knowledge and insight into the federal courts she gained while serving as a judicial clerk and counsels employers to prevent litigation and defends employers in litigation with employees and former employees, including representing employers against claims alleging discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination and state torts claims, including defamation, false imprisonment and civil conspiracy.Brian PhilipsSolutions Engineer, PeopleMatterAnna TurnerVice President of Product Management, PeopleMatter×
As the VP of Product Management, Anna is responsible for managing the product portfolio and delivering new features and products to the market. With 12 years of experience in high-growth software companies, she excels in product management and strategy. She currently serves on the national SHRM expertise panel for Technology and HR Management.Mandy KramerSr. Manager of Systems and Support, Texas Roadhouse×
Mandy KramerAs Sr. Manager of Systems and Support for Texas Roadhouse, Mandy oversees HR Field Technology, HR Administration and an employee call center. She started with Texas Roadhouse in 2003 as a server while finishing up her undergraduate degree at Indiana University. She worked in restaurant operations as an hourly employee and then manager until 2008. Her operations experience is always top of mind in her current role supporting the field with new technology.Angela CarratoDirector, Client Services, PeopleMatterLouis BasileFounder & President, Wildflower Bread CompanyMichael VanDervortExecutive Director, CUE Inc.×
Michael VanDervortAn HR practitioner for over 25 years, Michael VanDervort specializes in creating thriving workplaces driven by positive associate relations. Michael is the Executive Director of CUE Inc., a non-profit, member run organization dedicated to assisting companies in the creation and maintenance of positive working environments. Before joining CUE, Michael was the Manager, Labor Relations for Publix Super Markets, based in Lakeland, Florida. Michael is also a volunteer leader for the Society of Human Resources Management, currently serving a term on their Special Expertise panel on Labor Relations.Isabel PorzecanskiVP of People and Culture, 50 EggsRachel HicksTalent Acquisition Manager, MasterCorpCharity WillhoiteCyber Threat Intelligence Analyst, Armor Defense Inc.×
Charity Willhoite provides cyber threat intelligence analysis for Armor’s Counter Threat team. As a member of the Security department, she hunts down hackers and defends customers against malicious activity. Charity is also currently serving part-time in the Texas Army National Guard. Previously, she served on active duty in the U.S. Army and worked as a Chinese Linguist at the National Security Agency.Becky MarksChannel Manager, IndeedHarris BornsteinDirector of Strategic Channel Partnerships, SterlingBackcheck×
Harris BornsteinHarris has been with global employment background check provider, SterlingBackcheck, since June of 1999. Having spent two years in customer service followed by 10 years in direct sales, Harris has become a subject matter expert in the employee background check and drug screening industries. This experience and expertise has allowed Harris to smoothly transition into the Strategic Alliance Program at Sterling where he is relied upon to work with online background check partners to generate revenue for the business.Mike GaninoRestaurant Consultant, Speaker, Trainer×
Mike GaninoMike Ganino is a former Chief Operating Officer at one of the hottest fast casual 2.0 brands and now leads his own speaking, training and consulting organization. He helps companies, leaders, and individual contributors embrace change, accelerate growth and achieve breakthrough performance. Mike is a leading expert on building a great restaurant and hospitality brand with innovative training and speaking on culture design, people systems, positive leadership and branding. He has worked with a number of leading brands like Uber, Pressed Juicery, Protein Bar, Yum! Brands, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, ChowNow, USFoods and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.Gretchen EwaltShareholder, Ogletree DeakinsDave McKlveenDirector of People & Culture, Cava GrillCarrie Goff – SHRM, SHRM-SCPFranchisee/Owner/Talent CEO×
Carrie Goff – SHRM, SHRM-SCP
Carrie has spent more than 25 years in the training and hospitality industry, where her career started as an hourly drive-thru employee while obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management. She has fulfilled every role from entry-level employee, Operations Manager, Corporate Training and Development Director to Strategic Human Resource Leader throughout her career. Currently, she is operating her own Patrice and Associates franchise, which specializes in Recruiting for the Hospitality Industry. Her breadth of knowledge has enabled her to have a deep understanding of recognizing and attracting top talent.Nate DaPorePresident & CEO, PeopleMatterPablo FuentesCEO, Proven×
Pablo FuentesPablo is a first generation immigrant to the U.S. He is committed to helping small businesses hire and people find jobs, especially through their mobile phones. He is also passionate about helping minorities and women start technology companies. Pablo was honored as a Champion of Change and has been invited to speak at the White House about Proven and mentoring. Pablo enjoys Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, making cigar box guitars, playing the blues, reading and dogs. Pablo obtained a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.Jeanne GravesVP of Human Resources, Del TacoClark BucknerOnline Events Manager, TechnologyAdviceShannon ScottCEO, neon×
As a serial entrepreneur and CEO of neon, 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 that were all founded upon, built and sold as a direct result of his strong information technology, sales and business operations expertise. Shannon Scott was appointed CEO of TaxBreak (a neon company) in 2009. Under his leadership, the company received the prestigious INC 500 award for three consecutive years. This award recognizes a company's exponential growth, improved infrastructure, increased profitably and expanded service offerings into new markets.Chad NormanChief Marketing Officer, Catch Talent×
Chad is a marketing and branding strategist, proven leader, speaker, and author. As CMO of Catch Talent, he leads all marketing, brand, and communication activity, contributes to strategic and operational leadership at an agency level, and directs all employer brand client deliverables. Prior to Catch, Chad was VP of Marketing & Communication at SPARC, where he served on the senior leadership team and led marketing and communication strategy across all products and services.Lee Depret-BixioShareholder, Ogletree DeakinsSam MallikarjunanHead of Growth, HubSpotKristen ZagozdonVP of Human Resources, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and RestaurantsSuzanne RodgersInsurance Programs Manager, Independent Purchasing CooperativeMark KisickiShareholder, Ogletree Deakins×
For more than 20 years, Mark has represented companies in dealing with a broad range of issues that affect them as employers, from union avoidance campaigns and employment-related litigation to complex cases involving the theft of intellectual property and trade secrets, and litigation under the False Claims Act.
Mark’s traditional labor practice is national in scope: he has handled dozens of campaigns against union organizing efforts across the country. Because the key to employer success – whether that is in the courtroom when defending against individual employee claims or in the conference room when counting ballots after a union election – is having a positive, pro-employee culture, Mark spends a significant portion of his time training managers to be effective communicators and leaders.Christina LockCEO/Talent Recruiter, Catch Talent×
Christina is an entrepreneur, leader, human resources executive, and public speaker with a proven track record of building companies, driving results, and instilling a business-minded approach to functional situations. As CEO of Catch Talent, Christina leads the delivery of recruiting and employer branding services to growing technology, manufacturing, and engineering companies. Prior to launching Catch, she was a founding member and Vice President of HR and Recruiting at SPARC, where her team hired over 300 Team Members in less than five years.Robert DozierDirector of Development Operations, PeopleMatter×
Robert DozierRobert Dozier joined PeopleMatter in 2013 to support stable growth and DevOps innovation in web operations. Before that, Robert spent over 19-years in technical roles including system architecture and administration, software development, technical sales and professional services. His background in large data center infrastructure, contracts, SLA management, supplier management and the full-service lifecycle makes him a well-rounded technologist, who is comfortable in a variety of platforms and environments.Stephanie LewisOffice Managing Principal, Jackson Lewis - Greenville×
Stephanie Lewis is the Office Managing Principal of the Greenville, South Carolina, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She represents employers in employment litigation and advises clients on preventive practices and policies to avoid litigation. Stephanie has handled all aspects of employment law but focuses on sexual harassment, pay discrimination, and disability discrimination issues in the automotive, manufacturing, retail, and pharmaceutical industries.Lydia SadauskasChief People Person, Kimberton Whole Foods×
As Chief People Person at Kimberton Whole Foods, Lydia Sadauskas specializes in understanding people and the art of communication. Her degree in Computer Science and minors in Psychology and Finance have guided her career path toward working with people while remaining focused on the business’ bottom line.
Lydia has been with Kimberton Whole Foods for 8 years and is passionate about the company’s commitment to organic food and local farming and seeks to hire team members who are both a cultural and professional fit.
Prior to Kimberton Whole Foods, Lydia worked at Unisys as a Systems Instructor, owned her own personal training business and served as an administrator of a private school in the Susquehanna Valley.Chris BurchamVP, Client Services, Transworld Advertising×
Chris Burcham is the VP of Client Services at Transworld Advertising, a recruitment solutions company primarily working with the restaurant and hospitality industries. His focus areas include talent attraction/retention strategy development, employment branding and communication, recruitment marketing and candidate sourcing strategies.
A graduate of Tulane University, he uses his passion for data and process analysis to help clients develop unique strategies designed to drive high quality recruitment efforts. In his spare time he enjoys traveling the world, good food and wine.Brian HayesFormer NLRB Member, Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins×
Brian Hayes is a Shareholder in the Washington, DC office of Ogletree Deakins and serves as Co-Chair of the law firm’s Traditional Labor Practice Group. Immediately prior to his joining the firm he was a Member of the National Labor Relations Board. He was confirmed to that post by the United States Senate in 2010 and his term ended in December of 2012.
Prior to his nomination and confirmation to the NLRB he served as the Republican Labor Policy Director for the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He came to Capitol Hill in 2005 after nearly thirty years in private legal practice devoted exclusively to representing management clients in labor and employment matters.
While in private practice he represented clients in scores of cases before NLRB, state and federal courts, and a host of other federal agencies such as the EEOC, OFCCP, OSHA, the Department of Labor and their state counterparts. He also has had extensive private practice experience representing employers in collective-bargaining negotiations, arbitrations and other forms of dispute resolution.
In addition to his private practice, he served as Counsel to the Employers’ Association of the Northeast, editor-in-chief and contributor to The Health Care Labor Manual, and also served on the adjunct faculty of Western New England Law School teaching courses in labor law, and collective-bargaining, arbitration and employment litigation.
Before entering private practice he began his legal career at the NLRB working as a law clerk to the Chief Administrative Law Judge while in law school and subsequently as counsel to the then-Board Chairman. He is a graduate of Boston College and of Georgetown University Law School.Colin SmoakPrincipal, McLaughlin Smoak Benefits×
With more than 23 years of employee benefits consulting experience, both in Home Office and Field Sales Management, Colin has overseen and developed sales organizations, designed worksite benefits, and managed recruiting programs. He has expertise in small and large case management, clients with multi-state locations, enrollment technology and benefits design.Eric DuerksenChief People Officer, Jeni's Splendid Ice CreamTrey McLaughlinPrincipal, McLaughlin Smoak Benefits×
Born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, SC, Trey graduated from Mercer University in 1995 with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. With more than nine years experience in the insurance industry, Trey has expertise in group and individual cases, clients with multi-state locations, enrollment technology and benefits design.Keith WebbSaaS Technologist, Ultimate SoftwareJohn MerrellLabor and Employment Attorney, Ogletree DeakinsJim LittlefieldSolutions Engineer, PeopleMatter×
As a Solutions Engineer at PeopleMatter, Jim Littlefield is responsible for designing innovative talent management technology strategies with prospective PeopleMatter clients. Through interactive pre-sales discoveries, Jim analyzes an organization's needs and demonstrates how PeopleMatter’s platform addresses the customer’s requirements and solves their strategic business concerns.
Jim has more than 20 years of experience in software sales and marketing, working for companies like AT&T, Oracle/PeopleSoft and Solution Sales & Marketing, which he co-founded.George MackiePresident & CEO, PeopleMatter×
George MackiePrior to joining PeopleMatter in January, George was with the venture capital firm of Noro-Moseley Partners as a Venture Partner, where he worked with NMP in evaluating new investment prospects and assisted in due diligence. In 2011 he co-invested with NMP in Adaptivity, Inc. a SaaS-based software solutions and services company focused on accelerating enterprise IT and Cloud Transformation initiatives. Mackie initially became the Executive Chairman and subsequently the interim CEO before leading the sale of the Company to EMC, Inc. in 2013.Marc HinsonVP of Human Resources and Training, Tavistock RestaurantsValetta WrightCorporate Training Manager, WCA Waste Corporation×
As the Corporate Training Manager for WCA Waste Corporation, Valetta is committed to designing, implementing and conducting corporate training programs. Her goal is to train and develop advocacy at all levels of the company and monitor end-to-end training program effectiveness. Prior to WCA Waste Corporation, she developed and facilitated customer training at Express Jet Airline (United Express) to bridge the gap during M&A, resulting in an integrated corporate identity and improved morale.Camila MarquezImplementation Consultant, PeopleMatterKeith WebbSaaS Technologist, Ultimate Software×
Keith is the Software as a Service (SaaS) Technologist for Ultimate Software and is responsible for supporting the Business Development Team for North America and member of the Thought Leadership Speaker Group.
In his eleven year tenure at Ultimate, Keith has participated in the software industries fundamental shift from traditional license acquisition to the fully hosted SaaS model, and the complexities and challenges to that shift for CIO’s responsible for global workforces.
Product roadmap, disaster recoverability, business continuity and an ever-evolving security paradigm have become cornerstone delivery for SaaS vendors, and emerging dash-boarding and complex/predictive analytics are driving IT investments as technology resources make the shift from support to strategic operations. Keith’s insight into these technologies, trends and opportunities guides customers and prospects into making relevant technology investments that produce businesses better capable of competing in the global landscape.
Keith has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems, UTA and has 25 years of technology and hospitality experience.Jenn StaliansDirector of People Operations, Charlotte RusseIra WolfePresident, Success Performance Solutions×
Ira Wolfe is the founder and President of Success Performance Solutions. An experienced, progressive thought leader, Ira helps small and medium-sized businesses screen, hire, promote, motivate and retain high-performing employees. His expertise supports The Whole Person Approach and integrates best practices for pre-hire tests, leadership development, leadership assessments, streamlined recruiting processes and workforce trends, including blending multi-generations. Ira is also the author of several books including, "Geeks, Geezers and Googlization" and the "Perfect Labor Storm."Kay LucasVP of Product Management, PeopleMatterAmy BrionesCustomer Experience Manager, PeopleMatterValetta WrightI 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.Beautiful city, great people, very good information.Steve Seymour, Director of HR, Country Fair
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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.