Atterro News

George Burns Joins Technical ProSource as Managing Director of the Dallas Office

George Burns Joins Technical ProSource as Managing Director of the Dallas Office

George Burns GreenBurns brings technical recruiting and sales experience to his new management role and will be a key player as Technical ProSource, an Atterro company, grows and gains market share in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

IT staffing provider Technical ProSource, an Atterro company, announced today that George Burns has joined their team as managing director of their Dallas office. Burns, a seasoned staffing industry leader, will serve a key role as the company prepares to grow and gain market share. In his new role, Burns will be responsible for consulting with clients on contract and direct hire staffing solutions, executing strategies to promote company growth, meeting financial and operational objectives, and building a recruiting team.

“As we grow our business in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I am confident that George is the right leader to help us achieve our goals,” said Laura Kelley, senior vice president of professional services at Atterro Human Capital Group. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position and we’re excited to have him aboard.”

Burns has worked within the technical staffing industry since 2006, holding a variety of roles in recruiting, outside sales, and management. He most recently worked for Robert Half Technology, an IT staffing firm, where he was responsible for building a new division on the east coast. Looking for a new challenge in a larger city, Burns was led back to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is excited to be a part of the Technical ProSource management team.

“When I first met with Atterro’s executive leadership team, I was impressed by their tenure, vision, and enthusiasm. I was also attracted to their phenomenal company culture – it’s high-energy, challenging, and fun,” said Burns. “I’m honored to join the team, especially during this time of tremendous growth.”

Atterro Human Capital Group offers specialty staffing, contingent workforce solutions and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) services to local, regional and national customers. Atterro’s experienced industry professionals utilize the latest research, recruiting technology and assessment tools to serve clients through its six specialty brands—Blue Edge RPO for recruitment process outsourcing, Digital People for creative, interactive and marketing, Hunter Hamilton for finance and accounting, Pro Staff for administrative and light industrial, Technical ProSource for information technology, and Ware Technology Services for engineering. Visit http://atterro.com.

View the Press Release »

Senior VP Discusses Outsourcing to Drive Growth and Build a Competitive Advantage

Senior VP Discusses Outsourcing to Drive Growth and Build a Competitive Advantage

GregJensen_execOutsource to grow, evaluate your needs, bring the right people together, and let go. These four basic principles sum up how companies large and small can build a competitive advantage by outsourcing, according to Greg Jensen, SVP of Pro Staff and Ware Technology Services.

In his recent article with Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), Greg says, “Savvy business owners know what they do best and, when appropriate, hand over the reins to let specialists lend a hand. Outsourcing is an investment in the long-term success and growth of your business. Done right, it can add layers of expertise and allow you to concentrate on running – and growing – your business.”

Read the full article here »

Inspiring Students with Real World Experiences

Inspiring Students with Real World Experiences

Best Prep - GraceAtterro, a family of staffing agencies, partners with Minnesota-based BestPrep to give high school students an edge with hands-on learning.

Grace Bugbee may be just a high school student, but she manages to juggle more than most adults – all while remaining on the honor roll.

The ambitious senior is active both inside and outside of her Eden Prairie High School walls. For the past seven years, Bugbee has been a part of the yearbook team. She was promoted to editor her junior year and is now serving as editor-in-chief, a position earned by nomination by her peers. In this role, she manages a team of almost 30 people, including eight editors, and works an average of 45 hours per week.

Outside of school, Bugbee has a job and an internship. She works about 20-25 hours per week as a photographer for Lifetouch, capturing images of children, families, and businesses. As public relations intern for the Eden Prairie Rotary, Bugbee attends weekly meetings, designs graphics for events, and networks within the community to promote the organization – duties that add up to about 5 hours per week.

With these commitments of time and talent, Bugbee has created a strong foundation for her future. She says there’s something else, however, that gives her an edge – the learning experiences and connections she’s made with BestPrep.

Read More »

Atterro CFO Mike Kennedy to Offer Real-Life Lessons on Budgeting & Finances to a Minnesota Charter School

Atterro CFO Mike Kennedy to Offer Real-Life Lessons on Budgeting & Finances to a Minnesota Charter School

Mike at Ubah Best PrepBestPrep, a nonprofit organization with a mission to prepare students with business, career and financial literacy skills, has invited Atterro Human Capital Group’s CFO to share a lesson on budgeting with Ubah Medical Academy students on January 26.

Mike Kennedy, CFO at staffing provider Atterro Human Capital Group, will be teaching a budgeting class on January 26 at Ubah Medical Academy, a charter school in Hopkins, MN. Kennedy was invited to speak by BestPrep, a nonprofit organization that offers resources to help students be successful in work and life.

“Atterro’s employees are great examples of volunteers who help fulfill BestPrep’s mission of preparing students for success in the areas of business, career, and financial literacy,” says Andrea Hanson, vice president of educational programs at BestPrep. “We’re excited to continue to grow our partnership with Atterro. They are committed to giving back and helping students reach their full potential – we can’t thank them enough.”

To provide practical learning experiences, BestPrep connects schools with field experts, like Kennedy. The budgeting class Kennedy will lead includes a real-life scenario: creative budgeting to purchase a laptop. He will encourage students to think about budgeting in a new way and will provide resources that students can use to manage their own finances.

“While I’ll be talking about budgeting, my primary message is to never stop learning, whether it’s learning new ways to save for a laptop or acquiring skills that could lead to a new career,” notes Kennedy.

Kennedy will also share how his educational background and career path led him to where he is today. As CFO, Kennedy is responsible for managing Atterro’s finance, IT, purchasing and leasing, risk management, and legal teams. In his three years at Atterro, Kennedy has led three acquisitions, facilitated expansion into new markets, and helped create revenue growth, including 18 percent in 2013 over the previous year. Most recently, he was named 2014 CFO of the Year by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

“I look forward to sharing my career experiences as a CFO and teaching lessons on budgeting, but most importantly, I’m excited to inspire students to think big when it comes to their futures,” says Kennedy.

Atterro Human Capital Group offers Specialty Services, Contingent Workforce Solutions and Recruitment Process Outsourcing to local, regional and national customers. Atterro’s experienced industry professionals use the latest research, recruiting technology and assessment tools to serve clients through its six specialty brands—Blue Edge RPO for Recruitment Process Outsourcing, Digital People for Creative, Interactive and Marketing, Hunter Hamilton for Finance and Accounting, Pro Staff for Administrative and Light Industrial, Technical ProSource for Information Technology, and Ware Technology Services for Engineering. Visit http://atterro.com.

BestPrep is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing students with business, career and financial literacy skills through hands-on experiences that inspire success in work and life. BestPrep offers six innovative programs including: Classroom Plus, eMentors, Financial Matters, Minnesota Business Venture, The Stock Market Game™, and the Technology Integration Workshop. For more information visit http://www.bestprep.org.

View Press Release »

Atterro Adds Staffing Industry Veteran Laura Kelley to Senior Leadership Team

Atterro Adds Staffing Industry Veteran Laura Kelley to Senior Leadership Team

Laura KelleyKelley brings 20 years of experience to her new role as senior vice president and will be a key player as Atterro Human Capital Group continues to grow and gain market share.

Staffing provider Atterro Human Capital Group announced today that Laura Kelley has joined their team as senior vice president. Kelley will have oversight in the strategic direction, expansion, and operation of Atterro’s Digital People, Hunter Hamilton, and Technical ProSource brands. A key area of her focus will be to create and execute strategies to increase market share and margins, while managing revenue growth targets.

“Growth and expansion of our professional brands is critical to our success. I am confident that Laura is the right leader to help guide us in achieving our goals,” said Clay Morel, president and CEO of Atterro Human Capital Group.

Kelley brings 20 years of industry experience to the role, primarily in the professional staffing area. She most recently worked for Modis, Inc, an IT staffing firm, where she led award-winning branches while overseeing a $34+ million dollar operation. She also managed four divisions of staffing firm Robert Half International, Inc. and was responsible for hiring, training, and developing division directors, sales executives, and recruiters.

“Atterro’s executive leadership team excites me, and being part of an amazing group of people,” notes Kelley. “I gladly accept the challenge to help the organization grow and am honored to join a strong, thriving company.”

Atterro Human Capital Group offers interim staffing, search and SmartSourcing services to local, regional and national customers. Atterro’s experienced industry professionals utilize the latest research, recruiting technology and assessment tools to serve clients through its six specialty brands—Blue Edge RPO for Recruitment Process Outsourcing, Digital People for Creative, Interactive and Marketing, Hunter Hamilton for Finance and Accounting, Pro Staff for Administrative and Light Industrial, Technical ProSource for Information Technology, and Ware Technology Services for Engineering. Visit http://atterro.com.

View the Press Release »

Atterro’s CFO, Mike Kennedy, is named as an honoree at the MSPBJ CFO of the Year event.

Atterro’s CFO, Mike Kennedy, is named as an honoree at the MSPBJ CFO of the Year event.

Mike KennedyMike Kennedy‘s keen sense of his company’s culture and financial goals, along with his collaborative and balanced guidance, makes him a standout among financial leaders.

In his three years as CFO of Minneapolis-based staffing and recruitment company Atterro Inc., Kennedy has led three acquisitions, with two occurring within the past year. His leadership also helped the company expand its brands into new markets, including Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Appleton, Wis.

Atterro’s revenue has grown each year, as well, including 18 percent growth in 2013 over the previous year. More recently, Kennedy’s financial leadership during Atterro’s recapitalization efforts earlier this year helped the company post above-expected financial results and opened the doors to a prospective new round of financing. In addition to managing the finance team, he oversees IT, purchasing and leasing, risk management, and legal. Beyond Atterro, Kennedy dedicates his time to the Minnesota/Wisconsin chapter of Volunteers of America and his local church.

Read the full story »

Pro Staff and Ware Initiate Partnership with Dream It Do It, Promoting Manufacturing Careers in Minnesota

Pro Staff and Ware Initiate Partnership with Dream It Do It, Promoting Manufacturing Careers in Minnesota

Dream it do it checkPro Staff and Ware Technology Services, two staffing and recruiting firms within the Atterro Human Capital Group, proudly announce their joint donation to Dream It Do It MN and the establishment of a new partnership to encourage the pursuit of manufacturing careers throughout Minnesota.

The donation was initiated by Pro Staff and Ware in conjunction with their sponsorship of Minnesota Business magazine’s 2014 Manufacturing Awards. A check will be presented on behalf of the award nominees and finalists at the awards event on September 23, 2014, in Minneapolis.

This is the first donation ever received by Dream It Do It MN from a staffing agency and has opened up new possibilities for funding of its efforts by other Minnesota businesses in the future. Both Pro Staff and Ware are now seeking more opportunities to partner with Dream It Do It in other states where they do business across the US.

As awareness of next generation manufacturing grows, new attention is being paid to the role of a skilled workforce in the industry’s success, as skilled workers are critical to growth and innovation. Today’s manufacturing is still a powerhouse in the U.S. economy, and through changing the current perception of manufacturing, Dream It Do It’s goal is to promote rewarding careers in manufacturing.

In response to the offer of partnership and financial support, Jaimee Meyer, Assistant Director of Dream It Do It MN, said, “Thank you so much for reaching out and recognizing our mission and efforts. I feel this partnership will enhance Dream It Do It’s overall reach and impact. This partnership supports Dream It. Do It.’s goals to become the primary information resource for modern manufacturing and career opportunities in the industry. Partnering with a staffing agency supports our mission to build a new pipeline of skilled workers for manufacturing businesses hiring needs.”

Clay Morel, President and CEO of Atterro, said, “We are committed to career development for people, to improve their opportunities and to ensure the success of their employers. Manufacturing is the backbone of the economy and we are proud of our new partnership with Dream It Do It for the future of Minnesota and for the US as a whole.”

Dream It Do It, led by 360-degrees Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence, collaborates with industry members to promote careers in manufacturing in Minnesota. To learn more about this initiative, visit dreamitdoitmn.com or contact Jaimee Meyer at 218-755-2206 or jmeyer(at)bemidjistate(dot)edu.
360-degrees Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence is a consortium of 13 institutions led by Bemidji State University and includes St. Cloud Technical and Community College and 11 other technical and community colleges. 360-degrees is designing a 21st century education system that prepares individuals to have rewarding careers in manufacturing and meets the dynamic, evolving needs of the region’s manufacturing employers through an enhanced pipeline, industry-driven curriculum, and authentic assessment. 360-degrees is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and received a National Science Foundation grant in 2012 to become an Advanced Technological Education Regional Center.

Atterro Human Capital Group offers interim staffing, search and SmartSourcing services to local, regional and national customers. Atterro’s experienced industry professionals utilize the latest research, recruiting technology and assessment tools to serve clients through its six specialty brands—Blue Edge RPO for Recruitment Process Outsourcing, Digital People for Creative, Interactive and Marketing, Hunter Hamilton for Finance and Accounting, Pro Staff for Administrative and Light Industrial, Technical ProSource for Information Technology, and Ware Technology Services for Engineering. Visit http://atterro.com.

Atterro Human Capital Group Among Minnesota’s “Best Places to Work”

Atterro Human Capital Group Among Minnesota’s “Best Places to Work”

Best Places to Work ImageThe Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal has been honoring Minnesota’s top workplaces for 16 years. Atterro is the only staffing and recruiting firm to receive this sought-after award in 2014.

Atterro Human Capital Group, parent company of Blue Edge RPO, Digital People, Hunter Hamilton, Pro Staff, Technical ProSource and Ware Technology Services, has been named one of Minnesota’s “Best Places to Work” in 2014 by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. In its 16th year, this is the longest running evaluation of Minnesota’s top workplaces.

Nominations for the award were accepted from early-April through mid-May of this year. Employees were subsequently surveyed anonymously by the Business Journal’s research partner, Quantum Workplace, on topics including work environment, people practices and day-to-day functioning.

Employees at the 53 companies receiving the award, announced in a video posted on the Business Journal’s website, on July 1, gave their employers high marks.

Clay Morel, President and CEO of the Atterro Human Capital Group, said, “It is gratifying to be listed among such a distinguished list of Minnesota employers and humbling to be recognized by the people at Atterro for this honor.” He added, “We are truly in business for people – matching talent to the needs of employers – so we understand, perhaps better than some, how important a positive, supportive work environment is to the success of any enterprise. To be honored in this way, because our own employees enjoy working at Atterro, makes us all very proud.”

An awards reception for “Best Places to Work” honorees will be held on Thursday, August 14, at the Union Depot, 214 E. 4th St., in St. Paul. The names of all the winners are listed here.

Atterro Human Capital Group offers interim staffing, search and SmartSourcing services to local, regional and national customers. Atterro’s experienced industry professionals utilize the latest research, recruiting technology and assessment tools to serve clients through its six specialty brands—Blue Edge RPO for Recruitment Process Outsourcing, Digital People for Creative, Interactive and Marketing, Hunter Hamilton for Finance and Accounting, Pro Staff for Administrative and Light Industrial, Technical ProSource for Information Technology, and Ware Technology Services for Engineering. Visit atterro.com.

View the Press Release »