New England Association of Personnel Services

Speakers / Topics




Karen Whitley, Shareholder - Labor & Employment - Sheehan Phinney, Boston MA

Karen is a member of the Labor & Employment and Litigation Practice Groups. She focuses her practice on management-side employment litigation and counseling, including discrimination, wage and hour, and restrictive covenant proceedings. Karen values working closely with HR professionals and in-house counsel to develop a practical business approach to thorny employment law issues. Karen advises employers on legal compliance in all phases of the employment relationship, conducts sensitive internal investigations, and provides proactive training to management and staff on cutting edge issues. She provides employment law advice arising from mergers and acquisitions, and helps employers protect their proprietary data through the enforcement of restrictive covenants and other policies.

Karen maintains an active practice before state anti-discrimination agencies and trial courts on behalf of private employers in the banking, insurance, recruiting, education, hospitality, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical industries. She has been a trusted advisor to small start-up businesses, mid-size organizations, and multi-national companies to ensure adherence with numerous federal and state laws, including the FLSA, ADA, ACA, FMLA, WARN Act, and COBRA.

Prior to joining the firm in 2014, Karen was a partner at Jones Day in Boston for 4 years. Previously, Karen was with Hanify & King in Boston for 16 years. Karen began her legal career as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts.


Carol Wenom, CPC/ CTS

Carol Wenom, CPC/CTS, Vice President of The Whitaker Companies, has over 30 years of experience in Engineering/Technical recruiting and search for the refining and chemical process industries. Her major focus has always been in the midstream and downstream sectors of the energy industry. She came to Whitaker in 1989 after having worked for major engineering staffing companies in Houston and Dallas. She has achieved preferred provider or exclusive provider status with most of her clients.

Consistently a top producer in the recruiting industry, Ms. Wenom has been recognized with numerous honors and awards at local, state and national levels including membership in The Pinnacle Society since 2007 - the nation's premier consortium of top recruiters within the permanent placement and search industry. In 1985 and 1992 respectively she was awarded Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS) designations, attesting to her continued commitment to the highest standards of legal and ethical business practices. She was honored in 1992 as the Houston Area "Consultant of the Year" and "CTS of the Year" by the State Professional Association (TAPC). In 1994 Ms. Wenom was also recognized by the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) as "CPC of the Year". In 2003 the Houston Area Association recognized Ms. Wenom for Outstanding Contributions to the Professional Staffing Industry. Ms. Wenom served as Chairman of the Board of NAPS from 2008-2010. In recognition of her lifetime achievements to the industry, she was inducted into the NAPS Hall of Fame in 2013.

In addition to her operational roles at Whitaker, Ms. Wenom also serves as Vice President of Training and Organizational Development. She conducts both new-hire and on-going training for all divisions of the company. Additionally, she has developed a series of training videos introducing the Fundamentals of the Staffing Industry that is now being offered throughout the industry nationwide.

As a noted speaker/trainer in our industry, Ms Wenom’s credentials include the National Association of Personnel Services, the national Canadian Staffing Association, American Staffing Association, National Personnel Association, and International Personnel Association, as well as "guest appearances" for the Society of Human Resource Managers. Ms Wenom is also frequently in demand as a speaker at national and regional engineering trade association meetings including the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals. As testimony to her reputation throughout the energy market sector, Ms Wenom was named a Finalist to Who’s Who in Energy, 2012 and 2013 by the Houston Business Journal

Ms. Wenom received her Bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in 1973 with a dual major in English and Communications. Prior to her career in recruiting, Ms. Wenom worked in both technical and training positions for Western Geophysical Company of America based in Houston.


Aaron Wandtke, CERS - Owner, Executive Staffing Solutions

Aaron Wandtke is the Senior Partner at Executive Staffing Solutions (ESS) which was founded in 2000. ESS recruits for the health care industry on a national basis. Aaron's recruiting firm employs 28 individuals and has experienced double digit growth every year since inception except 2009. ESS was named the winner of the “Best Places to Work” in Columbus Ohio in 2013 and has been a finalist in both 2015 and 2016.

Aaron is a Past Chairman for the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) as well as the Ohio Recruiters Association. Aaron has spoken at NAPS, CSP, NEAPS and ORA during the last three years.


Tracey Madden, CPC/CTS - Owner, McIntosh Resources

Founded McIntosh Staffing Resources in Dover, NH in 1986.

Her company staffs and recruits for all sizes of businesses. Their blended service offers solutions in direct hire placement and temporary staffing in the Business Operations and the Light Industrial Industries. Her clients include small one person offices, large manufacturers, universities, outdoor trades companies to regional US Government contractors.

What makes her business model different is that she does not use metrics programs with her staff. Rather than focus on the time commitment to that sort of tracking she encourages her employees to focus on learning their clients pain points, understanding their corporate philosophy and understanding their client’s personalities. Equally they have a comprehensive Applicant/Candidate Retention program. Tracey shares that, “The numbers fall into place themselves if all parties are having fun and achieving success doing what they do best”.

Tracey has been involved with training and development for the Staffing and Recruiting Industry for over 25 years. She has trained at state and national levels as well as developed programs for local employers and career initiation programs for the UNH. She is the 2016 Recipient of the New England Personnel Services Lifetime Achievement Award for her commitment to education and ethics.

She is a long time board member and officer of the Northern New England Association of Personnel Services. Tracey is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Business Administration.

Tracey believes that the beginning of success starts with a smile.


Jon Davis, Executive Vice President - Matrix Resources 

Jon Davis serves as the Executive Vice President for MATRIX – a $200M IT Services & Search Firm. He is responsible for all 13 MATRIX branch offices and 175 Sales and Recruiting Associates in the US.

Jon has been in the executive, athletic, medical, and technical recruiting fields for 24 years and has been with MATRIX for 21 years this June. He has sold search services at the retained, contingent, and unbundled levels. His experience ranges from Fortune 100 companies to start-up ventures. He has held positions as Recruiter, Business Developer, Recruiting Manager, and Sales Manager. Jon has led training seminars on the topics of sales skills for the staffing industry, effective territory evaluation, prospecting, and time management techniques for success.  In October of last year he was asked to speak at the annual LinkedIn Talent Connect event in Last Vegas with over 4,000 attendees.

Larry McCarthy, Partner/COO - Eastmark Group
Larry is a Partner with the Eastmark Group in Boston, MA.  The Eastmark Group is a full service staffing firm that provides executive search and contract staffing services to investment operations groups of recognized financial services companies worldwide. Prior to joining the Eastmark Group as a partner in 2008, Larry held key sales and management positions with multiple global staffing companies and has managed regions from Boston to the District of Columbia.  Larry excels at helping his clients understand their human capital challenges, working with them to develop game changing staffing solutions, and growing large scale staffing operations.   His management expertise is in developing staff, building teams and implementing operational best practices.   Larry is a Past President of the Massachusetts Association of Personnel Services and currently holds a position on the Board of Directors.