The Advisory Board/Volunteer Members for Oregon Recruiters is responsible for setting the overall strategy and direction for the community, in addition to setting content and agendas for our events and conferences.
With over 20 years of recruiting and human resources leadership experience, Jason Buss is a recognized expert with deep experience in identifying, recruiting and hiring high-performing teams. He is currently the Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition & Workforce Strategy for MongoDB.
Jason founded the Recruiters Network in 2011, an organization committed to advancing the talent acquisition profession through continuing education, professional development, recruiting conferences and networking events. Jason has built and led several of the nation’s largest and most active regional recruiting communities and he has authored and published content in, and has been quoted by The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Bloomberg, MarketWatch, Society for Human Resource Management, Corporate Executive Board and more.
Outside of work you can find Jason enjoying the outdoors in the Bay Area, indulging in froyo, exploring a new part of the world on vacation, hanging out with his family, or tending to their adorable yet bossy Pekingese named Otis.
President & Community Leader
Dustin is a talent acquisition veteran with diverse recruiting experience that spans both agency and in-house corporate settings across a wide variety of industries. Starting his career at Aerotek, he has since worked with David Evans & Associates, Adidas, and is currently at Nike. A manager and builder of high performing recruiting teams and effective recruiting strategies, he prides himself on a creative use of data and analytics in storytelling.
He is also a world traveler, proud father, and a massive Portland Trail Blazers fan. Having lived in 4 countries and visited over 30 in his adult life, Dustin is a recognized global collaborator who has been successful in adapting all that he has learned from his nomadic lifestyle to the business world. Rip City.
Advisory Board Members
Taylor Martinez is the Marketing & Events Specialist for the Recruiters Network. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of St.Thomas in 2018. While studying at the University of St. Thomas she had the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland, Argentina, and Brazil. Also, during the completion of her degree, she underwent many different work experiences such as being a Marketing Research Intern for Sidewalk Dog, Social Media Intern for Hy-Vee, and Talent Acquisition & Social Media Intern for Spok. Throughout her experiences, she has become increasingly interested in social media and how its use can shape and grow an organization.
Taylor has proudly lived in Minnesota her whole life. She is passionate about volunteering and has spent numerous hours volunteering with the Jeremiah Program. In her free time, she enjoys partaking in outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming, as well as going for walks with her adorable English Mastiff named Mabel.
People, connecting beyond the surface and making career magic happen are what drive Candice. A Relator (strength finders) and nurturer made “falling into recruiting” a natural fit for Candice. She began her recruiting career in Seattle, although Candice loved the big city hustle, she missed her Oregon roots and relocated back to Portland 4 years ago with her family. Candice’s husband, Matt, is also a recruiter in the Portland area.
As the Co-founder of Tailored Talent, Candice has over 15 years of leadership, recruiting, operations and training experience. She is a passionate leader whose heart beats for talent acquisition. One of her greatest strengths is delivering world-class client and candidate experiences. Her effervescent personality furthers her ability to build and maintain meaningful relationships and have in-depth marketplace expertise on a local and national level.
Charlie brings nearly 20 years of Talent Acquisition experience to his role as Vice President of Talent Management at Marquis Companies and Consonus Healthcare, a family of companies focused on Assisted Living, Post Acute Care, Rehab, and Pharmacy. Charlie retains the passion for continuously learning the art of Recruiting as if it were still his first year. He currently applies his experience and leadership skills in a challenging industry where the talent shortage problem spans all functions and positions. Prior to working at Marquis | Consonus, his Senior Living and Healthcare experience included Holiday Retirement and Premera Blue Cross. His Talent Acquisition leadership includes a long stint in the Footwear and Apparel space at Nike but also spans technology, medical devices, and telecom.
Charlie serves as an advisory board member for 2 Recruiters Network recruiting communities including, Oregon Recruiters and Denver Recruiters. With two young daughters, his family enjoys the outdoors with road trips and camping outings which allows them to get out together to appreciate nature. Charlie is also a soccer fanatic. He sits on the board of the Southeast Soccer Club, a Portland youth soccer league. He’s a “soccer dad” and when he isn’t on the sideline coaching or supporting his daughters in their athletic pursuits, he can be found at Portland Timbers games as an avid supporter and season ticket holder. Charlie likes to mimic his favorite soccer players, albeit at the much slower and less skillful pace of an age-appropriate men’s Sunday soccer beer league.
When Dominic is not leading a team of dedicated professional recruiters in the office, you’ll find him with his family or perhaps throwing a dry fly to a rising native trout on a local river. Ideally, he would be doing both at the same time! A huge fan of Peter Drucker, he chooses to live by the motto: “The best way to predict the future is to create it”.
With 20+ years of recruiting leadership experience in both corporate HR (Starbucks, Umpqua Bank, and David Evans and Associates) and recruiting firms, Dominic is a recognized expert in building dynamic recruiting teams to meet the human capital needs of his clients. He is currently the President of Flux Resources LLC– a leading technical recruiting firm based in Portland, OR – and a current member of American Staffing Association’s Engineering, IT and Scientific Advisory Board.
Although Kristin was born in Tokyo Japan (her father was in the USAF), she’s an Oregonian through and through. She grew up in Portland where her parents ran a gourmet food store in the Bernard’s Beaverton Mall (blast from the past) so she was exposed to cheeses, meats, wine and other tasty delights from around the world right from a very young age. So it’s no surprise that she now spends a lot of time in the Oregon Wine Country with Mark, her husband of 29 years who works at Adelsheim Winery (also in Marketing and Social Media), when she’s not playing with her 1-year-old grandson Wyatt, or visiting with one of her five grown children.
Kristin’s first recruiting gig was with a translation and localization company here in Portland in 1996, and she’s not looked back since! Her first technical recruiting job was with Hall Kinion, and while there she received an offer from Intel, which is when her career really took off. Although Kristin is currently a Talent Acquisition Marketing Program Manager at Intel, she’s not been there the entire time (this is her 3rdtime at the Intel rodeo!). She spent a little over a year at LAIKA where she helped staff for the film Coraline, and now has a movie credit! She also worked for Columbia Sportswear for 6 years, proving those Pacific Northwest roots run deep through her. Her closet is filled with Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, Prana and Sorel and still gets the employee discount, one of her daughters is a Sorel rep on the East coast!
A Kansas City, MO, native, Jennifer has a BFA in Photography from Kansas City Art Institute. She has been connecting Oregonians since 1995, when she served as Director of Admissions for Oregon College of Art & Craft.
Since then, she has served at Filter, LLC, Nike, Volt, Portland State University, IBM, Vigor and now is a Talent Acquisition Partner at OHSU, working across all missions supporting everything from Food Service to Critical Care RN’s.
Jackie Mathys is the co-founder of Mathys+Potestio, a 26-person staffing agency with offices in Portland, Los Angeles, Austin, Boise, and San Francisco. Before that, Jackie spent twenty years contributing to the creative community in Portland as a writer and recruiter. Current clients range from boutique agencies to universities to some of the largest corporations in the country, including Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Adidas, Whole Foods, Kroger, Dell, and Kaiser Permanente. In 2017, she launched Written, a division of M+P, which places high-level communications experts, many in higher ed, major nonprofits, and corporate communications.
Andy Shearer found his way to the recruiting industry in Sydney, Australia in 1999 within the agency environment. His experiences in placing IT talent with the Sydney Olympic Organizing Committee and also meeting the surge of skills demand to help prepare organizations for the ‘y2k bug’ reinforced Andy’s strongly held philosophy that the best recruiting outcomes occur when you humanize and individualize the recruiting process. Andy has since recruited within ‘inhouse recruiting teams at Coca Cola, Nike, Tektronix, FEI and Adidas.
During his 7 years with Adidas, he helped build recruiting and internship programs while managing talent acquisition for Design, Innovation, Sales and Marketing teams.
12 months ago he joined Fuerst Group, the holding company that owns KEEN Footwear and CHROME Industries … where he manages a small and talented team of recruiters who are focused on bringing KEEN to the next level.
Kunal Laroia serves as the inaugural Executive Director of The Recruiters Network. In his role, Kunal oversees the development and implementation of the strategic objectives for the organization and its regional communities. Passionate about harnessing and leveraging the collective wisdom of Human Resource & Recruitment professionals, Kunal is the connector and convener of The Recruiter's Network nationwide communities.
Prior to The Recruiter's Network, Kunal consulted with talent acquisition teams to support their overall technical hiring needs, most recently at Hired. With deep and diverse experience in engaging startups, Kunal has also served as a lead community organizer for TechStars Startup Week, Membership & Community Manager at Galvanize, and is the Founder of Arizona-based Telescope Ventures which helps seed stage companies connect with and hire local engineering and design graduates.
From time-to-time you can find Kunal on the golf course, experiencing new wines, exploring to new destinations, and taking flying lessons as a pilot-in-training.
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