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.
President & Community Leader
With 22 years of human resources and talent acquisition 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 talent acquisition for MongoDB.
Jason 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.
He is the founder of the Recruiters Network, and serves as the president and community leader for several of the nation’s largest and most active regional recruiting communities including Minnesota Recruiters, California Recruiters, Denver Recruiters, Florida Recruiters, Wisconsin Recruiters, Michigan Recruiters and Oregon Recruiters.
Advisory Board Members
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.
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.
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!
Ben is born and raised in Portland, OR. He loves spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, playing music, and networking! Ben graduated from Portland State University and most likely will spend the remainder of his days in the beautiful city of Portland!
With 10+ years of experience in Talent Acquisition, both corporate and agency, Ben spends his days at New Relic managing a global team of world-class Technical Recruiters in San Francisco, Portland, and Barcelona. He has a deep passion for technology, and for building teams, using talent acquisition as a vehicle to solve business problems, and achieve challenging growth goals. Ben loves to bring Recruiters and Sourcers together creating networking channels and best practice discussions.
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.
Since then, she has served at Filter, LLC, Nike, Volt, IBM, and now Vigor, where she has developed recruitment strategies and has driven Vigor’s retention efforts with new employee onboarding and attracting talent aligned with the company’s core values, Truth, Responsibility, Evolution, and Love.
Tray is a Northwest guy through and through. He loves his rainy hikes on muddy trails, stormy coast getaways and sun drenched vineyard strolls enhanced by the lush and fruity notes of a full bodied cab. But when he’s not sipping on a robust microbrew at his favorite pub or a refined cup of joe at the local coffee shop , he’s chatting it up with down to earth people interested in seeing where life’s is going to take them next.
With 17 years of experience devoted to talent identification and evaluation, human resource industry knowledge and small business development, Tray is recognized as an “in the trenches” talent acquisition subject matter expert. He strives to be innovative in his approach to recruiting and looks at every conversation as a once in a life time chance to meet someone who no one else is like. His business ethics and professional mantra have been honed and refined through the years in the finance, non-profit and education sectors. His current body of work has him focused on experienced financial advisor recruitment and advisor business development. In addition to sitting on the Advisory Board for Oregon Recruiters, Tray also contributes to Talent HQ, a premier online news and information channel for the recruiting and human resources community.
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.
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Thank you for attending the Fall 2017 Oregon Recruiters Conference! Here is a recap!