An exclusive interview with one of S3’s Defenders of the Green, Wendy Long

By Alisha Dixon

Almost one month after gathering at S3’s corporate headquarters in Detroit, members of the elite Defenders of the Green sat down with the Communications Team to discuss their success, the steps they took to achieve it and what it’s like to be a leader in the field of recruiting.

This weeks’ interview is with Wendy Long, a senior technical recruiter with Team Motown who has been with S3 for 12 years.

Q: What’s the secret to your success and what sets you apart?
Wendy: Good communication with my team and my consultants. Also, being in close touch with everything, watching all of the details and not letting anything slip.

Q: Can you offer one tip to your fellow S3ers?
Wendy: Stay very close to your team, but also stay close to others in other branches. For a new recruiter, I always tell them that their first priority is to cover their local market and have solid candidates submitted. But, also stay in touch with out of branch marketers because you never know when things are going to slow down temporarily in your market and you always want to have a back-up plan. And you always want to know where the good business is rather than waiting for things to slow down and scramble. While it’s rare in Detroit because our team is always busy, if things ever do slow down and it’s always for a very short time, I always have a couple of people that I can call right away. Sometimes you have to seek it out because you can’t ever get comfortable in this business.

Q: What gives you the most satisfaction in your job?
Wendy: Having candidates and consultants tell me “thank you” because we we’re able to find them that perfect position. A lot times they have already dealt with other companies and other recruiters and may have been trying to get into a certain company for years and I was able to get them into their dream company or dream job. That is always satisfying.

Q: Name a challenge you faced and how did you overcome it?
Wendy: This kind of goes back to a previous question where I talked about timing. It’s always key with this business. I was challenged with finding the right candidate at the right time. It’s matching that candidate’s pace with the customer’s pace. Sometimes a candidate will want to move a lot faster than a customer wants to move. So, it’s about matching up timing and making sure that you pre-close candidates along the way as you’re talking with them and keep them engaged and interested. While at the same time, working with marketers to make sure the manager is interested in moving at the same pace and ready to move forward at the same pace.

Q: What’s your next big goal?
Wendy: To make Club! That’s always my goal every year!

Q: What does Green mean to you?
Wendy: Green to me is bringing the entire company together. It’s a feeling. It’s an atmosphere. It’s a little bit different for me because I work remote. So, I don’t have to necessarily have to wear green every Wednesday, but it’s not just the clothes we wear. It’s the comradery with the rest of the company that we might not see on a daily basis, but we’re still working under the same umbrella. That’s what it means to me.

Please look forward to next week’s profile of Molly Celestini, technical recruiter, Team Motown about her success as a recruiter and being a member of the Defenders of the Green.

An exclusive interview with one of S3’s Defenders of the Green, Wendy Long

By Alisha Dixon

Almost one month after gathering at S3’s corporate headquarters in Detroit, members of the elite Defenders of the Green sat down with the Communications Team to discuss their success, the steps they took to achieve it and what it’s like to be a leader in the field of recruiting.

This weeks’ interview is with Wendy Long, a senior technical recruiter with Team Motown who has been with S3 for 12 years.

Q: What’s the secret to your success and what sets you apart?
Wendy: Good communication with my team and my consultants. Also, being in close touch with everything, watching all of the details and not letting anything slip.

Q: Can you offer one tip to your fellow S3ers?
Wendy: Stay very close to your team, but also stay close to others in other branches. For a new recruiter, I always tell them that their first priority is to cover their local market and have solid candidates submitted. But, also stay in touch with out of branch marketers because you never know when things are going to slow down temporarily in your market and you always want to have a back-up plan. And you always want to know where the good business is rather than waiting for things to slow down and scramble. While it’s rare in Detroit because our team is always busy, if things ever do slow down and it’s always for a very short time, I always have a couple of people that I can call right away. Sometimes you have to seek it out because you can’t ever get comfortable in this business.

Q: What gives you the most satisfaction in your job?
Wendy: Having candidates and consultants tell me “thank you” because we we’re able to find them that perfect position. A lot times they have already dealt with other companies and other recruiters and may have been trying to get into a certain company for years and I was able to get them into their dream company or dream job. That is always satisfying.

Q: Name a challenge you faced and how did you overcome it?
Wendy: This kind of goes back to a previous question where I talked about timing. It’s always key with this business. I was challenged with finding the right candidate at the right time. It’s matching that candidate’s pace with the customer’s pace. Sometimes a candidate will want to move a lot faster than a customer wants to move. So, it’s about matching up timing and making sure that you pre-close candidates along the way as you’re talking with them and keep them engaged and interested. While at the same time, working with marketers to make sure the manager is interested in moving at the same pace and ready to move forward at the same pace.

Q: What’s your next big goal?
Wendy: To make Club! That’s always my goal every year!

Q: What does Green mean to you?
Wendy: Green to me is bringing the entire company together. It’s a feeling. It’s an atmosphere. It’s a little bit different for me because I work remote. So, I don’t have to necessarily have to wear green every Wednesday, but it’s not just the clothes we wear. It’s the comradery with the rest of the company that we might not see on a daily basis, but we’re still working under the same umbrella. That’s what it means to me.

Please look forward to next week’s profile of Molly Celestini, technical recruiter, Team Motown about her success as a recruiter and being a member of the Defenders of the Green.

An exclusive interview with one of S3’s Defenders of the Green, Cathy Grant

By Alisha Dixon

Almost one month after gathering at S3’s corporate headquarters in Detroit, members of the elite Defenders of the Green sat down with the Communications Team to discuss their success, the steps they took to achieve it and what it’s like to be a leader in the field of recruiting.

Our first interview was with Cathy Grant, a senior technical recruiter with Team West Coast who has been with S3 for 10 years. Learn more about Cathy below!

Q: What’s the secret to your success and what sets you apart?
Cathy: I would probably say persistence. Typically, I work an order until it’s filled, not just until it’s covered. Sometimes you can work an order until it’s covered; meaning you have 4 or 5 candidates that you feel good about. Then there is ensuring that in the event a candidate is rejected, I work until the position is the filled. For me, it’s not just a matter of having candidates, it’s about filling the role. I don’t know if that really sets me apart. I really just think it’s my work ethic and that has paid off.

Q: Can you offer one tip to your fellow S3ers?
Cathy: Time management is key. Try to structure your day as tightly as possible and stay on course with that schedule the next day. It’s important to not to get distracted by too much outside of what you’re trying accomplish.

Q: What gives you the most satisfaction in your job?
Cathy: Winning a position for the candidate!

Q: Name a challenge you faced and how did you overcome it?
Cathy: One of the most challenging situations I’ve faced was probably in my first and second years here. At that time, I was on Team Atlanta and there really was not a lot of business. I had to figure out new ways to find and fill positions. As a result, I looked to fill roles in other markets and subsequently, most of my closes and wins were out of branch. That was a big challenge because I spent that time just working out of branch and that was difficult because of time zones and having to work out of market. That experience taught me how to acclimate anywhere quickly because one day I was doing something in Boston and the next day I was working something in Texas. Having to work all of those markets and still get the hires was very challenging.

Q: What’s your next big goal?
Cathy: To make Club this year for sure! And to consistently make Club every year. In addition to Club, there are five account managers that we’re supporting and I would like to have a steady flow of hires with each of them.

Q: What does Green mean to you?
Cathy: S3 and how good it has been to me! I’m very proud of that! I’m happy when I see it everywhere and I just think it’s an awesome company to work for. Green also means go. There’s nothing stopping you from doing well while representing S3 in the right way.

Please look forward to next week’s profile of Wendy Long, senior technical recruiter, Team Motown about her success as a recruiter and being a member of the Defenders of the Green.

Jeff Nelson Named Chair Of The American-Lithuanian Business Council

WASHINGTON, DC – On April 7, 2017, the American-Lithuania Business Council announced the appointment of Jeff Nelson, Vice President at Strategic Staffing Solutions, as chair of the board of directors.

The American-Lithuanian Business Council is a Washington, DC based non-profit organization that promotes commercial relations between the United States and Lithuania. The mission of the Council is to enhance American-Lithuanian trade and investment, advance the American-Lithuanian bilateral relationship, and educate the public about its importance.

As the leading business association in the United States focused on Lithuania, the Council ensures that American executives and key Lithuania and US Government decision makers have a forum to advocate for further trade and investment opportunities in Lithuania and amicably resolve issues that might prevent future growth.  ALBC has been a leading proponent of reforms to labor laws, which were approved by the Lithuanian government this year that will encourage more job creation and investment by employers.

Nelson, who has served as honorary consul for Lithuania in Virginia since 2014, has a legacy of raising the profile of Lithuania globally and helping promote new foreign investment. In addition to co-leading numerous business delegations, Nelson worked in Lithuania from 2006 to 2008 and has managed start-up projects for several leading shared service centers there.  Strategic Staffing Solutions has hired more than 5,000 people in Lithuania to work in the country for its U.S. and U.K based clients.

S3 was among the first American companies to invest in rebuilding Lithuania’s democracy and economic climate after the fall of communism in 1999. The capital city, Vilnius, also serves as our base of international operations.  Additionally, S3 recently added Argentina to its’ international portfolio.

“It’s an honor to serve as chair of ALBC,” said Nelson. “We just completed our fifth, and largest, annual U.S. business delegation to Lithuania.  And next year, as Lithuania celebrates the 100th anniversary of its first independence, ALBC will play an even bigger role in broadening the connection between the U.S. and Lithuania.”

Nelson’s new role adds to Strategic Staffing Solutions portfolio of industry and international business association leadership positions, which includes the British Chamber of Commerce, Project Management Institute International, the Lithuanian Minister of Economy’s Investor’s Advisory Council, and Staffing Industry Analysts.

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Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) is an international, woman-owned, $350 million IT and business services corporation based in Detroit.  With a composite average annual growth rate of 21%, S3 is fiscally sound and debt free.  S3 has had $2.4 Billion in sales since its inception with $1.2 billion of those sales occurring in the last 5 years.  It is ranked 17th among the largest staffing firms in the US by Staffing Industry Report and is one of three companies nationally certified as a Charter Partner with Staffing Industry Analysts.  S3 is also ranked as the sixth largest diversity staffing firm in the US by Staffing Industry Analysts and one of the top 25 among woman-owned business in the nation by Women’s Enterprise USA Magazine.

S3 provides staff augmentation, direct hire recruiting, workforce programs, and outsourced solutions with global industry expertise in energy/utility, healthcare services, insurance, communications, and financial services.  It has more than 3,000 direct consultants in 49 out of 50 states in the U.S. and 11 countries Europe and the Americas.

Celebrating New Orleans And The Men And Women In Blue At Mardi Gras

New Orleans is one of America’s greatest cities. We’ve been honored to serve consultants, customers and the community there for years.

To celebrate this, we threw the 5th Annual Strategic Staffing Solutions Muses Party. 

We were so thankful to bring the community together during this festive holiday. The party and parade were both spectacular and went off without a hitch.

Most of all, we’re thankful for our men and women in blue in their tireless efforts to make this event safe and fun for all. Working with the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, we provided food and snacks to more than 1,300 New Orleans area law enforcement officers.

There would be no purple, green and gold without the blue! S3 loves NOLA and can’t wait to return next year. This is a great example of how we believe in profit with a purpose.

Below you’ll find some photos from the event. A la revoyure! (See you later in French).

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Does the Mardi Gras party ever stop with S3? Neigh! #NOPDStables

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Light the town green, watch the crowds flock. #ToastToGreen

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A couple of S3ers in development, learning to love green at an early age.

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One of the many meal trucks S3 sponsored to feed our hungry men and women on duty. #NoGreenGoldPurpleWithoutBlue

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One of the many parade spectacles seen from the S3 Muses tent

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…And the band continues to play. Show them that NOLA spirit, boys!

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Up these stairs to the main event … No one does Mardi Gras like S3! #AllGreenAllTheTime

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Waving to the passing parade with the best seats on Bourbon Street.

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S3ers getting into the spirit of Mardi Gras! #S3GreenSpirit

Cynthia Pasky, Strategic Staffing Solutions Founder and CEO, Inducted Into Michigan Business Women’s Hall Of Fame

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DETROIT  (FEBRUARY 6, 2017) — Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3), an international, woman-owned, $321 million IT and business services corporation based in Detroit, is proud to announce that our CEO and Founder, Cynthia J. Pasky, has been inducted into the Michigan Business Women’s Hall of Fame.

The ceremony occurred at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center on Thursday, February 2, 2017.

“I’m honored to accept this award in such great company,” said Founder and CEO Cynthia Pasky. “We don’t do the work we do for the awards, but it’s always special to receive one.”

The criteria for this honor are women leaders who have not only had significant business success, many at a global level, but have also made Michigan a better place to live and work through their efforts.

Pasky founded the company on and still practices every day Strategic Staffing Solutions’ four core pillars of:

  • Setting the bar high for what a company should do
  • Creating jobs
  • Offering people an opportunity to succeed and change their station in life
  • Making community investment and corporate citizenship core parts of our business

Recent awards for Pasky include “Executive of the Year” from the Detroit Executives Association, the Global Lithuanian Leaders award presented by the president of that country, as well as named Most Powerful Woman in Business by dBusiness Magazine, CEO of the Year by Automation Alley, one of Detroit’s Most Powerful People by Crain’s Detroit Business and one of the Top Women Entrepreneurs in North America by Women Impacting Public Policy.

Other inductees of this inaugural class to the Michigan Business Women’s Hall Of Fame include Lizbeth Ardisana, ASG Renaissance; Mindi Kynke, EHIM; Birgit Klohs, The Right Place; Dr. Glenda Price, Marygrove College; Andra Rush, Detroit Manufacturing Systems; and Nancy Schlichting, Henry Ford Health System.

Strategic Staffing Solutions Achieves Military Spouse Friendly Status

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DETROIT  (JANUARY 16, 2017) — Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3), an international, woman-owned, $321 million IT and business services corporation based in Detroit, announced today that it has earned the 2017 Military Spouse Friendly Employer designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs, and Military Spouse.

First published in 2003, Military Spouse Friendly Employers is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans and their families today. Each year, the list of Military Spouse Friendly Employers is provided to service members and their families, helping them discover the best post-military career opportunities available.

Strategic Staffing Solutions was also named a Military Friendly Employer for 2017, for the third year running.

“Strategic Staffing Solutions is committed to hiring military and military spouse talent, knowing first-hand that recruiting veterans and military spouses is not only the right thing to do for veterans and their families who have served our country, but it’s also the right thing to do for business,” said Founder and CEO Cynthia Pasky. “We know that military veterans and their spouses are among the best and brightest thinkers; they are quick learners, adapt easily, build solid relationships, and have strong ethics.”

Supporting veterans and their spouse’s ties into Strategic Staffing Solutions’ four core pillars of:

  • Setting the bar high for what a company should do
  • Creating jobs
  • Offering people an opportunity to succeed and change their station in life
  • Making community investment and corporate citizenship core parts of our business

“Companies that have earned the 2017 Military Friendly Employer designation have exceptionally strong hiring programs and meaningful jobs for transitioning service members, veterans and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media. “Our Military Friendly Employers have moved beyond answering ‘why hire military?’ They are truly aligning their jobs and recruiting efforts with Military Friendly Schools to translate military competencies into civilian careers.”

Strategic Staffing Solutions will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Spouse Friendly Employers in the January 2017 issue of Military Spouse Magazine, and on MilitaryFriendly.com.

Military Spouse Friendly Employer Designation Methodology

Strategic Staffing Solutions was evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 200 companies participated in 2017 Military Spouse Friendly Companies survey. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Spouse Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining an organization’s survey score with an assessment of the organization’s ability to meet thresholds for Applicant, New Hire Retention, Employee Turnover, and Promotion & Advancement of veterans and military employees.

For more on the assessment process, visit “New for 2017” on militaryfriendly.com.

About Strategic Staffing Solutions

Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) is an international, woman-owned, $321 million IT and business services corporation based in Detroit.  With a composite average annual growth rate of 21%, S3 is fiscally sound and debt free. S3 has had $2.4 Billion in sales since its inception with $1.2 billion of those sales occurring in the last 5 years. It is ranked 17th among the largest staffing firms in the US by Staffing Industry Report and is one of three companies nationally certified as a Charter Partner with Staffing Industry Analysts. S3 is also ranked as the sixth largest diversity staffing firm in the US by Staffing Industry Analysts and one of the top 25 among woman-owned business in the nation by Women’s Enterprise USA Magazine.

S3 provides staff augmentation, direct hire recruiting, workforce programs, and outsourced solutions with global industry expertise in energy/utility, healthcare services, insurance, communications, and financial services.  It has more than 3,000 direct consultants in 49 out of 50 states in the U.S. and 11 countries including Europe and the Americas.

For more information about S3, visit www.strategicstaf.com. For more information about its military veteran hiring program, visit http://www.strategicstaff.com/company-overview/veterans-program/

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S3er to be featured in G.I. Jobs Magazine in January

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It’s great to see our green team being recognized! G.I. Jobs, an industry-leading publication that’s focused on military hiring and recruitment, will be featuring our own Kimberly Pendergast in a feature about the thriving I.T. field.

You’ll have to wait until January for the full article, but we’re excited to share the news a little ahead of time.

Pendergast is a Navy Veteran, and we’re proud to have her and her fellow Veterans and military spouses as part of the team!

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Partner Strategic Staffing Solutions To Sponsor SST Truck, Local Driver in 2017

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DETROIT, Mich. (December 14, 2016) – One of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix’s key partners will expand its presence around the event in 2017 as Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) has announced that it will sponsor the “Green Hiring Machine” that will compete in the Stadium Super Truck (SST) Series races at the Grand Prix with a talented and accomplished local driver.

Strategic Staffing Solutions is literally making a jump in its activation to a strong on-track presence at next year’s Grand Prix. S3 will sponsor the No. 3 truck that will compete in the popular SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series presented by TRAXXAS races scheduled to take place at next year’s Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, June 2-4, 2017.

With its signature S3 green design, the truck will compete in both SST races at the Grand Prix as the “Green Hiring Machine.” The truck is bound to be a fan favorite when it jumps over ramps and launches as high as 20 feet in the air around the 2.3-mile Belle Isle street circuit.

“S3 is proud to have supported the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix since 2008 and we are excited to bring the Green Hiring Machine to the race to represent our global family of companies and to have built a relationship between the Grand Prix and the Michigan Humane Society,” S3 CEO Cindy Pasky said.

Experienced local driver Aaron Bambach of Rochester Hills, Mich., will drive the S3 Green Hiring Machine truck at his hometown event. With 24 wins and 36 podium finishes over the last 20 years of competing in professional motorsports, Bambach also knows the Belle Isle track well. He’s driven in the SST races at Detroit in each of the last three seasons, earning six top-five finishes at the Grand Prix over that time, including strong third- and fourth-place results in 2016.

“I’ve always loved racing at Belle Isle and have had a blast in the Stadium Super Trucks on the island the last three years,” said Bambach, who also serves as Test Track Manager at the new M1 Concourse Facility in Pontiac, Mich. “It will be an honor to drive the new Green Hiring Machine truck for Strategic Staffing Solutions at the 2017 Grand Prix in Detroit. S3 has such a positive presence in the community and really does a lot to support this event so I’m very excited for the opportunity to represent them in our hometown race.”

This partnership will also bring together S3’s love of animals and the Grand Prix for the first time ever, as Bambach will partner with one of S3’s largest charitable causes – the Michigan Humane Society (MHS). A pet lover himself, Bambach will help to promote MHS initiatives in the coming months as the driver of the S3 truck at the Grand Prix.

“In addition to his great talent as a racer, Aaron’s love for animals mirrors ours at S3,” Pasky said. “We’re delighted to partner with him on something so special.”

To learn more about S3, visit www.strategicstaff.com and for more information on the SST series, log on to www.stadiumsupertrucks.com. Tickets are currently on sale for the 2017 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Complimentary round-trip shuttle service to Belle Isle Park is included with every ticket. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.DetroitGP.com/tickets.

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Global Business Services Firm Strategic Staffing Solutions Selects Juan Madroñero As New Detroit Branch Manager

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Detroit, MI – Detroit’s industry-leading global IT, business service and staffing firm, Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3), is pleased to announce the hire of Juan Madroñero as the new Detroit Branch Manager.

The Detroit branch, S3’s largest with hundreds of direct reports, is an integral part of our quickly growing company whose reach touches more than 12 countries across the globe. The success of S3 proves that Detroit’s a great place to do international business.

“One of the things that impressed me with Juan was his depth of experience and the fact that he wanted to be in Detroit,” said Cynthia Pasky, CEO and Founder of Strategic Staffing Solutions.

Madroñero was born in Bogota, Columbia and raised in New York City. He’s returning to the United States after spending 14 years working abroad for top banking firms such as Barclay’s and UBS. He has extensive experience managing talent and ensuring service delivery for call centers, shared service centers, and new business development, for example.

He possesses an intimate working knowledge of (and interest in) foreign policy and guiding the positioning of global assets across North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

His more than 20 years of industry expertise, along with his wide range of management skills, will continue the Detroit branch’s growth into the future serving some of the most influential corporations in the area.