2022 Midwest staffing owners and executives retreat

September 22-23, 2022 - The Drake - Oak Brook, IL

Registration Opens at 8AM

Staffing Industry 2022: Where We Are, Where We're Headed, and What You Should Do To Thrive



Visus Group, LLC

Tom Kosnik, founder, and president of the Visus Group is one of the staffing industry’s leading experts in organizational design, profitability improvement and work culture transformation. With a commitment to empowering staffing firms with the knowledge and tools to help business owners increase the value of their enterprise asset by helping them grow their business. Tom has coached and consulted hundreds of staffing executives throughout North America using his empirical based “Organizational Development Business Model” (ODBM). Most notably, Tom is the founder of the Presidents RoundTable, a nationwide leadership forum program strategically aimed at helping staffing professionals collaborate and solve industry challenges.

Economic Outlook: Recession Looming?


Chief Investment Strategist and and Head of Multi-Asset Strategy

Great Lakes Advisors

Jason Turner is the Chief Investment Strategist of Great Lakes Advisors.  He is a member of the firm’s investment committee, authors market and economic commentary, regularly presents in the media and to professional conferences, and works with client portfolio managers to support institutional and private clients.  As the Head of Multi-Asset Strategy, he is responsible for portfolio strategy, asset allocation, and for overseeing the firm’s manager due diligence and selection efforts. He is also a member of the firm’s Operating Committee and Management Committee.

Prior to joining Great Lakes in 2009, Jason served in various roles for Skyline Asset Management and Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting.

Education and Professional Credentials

  • Industry Start: 2001
  • North Central College, BA 
  • Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, MBA 
  • Yale School of Management- EDHEC Risk Institute , Certificate in Risk and Investment Management
  • FINRA Series 7 and 63 registrations 

Legal Update: Issues Impacting Illinois Staffing Firms


Chair of Labor & Employment Practice Group

Neal Gerber Eisenberg LLP

William J. Tarnow II is chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group and represents and counsels companies and management in all facets of business and employment law and employment-related litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

Bill has litigated a variety of disputes, ranging from trade secret, breach of fiduciary duty, restrictive covenants and breach of contract disputes, to claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation under various statutes such as Title VII, the ADA and the ADEA in venues around the country. Bill also has defended a number of employers in both single-plaintiff and class action cases involving wage and hour / overtime pay claims under both state and federal laws.

Bill regularly makes presentations on a variety of employment law issues, both to individual employers directly and to large groups in seminar settings. He serves as a speaker in the PLI Employment Law Program on topics such as whistleblowing and retaliation lawsuits. Bill regularly publishes articles and presents seminars and training on a variety of employment issues, and he has been contributing author to multiple Illinois editions of The Law Guide.

Building a Bulletproof Brand-Centric Competitive Advantage



Allied Insight

Growth Marketing Expert, Jeff Pelliccio has 25 years of experience in business development and marketing delivery making him a master of strategic marketing implementation that aligns with target audiences and corporate initiatives. After spending 10 years in staffing while reporting to CEOs, he founded Allied Insight on the principles of Accessibility, Impact, and Development to help staffing firms elevate their brands, scale their businesses, and learn the benefits of leveraging marketing best practices throughout their ecosystem and tech stack. Inspired by brand and managed by data, his relentless pursuit for improvement fuels his motivation to innovate in meaningful and measurable ways.

Today's Action Needed to Create an Effective, Engaged and Empowered Team


Managing Partner

Butler Street Consulting

Mary Ann McLaughlin serves as a Managing Partner and co-owner of Butler Street.  Prior to Butler Street, Mary Ann served in senior executive roles for fifteen years including Chief Operating Officer, President and Managing Director in the staffing, revenue cycle and print industries. As a Six Sigma Champion certified executive,  Mary Ann leverages her robust process background with thirty-three years of sales and operational leadership experience to help companies achieve lasting results.    She currently serves as a volunteer on the American Staffing Association’s Women in Leadership Council and a board advisor for the George Washington School of Business; Women in Leadership.

Additionally, Mary Ann is a member of the regional Ascension Health Development Board.  She has completed four marathons and several triathlons.  She holds a B.S. Degree in Marketing from Bradley University.

Demographic Drought: Bridging the Gap in our Labor Force


Ph.D. Labor Economist/Research Manager

Lightcast (formerly Emsi Burning Glass)

Dr. Rachel Sederberg is a Research Manager on the Applied Research Team at Emsi Burning Glass where she examines the labor market impact of emerging technologies such as green jobs, data privacy, automation, telemedicine, human capital management, and disruptive skills amongst others.

In addition to her work at Lightcast, Dr. Sederberg continues to publish academic research on labor economics and emerging technologies. Dr. Sederberg holds both a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Economics from Northeastern University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Stonehill College. Prior to joining Burning Glass Technologies in 2020, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Dr. Sederberg’s labor economics research interests include understanding the experiences and impacts of those who are on the margins of the labor force, financial literacy and capability of young adults, the financial preparedness and behavior of the unemployed, mismatch unemployment, and how to better target unemployment insurance benefits. She has published in peer-reviewed publications including Economics Letters, The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, and the Journal of Consumer Affairs.

Asset Management


Principal and Owner

Goldstone Financial Group

Anthony Pellegrino has dedicated his practice not only to helping individuals plan for their financial future but also remaining by their side as a partner in working toward their desired results. He helps create financial plans targeted at achieving consistent, reliable returns regardless of market fluctuations and uncertainties.   He does this by putting his clients’ needs first. As a fiduciary, he has a legal responsibility to put his clients’ needs ahead of his own and is held to a higher standard than non-fiduciary advisors.

Anthony was named a Five Star Wealth Manager in Chicago Magazine three times as voted by his clients and peers. This is a consumer-based award in the financial services industry given to wealth managers in the Chicago area who scored highest in overall client satisfaction. He has written a monthly financial column for the Chicago Medical Society and has been selected as a preferred partner as well. Anthony’s growing success also led him to share the stage with former President George W. Bush in Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. Anthony holds a Series 65 securities license and is an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) of Goldstone Financial Group, which is a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA). He also holds an Illinois insurance license.

Turn Technology Tragedy Into Triumph! Digital Transformation Done Right



Leap Consulting Solutions

Lauren Jones has been a leader, influencer, and innovator in the staffing industry for just over 23 years. She is known as a tech stack expert, industry trailblazer, and business operations guru. She founded Leap Consulting Solutions with the intent of supporting businesses in adding clarity to the steps required to digitally transform with excellence. A vocal advocate for elevating women, Jones is the creative voice behind the “Goat Leadership” blog. Jones has been named one of the “Top 15 Staffing Professionals to Watch in 2021” and included on the “Power List of Top 200 Thought Influencers to Watch in 2021.” Jones also supports causes like National Charity League, St. John’s Program for Real Change, Mustard Seed, and more. Jones has been the recipient of multiple staffing awards, including the ASA Care Award.

9/11 and Beyond: What I Learned Leading During Trying Times

CHIP LUTZ, Lt. Commander, USN(Ret), MDiv, MS, CSP

President and Founder

Unconventional Leader, LLC

Chip Lutz works with leaders who want to lead better, get more done, and leave a legacy. A retired Naval Officer, under his command as Commanding Officer of two different Naval facilities, both his teams received national recognition for setting new standards of service while maintaining high morale and high retention among team members. He also knows about meeting critical objectives during stressful conditions – having served as the Director of Security for Naval District Washington, DC during September 11th, 2001 – where he was responsible for the safety and security of 25 thousand people on 6 different Naval installations in the National Capital Region.

Currently, Chip is the President of Unconventional Leadership and also the Past President of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor and the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Speaker’s Association. Chip has earned the Certified Speaking Professional Designation from the National Speaker’s Association.

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