Hays US

Our expert thought-leaders provide insight and advice into the US job market, specializing in key industries and sectors such as IT, Construction & Property, Oil & Gas, Life Sciences, and Real Estate, to name only a few.

Our experts are available for interview by request.

Dan Rodriguez, CEO

Dan RodriguezDan is a 22 year veteran of the IT staffing industry providing the day-to-day leadership for the sales and recruiting teams. Prior to his current role, Dan held a number of Sales, Sales Management, and Executive Leadership positions. Dan is very active in the Tampa Bay community, sitting on the board of the Metropolitan Ministries and the Tampa Museum of Art. He is a past board member at Saint Leo University, TBTF, and TechStart Tampa Bay. Dan is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation. Dan resides in Tampa with his wife and three children.


David Brown, Executive Vice President

David Brown, CSODavid is responsible for leading the IT division nationally for Hays powered by Veredus US business, including all recruiting and sales activities within the branch network and the national recruiting center. David brings 18 years of experience in the staffing industry. In previous roles, David has held a number of Sales, Sales Management and Sr. Management positions, and has grown the Atlanta office from a start-up market to one of the largest in the city. David lives in Atlanta with his wife and 3 children and is an active supporter of several local charities throughout the Atlanta area.

James Hawley, Executive Vice President

James HawleyJames brings more than 17 years of staffing expertise and is responsible for guiding overall staffing services for the Construction & Property and Life Sciences divisions as well as managing the Orlando Office. He sits on the board of Junior Achievement of Central Florida and is active with many non-profits including: American Cancer Society, United Way, Ronald McDonald House, and Second Harvest Food Bank. James is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a minor in Management Information Systems. James currently resides in Orlando with his wife and three children.

Sara Nichols, Chief Operating Officer

Sara is responsible for all operational and non-sales functions of Veredus. Sara started her career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen before finding her way into the professional staffing industry, where she has spent a total of 13 years. During that time, she has served in multiple financial and operational roles, including both Chief Accounting Officer and SVP of IT Solutions for a large publicly traded staffing firm. Throughout her career, Sara has held leadership roles involving acquisitions, integrations, business process management, accounting, SEC reporting, financial and strategic planning, and information technology. Outside of work, Sara is an active supporter of United Way Suncoast, serving as a member of the Investment Committee and a co-chair of the Tocqueville Cabinet. She is also an alumna of Kappa Delta, where she is active in supporting both the FSU and USF Kappa Delta chapters. Sara is a Florida State University graduate and a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Florida. Sara resides in Tampa with her husband and two daughters.

Travis O'Rourke, Vice President - Client Solutions

Travis O'Rourke - imageTravis has been with Hays for over six years and in 2016 appointed VP of Client Solutions with Hays Talent Solutions. He has well over 30,000 hours of hands on contingent workforce management experience and has managed contingent workforces in every province. Travis has extensive knowledge of Government, Financial Services, Insurance, Banking and Consulting industries.

Travis currently sits on the board of directors for the National Association of Canadian Consulting Businesses (NACCB) and has extensive and current knowledge of relevant recruitment and contract worker legislation across all provinces. Travis sits on a sub-committee working with industry and government surrounding the classification of workers and the definition of a precarious workforce. Travis’ exposure to contract workforce legislation is second to none in the industry.