Hays US
Executive leadership team

Our leadership team across the US are accomplished experts in the recruitment industry. View our blog today for their keen insight and advice into the US job market, specializing in key industries and sectors such as IT, construction, property & facilities management, and life sciences, to name only a few.

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Dan Rodriguez, CEO & Managing Director

Learn more about Dan Rodriguez, CEO & Managing Director of Hays USDan 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

Learn more about David Brown EVP of Hays USDavid is responsible for leading the IT division nationally for our 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

Learn more about James Hawley EVP of Hays USJames 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 Nichols is Chief Operating Officer of Hays USSara is responsible for all operational and non-sales functions for Hays US. 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.

Aileen Gobes, Finance Director

Aileen Gobes, Finance Director of Hays USAileen is responsible for the accounting and finance function for all Hays businesses in the US. Aileen has just over 30 years of progressive experience in accounting and began her career working for regional accounting firms on audits, taxes and accounting system implementations. Aileen was an accounting leader for a large publicly traded staffing firm for 15 years, serving in multiple roles including Controller and VP of Client Services. Aileen’s leadership experience includes acquisitions and divestitures, SEC reporting, ERP system implementation and upgrades and order to cash management. Aileen is a University of Florida graduate and a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Florida, and she resides in Tampa.

Sue Hanlon, General Counsel

Sue Hanlon, General Counsel of Hays USSue has been a member of The Florida Bar for over 20 years and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. Prior to joining Veredus in 2011, Sue worked at one of the country’s largest staffing firms where she directed the client contracts and independent contractor subcontracting functions. She has over 9 years of staffing industry experience. Sue’s a Leadership Tampa Bay graduate and a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel. She volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Messiah Lutheran Church’s Christmas toy drive and Back-to-School outreach programs for the children of migrant farmworkers. Sue is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctor degree.

Courtney Cassaras, Director of Human Resources

Courtney Cassaras is Human Resources Director ofHays USCourtney has over 12 years of HR and recruiting experience and has worked in a number of different industries including: medical, manufacturing, and technology. Courtney is also charged with managing the consultant experience at Hays. She is an active member of the HR community, a member of SHRM, and holds the PHR certification. Courtney is a long time employee performing a number of different roles and a consistent award winner. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising. Courtney resides in Atlanta with her husband and daughter.

Kim Henderson, Senior Vice-President of Global Accounts

Kim Henderson, SVP of Global Accounts for Hays USKim is responsible for the development, implementation, and servicing of global accounts, as well as government accounts at the state and federal level for Hays. Prior to joining Veredus, Kim worked for a global staffing firm where she served on the executive committee and was responsible for the acquisition and development of strategic national accounts as well as the company wide national sales strategy. She has 20 years of experience in the staffing industry. Kim is active in the local community serving on the Bayside Homeowner’s Association Board and is an active member of the AFCEA and NDIA. Kim is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and the University of Miami with her MBA. She also has a PMP project management certification. Kim resides in Tampa with her husband.

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