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2017 MKSSA Annual Conference

  • Thu, November 09, 2017
  • 9:00 AM
  • Fri, November 10, 2017
  • 3:45 PM
  • Hyatt Place Kansas City/Lenexa City Center


  • This includes access to 2 full days at the MKSSA Annual Conference and 14 months of MKSSA membership. This is a savings of $139.

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We are very excited about the 2017 MKSSA Annual Conference - New Tools in a Candidate’s Market.  Join 100+ attendees for the staffing and recruiting event that you don't want to miss! Interact with Industry Partners to see new tools and services to grow your business!

Hear from the industry experts:

Mary Lucas
Chief Talent Officer for Supplemental Health Care

Mary and her team focus on creating solutions that enhance the talent experience and deliver efficiencies to the organization in the areas of talent acquisition and retention.

Mary has more  30 years of industry leadership experience. Starting as a recruiter just out of college, she has spent her entire career in the staffing industry focusing on connecting people with companies and companies with people.

In 2006, she published the highly successful book, Lunchmeat & Life Lessons, a motivational memoir and tribute to her father on how to bring out the best in yourself and others. The book's momentum took off immediately and its impact felt around the world. Companies, professional organizations and universities have invited Mary to speak to audiences large and small and share her wit and wisdom. She has spoken to thousands of people at hundreds of corporate audiences, commencement addresses and professional meetings with one mission: to share life lessons that help people create meaningful connections and inspire themselves.

Mary makes her home in Kansas City with her husband, Scott, and their two sons. She is involved in philanthropic work with the American Heart Association as a living legacy to her parents who both died of heart disease.

Fran Goldstein, CSP CPC
Chief Business Officer & Consultant, Gold Staff Consultants

Fran Goldstein's passion for the staffing and recruiting profession began in her first "real" job out of college. Fran's high energy, natural instinct for recruiting and funny sense of humor has led and mentored hundreds of owners, managers, recruiters and account reps over her career. 

Fran's expertise began in staffing and she quickly expanded her skillset to include direct hire. Fran has started divisions for leading Boston recruiting firms and ultimately had her own staffing firm which she grew to a multimillion dollar business. Fran now consults in the outplacement and HR spaces. She also teaches Linked In, resume writing, interviewing and branding to leading Boston clients. Fran has served on the Board of Directors for NAPS and MASS. She has presented at numerous industry conferences and association events, including ASA. Fran has a BS from Syracuse University and lives in greater Boston.

Tom Erb
President, Tallann Resources

With a career spanning over 20 years, Tom Erb has established himself as one of the staffing and recruiting industry’s top subject matter experts. As an executive for two of the largest staffing and recruiting companies in the world, Tom worked with some of the most recognizable and well-respected companies in the United States to help optimize their workforce strategies. As a consultant, trainer, and speaker to the staffing and recruiting industry, Tom has helped staffing and recruiting companies of all sizes and verticals transform their sales structure, create and implement their strategic plans, and optimize their recruiting process.

Tom has presented to a variety of organizations including the American Staffing Association, National Association of Personnel Services, TechServe Alliance, New York Staffing Association, Capital Area Staffing Association, Midwest Staffing Conference, New England Association of Personnel Services, and many others.

A variety of national and regional media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Monster.com, Columbus CEO, and multiple city business journals have interviewed Tom. His article on negotiating skills for staffing professionals was published in ASA’s Staffing Success magazine in April 2012.

Tom is immediate past president of the Ohio Staffing and Search Association and past president of the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio, and currently serves on the board for the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS).

Erin Bent
KBIC | Senior Director of Training

Erin is the Senior Director of Training for Next Level Exchange and Kaye/Bassman International. Erin joined Kaye/Bassman in 2007 as a Senior Search Consultant specializing exclusively in the Consumer Products industry focusing primarily in sales and sales support roles. In 2011, she launched Next Level Exchange’s sales team and now oversees the team of Client Service Directors who showcase Next Level’s array of services throughout the recruiting industry.

In addition to her role with Next Level Exchange, Erin also serves as the Senior Director of Training for Kaye/Bassman, facilitating the Foundation Training Program to new hires and conducting ongoing learning and development throughout the organization. Kaye Baseman’s internal training program is also the groundwork of the Facilitated Foundation Training program in which Erin manages and facilitates, with her team, to NLE clients across the globe. The FFT program is a 6-week training program that provides a largely worry free and hands off approach for managers to train their new recruiters that join their organization. This core training program applies to all associates at each stage of career progression, from the basic recruiting fundamentals, to effective marketing techniques, to more sophisticated curriculum for long-term development. Since the launch of the FFT program in 2013, training for the parent company Kaye Bassman, Next Level Exchange and the franchise organization Sanford Rose Associates – she has personally trained over 850 recruiters in addition to the thousands who have received training through the Next Level Exchange platform.

Erin graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and minor in Communications. Erin resides in Plano, Texas with her husband Brian and their two children, Madison and Griffin.


November 9th and 10th


Hyatt Place Kansas City/Lenexa City Center
8741 Ryckert Street, Lenexa, Kansas, USA, 66219
MKSS Room Rate: $159


$289 (When registering 1-3 attendees)
$259 (When registering 4+ attendees)
Non Members:


CLICK HERE to register.  Space is limited so please register early.

For membership information please visit our website at www.mkssa.com.

Best regards,

Jason Trachsel
MKSSA State President

c/o Bruce J Putman
7050 W. 107th Street, Suite 120
Overland Park, KS 66212

Phone: 913-0333-3191 

Email: mkssa.info@gmail.com 

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