The Advisory Board/Volunteer Members for Wisconsin Recruiters is responsible for setting the overall strategy and direction for the community, in addition to setting content and agendas for our events and conferences.
With over 20 years of recruiting and human resources leadership experience, Jason Buss is a recognized expert with deep experience in identifying, recruiting and hiring high-performing teams. He is currently the Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition & Workforce Strategy for MongoDB.
Jason founded the Recruiters Network in 2011, an organization committed to advancing the talent acquisition profession through continuing education, professional development, recruiting conferences and networking events. Jason has built and led several of the nation’s largest and most active regional recruiting communities and he has authored and published content in, and has been quoted by The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Bloomberg, MarketWatch, Society for Human Resource Management, Corporate Executive Board and more.
Outside of work you can find Jason enjoying the outdoors in the Bay Area, indulging in froyo, exploring a new part of the world on vacation, hanging out with his family, or tending to their adorable yet bossy Pekingese named Otis.
President & Community Leader
Matt is the Director of Partner Relations with Carex Consulting Group. Matt has 20 years of Human Resources experience specializing in the field of talent acquisition. Specific areas of concentration include recruitment strategy, workforce planning, assessment and selection, metrics, candidate experience and process design. Matt is a strong proponent of leveraging technology in the recruiting process where he has experience with multiple applicant tracking systems and leverages numerous existing and emerging recruiting tools/resources.
A little bit more about Matt:
- Matt is the President of Wisconsin Recruiters, a networking and professional development organization for Talent Acquisition professionals throughout Wisconsin. He also sits on the Advisory Board for Chicago Recruiters.
- Matt is a member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement Dane County and is on the planning committee for Food-for-Kidz, a local non-profit that has packaged and distributed over 2 million meals worldwide since its inception in 2006.
- Matt was born in Connecticut, grew up in Massachusetts and Minnesota, and lived in Colorado for several years before moving to Madison in 2000.
Advisory Board Members
Amanda loves people and questions. So, the world of talent is meant to be. She is the CEO of newance, a NEWaukee powered talent agency, bringing creative solutions to talent challenges across Wisconsin. Amanda believes strongly in continuous improvement and its application across the talent lifecycle often drawing inspiration from best practices in user experience, marketing and other innovative industries. With over a decade of experience in engaging tough to find and even tougher to recruit talent, she’s passionate about growing Wisconsin’s recruiting community.
Bob has been with Baker Tilly Search & Staffing since 2007 starting with their team in Madison, WI, and now is leading their Search & Staffing division in Appleton, WI. His team helps organizations outside Baker Tilly identify top-talent for their accounting and finance teams by providing both temporary/temp-to-hire and direct-hire recruiting services. One thing he enjoys about his position is the opportunity to partner with and be an advisor to a variety of organizations ranging from non-profits or small, privately-held businesses up through some of the market’s largest employers.
Bob graduated with bachelors’ degrees in business administration and psychology from Ripon College. He also sits on the board for Green Bay West Rotary, Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), and has been involved with several community organizations including the YMCA, United Way, and Junior Achievement.
Janet Johnson is the Chief Operating Officer of QualiTemps, Inc. and the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for The QTI Group. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of ten QualiTemps branch offices. Additionally, Janet is responsible for the coordination of sales and marketing activities across all the QTI companies. She has many years of experience in the sales and marketing area, particularly in the development of large volume, high level sales and cause related marketing programs.
Janet holds a BA in Communications, minor in Advertising and concentration in PR from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Currently, she is an active board member of multiple organizations including the Affiliated Staffing Group, Wisconsin Association of Staffing Services, Garding Against Cancer and the Wisconsin Recruiters Network. Janet is the Past-Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross Badger Chapter, and a past board member of Catholic Charities. She has served as an alumni member of Leadership Greater Madison, the site council board for the Oregon School District, and has been an Ambassador for the Madison Chamber of Commerce.
Katie is a Recruiting Manager with Exact Sciences. Katie has been recruiting for 16 years and has experience across multiple industries working for corporations, agencies, and contracting directly with companies. Katie feels passionate about connecting people, engaging with tomorrow’s talent, and finding creative solutions to solve complex recruiting needs.
She is involved with a Pathways Program through the Madison Metropolitan School District to help partner with educators and students of the possibilities of careers after high school.
Katie grew up in Wisconsin, enjoys spending time with family and friends, and is a foodie who enjoys to cook, visit the farmer’s market, and visit the many amazing local restaurants in the Madison area.
Brian has worked at The Payroll Company, (TPC), in Middleton, WI since 2004. As Vice President of Search & Staffing, he’s been responsible for the creation and leadership of the staffing practice. Brian’s excelled in the staffing industry his entire sixteen-year career with a heavy focus in talent acquisition on the agency side. Initially, he worked for large international recruiting and staffing companies, and in more recent years has worked to grow locally owned businesses in the Wisconsin market. Throughout the years he’s performed other roles in business development and resource management, but hangs his hat on recruiting and is always networking towards making things happen! A true proponent of the variable workforce model, his staffing team works on FTE direct hire needs, contract-to-hire and pure consulting roles across multiple industries.
Brian graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a minor in Business Administration. He acted as an Ambassador for the Madison Chamber of Commerce for years and has donated his time towards countless charity events, community organizations and new business openings in the Dane County area. When he’s not out networking, he spends time with his family and enjoys outdoor activities all year around including golf, snowboarding, hiking, and camping and fishing.
Taylor Martinez is the Marketing & Events Specialist for the Recruiters Network. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of St.Thomas in 2018. While studying at the University of St. Thomas she had the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland, Argentina, and Brazil. Also, during the completion of her degree, she underwent many different work experiences such as being a Marketing Research Intern for Sidewalk Dog, Social Media Intern for Hy-Vee, and Talent Acquisition & Social Media Intern for Spok. Throughout her experiences, she has become increasingly interested in social media and how its use can shape and grow an organization.
Taylor has proudly lived in Minnesota her whole life. She is passionate about volunteering and has spent numerous hours volunteering with the Jeremiah Program. In her free time, she enjoys partaking in outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming, as well as going for walks with her adorable English Mastiff named Mabel.
John is the President of Fusion Recruiters, which has recently been published for the third consecutive year as a top retained executive search firm in Wisconsin. John brings over 20 years of Human Resources and Talent Acquisition leadership across both leading agency and corporate environments (including companies such as GE Healthcare and Miller Brewing). Shortly after receiving his degree in Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, John quickly realized how much he enjoyed the recruiting component of Human Resources – the people, the process, and the impact that talented hires made to both the company and the culture of organizations. As recruiters, there’s no greater enjoyment than knowing that we’ve been able to assist in significantly helping a client hire a top-talent candidate while also positively impacting that candidate’s career and the well-being of their family.
John is also a proud member of the leadership team of Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, and annually sponsors events supporting Children’s Hospital and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Amy Brandenburg is currently the Director of the Milwaukee office of Advanced Resources. She opened the office in September 2017 to partner with Accounting & Finance clients and candidates for their staff augmentation needs. Prior to Advanced Resources, she spent 5 years as the Executive Vice President of Sales for Amphion Medical Solutions, a HIM technology and solutions company based in Madison, WI. She was recently nominated and accepted as a member of (EWL) Emerging Women Leaders where she partners with like-minded professional women in Milwaukee to focus on professional development, social events and volunteering for community organizations.
Amy is a native of Madison and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Outside of work, Amy enjoys spending time with all of her boys: Elvis (3), Drake (1), husband Jim and terrier Kenzo.