Tom founded LEADERS in 1987 with one main goal: to be the premier customer-focused (client & candidate) placement firm in the country. Graduating West Point in ’79, Airborne and Ranger Schools in ’77 & ’78, he served as an Infantry line, then mortars platoon leader, general’s aide, company commander and division new equipment fielding officer. Tom left the Army to join TENNECO and quickly became employment manager for one of their divisions, which was eventually sold. Rather than moving to corporate HQ or staying on with the buying company, Tom launched LEADERS and has been happy ever since.
Melissa Circelli serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Black Knight, Inc., a premier provider of integrated software, data and analytics to the mortgage industry. She is responsible for developing human capital strategies that ensure the right talent, leadership and processes are in place to support Black Knight’s operational and financial objectives. Prior to joining Black Knight, Melissa served as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Fortegra Financial, where she provided strategic human resources leadership and oversight of all company-wide activities related to recruiting, retention, employee relations, compensation and benefits, organizational and leadership development, compliance and all human resources initiatives. While there, Melissa directed enterprise-wide, large-scale organizational change, due diligence and integration initiatives to support numerous acquisitions and divestitures.
Ryan Hollister, a Navy Veteran, is Director of Project Development at The Haskell Company, a global architecture, engineering, and construction firm headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. Additionally, Ryan serves as co-chair of Illinois State University’s Construction Management Advisory Board. During his career with Haskell, Ryan has been instrumental in their efforts to hire veterans and has been an active supporter of ONU. Earning both ONU’s Above and Beyond Award in 2015 and the Distinguished Supporter Award in 2017 on behalf of The Haskell Company.
Kim Bynum Consulting addresses conflict resolution issues for businesses in the healthcare, IT, manufacturing and transportation industry sectors. Dr. Bynum is a former professor of leadership, management and economics, and teacher at Jacksonville University, Christian Brothers University and DeVry Keller School of Management. She holds degrees in electrical engineering, business administration and management, and wrote her PhD dissertation on motivational behavior. Kim is an avid supporter of ONU and a retired naval officer who served our country for 21 years. She continues to serve ONU Veterans as our program “boot” setting the stage for our students on Day 1… kicking butt and taking names when necessary.