Our people

Success at Adecco Group NA is not only what we do, such as achieving desired financial metrics or performance goals – it’s also about how we execute those achievements. We want you to meet just a few people in our organization who have track records of success and hear from them how they forged their respective career paths.

Jennifer Kochiliaris

Jennifer Kochilaris,
Regional Vice President

Proud Italian girl, wife and mother, Regional Vice President Jen Kochilaris shares lessons learned from her career at Adecco Staffing and what feeds her internal fire. Jen joined the Adecco Group team in 2000.

If you could describe your career with Adecco Group in one word what would it be?

Rewarding

What motivated you to grow your career with Adecco Group?

I have an internal drive and fire. This world, the creative Adecco environment, feeds that drive and fire, allows me to apply my skills and strengths and breeds success. I was also motivated by seeing my leaders become so successful.

Who were your mentors along the way?

I’ve had several mentors and great leaders. I was first hired and promoted to a Branch Manager by Karen Walser. She taught me about spirit, drive, and my Adecco family. When I first started as a Branch Manager, I had an amazing mentor, Laura Mellors, who helped me find, drive, and develop a love for sales. Andrea Sugden, who is a powerhouse, drove me to always want to be better and do more. She truly put my career in full force. Bob Kovalsky also took the time to invest in my career, even when I was no longer working for him. He’s been amazing. Janette Marx demonstrated a great example of power and strength. She moved me with how much she has accomplished in her career. I still speak to all of them today.

What’s the best advice you received from an Adecco Group leader?

Andrea taught me to always want to learn more. I learned so much from that piece of advice.  Bob and Janette taught me to always have a succession plan in place while never forgetting to do the best job you can in your current opportunity.

Which core values/leadership principles have your relied on the most and why?

Warm Heart. It is the way I lead and it is the way I’ve been lead. I lead as if Adecco is an extension of my family. I come from a huge family. My father is one of 15 kids, so this principle is very familiar to me. I won’t ask my team to do anything that I won’t do myself. I am in it with them. My team knows me personally and they have access to me 24/7. We’ve developed a culture that is giving and family oriented.
Strong leaders have to have a lot of things, we have to have working hands and cool heads, but we always have to be understanding. We are in the business of people; you have to be tolerant and understanding. You have to be empathetic and if you lose your ability to be empathetic, it’s time to go do something else.

What advice would you give colleagues/potential colleagues about owning your career with Adecco Group NA?

While I have always had great leaders, I have also taken responsibility for owning my career. I ensured my leaders knew where I wanted to go and what I saw as next steps. I got in front of my leaders whenever I had the opportunity. I would suggest others do the same.

Consistently do your job to the best of your ability, and it will get noticed. Always have your succession plan ready and make sure your manager knows about it.

Jim Capporimo

Jim Caporrimo,
Adecco Staffing, Regional Vice President

Adecco Staffing Regional Vice President Jim Caporrimo is a proud husband a father of two. A die hard Raiders and Yankees fan, this world traveler and wine enthusiast talks about his stint as a member of the Adecco Group family and how the relationships you develop are the key to success.  Jim started his career with Adecco in 1997.

How would you describe your career with Adecco Group NA in one word?

Challenging.

Who were your mentors along the way?

I have been blessed to have two incredible mentors, Bob Kovalsky and Jackie Caine.
Jackie not only showed me the ropes, but she taught me the importance of doing things the right way, leading by example and working in a collaborative effort. She is not only a colleague and a mentor but also a friend.

Bob taught me to embrace the Adecco core value of entrepreneurship. He also taught me the importance of doing the right thing, being confident in my decisions and surrounding myself with the right people. We often focus so intensely on customer relationships (and we should). Bob taught me that success is tied to my ability to use that same type of customer focus in prioritize building relationships with my team, peers and leaders.

Which core values/leadership principles have your relied on the most and why?

I lean on all of the leadership principles:

Cool head – When you choose a career path driven by human beings, who are by nature unpredictable, a cool head is necessary. It is important to learn to put your ego aside, verbalize mistakes and be able to help people rally together as a team.

Warm heart – I have worked with colleagues who have gone through significant challenges. Life isn’t perfect.  It is easier to deal with challenges when you have a solid relationship with people and empathy for their circumstances.

Working hands –  Working hands goes back to collaboration. No matter your title, there is no job too big or too small. It doesn’t matter that I’m an RVP, I still roll up my sleeves and get involved with my team. It allows me to be exposed to organizational issues and gives me the unique position of being in everyone’s shoes.  Because I’ve faced the challenges, I can feel the pain of my team members. I take pride in being someone they can lean on.

In what Adecco Group leadership training courses have you participated?

Value Focused Leadership was the best training I’ve attended at Adecco. I was able to be in a room filled with peers from all over the country. It was eye opening to learn about their approach and best practices. It affirmed my leadership philosophy that if you lead with your strengths  you will be successful. While we have completely different approaches and business objectives as a company, we all are connected by looking for the same outcome. It was powerful to share my 16 years of experience with this group of individuals.

What advice would you give colleagues/potential colleagues about owning your career with Adecco Group NA?

Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Be creative. Put your ego in check.  I am convinced that people have brilliant ideas they don’t share because they are fearful of the response. I accept feedback from all levels. I am not perfect and I am sure there are people out there that are doing it better. I am anxious to learn from them. Always be open to suggestions and comments and not just from people in authoritative roles. SPEAK UP. Be diplomatic, but SPEAK UP. Know that we want to hear from you.

Kim Gottschalk

Kim Gottschalk, Accounting Principals,
Parker + Lynch, Ajilon Professional Staffing,
Regional Vice President

Kim Gottschalk, Regional Vice President of Accounting Principals, Parker + Lynch, and Ajilon Professional Staffing loves true crime, solving mysteries and human psychology. Her experience as an accountant helps her see our business from a different perspective. Let our own resident Nancy Drew share with you how she has unlocked the mystery of growing her career with Adecco Group, which began in 1998.

If you could describe your career with Adecco Group in one word what would it be?

Exciting

What motivated you to grow your career with Adecco Group?

One of my biggest motivators has been watching other leaders who have accelerated their careers. These are experts in the field who have had very similar opportunities to what I have been provided. I have been honored to work for and be mentored by strong leaders. Who doesn’t want to work with great leaders? Have exposure to industry experts? To learn from the best and be asked to contribute? I have always had the distinct impression that my voice is heard.

What’s the best advice you received from an Adecco Group leader?

I have received so much good advice it’s difficult to choose.  I would say one of the best pieces of advice I’ve received is to use my voice. I was encouraged not to be afraid to speak up, even if my opinion might be different.  It’s that diversity of thought that helps our company achieve great results.

Which core values/leadership principles have your relied on the most and why?

Responsibility comes to mind. Recently I have been able to take an active role in my community. This has allowed me to represent Adecco Group while being fulfilled personally and gaining balance in my life. It is the very definition of Better Work, Better Life.

In what Adecco Group leadership training courses have you participated?

I have attended Value Focused Leadership and Service Excellence. Service Excellence is truly experiential learning. You are tasked to make sure the people you interact with remember how you make them feel. I have long advocated the importance of this concept. We touch people every day. I have had a wonderful career and I feel obligated to give others that same experience. That was what Service Excellence was all about. I have fond feelings toward our organization and I am determined to help others feel the same way.

What advice would you give colleagues/potential colleagues about owning your career with Adecco Group NA?

Be hungry!  Be hungry for knowledge. Take the initiative to grow your own career. Don’t expect others to offer you the next step. You have to be vocal with your leader about your expectations. At the same time, be open to different types of growth opportunities.  Everyone wants to accelerate and succeed, but it takes a bit of business maturity to understand that sometimes you have to slow down to speed up.

Lauren Griffin

Lauren Griffin,
Adecco Staffing, Senior Vice President

A Boston College alum and die hard Red Sox fan, Lauren Griffin, Senior Vice President of Adecco Staffing , teaches us how to hit a home run in our careers with Adecco Group. Since Lauren started her career with Adecco in 1987, she has continued to take matters into her own hands and seize opportunities that have helped propel her career forward.

If you could describe your career with Adecco in one word what would it be?

Opportunity.

What motivated you to grow your career with Adecco?

I ’ve developed a real love for the industry. I love that we help people connect with career opportunities and we change their lives. I also enjoy working with clients to understand and impact their businesses.

Ultimately it’s about the people. At Adecco, the people we work with are such a high caliber of professional. Ultimately it’s about the people. At Adecco, the people we work with are of the highest caliber.

We all have days where we are challenged and having the support of the industry’s best can makes Adecco a great place to work.

What’s the best advice you received from an Adecco leader?

Stay close to the customers and be willing to accept and adapt quickly to change.  I worked for TAD for the first 10 years of my Adecco career. The opportunities of working in an entrepreneurial, privately held company allowed me to hone my skills in being adaptable and multi-faceted. I have had nine positions in my tenure with the company. When TAD was acquired by Adecco, I was able to apply the skills and experience to a larger public company like Adecco.

Which core values/leadership principles have your relied on the most and why?

I believe you have to effectively balance all of our core values to be successful, but if I have to highlight one value I would say Customer Focus. Customer Focus for me really has three components. It is about serving our clients, our colleagues and our associates.

In what Adecco leadership training courses have you participated?

I3 Leadership training has been one of the most impactful. It helped me to broaden my view of Adecco and the Group business as a worldwide entity. It allowed me to become educated on the cultural differences between colleagues while allowing me to see that so many things that are the same across the globe. Because it wasn’t just all about Adecco, it sent a powerful message to me regarding the investment the company was willing to make in my personal development.

What advice would you give colleagues/potential colleagues about owning your career with Adecco Group NA?

Don’t wait for someone to come and tap you on the shoulder with a new opportunity. Take control of your career. Do your job to the best of your ability. Excel at it! Volunteer to do extra things.  Develop your staff and those around you. Contribute at a high level. Don’t be afraid to take risks or lateral moves. I took lateral moves to gain different experiences and it paid off. People are often afraid it will be viewed negatively if they take a role that isn’t a step up and that is simply not true. I want to encourage and inspire people to speak up and step up.

Laurie Chamberlin

Laurie Chamberlin,
Special Counsel President

A wife and mother of two, Laurie Chamberlin, Special Counsel President, is a runner. She can be found running a business, running to her book club meeting, running to teach Sunday school and just running. Her career with Adecco Group NA began in 1999. She shares with us the value of learning from people who are not like herself.

If you could describe your career with Adecco Group in one word what would it be?

Fun. Being professional and having fun are not mutually exclusive.

What motivated you to grow your career with Adecco Group?

At a basic level, John Marshall.  I never had a specific career path with Adecco in mind. In fact, I have been in several roles that didn’t exist prior to me moving in them.

I have honestly learned from everything I have done with the organization. I work hard, love my job and the people I work with. It is rewarding for me when we all are successful. John recognized these traits as being valuable and saw me as a trusted member of his team. He knows when I am going to get bored even before I know it. While I am focusing on the role I have, he sees new opportunities for me and pushes me to take on new challenges. I am so grateful. John has been a deciding factor in my career.

Who were your mentors along the way?

I have had many unofficial mentors along the way. Two stand out the most.  One i is polished, articulate, thoughtful and rational. She has been a great sounding board for me because she is great at getting me to slow down and think of potential risks.

My other sounding board is shrewd and has taught me to speed up to impact the business today.  He is more about metrics, I am more about long term. We’ve been a good combination.

The key to having great mentor relationships is to pick people who aren’t too much like you. Both of my mentors are totally different. They are both enormously talented, I respect them tremendously and do my best to offer them a reciprocal relationship.

What’s the best advice you received from an Adecco Group leader?

I’ve gotten a lot of good advice. But one of the pieces of advice that overwhelmingly impacts how I work is:  Operate as if things were normal. People’s perceptions, misperceptions, clients perceptions come into play on a daily basis. If you operate as if things are normal, you will typically make the right decisions.

In what Adecco leadership training courses have you participated?

I3 leadership training was awesome and it was a game changer for me.

I tend to downplay my talents. Before attending IMD, I viewed my success as a bi-product of good luck and timing. I knew IMD would be a great study in human behavior. It was a little bit intimidating thinking about attending training with some of our top leaders globally, so initially I planned to sit back and observe. However, once I was there, I found that I could engage and provide value.

I didn’t start in staffing, so I always felt as if I “fell” into this career.  IMD helped me realize that my instincts and my work ethic are not something everyone shares.  It also helped me see places I could make adjustments to be a better leader.  IMD taught me there is nowhere else I would rather be.  This job, in this company, in this industry is perfect for me. It leverages my natural talents. The training helped me realize that my success was not at all a coincidence.

What advice would you give colleagues/potential colleagues about owning your career with Adecco Group NA?

Don’t forget to be pleasant! Sometimes we focus on being competent and capable and think that means we no longer have to be nice. Most people want to work with someone who is competent, capable and pleasant. I believe people will be successful if they can master this immeasurable combination.

Ryan Becker

Ryan Becker,
Adecco Staffing, Vice President of Sales

Pizza anyone? Pizza addict and college football fan, Ryan Becker, Vice President of Sales at Adecco Staffing has held positions across different states, countries and business units since joining the company in 2004. He stops to chat about his career with the company, and how always focusing on doing his job well has helped him find opportunities for growth.

If you could describe your career with Adecco in one word what would it be?

Dynamic

What motivated you to grow your career with Adecco?

The opportunities. I am not someone who is overly consumed with what I am going to do next year.  My experience with Adecco has taught me that as long as I do my job well and demonstrate I have the ability to continue to grow as a professional, there will be opportunities for me that will make me excited.

I started my career as a Branch Manager in Las Vegas for what was then the Ajilon Finance business line (Accounting Principles today). I then moved to Phoenix to open a branch. I continued to grow my career with Adecco Group in Phoenix, ultimately moving into a Vice President role running a region. I left that role to join the Excalibur initiative. That led to an opportunity where I moved to Zurich for three years, implementing best practices and leading strategic projects in the Adecco Global portfolios of companies. I then returned to the States as VP of Sales.

Without exception, I wouldn’t be where I am without the willingness to relocate. I always wanted to do my job better than anyone else and being willing to relocate helped to fast track my career.

What’s the best advice you received from an Adecco Group leader?

Control what you can control. This can be an intense industry. It is always evolving. There are times when things seem as if they are out of our control. Having a management style that sets clear expectations and cultivates a great working environment helps.

Which core values/leadership principles have your relied on the most and why?

Working Hands – I never ask someone on my team to do something I wouldn’t  do myself. I believe in getting involved and staying involved.

In what Adecco leadership training courses have you participated?

Value Focused Selling is the foundation of how I approach the sales process. I embrace it and I preach it every day.  However the Service Excellence Course was very powerful.  The most powerful lesson I learned was to just be present. It is imperative to give someone your full attention. You must make people feel valued, like you are invested in them. The thing that is unique about Service Excellence is everyone experiences it in a different way and takes away a different lesson that is imperative to their growth and development.

What advice would you give colleagues/potential colleagues about owning your career with Adecco Group NA?

Fully appreciate and understand your current role and be the best in that role. Own what you do today.  If you own what you do today and do it well, you will be recognized. You create your own reputation.

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