Travis R. Powell, President
Travis Powell founded Essential Personnel in 2007, and is the President of the company. When he started Essential Personnel he had the vision to improve and revolutionize the recruiting process. Through the use of proven strategies and leveraging technology, he was able to maximize applicant flow and meet the needs of client companies. With these techniques, he quickly grew Essential Personnel. Travis has grown his team of skilled employment consultants and recruiters to over 20, and services hundreds of companies throughout Nebraska. Prior to starting Essential Personnel, he had experience as an operations officer in the banking industry and was responsible for sales and recruiting within the staffing industry. Travis has a degree in Business Administration and Management and is a member of various local and national professional organizations.
Rodney Christensen, CSP, Regional Manager
Rodney Christensen is Essential Personnel’s Regional Manager. Since joining the team in early 2011, he has had an impressive track record to secure the best talent. He works with clients to develop new methods to improve efficiencies in the hiring process and reduce turnover. Along with working with clients, he also works with recruiters and the sales team to create strategies to exceed the client’s needs and ensure they are providing high-quality candidates and excellent customer service. Rodney has recently received his Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) designation through the American Staffing Association. Prior to Essential Personnel, Rodney owned and operated a fleet of routes with Fedex Ground throughout Nebraska. He is involved in his local community by coaching youth sports, helping with fundraisers, and attending Chamber events.
Jamie Logue, CPA, CGMA, Senior Corporate Administrator
Jamie Logue is Essential Personnel’s Senior Corporate Administrator and has been leading the back-office team since the middle of 2021. She is responsible for overseeing accounting, human resources, and risk management functions. This includes budgeting, financial reporting, payroll, and compliance. Before coming to Essential Personnel, she worked in academia as an Associate Dean and as a professor of accounting. She also has several years of experience in the not-for-profit industry – auditing and accounting. Jamie holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting from Abilene Christian University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of various professional organizations and is involved in her local community through serving at her church and attending other community events.
Becky Britton, Branch Manager – Grand Island, NE
Becky is Essential Personnel’s Grand Island Branch Manager. She started with Essential Personnel in 2021. Her responsibilities include overseeing the daily operations of the office, recruiting, screening employees, and developing relationships with client companies. Prior to working for Essential Personnel, Becky worked in retail management for 13 years and has over 30 years of customer service experience.
Jessica Slama, CSP, Branch Manager – Columbus, NE
Jessica is Essential Personnel’s Columbus Branch Manager. She started with Essential Personnel in 2014 as an Administrative Assistant and was promoted quickly. Her responsibilities include overseeing the daily operations of the office, recruiting, screening employees, and developing relationships with client companies. Jessica brings over 7 years of Customer Service experience to the company. Jessica has a degree in Psychology and Sociology and is a Certified Staffing Professional and active member of the American Staffing Association.
Joy C. Slaughter, CSP, Branch Manager – Fremont, NE
Joy is Essential Personnel’s Fremont Branch Manager. She started with Essential Personnel in April of 2018 as an employment consultant in Fremont and was quickly promoted to the Fremont Branch Manager is September of 2018. Joy is directly responsible for recruiting and placing skilled employees at client companies; she works closely with clients and assists them with their hiring needs. In addition, Joy oversees the daily operations of the Fremont office, manages internal employees, and maintains a superior level of customer service within the Fremont branch. Prior to working for Essential Personnel, Joy worked as a Production Control Manager as well as a Strategic Account Manager. Joy has certifications in Electronics, Kaizen, API & ACI. Joy has experience in recruiting, customer service, client development as well as knowledge of employee and client relations.
Connie Wilson, Branch Manager – Norfolk, NE
Connie is Essential Personnel’s Norfolk Branch Manager. She started with Essential Personnel in 2020. Her responsibilities include overseeing the daily operations of the office, recruiting, screening employees, and developing relationships with client companies. Connie has over 10 years of HR and staffing experience. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Park University and is a Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist with the National Association of Personnel Services.
Calvin is Essential Personnel’s Kearney Branch Manager. He started with Essential Personnel in 2022. His responsibilities include overseeing the daily operations of the office: recruiting, screening, counseling employees, and developing relationships with client companies. Prior to working for Essential Personnel, Cal worked in ministry for 7 years and has over 15 years of customer service experience. He values spending time with his beautiful wife of 10 years, his four children, and time in the gym while working as a personal trainer.
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