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 a 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.
Darin Ehlers, Controller
Darin is the Controller for Essential Personnel. He started with Essential Personnel in 2011 and is responsible for cash management, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll. Darin brings to Essential Personnel over 20 years of accounting experience. Darin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis is Accounting and is a licensed CPA. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.
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 with coaching youth sports, helping with fund raisers, and attending Chamber events.
Kaisha Herrold, Branch Manager – Grand Island, NE
Kaisha is Essential Personnel’s Grand Island Branch Manager. She started with Essential Personnel in 2019 as an employment coordinator and was promoted to Branch Manager. 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, Kaisha worked in insurance for 3 years and as a dispatcher for 3 years prior. She is a nationally registered EMT and an active member of NEMSA.
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, 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 close 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.
Lauren Palacios, Branch Manager – Kearney, NE
Lauren is Essential Personnel’s Kearney Branch Manager. She started with Essential Personnel as an Employment Consultant in 2019. Her responsibilities include overseeing the daily operations of the office, recruiting, pre-screening employees, and client satisfaction. As a Kearney native, Lauren has grown alongside the Kearney community and businesses. She attended Kearney High School and the University of Nebraska at Kearney where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Lauren has always enjoyed helping and interacting with people. She has experience in customer service, sales, management as well as professional coaching, and relationship building.
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