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.
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.
Pamela Graham, Branch Manager- Fremont
Pamela is Essential Personnel’s Fremont Branch Manager. She started with Essential Personnel in 2022. Her responsibilities include working with local clients to help them with their staffing needs, recruiting, interviewing, and developing relationships with clients and employees. Prior to working for Essential Personnel, Pamela has been in management for 4 years, and customer service for 16 years. In her free time, she is kept busy with a husband and a busy, 4 year old.
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