Announcing TheLadders ELITE Chicago

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

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July 11, 2013

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As I sit comfortably in our lower-Manhattan headquarters, the 88-degree temperature outside isn’t the only thing that continues to heat up our summer! Three weeks ago, we unveiled our native iOS mobile app for job seekers, which has received more than 100,000 downloads in less than the first week alone, and quickly shot to the top ranks on the App Store.

Additionally, we are generating a lot of attention from the quality of our jobs and the positive experience that our more than 40,000 recruiters relentlessly provide to our more than 6 million job seekers every day. Therefore, it is important for us to recognize and celebrate the people who contribute to our success in each of our key markets. Last March, I announced the launch of a new program for employers -- TheLadders ELITE – which kicked off with an esteemed list of 100 ELITE corporate and agency employers for New York City and 60 ELITE employers for San Francisco.

Here is the 2013 list of 56 ELITE employers for Chicago:



Name Company
Richard Bryant Bryant Associates
Asheesh Pillay CES USA, INC
Deepti Gupta Quinnox
Carlos Castro Marriott International
Ray Jones Q1 Technologies Inc.
Leah Kaplan The SAVO Group
Susan Lannon TransUnion
Patty Menke Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
Lora Boffa OfficeMax
Dante Taylor Micros-Retail
Brad Hampton SmithBucklin Corporation
Carl Guse AST Corporation
Tina Herron FONA International
Carol Felsenthal Hospira
Erik Jensen Pettibone, LLC
Melaine Caldarella US Foods
Michelle Borromeo STA Group
Luke Murray Waste Management
Dana Kerns Orbitz Worldwide 
Thiago Silva Kellogg Company
Debra Somers Vista Equity Partners
Sid Patel Collabera
Rick Stewart Capgemini
Lourdes Martinez Colonial Life
Bryan Simon Sprint Nextel
Lauren Jania Dotomi, Inc.
Steven Rosenblum Infosys Technologies Limited
Tim Bennett Accenture
Susan Stone Oracle Recruiters
Megan Huck Groupon
Christi Latz Tribune Company
Ryan Thormann Guaranteed Rate
Tiffany Reeves Comcast
Cheryl Vervaet Capgemini




Name Company
Komilla Chawla InvestHR, Inc
Timothy Wujcik Chase Winters WorldWide
Heather Denniston Grayson & Graham
Gina Gomulka Next Step Systems
Steve Swan Stephen Swan & Associates
Janet Angela MR Chicago NW
Anne Root Lucas Group
Steve Ropka Redline Associates
Steven Zarch ManpowerGroup Solutions
Lynn Hazan Lynn Hazan & Associates
Jerry Leonard The Fieldstone Group
Natalie Minette CPS Employment Service Network
Veronica Sandefur Kimberly Clark
Kim Millhouse Chicago Financial Search
Kristi Ramsey MRI St. Charles
David Norton Kensington International
Alex DeLeon ad+one
Phil Maloney New Way Search Partners
Matt Mueller CBIG Recruiting & Staffing
Geri Kleeman Kleeman Group
Tim Murphy SearchPath Career Source
Mike Crotty Prestige
Heather Moore Arlington Resources

As a reminder, every year TheLadders ELITE celebrates a short list of exceptional employers in our most popular recruiting markets, representing the top 1% in each market. Each ELITE employer is hand-selected, based upon their TTM performance (Trailing Twelve Months, immediately prior to the list’s announcement), while demonstrating outstanding citizenship within TheLadders’ community. 

TheLadders ELITE will enjoy the following benefits:

  1. Development input and early access to products in beta
  2. Discounted price, early registration, and preferred seating to our JobMobile Summit in New York City (September 24th & 25th)
  3. Thought-leadership opportunities, such as guest blogging and event panels
  4. Exposure in TheLadders social media (TheLadders blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), as well as coverage in Marc Cenedella’s newsletter, which reaches more than 6 million members
  5. Networking opportunities with other ELITE members
  6. Complimentary ELITE merchandise

On behalf of my entire team at TheLadders, thank you for your ongoing commitment to providing an unparalleled experience for our career-driven job seekers. Here’s to continued success for the second half of 2013…and congratulations. Better yet, RSVP today so I can congratulate you in person at our JobMobile event in Chicago on Thursday July 18th!


Alex Douzet is CEO and Co-Founder of TheLadders. A competitive athlete, Alex finished the 2012 Ironman U.S. Championship in 12 hours, 12 minutes and 21 seconds. Follow him and TheLadders on Twitter at @ADouzet and @TheLadders