CSP Presents the Visionary Thinkers Podcast

Hello, I’m Michele Tassinari, the host of CSP’s Visionary Thinkers Podcast series.  This podcast has two main purposes; community and professional growth.   The staffing and recruiting professionals in California are terrific people and we can learn a lot from them and their experiences. 

As a longtime member of the association, I’ve gotten to know these people and their stories.  This podcast opens a window into how they got started, what made them successful and the love and appreciation they have for this profession. The lessons they share are sure to benefit anyone in the industry.

I hope you’ll tune, meet some of your peers and connect with their stories.  Along the way you may learn a couple things about yourself and how to be successful in the Staffing and Recruiting Industry;

Visionary Thinkers Podcast Host

Scott Love

Legal Recruiter and Host/Producer of The Rainmaking Podcast


  • A game of darts over lunch launched a career in recruiting
  • Be a student of recruiting...soak up knowledge from those who are successful
  • Learn the unique value you bring to a client or candidate -everyone has one!

Suzanne O'Brien

CEO & Founder


  • Suzanne fell into the business but quickly outgrew her first job
  • Success key to building relationships that last - keep it personal! Transactional relationships won't last.
  • Best piece of advice for running a great company - be mindful of the balance between growing fast and supporting that growth while maintaining personal touch.

Rosanna Hayden

Chief Executive Officer


  • She started out on the business and operations side of staffing and had to learn the recruiting/customer side
  • Key idea - when making a plan, identify the worse case scenario and develop contingencies if it comes true.
  • When presenting candidates to a client, deliver to the standard of quality you would expect if you were the hiring manager

Eric Armstrong



  • The rare person who sought out this business early on
  • Be up front, direct and honest in your conversations, it will differentiate you and reward you for the long term
  • Set a goal, do the work, enjoy the ride and most importantly, don't forget to celebrate your deals!

Fortino Rivera



  • Prior to joining the staffing industry, found he had a knack for helping friends and family with resumes.
  • Best advice he received was to grow organically. Don't leverage yourself and grow so fast that quality suffers.
  • Staffing changes people's lives. It is both rewarding and exciting. It makes you want to continue doing more for others.

Judy Lawton

President -The Lawton Group & TLC Staffing


  • Got started in staffing doing outside sales where she was given a stack of business cards and the training was 'you'll figure it out'!
  • Used motivation of being fired into starting her own business within 5 weeks.
  • The world will reward you over and over for the simple kindness of treating people well and giving them hope.

Kathryn Shepherd

President - The Focus Agency


  • Followed her dream of coming to California from Midwest
  • Lots of roadblocks along the way
  • Be open to change and opportunities put in front of you

Joe Cummings

President Royal Staffing


  • Came to California to escape the cold winters and humid summers of NYC
  • Learned the Business starting at the bottom, eventually purchasing his business
  • Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to try something new.

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