Our Leadership Team

In 2012, an early plan for an association was outlined by Executive Director Ben Gotkin and Senior Advisor Gerry Crispin.

In 2016, the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals was brought to life by a community of inspired and engaged volunteers.

2017 Board of Directors

Each member of our volunteer board is elected to a two-year term. It’s with gratitude and pride that we announce our first-ever board members.

Ben Gotkin

Ben Gotkin

Executive Director, ATAP

Ben Gotkin is the executive director of ATAP and principal consultant at Recruiting Toolbox. Ben draws from over 22 years of experience in various tactical and strategic leadership roles at organizations including Recruiting Toolbox, Marriott International, RSM, The MITRE Corporation, Intelsat and BAE Systems.

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Tom Darrow

Tom Darrow

Founder and Principal, Talent Connections, LLC and Career Spa, LLC

Tom Darrow, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is a leader in human resources and talent acquisition. His background includes working as the national recruiting director for Accenture and founding Talent Connections, LLC. He has served as a board chair for the SHRM Foundation and as the past-president of SHRM-Atlanta.

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Tara Amaral

Tara Amaral

SVP, Head of Talent Acquisition, Fidelity Investments

Tara Amaral leads enterprise recruiting and strategic talent acquisition projects, and oversees Fidelity Investment’s talent acquisition group. Before joining Fidelity, she worked at New York Life, ADP and Aon Hewitt leading talent acquisition strategy and operations, diversity and inclusion, and recruitment process outsourcing.

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Robin Montri

Robin Montri

Employer Brand Leader, McKesson Corporation

Robin Montri has dedicated her 25-year career to talent acquisition. She’s led staffing and recruiting functions in corporate, non-profit and RPO environments at some of the most recognizable industry brands, including ADP, Merck, and AOL. Currently, Robin is the employer brand leader for McKesson, a Fortune 5 company.

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Jim D'Amico

Jim D’Amico

Global Talent Acquisition Leader, Celanese

Jim D’Amico currently leads global talent acquisition for Celanese, a chemical innovation company based in Dallas, TX. He has over 20 years of experience in talent acquisition and human resources. He is also a co-founder of the Michigan Recruiters Conference and is active mentor in our field.

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Eric E. Dunlap

Eric E. Dunlap

Global Talent Acquisition Leader, Previously with Baylor Scott & White Health

Eric E. Dunlap, MHRIR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, RACR, is a human resources executive with 16 years of strategic experience. Most recently, he led recruiting at Baylor Scott & White Health, and prior he spent 13 years with Citigroup. He is recognized as a thought leader with proven ability to build and manage high performing, diverse teams.

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Allison Kruse

Allison Kruse

Sr. Manager, Social Media and Talent Acquisition, Kforce

Allison Kruse is passionate about elevating the talent acquisition industry and working alongside a global community to solve challenges. At Kforce, she is responsible for developing and executing a firm-wide strategy to leverage social media to provide value to employees, clients, consultants and candidates.

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Tim Sackett

Tim Sackett

President, HRU Technical Resources

Tim Sackett, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, leads HRU Technical Resources, an IT and engineering staffing firm headquartered in Lansing, MI. He has 20 years of executive HR experience working for Fortune 500 companies in healthcare, retail, dining and technology. Tim is an international speaker on leadership, talent acquisition and HR execution.

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ATAP’s Advisory Council

Christine Johnson
Will Staney
Ryan Christoi
Carl Kutsmode
Scott Weaver
Jessica Lee
Angela Hills
Chloé Rada
Conni LaDouceur

Special Thanks to Our Founding Volunteers

Dan Black
Tom Brown
Bryan Chaney
Gerry Crispin
Dean DaCosta
Matthew Doucette
Rob Dromgoole
Chris Gould
Suzie Grieco
Lance Haun
Eric Jacquith
Michael Kannisto
Ric Klinger
Susan LaMotte
Jer Langhans
Steve Levy
Rob McIntosh
Diana Meisenhelter
Crystal Miller
Danielle Monaghan
Chris Murdock
Chloé Rada
Pete Radloff
Tracey Richardson
Robin Schooling
Rayanne Thorn
Kara Yarnot
Derek Zeller

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