At Synergy Staffing, we understand what it means to love what you do. Each member of our team is genuinely passionate about connecting individuals with incredible opportunities. With Synergy, you’ll gain a partner to help you on your career path. Your recruiter will help you find the right career opportunity and get the most out of your employment search. When you’re happy and your new employer is happy, your recruiter will be happy. We invite you to get to know a little bit about them.
Frank Civitate – Founder / President
Frank has over 18 years of recruiting and placement experience. He has worked in many capacities throughout the staffing industry, including Recruiter, Recruiting Manager, Account Manager, Sales Team Manager, Branch/Division Manager and now Founder/President.
In 2006, Frank decided to pursue his dream of becoming a business owner. He has never had a more enjoyable and challenging experience. The success of Synergy can be directly attributed to a number of factors, including Frank’s work ethic, honesty, passion, and desire to help both the customer and the candidate. He realized from the very beginning that those relationships would be the most important and rewarding aspects of his career.
Frank holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. When he’s away from work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, exercising, and being his kids’ biggest fan when they’re participating in sports. His continued goals are not only to be a great person to work with and for, but to be a great husband, father, and friend.
Ed Lewis – CFO
Ed has more than 22 years of experience in financial planning and tax preparation, where he helped individuals and businesses to achieve their goals through expert advice. His experience includes owning several small businesses, working for the IRS, and working in the insurance sector. Ed helped to finance the beginning stages of Synergy Staffing Inc. and is a member of the ownership team. He holds a BS in Business Administration with an Accounting major from Duquesne University. Beyond work, Ed enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He enjoys working out, skiing, and being part of his kids’ outside activities.
Bobby Campbell – IT Recruiting Manager
Bobby joined Synergy Staffing in the spring of 2006. He has continued to lead IT recruiting efforts at Synergy Staffing and earned the title of Recruiting Manager as the company began to grow and add Recruiters. Bobby’s success was rewarded when he was offered minority ownership, solidifying his future with the company.
Bobby has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Duquesne University and maintains a steady presence at many Pittsburgh Technology Council events. Outside of work, Bobby enjoys being an uncle, skiing, fitness, ATV riding, and working on home projects. In the fall, you will most likely find Bobby with his bow chasing trophy whitetails and other big game species in various parts of the country.
Eric Walker – Sr. Account Manager
Eric has over 14 years of professional staffing experience. He has worked with key decision makers, such as CIO’s, Presidents, HR Managers, and CFO’s, to name a few. He excels at developing new accounts in a competitive sales market by cold calling and establishing relationships with upper-level management and key decision-makers. Eric is responsible for presenting Synergy as the go-to solution for Pittsburgh companies that need to fill contract, contract-to-hire, and direct positions. He also keeps the stream of qualified positions fresh and helps the recruiting team to prioritize each day.
Eric is a 1998 graduate of Bethany College who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys. He also enjoys being involved in his kids’ sporting activities.
Chris LaCamera – Sr. Account Manager
Chris excels in the role of Sr. Account Manager with Synergy Staffing. He joined the Synergy team in January 2009.
Chris has more than 15 years of experience in the recruiting and placement industry, mainly concentrated in the Information Technology sector. With Synergy, Chris provides staffing solutions for clients in diverse industries, including Banking/Finance, Education, Health Care, Software, Client Services, Engineering, Supply Chain, Government, Manufacturing, IT & Managed Services, and Technology start-ups.
Prior to his tenure with Synergy, Chris was employed as a Client/Account Manager by two recruiting firms in the Pittsburgh area, where he was responsible for executive recruitment and client development across a similar industry spectrum. His background prior to IT recruiting was concentrated in Sales.
A Pittsburgh native, Chris earned his B.A. in Communications and Rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh. He also attended West Virginia University and the Columbia School of Broadcasting. Outside of work, Chris can be found with his wife and family in the southwest Pittsburgh suburbs, where he enjoys making wine, discovering new restaurants, swimming laps, playing chauffer for his kids, and coaching youth recreational baseball teams.
Patrick Bendel – Branch Manager – Professional Services Division
Patrick brings to the Synergy team over 13 years of experience in the staffing and placement industry, with extensive work in recruiting, sales and management. Building and maintaining relationships with both clients and candidates has always been his top priority. Helping people find great career opportunities and bolstering the success of organizations through key hires are the most rewarding parts of his job.
Patrick attended Robert Morris University and received a B.S.B.A. in Management. He also received an M.P.A. in Public Administration Certification and Personnel and Labor Relations Management from the University of Pittsburgh. His extracurricular activities include positions as Chairman of the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association Networking Committee, President of the Serra Catholic High School Alumni Association, Member of the Kennywood Park Alumni Association, Founder of the Door Holders Association of America, and Adjunct Instructor at ITT Technical Institute, where he teaches Portfolio Management, Business Communications, and Supervision.
Ryan Colditz – Sr. IT Recruiter / Account Manager
With 10+ years recruiting experience ranging from Information Technology to light industrial, Ryan brings a diverse recruiting background to Synergy Staffing. Ryan tries to separate himself from the competition with a very personal approach to the employment-seeking process. His approach allows him to have a long-standing relationship with anyone he works with.
Ryan loves his job and enjoys working at Synergy. When he’s not working, Ryan enjoys working out, playing tennis and basketball, shopping, and volunteering for local Humane Societies.
Michael O’Brien – Sr. Information Technology Recruiter
With 7 plus years in Systems Administration and another 4 years in recruiting, Michael brings together a unique combination of technical knowledge and the ability to match candidates with opportunities that meet their career goals.
Michael believes that positions are won during the interview process and not on technical merit alone. His focus is to help candidates get the most out of their interviews by asking the right questions and presenting themselves as the candidate that wants the position more than the others.
When he’s not working, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife, getting out to play 18 holes, or bagging big trophy bucks to display in his man cave.
Justin Benson – IT Recruiter
As an Information Technology Recruiter at Synergy Staffing, Justin is responsible for sourcing and qualifying candidates based on position requirements. Justin joined Synergy Staffing after attending Washington and Jefferson College, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology.
Justin was a four-year starter for the Washington & Jefferson Baseball team and served as team captain during his senior season. His passion for sports has provided him the opportunity to coach both high-school and summer collegiate baseball programs. Justin is also a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. His interests continue to be athletics, information technology, meeting new people, and continuing to grow as a professional in the Pittsburgh community.
Justin also offers mentoring services to W&J students who seek career advice and general guidance.
Jennifer Kern – Sr. Recruiter / Professional Services
As the Senior Recruiter for the Professional Services division of Synergy, Jennifer is dedicated to making the perfect fit between employees and employers. With over 9 years combined experience in recruiting, staffing, managing, and hiring, she brings a wealth of “matchmaking” skills to the professional business world. She has had experience interviewing and staffing for a multitude of disciplines and industries, from basic office support to high-level engineering and management. She comes from a background where she was responsible for managing the entire hiring process – from beginning to end, with both the company and the candidate – so she is well versed and in tune with both sides of the equation.
Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys volunteer work for the elderly, working on small home projects, and going to the gym.
Rob Francis – Sr. Recruiter / Professional Services
Senior Recruitment and Client Management Professional with over 15 years of technical recruiting & talent acquisition experience. Rob has experience working with all levels of management from Field Managers through C-level, providing strategies in the development of national recruiting initiatives and sourcing efforts. He has expertise in the functional areas of engineering, construction/project management, sales/sales management and technical trades for Fortune 500 companies and Pittsburgh-based recruiting firms. As a former University of Pittsburgh graduate, Rob recently moved back to the area, and is very excited to start expanding upon his trusted professional network.
Laura Butler – IT Recruiter
Laura has 5+ years of technical recruiting experience in high-volume agency and corporate enviornments. Laura’s background in staffing includes specialized science, engineering, and IT Positions. Her success has been shown through her ability to produce results while keeping quality consistently high. Laura believes in the value of establishing and growing strong relationships with candidates and clients, and enjoys the fast-pace, ever-changing landscape of the staffing world. Her background in full life-cycle recruiting, along with knowledge in sophisticated sourcing techniques and interview styles, allow unique insight into the hiring process.
Laura’s interest outside of work include working out, reading, cooking, and growing her network at local meet ups and social events.