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 has over 20 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 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.
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 excels in the role of Sr. Account Manager with Synergy Staffing. He joined the Synergy team in January 2009.
Chris has more than 19 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 hockey and recreational baseball teams.
Bobby joined Synergy Staffing in the spring of 2006. He lead the IT recruiting efforts at Synergy Staffing for the last eight years and was instrumental in the growth and the positive brand awareness the company has experienced. In April 2014, he transitioned full time into Account Management to continue to develop new client relationships. 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.
Chris joined the Synergy Staffing team in May 2016 to manage and direct the Recruiting team for both the IT and Professional Services divisions.
With more than 20 years expertise in the staffing and consulting industry, Chris brings experience across various industries and disciplines to Synergy. Because he has supported all size companies from both sales and recruiting aspects, Chris will be providing daily management to the recruiting team in filling the needs of our client customers as well as strategic planning for recruiting solutions as we move into the future.
A Tennessee transplant, Chris has been in the Pittsburgh local market for the past 18 years and has developed a wide network within the professional and IT communities. He attended Carson-Newman University where he received his B.S. in Business Management. Chris resides in the northern suburbs of the Pittsburgh area and is the proud father of a son and daughter.
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.
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.
Mike Stout, Recruiter
Mike graduated from Waynesburg University in 2000 with a BA in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Sociology, and went on to earn his MBA from Strayer Unniversity in 2014 with a focus in Human Resources. He has experience in mostly sales, with various companies throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. He has been recruiting and staffing since 2013.
During his time away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his sons Lincoln & Jackson and teaching them about sports. Mike is a huge Pittsburgh sports fan, and is a season ticket holder with the Steelers. He is also a big movie buff, with over 1,000 movies in his collection.
Mike Kozikoski, Recruiter
Mike Kozikoski brings his experience and passion working in the recruiting field to Synergy Staffing. Mike graduated from Waynesburg University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
After growing up in Peters Township, Mike made a change and accepted a position in Michigan. Two years later, he would accept a position back home and continue his successful career in the recruiting field.
Mike is a huge Steelers fan and an athlete. He played collegiate football and golf at Waynesburg. You can see him on the links around Pittsburgh on weekends, continuing his golf career. With his booming voice and exciting personality, he fits in perfectly at Synergy Staffing.
Lindsay joined Synergy Staffing Inc. in 2011. She has been successful in many roles throughout the organization. She considers herself a real “people person” and her goal is to build lasting, professional relationships with each candidate she represents. She understands that a true match between candidate and career is made when a person finds a great working environment, being professionally challenged by co-workers and supervisors, utilizing cutting-edge technology.
When Lindsay is not working, you can probably find her with her daughter, Kalli, going back and forth from softball and dance class. She enjoys the outdoors, camping, ATV Riding, concerts, and vacationing in Florida.
As an Information Technology Recruiter with Synergy, Dante seeks to build great and successful relationships with candidates. He aims to help candidates find their ideal employment opportunities, where their individual styles and talents are fostered.
Dante earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. He enjoys martial arts and is a former volunteer and professional English as a Second Language teacher. As an advanced Russian language speaker, he traveled to Russia in 2011 for a month. Dante is also a proud alumnus of Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School.
Katie Lucas joined the Synergy team as an IT Recruiter in May 2016 after her graduation from Saint Vincent College. She obtained a B.S. degree in Business Management along with a Marketing minor, with a focus in Human Resources. Katie plans on bringing her competitive, hard-working nature from the SVC volleyball court to her role as an IT Recruiter with Synergy. She hopes to build meaningful, professional relationships with the candidates she works with through her listening skills.
When not in the office, Katie enjoys spending her time being active-whether that be at the gym, going on runs or just being outside! Katie also loves anything involving sports, especially Pittsburgh teams. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially at the beach on vacation.
Alex joined the Synergy Staffing team in August of 2017. She graduated from Saint Vincent college, earning a B.S. in Psychology and minoring in Business Management. She has a real passion for helping people and aims to use that passion to help her candidates find a perfect match career wise where they can wake up every morning and be happy to go to work.
When Alex isn’t working, she is probably catching up on shows and movies, daydreaming about being at a beach in Florida (where she is from), hanging with her friends and family, or playing with her brother’s dog Kovu. Although she is not athletic at all, she enjoys watching all Pittsburgh sports and cheering them on.
Michelle joined the Synergy team in August of 2017 bringing ambition, determination, and a love of people to her role as a recruiter.
Her previous experience is concentrated in the education sector, health care, and engineering which spans the oil, gas, electrical, and nuclear fields. She has exceled at internal positions responsible for recruitment, staffing, client services/ management, and branch management. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice Studies from Thiel College.
Outside of work, Michelle enjoys cooking, hiking, and binge-watching shows at a potential record setting pace. She has also taken on the full-time role of protecting strangers from the uninvited love and affection of her two dogs, Ollie and Andy.