Amanda NaugleExecutive Administrative Assistant
& Office Manager
Amanda's extensive professional background, including her roles as an office manager and secretary, has finely honed her ability to provide unmatched client care while upholding the strictest standards of confidentiality. She excels in fostering a sense of community and delivering compassionate service.
Amanda's unwavering commitment to service, her genuine love for cultivating relationships, and her dedication to personal and professional growth make her an indispensable asset to the team. She eagerly anticipates each day, ready to utilize her skills, uphold her cherished values, and infuse her boundless enthusiasm to create exceptional experiences for all.
Amanda's roots run deep within her community, where she has shared a happy marriage of over 20 years with her husband and raised three wonderful children. When she steps away from work, her heart is devoted to her family, and they treasure moments together, whether it's taking leisurely strolls, embarking on adventurous hikes, engaging in spirited board games, or exploring exciting new destinations. Beyond her family life, Amanda is an active and passionate member of her local church, where she willingly shares her faith and dedicates herself to ministering to women by sharing the word of God.
A quote that has profoundly shaped her approach to life is the wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt: "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the things you think you cannot do." This quote encapsulates her fearless and determined outlook, underscoring her commitment to both her professional and personal growth.
Charlie KnoxAccount Manager
Among his top favorite podcasts and books, Charlie finds inspiration in "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch, "Stay Tuned," and "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien. These influences reflect his appreciation for personal and professional growth.
In terms of the client experience, Charlie is unwavering in his belief that the foundation of success lies in providing the best possible experience to clients and candidates. Recognizing that the core of his work revolves around people, he emphasizes a people-centric approach. Charlie’s innate sense of humor, understanding, and a genuine willingness to learn all contribute to creating exceptional client & candidate interactions.
Beyond the professional sphere, Charlie finds joy in spending quality time with friends and family. Whether it's engaging with loved ones or playing with their dog, he relishes these moments. Charlie also enjoys the simple pleasure of watching movies, making the most of his leisure hours.
As a dedicated member of the :hire team, Charlie is committed to enhancing client & candidate experiences and embracing personal growth while sharing his unique qualities with the community he serves.
Dawan FuquaOn-Site Account Manager
With over 10 years of experience in recruiting and account management in both the non-profit and private sectors, Dawan Fuqua brings a much appreciated, high energy and positive attitude to :hire as an Account Manager. He works hand in hand with both clients and associates to provide the best career opportunities possible. Dawan is not new to the Columbus market. He brings experience with the initiatives for second chance programs through the City of Columbus. Dawan has been responsible for opening new warehouse facilities in St. Louis and California. Although he has an extensive background, Dawan enjoys watching those who he has helped succeed. He has been impressed with the team and integrity of the company.Positive thoughts = Positive Results is the mantra that pushes Dawan every day to meet his professional and personal goals. Dawan is a family man. He loves to spend his evenings and weekends with his wife, and 4-year-old daughter. He has the privilege of seeing his parents regularly on weekends. You may also find Dawan exercising, fishing, or entertaining his friends over a BBQ./
Hunter KehoeCustomer Experience Specialist
With a high – energy team-oriented approach to his work, Hunter Kehoe sees everything he does at :hire as an opportunity to assist associates to find the best job for them. Hunter values the individual of each person he works with and strives to break down all barriers for their success. Associates are drawn to Hunter’s ability to communicate effectively and exceed their expectations when finding their perfect job. Hunter knows that success in this industry isn’t just about hiring people but watching them thrive through long-term placement. The success of those he places in one of the main motivators in his day-to-day work. When they are successful, Hunter knows that he paid attention to the details of his associate’s needs and was able to place them in the job of their dreams. Binge watching some of the latest and most popular tv series is one way Hunter likes to spend his time outside of work. Most importantly though, everything he does aligns with his core values developing himself spiritually and spending time with his family.
Kassey LopezStaffing Coordinator
With over six years in customer service, Kassey brings an innate understanding of clients' needs. This expertise seamlessly transitioned her into the world of recruiting, where she’s now accumulated more than four years of experience, encompassing both staffing and direct hires. Kassey has worked closely with CEOs and HR departments to ensure compliance with employees and candidates.
Trust, honesty, and loyalty are the driving values that steer Kassey both in her professional and personal life. She believes that honesty fosters connections, while loyalty establishes relationships based on trust and mutual support.
A favorite quote by Maya Angelou, "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better do better," exemplifies Kassey's commitment to associates. It is also a philosophy she sees in the leadership of :hire and why it’s such a great fit.
As the eldest daughter of immigrants and an animal lover, Kassey brings a diverse perspective and a passion for learning to their role at :hire. She is inspired by the beauty of life, from its highs to lows, and believes in the endless possibilities that it offers.
Outside of work, Kassey enjoys spending time with her animals, cherishing moments with family and friends, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through regular workouts.
As the President and CEO of :hire, Larry Kidd believes that remarkable results are achieved from taking creative measures. This cornerstone belief has been the very foundation of his business models and the main guiding principle throughout Larry’s career. In the spirit of doing things differently, Larry pairs innovative technologies along with customizable services to achieve the strongest results for his clients and employees.
Having owned and successfully operated businesses spanning many industries, Larry is well positioned to understand the staffing challenges that clients face and the importance of delivering timely solutions. Larry firmly believes in finding and retaining the right people for the right positions.
With precision leadership, Larry and his management team have grown :hire from a start-up into one of the most well-recognized and premiere staffing firms of the Central and Southern Ohio areas.
:hire, formerly Reliable Staffing Services, has proudly graced the 2019 and 2020 Inc. 5,000 List of Fastest-Growing Companies in America. The company has also earned the distinction of being listed among the industry’s leaders by the Staffing Industry Analyst for two years running.
Through being on the forefront of industry trends, focusing on creating an exceptional client experience and continuing to build and expand his top performing internal team, Larry vows to be a staffing partner that stands the test of time.
At the center of Larry’s life is his family. Married to Dr. Cindy Kidd, DVM for more than twenty-five years, Larry and Cindy are the proud parents of three grown children. Although their children’s paths have led each of them to reside in different states, the Kidd family remains close and gathers frequently. As avid travelers, Larry and his family enjoy the adventure of experiencing new places together.
Working and living in the same community where he was raised, Larry is committed to making a positive impact. He actively participates with many organizations and causes on the local, state and national levels that encourage economic growth and development.
"Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there." -Will Rodgers
Her friends would describe her as ‘endlessly driven’ and ‘a team-player’. We agree. As :hire’s CFO, Melissa manages much the team’s day-to-day operations at multiple locations, as well as creating and implementing a plan of action for :hire’s mid- and long-term goals.
Having been with :hire since before the beginning, Melissa is most proud of the many relationships, near and far, she has had the opportunity to build over the years. This is absolutely a people business and Melissa is thankful for the trust that clients and employees, alike, place with the :hire team. Melissa identifies referrals and repeat business as our greatest compliments - :hire works to earn both.
Melissa believes in reaching for continual growth and she is always reviewing our processes to assess possible opportunities for improvement. She is looking forward to seeing the next chapters in the :hire story unveiled and remains committed to the development of the brand.
After office hours, Melissa can be found in the cheering section supporting her son, Grant. Depending on the weekend, they are either at a football stadium or a horse show arena – and sometimes both! Grant’s successes are a great point of pride for Melissa. She also enjoys contributing her time and efforts to various Jackson County causes that help to better the community she loves.
Michael BensonStaffing Coordinator
Michael values authenticity, compassion, responsibility, love, growth, and determination, embodying these principles in both his professional and personal life. Outside of work, Michael is an avid outdoors enthusiast, enjoying activities like hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing. He brings a people-centric approach to our team, fostering a sense of connection and community among colleagues and clients alike.
A recipient of various academic awards and leadership positions, Michael's achievements showcase his commitment to excellence. His motivation stems from a deep-rooted desire to help others, a value instilled in him by his upbringing. In his own words, Michael believes in leaving a positive and lasting impression on clients, building relationships founded on mutual respect. As he continues to contribute to our team, Michael remains driven by the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others.
Natalie NicholsonOffice Administrator
Natalie Nicholson, :hire’s Office Administrator and Payroll Specialist, has been with the company since right out of college - and she has worked her way up the ranks over the years. She attributes her career achievements to hard work, commitment, and being a part of a team that recognizes and rewards these qualities. Balancing her time between her multiple administrative and payroll functions, Natalie’s efforts make for a smoothly managed back office.
During her downtime, Natalie relaxes by spending time with her family and reading. Carrying on a special childhood tradition of planning a fun getaway each year, Natalie and her family always make a point to get together for a trip to Disney World.
favorite quote “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Gandhi
Rachel StrawserProject Manager
When moving to Jackson, Ohio, where the :hire Corporate office is located, 20 years ago, Rachel never dreamed she would call it home. Rachel has worked with Larry Kidd, President & CEO, in multiple capacities and values his leadership, which makes working at :hire more than just a job, but something she loves.
Rachel believes our communities are only as strong as the families in them. Therefore, you will find her spending all her free time supporting and building relationships with her immediate family as well as her church family. She enjoys family dinners around the table, Friday night cook offs, and baking cupcakes with her children. Creating memories and sharing new experiences in new destinations, especially at the holidays, have been some of the most exciting experiences they have shared together.
Spenser CheekAccount Manager
Spenser loves all things sports & exercise. If there is a soccer game on, you can guarantee he’s watching it. He loves spending time with his wife, exercising, and listening to his favorite podcasts and books.