Larry KiddPresident and CEO
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.
In 2019, :hire, formerly Reliable Staffing Services, proudly graced Inc’s Top 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
Melissa ArmstrongCPA & Chief Financial Officer
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.
Ray MayhewVP of Business Development
With over twenty-five years of experience in the Staffing and Recruiting Industry, Ray Mayhew is passionate about what he does. As :hire’s Vice President of Business Development, Ray develops new business through a consultative strategic sales approach and maintains current client partnerships.
Ray is highly skilled and well versed in human resource consulting, executive placement, sales operation, and a wide variety of industry topics. He understands that no single approach works for everyone; therefore, he continues to educate himself on the latest industry trends to provide the most comprehensive program that works for each individual client’s needs.
He is involved with several professional organizations - Employment for Seniors where he served as Vice President, Rickenbacker Employee Assistance Network (REAN) where he is a member of the Business Solutions Committee, and The South Side Thrive Collaborative Employer Round Table.
Ray, a longtime resident of the Columbus area, lives with his wife, Sheila, and son, Jacob. He enjoys spending time with his family and especially looks forward to their yearly trip to the Jersey Shore. Ray is an avid Ohio State fan and enjoys spending fall Saturday afternoons at the Ohio Stadium.
Ray finds inspiration from Woody Hayes’ famous words, “The only thing even in this world is the number of hours in a day. The difference in winning or losing is what you do with those hours”.
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
Erica CoughlinCustomer Experience Manager & Marketing Specialist
Tasked with managing all things related to promotions and perceptions, Erica Coughlin is :hire’s Customer Experience Manager and Marketing Specialist. Erica is highly committed to ensuring that each employee and client experience is one that is reflective of :hire’s high standard of values and corporate culture. :hire aims to deliver the kind of service that sets us apart from the others.
Erica appreciates working with a company that encourages personal growth and development. It is both exciting and rewarding to be a part of the process of finding a candidate employment that is the right fit and feel given their unique talents. Our careers are such a big part of our lives – working towards achieving goals that we believe in gives valuable meaning and purpose to our efforts.
Erica loves spending time with her children and relaxing at home. A typical weekend on their family homestead usually involves a lot of time spent at the barn, riding horses, gardening, hiking, home improvement projects, reading, and cooking.
Jenny SwisherStaffing Coordinator
Jenny Swisher, a Staffing Coordinator at :hire, assists candidates through the hiring and onboarding process. With client requests in mind, she finds the best available opportunities given a candidate’s skillsets and previous experiences.
Jenny believes in the power of kindness – a kind gesture is sometimes all it takes to brighten someone’s day. She appreciates that her job allows her the opportunity to help others find employment – the opportunity to make a difference.
Jenny lives in the Jackson area with her husband, David, and their two children. They enjoy taking their kids to sporting events, spending time with friends, and traveling.
Tiffany BarneyCustomer Experience Specialist
Tiffany Barney is :hire’s Customer Experience Specialist in the Chillicothe market. Considering she is very often a candidate’s first point of contact, we often say Tiffany is the director of first impressions. Tiffany answers incoming phone calls, greets and assists visitors, helps candidates with completing the employment onboarding process, follows up with recently hired employees and supports current employees by addressing any questions they may have. With a focus on providing the very best service, Tiffany always strives to build a connection with the candidates and employees that she works with.
Tiffany lives by the words of her favorite quote, “Be kind whenever possible - It is always possible.”
When she is not working, Tiffany is spending time with her husband and son, her favorite two people in the world.
Sally BeaneSenior Staffing Consultant
As Senior Staffing Consultant, Sally Beane plays a key leadership role in obtaining the very best talent and fulfilling client requests. This industry is fast-moving and Sally strengths lie in her ability to be responsive, timely and client service oriented.
Everyone at :hire will agree, Sally is results driven. She loves seeing employees find their way to a promising new career and is motivated by her need to work in a position that allows her the opportunity to help others. Every face has a story - Sally is great at listening to that story.
Sally recognizes the challenges that job seekers frequently face and uses her expertise to reduce the stresses of an employment transition. On the client side, Sally is excellent at identifying sought after qualities that make for a strong workforce.
When Sally slips away for a little break, you can find her spending time with her family and friends, enjoying a sandy beach or following one her favorite sports teams.
Brittany WiseStaffing Coordinator
With over twelve years of staffing experience, Brittany understands the importance of being client focused. Knowing that clients trust her to fill their staffing requests, she takes pride in doing her very best to meet expectations. As a Staffing Consultant in :hire’s Columbus market, Brittany works with a variety of positions across many industries.
Brittany values gratitude, patience, kindness, growth and listening – her approach with candidates and clients encompasses each of these core values.
Brittany loves being a mother and is always doing something fun with her children. She also enjoys gardening, crafting, decorating, swimming and taking walks. Brittany is endlessly positive, always smiling and considerate of others – she truly lives each day to the fullest and dreams big.
Kayla WhitacreCustomer Experience Specialist
Kayla Whitacre is :hire’s Customer Experience Specialist in the Columbus market. Since her very first day, we have recognized what a valuable addition Kayla is to our team. Kayla’s daily tasks ensure a great employment experience from start to finish – she works directly and frequently with both applicants and employees. Kayla coordinates the hiring process and assists current employees on an ongoing basis.
Kayla identifies the main values that drive her as courage and compassion. These values have played a big role in shaping her personality, determining her life path & inspiring her actions. Kayla rises to challenges – she firmly believes nothing will hold someone back from achieving greatness more than fear. As a proud U.S. Marine Corps. veteran, Kayla knows all about reaching for greatness.
When asked what she likes most about working at :hire, Kayla states, “Every employee is valued and known – we are a family.”
‘We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.’
Kate CavarStaffing Consultant
Kate Cavar brings five years of experience as a highly efficient, full-cycle talent acquisition professional to the :hire team. She specializes in the placement of skilled trades, warehouse and production personnel and places candidates across various industries nationwide. Providing gold standard customer service has always been very important to her. Kate utilizes her strong interpersonal skills to develop long lasting relationships with internal teams, hiring managers and candidates. With delivering the very best experience in mind, Kate focuses in on finding the ‘perfect fit’ for both the client and the candidate.
Kate is originally from Western New York, but relocated to the Orlando area in 2010 upon graduating from SUNY University at Buffalo. She thoroughly enjoys soaking up the sun’s warmth and spending time with her family. She absolutely loves animals of all kinds and rescue is by far her favorite breed!
One of her favorite quotes - “Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” -George Bernard Shaw