Brad Konik, President
Brad Konik joined GKA in 1997 after graduating from Harvard University. While at Harvard, Brad played hockey and was the 100th captain of the team. Prior to joining GKA, Brad played one year of professional hockey for the Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins minor league team). In 1998, he became Operations Manager at GKA and in 2000 he acquired the company from his father and took on the role of President.
In that role, Brad is responsible for business development and the day-to-day operations of the business. He strives to carry on his father’s vision of establishing long-term client and employee relationships. He is a member of the Minnesota Recruiting and Staffing Association and previously served as its co-legislative director. He is also on the Program Advisory Committee at Dunwoody College.
Brad and his wife, Erin, live in Lakeville, Minnesota, with their two boys. Brad is active coaching hockey and sits on the Lakeville Hockey Association Board. As a family, they enjoy time at the cabin, golfing, fishing and boating.
Tom Goettl, Vice President/Principal Recruiter
Tom graduated from Winona State University in 1997 and has worked in staffing and recruiting for the past 16 years. He joined GKA in 1998 as a Recruiter until 2003, when he left to work for a national staffing company. Several years later, in 2009, he returned to the company as Vice President and Principal Recruiter. Tom returned because of his strong relationship with Brad and his experience of working for a company that is so committed to its employees. In his position, Tom manages the office staff and reviews all new positions and assigns them to specific Recruiters.
As a fitness enthusiast, Tom’s free time is spent working out and training. He has run more than a dozen marathons, and his current fitness passion is CrossFit. As one of 15 siblings, Tom has no shortage of nieces and nephews, meaning any extra free time is spent with family and at family gatherings.
Haley Behrens, Senior Engineering Recruiter
Haley has more than seven years of experience in the staffing and recruiting industry, specializing in mid- to senior-level direct hire engineering and manufacturing positions. She is able to attract the most desirable and difficult-to-find executives, including those who are not actively seeking employment. Her creative approach to recruiting, large network of available contacts, well-regarded position within the industry and thorough knowledge of the essential skills required in engineering and technical positions make Haley an invaluable asset to any recruiting effort. Haley is well regarded in the staffing industry and highly involved in organization such as MNRSA (Minnesota Recruiting and Staffing Association) and MNREC (Minnesota Recruiters).
The Northfield, Minnesota native enjoys hiking and camping with her family and most anything else that involves being outdoors. Haley’s love of animals means she spends much of her free time volunteering for various animal-related activities. Something unique about Haley? She is an identical twin who was born—along with her sister—at only 25 wks!
Julie Desmond, IT and Software Engineering Recruiting Manager
In the increasingly competitive and ever-evolving technology community, it pays to have a versatile and well-connected advocate on your side. That’s where Julie’s many years of recruiting experience come into play. As someone who likes the “hunt” of finding the right person for her clients' open positions, she is constantly updating her own knowledge of software trends and emerging technologies to ensure her clients and candidates are satisfied. She is a Certified Staffing Professional, a member of the American Staffing Association and writes a weekly column on career planning and job search.
Outside the office, Julie enjoys relaxing with her family, attending Gopher football games, biking around the lakes and long weekends at the cabin.
Michael Burns, Engineering Recruiter
Michael joined George Konik Associates with three years of experience in the staffing and recruiting industry. Upon graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2010, he started his career in vendor relations and subsequently moved into commercial recruiting. After establishing himself professionally, Mike decided to transition into the engineering and technical recruiting field where he has since been working. Mike’s position with GKA is largely focused on the contract and contract to hire side of the business. Quick turnaround is one of Mike’s many strengths. He is focused on continually building and maintaining a quality talent pool, so that he can respond very rapidly when client needs arise.
Mike has a strong interest in theater and has spent much of his life participating in the arts. His favorite genres to contribute to are comedy and improv. He has a love for the outdoors and will take any opportunity to go fishing with his dad and twin brother.
Tammi Thompson, Engineering Recruiter
Tammi joined GKA as a seasoned Engineering/IT recruiter from a national recruiting firm where she was responsible for full life-cycle recruiting of engineering professionals for contract and direct-hire positions. She has strong experience in providing clients with turn-key recruiting services — from sourcing and screening to salary/rate negotiations to preparing candidates for their first day of employment. Prior to her position at a national recruiting firm, Tammi held recruiting positions at Farmers Insurance and Doherty Employment Group/Top Talent Solutions. As an Engineering Recruiter at GKA, Tammi is focused on connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin companies with the short-and long-term engineering talent needed to achieve their business goals. She is a tremendous asset to the firm, excelling at building effective relationships with clients and candidates, which aligns perfectly with our commitment to building long-term relationships core to our success with each and every client.
Tammi has studied at St. Cloud State and Normandale Community College, and is a resident of the Twin Cities.
Jodi Schoenecker, Payroll Specialist
For nearly two decades, Jodi has played an important role at George Konik Associates. As the daughter of founder, George Konik, and sister to current president, Brad Konik, she has a deep and thorough knowledge of the business. She got her start in the business working in administration before going into recruiting for eight years. Prior to GKA, she worked for several years in sales at Coca-Cola. Jodi currently works in payroll and administration, making sure employee information is accurate and keeps track of vacation, holiday and pay for employees.
A native of Bloomington, Minnesota, Jodi attended Bloomington Kennedy High School before graduating from Minnesota State University – Mankato. She grew up in a hockey family and still is part of one, as three of her four children play. As a family, they also like to do anything that involves the outdoors, including fishing, walking and running.
Kelly Schmeltzer, Sourcing Specialist
Having a clean, active and reliable database is crucial for any recruiting agency—and that’s what Kelly has done at George Konik since 2011. She previously spent two years at the agency before taking some time off to raise her two children. Kelly ensures that the database is regularly updated with new client information so that Senior Recruiters have the most current and accurate information upon which to base their searches. Making those placements—helping someone find the best position—is what gives her the most satisfaction and fulfillment.
In her free time, Kelly loves to golf and cook, although she admits she is a horrible baker. She grew up in Le Sueur, Minnesota, and graduated from St. Cloud State University. When she was a kid, her dad flew a Cessna 172; so as a teenager, she was able to take flight school. Flying with her dad is one of her fondest memories. While she has let her pilot skills lag, Kelly hopes to one day take up flying again.