Red Circle Team.

Mike Melendrez

Mike Melendrez

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Hometown

Man, I'm from the Southside of Chicago


What I would say to you in an elevator that wouldn't sound weird?

Where did you get those dope-ass shoes?


Experience that prepared me for recruiting?

Selling encyclopedias door-to-door in rural Illinois and Iowa. It opened my eyes up to a different part of America. More importantly, I learned that everyone's needs are different, how to learn about those needs and present solutions to them.


What does Building Companies by Changing Lives mean to me?

For me, it's my life. 


When I am not recruiting, I am...

Hanging out with my awesome wife and three kids enjoying all that Lincoln Square has to offer. Tailgating (I can't wait to get back to this) before a Bears...win? Enjoying a round of golf while trying to not use 3 digits to mark my final score. Pretending that I know as much about bourbon as my bourbon-snob friends.


Favorite Happy Hour Refreshment?

A local IPA from Begyle, Spiteful, Empirical...you get it!


Joelle Kross

Joelle Kross

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Hometown

Stoneham, MA


What I would say to you in an elevator that wouldn't sound weird?

I like your mask.


Experience that prepared me for recruiting?

I represented a theatre company at a unified auditions event: three eight-hour days of actors given two minutes to make an impression on 40+ casting directors. Right before we started, a well-known artistic director sighed loudly and said, "there are a lot of talented performers, but I also just want someone I can be in a room with for eight hours a day." I think about that moment all the time, whether in recruiting or in my parallel career as an opera singer. Not only do I want to build teams that truly enjoy working together, but I also strive to be someone that my own colleagues want to be in a room with!


What does Building Companies by Changing Lives mean to me?

My life completely changed when the pandemic forced the shutdown of most live performances. I feel lucky that I landed somewhere that looked beyond my resume and let me flex my skills in a new way. Now I match candidates with their own life-changing opportunities, where they can add their unique experiences and perspectives to a company's culture and success.


When I am not recruiting, I am...

Baking things, serving on the board of the Chicago Vocal Arts Consortium and practicing 40 hours a day.


Favorite Happy Hour Refreshment?

Gin or dark beer Story you should ask me about when we talk? Being serenaded in German by Jeff Goldblum

Laura Rouser

Laura Rouser

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Hometown

Tulsa, Oklahoma USA


What I would say to you in an elevator that wouldn't sound weird?

"Thanks" after you held the door for me


Experience that prepared me for recruiting?

My experience casting for competition and home renovation shows taught me how to do outreach and find the right fit for any role.


What does Building Companies by Changing Lives mean to me?

Building companies by changing lives means finding the perfect fit that elevates the quality of life for the employee.


When I am not recruiting, I am...

Watching TV and trying to cross stitch


Favorite Happy Hour Refreshment? 

A fruity sour beer or a Moscow Mule


Story you should ask me about when we talk?

When I drove into a ditch in the French countryside

Eric Torcivia

Eric Torcivia

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Hometown 

Lake Bluff, Illinois 


What I would say to you in an elevator that wouldn't sound weird? 

"It's baffling to me that the Bears signed Andy Dalton when he put up worse numbers with the best receiving core in the league last year, and played more games than Mitch." 


Experience that prepared me for recruiting? 

When I had a handy-man business I got comfortable knocking on doors and cold calling people. During that time I learned to not only sell my product/service but also how to create strong relationships. 


What does Building Companies by Changing Lives mean to me? 

To me this is two-fold. If you are starting a business you need people that are invested in their work and can help bring your vision to life. However, life is also too short to spend every week in a job you hate. Overall I think that this highlights the importance of enjoying what you do, and doing it well. 


When I am not recruiting, I am...

 Rooting for Chicago sports, golfing, cooking, and grabbing a drink with friends 


Favorite Happy Hour Refreshment? 

Old Fashioned Story you should ask me about when we talk? In high school/college I started a handy-man business and got Jay Cutler to hire me after an intensive guerilla advertising campaign

Shake sh*t up.