MKSSA Annual Conference is an educational opportunity for the search, recruiting and staffing industry.  Join 100+ attendees in St. Louis, Missouri for a staffing and recruiting event you don't want to miss!

Each year we create a conference with exceptional speakers to inspire you and breakout sessions to cover hot-topics in our industry.  There will be opportunities for you to make new contacts, collaborate with your industry peers, and interact with Industry Partners to see new tools and services to grow your business! Our nationally recognized keynote speakers this year are Paul Siker, Tricia Tamkin and Jason Thibeault.

$289 (when registering 1-3 attendees)
$259 (when registering 4 + attendees)
Non Members:
Non Member Special- MKSSA Annual Membership and Conference Registration:

CLICK HERE to register.  Space is limited; please register early. Registration deadline is October 24, 2019.

Clayton Plaza Hotel
7750 Carondelet Avenue
Clayton,MO 63105
(314) 726-5400
MKSSA Room Rate: $124
You can book online at or call toll-free 1-407-992-7957 to make reservations. In order to be included in the MKSSA block you must make your reservations by October 16, 2019 and use the code 2019MKSSA.

Hear from the industry experts:

Paul Siker 

With over twenty-five years of talent acquisition experience, Paul Siker is the Founder and CEO of Advanced Recruiting Trends, a talent acquisition and recruitment training consultancy.  He is also Managing Partner of The Artisan Group, an executive search and staff augmentation firm.

Previously, Paul served as an Officer, Partner, and Senior Executive Search Consultant at The Guild Corporation, an undisputed leader in the Washington, D.C. technology recruitment marketplace.  Following the sale of The Guild Corporation, to TMP Worldwide (Parent to, Paul launched Advanced Recruiting Trends and created the “High Impact Recruiting” training program, which is grounded in consultative and proactive recruiting strategies and methodologies.

Paul has successfully executed countless recruiting engagements on a contingent, retained, and contract placement basis.  In his career, he has assisted client organizations across the U.S. in identifying, engaging, and on-boarding mission critical talent at the individual contributor, managerial, and executive officer levels.  

Paul is a frequent presenter at major recruiting conferences, and he regularly consults to both domestic and international clients that are seeking to implement optimized talent acquisition, and staff retention best practices. His clients are comprised of a blend of companies that range from Fortune 500 firms to small enterprises.

Paul received a B.A. in Political Science from Wittenberg University and holds the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) CPC (Certified Personnel Consultant) designation.  In 2007, Paul released his first book, “Proactive Recruiting In A War For Talent Economy.”

Tricia Tamkin

Tricia has started eight successful companies, one of which she has been running since phones had cords. Among the Executive Search community she has been known for years and quoted in multiple magazines, trade journals and even other trainers and career coaches. In the 1990s she started combining Boolean logic and search strings with strong phone techniques and became a very successful recruiter, when most in her industry still didn’t have a computer on their desk. Her deep experience in business over the last 20 years enables her to see the big picture for virtually anyone’s needs. She’ll offer you counsel in a way that is perspective changing and entertaining, and always focused on your results.

Jason Thibeault

Jason started teaching logic in college, due to what he suspects was a prank from his professor. Twenty years later, he still does that. Along the way he’s been a USAF officer, manufacturing plant manager, and now recruits and trains with Moore eSSentials. With his downtime, Jason is working on his second degree Black Belt, is a published horror author, and solves mysteries with his Great Dane. 

He has been called Batman, Ninja, Wizard, Pirate, Rocket Scientist, Genius, Professor, (Space) Cowboy, Philosopher, and The Most Interesting Man alive – some of these even by other people. When he isn’t dreaming up epithets for himself, he has built a reputation as one of the most truly gifted headhunters in the country. His specialty is getting into the mind of his prospect and finding where they could be hiding. 

Brad Smith

Brad Smith, is the Director of SEO and Social Media at Haley Marketing, the nation’s largest marketing firm dedicated to servicing the staffing and recruiting industry.  Brad has over 16 years of experience in the staffing and recruiting industry helping organizations develop and implement strategic marketing plans.  

As a Certified Inbound Marketing Specialist, Brad has helped over 250 staffing and recruiting companies with website development, search engine optimization, blogging and social media marketing.  

Tony Sorensen

As one of the leading search and consulting experts in the United States, Tony has built a reputation for his valuable insight and strategic advice on recruiting strategy, becoming a thought leader, growing brands through digital marketing and inbound, and social engagement. Tony Sorensen is a 20-year veteran of the recruiting Industry. And as the CEO and Founder of Versique, he is responsible for all aspects of the business.

Tony believes in investing in employees to build and grow a business that is forward thinking and can achieve sustainable growth that is rewarding for everyone involved. Tony is active in the Minneapolis community and enjoys contributing by sitting on the board of Medina Country Club. Tony has been recognized by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 award winner, and is a member of CEO Roundtable, a peer-to-peer membership organization for CEO’s and business leaders.

Candy Whirley

Candy brings ‘real world’ experience from many industries including: training, retail, customer service, restaurant, entertainment, management, youth ministry and business owner. Candy has been speaking professionally, nationally and internationally.  She has owned SBG Services, LLC for 19 years, some clients include: Society of Human Resource Management Association, Medical Group Management Association, Million Dollar Round Table, International Society of Association Executives and Johns Hopkins Medical Center. She is involved with the National Speakers Association (NSA) in several capacities and was the 2007- 08 President of the NSA-KC Chapter. Candy graduated Cum Laude from Missouri Western State University and earned her Master’s in Management at the University of Phoenix. She is an author of several books and DVDs and her top selling book is It Takes 4 to Tango

In It Takes 4 To Tango, Candy has two meanings when it comes to her "4′′. The first meaning... she will take you through her 4 C’s of Leadership which are the importance of ConfidenceCommunicationCreativity and Change in the workplace, the second meaning... you will go on a brilliant exploration of personality styles that will make you think, laugh, even dance...and recognize your true self and others. This is NOT the Myers Briggs Personality Indicator, this is NOT the DISC test or even True Colors...Candy gets participants up and out of their seats and networking with other...ANIMALS who are just like them! You’ll also learn to overcome personality differences that lead to problems like communication breakdown, negotiation letdown, and delegation fall-down by learning the secrets to connecting and partnering with other personality styles. Candy believes we need to “Treat people like THEY want to be treated and we need to recognize that people are not difficult, they are just different.” 

Conference Schedule

Thursday November 7th  

12:00-12:45: Registration
12:45-1:00: Opening Remarks
1:00-2:15: Keynote- Tricia Tamkin and Jason Thibeault: "7 Ways Recruiting is Just Like Dating"
2:15-3:30: Breakout Sessions
Tricia Tamkin and Jason Thibeault: "The Unsolicited Dipstick- Business Development"
Tony Sorensen: "Growing Your Personal Brand on LinkedIn"
3:30-3:45: Break
3:45-5:00: Breakout Sessions
"Playing the Field" – Sourcing with Tricia Tamkin and Jason Thibeault
Round Table
5:15-6:00: Happy Hour Reception at hotel
6:30-7:30: Dinner at hotel


Friday November 8th 

8:00-9:00: Breakfast
9:00-10:30: Keynote- Paul Siker: “Creating the “Wow!” Factor” – Conveying Your Client’s Compelling Story to Candidates”
10:30-10:40: Break
10:40-12:00: Breakout Sessions
Brad Smith: "The 4 Pillars of Recruitment Marketing"
Round Table
12:00-1:00: Lunch
1:00-2:30: Breakout Sessions
Brad Smith: “Employment Branding for Staffing Companies – Getting Candidates to Want to Work for You”
Paul Siker: “Going Old School – The Art & Science of Making Every Call a Great Call”
2:30-3:30: Closing Keynote- Candy Whirley: “Emotional Intelligence: Know ‘em, Manage ‘em, Choose ‘em”



Member (when registering 1-3 attendees)$289.00
Member (when registering 4+ attendees)$259.00
Non Member $389.00
Non Member Special (MKSSA Membership and Conference Registration)$450.00

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