Navigating the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – A Primer on the 2018 Tax Law
FREE educational benefit to MKSSA members!
Wednesday, August 22nd
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

MKSSA (Missouri Kansas Search & Staffing Association) would like to invite you to join us from the comfort of your office for a webinar and explore the most consequential tax reform in 30 years with experts from UHY LLP. We will discuss 2018 tax planning opportunities, new regulations, and potential uncertainties for staffing companies. Lucrative tax credits that survived tax reform applicable to staffing companies will also be discussed as well.  This webinar is free to members and $25 to non members.  To register for this webinar CLICK HERE.


Jerry Grady – UHY LLP
Jerry is a managing office partner and has acquired a wealth of knowledge throughout his nearly 33 years in public accounting. He is the chairperson for the firm’s National Staffing Industry Practice as well as a leading member of the firm’s National Management and Technology Consulting Services Group. He manages a team of professionals devoted to providing financial, tax and business consulting services and assists companies to identify tax savings, improve operating efficiencies, and increase profitability.

Todd Tigges – UHY LLP
Todd is a principal with UHY’s national tax practice and an executive member of the firm’s National Staffing Industry Practice. During his 24 years of public accounting experience he has worked closely with business owners and CFO’s to implement innovative business strategies to maximize profits and preserve wealth. He leads the firm’s National Affordable Care Act (ACA) division and manages a team of professionals devoted to providing financial, tax and business consulting services and assists companies to identify tax savings, improve operating efficiencies, and increase profitability.

Alison G. Dunleavy – UHY LLP
Alison is a tax manager and has acquired a wealth of knowledge throughout her nearly 13 years in public accounting. She manages a team of professionals devoted to providing financial, tax and business consulting services and assists companies to identify tax savings, improve operating efficiencies, and increase profitability.

Matt Wilkins – UHY LLP
Matt is a tax manager and has acquired an extensive amount knowledge throughout his nearly 11 years in public accounting. He is also a QuickBooks ProAdvisor that assists clients in efficiently running their accounting systems. He is devoted to providing financial, tax and business consulting services to allow companies to focus on their day to day operations to improve efficiencies.


August 22, 2018

MKSSA Annual Conference - Kansas City

September 27th-28th, 2018


We are very excited about the 2018 MKSSA Annual Conference - Master the Staffing Industry at the Midwest Conference- Investigate, Inquire, and Implement Innovative Staffing Standards. Join 100+ attendees for the staffing and recruiting event that you don't want to miss! Interact with Industry Partners to see new tools and services to grow your business!

September 27th and 28th

Crowne Plaza
1301 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
MKSS Room Rate: $149
Missouri- Kansas Search & Staffing Assn

$289 (when registering 1-3 attendees)
$259 (when registering 4 + attendees)

Registration deadline is September 10, 2018.
CLICK HERE to register.  Space is limited; please register early.

Hear from the industry experts:

Jon Bartos
Global Performance Search

People focused on performance hitting their potential.   That has been Jon’s life work. As many have introduced him, Jon is the quintessential thought leader, trainer, speaker and consultant on all aspects of Human Capital, Talent Management and Performance Management.

After a 17 year career in the Supply Chain Technology – Auto ID industry, Jon realized the strong demand for talent and for companies who could deliver high performing talent.  He then purchased a Management Recruiters International franchise in November of 1998. As President and CEO of his new firm, MRI/Jonathan Scott International in Ohio, Jon achieved industry-leading success as one of an elite group of executive recruiters who billed over $1 million annually while building a multi-million dollar top 10 Office. In a 10 year period (1999–2009), he cashed in over $10 million in personal production and established JSI as a top 10% executive search and staffing firm winning 17 international awards in the MRINetwork. Jon sold the business in 2012.

In 2015 – started a new firm, focus on Retained Search - Global Performance Search. Today, GPS has offices in Toronto, Ohio, Colorado and Medellin, Columbia. GPS is a leader in talent solutions for Workday, Supply Chain Technology and SAP. In 2008 Jon founded Revenue Performance Management, LLC. The RPM Dashboard System is a business intelligence tool for metrics management and performance improvement used by over 500 recruiting and staffing firms worldwide. Today Jon is also still on a desk.  As of today, he has billed over 17 million in personal production.

Jon has been rated as the top speaker at many industry events and has had an opportunity to speak with audiences all over the world including South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, Bulgaria, Australia, Greece, France, UK and North America.

His two block buster seminars “Contingent to Retained (Mutually Committed)” to the Executive Search Industry and “Hiring High Performing Teams” to the Human Resource Management industry are both being offered at various locations world wide. In the last 10 years Jon has published over 100 articles, 10 white papers and 3 books on the above topics. Jon’s events and seminars are held at major cities all around the world.

Peter Mallouk
President and Chief Investment Officer of Creative Planning
and Affiliated Companies

Peter Mallouk is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Creative Planning and affiliated companies. Peter's companies provide comprehensive wealth management services to its clients, including investment management, financial planning, charitable planning, retirement plan consulting, tax, and estate planning services.

Creative Planning provides wealth management services to high net worth clients, manages over $36 billion for clients in all 50 states and abroad, is featured as the #1 Independent Wealth Management Firm in America by Barron's, (2017) and has been featured on CNBC's only two wealth manager rankings as the '#1 Wealth

Management Firm in America' (2014 and 2015). The New York Times, in an article about the firm, said "Creative Planning is at the vanguard of a profound shift in finance." (2017)

Peter is featured in every eligible listing of Barron's as one of the 'Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors in America,' and is the only advisor to have ever been featured at #1 for three consecutive years (2013-2015). Since 2015, Creative Planning has been featured on Barron's new top independent firms list, instead of the top advisors list. Peter is featured on Worth magazine's 'Power 100', featuring the most powerful men and women in global finance (2017). Peter is featured in Boomer Advisor as the 'Boomer Advisor of the Year' (2008). Creative Planning was featured in Forbes in 2016 as the #1 RIA for growth over the last 10 years, and Financial Times' 'Top RIA List' (2014-2017). Creative Planning is also featured in Ingram's magazines' issues on 'Best Places to Work' and 'Most Charitable Organizations.'

Peter graduated from the University of Kansas in 1993 with four majors, including degrees in Business Administration and Economics. He went on to earn a law degree and Master of Business Administration in 1996, also at the University of Kansas. Peter has also earned the Certified Financial PlannerTM designation.

Peter is the founder, current executive board member, and former five-year Chairman of KC CAN!, an organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the quality of life of children in Kansas City. Peter is a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Peter and his wife Veronica are the recipients of the Giving the Basics Human Dignity Award for their contributions towards helping those less fortunate meet basic needs, and recipients of the Variety Presidential Citation Award for their work supporting those with special needs. Peter has served on Boards of Pathway to Hope, American Stroke Foundation, St. Michael's Finance Council, Kansas City Hospice and KCCAN! Peter is married to Veronica and has three children, Michael, John Peter, and Gabrielle.

Meagan Johnson
Generational Expert, Speaker and Author 

Never before have there been so many generations in the workplace and the marketplace at the same time.  Never before has there been such an opportunity for collaboration.  Never before has there been such an opportunity for conflict.  Meagan Johnson is here to help us ZAP THE GENERATIONAL GAP!

During the 1990s, while working for companies like Quaker Oats, Kraft Foods and Xerox, Meagan often heard negative comments about Gen Xers. Things like “they’re all slackers,” “gold collar workers,” and “it’s the Beavis and Butthead generation” were not uncommon.  Being a Gen Xer herself, Meagan knew those terms were unfair, untrue and hurtful so she began researching small and large businesses to debunk generational myths and discover the most effective ways to solve multi-generational clashes. That research gave birth to thousands of generational presentations and to her best selling book "Generations Inc., From Boomers To Linksters Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work”.

Our generations and the gaps that separate them are in constant flux, what worked last year probably won’t work today. Anybody still using their VCR? What seemed like a perfect solution yesterday is the source of tomorrow’s problem. You really need to get all those home movies put on disc! … Wait! I mean Digital Storage. Oh No! I mean The Cloud!

The potential for collision, conflict and confusion between the generations has never been greater and the chasm is growing wider every day we ignore the problem.  Unwilling to accept standard, by-the-book generalizations, Meagan tackles the generational challenges, myths and misunderstandings head on. Meagan demonstrates to audiences, through her own experience, in depth research and program customization, that all generations have differences and strengths that go beyond mere age and appearance.

Stop complaining about the generational differences and learn from Meagan Johnson what you can do right now to make the most of all the generations.

The workplace is NOT what it used to be.  The global marketplace has become a myriad of different generations. What people want from an employer; their expectations of corporate benefits, organizational culture and motivation to do what’s best for business differs from generation to generation. Your challenge is to figure out how to communicate successfully with the individual generations to achieve financial success, personal growth and enriched company morale.

Her clients include: Harley-Davidson, CISCO, Comcast, Procter & Gamble, Starwood Resorts, Nestle Purina, American Health Care Association, Boeing, THE C.I.A. and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. She has been quoted in many publications including; The Chicago Tribune,, & US News & World Report.  She and her dad, professional speaker Larry Johnson, are co-authors of the best-selling book Generations, Inc., Managing the Friction between Generations at Work.

Meagan gives audiences a chance to not only laugh at their own generation (and the other ones) but flourish in the presence of others.

“She is the de-facto expert when it comes to navigating the maze of generational quandaries’ every organization faces.**

**Quoted by the Chicago Tribune, and US News & World Report, she has been heard on ABC Talk Live, NPR and profiled on Conde’ Nast’s Meagan has become the ‘Go To’ expert for all things generational.

Aaron Wandtke, CERS

Aaron Wandtke is the Senior Partner at Executive Staffing Solutions (ESS) which was founded in 2000.  ESS recruits for the health care industry on a national basis. Aaron's recruiting firm employs 23 individuals.  ESS was named “Best Places to Work” in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Forbes magazine named ESS as one of the top 150 executive across all industries in 2017 and 2018.

Aaron is a Past Chairman for the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) as well as the Ohio Recruiters Association.  Aaron has spoken at NAPS, CSP, NEAPS and ORA.

Chris Batz
Legal Recruiter and Owner of The Lion Group, LLC

Chris Batz is a legal recruiter and owner of The Lion Group, LLC, a Kansas City-based national legal recruiting firm. The Lion Group, LLC places corporate legal department attorneys and law partners across the United States.

With 26,000+ connections on LinkedIn and the host of a Legal Industry Podcast, Chris speaks regularly with Chief Legal Officers and General Counsel of public and private companies looking to grow their teams with strategic legal talent. Also having a background in public accounting and a passion for marketing and strategy, he is an asset to corporate defense law firm chairmen/women and managing partners looking to expand strategically through partner candidates, groups, new offices, and combinations.

Chris is the author of Lateral Moves: A Guide for Partners and Law Firms, which addresses the nuances of law partner lateral moves and is available on Amazon Kindle. Chris hosts The Law Firm Leadership Podcast and interviews corporate defense law firm leaders, partners, their consultants and general counsel on Legal Industry Trends and Leadership Insights.


Todd Bossler
Software Product Manager for Top Echelon

Todd Bossler has been involved in the recruiting industry and the technology around it for over 20 years. He is a self-professed student of "recruitment geekery" and loves to show others the hints, tips, and tricks he's learned from some of the brightest minds in the business.  Todd currently serves as the Software Product Manager at Top Echelon, a company dedicated to helping recruiters make more placements through its products and services that include Big Biller Applicant Tracking System, Split Network, and Contract Staffing Back Office.

With a background in teaching, Aaron enjoys helping customers find practical solutions that work for them.  When he comes in to work each day, he makes it his goal to provide awesome service to his clients. Aaron enjoys being a part of the Social Media team at Haley Marketing because he gets to collaborate with awesome professionals and gets to work for a company that is leading the charge in the staffing industry. When Aaron heads home after work, he enjoys spending time with his family, running, and catching up on the newest tools and tech in his Popular Mechanics subscription.

Aaron Eastlack
Social Media Marketing Advisor
Haley Marketing Group

Aaron Eastlack is a Social Media Marketing Advisor at Haley Marketing Group, the nation’s largest marketing firm dedicated to servicing the staffing and recruiting industry. As a Certified Inbound Marketing Specialist, Aaron works with over 30 staffing and recruiting companies and consults with them to match their business goals with strategic online marketing plans that include search engine optimization, online reputation management, email campaigns, blogging, and social media marketing.

Aaron is a frequent contributor to Haley Marketing’s educational blog and is focused on refining integrated digital marketing plans for businesses that will help them best reach their goals.


September 27, 2018 - September 28, 2018

The NAPS 2018 Conference is the premier education opportunity representing the search, recruiting and staffing industry. More than 400 attendees are expected to attend this year’s annual event, which will be held November 4-6, 2018 in Bonita Springs FL at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa.

Click here to learn more about the 2018 NAPS Conference

We are almost halfway through 2018 (can you believe it?!) but there is still a tremendous amount of networking, learning and building to do. And with our events, along with our partner events, there are opportunities you should not miss through the second half of this year.  Register now for any of these great events and come to learn and be inspired by some of the leading experts in our field.  

Remember, all NAPS Lunch & Learn webinars are FREE for NAPS members.