Joseph Ruiz | President/CEO
Joseph Ruiz is a visionary leader and accomplished staffing executive with 20 years’ experience in talent acquisition and management, specialized recruiting, executive and professional coaching, and business management. His experience includes establishing new business ventures, assembling high-performing teams, and adding value to people by helping them achieve their goals and potential. Additionally, he and his high-performing team add value to organizations by providing customized talent acquisition and advisory solutions that have proven to enhance operational performance and human capital effectiveness, resulting in a truly authentic customer experience.
Joseph is known as a trusted advisor and business partner to both clients and candidates alike, and his core values of integrity, trust, humility and accountability brings both meaning and lasting value to the relationships and stewardship entrusted to him. As a highly credible, consummate staffing industry and job market expert, Joseph has authored widely-distributed employment forecasts, salary guides, and authoritative correspondence that have proven to be valuable tools for hiring executives and job market enthusiasts.
Prior to founding LEAPROS®, Joseph established highly successful organizations in the staffing industry by earning the confidence and loyalty of top-tier employers, assembling world-class recruitment teams, and building a robust network of accomplished executives and professionals. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Joseph was a talent acquisition and staffing executive with two international recruitment firms where he earned the reputation for being an effective leader and top producer. Joseph began his career performing and supervising internal audits for a Fortune 1000 company and previously served as a public affairs specialist for the US Military.
From an educational perspective, Joseph is pursuing a doctorate degree in Organizational Change Management and Leadership at the University of Southern California (USC) and graduated summa cum laude from Gonzaga University, earning a master's degree in Organizational Transformation and Leadership. He also graduated cum laude from Hope International University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management. In terms of professional certifications, Joseph is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute; a Human Resources Specialist (CHRS) through Michigan State University; a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and Certified Temporary Staffing-Specialist (CTS) through the National Association of Personnel Services; and a Certified Executive Coach through The John Maxwell Company.
Joseph serves on the Board of Directors of Connections Academy, an online charter school (K-12), and on the Business Programs Advisory Board of Saddleback College, California's top-ranked transfer school.
“Success is…knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.”
Sean Morrison | Managing Partner
Sean Morrison brings over 14 years of executive-level, business and leadership experience to LEAPROS. His core competencies and expertise includes engineering, information technology, and human resources, among other disciplines.
Sean is known to be extremely proactive in anticipating recruitment and staffing challenges before they occur. The more complex the issue, the more motivated Sean becomes to provide solutions and support for clients, considering problem-solving is one of his key strengths.
Throughout his career in thriving and multifaceted companies, Sean managed various operations and process improvement initiatives, optimizing customer satisfaction and organizational systems.
From an educational standpoint, Sean completed the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (Global Force for Good), one of the most rigorous training programs for nuclear, mechanical, and chemical engineering disciplines.
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” -Albert Einstein
Tremaine Friend | Senior Partner
As a Resource Solutions Partner, Tremaine works diligently to identify qualified professionals by first understanding their career objectives and then by matching those professionals to the best opportunities based on client needs. Tremaine recruits for complex IT, HR, and operations positions.
Tremaine stands apart from others in his field – he ensures a positive experience when talking to both clients and candidates. Tremaine’s success is due in part to his outstanding relationship building skills and acting as a true business partner. He is passionate about assisting client partners in filling critical business needs through an in-depth discovery process, which identifies both technical and soft skills of exceptional candidates.
Prior to joining LEAPROS, Tremaine had a successful career with Advantage Placements and Edge Resource Partners, functioning as a Manager of IT and HR Recruiting. He has extensive training in Technical Recruiting and keeps a pulse on the latest trends and technologies through technical course work, IT White Papers, and constant research. Tremaine is also a Certified People Sourcing Professional (CPSP), having completed the rigorous People Sourcing Certification Program, and holds his (PHR) Professional In Human Resources designation as well as the (SHRM-CP) SHRM Certified Professional.
Chase Barr | Senior Partner
Chase Barr is a successful staffing and advisory solutions professional with over 10 years of recruitment and leadership experience from the military and corporate sectors. He takes pride in his ability to develop strong relationships by building rapport and carefully listening and attending to the needs of his customers and constituents. This has enabled him to produce strong and consistent results for his client partners, and his record of success within the staffing industry will bring great value to LEAPRO and our loyal customers.
Prior to joining the staffing industry, Chase had a successful career with the United States Marine Corps, where he held various positions including Recruiter, Team Leader and Infantryman. He was deployed overseas and served in both the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. His exemplary performance while serving our country earned him several awards including Recruiter of the Year.
From an educational perspective, Chase is completing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Organizational Management at Argosy University. He has also completed a multitude of training and educational courses with the U.S. Marines and is excited to bring this knowledge and expertise to LEAPRO.
Linda Yen | Senior Partner
As a Resource Solutions Partner, Linda focuses on recruiting and staffing of full-time and project professionals, with an emphasis in finance, accounting and human resources. Her objective is to be an advocate for professionals looking for new opportunities and to offer dependable and honest representation to our clients.
Prior to joining LEAPROS, Linda had a successful career with Advantage Placements and another specialized staffing and recruiting firm, functioning as a Manager of Operations and Recruiting. She brings over 17 years’ experience recruiting all levels of candidates in a variety of functional positions. Linda’s positive approach has added great value to her candidates!
Linda holds a BA in Business Administration from California State University-Long Beach. Having worked in accounting and finance, she understands the intricacies of each position and provides a unique perspective to her clients and candidates.
Virginia Vo | Senior Partner
Virginia Vo is an accomplished talent management professional with over 10 years of talent acquisition, staffing, and leadership experience. She takes pride in her ability to develop and maintain mutually rewarding relationships anchored by the principles of integrity, trust, reciprocity and authenticity. Her stellar reputation and commitment to excellence has brought great value to LEAPROS and our loyal customers.
Prior to joining LEAPROS, Virginia had a highly successful career with a boutique recruiting firm that specialized in finance and accounting. In her role as an experienced manager, she specialized in placing finance and accounting professionals and consultants on a direct hire and interim basis.
From an educational perspective, Virginia graduated summa cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles.
Michelle McClure | Senior Partner
Michelle McClure brings over 15 years of financial recruitment and interim experience to LEAPROS and to the clients we serve. She takes great pride in her ability to bring together clients and candidates and knows the importance of honesty, integrity and trust to build relationships. Her subject matter expertise in interim and project staffing, combined with a strong reputation in the industry, has brought great value to LEAPROS and our loyal customers.
Prior to joining LEAPROS, Michelle had a successful career within the recruiting industry working with firms specializing in finance and accounting. In her role as an experienced staffing professional, she specialized in placing finance and accounting professionals and consultants from the operational level to the management level on interim and direct hire basis.
Michelle holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications from California State University of Fullerton.
Byran Newell | Partner
Byran brings over 20 years of sales, marketing, entrepreneurial, and business leadership experience to LEAPROS. As an Associate Partner in our Information Technology and Marketing verticals, Byran provides superior client and candidate solutions in collaboration with his recruitment partners. From a client solutions standpoint, he consults with hiring managers by assessing and navigating their immediate resource needs and challenges, evaluates their long-term business and strategic staffing needs, and provides impactful and customizable resource solutions. From a candidate solutions standpoint, he invests the necessary time to discern each candidate’s unique skills, value proposition, and career goals to ensure successful job placement outcomes. By serving as a trusted talent and career advisor, Byran creates lasting value for his clients and candidates, resulting in a truly authentic customer experience.
Prior to joining LEAPROS, Byran enjoyed a successful career as an entrepreneur across various verticals and spaces as well as executive-level management and leadership positions in the digital marketing and information technology spaces. Byran is passionate about providing complete, hands-on solutions and mutually beneficial partnerships to all involved parties, regardless of situational complexities. He attended University of Arizona where he studied Business Administration.
Isaac Downing | Partner
Isaac brings over 15 years of Finance, Accounting, Tax and Recruitment experience to LEAPROS. As a Partner in our Finance and Accounting vertical, Isaac provides superior client and candidate solutions in collaboration with his recruitment partners. From a client solutions standpoint, he consults with hiring managers by assessing and navigating their immediate resource needs and challenges, evaluates their long-term business and strategic staffing needs, and provides impactful and customizable resource solutions. From a candidate solutions standpoint, he invests the necessary time to discern each candidate’s unique skills, value proposition, and career goals to ensure successful job placement outcomes. By serving as a trusted talent and career advisor, Isaac creates lasting value for his clients and candidates, resulting in a truly authentic customer experience.
Prior to joining LEAPROS, Isaac enjoyed a successful career in public accounting and publicly traded companies, where he managed and performed a variety of finance, accounting and tax functions. Along with his professional experience he brings core values of leadership, commitment and loyalty which he gained while serving several successful tours in the U.S. Marine Corps. From an educational standpoint, Isaac holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from California Lutheran University. He also has completed the U.S. Marine Corps School of Engineering in North Carolina.
Sean Dougherty | Partner
Sean Dougherty brings over 15 years of business development, client services and business consulting experience to LEAPROS. As a Partner in our Human Resources and Information Technology verticals, Sean provides superior client solutions in collaboration with his recruitment partners. In this capacity, he consults with hiring managers by assessing and navigating their immediate resource needs and challenges, evaluates their long-term business and strategic staffing needs, and provides impactful and customizable resource solutions. By serving as a trusted talent advisor and business partner, Sean creates lasting value for his clients and stakeholders, resulting in a truly authentic customer experience.