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Our Team


Placing Next Level Talent for Today's Marketplace


Kevin Scholz

Kevin Scholz is the CEO and Founder of Advanced Hires. Kevin has a unique background consisting of over 17 years of law enforcement experience and an explosive results-oriented 15+ year career in business ranging from entry-level sales all the way to CEO along with many management positions in between. Kevin also advises and serves governor in his governor appointed position on the State of Wisconsin Autism Counsel. He is also on the Board of Directors for the states largest business district and on the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin…click below to read more about Kevin Scholz…

Saratoga Schaefer

Saratoga Schaefer is the Marketing and Administrative Executive. Saratoga has worn many hats in the span of her career and has experience with photo and video editing, social media managing, website maintenance, marketing assistance, and administrative management. Saratoga assists with both the day-to-day tasks that keep Advanced Hires running smoothly as well as the overall growth and success of the company. Saratoga is also a writer (and has written several novels outside of work) and does drafting, copyediting, and creating of Advanced Hires original content. Saratoga is detail-oriented, a solid multi-tasker, and takes pride in completing her work quickly and efficiently without sacrificing quality.

Tina Rock

Tina Rock is a co-founder and Director of Recruiting and New Client Acquisition at Advanced Hires. Tina is in charge of all recruiting, new client acquisition, and retention. Over the past 18 years in the recruitment/placement space throughout the Midwest, especially Wisconsin, Tina has consistently and successfully recruited, sold, placed, managed, and overseen thousands of placements across various industries, especially within IT. Tina has succeeded in roles ranging from recruiting to managing teams of recruiters to Branch Management levels at a multi-billion dollar placement firm…

Vicki Johnson

Vicki is a Senior IT Recruiter at Advanced Hires. Vicki is considered one of the best IT Recruiters in the State of Wisconsin and is currently operating at peak levels. She considers herself a career planner for Information Technology professionals. Vicki is extensively connected in this industry and delivers results time and time again. She is a Wisconsin native with deep roots throughout the state. For the past 10 years, Vicki has remained passionately engaged in working with candidates and prospective clients in developing career and hiring plans.

Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson is a Recruiter at Advanced Hires and recruits for both non-IT roles and IT roles. Nicole is a Veteran with the U.S. Navy where she served as an EMT, Anesthesiology Technician, and several other roles. Nicole is also a member of the American Legion. Nicole has worked in various capacities in the Health Care industry post-military assignment and takes great pride in making a difference in others. Nicole has several years of experience in the service industry, including managing a business for seven years. Nicole takes great pride in her work and enjoys serving as an employer/employee match-maker.

James Hellmich

James Hellmich is a Recruiter at Advanced Hires and recruits primarily for IT roles. James is a driven and goal-oriented talent acquisition professional with three years of experience within full-cycle IT recruiting for a variety of local and national clients. James is well versed in recruiting, especially IT, and a variety of verticals including, but not limited to: the full SDLC, Project/Program Management, Business Intelligence, Infrastructure & Networking, Security, and more. James values relationships between clients and the company and has a humble, genuine approach to recruiting while still being extremely successful in placing candidates. James has a strong investigative side and takes the initiative in tracking down qualified people using his admirable work ethic and unique set of tools provided to him from years of recruiting and Advanced Hires. James is heavily involved within the IT community and regularly attends IT events and functions.

Dr. Bill Mitchell

Dr. Bill Mitchell is an Advisor and strategic partner with Advanced Hires. Dr. Mitchell is the CEO of Aguila, a Foxconn company, and Vice President Business Operations Americas at Foxconn. He is also an Organizational Psychologist. Specifically, at Advanced Hires, Dr. Mitchell helps mentor and coach new candidates during those initial several months after being placed into a new position at an Advanced Hires client. Dr. Mitchell is an experienced CEO and Leadership Coach with a demonstrated history of working in the electrical and electronic manufacturing industry. Dr. Mitchell is skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Coaching, Communication, Thought Leadership and Corporate Growth.

Oliver Degnan

Oliver Degnan is an Advisor and strategic partner with Advanced Hires. Oliver has served as a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for over 10 years, including organizations such as IBM Watson and Common Ground Healthcare among others. In his position as CEO at MoreTalent, a partner of Advanced Hires, Oliver works with a team of highly successful executive innovators in providing real-world executive leadership workshops and 1:1 leadership coaching taught by highly accomplished executive leaders with a proven track record of corporate profitability and product innovation. Oliver adds tremendous value to Advanced Hires in the Information Technology (IT) space when it comes to qualifying and professional guidance to top quality IT candidates, including CIO’s CTO’s VP’s of IT, and many other IT and non IT positions.

Mario Cortez

Mario Cortez has a unique blend of leadership experience in the IT industry that consists of Client Support, Field Operations, Technical Services, Project Management, and Business Transformation. Most recently, Mario was the Vice President of Client Services at VCPI where he served a large team of IT Service Management professionals who provide technical support to healthcare providers across the U.S. Mario is a graduate of Marquette University where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Leadership and Organizations with a concentration in Organizational Development. He also holds a certification in ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library), HDI Support Center, and Project Management from Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).

Mark Norris

Mark is a Technical Advisor with Advanced Hires. He collaborates with Advanced Hires to help us maximize our resources to deliver the best results for our clients. Mark has over 25 years of experience in technology and the IT staffing industry. He’s the founder of ITStaff, a leader in providing professional resources across the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) to global and domestic organizations, including many Fortune 1000 organizations.

Dr. Kate Kaiser

Dr. Kate M. Kaiser is an Academic Advisor to Advanced Hires, and has been involved in information technology (IT) as a practitioner, researcher, faculty member, and consultant for over 40 years. She has studied IT skill needs, recruiting and retention, and the impact of offshore outsourcing from Ireland, Russia, and India through research grants from the Sloan Foundation, 3M Foundation, and the U. S. State Dept as a Fulbright Scholar. Kate has served on the faculties of McGill University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee…

Lam Nguyen

Lam Nguyen is currently a dedicated Recruiter with Advanced Hires.  Tina originally hired Lam during her tenure with a Global recruiting firm, where Lam worked for over five years . Tina describes Lam as one of her best recruiters as she has Accounting and Finance experience while in a Software Development firm in addition to being an owner of her own businesses.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Iowa.

Asif Bakar

Asif Bakar is a Technical Advisor and business partner with Advanced Hires.  Asif is the President and CEO of Xorbix Technologies.  Xorbix Technologies provides custom software development, mobile application development, and IT consulting.  Asif is extremely connected throughout the IT space.  Advanced Hires values our strong partnership with Asif Bakar.

Ethan Scholz

Ethan Scholz is an Intern at Advanced Hires. Ethan is skilled in many Adobe programs and is responsible for the design some of our videos, pictures, business cards, gift cards, and is currently working on a project that will involve after-effects. He also helps assist short-films that Advanced Hires sponsors with fighting scenes, camera angles, scripts, editing, and other responsibilities. He enjoys anything creative and is 100% self-taught, including many Adobe programs. Ethan is a very hard worker, reliable, and extremely creative. Now at the age of 15, Ethan can envision, draw, sketch, and execute graphics from inception to final draft, seeing through highly professional and complex graphics, images, and videos.


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