With a background in business development and over 5 years in the technical recruiting and staffing space, Ian leads the direct hire placement practice at Ursus. He brings expertise in permanent placement recruiting, sales and account management.
Before joining Ursus, Ian was an Executive Technical Recruiter with a boutique staffing firm helping them grow their permanent placement business by over 200% CAGR over a five-year period. Prior to this, he was a Business Development Representative with an international shipping and logistics organization bringing in over $2 million in revenue in just under 6 months.
Ian earned his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from Boise State University and a Bachelor’s of Business from Ohio University.
Aaron has more than 15 years in sales and leadership experience, including 8+ years in the staffing industry with both domestic and internationally based firms.
Since joining Ursus in 2017, Aaron has been a top contributor - leading sales effort in both SMB and enterprise markets – and earning multiple promotions along the way. An expert at developing new business, building customer loyalty, and forging strong relationships with clients and business partners alike, Aaron brings a unique sense of ownership and an entrepreneurial attitude to the organization.
Prior to joining Ursus, Aaron held multiple positions with both publicly held and start-up organizations focused on delivering staffing, IT consulting, infrastructure services, and custom software development solutions. Most recently he served as a key executive in the start-up of an internationally based staffing firm where he built and managed all aspects of the business including sales, recruiting / delivery, and operations, as well as, teams in the US and abroad.
Before joining the staffing industry, Aaron enjoyed a successful career in the mortgage and finance business where he excelled in production, sales leadership, hiring, and training new employees and was continually recognized and rewarded as a top producer.
A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Aaron credits his “integrity first” and “lead from the front” philosophies to his upbringing in rural Texas and his experience leading Marines.
During his off-hours, Aaron can usually be found outdoors with his wife, 2 kids, and Austin (the English Cream Golden Retriever) who all enjoy any type of outdoor activity.
Lori joined Ursus as a Senior Technical Recruiter in 2016 and was promoted to Director, Recruiting in January 2018 and promoted yet again to Vice President of Recruiting and Delivery in January 2020 where she oversees the company’s recruiting and delivery teams while still providing day to day recruiting cycles.
Lori brings over 20 years of extensive background in sourcing and placement for contract and direct hire opportunities for Fortune 500 and startup companies nationwide and Canada.Lori Kwan started her recruiting career in 1995 as the sole Technical Recruiter for Setka, Inc. in San Ramon, CA. At that time, Setka was a $3 million company and within three years grew to $30 million. Lori was instrumental in the growth of Setka working on both direct-hire and contract opportunities. And, in 1997, Lori was promoted to Recruiting Manager responsible for training and managing six staffing specialists.
In 2000, Lori was recruited to Elan International which was a staffing company headquartered in London. Elan wanted to grow their presence in the United States, and brought Lori on as the General Manager in charge of Recruiting and Operations. In the year that Lori managed the US, she was able to grow revenues from $5 million to $15 million. Lori’s role was focused on recruiting executive-level candidates for clients in the Bay Area.
Elan International was then acquired by Manpower in 2001 and Lori took the initiative and purchased the company and renamed it to Trinitē, Inc. For eight years, Lori ran the company as well as continued recruiting for key hire positions and established relationships with such companies as Hewlett-Packard, Intel Corporation and Yahoo.
Lori sold the company in 2009 to Cornerstone Staffing, Inc. and stayed on for several years as the Director, Technical Staffing. In this role, Lori was tasked to establish the technical staffing division and was successful in growing this area from $1 million to $10 million in 2 years.
Previous to the recruiting industry, Lori worked within the technical field including roles such as Programmer, Systems Analyst, Datacenter Manager, and Programming/Operations Manager.
Lori holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems from San Francisco State University.
Cheryle Peikert is responsible for financial reporting and analysis, controllership, internal audit and controls, financial processes, tax, and treasury. She brings more than 25 years of global financial management experience to Ursus.
Before joining Ursus in 2015, she served as Controller at Bear Data Solutions, a leading I.T. services company, where she had responsibility for all facets of the organization’s financial strategy, planning, management, operations, and accounting.
Prior to Bear Data, Cheryle started as the first accountant and soon after was promoted to corporate controller at Robbins Scientific, a global manufacturer of biotech supplies and instruments, and helped build the Finance, Human Resources and IT functions within the company. Apogent Technologies acquired Robbins Scientific where she spent four years as a Division Controller post-acquisition.
Cheryle holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.