Our First ATAP Board of Directors and Leadership Team

The Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (which you read about here) announced the selection of our first Board of Directors last week, a diverse group of practitioners and non-practitioners alike.

The Board members were selected from a list of 120 individuals who self-nominated for consideration. A selection committee led by Gerry Crispin conducted a thorough vetting process where all 120 candidates were contacted personally and interviewed, leading to a short list of over 30 finalists who were invited to complete a three-question video interview. The committee considered this information along with its goal to select a board. The seven selected board members include:

Tara Amaral
Senior Vice President, Head of Talent Acquisition
Fidelity Investments

Jim D’Amico
Global Talent Acquisition Leader

Tom Darrow
Founder and Principal
Talent Connections, LLC and Career Spa, LLC

Eric Dunlap
Global Talent Acquisition Leader
Previously leading the TA function at Baylor Scott & White Health

Allison Kruse
Sr. Manager, Social Media and Talent Acquisition

Robin Montri
Employer Brand Leader

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Tim Sackett
HRU Technical Resources

The leadership team for ATAP has also been selected, including the Executive Director and Board Officer roles, to include:

Executive Director: Ben Gotkin
President: Tom Darrow
Vice President: Eric Dunlap
Secretary: Tara Amaral
Treasurer: Jim D’Amico

The ATAP leadership team will begin its work immediately to further establish a strong foundation for the organization and to identify ATAPs strategy and priorities. ATAP will serve as a highly inclusive professional body for talent acquisition, with the primary mission of advancing the profession. It will do so by cultivating and curating the profession’s body of knowledge (from which educational, measurement, and ethical standards will be developed), advocating on behalf of the profession, and further developing the talent acquisition community at the local, global, and virtual level.

ATAP is currently aiming for an official launch in early March. For more information and to indicate interest in membership, please visit atapglobal.org.

Ben Gotkin is the executive director of the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (established in 2016) and principal consultant at Recruiting Toolbox. He draws from over 24 years of recruiting experience in a variety of tactical and strategic leadership roles at organizations including Recruiting Toolbox, Marriott International, RSM, The MITRE Corporation, Intelsat, and BAE Systems.  

As a consultant/trainer and in his practitioner roles, his expertise has ranged on topics including recruitment strategies and processes, sourcing, interviewing & selection techniques, recruitment technology, program management, college recruiting, employment branding, and more. He was the founder and a past-president of the Washington, D.C.-based recruiter community, recruitDC. He has also served on The Candidate Experience Awards Council, was a board member of WTPF (a Washington, D.C.-based HR organization), and was an Expert Advisor with the Human Capital Institute. He has been the author of several recruiting blogs, has written and been quoted in articles for numerous recruiting-focused websites and major national publications, and has been a featured speaker and panelist at the ERE Expo, Talent42, Recruiting Trends Conference, SRSC, SourceCon, Social Recruiting Summit, and WTPF. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.


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