Meet the Centrics Group Team

Max Kollross Talent Specialist

Territory: United States
Alma Mater: Georgia State University
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Background Experience: 11 months in commercial staffing
Favorite Movies: Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Step Brothers, and Gladiator
Favorite Sports Team: Packers and Falcons
Favorite Band: Tedeschi Trucks Band
Favorite Quote: “The decisions you make today affect your quality of life tomorrow.”
Best vacation you have had: Tie between a month-long trip around Europe and one month around Australia/New Zealand/Fiji

Kevin Raxter Managing Partner

Territory: United States
Alma Mater: University of Georgia
Hometown: Dunwoody, GA
Favorite Movie: Top Gun
Favorite TV Show: Modern Family
Favorite indoor/outdoor activity: Golf
Aside from food, water, and shelter what is the one thing you couldn’t go a day without: Unfortunately, my phone.
Go back in time, what year would you travel to? 1996 and start college over again!
Favorite Quote: Looking for reasons to win, not excuses to lose
Favorite Sports Team: Georgia Bulldogs
What I like to do when I’m not recruiting: Exercising and spending time with my family

Mike Cibulsky Talent Manager

Territory: United States
Alma Mater: Auburn University
Hometown: Libertyville, IL
Hobbies: Hiking, trying new restaurants and bars with friends, spending time with wife and dogs
Background Experience: Over eight years of experience in recruiting
Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad
Favorite Sports Team: Auburn Tigers
Favorite Quote:“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
Aside from food, water and shelter what is one thing you can’t live without: College football
Best vacation you have had: So far, the Canadian Rockies and Vancouver, BC. Just amazing places.
Why I enjoy IT staffing: I love the competition and the challenge. I enjoy helping to connect people. When you work with good people this job is very rewarding.

Jeanie Haselden Client Relationship Manager

Territory: South Carolina
Alma Mater: University of Alabama
Hometown: Macon, GA/Sea Island, GA
Hobbies: Anything fitness related
Interesting Fact: When I worked for U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, I opened an envelope during the anthrax attacks and white powder spilled all over me. They had to evacuate the entire building of everyone except for me and HAZMAT swarmed in with their bio-hazard suits. This was followed up later with an extensive debriefing and finger printing by the FBI. How’s that for a background check?!
Favorite Movie: Don’t get to watch many because I have a two-year-old and a five-year-old.
Favorite TV Show: Anything on Bravo
Favorite Sports Team: Alabama Football – Roll Tide!
Favorite Food: Dessert, any kind
Background Experience: U.S. Senate, Worked for a lobbying company, The Beer Institute, insurance then got into IT staffing
Best vacation you have had: Lived on my dad’s boat for about ten days and sailed around to many of the islands in the Caribbean. We got to visit ones you cannot get to commercially. It was heaven!

Rachael Ardis Talent Manager

Territory: South Carolina
Alma Mater: Presbyterian College
Hometown: Camden, SC
Interesting Fact: I grew up on a family farm in Camden, SC.
Background Experience: 12+ years of experience Recruiting in the IT industry for contract employment and direct placement private industries such as healthcare, insurance, banking, utilities and manufacturing organizations as well as in state government
What I like to do when I’m not recruiting: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, running and playing tennis.
Favorite Food: Fresh seafood, especially Tuna. And Hot Fudge Cake Sunday for dessert!
Favorite Band/Songs: Enjoy Motown
Favorite Quote: Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. –Babe Ruth
Best Words of Advice: The Platinum Rule—treat others as they want to be treated
Why I enjoy IT staffing: I enjoy getting to know others and building relationships in order to help others better themselves. I find an amazing satisfaction in making the match- helping others develop their career further and at the same time assisting clients with growing their team.

Tracie Eckenstein Consultant Relations Representative

Territory: United States
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Hobbies: Boating, camping, anything out doors
Favorite Movie: Constantine, The Kingsman, Wanted
Favorite Sports Team: Carolina Gamecocks
Favorite Food: pasta, bread, anything with empty calories
Favorite Band/Songs: Nathaniel Rateliff, The Avett Bros., Chris Stapleton
Favorite Quote: Never eat more that you can lift…Miss Piggy
Best Words of Advice: You’ll never regret being kind.
Best vacation you have had: Sailing the BVI
Aside from food, water and shelter what is one thing you can’t live without: My dog, Ruby.
Background Experience: 9 years in IT staffing industry
Why I enjoy IT staffing: I love the people, this industry is unique and you always have an opportunity to learn something new.

Matt Fox Director of Talent Management

Territory: Atlanta
Alma Mater: Appalachian State University
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Hobbies: Golfing, live music and being outdoors.
Background Experience: Eight yrs in sales and ten years in the staffing industry.
Favorite Food: BBQ
Favorite Band: Widespread Panic
What do you like when you’re not recruiting? Being a dad, live music and sporting events
Aside from food, water, and shelter, what is one thing you couldn’t go a day without? Laughing
Why I enjoy IT staffing: Recruiting is exciting. I get a rush when I find that perfect candidate.

Tara Branham Client Relationship Manager

Territory: South Carolina
Alma Mater: Clemson University
Hometown: Originally Charleston, SC and now Columbia, SC
Interesting Fact: When I lived in Chicago I found my neighbor’s snake under the heater in my room. Not a pleasant surprise!
Background Experience: I have been in Technology Sales & Recruiting for 13 years.
What I like to do when I’m not recruiting: Exercise and spend time with family and friends
Favorite Food: Chocolate… always!
Favorite Band/Songs: I love most genres but all time favorite is REM.
Favorite Quote: “I will not obsess. I will not obsess. I will not obsess.”
Best Words of Advice: When making major life decisions, give it a year to make sure it’s really what you want to do.
Why I enjoy IT staffing: I am very passionate about finding good jobs for good people, and good people for good jobs. Helping make connections that change people’s lives is a huge reward to me. I enjoy the long-term relationships my job affords me to build. Good IT talent is becoming harder and harder to come by. I am motivated by that challenge and passionate about making a change in how technology careers are viewed by future generations.

Rick Trlica Senior Client Services Manager

Territory: Atlanta
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Hobbies: I enjoy coaching middle school baseball and middle school football. I also enjoy playing golf, tennis and traveling with my wife, Lane, 14 yr. old son, Joseph, 12 yr. old son, Asher and 7 yr. old daughter, Regan.
Interesting Fact: I help coach golf for the Special Olympics and the young man that I coached won a gold medal in the 2010 Special Olympics.
Favorite TV Show: Ballers
Favorite Sports Team: FSU and Dallas Cowboys
Favorite Food: Steak
Best vacation you have had: Two-week trip to Germany, Prague and Paris
Background Experience: Been in a sales role since 1991 and in staffing for 10 years.
Why I enjoy IT staffing: I enjoy putting people to work.
Best Words of Advice: 100% effort every day.

Doni Evans Talent Manager

Territory: Atlanta
Alma Mater: Georgia State University
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Hobbies: Writing, Art (Collages)
Interesting Fact: I do spot-on impersonations.
Background Experience: Eight years of recruitment and sales experience.
Favorite Movies: Amelie, Cast Away, and Pulp Fiction
Favorite Sports Team: Atlanta Falcons!
Most played song on your iPod: Flux Pavilion
Favorite Quote: “I am prepared to meet anyone, but whether anyone is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” – Mark Twain
Go back in time, what year would you travel to: 2000
Why I enjoy IT staffing: I enjoy linking talented IT professionals with exciting new career opportunities. I also enjoy speaking with people in the industry and staying connected with the latest and greatest in technology.

Christina Kolfage Client Relationship Manager

Territory: Atlanta
Alma Mater: Colorado Tech
Favorite Sports Team: Detroit Red Wings
Favorite Movie: American Sniper
Aside from food, water and shelter what is one thing you can’t live without: My little boy!
What I like to do when I’m not recruiting: Traveling and trying out new restaurants around Atlanta with my hubby!
Favorite Bands: Bon Jovi, Maroon 5
Best vacation you have had: BORA BORA!
Why I enjoy IT staffing: Satisfaction of finding people jobs and learning about new technologies

Travis Upchurch Talent Manager

Territory: Atlanta
Alma Mater: University of Georgia
Hometown: Born in Knoxville, TN but raised in Cumming, GA
Hobbies: Golf, tennis, drawing, going to the lake and fishing.
Background Experience: Twelve years of technical recruiting experience.
Favorite TV Shows: CSI, NCIS, Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother
Best Words of Advice: “It’s up to you to be successful.”
Favorite Band: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey, Johnny Cash – pretty much all southern rock bands
Best vacation you have been on or dream vacation: My dream vacation is a trip to Scotland, the UK and Ireland.
Why I enjoy IT staffing: It’s fun and definitely rewarding.

Tom Kollross Talent Specialist

Territory: United States
Alma Mater: Georgia State University
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Hobbies: Playing in a band, sports, being outdoors
Interesting Fact: I’m an Eagle Scout
Favorite Movie: Fight Club
Favorite Sports Team: Packers, Falcons, Braves, Hawks
Most played song on your iPod: Anything by Led Zeppelin or The Allman Brothers
Favorite Quote: “Do or do not. There is no try.”
Go back in time, what year would you travel to: 1970
Why I enjoy IT staffing: Being able to help someone find their way into a new career