Meet the Centrics Group Team

Kevin Miller President

Territory: National – based out of Atlanta
Alma Mater: Francis Marion University, Florence, SC
Hometown: New Jersey
Background Experience: 15+ years of business development and managing teams
Favorite Movies:  My son has me hooked on Marvel movies
Favorite Sports Team: Yankees, Braves, Giants & Falcons
Favorite Band: Bon Jovi and Hootie!
Favorite Quote: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” – Albert Einstein
Best vacation you have had: Pacific Coast Highway trip in 2004 and Key West in 2018.

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 IT Sales & Recruiting in South Carolina for 15 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. Good IT talent is becoming harder and harder to come by and I enjoy the challenge. I enjoy the long-term relationships my job affords me to build. I am motivated and passionate about making a change in how technology careers are viewed by future generations.

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.

Jay Pottlitzer Client Relationship Manager

Territory: Nationwide
Alma Mater: University of Alabama
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Background Experience: 15 years of staffing experience at all levels from recruiting, sales and management. My main focus has been IT, Accounting and Finance, and Healthcare.
Favorite Movies: A Few Good Men, Last of the Mohicans and really anything with Melissa McCarthy cracks me up.
Favorite Sports Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Favorite Band: Zac Brown Band
Favorite Quote: “Do not wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it”
Best vacation you have had: Started in San Francisco and drove to Monterrey and Carmel down the Pacific Coast Highway. We spent time in Napa as well. Beautiful area!

Paige Knowles Talent Manager

Territory: Atlanta, GA
Alma Mater: John Hopkins University
Hometown: Phoenixville, PA
Background Experience: 6+ years in recruiting and staffing account management
Favorite Movies:  Anything directed by Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton, Wes Anderson, or Baz Luhrmann
Favorite Sports Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Favorite Band: Little Dragon, Sylvan Esso, and Beyoncé
Favorite Quote:  There is nothing free in life but your momma’s love.
Best vacation you have had: Paris and Amsterdam

Colin Quirk

Colin Quirk Talent Manager

Territory: National
Alma Mater:  James Madison University
Hometown:  Saratoga, NY
Background Experience:  Banking and Consulting
Favorite Movies:  Any of the James Bond and Jason Bourne movies
Favorite Sports Team: New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins
Favorite Band:  Bruce Springsteen
Favorite Quote: “Live for something rather than die for nothing” – George Patton
Best vacation you have had: Bora Bora

Brooke Taylor

Brooke Taylor Talent Manager

Territory: Atlanta, GA
Alma Mater: Valdosta State University
Hometown: Cuthbert, GA
Background Experience: IT Recruiting and Staffing
Favorite Movies:  Harry Potter
Favorite Sports Team: Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Braves
Favorite Band: Maroon 5
Favorite Quote: “Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own” – Donald Duck
Best vacation you have had: Cayman Islands

Matt Ball Recruiter

Territory:   Atlanta/Orlando
Alma Mater:  Dutchess Community College
Hometown: Beacon, NY
Background Experience: Combined 15 years of experience in both Information Technology and IT Recruiting.
Favorite Movies:  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Terminator 2, The Matrix, The Dark Knight.
Favorite Sports Team:  Miami Hurricanes
Favorite Band: Modest Mouse
Favorite Quote:  “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”
Best vacation you have had: My most recent trip to the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina.

Taylor Pastor

Taylor Pastor Talent Specialist

Territory: Nationwide
Alma Mater: University of Georgia- GO DAWGS
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
Background Experience: Counseling
Favorite Movies: Heavy Weights, Bridesmaids
Favorite Sports Team: Falcons, Georgia Bulldogs, Georgia Gymdogs
Favorite Band: Judah and the Lion
Favorite Quote: “As leaders, we are never responsible for filling anyone else’s cup. Our responsibility is to empty ours” – Andy Stanley
Best vacation you have had: Puerto Rico