It all started when...
Tonic HQ may be new, but Dan and Becky have had a working partnership since 2005. Dan, just starting his role as CIO of a national staffing company, knew the value that having a person with deep industry and company knowledge would bring to an IT department. Becky had a long career at that organization. That year, together, and with amazing teamwork from others in the organization, the company selected and successfully implemented Bullhorn. This was followed shortly with the rollout within two specialty divisions; one in the medical industry and the other specializing in direct hire for the insurance industry. Along the way, the company added a niche division specializing in accounting and financial professionals. Dan and Becky worked on successfully adding this division to Bullhorn as well.
It's not (necessarily) about Gin1
Dan and Becky wanted the company name to represent how they would be serving their clients. They knew they wanted to build an organization that would be of service to clients, and also to our software partner, Bullhorn.
A tonic is something that “invigorates or strengthens” and there isn't a better way to describe the relationships we aim to build with you. We have real experience in the staffing industry and the technical skill to boot. That’s a combination that uniquely qualifies Tonic HQ to add value to your staffing business.
The expertise doesn’t end with Bullhorn; Tonic HQ has top to bottom experience in both IT and operational staffing arenas. We have great relationships with vendors and industry gurus. We can work with you to ensure your staffing business is operating efficiently and taking advantage of cutting edge best practices.
But what do Dan and Becky say about each other?
Dan: "I often say Becky's done every job in staffing. And while that's not quite true, she's been in a number of roles over her 20-year career: recruiter, branch manager, operational support, training, opening offices, and for the last five years, starting, building and leading a much lauded Operations Support Department.
That department handled anything operational within the business that someone might need help on, from Bullhorn to job boards, ad-hoc and formal training, new vendor integrations, pure process related questions like 'how do I run a late timecard?' and even many first level IT support issues.
Becky is a consummate professional; she's a wonderfully talented leader, trainer, mentor and friend. Her deep knowledge of the staffing industry and her wisdom sneak up on you because she's so delightful in her approach. She'll leave a conversation knowing everything about you and your business, and you won't even realize it. Plus, she'll remember which sports your kids play and which breed of dog you have."
Becky: "Dan brings value right away to any discussion and I can honestly say that I've seen countless great solutions over the years; far too many to count. In addition to co-founding Tonic HQ, Dan continues to run a full-stack IT service company. He has enormous technical talents: continuous improvement, IT and project management, and creating custom software (such as Candidate Online Applications used by hundrends of thousands of users) to name a few. He is hyper-focused on quality and always going above and beyond finding new ways to add value for his clients at Bellwether IT and now Tonic HQ!
In the Fall of 2014, Dan and I worked together to move 300 users from Bullhorn Mail to the Google platform. Even though Dan put as much (or more) effort into that success, he ended the day by giving the credit and praise to the team around him. He said: 'That was quite a day. It's probably the busiest day I've seen, which is saying something.' He continued by saying that our team 'handled the volume wth grace and a calm under fire that I'd gladly go into battle with any time.'
He is someone I always want in my corner. He is beyond sharp, loves finding a better way, is witty, and fosters a fun, creative environment!"
1To be completely transparent, Dan has certainly consumed his fair share of gin and tonics over the years. Becky’s more of a Jameson and ginger ale drinker.