Lamees is an entrepreneur with great passion for building remarkable organizations with exceptional services and customer experience. With a couple of degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics, Lamees started her career as a software developer for data communication giant (at the time) Nortel Networks in Ottawa, Canada. After getting married and moving with her husband to Columbia, South Carolina, she re-invented her career in the fields of website development and digital marketing while raising two young children. A life-learner and high-achiever, Lamees continued to develop her personal and professionals skills and knowledge through online training. Lamees is a graduate of Michael Gerbers's E-Myth, and a Dale Carnegie award-winner. Lamees founded Webbright, a membership website development company serving professional associations in 2009. She first crossed paths with the founders of the Recruitment Process Outsourcing Association when she was hired to build the RPO Directory in 2011. When the position of the executive director for the association became open that year, she was thrilled to be selected for the job. Since then, Lamees has been working with the founders and the board on growing the organization, gaining momentum, and building new initiatives. Lamees has a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computing Science from Saint Mary's University, and a Master's degree in Computer Science from University of Waterloo. She's a certified Inbound Marketer, E-Myth graduate, a Dale Carnegie award winner, and a life-learner
Director, Partnership & Business Development
Tim Hawk brings more than 20 years of HCM expertise & talent acquisition best practices to RPOA for the newly created Director, Partnership & Business Development role. He's looking forward to growing RPOA's individual & corporate memberships as well as standard & customized plans.
He has served in significant positions as an agency representative, a college recruitment manager, and media vendor early in his career. His background also includes business development experience with job boards and within technology start-ups in the recruitment space. Tim's most recent experiences have been working with teams in the enterprise, agency, staffing and RPO markets around the globe.
A Penn State alumnus with a degree in Advertising, he has recently relocated to Southern California where he enjoys the outdoors and exploring the Coachella Valley.
Digital Media and Marketing Specialist
Born in Winchester, VA, Lauren has always had a passion for marketing and media. In May of 2020, she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with her bachelor’s degree in Digital Media and Marketing.
During her undergraduate career, Lauren worked at VCU Alumni, sat on the Board of Governors, and was apart of the leadership school. In 2016, Lauren created Project Four to help advocate for accessible and affordable mental health care. In 2017, Lauren was named on HerCampus’ Most Inspiring College Women for her work surrounding mental health. In 2018, Lauren was listed as a notable sister for her sorority Alpha Xi Delta alongside famous figures like Betsy Johnson.
In 2017, she created an online blog entitled “Lauren Blogs RVA” to document her Richmond, Virginia adventures. Through this experience, Lauren has had the opportunity to collaborate with big brands like TJ Maxx, Bobbi Brown, and Hunter Gear.
Currently, Lauren resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband Jeremy, her cat Bandit, and her dog Banjo.
Content and Communication Strategist
Brent is a writer and marketing strategist. He creates content and strategies to help companies resonate better with their customers, grow their audiences, and sell more products. Brent assists the RPOA with content strategy, development, management, and promotion. Prior to freelancing, he worked for renowned agencies like Edelman, iProspect, and Ogilvy and Mather, working on integrated marketing campaigns for big brands like S.C. Johnson. He loves the psychology of human behavior, building systems, simplifying processes and stringing together good sentences. Some of his favorite hobbies include nerding out to new movies, listening to business podcasts, and playing basketball at the gym.
Tim is a blog writer for the RPOA who has seven years of blogging experience. He has written for various industries that include IT/Data Analytics, Healthcare, Logistics, and Entertainment. Tim is also the founder of the copywriting and content marketing company St. Bernardine Communications (SBC). SBC helps companies position their brand in the minds of their target audience.
Tim brings an enormous amount of curiosity to the RPOA. This strong desire to know fuels his passion for writing in the Recruitment Outsourcing Process (RPO) space. He's enthusiastic about creating awareness of RPO leaders. Tim strives to make RPO understandable for people who want to know.
When writing articles for the RPOA, Tim's goal is to highlight the key benefits an RPO partner brings to the table. He gets jazzed writing on RPO topics that business leaders can turn into actionable practices. Tim believes that RPOs have a lot to offer companies to help them find and hire quality talent. And establish and maintain a strong employer brand.
Tim currently lives in Atlanta, GA. He's a damn-Yankee from Michigan. Tim is a bona fide nerd who enjoys staying active. When he isn't researching and writing helpful blog posts for the RPOA, you'll find him running the trails in the Georgia mountains, playing tennis, or exploring various golf courses. (When one sucks at golf, exploration seems like the only option.) On the nerdy side, Tim is a philosophy hobbyist. He's currently working on a philosophical novel. Knowing this project will take him a lifetime to write, Tim writes short stories to stay creative. He likes visiting art museums, attending the symphony, and punk rock shows for inspiration.