Our Team

Our Team:

We have a network of seasoned experts with management and technical expertise that spans many industries, from retail and health care to insurance and financial services. We find the individuals with the best skills to meet your requirements and solve your most pressing business needs. And unlike many big firms, we don’t come in and sell you on our company, then assign junior staff. As your trusted advisers, 180 Engineering’s leadership will be with you every step of the process.

Interested in joining our team? Click here.

Joe Coletta, Founder & CEO
Joe is a customer focused management executive with a passion for building, leading, and growing high performance teams.  Joe started his career in software engineering and grew through management ranks within telecommunications and consumer electronics firms. Joe led teams in engineering, program management, and product management, as well as leading cradle to grave businesses. He chose to leave a Vice President position at Motorola in 2008, to create a premiere recruiting and consulting firm. The firm he created, 180, refers to the different approach and better results he was committed to delivering.  180 has grown into the firm he envisioned, servicing technology companies in the US and Europe. Joe received his MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg’s Graduate School of Business, and his Masters in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology. joe@180engineering.com
Direct line: ‭(331) 215-6060‬

Kathy Davis, Operations Manager
Kathy joined 180 Engineering in 2010. She handles the day-to-day operations, tracks sales/recruiter metrics, on-boards contractors, invoices clients, and processes payroll. She has a BSEE from Marquette University and worked for 13-years as a Software Engineer/Manager at Motorola Cellular. kathy@180engineering.com
Direct line: (331) 215-6055

George Santos, Direct Hire Division Manager
George manages the Direct hire team, specializing in aerospace/aviation industries. Before joining 180 Engineering in 2013, he spent over 6 years at Best Buy. There he led his team to become one of the top performing stores in attachments and solutions George joined 180 in search of another opportunity that combined his love of technology and working with people. George prides himself on extensively researching the roles he works on in order to match the perfect candidate with the right opportunity, as well as delivering quality talent to his clients. When he is not working, George can usually be found under the hood of a classic car or researching the latest in technology trends. George received his BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013, where his areas of study were International Relations and Law in Society. george@180engineering.com
Direct line: (331) 215-6061

Julie Kittridge, Sr. Search Consultant
Julie is a seasoned full desk recruiter who began her career within the medical/technical industry in the 1990’s working for a major Chicago teaching hospital as a career adviser and nurse recruiter. She moved into the financial services industry in the late 1990’s serving the mutual fund/financial industry and eventually started her own successful search firm, Kittridge & Associates, running it for 10 years. When Joe Coletta called her and asked her to join 180 Engineering, she could not pass up the opportunity to work for a start-up firm with the kind of vision Joe had. Julie has the right mix of enthusiasm and knack for finding the right candidates for her clients. She has been working at 180 Engineering since 2011. julie@180engineering.com
Direct line: (331) 215-6056

Julie Johnson, Sr. Search Consultant
Julie joined 180 Engineering with the goal of helping candidates achieve their dream job and working for clients to deliver an excellent match. She enjoys going to the next level with prospects and it is her love of working personally with candidates that sets her apart.
Prior to 180 Engineering, Julie spent 10 years in the financial industry where she worked in wholesale mortgage serving banks and brokers, prior to becoming a mortgage broker herself. Julie spent time as a recruiter years ago and she is eager to once again find that perfect match between candidates and clients. At 180 Engineering, Julie prides herself on doing the best for her clients each and every time. In her personal time, Julie can be found cheering for her kids’ sports teams, enjoying the outdoors and just relaxing with her family. julie.j@180engineering.com
Direct line: (331) 215-6439

Brian Lund, Senior Search Consultant
Brian joined the 180 Engineering team in February of 2018. He hopes to bring a consultative approach in helping clients and candidates meet their needs. Prior to joining 180 Engineering, Brian taught at an alternative high school which focused on the at-risk student population while using non-traditional, personalized instruction and blended learning to help facilitate student growth and achievement. Also, he spent 6 years as a private business owner. Brian hopes to use his prior experience as a teacher and business owner to bring a compassionate, business approach to help both clients and candidates alike. His passion for helping people can be seen in everything he does, as he goes above and beyond to ensure all stakeholders are satisfied. In his spare time, Brian can be found spending time with friends and family. brian@180engineering.com
Direct line: ‭(331) 215-6059‬

Jenny Czajka, HR Generalist
Jenny joined the 180 Engineering team in May of 2018. She was previously in an HR position at Von Maur where she was able to welcome all new employees in onboarding and training classes, assisting with payroll and benefits, and being a trusted leader for a team of over 200 employees. Jenny believes that a good start in a new position stems from building relationships during onboarding and ensuring a smooth process from the moment the offer is accepted. She is looking forward to growing her knowledge on payroll processes and back office duties of the business. Jenny’s favorite pastimes are taking field trips with her family to new places and spending time with her puppies.
jenny@180engineering.com
Direct line: ‭(331) 215-6057

Dana Straple, Senior Contract Recruiting Consultant
Dana joined 180 Engineering in February of 2019. Dana brings 15 years contract recruiting experience, excelling in business support placement (administrative, accounting, HR, supply chain, and customer support). Dana prides herself in her client management and candidate relationship building. She will always go the extra mile to ensure successful placements by performing extensive research and truly listening to her client’s needs, along with the candidate. Dana is excited to venture into technical/engineering recruitment. When Dana is not recruiting, you can usually find her watching a Cubs or Bears game, enjoying the outdoors, or going to the latest concerts. Dana received her BA in Organizational Communication from North Central College.
dana@180engineering.com
Direct line: ‭(331) 215-6348

Alicia Sabal, Senior Recruiting Specialist
Alicia joined 180 Engineering in September of 2019. Alicia brings 8 years of recruiting experience, specializing in Industrial, Engineering, and IT placements. She loves learning the needs of her talent and clients and supporting them through their journey to landing them the perfect job or candidate. When Alicia is not recruiting she’s busy chasing her toddler around. alicia@180engineering.com
Direct line: ‭(630) 219-1660

Stephanie Johnson, Recruiting Specialist
Stephanie joined the 180 team in February of 2020. Steph is a warm hearted and experienced recruiter who focuses on a detail-oriented approach to find the right candidates. With 3+ years in the recruiting domain, from technical to SAP, she has developed a passion for her career. Steph believes in good communication, fully understanding the client’s needs and most importantly honesty. When she is not recruiting, you can find Steph at the gym with her fiancé lifting weights, visiting downtown Chicago, and spending time with friends and family. steph@180engineering.com
Direct line: ‭(331) 215-6441

James Carmody, Recruiting Specialist
James joined 180 Engineering in 2020. Before joining 180 James spent the previous 5 years in Project Management, where he enhanced his communication skills with clients, vendors, subcontractors, and coworkers. James received a BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013. When James is not working, he likes to stay busy participating in recreational sports leagues for: softball, basketball, football, and bowling (a game where he once scored a perfect 300!). James@180engineering.com
Direct line: ‭(331) 215-6058

Nina Vlahiotis
, Senior Recruiting Specialist
Nina joined 180 Engineering in June 2020 and brings 5 years of professional experience in recruiting and client service into the role. Having previously recruited for positions with focuses in IT, Healthcare, and Sales, Nina has a knack for active listening and learning new spaces. Nina places a high level of importance on assisting candidates and employers find the best alignment for long-term fits. To help achieve this, Nina conducts behavioral-based interviews and tries to give helpful feedback and direction wherever possible. During off-hours, you can find Nina listening to podcasts, trying new recipes, and spending time with friends. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 2015 where she majored in Philosophy and played varsity softball.
nina@180engineering.com
Direct line: ‭(331) 215-6442

Johnny Anderson
, Recruiting Specialist
Johnny joined 180 Engineering in May 2020. Prior to joining 180, he spent 4 years in recruiting, sales, and as a high school wrestling coach. Johnny has a passion for helping others and focuses on improving at least 1% each day. He also strives to learn new concepts every day. He has a “whatever it takes” mentality to match the best candidate with the right opportunity. Johnny received a BA in English from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, coaching wrestling, and cheering for the world’s greatest baseball team: The Chicago Cubs! johnny@180engineering.com
Direct line: (331) 215-6440

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