In between meeting client needs and advancing careers, the 180 Engineering team took some time to help beautify the Bernhard Moos Elementary School in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.
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’s leadership will be with you every step of the process.
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|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, Office Manager
Kathy has been the Office Manager at 180 since 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
|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, 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 since 2011. Julie@180Engineering.com
Direct line: (331) 215-6056
|George Santos, Direct Hire Division Lead
George is part of the full desk recruiting team, specializing in aerospace/aviation industries. Before joining 180 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 Johnson, Sr. Search Consultant
Julie joined 180 as a full-desk recruiter 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, 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, 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, Recruiting Specialist
Brian joined the 180 team in February of 2018 as a Recruiting Specialist. He hopes to bring a consultative approach in helping clients and candidates meet their needs. Prior to joining 180, 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
|LeRoy Cooper, Contract POD Leader
LeRoy is an experienced leader in the Staffing Solutions Industry. He has 10+ years in the business which has provided him with the ability to truly understand the specific needs of each client. LeRoy values knowledge, transparency and listening while building long term business relationships. Joining the 180 Engineering Team will provide LeRoy’s past, present and future clients the benefits of working with an established Engineering/IT firm. LeRoy attended Northwestern University, played football for the Wildcats, and is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. LeRoy is the family cook and enjoys creating his own tasty dishes and watching people enjoy them! Bon Appetit!
Direct line: (630) 219-1661
|Jenny Czajka, HR Assistant & Contract Coordinator
Jenny joined the 180 team in May of 2018 as the HR Assistant and Contract Coordinator. 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.
Direct line: (331) 215-6057
|Jason Gildenzopf, Contract Recruiting Specialist
Jason joined the 180 team February of 2019 as a Recruiting Specialist for the Contract Division. He has a background in recruiting for IT as well as engineering for contracted positions. He enjoys talking with new people every day and loves helping as many people as possible with high-energy and efficiency. He hopes to sharpen his skills as a recruiter and hopes to build business relations and accounts in the future. When he isn’t recruiting, he enjoys sharpening his foreign language skills, ballroom dancing, and traveling with his wife.
Direct line: (331) 215-6441
|Dana Straple, Senior Contract Recruiting Consultant
Dana joined 180 in February of 2019 as Senior Contract Recruiting Consultant. 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.
Direct line: (331) 215-6348
|Rick Lockhart, Recruiting Consultant
Rick joined 180 in August of 2019 as a Recruiting Specialist. He brings a diverse background including IT Client Relationship Development and Hospitality Management. Rick looks forward to using his relationship building skills and experience to provide exceptional service. He enjoys learning about the important details that allow him to connect the right candidate with the perfect client. When not recruiting in the office, you might find Rick at a networking event, performing in musical theater, or simply spending time with his soon-to-be husband and their puppies. Rick is excited to join the 180 team and connect great people with great people.
Direct line: (331) 215-6o58