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.

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.

Kathy Davis

Director of Operations

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.

George Santos

Director of Talent Delivery & Head of Marketing

George leads the Talent Delivery Team and marketing group for 180 Engineering. Before joining 180 Engineering in 2013, he spent over 6 years in retail sales leadership where he led his team to become one of the top performing stores in the nation. 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.

Sean Doherty

Director of Sales

Sean joined the 180 team in July of 2020. He is a results driven leader with particular strengths in motivating teams to develop new ways of growing relationships between business partners. Sean has multiple years of experience building, recruiting, and managing candidate sourcing programs for positions across all job functions which partnerships include Fortune 500 to mid-size companies within Information Technology and Engineering industry. Sean received his degree in Business Management from the Charleston Southern University (Charleston, SC) Go Bucs! Sean was a former baseball player that now turns his free time into teaching the youth the game of baseball along with traveling and spending time with family, friends, and his dog Rollie!

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 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.

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.

Dana Straple

Senior Contract

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.

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!).

Kaniz Abedin

Business Development Manager

Kaniz joined 180 Engineering in June of 2020 with the goal of meeting the staffing needs of new clients. She has 15 years of solutions sales experience in various consultative sales verticals; including client recruitment, supply chain & logistics, post-secondary technology sales and retail. Kaniz is very passionate about bringing client and candidate satisfaction within recruiting. She is a graduate of Auburn University, with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Business. In her personal time, you will find Kaniz enjoying the many restaurants, fests, and music venues Chicago has to offer. She also enjoys group dance classes and hope to master salsa dancing one day. Lastly, she is a doting aunt of 3 adorable nieces and loves spending time with them.