About Us

While Focused Staffing is a recruiting agency with offices in the US and England, at the end of the day, we’re a group of individuals that love what we do and work well together. We thought you may want to know a little bit about our executives:

  • James Parselle
    • James Parselle
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    • Co-founder and President

    As Co-Founder and President, James is responsible for business development and quality. James brings a wealth of recruiting experience, starting his career as a recruiter at a boutique firm in New York City in the ‘90s. He helped build TKR into one of the fastest growing recruiting firms on the East Coast before going in-house to a start-up called Helio. As the Head of HR, he helped build the company from 20 people to over 300 before moving to BusinessEdge Solutions (now EMC Consulting) as the Head of Strategic Recruiting.

    Having always wanted to start his own recruiting firm, James helped co-found Focused Staffing in 2005 with the intention of creating a boutique agency that serviced their clients as if they were the only client.

  • Adam Parselle
    • Adam Parselle
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    • Co-founder and COO

    Adam is responsible for the day-to-day running of the company and managing all retained and contingent searches. With almost 15 years of recruiting experience, 5 of which were managing one of the premier staffing agencies in Southern California, Adam co-founded Focused Staffing to “bring technology and recruiting together”. With a strong technical acumen, Adam has taken social media and recruiting technology and created a proprietary recruiting methodology that is second to none in the staffing industry. With a 96% return business rate, we think he’s done a pretty good job of it.

  • Andrea Sommers
    • Andrea Sommers
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    • US Director

    Andrea runs our US recruiting teams. When she joined Focused in 2007, it became obvious that she was born to do this. She filled more roles in her first year at Focused than anyone had before or since. She brings exceptional organization and operations experience to Focused and is also responsible for discovering better ways to improve quality, efficiency and organization to our recruiting teams.

  • Julie Hall
    • Julie Hall
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    • North West Regional Manager

    Julie is responsible for managing Focused’s recruiting efforts on the West Coast. After being in Product Management at SNC for a number of years, Julie decided to try her hand in recruiting and found out she was exceptional at it. We were lucky to have her come on board at Focused in 2009 and she has since taken over managing our West Coast talent acquisition teams.

  • Linda Phillips
    • Linda Phillips
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    • East Coast Regional Manager

    Linda started her career in Sales and became the highest grossing sales person at VMM enterprises from 2005 – 2008. As she was also responsible for recruiting Account Managers, she went into recruiting and specialized in sales and marketing placements amongst others. Today she heads up our East Coast office.

  • John Parselle
    • John Parselle
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    • Chairman of the Board

    John was brought on as Chairman of the Board in 2013 to help Focused become one of the fastest growing recruiting companies on the West Coast. John has successfully managed and sold 5 different start-ups over his career. John is the author of the well-respected book: Cashing In, An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting, Running and Successfully Selling Your Business.