Nelson Welcomes New Executive Team Leaders With More Than 20 Years of Combined Staffing Experience

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Bringing on proven and successful leaders from within the staffing and recruiting industry, Nelson looks to solidify their commitment to innovation to help bring their unique service offerings to a new generation.

“For the businesses we serve to remain competitive for talent in 2016, the leadership changes we’ve put in will help us fully support those efforts."

Nelson, one of the largest independent staffing companies in the United States, has announced changes in its leadership team to address the unique hiring challenges faced by California organizations, including Fortune 500 companies. Joining the ranks of Nelson executives are Joe Prusko as Chief Financial Officer, Crissy Russo as Vice President of Marketing and Rachel MacNeill as Vice President of Business Solutions.

“All predictions point to a true candidate-driven market in 2016,” said Craig Nelson, Chairman of the Nelson Board of Directors. “It will be even more crucial for the businesses we serve to remain competitive for talent; the leadership changes we’ve put in place will help us fully support those efforts.”

Joe Prusko, Chief Financial Officer, brings more than 35 years of financial management experience—in both public and private companies, such as Goldrush Stores, Accountants International (now Randstad Finance & Accounting), and Management Solutions, Inc. An analytical thinker with a passion for finding solutions for complicated problems, Joe’s unrelenting customer focus and provision of timely and useful financial information will drive profitability and help Nelson expand its impact.

Crissy Russo, Vice President of Marketing, is a results-oriented leader with a wealth of experience in consumer, product and enterprise marketing, and strategic initiatives. Crissy was most recently with RiseSmart (recently acquired by Randstad), where she was a pivotal player in the successful brand growth through creative client and participant-driven programs. Driven by the possibility of a future where the latest tech advancements connect people to not just a job but to a career, Crissy will build upon Nelson’s market presence and focus on creating marketing programs that grow the foundation for ongoing customer, sales and partnership success in these markets.

Rachel MacNeill, promoted from within the Nelson organization to Vice President of Business Solutions, will utilize her proven organizational skills and big-picture approach in leading the technology team to create innovative solutions that solve employment and job search challenges.

“Ever since my father founded this company 46 years ago, one thing has driven us: unparalleled service excellence,” explained Craig Nelson. “These new leaders will build upon their significant industry experience and Nelson’s history of innovation to help us bring Nelson’s unique service offerings to a new generation.”

With Millennials surpassing Baby Boomers in 2015 as the nation's largest living generation and Gen Z workers already entering the workforce, the workplace landscape is rapidly changing. Companies will experience different recruiting and retention challenges and require new recruiting methodology. By bringing on proven and successful leaders from within the staffing and recruiting industry, Nelson solidifies its commitment to both hiring organizations and to job seekers in navigating–and thriving in–the evolving world of work.

About Nelson
Founded in 1970 and recently named #1 Staffing Firm by the San Francisco Business Times, Nelson ranks among the largest independent staffing companies in the United States. Nelson offers a wide variety of workforce support services, including staffing and recruiting, and domestic and international independent contractor compliance, risk mitigation and payrolling. Matching more than 10,000 people with California companies each year, Nelson’s recruiting specialties include: administration, human resources, wine and beverage, manufacturing, technology, engineering, digital media, legal, and accounting and finance. To learn more about Nelson, visit

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