Cailean joined Renaissance Personnel Group in 2016 as the Client Services Manager. He previously served as the Southwest Division Manager for a private-education firm that focuses on academic mentorship and college counseling. Prior to his move to Arizona, Cailean worked in college athletics as an Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Yale University, Valparaiso University and University of the Pacific. He was active in recruiting and admissions at all three NCAA Division I institutions. An avid soccer fan, Cailean is still actively involved in youth soccer coaching in the Valley. In this three years coaching soccer at Yale, the team never lost to Harvard!
Overachiever: Cailean earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management & Organizational Leadership from Illinois College and a Master of Science from Valparaiso University. Additionally, he was a member of the men’s soccer and swimming teams at Illinois College. In 2015, he was honored as one of the top 30 coaches under 30 in the United States by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Biggest Thrill: After getting married, zip lining in Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Favorite Place: Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Favorite Valley Restaurant: Citizen Public House in Scottsdale
Kylene joined Renaissance Personnel Group as a Recruiting Analyst shortly after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Health Policy from Arizona State University. An Arizona native, her tip for survival in the desert heat is to remember that the cost of living is cheaper than most cities and the winters are beautiful!
Prior to joining Renaissance, Kylene worked for various medical offices around the valley. Her innovative and out-of-the-box thinking allowed her to increase new patients by 20% each month through new workflow processes and marketing strategies. Her diverse experience also includes policy development and implementation for a well-known IT start-up where she contributed to the improvement of the company’s overall operations.
As an extrovert, Kylene’s favorite part about her job is establishing relationships and helping others succeed. She contributes to RPG by recruiting, screening, and establishing trustworthy relationships with qualified candidates.
Overachiever: Kylene has played the cello for the past 12+ years with a number of youth symphonies around the valley. She also won an Oreo stacking contest in grade school and won free Oreos for an entire year!
Biggest Thrill: Kartchner Caverns State Park
Favorite Place: Nanaimo, BC
Favorite Valley Restaurant: Los Olivos in Scottsdale, AZ
Yes, he loves coming to work and he participates in most interviews. Fergus never tires of meeting new people. Skype works for the rest of the team, but not for Fergus. He much prefers the petting that comes with in-office meetings.
Since founding the company with Laura Piel in 1994, David has handled both the day-to-day operations and the strategic operational growth of Renaissance Personnel Group. From overseeing internal human resource functions to accounting and payroll, David enables the recruiting team to focus on talent while he implements the tools that help them succeed.
Prior to RPG, David worked in the hospitality and catering industries, and brings that level of customer-focused service to RPG’s clients and vendors. David also oversees RPG’s compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations.
Overachiever: David is an honors graduate of the State University of New York – Plattsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
Biggest Thrill: After grandkids, the five-day trek to Machu Picchu.
Favorite Place: Any trail in the White Mountains.
Favorite Valley Restaurant: Citizen Public House.
As the long-tenured executive assistant to the chief executive officer of a global, multimillion dollar finance company, Denise developed the attention to detail and finesse that she brings to candidates and clients of Renaissance Personnel Group today. Focused on growing RPG’s candidate base in the administrative, human resources, accounting and finance, sales and marketing fields, Denise works to develop new client relationships and maintain RPG’s presence in verticals such as real estate, financial services, banking, healthcare, legal, manufacturing and solar.
Overachiever: Denise earned a bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.
Biggest Thrill: Working for a professional hockey team.
Favorite Place: Italy
Favorite Valley Restaurant: Tutti Santi — and — her own kitchen!
Kendall, an Illinois native, doesn’t tire of the sunny, year-round warmth of Arizona. Before coming to the Valley, Kendall worked at a large family-owned corporation that specialized in shipping supplies. There, she contributed to the cash application of customer payments, including some 13,000 checks and $1M in direct deposits per day. She has enjoyed teaching Spanish in the past, too. Kendall’s true passions include traveling, Chicago sports (Go Blackhawks!), and meeting new people. Kendall is primarily responsible for research and recruiting efforts in support of building a strong candidate network.
Overachiever: Kendall graduated with her bachelor’s degree in marketing and international business and a minor in Spanish from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.
Biggest Thrill: White water rafting and cliff jumping in the Manu Rainforest in Peru.
Favorite Place: Cathedral Rock in Sedona, AZ
Favorite Valley Restaurant: True Foods Kitchen
Talent matters to Laura Piel, who built a team of corporate recruiters at Renaissance Personnel Group to bring highly sought professional staff members to its client companies and to help thousands of professionals find their next career opportunity.
Communication and business operations served as the foundation of Laura’s career—working in marketing for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York, and then in management for luxury resorts after moving west to Arizona—but she found her niche in corporate recruitment and founded Renaissance Personnel Group in 1994 on the principles of integrity, expertise and respect.
Laura’s talent for screening and selecting candidates goes beyond traditional recruitment experience: The on-paper skills are important, but finding the right professional to invest in long term requires an understanding of the individual’s core values that are not routinely found on a resume.
Laura applies the same methodology when recruiting for internal needs, and the Renaissance staff is a reflection of her commitment to discovering great talent.
Overachiever: Laura is a member of the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa and an honors graduate of St. Lawrence University. She is a graduate of the Ken Blanchard College of Business’s Executive MBA program at Grand Canyon University, was awarded a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and is a certified personnel consultant (CPC).
Biggest Thrill: Conquering the Salkantay on a trek to Machu Picchu.
Favorite Place: Niagara on the Lake, Ontario.
Favorite Valley Restaurant: Grassroots Kitchen & Tap whenever she can get out for lunch.
Lauren has been with Renaissance Personnel Group since college graduation in 2005. Starting as an account manager, she was promoted in 2012 to the Director of Recruiting. Most of Lauren’s role focuses on cultivating and managing relationships with clients and identifying new opportunities within those existing relationships. A key component of success for Lauren is using talent assessments to match candidates within hiring companies and leveraging the results for long-term employee and employer satisfaction. Lauren educates hiring managers on how to identify and engage employees using these assessments and additionally, helps companies facilitate executive team-building retreats to ensure communication and collaboration.
Overachiever: Lauren is an honors graduate of Chapman University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. Additionally, Lauren is a Certified Professional Values Analyst, a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst and a Certified Professional TriMetrix HD Analyst.
Biggest Thrill: Getting engaged atop Iguazu Falls in Argentina.
Favorite Place: Sitting on a lounge chair next to almost any resort pool with an umbrella drink in hand.
Favorite Valley Restaurant: Too many to choose, but at the top of the list are Richardson’s, Elements at The Sanctuary and anywhere that serves french fries when I’m with my kids!