The Next Level Exchange Team
Jeff Kaye – Managing Partner, Co-Chief Executive OfficerConnect on LinkedIn
Jeff is the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Kaye/Bassman International and Next Level Exchange and Co-Managing Director of Sanford Rose Associates International. Jeff has helped Kaye/Bassman-Sanford Rose Associates grow into the 11th largest search firm in the Americas and Next Level into the world’s largest training firm exclusive to the recruiting industry with over 1000 clients in 30 countries. His organization has won national awards for philanthropy and workplace flexibility and has been named the #1 “Best Company to Work for in Texas” four consecutive years.
During his 25 year tenure in the industry, Jeff was named one of the most influential leaders in the staffing industry as well as awarded the 2013 Knutson Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in recruiting. He is considered an industry expert having appeared on CNN, FOX, Bloomberg and NBC; and is quoted regularly in publications including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Time and Fortune. Jeff is also a frequent speaker within the staffing and human resources community and has been featured in dozens of international training meetings and videos. He lives in Dallas with his wife, Tracy, and their three children.
Rob Mosley – Managing Partner, Training and DevelopmentConnect on LinkedIn
Rob is the Senior Director of Training and Development for Next Level Exchange. Rob comes to NLE from MRINetwork™ Corporate in Philadelphia, PA, where he served as the Chief Learning Officer, responsible for all training and sales development of 1,100 offices worldwide. Previously, Rob was with the Acclivus Corporation, an international performance development company. He has facilitated the Acclivus curriculum on five continents and was part of the Acclivus team responsible for global relationships with companies as diverse as Dell Inc., Accenture, KPMG Consulting and Dun & Bradstreet.
Rob’s knowledge of the search industry comes from 10 years with Merritt Hawkins and Associates, part of the MHA Group of Companies, the nation’s leading provider of clinical healthcare staffing and consulting services. Rob served as Vice President of Training and Corporate Development. He holds master certifications in Consultative Selling, Performance Coaching, Advanced Sales Negotiation, Strategic Client Communication and Major Account Planning & Strategy. Rob is a licensed facilitator for Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Rob is a keynote speaker and facilitator at continuing education seminars in the areas of recruiting, sales execution and performance development. Past credits include the American Staffing Association, MRINetwork Global Conferences, the Executive Healthcare Conference, the Texas Hospital Association and the Medical Group Management Association. He holds a BA (cum laude) and JD from Baylor University.
Karen Schmidt – Managing Partner, Training and DevelopmentConnect on LinkedIn
Karen Schmidt is a Managing Partner with Kaye/Bassman International and oversees all training initiatives and ongoing career development organizationally. On behalf of Next Level Recruiting Training and the Next Level Exchange, Karen is a frequent consultant to search firm owners who have a greater vision of growth, hiring and training. She also serves as the Director of the Kaye/Bassman Foundation, responsible for all fundraising efforts supporting Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and Baylor Cancer. Since inception, the Foundation has donated over $1,200,000 to these deserving charities.
When joining Kaye/Bassman in 2001, Karen specialized in the search and recruitment of professionals for clients in the Commercial Construction, Specialty Contractors and Real Estate Development markets. She finished in the top five project staff in 2004 and 2005, achieved the distinction of becoming a Pacesetter within the company and reached a personal production of over $1,000,000 before transitioning into a leadership role. In 2006, Karen pioneered the redevelopment of Kaye/Bassman International’s corporate training program and subsequently created the Next Level Foundation Program compiling best practices from industry trainers and big billers from around the globe. Past speaking credits include The Fordyce Forum, the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS), the Texas Association of Personnel Consultants (TAPC) Texas Tour, the Mid Atlantic Association of Personnel Consultants and the North Carolina Association of Staffing Professionals.
Karen graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a degree in General Business. In 2010, Karen was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty,” a list of rising young leaders in the Dallas area.
Darren McDougal – Managing Partner, Marketing CommunicationsConnect on LinkedIn
Darren McDougal is a Managing Partner with Kaye/Bassman International and directs brand and digital marketing of the firm. With over 20 years of marketing and technology experience in corporate communications, broadcast, online and print mediums, Darren’s responsibility also includes the overall direction of the production, delivery and marketing of the firm’s products and services at Next Level Exchange.
His marketing career began in 1988 in a Fortune 500 retail firm. In 1993, Darren founded the MCD Group, providing broadcast media production and consulting, web development and IT solutions to the financial services, entertainment, technology and recruiting/staffing industries.
Since joining Kaye/Bassman in 2006, and becoming Managing Partner in 2007, Darren has designed and delivered scalable online solutions including the corporate Intranet systems, online training programs, corporate websites, social media strategies, mobile websites and brand management programs.
He has managed a similar role for Next Level Exchange, LLC, and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Next Level Exchange brand, online subscription system, ecommerce, ongoing video productions, mobile versioning, and launching training programs. Darren has a consulting role helping search firms grow in all aspects of business marketing, brand management, mobile marketing and strategic business development.
Nick Turner – Managing Partner, Co-Chief Executive OfficerConnect on LinkedIn
Nicholas L. Turner (Nick) is the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Kaye/Bassman International and Next Level Exchange and Co-Managing Director of Sanford Rose Associates. Post degree, Nick spent several years working in the financial industry and has spent upwards of 16 years since in the executive search industry. Nick’s primary role for all three organizations is the management of all operations, technology, legal and financial matters. He insures accurate and effective utilization of key functions and services throughout the continuance of business activity, overall operations for the network and corporate operations.Nick holds the responsibility for the creation, design, application and integration of new and existing programs and services, information technology infrastructure and global operations. He serves his Next Level clients with guidance related to business modeling, strategic expansions, operational infrastructure and financial consulting.Nick earned a Bachelors in Business Administration majoring in Finance, Real Estate with an emphasis in Accounting and Economics from Baylor University. He has been published and quoted in numerous business publications to include the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Dallas Morning News, CNN, CNBC, Fox Business and has been recognized as a leading consultant to the search industry for operational and financial solutions. Nick resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife Lauren and three boys Holden, Sutton and Corbin, and daughter Layton.
Erin Bent – Senior Director of TrainingConnect on LinkedIn
Erin is the Senior Director of Clients Services for Next Level Exchange and Director of Training for Kaye/Bassman International. Erin joined Kaye/Bassman in 2007 as a Senior Search Consultant specializing exclusively in the Consumer Products industry focusing primarily in sales and sales support roles. In 2011, she launched Next Level Exchange’s sales team and now oversees the team of Client Service Directors who showcase Next Level’s array of services throughout the recruiting industry.
In addition to her role with Next Level Exchange, Erin also serves as the Director of Training for Kaye/Bassman, facilitating the Foundation Training Program to new hires and conducting ongoing learning and development throughout the organization. This core training program applies to all associates at each stage of career progression, from the basic recruiting fundamentals, to effective marketing techniques, to more sophisticated curriculum for long-term development.
Erin graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and minor in Communications.
Christine Geiger – Senior Director of TrainingConnect on LinkedIn
Christine Geiger brings an uncommonly long and successful career as a professional Search Consultant-Recruiter serving the pharmaceutical industry for over two decades! During her tenure with Kaye/Bassman International, she has positively impacted companies and candidates alike by placing hundreds of scientists and physicians from Directors to Chief Medical Officers and Research and Development Executives. By design, clients include a small group of pharmaceutical, biotechnology and contract research organizations.
Christine’s tenure and track record position her uniquely as a trainer and coach within the search industry, and as Senior Director of Training for Next Level Exchange. Seasoned recruiters rely on Christine for guidance, clarity and motivation as they seek to cultivate an equally longstanding career in the search industry, and new recruiters count on her to teach the fundamentals required to have a strong trajectory into search.
Christine’s passion is truly making a difference in the lives of others. She is a cancer “thriver” that strives to inspire through her actions and positive attitude. Having hiked to the summit of Kala Patthar (18,519 feet) in the Nepalese Himalayas and Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341 feet) in Tanzania, Christine believes in setting sites high! Having enjoyed an uncommonly long and successful career in professional search, she is driven to share her wisdom and experiences with others seeking to grow as high-performing, long-term Search Consultants and Office Owners.
In 1989, Christine was graduated from The Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors of Science. She resides in the Dallas area with her children and rescue dogs. Interests include yoga, dance, hiking, live music and volunteering for the Love Hope Strength Foundation.
Michelle Masterson – Director of Client ServicesConnect on LinkedIn
As Director of Client Services for Next Level Exchange, Michelle is responsible for serving search firm owners and recruiters as they seek avenues for professional growth and continuous improvement. Michelle also runs our Next Level Selection division, a team dedicated to identifying future legends in the search industry for our Next Level clients. Through resume analysis, initial interviews, detailed presentations, personality assessments, and weekly progress reports, she diligently works to find the newest addition and most qualified candidate to join the teams of NLE offices.
Michelle’s background in Public Relations, Business Development and Marketing has helped fuel her success and her passion for ongoing training and education is part of what makes her such a valued consultant to her Next Level Exchange clients. Michelle received her BFA from Stephen F. Austin State University and attended the University of Central Oklahoma for her Masters in Writing.
Mark Murphy –Senior Consultant, Training & DevelopmentConnect on LinkedIn
Mark has more than 27 years of training and consulting experience in the areas of Leadership, Team Effectiveness, Performance Management, Productivity and Project Management. Having lived in Europe and South America, Mark is a world traveler with a deep understanding and respect for the importance of cultural diversity. This world view enables him to quickly connect and effectively communicate with a wide range of clients, helping them reach solutions that produce results.
Prior to Next Level Exchange and Next Level Mastery, Mark worked as a senior consultant with the Franklin Covey Co. specializing in a number of the company’s leadership and productivity solutions including; “5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity”, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, “Leadership”, and “The Speed of Trust”. Mark also worked for Inservco Inc. where he provided intercultural training to business travelers, American expatriates and foreign nationals living in the United States. Prior to that position, Mark facilitated team building and leadership training for Maxcomm, an international communication products supplier, and worked as a market research analyst for the Bank of Boston in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Mark has gained expertise in many different industries including; search and staffing, health care, aerospace, high tech, banking, retail, transportation, and entertainment. Mark has worked internationally for clients including Recruit Holdings Ltd., Puerto Rico Telephone Company, PepsiCo, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and MTV Latin America.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Brigham Young University (BYU) and went on to receive a Master of Science in Organizational Behavior and Industrial Psychology from the BYU Marriott School of Management. He is fluent in Spanish.
Ita Harris – Operations ManagerConnect on LinkedIn
As Director of Administration and Operations with Next Level Exchange, Kaye/Bassman International and Sanford Rose Associates, Ita is responsible for delivering strategic and operational solutions, implementing objectives and developing policies and procedures for the organization. In addition to driving corporate objectives, Ita consults with clients on systematic analysis, business and administrative operations and statistical reporting. Building a successful brand and organization is not just about sales, marketing and leadership; it’s about having the right systems in place to support each initiative.
Before joining Kaye/Bassman, Ita managed tradeshow, promotional product and marketing plans for companies nationwide as well as coordinated and trained staff on tradeshow/marketing programs and how to maximize the footprint in their markets. Ita capitalizes on her recruiting and event management background while at the same time managing professional relationships and organizational culture. Ita attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University and is an active volunteer within the community and charitable organizations.
Haley Kirk – Marketing Communications and Client Services ManagerConnect on LinkedIn
As Marketing Communications and Client Services Manager for Next Level Exchange, Haley’s role in the firm is to develop, support and maintain cutting-edge marketing communication solutions. The base of Haley’s wheelhouse includes ecommerce, email marketing creation and implementation, video maintenance and marketing consulting services for leading executive search firms. She also serves as the Marketing Administrator for both Kaye/Bassman International and Sanford Rose Associates International, providing an array of digital and print support services for ongoing marketing communications initiatives.
Haley graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a double major in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. Her background in business and her prior role as a researcher in the recruiting industry has helped her to develop valuable digital media skills relevant to the industry. Her years of experience in retail, sales and marketing allow Haley the ability to adapt and implement continuously evolving industry trends and techniques, keeping Next Level Exchange and its customers at the forefront of the executive search industry.
Aysha Moosa – Marketing Communications and Client Services ManagerConnect on LinkedIn
As the Marketing Communications and Client Services Manager, Aysha is responsible for creating, maintaining and delivering innovative marketing communication solutions. She integrates marketing communication plans using a wide range of strategies utilizing the newest market trends. Aysha also executes multi-dimensional marketing campaign plans for new clients following specific guidelines of the client’s business unit strategy. She also serves as the Talent Acquisition Manager for Kaye/Bassman International and Sanford Rose Associates International.
Aysha graduated from San Jose State University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Aysha joined Kaye/Bassman in 2008 as a Project Consultant specializing in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industry focusing her efforts primarily in a recruiting role. During her tenure on the Pharmaceutical team, she was quickly promoted to Project Manager, increasing her responsibility in assisting candidates through the search process as well as qualifying for Pacesetter status within the organization. Her previous work experience and business oriented background has equipped her with great work ethic and a firm foundation in the executive search world.