Sharon Hulce
President
Sharon Hulce is celebrating her 22nd year in Executive search. Sharon founded ERG because she realized that many businesses were hiring sound technical “resumes”, but not really understanding the emotional intelligence side of the hire and how that person would integrate into the company. This is the area that ERG excels at and our placement retention rate proves this.

Sharon is a member of Pinnacle Society, The Premier Consortium of Industry-Leading Recruiters in America. Never being one to shy away from new experiences, this year she was a “Boss” on Season Five of the Top Recruiter reality film. She is passionate about her community and demonstrates this through ERG’s gift of pro-bono searches to all local not-for-profits. She is active on many community boards and is proud to consistently be in the Top Ten Billing Owners' group.

Sharon is a sought after speaker and is currently working and speaking on Pinnacle Talent – retention, empowerment and succession planning for employees and employers.
Jenny Bonikowske
Vice President - Administration / Executive Assistant
Jenny Bonikowske has over fifteen years in the Executive Search business. She currently manages the office/IT support at Employment Resource Group along with her duties as Executive Administrator for Sharon Hulce. Her knowledge of the business is unparalleled and she is instrumental in the short-list process of each client.

"I enjoy working behind the scenes to make sure every client and candidate has the information needed to successfully complete their search". Organization and multi-tasking are Jenny's strengths. Tapping into these skills, Jenny provides outstanding service to colleagues, clients and candidates as an efficient and effective resource for information at any step during the search process.

Jenny has been married to husband Mike for 32 years. They enjoy traveling and like to travel to a new place each year. They have two adult children Danielle and Adam.
Dennis Somers
Executive Vice President
Dennis Somers joins Employment Resource Group Inc. as Executive Vice President, focusing on the Construction practice, talent innovations and company strategy.

Dennis began his career in the trades as a Journeyman Mason. He was raised in a family construction business and was trained in all facets of projects, including estimating, bidding, material ordering, project management, as well as P&L. Dennis worked 18 years in construction product sales, sales management, as well as Operational Management in Pre-stress Bridge Girders, Precast Concrete, Reinforced Concrete Pipe, Masonry, and Landscape products. Dennis has a deep appreciation for each of the markets he has worked in, as well as the talent needed to do so successfully.

In Dennis’ past leadership roles, he achieved great success through taking a genuine interest in teammates and customer’s success. He has dedicated himself to work “on the organization” he is a part of, rather than simply working “in the company”. The team and the customer both win. Armed with this knowledge, Dennis has been tasked to work with ERG’s clients to define what talent means to them and to continue providing the type of genuine customer care ERG is known for.

In Dennis’ free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, his extended family, playing golf, and exercising.
Jeff Aspenson
Vice President Business Development – Construction Division
Jeff is our resident expert in all things construction. Jeff worked for sixteen years as a sales consultant in the construction industry. He has vast knowledge working with general contractors, subcontractors, project managers, architects, superintendents, etc. Similar to the people he worked with in the industry; Jeff understands that hard work, integrity, truth and honesty are keys to success.

Jeff uses his down-to-earth, honest approach with people to help them take the next steps in their career goals. By having a sincere interest in making a difference in people’s lives, he has helped to place people in new positions that have been life changing for them.

When Jeff is not recruiting talent at ERG, he enjoys time spent with his family, golf, riding motorcycle and cheering on the Green Bay Packers and Badger sports teams.
Matt Platten
Vice President / Sales Manager
Matt is a very seasoned veteran to the recruiting industry. He prides himself in providing the best talent to his clients in order to assist them in building world class teams. This is accomplished through a consultative approach that not only looks at the skills required but accompanying them with the right cultural fit. His work experience in a corporate recruiting environment has given him an expansive knowledge about the unique needs of companies both large and small.

For fun, Matt is a workout freak and when the weather is nice you will find him out on the golf course, fishing on Lake Winnebago with his pops or at his in-law's cottage on Wolf Lake! He and his wife Andrea enjoy spending quiet time together.
Cara Bartel
Director of Recruitment
Cara is very excited to be a part of the recruiting industry. Being able to find the best talent for her clients while helping individuals advance their career is a passion of hers. She prides herself in getting to know exactly what skills the client needs, as well as helping her candidates accomplish their future career goals.
For fun, Cara enjoys making soap and bath products. In her free time you will find her at her in-laws cabin, going out to see her husband’s band (he’s a drummer), volunteering in the community and spending time with her three children. Cara and her husband Jon enjoy going to see live music whenever possible!
Cassie McDonald
Director of Recruitment
Cassie is a perfect fit for this business! She previously spent her career working with companies and individuals on finding their passions through treasured donations. These skills translate well into Cassie taking the time to get to know each client and candidate to find the best fit for each, which makes her a true champion for correct culture placements! Her “heart piece” is exactly what makes Cassie an outstanding recruiter! For fun Cassie enjoys reading, karate, baking and spending time with family and friends. You can find her regularly traveling out-of-state as well as enjoying the fantastic community events that the Fox Valley has to offer!
Dori Sterkenberg
Director Of Recruitment
Dori Sterkenburg is a seasoned recruiter. She previously spent her career in marketing and for the last seven years, has specialized in recruiting in the financial arena. Dori is passionate about helping people find the right career and watching them soar! She believes in doing well by doing good and lives by that motto both personally and professionally. Dori is excited about being able to place candidates in many different careers now with Employment Resource Group. She is very embedded in the Fox Valley community and volunteers her free time with various non-profit organizations. Dori enjoys working out, adventures, vacationing in her favor place in Florida, spending time with family and friends and is a proud mom of her son who currently attends UW Madison.
Chris Steinert
Director of Recruitment
Chris has always been in the business of connections. Prior to recruiting, he worked in both the insurance and financial sectors as an agent and advisor. There he took pride in really getting to know his clients and connecting them to the tools and solutions best fit for their families. This translates well into the recruiting role as well, as building connections to better opportunities helps families prosper. Chris always leads with a knowledgeable heart and trusts the process…it works!

In his spare time, Chris enjoys playing a variety of instruments and singing with his ‘second family’ and other local bands to the NE Wisconsin area. He also loves anything the Wisconsin outdoors has to offer and is a huge sports fan!
Laina Wydeven
Director of First Impressions
Laina is amazing at first impressions!! If you call ERG, say hello – you’ll know it’s her because she is so friendly – we constantly get compliments on this!!

Laina helps provide administrative support to ensure proficient office operations. She also supports the team through a variety of responsibilities including researching, editing and preparing presentations.

In her spare time, Laina loves reading and drawing. She is a social butterfly, has never met a stranger and loves spending time with friends and family.
Tom Fritz
Social Media Specialist
Tom Fritz is a resident expert on all things technology. Tom has managed the founding and growth of many successful Social Media campaigns. Tom wears many hats at ERG besides social media. He manages all the hardware and software along with assisting in researching market data for ERG’s clients and candidates.

Tom takes music very seriously. He is a five instrument player and on any given Saturday night you can find him playing out with a local group. Between his love for the open road and his passion for the outdoors, Tom has no trouble staying busy both inside and outside of work.
Allison Butz
Research Specialist
Allison is our local Research Specialist and jokingly is referred to as “better than the CIA”. She spends her days as a member of ERG’s Admin team; searching for the high quality, professional and qualified candidates that clients have come to expect from ERG.

Allison and her fiancé both serve in the military. She serves as a Lieutenant in the Army Reserves as Personnel Management Officer and appreciates the great opportunity she’s had to serve her country thus far. She takes pride in utilizing her leadership and interpersonal skills to ensure that her soldiers are always trained and prepared for anything.

In their free time, Allison and her fiancé enjoy hiking, going to the movies and spending time with their families now that they’re back in Wisconsin!