Sharon Hulce
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.
Ashley Ponschok
Vice President Business Development – Services Division
Ashley Ponschok began her professional career in the non-profit sector where she developed a passion for helping others through community-wide health and wellness initiatives. She led numerous development projects resulting in over $600,000 of funding awards for local food systems efforts. While she found non-profit work very rewarding, Ashley decided to take her career in another direction where she could still give back helping people to find their life’s vocation. Ashley leads the firm’s human resources and financial services searches.

Ashley Ponschok was born and raised in the Twin Cities. She relocated to Northeast Wisconsin where much of her extended family resides to attend college. Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry, she decided to stay in the Green Bay area to remain close to her relatives and of course, the Packers. Ashley is currently earning her MBA at St. Norbert College and expects to graduate in the spring of 2018.
Tim Fick
Director of Recruitment
Tim comes to ERG with experience from many different facets of this industry. His expertise includes recruiting and account management, including business development and large account penetration. Tim comes from a long line of competitive folks, so performing at his highest level, while staying true to his values, has always been important to him. Tim’s never quit attitude and determination make him an outstanding search professional.
When not working, Tim is usually keeping himself very busy. He enjoys everything from golfing, camping and hanging out with family and friends to watching Wisconsin’s sports teams win. Go Pack Go! He also enjoys spending time with his wife Ashley and looks forward to watching his son Grayson and soon to arrive son, Hayden, grow up.
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!
Chad Luebke
Director of Recruitment
Chad Luebke joins Employment Resource Group, Inc. as Director of Recruitment focusing on the Construction and Aviation practices.

Chad has spent the majority of his professional career as a Marine Corps Officer. He has served on active duty primarily as CH-53 helicopter pilot both stateside and overseas. He finished his active duty commitment as an Officer Selection Officer (officer recruiter) based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Chad has always enjoyed the challenge of finding great talent, whether that be finding the next generation of aviators, judge advocates and combat arms officers or the next great senior leader for ERG’s Construction and Aviation clients.

The skills learned as a military recruiter have translated very well to the mission and values at ERG, and he is excited about building on them and helping ERG to provide amazing service and care to our clients.

In Chad’s free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, being outdoors, and working on his home.
Stephen Chin
Research Specialist
Stephen Chin started his career as a Biomedical Engineer, earning his degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He later changed directions to fill a leadership role with his church, where he worked for seven years and earned his Master’s in Organizational Leadership. With the arrival of their second son, Stephen and his wife Kristin moved to Appleton to be close to family.

Stephen’s passion is helping others, and this passion ultimately led him to work at the Employment Resource Group. Now, as an Executive Recruiter, Stephen is excited to help companies find the best talent for their organization so that both the company and the individual benefit from the placement.
Stephen’s hobbies include athletics, reading, watching movies and listening to music. Stephen, Kristin, and their two boys love to spend time at local parks when the weather is nice. When it isn’t, the Building for Kids is a favorite indoor option.

Stephen is eager to continue helping others through his work at ERG and through local community service opportunities.
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.