Meet Our Team
Our team brings a wealth of experience and passion to executive search.
Sharon Hulce is President/CEO of Employment Resource Group, Inc. (ERG), a nationwide Executive Search firm based in Appleton, Wisconsin. A 26-year veteran of the Executive Search industry, Sharon founded ERG over 20 years ago to change the traditional way search was done. Ensuring ERG would never be the firm that just presents resumes, she has dedicated her company’s mission to providing thought leadership on every level, ensuring successful hires for both the company and the individual. Sharon is proud of her 26 years of “transforming lives”.
A Forbes-published author, Sharon’s book entitled A Well-Done Professional Midlife Crisis is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and SharonHulce.com. She is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, often sharing her life and professional experiences at countless corporate presentations, national conferences, association meetings and even a TEDx talk.
Sharon was recently awarded the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Gus A. Zuehlke Distinguished Service Award for her entrepreneurship and vision within the local business community. Prior to leaving the global MRINetwork, Sharon was recognized as Management Recruiters International’s Person of the Year. This award is given to a single member who made the greatest contribution to the network, worthy of recognition as “MVP” of the entire network. She has been a Top Ten Owner of the Decade, having personal billings over $20 million.
Sharon is also an Executive Board Member of The Pinnacle Society, a consortium of the country’s industry-leading recruiters and a member of the Women Presidents Organization (WPO), a dynamic collective of women business owners from around the world who share insights to drive game-changing experiences.
Passionate about the community she lives and works in, Sharon has served on numerous boards and was the recipient of the 2019 Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award through the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, which recognizes an individual who over many years has positively impacted the quality of life in the Fox Cities through their leadership. Additionally, ERG’s gift back to the community over its 20+ years as a company has been through its transformation of nonprofit organizations, having conducted over 90 leadership searches pro bono, resulting in over $6 million in donated search fees back to the Fox Cities.
Cal has over ten years of experience in recruiting. His diverse background of working with both the clients and candidates has enabled him to locate the most talented and passionate candidates that align with a company’s mission and culture. He loves meeting new people (always with a smile!) and helping them turn their heart’s desires into reality. Cal never meets a stranger!
Cal is a proud United States Navy veteran, having served our country in various leadership roles.
Outside of work, he and his wife, Amy, have their hands full with three daughters and a son. The family loves outdoor activities, traveling, playing games, and watching movies – popcorn is a must! If he gets personal time, Cal enjoys physical fitness, listening to music – even singing a few notes out loud (we catch him doing this), and trying all kinds of new foods whenever he can, a true foodie at heart.
Over the past decade, Cameron has directed the marketing, web, video and creative efforts for several Minor League Baseball teams, a well-known Wisconsin music festival and two NCAA universities. As ERG's creative director, Cameron is the voice behind the brand, helping to stay connected to clients and candidates across the country. Cameron is a thought leader in the marketing space and if you like something ERG produces, you can be pretty sure Cameron’s creative mind is behind it!
Cameron and his beautiful wife Jenn and daughter Aubrey live in Neenah. As a family, they enjoy exploring the Wisconsin outdoors, doing puzzles and cheering on the Green Bay Packers!
Allison is ERG’s “Swiss Army Knife”! Responsible for sourcing, IT, metrics, training and culture, she spends her days working hard behind the scenes to ensure the entire team has what they need to be successful. Whether it’s searching for the high quality, professional and qualified candidates that clients have come to expect from ERG, putting together engaging employee trainings, organizing fun team building events, managing spreadsheets or fixing computers, Allison is never short on things to do!
Allison and her husband, Kholten, have both served in the military. She serves as a Lieutenant in the Army Reserves as a Human Resources 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 husband enjoy hiking, watching movies and spending time with their families!
Throughout his career, Brett has developed a unique business background spanning investments, corporate finance, analytics, operations and continuous improvement. Brett strives to blend advanced analytics and strategic planning to optimize long-term performance with an emphasis on culture and employee engagement.
Continuing a family tradition of military service, Brett served in the Marine Corps as an Infantry Assaultman. This tough decision making and no-excuses environment created the foundation of his approach to leadership: putting the team first and valuing each individual like family.
Brett earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a Finance major from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He has also completed a certificate program in Lean Six Sigma from Villanova and executive education from Harvard Business School.
Brett was born and raised in Appleton, and is married to his high school sweetheart, Amy. Together, they have built a wonderful family with three amazing kids.
Pam is a recognizable figure to many due in part to her illustrious career as a multimedia leader, including her time with Gannett USA TODAY Network-Wisconsin, where she served as Regional President over 10 Northern Wisconsin newspapers.
Most recently, Pam served as the Senior Vice President of Advertising and Marketing at the Chicago Sun-Times. Additionally, Pam was in Sales and Marketing leadership roles at the Chicago Tribune, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the San Francisco Chronicle. Having hired, led and retained staff for many years, Pam brings a great understanding of how employers can find and engage their team to greatness, even in the most difficult of industries.
Pam's recruiting and hiring history has involved over 2,500 placements throughout her career, while personally developing the highly successful teams she has led. While at Hearst Corporation, she joined the San Francisco Chronicle in building a Digital Media Services team, specifically serving small to midsize business owners. This effort involved recruiting and hiring over 200 new employees in the very first year of this entrepreneurial start-up.
During her extensive career in multimedia, Pam has created a nationwide network of some of the top C-Suite leaders in publishing, sales and advertising, marketing, finance, journalism, major retail, sports marketing, non-profits and human resources. This robust list of connections includes organizations such as Hearst, Gannett USA Today Network-Wisconsin, Kohl's, Mariano's, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears, Festival Foods, ThedaCare, Advocate Aurora Health, Bellin Health, Macy's and Target - just to name a few!
Pam has a passion for serving and supporting philanthropic organizations and has been a board member for Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and Chicago, ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, United Way, the Trout Museum of Art and Children’s Minnesota Hospital - Minneapolis.
In addition to her love of hiring and developing high-performing teams, Pam also enjoys spending time with her wonderful family. She is married to Dave, a retired Los Angeles city firefighter/paramedic, who is now a phlebotomist. Pam and Dave have two daughters and one son and are extremely proud of the adults they have become. Their older daughter, Samantha works for World Relief in Sacramento, California and younger daughter, Christina is a paraprofessional high school counselor in Fort Collins, Colorado. Pam and Dave's son, Hans is a successful recruiter in Milwaukee. Hans and his wife, Laura have two young boys, James and Charlie. When not hard at work transforming companies, Pam enjoys cooking, travel, music, theater and is a total film fanatic - boasting a personal DVD collection of every Oscar-winning film since 1929, which was the very first Academy Awards.
Jessica has spent most of her career in the education sector and is a true people-person at heart. Never afraid to strike up a conversation with anyone, she prides herself on being fully approachable and transparent. She truly enjoys meeting and learning more about people from every walk of life and where their true passions lie. As a recruiter, Jessica's number one focus is to learn everything she can about her clients' workplace culture, as well as their "must-haves" so she can perfectly match candidates with similar goals and desires to ensure her placements are a win-win for everyone!
Outside of the office, you can find Jessica involved in a number of creative endeavors, most likely sculpting or throwing pottery on her potter's wheel. She also enjoys traveling, gardening and building large-scale LEGO models/cities with her husband, Alan.
Anne has enjoyed a very successful career in the manufacturing industry, serving in roles that provided extraordinary customer service and delivery of key messages through marketing. Her desire to make lasting connections, get to know people as individuals and continually transform lives is what inspires her as a recruiter.
She is an active member of the community, volunteering her time with groups focused on assisting those in housing crisis, Angel Tree Prison Ministry and as a lay member of her church.
Outside of the office, Anne enjoys gardening, hiking park trails and visiting wineries with her husband, John.
Prior to joining ERG, Jolene enjoyed a successful career in retail leadership and sales. After quite some time in that space, she is happy to share she is finally living out her dream job as an executive recruiter helping others grow and achieve the pinnacle of success in their careers. One of Jolene's greatest achievements during her career has been through her networking, which has allowed her to build meaningful long-lasting relationships with hundreds of professionals throughout the Fox Valley and beyond.
When she is not helping others achieve their dreams, Jolene is extremely active as a Wisconsin Patient Ambassador for the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research. As an Ambassador, Jolene helps newly diagnosed patients and their families find the resources necessary to help them get the best care and support possible.
Jolene is also very active with several animal rescue groups and she enjoys gardening, crafting and spending time with her best friend researching genealogy.
A native of Minnesota, Jesse is fairly new to the Appleton area and looks forward to experiencing everything the Fox Cities has to offer! A 2020 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Jesse has previous experience within the automotive and healthcare industries. He is passionate about building connections and is committed to going above and beyond to make a positive impact on someone's career journey.
When he's not in the office, you can find Jesse playing cribbage with his fiancé, joining in on a pick-up game of basketball or volleyball, relaxing on the water or cheering on the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Before joining the dynamic team at ERG, Pierson enjoyed several years in college recruiting, helping young people find their dream schools - now he is helping professionals find their dream jobs! Pierson loves helping others discover their passions and providing them with opportunities for growth, all while doing what they truly love.
Pierson is a 2018 graduate of Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. While at Principia, he earned degrees in Business Administration and Educational Studies and competed in Soccer and Track & Field at the NCAA DIII level. The combination of his professional development and personal skills has provided him with all the tools necessary to be an excellent asset to ERG.
Outside of the office you can find Pierson on the golf course or driving range sharpening his skills, or at the nearest waterski lake for a sunset slalom ski set!
Audrey is a recent graduate of Hamilton College in upstate New York. During her time at Hamilton, she was a member of the Admissions Department, working with prospective students looking for their dream college. Audrey is excited to transfer her skills and passion from this work to helping professionals find the best career opportunities available!
Outside of the office, Audrey enjoys reading renaissance literature, baking treats for her friends and knitting more socks than she knows what to do with! She is particularly excited to become a part of the local community after moving to Appleton from Connecticut and will be committing a substantial amount of her time searching for new hiking spots to explore!
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.
Ashlynn has spent the majority of her career as the creative mind behind an NCAA Division III athletic program, leading the social media, video and multimedia operations for more than a dozen different sports. She also brings a wealth of marketing knowledge and innovative storytelling thanks in part to her time with a Minor League Baseball team and traveling golf organization.
Ashlynn has a strong background in creating visual content for social media and developing brands across platforms. She firmly believes in building connections through the digital landscape and is passionate about bringing to life the stories of each client and candidate.
Outside of the office, you can find her playing a round of golf or hiking the local trails. She enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
As ERG's HR Research Specialist, Ari assists our awesome team of recruiters with discovering top talent from across the country. She is a 2022 graduate (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, with a degree in Human Resource Management. During her time at UWO, Ari made the Dean's List several times and was an inductee to the National Society of Leadership and Success.
Hailing from Northern Minnesota, Ari has enjoyed walking, biking and hiking around the Fox Cities with her boyfriend. They are constantly looking for new places around the area and new delicious restaurants to try. When not at the office or enjoying the outdoors, she enjoys baking, reading and playing video games with friends.