The Advisory Board for Austin Recruiters is responsible for setting the overall strategy and direction for the community, content, education and agendas for our recruiting conferences and events.
President & Community Leader
With 22 years of human resources and talent acquisition leadership experience, Jason Buss is a recognized expert with deep experience in identifying, recruiting and hiring high-performing teams. He is currently the Vice President of Talent Acquisition for MongoDB.
Jason has authored and published content in, and has been quoted by The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Bloomberg, MarketWatch, Society for Human Resource Management, Corporate Executive Board and more.
He is the founder of the Recruiters Network, and serves as the president and community leader for several of the nation’s largest and most active regional recruiting communities including Minnesota Recruiters, California Recruiters, Denver Recruiters, Florida Recruiters, Wisconsin Recruiters, Michigan Recruiters and Oregon Recruiters.
Advisory Board Members
Taylor Martinez is the Marketing & Events Specialist for the Recruiters Network. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of St.Thomas in 2018. While studying at the University of St. Thomas she had the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland, Argentina, and Brazil. Also, during the completion of her degree, she underwent many different work experiences such as being a Marketing Research Intern for Sidewalk Dog, Social Media Intern for Hy-Vee, and Talent Acquisition & Social Media Intern for Spok. Throughout her experiences, she has become increasingly interested in social media and how its use can shape and grow an organization.
Taylor has proudly lived in Minnesota her whole life. She is passionate about volunteering and has spent numerous hours volunteering with the Jeremiah Program. In her free time, she enjoys partaking in outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming, as well as going for walks with her adorable English Mastiff named Mabel.
Gina manages the executive search team for General Electric’s Digital division. She began her talent acquisition career as a university recruiting manager with Wells Fargo. Like many early in their careers, she was on the road frequently, traveling throughout the US. While at Wells Fargo, she received her MBA in Human Resource Management. “I thought I would move from talent acquisition to a career in HR, but 15 years later I’m still passionate about recruiting. I love connecting candidates and companies to opportunities that foster success.”
She has worked on a variety of roles from entry-level sales reps to executive talent for multiple industries globally. In addition, she built diversity programs for startup and enterprise organizations to include a program still used by Progressive Insurance to promote veteran hiring. In 2015, she was recruited by GE to build the executive search function for the software and IoT division.
An entrepreneur at heart, Gina helped her husband open a restaurant and bring a brand they love, Beach Hut Deli, to Austin. This is the 4th business she and husband have owned. You can find her there on weekends making sandwiches, bartending or hosting Friday trivia nights. On her downtime, she likes to relax with her other true love, Leo, her rescue dog.
Kunal Laroia serves as the inaugural Executive Director of The Recruiters Network. In his role, Kunal oversees the development and implementation of the strategic objectives for the organization and its regional communities. Passionate about harnessing and leveraging the collective wisdom of Human Resource & Recruitment professionals, Kunal is the connector and convener of The Recruiter's Network nationwide communities.
Prior to The Recruiter's Network, Kunal consulted with talent acquisition teams to support their overall technical hiring needs, most recently at Hired. With deep and diverse experience in engaging startups, Kunal has also served as a lead community organizer for TechStars Startup Week, Membership & Community Manager at Galvanize, and is the Founder of Arizona-based Telescope Ventures which helps seed-stage companies connect with and hire local engineering and design graduates.
From time-to-time you can find Kunal on the golf course, experiencing new wines, exploring new destinations, and taking flying lessons as a pilot-in-training.
Join The Conversation
This week’s tip of the week comes from Ryan Dull, CEO of Sagemark HR, from our webinar: Guarantee Great Hiring Decisions Every Time!
This week's tip of the week comes from Tom Gimbel, Founder & CEO of LaSalle Network, from our webinar: Guarantee Great Hiring Decisions Every Time!
This week's tip of the week comes from Jason Buss, VP Global Acquisition at Mongo DB and Founder of the Recruiters Network, from our webinar: Guarantee Great Hiring Decisions Every Time!