Meet VisionSpark’s Team of Hiring Experts


“Experts at drilling down to get you the best candidates.” — Client


Alec Broadfoot, CEO

Alec Broadfoot VisionSpark Hiring ExpertAlec Broadfoot is a successful entrepreneur and business owner who adds value to companies by helping them make critical hiring decisions with significant bottom-line impact. For those familiar with EOS® companies’ structure, Alec is our Visionary. He is passionate about EOS and often evangelizes about EOS to VisionSpark clients.

Through VisionSpark, Alec engages mid-market companies across the country in hiring training, key leader searches, behavioral interviewing, and personality assessments. He has become a trusted, sought-after resource for business owners and executives who want to improve their hiring practices and employ top performers. Having established himself as a strategic hiring expert in Columbus and across the Midwest, Alec frequently gives presentations on better hiring processes.

Alec earned his bachelor’s degree in international business and economics and holds his MBA from Bowling Green State University. Before forming VisionSpark, Alec served as the president of a Columbus-based publishing company. Alec lives in Powell, Ohio, with his wife Sheri, and their three children Maggie, Cameron, and Natalie.

Q. If you weren’t working for VisionSpark, what would you be doing?

A. One of my goals is to become a chair of a CEO peer group, like Vistage. I love working with leaders of growing mid-sized companies and have a huge passion to see them succeed in their businesses.

Q. What are you doing personally or professionally to further your development?

A. I read books, attend trainings, and surround myself with great mentors, advisors, and friends who challenge me and support me. I am blessed!


Kara Ybarra, Client Services Director

Kara Ybarra VisionSpark Hiring ExpertKara joined the VisionSpark team in 2013. As Client Services Director, she acts as client liaison and works with other team members to build strong client relationships. Kara also serves as Project Manager for VisionSpark’s marketing and sales projects and is an expert in VisionSpark’s interviewing system. However, she is best known for her expertise with our Achiever assessments.

As a Certified Achiever™ Expert, Kara conducts one-on-one consultations with executives and hiring managers, coaching them to translate their Achiever results into better hiring and to engage and build their teams. Kara also conducts Achiever trainings with executives and business owners who want to learn more about how the Achiever can help boost employee productivity, effectiveness, and job satisfaction.

A graduate of Wittenberg University and the Culinary Institute of America, Kara worked for 15 years in the restaurant industry with notable chefs such as Chef Hartmut Handke, CMC, and Chef Gabriel Ybarra (also her husband). Kara and Gabriel have one daughter, named Julia. As a former business owner with previous work experience in human relations and franchise marketing, Kara brings invaluable insights to our leadership team.

Q. If you weren’t working for VisionSpark, what would you be doing?

A. My long-term goal is to write a cookbook series. The series will focus on developing basic cooking skills and how to utilize those skills to prepare fulfilling meals.

Q. What are you doing personally or professionally to further your development?

A. Reading and research are key to my ongoing personal and professional development. I’ve also reviewed other assessments like the Predictive Index, and have met with Achiever assessment experts to learn more about its correlations. I’ve discovered that assessments like the Achiever are imperative to hiring for all job types — from painters to CFOs.


Tonya Casey, Search Division Manager

Tonya Casey Hiring ExpertTonya Casey is the senior consultant and hiring expert for many VisionSpark clients, having interviewed over 1,100 candidates for more than 50 search projects to date. She draws on her varied background and experience to advise business leaders on searches and connect them with the right people. Tonya has worked with hundreds of C-suite executives from small, privately held companies and large, public corporations across a large variety of industries (from manufacturers to service providers). She has particular expertise in finding EOS Integrators and COOs.

Tonya started with VisionSpark more than six years ago and now manages the Search Division. As the team leader, she oversees all of our executive and professional searches, and coaches and mentors our project managers and interview specialists. Besides conducting the internal training of all new hires at VisionSpark, she is also is the program developer and trainer for our Train the Trainer program. Passionate about systems, processes, and continuous improvement, Tonya constantly strives to better VisionSpark’s service offerings and uncover our client’s needs so we can provide unique, customized solutions.

Tonya has a bachelor’s degree in interior design and has worked in the construction, facilities management, and education industries. She lives in Powell, Ohio with her husband, Mike, and her two children, Hannah and Tim. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities like camping, rowing, or, on rare occasions, hiking in the Alps.

Q. If you weren’t working for VisionSpark, what would you be doing?

A. Anything where I can continue to learn, grow, and help others. The world is full of opportunities, and I love challenges and solving problems.

Q. What are you doing personally or professionally to further your development?

A. I am constantly reading blogs and articles about new trends in the recruiting industry and new technologies. I have a passion for learning, discovering new things, and taking full advantage of today’s constantly changing world.


Vicky Florian, Client Services Specialist

Vicky FlorianVicky Florian is a graduate of Mercyhurst University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and played D2 field hockey. She joined the VisionSpark team after connecting with VisionSpark’s core values and mission. Since then, she has quickly grown to be an invaluable member of our Client Services team. Supporting VisionSpark and its clients, Vicky creates an environment where productivity and relationships can thrive. She leads many of our Professional Searches, applying VisionSpark’s proven process to help clients find mid-level and professional candidates that fit their unique culture. Vicky also champions our core value “Celebrate” as our CCO (Chief Celebration Officer).

Vicky’s previous experience includes mentoring and coaching non-engaged high school students, consulting for small businesses and working in the healthcare field. She values faith, family, authentic relationships, and is passionate about positively impacting others’ lives. Vicky lives in Dublin, Ohio, with her husband, Ryan, and dog Aubrey.

Q. If you weren’t working for VisionSpark, what would you be doing?

A. I would spend my time traveling the world, having new experiences, and making memories with those I love. I would be doing mission work overseas and spearheading clean water initiatives with a goal to make long-lasting impacts in impoverished communities. I also love cooking and fitness!

Q. What are you doing personally or professionally to further your development?

A. I am on a never-ending personal growth journey, which includes reading books, listening to podcasts and audios daily, and attending leadership conferences. I also spend time studying successful people and associate with people who bring out the best in me.


Jennifer Copenhaver, Project Manager

Jennifer Copenhaver Project ManagerJennifer has a diverse background working in a variety of industries. She started her career in the United States military, where she served as an Air Force officer for 10 years. Since that time, she has worked as a missionary, project manager, media programming & distribution director, academic dean, school administrator, and strategic mentor to nonprofits. Jennifer holds an undergraduate degree in Japanese from The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in public service leadership. She has a strong desire to serve the community around her and greatly values faith and family. As a project manager for VisionSpark, Jennifer is passionate about helping companies find the right candidates for their unique culture who will advance them to the next level of success.

Q. If you weren’t working for VisionSpark, what would you be doing?

A. Harriet Tubman’s words continue to inspire the dreamer in me: “You have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” I truly believe that. One of my dreams is to make an impact in my community by helping people prepare and respond to disasters — I would focus my time and energy on doing more of that!

Q. What are you doing personally or professionally to further your development?

A. I’m an avid reader who appreciates books, articles, and current research, but I especially enjoy learning from working professionals. I like training in new areas and seeking out opportunities to apply what I learn — especially when it involves strategy, leadership, or crisis management.


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