VisionSpark

Team

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 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 ExpertAs 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.

Kara joined the VisionSpark team in late 2013. Among her many responsibilities, she consults with clients to learn their hiring needs when filling leadership roles. Kara also develops focus points for future VisionSpark training sessions based on her one-on-one reviews of Achiever™ results with clients.

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 Meyers-Briggs and 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.

 

Vicky Florian, Office Assistant

Vicky Florian is a graduate of Mercyhurst University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and played D2 field hockey. Vicky connected with VisionSpark’s core values and mission and is excited to continue her professional career with the VisionSpark team. Vicky values faith, family, authentic relationships, and is passionate about positively impacting others’ lives. She 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.

 

Tonya Casey, Search Division Manager

Tonya Casey Hiring ExpertTonya worked in the construction and facilities industries for six years after graduating from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s in Interior Design. She has been with VisionSpark since 2012 and handles our executive searches. Tonya composes position profiles, conducts phone interviews, and handles all communications with our applicants using her varied life and work experiences to seek out the right candidates. She lives in Powell, Ohio, with her husband, Mike, and her two children, Hannah and Tim.

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.

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