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Karen DiPeri - HMG Plus, Inc.

About Karen:

Karen DiPeri is the President of HMG+, a Hospitality Staffing Solution, with over thirty years of experience in partnering with corporate food service entities and caterers to successfully staff their events. HMG+ is Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) certified alumnus of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, President of the New York Staffing Association, and has been honored as a SmartCEO, New York Brava and SHFM Spirit Award winner.

Email: kdiperi@hmgplus.com

Phone: (646) 661-1021

Website: www.hmgplus.com

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What do you love most about the Staffing Industry?

  • Helping individuals find their dream job and helping clients fill their roles asap!

What book or podcast has helped you in your business?

  • Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion

What is your favorite location in NY?

  • Battery Park City

How has being a member of NYSA helped you in your business?

  • Being a member of NYSA has grown my confidence and my network. The industry partner members provide outstanding educational content, the legislative committee works tirelessly to help protect and foster growth through advocacy and the professional development opportunities have helped me become a better leader.


Bradley Block - Staffing the Universe Family of Companies

About Brad:

Bradley is the Chief Operations Officer and Principal of the Staffing-the-Universe Family of Companies. He is responsible for overseeing all operations within the organization, driving growth and thought leadership. Bradley has spent the last 16 years working in various management roles throughout the family of companies.

Bradley has a B.S. from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and an MBA from Stern Business School at New York University.

In addition, Bradley sat as the President of the Board of Directors for the New York Staffing Association, where he is still very active. Brad volunteers time towards many industry and personal causes, and he sits on multiple councils for the American Staffing Association, and has been a part of a number of conferences as an expert speaker and trainer.


Email: bradley@staffing-the-universe.com

Phone: (646) 652-0977

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What do you love most about the staffing industry?

  • The ability to be involved with so many people, industries, and clients in a meaningful and impactful way.

What book or podcast has helped you in your business?

  • Start with Why - Simon Sinek

    How has being a member of NYSA helped you in your business?

    • Being involved with a group of dedicated and intelligent people has provided ideas, resources, networking, business insights and friendships that all have helped make my organization stronger and better.  Being front line on meaningful issues, and being an active part of the discussions affecting the industry has allowed me to strategically set our business up for success.


    Finny Varghese - Nexus Staff

    About Finny: 

    I was born in India and immigrated to the US as a child; becoming the first graduate with a 4-year degree in my family. By saving, working nights and weekends, and enrolling in entrepreneurial advancement opportunities, I learned to develop a strategic approach to success and founded Nexus Staffing, Inc in 2005. My curious and analytical nature continually pushes me to learn and seek out new perspectives. I am never satisfied with the status quo, and I encourage those I work with and mentor to reach their highest potential. I prioritize my client’s needs and always try to put myself in their shoes to see where I can bring added value.

    For over 15 years, I have led the Nexus Staff team as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer. With expertise in entrepreneurship, business operations, and ever-changing market trends I have brought valuable support to clients - big and small - across the United States. I value the power of teamwork, perseverance, and curiosity; and I believe listening and connecting diverse voices leads to innovative change.

    I have always loved connecting people and helping them overcome challenges, and I am very proud to be a part of a team that strives to make a difference in the lives of others. With experience, I have come to realize that achieving our biggest dreams and overcoming our most difficult obstacles is more possible with the help of others. Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes, and for me, there is nothing more rewarding than making a difference— whether that's helping a client build out a new team, find the right fit to expand on an existing one, or partnering to achieve diversity and inclusion initiatives.

    Email: fvarghese@nexusstaff.com

    Phone: (518) 216-5860

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    What do you love most about the staffing industry?

    • Connecting talented people to new opportunities

    What book or podcast has helped you in your business?

    • How to Win Friends and Influence People

    What is your favorite location in NY?

    • Queens Borough Bridge

    How has being a member of NYSA helped you in your business?

    • NYSA membership has helped my firm to stay ahead of the curve with pending changes in legislation, changes in rules, guidelines etc. It has also been a valuable resource with the training it offers to my team and me.

    Miriam Dushane - Alaant Workforce Solutions

    About Miriam:  

    Miriam Dushane is Managing Partner of Alaant Workforce Solutions, an Albany, NY-based professional workforce services firm recognized by Forbes for the past four consecutive years as one of America’s Best Recruiting Firms. The next generation of Linium Recruiting, which Ms. Dushane launched in 2006 and built into a regional powerhouse, Alaant has assisted over 400 companies in attracting, acquiring, engaging and retaining more than 4,000 top professionals in the past decade. A SHRM Certified Professional and PHR with more than 20 years of human resources experience, Ms. Dushane specializes in recruitment, employee relations, and training and development. A passionate community advocate and leader, she lends her time and talent to a host of educational and workforce development entities, from AlbanyCanCode to the Tech Valley Business Alliance, and has been recognized by the Capital Region Chamber as a Woman of Excellence and the Albany Business Review as one of its Women Who Mean Business.

    Email: miriam.dushane@alaant.com

    Phone: (518) 689-3138

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    What do you love most about the staffing industry?

    • Discovering new business serving our community and the variety of people I get to meet.

    What book or podcast has helped you in your business?

    • I read NYSA email blasts faithfully, I also pay very close attention to daily updates from SHRM and ASA.

    What is your favorite location in NY?

    • Adirondacks

    How has being a member of NYSA helped you in your business?

    • Knowing we have a resource that we can turn to when we have questions or need help is just reassuring. In 2020, the programming NYSA offered was invaluable to help us navigate all of the things we needed to be aware of to keep our business running including guidance on PPP loans, all the COVID paid leave regulations and requirements that affected our employees and sales and marketing programs.


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