BANKW Staffing executives and directors work together to guide our success. Their commitment to our ideals and their professional expertise are critical to achieving our unified mission.
Co-CEO & Co-Founder
Whether he’s in the office, on the golf course, or relaxing at home with a glass of wine, Jason is a passionate entrepreneur who continually seeks out new ways to think about business.
As a founding partner of all five BANKW Staffing companies. His frequent combination of aggressive ideas and creative strategies (fueled by copious amounts of coffee) have played a key role in the award-winning growth of the businesses.
“I love a good business story. I want to know how businesses scale, the challenges they face, and how things are manufactured. But even more importantly, I want to create our own story.”
Drawing on over a decade of experience in senior management and operations roles with international staffing, internal audit, and hospitality organizations, Jason leads BANKW’s sales strategy, staff development, and operations. And yet, he still finds time to serve the community: He co-founded the New Hampshire Financial Management Association and The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Piscataqua Region Advisory Board.
An avid skier and golfer, Jason lives in Rye, NH with his wife and twin daughters.
CPA, Co-CEO & Co-Founder
After starting his career in public accounting, Paul turned his expertise to recruiting accounting and financial professionals for an international staffing firm. He spent close to 9 years at this firm and over the course of a few months he made a number of life decisions. It was also during this time that Paul met his wife.
“I knew after our first date I was going to marry her. We quickly got engaged and married. It was then that I began playing with the idea of creating my own firm. Starting my family motivated me to go all in.”
Paul partnered with two other talented industry professionals—Jason Kroll and Gary Wing—to form KBW in 2005. Following the success of KBW, they’ve since added four sister companies to the BANKW family: The Alexander Technology Group, The Nagler Group, KNF&T and Sales Search Partners. Now over 17 years in, Paul is proud of his team and considers them part of his family.
A sports fanatic, when he’s not busy overseeing the operations of the BANKW companies, you’ll find Paul rooting on his favorite Boston teams, spending time with his family, and playing sports with his two boys.
Chief Sales Enablement Officer & Co-Founder
Fostering relationships and building trust with customers has been a fundamental belief of Gary’s since he embarked on his recruiting career in 1999. When contemplating this career change, he asked some MBA peers at business school whether they could envision him in a sales/advisory role – “We thought you were in sales already?” To which he would inevitably reply, “No, I’m an analyst… in a bank… with spreadsheets.” Collectively, everyone realized this was an opportunity he should pursue. Since then, Gary has dedicated himself to building relationships with customers and colleagues alike by becoming a trusted advisor. Gary’s advice to new recruiters, or new sales professionals: “Don’t do things just to make money. Do things the right way, and success will follow.”
“It’s important to help customers realize the role we play in assisting their own corporate objectives. We’re here to educate customers on the local staffing market, quickly show what options are available, and highlight how other customers have been successful when partnering with BANKW. Customers rely on us to make quick, informed decisions that positively contribute to their own goals and objectives. None of this happens without trust – and that comes when we regularly engage with a customer.”
This central theme is what drives Gary – originally to start KBW with Jason Kroll and Paul Becker, and now as Chief Sales Enablement Office, to educate BANKW team members to develop their own skills to become successful recruiters.
Gary earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management and his Bachelor of Science in Business from Brown University. He lives in Bow, NH, with his wife Andrea, and their two children. You may also find Gary these days on his Peloton! When taking an 80’s or 90’s rock ride, keep an eye out for Boston_Recrutah!
Chief Revenue Officer & Co-Founder
Jason is Chief Revenue Officer & Co-Founder of BANKW Staffing and it’s portfolio companies. He works tirelessly to drive new revenue opportunities, foster marketing and PR strategies, and participate regularly in public speaking opportunities. If there was one word to describe Jason’s nature, it would be “driven”. This is displayed not only in his affinity for facts and figures, but also in his people-first leadership style. This combination of strengths has helped Jason lead BANKW to ongoing growth and success, even during some substantially challenging times.
“This team’s passion for creative problem solving has been continually tested. First when the recession hit in 2008, and again with the Covid-19 pandemic. Constant learning helped all of us overcome some seemingly impossible obstacles and contributed to our continued growth while many companies were either fighting to survive or going under altogether.”
Jason was named at one of Business NH Magazine’s top leaders for the future and received a Business Excellence Award from the NH Business Review. He has also served as a director/advisor on the boards the Massachusetts Technology Council, the NH Tech Alliance, the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, Southern New Hampshire University, NHTI, Granite State College, and Pinkerton Academy.
When he’s not at work, you’ll find Jason spending time with his family, working on his golf game, or most often hiking or camping in the mountains of New Hampshire.
COO & Co-Founder
Ask Matt why he comes to work every day and without hesitation the answer will always be, “the people.” It’s why he started BANKW Staffing and it’s what keeps him coming back every day.
“What I love about our team is our shared values and the skill that each person brings to the table. With this group, the opportunities are limitless; you just have to believe and execute on that belief.”
After spending a decade in management and public relations, Matt co-founded BANKW Staffing and The Nagler Group. His dedication to the human resources field and his passion for helping others grow—personally and professionally—Is what led him to BANKW Staffing. “I started these companies because it provided the ideal environment for me to focus on the things that matter most to me—family, friends, colleagues, business, and community—and create the life I wanted.”
A dedicated philanthropist, Matt spearheaded BANKW’s involvement in the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and New Hampshire Food Bank. He serves on the board of directors for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and is a professional coach for the Babson College Coaching and Leadership Program. Matt is also a successful restaurateur with establishments across the Midwest.
With all that, Matt still manages to stay balanced. His philosophy? Accept, adapt, embrace.
PHR, Sr. Director of Human Resources
Liz is the balancing force at BANKW Staffing. Her passion for achieving physical health, mental clarity, and the power of positive thinking, helps everyone in the office keep work and life in perspective.
With such a deeply rooted passion for experiencing life, it’s no surprise that Liz’s journey led her to a career in human resources.
“At the most organic level, we’re all humans. My life experiences have given me the clarity to embrace the fact that we’re far from perfect and can be complicated at times. As a human resource professional, you must be able to understand that to be able to relate to, empathize with, and understand people.”
Liz’s ability to bring people together paired with her prior experience in organizational leadership, management, recruiting and executive support have made her an invaluable asset. Since 2006 she has played a critical role in the BANKW’s continuous growth through her expert management of the company’s administrative, HR, and operations staff.
When she’s not in the office, Liz can be found hiking, enjoying nature, and spending time with family.
Susan is BANKW Staffing’s financial guru. Growing up in a family business is what originally ignited Susan’s passion for analytics, numbers, and lining up the details.
A former BANKW client, before joining the team Susan worked at three staffing companies as a controller and vice president.
“I worked with BANKW on the client side and saw the incredible care and attention they gave clients and candidates. They always put people before business, so when I had a chance to join the organization, I jumped on it.”
Now, as controller for BANKW, Susan not only heads up financial reporting, planning, and analysis, she brings vast experience in process improvement and organizational development to help guide BANKW’s growth. “I love being a part of a growing organization, and implementing processes and procedures to build a healthy, efficient, and successful organization.”
When she’s not traveling to explore faraway places, Susan lives in Windham, NH with her husband and their dog.
Director of Administration & Events
Allison Abate is our Director of Administration and Events for BANKW Staffing and our affiliate companies. Allison joined the BANKW Administration team in March of 2017 and was promoted to Director of Administration a year later in April of 2018. Allison manages our administrative and marketing departments. Under Allison’s leadership, the administrative and marketing teams have grown and continue to impress our company every day.
With 20 years of experience working in retail, client-based selling, and personal styling, Allison understands the significance of building lasting relationships and valuing the unique qualities and perspectives that each individual brings to a team.
“Through many years of working with so many different kinds of people I have learned that life is so much more than just a job. Who you are is what makes you successful. How you treat people is what will grow your life, your business and, ultimately, shape those around you.”
As the Director of Administration, Allison brings together the administrative staff working across all five of BANKW’s locations to ensure the highest level of support to our clients.
Allison is also an Advisory Board Member of The Admin Awards: The Highest Honor in the Administrative Profession.
Allison also understands why giving back is so important – and gratifying. Allison ran the Boston Marathon in 2015, raising over $12,000 for Mass Eye and Ear Hospital, and has racked up over 20 half marathons. Along with giving back to her community, in her free time Allison enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, traveling, and playing golf.
Director of Strategic Accounts
Brendan Licata represents BANKW Staffing for strategic and multi-vertical talent hiring, across all lines of business. He joined BANKW in 2010 specifically in its accounting & finance recruiting practice, KBW Financial. Brendan has worked in professional staffing since 2004, with a focus on multi-level finance hiring. Professionally, Brendan is involved in various business associations, along with speaking engagements at local colleges and universities, and recently joined the BANKW Philanthropy Committee. Within the community, Brendan is active with several nonprofit organizations, youth sports associations, and recently joined both Rye NH and New Castle NH Historical Societies.
Brendan is an alumnus of Marist College, where he competed in Division I Track & Field. Brendan resides in the seacoast region of NH with his wife and seven children.
Director of Strategic Accounts
Kristen is the Director of Strategic Accounts for the BANKW Staffing family of companies: KBW Financial Staffing & Recruiting, The Alexander Technology Group, Sales Search Partners, The Nagler Group, and KNF&T Staffing Resources. Kristen is passionate about building long lasting relationships and is responsible for creating new partnerships with local businesses in multiple disciplines including Technology, Finance, HR, Legal, Administration, and Sales. Prior to BANKW, Kristen graduated from Keene State College and spent over seven years in nationwide healthcare staffing, managing teams of recruiters and account representatives. Outside of work, Kristen lives with her husband and two cats in Londonderry, NH and enjoys the outdoor activities that the area has to offer like skiing, hiking, and kayaking. She also loves to cook and try out local restaurants.
Director of Strategic Accounts
Adrienne is a Director of Strategic Accounts at BANKW Staffing supporting its clients with their talent needs and goals in the recruitment and staffing of accounting & finance, information technology support & development, administrative, human resources, legal, and sales professionals. Prior to joining the BANKW team, Adrienne was responsible for business growth and marketing for a New England based talent management firm and a global organizational consulting firm working with small firms to matrixed organizations. She loves partnering with companies to develop an understanding of their business and people needs and goals to discover solutions to reach them.
Adrienne is a chair of the Ricciardi College of Business Advisory Board at Bridgewater State University. She is on the Board of Directors for Mechanics Cooperative Bank serving on its asset liability committee. She also serves on the USDA’s cranberry marketing committee and is an advisor at Solutions from the Land.
Beyond her work passions, she is a cranberry grower with the Ocean Spray Cooperative, a 13-year rider/volunteer of the Pan Mass Challenge, and an avid runner. Adrienne loves to travel, cook and spend time outdoors. She lives in the South Shore, has 4 amazing children and 3 energetic rescue dogs.
Director of Strategic Accounts
Jackie is a Director of Strategic Accounts at BANKW Staffing, supporting Alexander Technology Group, KBW Financial Staffing & Recruiting, The Nagler Group, Sales Search Partners, and KNF&T Staffing Resources. Her role is to support existing and new clients in Massachusetts & New Hampshire with various areas of staff augmentation. Her end-goal is to partner with each client to reach the most successful outcomes & efficiencies. Prior to joining the BANKW team, Jackie worked for a national staffing agency supporting the medical field for nearly 7 years. This is where she was first introduced to the staffing industry and found her passion in making excellent matches, connecting on both a professional & personal level, and creative problem-solving.
Her passions outside of staffing include reading as many books as possible, cooking delicious & creative meals and indulging in the occasional reality TV show. She resides in Western Mass with her husband & French bulldog puppy.