Gerry describes himself as a lifelong student of Staffing. An international speaker, author and acknowledged thought leader, he stays grounded by engaging with an extraordinary network of friends, colleagues and practitioners every day.
Gerry actively promotes the notion that Talent Acquisition is the ‘point’ of HR, that every stakeholder in the hiring process- especially candidates, must have their basic needs addressed and that for recruiters to be truly proud of who they are as professionals- they need a stand-alone professional association to have their back.
Gerry and his business partner, Chris Hoyt, facilitate peer-to-peer conversations about competitive practices with hundreds of TA leaders from some of the world’s largest and most innovative corporations. Today, CareerXroads is in its second decade as a member driven community of peers devoted to helping one another.
In 2010, Gerry co-founded a non-profit, Talentboard, with colleagues Elaine Orler and Ed Newman to better research define and measure the importance of the Candidate Experience, a subject he has been passionate about for more than 30 years. By 2017 the CandEs has collected data from more than 1000 employers over seven years and established an annual benchmark defining current Candidate Experience competitive practices.
In September 2016, the Association for Talent Acquisition Professionals was launched after several years of discussions with hundreds of practitioners, consultants and vendors lead by Gerry and a colleague Ben Gotkin. The ATAP Board of Directors, elected in 2017, is initiating a body of work to truly support recruiting as a profession.
Gerry co-authored eight books on the evolution of staffing, has written 100s of articles and whitepapers on similar topics. His career in Human Resources spans more than 40 years and includes HR leadership positions at Johnson and Johnson; Associate Partner in a boutique Executive Search firm; Career Services Director at the University where he graduated with his BE and advanced degrees in Engineering and IO/Psychology before starting CareerXroads in 1996