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PCG Announces First Leadership Change in Over 3 Decades

Frank Loria

Michael Hecker

Jim Schneider

Toby Toups

The Personnel Consulting Group is experiencing our first leadership change in decades with the retirement of long-time President & Owner, Frank Loria, and the transition into firm ownership of Michael HeckerJim Schneider, and Toby Toups. Though Frank will be greatly missed by all of those who interact with the organization, the incoming partners plan to maintain the same caring, faith-based culture that has allowed personal and professional success to be enjoyed by employees, clients, and candidates over the last 53 years.

“After nearly 44 years with PCG and 40 as its President, I have handed the reins of the company to Jim Schneider, Toby Toups and Michael Hecker. There is no question in my mind that this was and is God’s timing and His plan for the foreseeable future for PCG. I could not be more grateful for the privilege the Lord afforded my wife, Annette, and me over these many decades to be associated with some of the finest, most caring and professional men and women. They are truly family to me and always will be”, says Loria regarding the transition.

“Our PCG team is forever grateful for Frank. His legacy as our leader will live on for many years through the impact he had on each one of us professionally, personally, and spiritually. Michael, Toby, and I are humbled by the opportunity to steward this organization and also excited about the many lives PCG will impact in the years to come as we continue to bring together great people and organizations. Further, the support of our administrative team has been invaluable as we have worked through the logistics of this transition- we are grateful for the support of Dawn Fletcher, Melissa Soriano, and David Lucien“, says Jim Schneider.

Michael Hecker will now serve as the firm’s partner responsible for the operation & growth of the petrochemical & manufacturing recruitment service line. Having already developed a stellar reputation recruiting the I-10 corridor since joining the firm in 2007, Michael’s team grew late in 2022 as he added another recruiter that has strong relationships and understanding of the industry, Jeremy Angle. Poised to continue expanding the division’s reach, Michael is looking forward to 2023 and beyond.

Jim Schneider, having joined the organization 6 years ago after a career in accounting, will be supervising and growing both the firm’s technology & accounting recruitment service lines while also managing day-to-day firm activities as managing partner. Jim is thankful that these divisions have 2 of the most respected recruiters in the Gulf South (Laura Miller & Dan Prados), while also having 3 emerging team members join the organization in the last year (Bailey Loria, Tristan Roberts, and Julie Montalbano) who will add value for clients & candidates for decades to come.

Toby Toups, who has been with PCG since 2013, will now serve as partner over the firm’s construction recruitment division. Toby built this division from scratch, and added a key contributor, Sam Grayson, to this service line in the fall of 2021. As the industry has continued to see accelerated growth, Toby expects PCG’s construction recruitment to increase in depth locally and breadth regionally.
 
Founded in 1969, The Personnel Consulting Group provides direct hire & contract staffing in the disciplines of accounting & finance, construction & engineering, petrochemical & manufacturing, technology, human resources, and administrative staff. The firm can be reached via LinkedIn, email (connect@pcgla.com), or phone (504-581-7800).

PCG Welcomes Julie Montalbano To Our Team

We are so excited that our family is continuing to grow! The Personnel Consulting Group is pleased to announce that Julie Montalbano has joined the organization in the role of Accounting & Finance Recruiter. Make sure to connect with her on LinkedIn.  Julie has both a Bachelors and Masters of Accounting from UNO, in addition to having worked in both public accounting and industry. She is excited to combine her passion for building relationships with her technical knowledge in her role in our growing accounting recruitment practice.

Julie is fervent about developing relationships and helping others to achieve their goals. She began her career in the tax division of a well-respected, large local CPA firm. She later worked in finance with a large, complex public health organization before deciding to combine her professional knowledge with her passion for connecting people.

The Personnel Consulting Group is a professional New Orleans direct hire recruiting and contract staffing agency.

Since 1969, it has been the mission of the the men and women of The Personnel Consulting Group to offer the most professional and caring direct hire recruiting and contract staffing services available. It is not a mission we take lightly. Pairing qualified candidates with jobs at successful companies affects the lives of so many people. It is sobering and humbling that we have the ability to build bridges in people’s lives that bring companies, families and successes together.

Meeting Needs...Changing Lives

T P
T P
January 19, 2023.
Julie Montalbano with The Personnel Consulting Group was wonderful to work with. She found me on LinkedIn and reached out for a meeting. Her ability to instill confidence in my experience and skillset was fantastic. I was able to get the interview and an offer thereafter for a job that fit the employer's and my skillset almost perfectly. This is credit to Julie. She was professional and extremely helpful through the entire process. I highly recommend them if you are looking for a career change.
Ethan Allen
Ethan Allen
December 23, 2022.
Tristan and the rest of the Personnel team are a great group of people. Would recommend to anyone in the consulting or hiring phase.
Eric Saucier
Eric Saucier
November 18, 2022.
Tristan Roberts - was a pleasure to work with. He worked closely with me and the company to coordinate activities - and kept me in the loop. He is a great asset to his company - as well as a great recruiter to work with while we surf the web for opportunities.
Tiffany Bath
Tiffany Bath
October 29, 2022.
I can't speak more highly about the team at Personnel Consulting Group, especially Dan! Their level of professionalism as well as their desire to truly listen to the applicant and match them with the right job was so impressive. I would absolutely recommend that anyone searching for employment consider partnering with Personnel Consulting.
Sydney Wentzell
Sydney Wentzell
October 25, 2022.
It was such a pleasure working with PCG. Sam Grayson at PCG sought me out through LinkedIn and offered me the opportunity to meet with some great companies. He was very knowledgeable about my individual skill set and did not rush the process until he found the perfect fit for me. Both Sam and Toby Toups are very easy to talk to and made me feel very comfortable. They put me in the position to accept an amazing job offer that I wasn’t even really seeking, so I can only imagine how helpful they would be for someone who actually is looking for a new job. I would definitely recommend working with PCG, specifically with Sam Grayson and Toby Toups - they work hard are very consistent and reliable. I can’t thank them enough for making this such a smooth and successful process!
Dan Schwab
Dan Schwab
October 20, 2022.
Tristan is a top-notch recruiter with PCG. His communication with me has been nothing less than exemplary. I honestly feel working with him that he wants me to succeed, and keeps me informed on a consistent basis. I can't give a higher recommendation, and for anyone trying to navigate the quagmire of the job hunt, Tristan is the person you should work with.
Andrew Wilson
Andrew Wilson
October 17, 2022.
Jeremy Angle with TPC was fantastic to work with. He helped me land an interview for a great opportunity and worked with me throughout the entire process! I would definitely recommend working with Jeremy and his group for any personnel and staffing related opportunities!
Kenneth Krizan
Kenneth Krizan
October 4, 2022.
I had an excellent experience working with Dan Prados from The Personnel Consulting Group. He was extremely responsive and professional throughout my time working with him and helped me find a job that aligns with my skillset and career goals. I would highly recommend The Personnel Consulting Group!
NOLA Kitchen Witch
NOLA Kitchen Witch
September 15, 2022.
Laura was amazing to work with. She was incredibly thorough and truly cared about my well being. Processing my payroll with Dawn was always easy, and she made sure to answer any questions I had. I appreciate these ladies.
alexis Urquhart
alexis Urquhart
September 15, 2022.
Melissa, Laura, & Dawn all do an amazing job here. They’re very efficient, friendly, & quick with service & any questions you may have. Payroll is very quick and email responses are within minutes if you need anything. Great staff to work under.

The bottom line of what we do is not a “transaction.” It is a relationship. Our results are measured by the long term success of individuals in the position for which they have been recruited – and that means success for the companies in which they work as well. We know we are doing our job when our clients continue to come back to us for their recruiting needs, and professionals thank us for locating them for the right position.

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We have built a family of professionals to work with the candidates and clients who have entrusted us with their futures and their success. In an industry with an average tenure of less than 2 years, the average tenure at The Personnel Consulting Group is over 15 years. Such amazing longevity has enabled us to strengthen and enhance our business and personal relationships with our clients and candidates, as well as within our own office.

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Toby Toups
Partner, Construction & Engineering Recruitment

Toby was born and raised on the bayou in Thibodaux, LA but has called Lakeview home since graduating from LSU in 1998. He has been in the recruiting business for 15 years and here at PCG for the last ten, where he started our Construction and Engineering Division from the ground up. Toby has been successful placing everything from Superintendents to Senior PMs and estimators on the general contractor side as well as all manners of civil engineers including structural, transportation, geotechnical, marine and other niches inside of civil engineering. If you work in one of these areas, chances are there are opportunities he’d love to share.

Toby has been married for 23 years to his amazing wife Melissa and has 3 great kids, Abby, a senior at Mt. Carmel, and Philip and James, twin boys in 7th grade at St. Dominic. When he’s not at the office he can be found coaching Philip and James in football or baseball or at the theatre watching Abby dance.

Michael Hecker
Partner, Petrochemical & Manufacturing Recruitment

Michael was born and raised near the streetcar tracks of Uptown New Orleans. After graduating from Isidore Newman High School, he attended Louisiana State University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2004. After dabbling in real estate at LSU, Michael got his license and became a commercial real estate agent for Latter & Blum. Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in the Summer of 2005 forcing a decision to leave the industry for Industrial and Construction sales at Fastenal Company.

 

It was his time at Fastenal that gave him a solid foundation of learning how to work with and service professionals in the Industrial manufacturing industry. His first position with Fastenal was as a salesman. Through his success in that role he was promoted to General Manager for a new Fastenal store in Chalmette, LA.

 

In November of 2007, Michael married his wife Katie. Not only was Michael beginning a new life with Katie, he was also beginning a new career with the Personnel Consulting Group. Hired to rebuild the Downstream and Petrochemical manufacturing sector for the company, Michael has built a steady client and candidate list throughout the Gulf Coast region.  Over the 10+ years in the business, Michael has assisted his clients with building new engineering teams, adding needed technical engineers for existing plant locations and locating executive and management level professionals through succession planning searches.

 

Michael is a current member of the Louisiana Chemical Industry Association. He also has earned the distinction of Certified Personnel Consultant with the National Association of Personnel Consultants.

 

In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with family and friends out on the water, at sporting events and traveling. He also loves fishing, watching LSU and the Saints, cooking crawfish and coaching his boys in athletics. Michael and Katie have three children; John Michael, Henry and Caroline. They live in the Lakeview area of the City of New Orlean

Julie Montalbano
Accounting and Finance Recruiter

Julie Montalbano, Accounting and Finance Recruiter at The Personnel Consulting Group, obtained her MS degree in Accounting from UNO in 2022 with an overall 4.0 GPA, after graduating Summa Cum Laude with her BS degree in Accounting. She is passionate about building relationships and helping others to achieve their goals. Julie began her career in the tax division of a well-respected, large local CPA firm. She later worked in finance with a large, complex public health organization before deciding to combine her professional knowledge with her passion for connecting people.

Julie held several leadership roles throughout her academic career, serving as the 1st VP and Recruiting Chair of Beta Alpha Psi, the VP of the Institute of Management Accountants, and the VP of the Finance and Economics Association at UNO. Julie served as a volunteer in the Department of Accounting, was an in-class scribe for her business law course, and was the accounting laboratory tutor at UNO. Additionally, Julie was a Graduate/Teaching Assistant.

Among Julie’s numerous scholarships and honors are the PCAOB Scholars Award, the AAA-CPA Harmelink Award, and the Mary Freeman Wisdom Foundation Scholarship. Julie was appointed to the UNO Grade Appeals Committee for the Department of Accounting as well as to the Student Recruiting, Development, Retention and Assessment Committee.

Outside of work, Julie enjoys performing arts, having experience as a performer in several professional productions in New York. Julie is currently a member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) as well as Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

Melissa Soriano
Recruiting Associate

Melissa is a New Orleans Native; she graduated from Ridgewood Prep and attended Tulane University and University of New Orleans in Early Childhood Education.  Melissa joined the Personnel Consulting group in 2016, before that she spent time teaching school followed by  opening a Café which was open for 5 years.  

 

Away from work, Melissa  is a mother of two adult boys and a grandmother of a baby girl.  She has a passion and volunteers in the NonProfit world for multiple ecosystems. Melissa opened a New Orleans branch for Remember Betty called TeamBettyNOLA, whose mission is to help minimize the financial burden associated with breast cancer for patients & survivors so that they can focus on recovery & quality of life. 

Jim Schneider
President and Managing Partner

Jim Schneider, CPA, CIA serves as the President & Managing Partner at The Personnel Consulting Group. Prior to his 6 years as a recruiter at PCG, Jim served as an auditor with Big 4 and regional firms, in addition to years of industry accounting as a controller. 

Jim is responsible for supervising the accounting & technology recruitment divisions of PCG while also being responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm.

Jim is currently President- Elect of the New Orleans Chapter of the La Society of CPAs and also serves on the board of the New Orleans Chapter of the Inst. of Internal Auditors and is on the membership committee of the Construction Finance Management Association. He has spoken at continuing education classes sponsored by the following:

–          Louisiana Society of CPAs
–          Construction Finance Management Association Chapters of New Orleans and of Baton Rouge
–          Institute of Internal Auditors, New Orleans Chapter
–          Hospitality Technology & Financial Professionals
–          Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce
–          Local university Beta Alpha Psi accounting honor societies and accounting classes.

Outside of work, Jim serves as a deacon at Metairie Baptist Church in Old Metairie and as church treasurer. Jim, a 3rd generation Lakeview New Orleans neighborhood resident, now calls Old Metairie home. He has run several marathons and also enjoys history as a member of various patriotic, conservator, and preservation organizations serving positions of treasurer, secretary, and at-large board member.

Laura Miller
Vice President, Accounting & Bookkeeping Temporary and Contract Staffing

Laura has been a member of the PCG family for over 30 years.  Through the ups and downs in the economy, Laura has placed both accountants, office support, and recently started to place human resources positions on both a contract and consulting basis.  Not only does she have a love for her job, but also has a great love for the Lord.  Since moving to the country almost 4 years ago, Laura spends a great deal of her time caring for her two horses (Libby and Cosmo)  and her two German shepherds (Andy and Tucker).

Dan Prados
Vice President, Accounting and Finance Recruitment

Dan was born and raised in Metairie, LA, one of  9 children (7 brothers and 1 sister).  He graduated from Jesuit High School and attended LSU and UNO.  After several years working in industry, he joined PCG in 1992.

 

Dan’s hobbies include watching sports, particularly LSU and the Saints, and being an exercise junkie.  He loves competing in triathlons – swim, bike, run.  He completed the Ironman Florida triathlon in 2017.

 

Dan married Sue in 1988 and has 3 children – Megan (husband Brad/ daughter Allie), Jared and Scott.

David Lucien
Operations Manager

David is a chemical engineer with a degree from Louisiana Tech.  He spent 12 years working in industry in refining and process control.  In 1993, he joined PCG as a recruiter in the engineering division.  He moved into the position of Operations Manager in 1998.

 

Away from work, David is a fan of NASCAR and enjoys going on cruises as well as trips to the Smoky Mountains.  At home, he spends time with his cat Molly and works in youth ministry in Life Teen at his church.

Dawn Fletcher
Office Administrator

Dawn came to PCG in 2020 with a background of over 23 years in Office Administration. Her hometown is a tad north of New Orleans, up around the Branson, Missouri area where she worked in many different types of industries. She worked in hospitality at a local golf resort, to a large landscaping company and a year at a local family ran concrete plant. She finally landed an office management job with a Branson area GM car dealership and stayed with them for 14 years. It was during that time she earned her Associates degree through Liberty University, focusing on Business & Accounting. Dawn and her traveling RN hubby even lived for 6 years in the Tampa, Florida area where she worked as a HR/Accounting Manager for a 100-year-old family ran Fruit Farm in Bradenton and as a HR Recruiter/Accounting Assistant at a Nation-wide Furniture Repair Business there in Ellenton. She finally went back into the car business as an Office Administrator for a Nation-wide Car collision center in Palmetto, Florida.

 

Dawn has been happily married to her High School sweetheart, Steve, for 34 years and is very proud of their two kids and their son-in-law. More importantly she is so blessed to have two grandsons so she can show off their pictures on her office wall or on Facebook. Dawn loves to go fishing, hiking, birding and investigate the history of New Orleans along with the surrounding areas plus explore the different parts of the Louisiana and Mississippi. In addition, she loves to get her art/photography/crocheting on whenever she feels the vibe to do so. Most importantly, she loves Jesus and serves whenever possible in her church’s café over in Slidell on Sunday mornings. She knew when God opened the door to come and work at the Personnel Consulting Group this was where she needed to be. Thankful, grateful, and oh so blessed!

Sam Grayson
Construction and Engineering Recruiter

Sam Grayson was born in Metairie and raised in Covington, Louisiana where he attended St. Paul’s School. He graduated from LSU in 2020. Sam is a lifelong LSU supporter and will always cherish his time in Baton Rouge.

 

Sam is currently a Construction and Engineering Recruiter at The Personnel Consulting Group. He believes relationships are at the heart of the business and enjoys working with both clients and candidates to ensure goals and interests are aligned for successful outcomes.

 

Prior to his time at PCG, Sam worked as an accountant for a publicly traded corporation in Louisiana and spent time working for a management consulting firm and lobbyist.

 

Outside of work, Sam enjoys playing tennis, basketball, golf and more recently pickleball. He is a big fan of live entertainment and sports and you can often find him bouncing between the Superdome and Smoothie King Center.

Tristan Roberts
Senior Technology Recruiter

Tristan was born and raised in the capital city of Baton Rouge, LA.   After graduating from The Dunham School, he attended Louisiana State University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2006 with Cum Laude honors.  Following his undergraduate experience, he earned his Master’s of Business Administration from the LSU Flores MBA Program also with honors. 

 

In 2011, Tristan married his wife Molly and moved to Houston to begin his professional career in strategic analytics and management in a Fortune 500 environmental and infrastructure organization and later in multifamily real estate.   In 2015, Tristan and his wife welcomed their first child and moved back to Louisiana to be closer to family.  Since then, Tristan has worked in varied industry including multifamily and commercial real estate, consumer packaged goods, supply chain, manufacturing, and oil and gas.  Over this time, he built his network and learned critical principles of organizational behavior and best practices in data analytics and strategic business management. 

 

In his free time, Tristan enjoys being in nature and sharing new experiences with his family and friends.  He loves canoeing, coaching his son’s athletics, golfing, traveling, hiking, and watching college football, basketball, and pro soccer.  Tristan and Molly have two children:  Warren and Walker.  They live in Mandeville and enjoy all it has to offer their family. 

Bailey Loria
Senior Staffing Coordinator

Bailey Loria has joined PCG with a variety of experience in outward facing logistical industries. She is passionate about building relationships and gets fulfillment from helping clients and candidates achieve their goals, making her the perfect fit to contribute to the firm’s growing clerical, administrative, human resources, and contract hiring practices. Bailey is also very active in the New Orleans chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 

 

Bailey is a life-long New Orleanian that now calls Old Jefferson home. She loves fitness, her dog Rush, and time with family & friends. Bailey is also a die-hard Saints fan and can give you the inside scoop on the best places to enjoy all the city has to offer. 

Jeremy Angle
Senior Petrochemical and Refining Recruiter

Jeremy comes to PCG with over 10 years of experience working in the industrial and construction settings. He has developed his career on building strong relationships by providing exceptional service to his customers. Jeremy looks forward to providing this same level of service to his clients in his role as Senior Petrochemical and Refining Recruiter while also helping candidates find their next career to better themselves and their families.

 

Jeremy was born and raised in Kenner. He grew up with a passion for playing and watching anything sports related. He played football, basketball and baseball which led him to attending Louisiana State University to obtain a degree in Athletic Training. After graduating college, Jeremy came home and worked for Ochsner Sports Medicine covering Dillard University’s athletic teams, but eventually got an opportunity to get into the equipment industry that he couldn’t pass up. This started his career in the construction industry that has led him to present day having extensive experience working with professionals across several disciplines including engineering, project management, maintenance, turnarounds, and procurement.

 

In 2011, Jeremy married his high school sweetheart, Jennifer. 3 years later, they were blessed with girl/boy twins, Avery and Brayden. When Jeremy isn’t working, he loves to spend time with his family most of all. He also enjoys working out, playing in adult baseball & softball leagues, and cheering for LSU and the Saints! Geaux Tigers! Who Dat!