Meet Our Team
Advantage xPO’s unique approach to talent acquisition revolves around our ability to effectively manage to three operational areas of excellence: people, process and technology. We invest in our people and foster professional development that benefits our clients at every turn.
Executive VP - Program Accounts
Karl oversees all activities associated with the management of “Managed Service Programs” to all of Advantage xPO’s strategic partnerships. He is responsible for the overall relationship with each client including, solution development, sales, and delivery excellence with multiple suppliers, industry/market trends, VMS tools, training and education.
Starting in 2004, Karl came to Advantage Technical Resourcing with a 16-year senior management background in Sales and Operations Management. He held a variety of strategic sales and operations roles in the high technology and financial services industries. His well established background includes sales executive positions at Trans Union, The Mathworks, Charette and IKON Office Solutions. He has received numerous awards for sales performance as well as recognition from clients for outstanding quality of service. In 2016, Karl transitioned to Advantage xPO to bring his expertise to the MSP solutions programs.
Karl holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Bentley College and an A.S. in Computer Technology/Management from Dean College.
Roberta Coggins joined Advantage xPO in 2007 as a Recruiter onsite at a prestigious global banking institution supporting Finance. Roberta was promoted to Senior Recruiter then Program Manager in 2013 for the account. She was responsible for account delivery management and revenue.
Prior to joining Advantage xPO, Roberta was with the Intercontinental Exchange, ICE (formerly the New York Stock Exchange) for seven years managing the MSP program. She holds a Masters in Human Resource Management from Long Island University and a B.S from Medgar Evers College, CUNY.
Rob Romano joined Advantage Resourcing in September 2004 having worked in the staffing industry for over 16 years. Rob started his tenure as an Account Manager, before moving into the role of Regional Safety Manager supporting both Advantage Resourcing and Advantage xPO. In October 2013, he was named Sr. Program Manager of Advantage xPO Business Process Outsourcing accounts and in June 2015 was promoted to BPO Program Director. As a BPO Program Director, he oversees delivery management, profitability, and growth of BPO business in North America.
Rob holds a Bachelors degree from Rhode Island College.
Business Development Director
Laurie Harms joined Advantage xPO in 2015 as a business development leader. She brings 16 years of industry knowledge in staffing solutions and marketing to her role. She has previous leadership experience managing teams, cultivating large scale solutions and managed services on a national level.
Laurie is responsible for establishing new business and articulating client needs and Advantage xPO solutions. Laurie attended Indiana University with a focus in Communications.
Managing Director, Advantage xPO UK & EMEA
Mike assumed the role of Managing Director in 2015, responsible for the strategic and operational development of the combined UK recruitment business. Mike reports to Graeme Maude, Deputy Chairman of Advantage Resourcing Europe.
Mike previously held the position of Strategic Accounts Director for Advantage Resourcing UK; responsible for the development of key strategic clients within the Defence, Aerospace and IT Infrastructure. He has extensive experience working within the complex arena of SOW and fixed price projects. Mike has been part of Advantage Resourcing since 2004.
Mike has a BA in Economic Policy from the University of Hull and an MA in Economics from the University of Exeter.
Sales & Business Development MSP & RPO, Advantage xPO UK & EMEA
Chester began his career in Engineering, in fact it was Quality Engineering where he learnt how to “solve” technical problems and improve manufacturing processes. As a natural progression he joined a technical recruitment business in the 1990’s.
By 2006, I achieved the “The Diploma in Strategic Company Direction” awarded by the Institute of Directors (IOD) and subsequently promoted to Contracts Director in 2007.
In 2010, he joined the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, Technical and Engineering Executive Board, with the aim of providing specialist support and advice to recruitment agencies working in the Engineering and Technical sectors.
In 2013, Chester became a Fellow Member of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (FIRP) awarded by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) I continue to develop my recruitment knowledge by attending a number of recruitment and sales training courses.
In September 2016, he joined Advantage xPO working in a team that delivers strategic results for organisations in line with their needs. By delivering measurable and tangible benefits and streamlined processes we enable our clients to focus on their day to day activities.