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Meet our Staff: Kris Jason

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By Michael Kraft Kris Jason’s office is just down the stairs from mine. When he gets enthusiastic–this happens often–I can hear him blending two of his professional lives.   Years ago, Kris was a college basketball coach in a pretty good system. Among his mentors was John Wooden…yes, that John Wooden, the one with 10 NCAA national championships in a 12-year run at UCLA. Through Wooden, he got to know other coaching legends, such as Tom Landry, who guided the Dallas Cowboys to their first Super Bowl championships, and Walt Hazzard, to whom Kris served as Assistant Coach at Compton Community College, then Chapman University and then UCLA.   Kris has worked with lots of basketball players that you may recognize. When I learned this, I mentioned that former Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller and I went to the same high school. He was a little younger. Reggie’s sister Cheryl was in the year after me, she of the WNBA, Olympic gold medal and scoring 105 points in a single high school game. Kris knew the whole family, mom, dad, Cheryl, Reggie and major league baseball player Daryl. He’s been to their house. (My invitation must have gotten lost.)   Upon leaving UCLA, Kris went on to to the University of Hawaii, and served as an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for four years.   Life intervened, as it does, and Kris came to the North Coast to care for his mother in her final year of life. He talked with Coach Wooden about it, who reminded Kris that the order of priority is this: 1) faith, 2) family, 3) everything else, including work and basketball. Those priorities stay with Kris today, and his favorite role in life is proud father.   During his time in Eureka, Kris took a job in the local UPS operation. This took him eventually to Sacramento, Stockton, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Raleigh, North Carolina. At UPS, Kris was a customer of Labor Finders, a staffing company, and Kris met another mentor, eventually moving into the staffing business. He served as regional manager over multiple branches in North Carolina and then in and around the District of Columbia.   Returning to Humboldt, again for family...

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Meet Our Staff: Tomas Chavez

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Meet Our Staff: Tomas Chavez Specializing in professional and executive recruitment, Tomas Chavez joined the Sequoia Personnel Services Inc. team in 2006 as a personnel consultant to help provide a high standard of quality service in local organizations. Tomas now handles all employment placement types, managing the temporary side of the business and also permanent placements. Using his knowledge of the North Coast market and his background in management and administration, he is driven to find the top candidates that meet the needs of each client’s workforce.     Originally from Hesperia, Tomas came to Humboldt County in 2000 to earn his bachelor’s degree in business administration. Before joining Sequoia Personnel Services Inc., he served as the assistant general manager at Best Western Inn in Arcata. As a personnel consultant, he helps businesses find the qualified staff members they need to flourish in Humboldt, Del Norte and Mendocino counties.     You can often find Tomas engaging with local businesses at Eureka Chamber of Commerce mixers and other local business events, so don’t hesitate to say hello! In his off time, Tomas enjoys spending time with his wife Heidi and their son Cruz in McKinleyville and is an avid San Francisco ‘49ers fan. The information provided in this blog is intended for general information purposes only. Readers should seek the help of an HR professional for guidance on specific...

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