Don Jacobson was born and raised in New York City, and graduated with a B.A. degree in Management from the City University of New York. For 10 years, Don managed Operations and Supply Chain departments for consumer products companies. He then turned his attention to recruiting and for the past 27 years, has specialized in recruiting and placing supply chain executives throughout North America.
Don is certified by the National Association of Personnel Consultants. He was a Partner at Hunt Ltd., and more recently was the Founder and Managing Partner of LogiPros LLC, a logistics recruiting firm.
Don is a regular contributor of topical human resource articles for DC Velocity magazine, the CSCMP Supply Chain Comment, and The WERCSheet, published by the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). He is Past President of the NY/NJ/CT chapter of WERC.
Fran Chargar co-founded Logistics Horizons LLC with Roger Zetter. Prior to that, she spent 10 years in logistics recruiting at Hunt Ltd, a long-established personnel services firm. Before joining Hunt, she held numerous positions within The May Department Store organization. While at May, Fran developed the retailer’s import program, and worked in the domestic logistics area as well.
Fran was part of a group that created the Mentoring Program for the Council of Supply Chain Professionals (CSCMP). She was President of the New York City Roundtable of CSCMP.
Robert has had an extensive career in logistics, transportation and supply chain management with both large and small companies. He comes to the supply chain staffing industry after serving as National Distribution Manager for Fuji Photo Film USA Inc.; National Distribution Manager for Del Laboratories Inc.; and Regional Distribution Manager for Thomas & Betts Corp.
Bob is a long time member of CSCMP, WERC and the International Customer Service Association (ICSA). He has served as President and Treasurer of the NY/CONN CSCMP Roundtable for more than 10 years.
A graduate of Seton Hall University with a B.A. in history, Bob also studied business administration at Northwestern University and Loyola University of Chicago.
Outside the office, Bob is a sailor and avid runner of all distances — including marathons.
Cheryl Harrity, a results-driven, executive-level supply chain operations professional and consultant, has a proven track record in building and strengthening business platforms, supported by over twenty years in supply chain operations experience and over eight years in supply chain performance management and best-practice benchmarking. Cheryl has held management positions at MGP Ingredients, CS Integrated, AEP Industries, Ryder Systems, Knouse Foods, and ACME Markets, and she has served in consulting roles for NaviChain Consulting, Supply Chain Visions and KPMG Peat Marwick.
Cheryl has served as the project team member for the 2009 release of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP’s) Supply Chain Management Process Standards. She co-led the development of the SCORmark tool offered by the Supply Chain Council (SCC) and served on the SCC Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model versions 8.0 and 8.1 project teams. Cheryl is published as a supply chain subject matter expert and thought leader in industry periodicals, white papers and business books. She has taught supply chain management courses at the University of Nevada, Reno, and has spoken at numerous supply-chain industry conferences. She has chaired the Roundtable Advisory Committee for CSCMP and served as an officer of the Seattle Roundtable and the New Jersey Roundtable.
Al Cheli is in charge of special projects and new business development. Al brings to the table over 30 years of Retail Distribution and Human Resource Management experience.
Adam brings 15+ years of executive level Supply Chain, Procurement, Manufacturing and Engineering recruitment experience to Optimum. Adam began his recruiting consulting career at Lucas Group, one of the largest mid-market recruiting firms in the country. As an Executive Senior Partner, Adam averaged nearly 75 placements per year for nearly 9 years. He then became Vice-President of Stark Talent where he managed Stark’s National Search Practice. Upon the sale of Stark Talent, Adam became President of HART Executive Recruiting, a search firm focused on leadership roles in Private Equity, Supply Chain, Procurement, Manufacturing and Engineering.
Upon graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, Adam served in the US Air Force as a Logistics Plans Officer and then worked in Congress as a National Security and Defense Advisor. He resides in Dallas, TX with his wife Tiffany and 3 children.
Wallace is an Executive Candidate Recruiter who specializes in Supply Chain, Procurement, Manufacturing and Engineering. Wallace started his recruiting career at HART Executive Recruiting. Wallace supports client searches from the Manager to Vice-President level. Prior to his recruiting career, Wallace played in the National Football League for the New York Jets, Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Wallace graduated from the University of North Carolina. Wallace resides in Dallas, TX with his wife Lori and 2 children.
Diana Winters – Vice President of Paramount Search
Diana has over 20 years of staffing experience. Her career began as a Staffing Coordinator and progressed into more responsible roles throughout her career into positions which include Business Development, Branch Manager, Operations Manager and Division Manager. Her goal is to continually go beyond her client’s expectations.
Gary Cremieux – Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Gary has over 25 years of business development and operations leadership experience in B2B environments. Gary is a strong believer in building client trust and deep relationships by developing and executing flexible, customer-centered staffing solutions and “delivering our promise” of quality employees, very high fill rate achievement and industry best overall value every single day.
Matthew Schubert – CEO
Matthew began his career in the staffing industry in1992 and in 1998 started Paramount Staffing with his wife Tina. Today, Paramount Staffing is a $100 million company with 18 branches throughout the US and 5 divisions. The company focuses on serving manufacturers, warehouses, distribution centers & 3rd party logistics companies.
Savannah Simon – Vice President of Sales – Paramount on Premises
Savannah is a proven 16 year veteran in staffing sales and service. Savannah has extensive experience with development and implementation strategies that enable her customers to receive the best return on their investment. Savannah believes her “sales through service” technique is essential to her success.