Meet Our Leaders

Steve Drexel, President and CEO

Steve_DrexelSteve joined Cornerstone Staffing Solutions in September 2012. He offers a unique blend of expertise as an industry executive/practitioner and economist that sets him apart from others in the industry. As a more than 20 year veteran of the staffing, human capital solutions and services industries, he operated in domestic and international markets for large commercial staffing companies such as Kelly Services and CSG Holdings, Inc. (the North American portfolio company of UK-based Impellam Group plc). Steve also worked for specialty firms such as U.S. Legal Support and the Amerit Family of Companies (now part of Evergent Group). He was formerly president and CEO of CSG Holdings, Inc.

All these firms topped $100 million in sales during his tenure. In 2013, Staffing Industry Analysts recognized Steve as one of their Staffing 100 — the 100 most influential people in the staffing industry.

Active in public policy and industry practices, Steve worked with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) since the mid-1990s where he has served as executive committee member of the Business Research Advisory Council (BRAC) and as Chairman of the Employment & Unemployment Statistics Committee. He was appointed to BRAC in order to represent the staffing industry, help the BLS understand the nuances of the industry’s practices, and to ensure that the industry was assigned its own SIC/NAICS code to help better define the industry. He also served as the Industry Information Committee chairman for American Staffing Association for three years.

Well-known throughout the industry for his views on staffing, risk management and corporate treasury, Steve is an award-winning author and regularly featured in articles and interviews by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg Business News, Associated Press, CNN News Radio, National Public Radio, ABC News Radio, Fox News, Houston Chronicle, Houston Business Journal and others.

He has launched new lines of staffing businesses including Guidant Group — an early entrant into the VMS/MSP arena, expanded market presence offshore, improved profitability of key operations and traversed changing economic and market trends over the years. Steve also championed total quality management programs that differentiated his companies from their competition in all major benchmarks and which culminated in new/add-on business and strong revenue growth. He has taken on many difficult assignments with integrity while balancing the needs of the industry, investors, customers and employees.

He is/has been a member of the following associations: Financial Executives Institute, National Association of Business Economists, World Affairs Council of Houston, Institute of Management Accountants, Association for Financial Professionals and Houston Livestock and Rodeo.

Steve received an MBA in economics and finance from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University. He also maintains credentials as a Certified Management Accountant and Certified Treasury Professional.

Brian Hatfield, Director of Recruitment

Brian_HatfieldBrian joined Cornerstone Staffing in May, 2014 as the director of recruitment. He brings more than 15 years staffing industry expertise in recruitment, sales and management of staffing and human capital solutions. After growing mid-market staffing organizations in his early career, he earned a partnership with the only staffing firm to be ranked #1 on Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing list. He then ventured into solution architecture and Global RPO management with IBM Kenexa and Impellam.Brian has engineered staffing solutions across a broad range of industries from manufacturing to film studios. He successfully designs and implements flexible, scalable solutions that deliver top talent to hiring managers.

Brian earned his bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and now lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Brian loves Arizona hiking and has traveled to 19 countries to date.

Bruce Bastoky, Director of Human Resources

Bruce_BastokyBruce has spent the last 38 years as a specialist, practitioner, and executive in human resources management.After spending his early human resources career with Sara Lee Corporation, Mr. Bastoky spent the following 13 years in HR consulting, where he conducted human resources audits, installed human resources information systems, created executive and management succession plans, and designed benefit and compensation programs for large and small employers.

Following his return to corporate human resources in 2002, Mr. Bastoky was one day asked by the ownership committee to “keep an eye on” the company following the abrupt departure of its CEO. This request eventually led to Mr. Bastoky’s appointment as CEO, an assignment lasting nearly five years, concluding with its successful and profitable sale.

A graduate of Cleveland State University, Mr. Bastoky possesses senior level certifications from, among others, the Society for Human Resources Management and the American Staffing Association.

Anissa Wieck, Director of Insurance and Risk Management

Anissa_WieckAnissa joined Cornerstone Staffing Solutions, Inc. in 2012. She brings more than a decade of corporate risk management experience in the staffing industry to the organization. As head of the risk management department, Anissa is responsible for the insurance and risk management functions for Cornerstone, which includes management of the insurance program, claims administration and loss control activities.She began her career as a risk analyst at C.S.G. Holdings, Inc., the North American arm of Impellam Group plc, based in the United Kingdom, and was promoted throughout her tenure there, most recently holding the position of director of risk management.

Anissa is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of business administration in finance with a concentration in accounting.

Wendy Sanders, Western Regional Director

Wendy_SandersWendy oversees all branch operations and strategic partnerships for Cornerstone in the western region.Sanders began her staffing career as a placement specialist in 1987 and has worked her way up through the ranks in the ensuing years. Her expertise includes strategic business planning, budgeting, P&L management, business development, account retention, operations and management of high performance work teams.

A passionate leader and top performer, she drives her team to success in reaching sales and growth objectives.

Wendy earned her bachelor of arts in information and communication studies with a minor in marketing from California State University, Chico.

Brenda Self, Central Regional Director

brenda_selfBrenda joined the Cornerstone team in 2009 after more than two decades in the staffing industry. She is responsible for the successful operation and overall performance of four multimillion dollar branch offices.She is noted for her skill in project management, budget planning, process improvement, organization and her analytic and leadership abilities.

She is an ASA Certified Staffing Professional and past president of the Michigan Association of Staffing Services.

Mary Shaw, Eastern Regional Director

mary-shawAs an innovative and creative staffing professional, Mary has served the Baltimore–Washington area for more than twenty years. She is responsible for branch and managed staffing partnership operations throughout the Mid-Atlantic.Prior to joining Cornerstone in 2012, Mary was involved in managing staffing operations and business development from Boston to Richmond in both regional and national staffing organizations.

Mary’s expertise includes administrative, industrial, accounting and finance, engineering, creative and sales placement, direct hire, paralegal and non-profit/NGO staffing. She has implemented various managed staffing programs for her clients.

Mary is involved locally and nationally in the American Staffing Association, and has served on the board of directors for the Maryland Staffing Association.

When she isn’t working, she is an active volunteer for Maryland Cystic Fibrosis and since 2001 has chaired the annual silent auction event for the organization. She and her husband are also active volunteers for several animal rescue groups in the Baltimore area.

She attended both Georgetown and Syracuse Universities and has a bachelor’s in business administration.

Denise Attaway, Technical Regional Manager

Denise_AttawayAs Executive Vice President of Business Operations for RightStone, a technical arm in the Cornerstone family, Denise oversees daily operations leading sales and business processes while improving top-line revenue and bottom-line profitability.With more than 25 years of operations experience, Denise has worked closely with complex organizations across the IT industry. Her hands-on style is strategic and tactical with a continual focus on addressing specific needs to best serve business partners.

Denise joined RightStone (formerly, Valtech) in 1998 as the director of human resources and administration. In 2010, she became the vice president of human resources and administration. During her tenure, she has successfully overseen integration with international operations and multiple system implementations. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®), a reflection of her mastery in strategy and policymaking.

Diane Mazza, General Manager, New Jersey

Diane MazzaDiane Mazza oversees the operations and management functions for Cornerstone Staffing’s New Jersey offices. Before joining the Cornerstone family, Diane previously served as the CFO and COO of the Wyckoff Group, recently acquired by Cornerstone Staffing. With a passion for managing and developing recruitment teams, Mazza’s leadership is a welcome addition to our Eastern operations.

John Green, Controller

As Controller, John Green is responsible for managing Cornerstone Staffing Solutions finance and accounting organization, including corporate accounting and internal controls, financial reporting, tax compliance and support of the corporate financial planning and analysis functions.

With more than 20 years of experience in the staffing industry, John Green will bring in depth-knowledge of financials, accounting and organizational leadership. He combines sharp financial insight with a board perspective, enabling him to deliver high value results. His result-oriented, dedicated approach combined with proven organization, financial and communication skills give Cornerstone Staffing Solutions the financial leadership needed for success in the marketplace.

Mr. Green most recently served as Vice President of Finance and Controller of privately held company specializing in human capital, business services and technology solutions. He was responsible for overseeing the daily functions of the accounting team, treasury management and preparation of the monthly financial statements. He also served as Director, Field Controller of a major national staffing firm where he was responsible for the corporate accounting, internal control compliance, audit liaison, financial reporting and analysis.

Prior staffing industry experience for Mr. Green includes accounting for real estate management, convenience store industry, and marine transportation where he was responsible for financial reporting, treasury, internal control compliance, and information technology. He also spent time as a Maritime instructor.

John holds Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from University of St. Thomas in Houston.