Nenni and Associates is a diverse group of industry professionals with over 100 years of collective consulting and placement experience. Each member of the Nenni team is expected to not only be an expert in talent acquisition, but also to provide strategic insight and intelligence into their respective markets. This has provided Nenni and Associates a strategic advantage by being truly knowledgeable about our industries; not just a recruiter, but a partner, consultant, and friend to all clients and candidates. Please take a moment to learn about what makes our team so successful.
Michael Nenni discovered a passion as an entrepreneur early in his career when he found his desire to help others as they faced cross-roads in their lives. Michael developed and honed a unique skill set allowing him to identify innate strengths and weaknesses in individuals and coach them to find their passion. In 1999, Michael founded Nenni and Associates with the goal to improve organizations, one person at a time.
Michael is considered an exceptional relational leader providing his team and clients with concise and strategic direction. For over 20 years, Michael has worked as a consultant to the Energy Services industry helping companies grow their business through value-added solutions. At Nenni and Associates, Michael has helped start-up to Fortune 100 clients identify and develop leadership, build employment brand marketing, refine corporate cultures, overcome competitive pressures, and improve overall performance. As an industry subject matter expert, Michael is considered a true partner to many C-level and V-level leaders and their organizations.
Michael is an active member of his personal and professional community where he is a member, officer, and Board of Director in organizations such as NAESCO, GovEnergy, Energy Coalition. Michael has a Bachelors’ Degree from Southern Illinois University.Email me!
Dr. David NieKamp
Organizational Development Psychologist
Dr. David NieKamp is a member of Nenni and Associates’ senior management team. Dr. NieKamp provides organizational design and effectiveness to Nenni and Associates’ clients. Dr. NieKamp, along with his staff, Dr. Larisha Graves and Dr. Kristi Wright, help companies integrate cultural changes that develops an efficient and effective work culture.
For over 20 years Dr. NieKamp has provided psychological services to organizations and team members. Dr. NieKamp combines corporate culture and business strategies with psychological profiling to improve the team dynamics and strengthen the overall organization. His consultative solutions are utilized by executive leaders to mitigate risk, improve performance, and effectively train team members for professional growth.
Dr. NieKamp is the founder and executive director of Signature Consulting. He is an avid supporter to the Performing Arts. Dr. NieKamp obtained his M.A. and Pys.D. in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College, and is a licensed Psychologist.
Director, National Consulting
Craig Copper is the National Consulting Director for Nenni and Associates. With over 30 years of experience in Human Resources Management, Craig provides Nenni and Associates industry clients with invaluable consulting and executive placement experience.
Craig’s experience encompasses multiple industries including manufacturing, chemicals, energy, and healthcare as a Human Resources professional. Prior to Nenni and Associates, Craig was the Vice President of Human Resources for a large Catholic Hospital Network for 18 years. Craig brings extensive experience in organizational training and development, talent assessment, and leadership development. Craig experience encompasses the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Craig has been involved throughout his career in professional and community focused activities where he served on numerous boards. He has completed a designation as Senior Personnel in Human Resources (SPHR) and was name Citizen of the year by the Kankakee Chamber of Commerce. He also is an Illinois Master Gardener who manages a community garden to supply food to families in need. Craig has a Bachelors Degree from Northern Illinois University.Email me!
Director, National Recruiting
Jess Galle is the Director of National Recruiting for Nenni and Associates, where he leads business development and talent evaluation services. An experienced senior manager with over 10 years of experience, Jess is responsible for managing key clients and assuring the continued growth of Nenni and Associates.
Jess has an extensive background in Energy Services managing client’s needs for market intelligence, talent assessments, compensation structures, organizational development, across multiple sub-segments including Performance Contracting, Engineering, Facilities Management, Demand Response, and Building Automation.
Jess is a respected consultant to the Industrial Assessment Center, and for the past 3 years he has advised the top 50 engineering students in the nation. Jess is a member of the Energy Services Coalition and an active participant in NAESCO and the Association of Energy Engineers. Jess holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Illinois University.Email me!
Director, National Accounts
Dave Kelley is the director of national accounts for Nenni and Associates in our West Coast Branch where he leads business development and corporate recruiting. With over 8 years of experience, Dave has a strong acumen in organizational process consulting with customers to improve their overall organizational effectiveness.
Dave has an extensive background in Energy and Financial Services Industries managing client’s expectations in market intelligence, organizational development, and talent acquisition. Dave has been requested by several customers to be the lead consultant to help provide candid feedback regarding the organization and aid in managing growth expectations. Dave holds a degree from Northern Illinois University and has a strong background in Theology.
Dave is a member of the Energy Services Coalition and an active participant in NAESCO and the Association of Energy Engineers. Dave holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Illinois University.Email me!
National Account Consultant
Jim Schafer is a National Account Consultant for Nenni and Associates, specializing in the area of Lighting and Lighting Services. Jim's focus is on market intelligence and network development, consulting with clients to grow their organizations organically.
Jim has developed partnerships with both mid-sized and large organizations in the lighting space and is highly regarded for his expertise in retrofit and LED. His clients are manufacturers, distributors, and service vendors providing consultative and placement services. With over 4 years of experience, Jim is continually developing new market relationships and being sought after for his market acumen.
Foundations Jim is an active participant in multiple lighting and electrical conferences including LightFair, Edison Electric Institute, Illuminating Engineering Society, and Association of Energy Engineers. Jim has a Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Illinois University.Email me!
National Account Consultant
Corey Kravitz is a national account consultant with Nenni & Associates, where he currently manages sales and account management within Energy Services, Building Automation, and Utilities. In addition, he leads account management efforts for strategic accounts, developing strong relationships with clients to aid in personnel planning and organizational development.
Corey actively engages in industry trade shows, educational forums, and other outlets to educate himself and the organization, demonstrating a true desire to help his clients to meet their needs. Utilizing his professional network, he has introduced clients to numerous vendors and partners that addressed their business issues. Corey possesses a unique skill-set that shows true compassion for his clients and profession. He exemplifies Nenni and Associates mission statement, which is to be a true partner to all those he works with.
Corey has a Bachelors degree and a certificate in advanced professional sales from Northern Illinois University. Corey enjoys volunteering for local non-profits, and has participated in the Empty Bowls at Oakton event for over 10 years. This event is an annual fundraiser that he and his family brought to Oakton Community College, each year raising thousands of dollars for local food pantries and homeless shelters. He is currently pursuing his Masters degree.Email me!
National Account Consultant
Sean Bayless is a national account consultant with Nenni and Associates, where he currently manages sales within the areas of environmental and waste services/solutions. Sean and his team manage multiple accounts with influence across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
As one of the newest members to Nenni and Associates, Sean has made an immediate impact utilizing his “team first” focus to develop relationships with one of the largest waste services companies in North America. Sean’s focus is in consulting, contract management, and technical placement.
Sean is considered a leader among his peers. As a former college football player, Sean brings a winning mentality and positive attitude. Sean is a member of the Society for Hospitality Administration. Sean has a Bachelors degree from Northern Illinois University.Email me!
National Account Consultant
Ben Cruse is a national account consultant for Nenni and Associates. His clientele include mechanical contractors, HVAC Service business-units, and other service based organizations. Ben leads activities with several major clients with positions available in the Midwest, Southeast, and Southwest United States.
As one of our account consultants, Ben has developed an interest in making a difference for service focused organizations. Over the last year, he has become well versed in the HVAC industry, helping organizations gather competitive intelligence, grow with top talent, and address business gaps through consultative services. Ben has also developed a passion for mechanical contracting, partnering with like clients to develop their organizations.
Ben spends his free time volunteering as a coach for both youth hockey and youth lacrosse. Ben has a Bachelors from Northern Illinois University with an emphasis in Organizational Management and a certificate in advanced professional sales.Email me!