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Meet the team

There is no function more critical to our success as a partner to our clients and our contractors as our recruitment team. Our recruiters are highly skilled and experienced, but what distinguishes them is steadfast professionalism and unrelenting commitment.

Mike Reporto

Senior Vice President, Recruiting and Operations

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Mike Reporto

As Senior Vice President of Recruiting and Operations, Mike is positioned to further develop the Recruiting function within LAUNCH, while continuing to provide his particular brand of strong leadership. Mike also provides direction on the company’s marketing and social media strategies, in addition to assisting the COO, Jean Rollo, with operational development.

Throughout his tenure as Vice President of Recruiting Operations for LAUNCH, Mike oversaw all of LAUNCH’s recruiting efforts. Mike provided direction on recruiter allocation, sourcing strategies, strategic development, as well as the growth, coaching, mentoring, and development of the recruiting team.

Most recently, Mike served as Senior Professional Account Recruiting Manager and Recruiting Lead at Aerotek Commercial and Manufacturing Services. The highlight of Mike’s five-year tenure at Aerotek was being named the company’s top producing Commercial and Manufacturing Recruiter in both 2014 and 2015, after winning back-to-back Million Dollar Club Contests. Mike was well on his way to his third contest win before agreeing to join LAUNCH to head its recruiting efforts.

Mike has a degree in Human Resource Management from Northern Illinois University. He is married and resides in Chicago, IL with his wife and daughter.

Dan Heckler

Director of Recruiting Operations

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Dan Heckler

Direct Line: 630-468-1763

In his role as Director of Recruiting Operations, Dan is responsible for the recruitment life cycle—hiring, training and developing recruiters, and accountable for achieving outstanding performance. He works closely with his recruiting teams to build fulfillment strategies for each client opening and consistently monitors execution against client expectations to ensure superior results.

In Dan’s previous experience at PlaneTechs, he held multiple positions. He began as a recruiter, and quickly was promoted into supervisory and management roles. Dan’s industry insight and passion for developing talent make him well-suited to oversee this essential function at LAUNCH. He is driven by his desire to help improve the lives of clients and contractors, and his commitment to excellence in performance and service earned him CEO Club recognition five years in a row.

Dan received a degree in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa. He lives in St. Charles, IL with his wife and their twins.

 

 

Danny Boryca

Recruitment Team Lead, Aviation

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Danny Boryca

Direct Line: 630-206-5053

What do you like most about your job?

Jumpstarting and continuing to further the career of aviation mechanics. Seeing the development of a recruiter to a senior recruiter. Understanding the industry, knowing the market, and continuing to help and further candidates’ careers.

What’s the best thing about LAUNCH?

Endless opportunity for candidates and internal employees. Turning ideas into reality and opportunity to grow.

What is the most consistent comment/feedback you receive from contractors?

Over delivering, and consistent communication.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at LAUNCH?

The chance to promote Matt Gannon to a team lead after developing him to a senior recruiter. And, getting promoted myself. Also, hitting different milestones along the way.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

Try new restaurants, cook, watch movies.

What inspires you?

My father, who is a business owner and has taught me about hard work. I hold myself to a very high standard and never get complacent. And, Mike Reporto, who continues to hold me to my highest standard and taught me the importance of a strong work ethic.

What attracted you to LAUNCH originally?

The culture.

Arnaldo Estrada

Recruitment Team Lead, Aviation / Trabajos

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Arnaldo Estrada

Direct Line: 630-206-5021

Briefly describe what you do at LAUNCH.

Interview and place top talented mechanics in the jobs that best fit their experience, and stay in contact to further and grow relationships. I also oversee a team of recruiters, and work with them to ensure they meet their goals.

What do you like most about your job?

The people and environment. We have a great culture. We are a tight-knit group—we’re like a big family.

What is the most consistent comment/feedback you receive from contractors?

The feedback I receive the most is that “I’m always here.” I’m here if they need anything or have any questions. If don’t have the answer, they know I’ll get back to them in a timely manner.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at LAUNCH?

Starting the bilingual program to help talent for whom English isn’t their first language find opportunities; being their voice and ears.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

Spend time with my wife and dog. And, I’m a HUGE soccer fan, most of all Arsenal FC. I also enjoy working out and am always pushing myself to do more and be healthier.

What inspires you?

My wife and being able to provide for her.

What attracted you to LAUNCH originally?

Helping others. Being able to assist someone with the employment process and help them find the means to provide for themselves and their families. The greatest feeling is hearing “thank you” from a contractor. The thanks go a long way.

Matt Gannon

Recruitment Team Lead, Aviation

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Matt Gannon

Direct Line: 630-246-7867

What do you like most about your job?

I like that every single day is different and when working with candidates over the phone, we aren’t scripted; each conversation is real and individual.

What’s the best thing about LAUNCH?

The people here are the best thing about LAUNCH. We’re a very close-knit type of group that works hand-in-hand with one another and want what’s best for the company.

What is the most consistent comment/feedback you receive from contractors?

Our touchpoints and how much we follow up with our people. We always check in to make sure the contractor is happy and content wherever they are.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at LAUNCH?

My proudest moment working at LAUNCH is when I got promoted to recruiting team lead because I enjoy developing those around me and giving insight on how the job works.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, and I play ice hockey once a week in a men’s league.

What inspires you?

My family inspires me and they’re one of the main reasons why I work as hard as I do because if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today.

What attracted you to LAUNCH originally?

The culture and team environment are what attracted me to LAUNCH because I’ve played sports my whole life and I got a team first type of mentality from everybody I met.

Ryan Hair

Recruitment Team Lead, TransTechs

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Ryan Hair

Direct Line: 630-468-1750

Briefly describe what you do at LAUNCH.

I am the recruiting team lead for TransTechs, LAUNCH’s ground transportation division. I act as the liaison between our account managers and recruiting team to help find solutions that benefit our clients and contractors.

What do you like most about your job?

I love developing my peers. Over the past year, I have taken a bigger role in training and development. I love seeing my colleagues succeed and helping find our contractors their next job and making an impact in other’s lives.

What’s the best thing about LAUNCH?

The best thing about LAUNCH is seeing all of the good a staffing company can do in the industries we staff for. We help place thousands of employees across the country into positions they may not have been able to obtain if it were not for LAUNCH. WE help provide opportunities that just other staffing companies do not.

What is the most consistent comment/feedback you receive from contractors?

Some of the consistent feedback I have received is about the open communication channels I have between my contractors. They understand the position, shift, and job responsibilities that they are expected to accomplish.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

I love being outside. Whether that would be playing softball or volleyball outside or sitting back and relaxing at a baseball game. 

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the idea of helping change and positively affect lives across the country.

What have you gained from working at LAUNCH?

They have taught me how to become a leader while also being able to show me a career path. LAUNCH has shown me what a career could be like and with hard work what that career could turn into.

Kyle Hughes

Recruitment Team Lead, Aviation

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Kyle Hughes

Direct Line: 630-230-5147

Briefly describe what you do at LAUNCH.

I manage a team of 5 recruiters and fill different openings we have.

What do you like most about your job?

Helping people find new jobs.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at LAUNCH?

When I hired my first person.

What attracted you to LAUNCH originally?

The atmosphere of the office.

What is the biggest change that you’ve experienced while at LAUNCH?

When LAUNCH acquired PlaneTechs.

Patrick Moran

Recruitment Team Lead, Working Heroes

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Patrick Moran

Briefly describe what you do at LAUNCH.

I’m the program director for the LAUNCH veteran hiring initiative known as the Working Heroes Program.

What do you like most about your job?

I love helping veterans find gainful employment after their time in the military. 

What’s the best thing about LAUNCH?

LAUNCH feels like one big family where everyone looks out for each other and they’re always willing to provide a helping hand.

What is the most consistent comment/feedback you receive about LAUNCH?

The most consistent feedback we get is that LAUNCH is able to provide an opportunity for military veterans that they thought they’d never get after leaving the military.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at LAUNCH?

My proudest moment with LAUNCH has been helping almost 950 veterans find employment. I look forward to continuing to expand the opportunities that we have available for veterans and to cross the 1000 hire mark.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

I like to travel and meet people from different backgrounds. I enjoy talking to people about their experiences and sharing my own.

What attracted you to LAUNCH originally?

I was originally attracted to LAUNCH by a friend who worked for the company. He talked about what a great place it was to work and how great the coworkers were.

What is the biggest change that you’ve experienced while at LAUNCH?

The biggest change I’ve experienced was learning all about the aviation industry. I hadn’t given much thought to who fixes the planes we fly in before I got into the industry. Now I’m absolutely in love with aviation.

What have you gained from working at LAUNCH?

I’ve gained a whole new set of knowledge and a great group of friends.

Mike Ton

Recruitment Account Manager, Industrial

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Mike Ton

Direct Line: 630-239-7419

Briefly describe what you do at LAUNCH.

My role at Launch is to maintain, grow, and saturate current clients. I conduct all the interviews and hire the candidate that I feel is a fit for the company. I am big on culture fits for the work environment.

What do you like most about your job?

I really enjoy the hands-on customer and candidate interaction. I feel it allows me to be a normal human being while also playing a big puzzle problem-solving game.

What is the most consistent comment/feedback you receive from contractors?

The biggest compliment that I get is that I am a communicator with a positive attitude and good energy. My commitment to treat my candidates with kindness and respect, and give them an EXPERIENCE.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at LAUNCH?

One of my proudest moments working at LAUNCH was being nominated by my peers as the most caring. It was a big achievement for me, and made me feel as if I made the right job choice, and I couldn’t be happier.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

I like to motivate others to succeed, showcase what I feel life is supposed to be about, enlighten and teach others about the struggles that I have been through. And, plan as many trips to Las Vegas as possible.

What inspires you?

Life! Being able to wake up and breathe after being through so much in life is an accomplishment all in all. To motivate others is a great feeling in itself.

What have you gained from working at LAUNCH?

Leadership skills, communication skills, and the ability to multi-task, and to land in a place that fits my culture and I fit theirs is a perfect match.

Victor Yepez

Recruitment Team Lead, Aviation

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Victor Yepez

Direct Line: 630-468-1774

What do you like most about your job?

What I like most is employing mechanics and changing lives for the better, while also empowering my team to be the best they can be on day to day basis.

What’s the best thing about LAUNCH?

Employing mechanics nationwide. The work culture is great; we support each other for the better of the company. 

What is the most consistent comment/feedback you receive from contractors?

The most consistent message is that mechanics are grateful for the opportunity we have given them.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at LAUNCH?
My proudest moment at LAUNCH is week after week we continue to be the best aviation solutions-based company out there.
What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

I love traveling, playing soccer, and enjoying time with friends and family.

What inspires you?

What inspires me is the continuous opportunity to keep growing personally and professionally.

What have you gained from working at LAUNCH?

I’ve gained from LAUNCH the importance of a positive work culture and the environment it creates within the organization for the success of the company.

Bryan Zavala

Recruitment Team Lead, Aviation

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Bryan Zavala

Direct Line: 630-468-1764

What do you like most about your job?

Dealing with different people on a daily basis.

What is the most consistent comment/feedback you receive from contractors?

I am very consistent and have an attention to detail.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at LAUNCH?

Developing a team member to get reassigned to help assist the start of a new department.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

Exercise and watch sports. I am a big Cubs and Bears fan.

What inspires you?

To always be a better version of myself. Each day I try to learn or accomplish something new.

What attracted you to LAUNCH originally?

Opportunity

What is the biggest change that you’ve experienced while at LAUNCH?

The rapid growth

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