About

A recruitment marketing pioneer since 1951, Shaker is a full-service agency specializing in highly customized communications and strategies for attracting and retaining the right talent ... in the right places, with the right messages.

Our Team

What started by a family continues to be all about family—a strong and talented team of friends and colleagues and confidantes. Meet some of the leaders we are honored to have as part of our recruitment marketing family.

Joe Shaker Jr.

President

Joe Shaker Jr.

President

As a third-generation member of the Shaker family, Joe was raised on recruitment advertising. He describes HR communications as his passion, noting there is no greater achievement than making that connection between companies seeking the right employees and employees seeking the right opportunity. Joe officially began his career at Shaker in 2000, assisting client teams in incorporating online media and digital plans into marketing strategies. He advanced to vice president for Shaker Recruitment Consultants in 2005, directing the division’s niche job board operations. He succeeded his father, Joseph G. Shaker, to become president of Shaker Recruitment Marketing in 2016. He continues to be actively involved in business development, client relationship management, and the evaluation of emerging technologies. Joe serves on the board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and holds a BA in communications from the University of Wisconsin.

Derek Briggs

Chief Operating Officer

Derek Briggs

Chief Operating Officer

Derek’s impressive tenure at Shaker spans nearly 20 years. Prior to Shaker, he was an actuary at Price Waterhouse. While currently serving as the agency’s COO, he also heads the Shaker Programmatic team, where he applies his actuarial expertise to our clients’ unique hiring needs and budget, ensuring that each program is customized, strategic, and nimble. His approach to programmatic uniquely positions each client to find the right fit talent as efficiently and effectively as possible. Derek holds a degree in actuarial science from the University of Illinois.

J. Todd Phillips

Chief Human Resources Officer

J. Todd Phillips

Chief Human Resources Officer

Armed with extensive experience as a senior corporate executive, entrepreneur, consultant and university professor, J. Todd brings breadth and depth to Shaker’s newly created CHRO position. His passion for creating environments where people can learn, grow and succeed guides the policies, processes and culture J. Todd has been tasked to refine at Shaker. Partnering with other members of Shaker’s executive team, J. Todd will build on Shaker’s 70 years of success and help position the firm for sustainable growth. J. Todd holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Morehouse College and has completed numerous executive education programs in strategy, finance, talent management and other business disciplines.

Dan Shaker

Vice President,
Innovation

Dan Shaker

Vice President,
Innovation

Coupled with a nuanced understanding of narrative, organic branding, Daniel’s design expertise and keen aesthetic sense culminate in unrivaled talent for exceptional creative work.

Now an innovator in his field, Daniel began his career at fifteen when, following in the footsteps of his family, he worked his way through Shaker’s creative department. After graduating at the top of his class with a BFA from the American Academy of Art, Daniel ventured into business for himself with the inception of his creative firm, Matte Black Studios. As one of the first creative firms to integrate responsive web design into its work, MBS excelled in innovative branding and interactive design that serviced clients from a broad range of industries. Matte Black merged with Shaker in 2015 and Daniel assumed the role of Executive Director, Creative Services. Today, Daniel’s talent and expertise support Shaker’s evolution into the digital realm.

Ellen Paige

Vice President,
Client Services

Ellen Paige

Vice President,
Client Services

Ellen has more than 40 years of experience in advertising and communications, 29 of which have been devoted to her career with Shaker. After earning her bachelor’s in advertising and fine arts from the University of Illinois, Ellen took a position with a major automotive publishing firm, where she quickly advanced from graphic artist to production manager. In 1989, she joined Shaker as an account executive, where she was able to apply her creative talent and leadership abilities to win prestigious accounts and continuously advance her career. Today, Ellen leads a talented team of account professionals in ensuring proactive, consultative service to a variety of accounts. She is actively involved in strengthening our global agency relationships, to provide our customers with innovative service offerings on an international scale.

Mike Temkin

Vice President,
Strategic Planning & Development

Mike Temkin

Vice President,
Strategic Planning & Development

Mike has been an innovative force in product and recruitment advertising during his 45-year career. Upon joining Shaker in 1988, he integrated the philosophy and strategies of product and B2B advertising to generate candidates and foster employer brand recognition with active and passive/impulsive candidates for our clients. He has worked on recruitment, retention, and referral strategies and on community outreach and employer brand consultation for accounts in the retail, health care, pharmaceutical, insurance, financial, manufacturing, IT, and hospitality sectors. Mike advises clients on the use of established and newly introduced media and technology to support TA objectives and analytical measurement. Before Shaker, Mike spent 16 years working with consumer and industrial clients on advertising campaigns and PR initiatives to support the marketing of products and services.

Peter Carr

Vice President,
Client Services

Peter Carr

Vice President,
Client Services

Throughout his career, Peter has focused on developing and sustaining high-level and long-term client relationships. The key to his success is his ability to listen to client challenges, identify new marketing opportunities, introduce strategic solutions and deliver measurable results. He brings deep knowledge of employer brand activation, candidate attraction and engagement, and improving the candidate experience. Peter leads agency partnerships through a genuine approach based on immersion into their brands, cultures and industries. He holds a BA in Communications from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

Deb Andrychuk

Vice President,
Client Services

Deb Andrychuk

Vice President,
Client Services

Deb Andrychuk brings 20 years of specialized experience in the recruitment marketing and advertising space. As one of Shaker’s key executive partners, Deb leads talent attraction strategy planning for clients across all industries. Deb focuses on being a true partner to talent acquisition teams, as well as corporate communications and marketing teams, to help build and amplify companies’ employer brand strength across the entire eco-system of recruitment marketing solutions. Her commitment is centered on providing the highest level of customer service and thought leadership that every client deserves, regardless of size. Deb lives in St. Louis with her husband, where she enjoys entertaining friends and family, biking and traveling.

Erin Wozniak

Vice President,
Client Services

Erin Wozniak

Vice President,
Client Services

Erin has more than 20 years of hands-on experience in business strategy, digital marketing, and recruitment advertising. During her time on the agency side, she has served as strategy lead, client advocate, and service delivery manager to clients ranging from Fortune 500 leaders to small- and mid-size B2B and B2C businesses. In addition to her agency background, Erin has served in such corporate roles as a director of marketing and as a key start-up contributor in e-commerce. A confidante and collaborator on Shaker’s leadership team, Erin now leads our agency’s business development, agency strategy, and client relationship management efforts. She holds a bachelor’s of business administration in marketing from the University of Iowa.

Amanda Shaker

Vice President,
Creative Services

Amanda Shaker

Vice President,
Creative Services

With over 15 years in strategic communications, Amanda has worked on a variety of industries—including online education, health care, personal care, food and beverage, and pet care—on both the agency side and in internal client roles. With a specialty in earned and digital media, Amanda is always on a quest for those storytelling moments that spark interest and engagement among a client’s targeted audiences. Amanda joined Shaker from Edelman, the world’s largest PR firm, and brings a consumer marketing lens to recruitment marketing. She earned her journalism degree in PR and advertising from the University of Wisconsin.

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Our History

Our beginnings were simple. Over 60 years ago, our founder Joseph R. Shaker saw a need and took a chance on an agency model dedicated exclusively to recruitment advertising communications.

1951

1951

Joseph R. Shaker Founded Shaker Agency, a newspaper rep firm focusing on Chicagoland newspaper help wanted classified advertising.

It's easy to walk through the forest once somebody has already cut down the trees.
Joseph R. Shaker

1960s

The company expands from rep firm to a full-service recruitment advertising agency (Shaker Advertising Agency & Classified Advertising Consultants). Moves headquarters out of the Loop and into Oak Park.

1960s
1970s

1970s

The second generation joins the business. Opens full-service offices in Florida and New Jersey.

1980s

Shaker grows its national footprint and expands globally.

1980s

1990s

Shaker creates Shaker Recruitment Consultants, a division that advises local media, predominantly newspapers, on how to remain relevant and maximize their presence in the current recruitment/talent acquisition landscape.

1990s

2000s

Shaker evolves from a newspaper media focus into a digital and creative branding powerhouse. Shaker creates the first Recruitment Trade Association (RAA).

2000s
2016

2016

Shaker acquires Chicago-based brand marketing and design firm Matte Black Studios, expanding our creative team and increasing Shaker's capabilities with boundary-pushing branding and web site services.

2010s

2016

Shaker celebrates its 65th year. The third generation leads the family business.

2018

Shaker acquires The Arland Group, a prominent recruitment marketing and communications agency based in St. Louis, advancing Shaker’s growth strategy as well as physical footprint.

1990s
2019

2019

Shaker is honored to join the exclusive recruitment marketing agency global consortium, One Agent, as the vanguard agency for North America.

What They Say

Nothing makes us prouder than the relationships we have forged with so many great clients over our 60-plus years. Thank you for your partnership and kind words. We are humbled … and continue to be energized by working with you.

Merck

We truly value Shaker’s consultative approach and complete attention to our business. We know we can always rely on them to share ever-evolving industry insights. Their specialized expertise unquestionably impacts our global recruitment marketing and TA successes.


Fran Murphy, Global Recruiting Solutions Leader, Merck

LG Electronics USA

Shaker has been instrumental in helping us to build an employment brand as strong as our consumer brand. Their creative, innovative solutions truly engage candidates. Their partnership with our North American Career portal, and the development of a global career portal supporting all LG businesses, has been invaluable.


Jason Jesunas, Head, Talent Acquisition, LG Electronics USA

Option Care

I’ve worked with Shaker for 15+ years across 3 different companies. They are extremely service-oriented, and hands-down, just a great group of people my entire team enjoys working with. They are the first and only team I rely on with my recruiting challenges.


Mike Bavaro, Vice President, HR Business Partners and Talent, Option Care

U.S. Cellular

The level of support and consultation Shaker provides is top-notch. They are an incredible and valued partner, and I would recommend them to any organization looking to take their employment brand and recruitment marketing to the next level.


Eric Clemons, Senior Manager – Employment Brand Strategies, U.S. Cellular

Ulta Beauty

Shaker is a true partner and extension of our team! Their consultative approach and recruitment expertise is invaluable to the work we do. I trust them, and know they always do what is best for OUR business.


Sean Taylor, Director of Talent Acquisition, Ulta Beauty

Cerner

Shaker has been a great partner throughout the past few years providing great insights into new industry innovations. Their team is very consultative and delivers high quality outcomes to make a positive impact on our ability to attract the best and brightest.


Troy Teague, Director, Recruiting and Recruiting Operations, Cerner

Our Pillars

Doing the right things to reach the right talent: This guiding principle is more vital than ever, given the increasing number of media, tools and technology available to employers and employees.

Shaker is on your side.
We listen to you. Carefully.
Then we consult. Thoughtfully.

We draw from a deep well of recruitment marketing options to deliver customized, user-focused communication strategies, authentic employer branding, award-winning creative, and media plans you can trust, because we are champions of your best interest.

COMPREHENSIVE

We draw from our full spectrum of services to tailor a recruitment marketing strategy to your unique needs.

CREATIVE

Engage right-fit talent in meaningful ways through authentic employer branding and compelling creative.

CONSULTATIVE

You can trust our recommendations because they are impartial and informed by deep industry experience.

CARE

A familial business model based on trust and client success means you can rely on attentive, agile service.

Our Approach

What we do starts with you. Before we talk, we listen. Before we consult, we think … and very carefully. About the media and communications options available, and about what's the best mix for you. How? By asking the right questions.

RIGHT MESSAGE

Why should candidates consider working with you above all else? We’ll uncover your employer brand, and build it with purpose. We’ll identify how you’re different, and express it in a way that is authentic and core to who you are … to ensure your messages are true to your lived-out employee experience.

How and where should you communicate with right-fit talent? We’ll carefully consider your goals and needs against the vast array of options, and custom-develop targeted, budget-conscious strategies to reach candidates where they are. And we’ll analyze and adapt strategies based on performance against goals.

RIGHT OUTREACH
RIGHT EXPERIENCE

What do you want your candidates and employees to feel when they engage with your communications? What do you want them to do? Everything we create starts with the user in mind. We design and develop all web sites to be responsive across all devices, and totally intuitive and seamless across platforms.

Let's Shake On It

Choices, choices, choices: How do you decide what's best for you? That's why we're here. There's so much we can accomplish together.

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