Episode 323: TA Insights featuring Rob Dromgoole, Diane Sanford & Jude Reser

It’s a good time to be in talent acquisition. Right now there are more recruiting job openings than programmer openings in the US. Everyone is hiring and every company needs talent acquisition leaders to reach candidates, hire, and scale quickly. But the market to hire great talent continues to be a challenge especially in certain key industries. And that’s exactly what we are exploring. 

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Episode 323: TA Insights featuring Rob Dromgoole, Diane Sanford & Jude Reser

This interview is part of a new series called TA Insights for the Workology Podcast powered by Heroes Jobs. It’s an opportunity for you, the TA leader, to share what’s happening in this wacky talent marketplace right now. Think of it like a speed networking line where I introduce to you the talent acquisition leaders you need to know. The good news is there is no travel or awkward handshake or elbow bump while you chat about the weather or how weird it is to be at an event face to face. Each episode in the TA Insights series features three 7-10 minute interviews with different TA leaders. In this podcast, we are focused on conversations with hospitality and restaurant TA leaders. 

Let’s get started with this episode, shall we? 

Meet Rob Dromgoole

Sr. Director Of Recruiting at Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. 20+ year talent acquisition executive leading recruiting at the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Successfully led recruiting in a broad range of industries from specialized high-tech, healthcare to high-volume hospitality and gaming. From Ph.D. to farmer I’ve helped to build sourcing and recruiting strategies paired with the right technology stack to enable the success of organizations.

Meet Diane Sanford

Chief People Officer at On The Border Mexican Restaurants, Diane Sanford is a tenured HR professional with a passion for helping people tap into their strengths and grow their careers. With over 25 years of Restaurant Industry experience, she’s led a variety of disciplines. She provides strategic leadership to Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition and Retention, Training and Development, Compensation, Benefits, and Risk & Safety teams with On the Border. In recent years, she’s developed a curriculum for Women Leaders to expand their leadership capabilities in a typically male-dominated industry. She excels in leading safer operations, industry-leading retention and compensation programs, and forward-looking talent acquisition methods.

Meet Jude Reser

Jude is the Director of Talent Acquisition for Atrium Hospitality, the sixth-largest 3rd party hospitality company in the United States. Jude oversees talent acquisition efforts enterprise-wide. She primarily supports the field by providing the resources and training for the HR leaders across the company’s national hotel portfolio, so they’re able to effectively and efficiently source and engage with candidates throughout the recruiting and applicant flow and process.

I love hearing from TA leaders getting insights and inspiration especially now when so many of us in TA are working crazy hours to fill your company’s open job reqs, we need resources, information, and support now more than ever.

If you are interested in being a part of our TA Insights series or want to nominate someone, visit www.tainsights.com. A special thank you Heroes Jobs for powering the TA Series. The Workology Podcast is sponsored by Upskill HR and Ace the HR Exam

Thank you for joining the Workology Podcast. This podcast is for the disruptive workplace leader who’s tired of the status quo. This is Jessica Miller-Merrell. Until next time, visit Workology.com to listen to all our episodes of the Workology podcast episodes.

Connect with Rob DromgooleDiane Sanford, and Jude Reser.



 – Rob Dromgoole on Twitter

 – Diane Sanford on Twitter

 – Choctaw Nation Careers

– Episode 305: TA Insights Featuring Jamie Starner, Marsha Lacey and Shelly Wilt

– Episode 299: The Role of the CHRO in the Restaurant Industry

– Episode Transcript

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell is the founder of Workology, a digital resource that reaches more than a half million HR and workplace leaders each month and host of the Workology Podcast. Jessica lives in Austin, TX, with her husband, daughter, and an assortment of furry family members.


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