Great Service Starts with Great Staff!
Our agency has been helping good people find honest work since we opened our doors in October of 1998… and that started with our staff! In the years since, although some of our staff has changed and we have grown, one thing remains the same: our staff is treated like family. We have some folks who work “behind the scenes” to get your time cards and paychecks processed and the following staff members are available in our branches for clients, employees, and applicants:
Affinity Personnel Solutions- Buffalo:
Darren Ziembo, CSP– Owner
Darren recently took over ownership of the company after the founders retired from the business. He strives to keep the same level of customer service for clients and candidates that APS has been known for. Darren has been with the company in multiple roles for the past 15 years, most recently handling the strategic development and on-boarding of new business relationships with a wide variety of clients across Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. While earning his Bachelor’s degree in Communications from SUNY Oswego, he worked as a temp for APS on a few assignments during summer and holiday breaks. After completing his degree in 2007, Darren was offered a permanent spot on our team! Since that time, he has worked in sales, client development, and direct recruiting for APS. Clients and coworkers appreciate his drive and willingness to help out wherever he can. Part of his success comes from understanding our client’s staffing needs first hand. As a former temp, he understands the high demands of industry!
Isabel Diaz, CSP – Area Manager
Isabel started at APS in 2001. She is a Certified Staffing Professional specializing in high volume accounts. Isabel has been an APS Manager since 2005. Isabel works with our recruiting and back office staff to source great candidates for a range of clients!
Eric Gunderson, CSP – Recruiting Manager
Eric received his undergraduate degree in Communication from University at Buffalo before beginning his career in the staffing industry. After two years of recruiting experience in the Rochester area, he joined the Kenmore branch of APS in 2016. Eric is a Certified Staffing Professional who specializes in client relations, contractual negotiations, recruitment and placement of individuals within skilled trades, manufacturing, industrial, engineering, management, and administrative roles for a wide variety of companies in Western NY. His prior experience in landscaping, skilled trades, and heavy labor allows him to identify with applicants and potential candidates in order to match them up best with opportunities for our clients. Timeliness and feedback are very essential for speed to market recruitment, and this is something that Eric pushes for on a daily basis for both applicants and clients!
Joseph Atwell, CSP – Recruiting Coordinator
Joe joined the APS team in Kenmore in April of 2022, bringing about a year of previous recruiting experience, personal training and customer service, and a construction background with him. Joe went to Central College in Iowa where he received a BA in Exercise Science, and relocated to Buffalo back in 2018. Joe works with candidates to place them in a wide variety of roles from production and warehouse to skilled trades and office related work with companies in the Greater Buffalo area. Joe’s ability to listen and understand, along with his previous work experience, allows him to relate to people, and determine what jobs are the best fit for candidates who come in to our office. Joe has a bright future, and looks forward to helping you find your next long term job!
Jennifer Fields, MBA – Vice President
Jennifer joined APS in June of 2022 after more than 10 years in the construction industry. She earned her MBA from Medaille University. Jennifer regularly utilizes her background in organizational leadership, accounting, strategic planning, process improvement/change management and interpersonal skills. She has over 20 years of experience in recruiting, hiring, training and coaching employees, which made this industry a natural transition for her. Her ability to wear many hats within an organization and her ambition for excellence is what drives her to meet the demands of her job every day.
Jordan Hart – Recruiting Coordinator
Jordan Hart joined the APS team in September of 2022, bringing 7+ years of customer service experience including real estate and hospitality. Jordan relocated to Buffalo back in 2016 from California and has since looked to utilize his skills and experience in his new community. With a background that also includes social media management, Jordan looks for new and creative ways to bring people together. From his experience in real estate and now to recruiting the goal is still the same – helping people find the best long-term fit.
Gabrielle LaBoy – Administrative Assistant
Gabrielle majored in the writing program and received their bachelor’s degree from The State University of New York Buffalo State University in May of 2020. Gabrielle joined our team with nearly a decade of customer service experience within a variety of work environments. As an administrative assistant at APS, she ensures that all new and returning applicants are promptly greeted and that any questions or concerns that may arise before or after the interview process are addressed. She has learned a variety of skills over her 9 years of experience and, having spent several years at each of her past positions, excelled at actively engaging and building rapport with all the customers and/or clients she would come to attend to on a regular basis. Accommodating those that required any of her expertise or physical support and being able to immediately see the difference her help made throughout her time in other roles is a huge part of why Gabrielle wanted to work for APS, aiding any guests that need assistance during their hiring process.