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 –  TRS On-Site 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 – Director of Operations 

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 manages internal operations and staff, and his recruiting efforts specialize 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!

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.

Nathaniel Valentine – Recruiting Coordinator

A recently new resident of Buffalo area, Nathaniel moved out here in 2022 and is bringing over 7+ years of customer service experience with him, along with a range of other skills after being hired to join the APS team in October of 2023. He has worked in a variety of professions, including hospitality, warehousing, and construction so he can bring his working knowledge of the industries to this role. No stranger to hard labor, he understands what our clients are looking for in candidates and will always find the best fit. Nathaniel has always had a passion for improving the lives of others, and makes that his first and foremost goal.

Cody Bocox – Recruiting Coordinator

Cody, a recent addition to the APS team as of April 2024, bolsters the team with over five years of seasoned recruiting expertise. Before his recruiting tenure, Cody served as an Armor Crewman in the U.S. Army, honing his teamwork, leadership, and dedication skills. Notably, he pursued his educational aspirations, earning an associate degree in health science while serving in the military. Having relocated to Buffalo in October 2023, Cody exemplifies a commitment to growth and adaptation. His selfless service is evident in his relentless pursuit to aid others and facilitate the achievement of their goals. Cody specializes in industrial, professional and technical recruiting for APS. Cody’s dedication and passion amplify the collective mission of the APS team, positioning him as a formidable asset in fostering success and fulfillment for all involved.

Dana Malek – Controller

Dana, a 2006 graduate of Buffalo State University with degrees in both Finance and Business Administration started her career on Wall Street after being recruited by Citi Group as a Financial Analyst. After years with Citi, Dana served as an Accountant with Catholic Medical Partners where she worked within the IPA for the Catholic Health Systems. After CHS, Dana moved into a senior accounting and management role with Greenberg Financial Systems out of Lockport, NY. Throughout her career Dana has been exposed to multiple different industries across the WNY area which have provided her continued training and growth within the finance field and have allowed her the opportunity to accelerate into positions of management, providing her the opportunity to accept her first Controller position. Dana brings to the Affinity family, 20 years of finance industry experience and looks forward to her future and continued growth within the organization. Dana will manage all day-to-day finance and HR functions as well as many back office responsibilities. Her ability to multi task, attention to detail and wearing many different hats day-to-day will be an asset to the organization’s continued growth and success.