Talent management expertise for high consequence industries
BirdDogHR is led by proven human capital management professionals with over 65 years of combined experience in the industry.
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO of BirdDogHR, an Arcoro company, John O’Hara is responsible for the strategic direction of the company. His leadership is informed by over 30 years of management experience across several high tech industries.
John first joined fellow Arcoro company ExakTime in 2006, and his continuous focus on customer success has led the company to double-digit growth over 13 consecutive years. During this time, John positioned ExakTime as the leader in workforce management for the construction and field service industries by focusing on key product developments that set ExakTime apart from competitors as well as unparalleled customer service.
John’s ability to drive ExakTime’s success earned him the role of CEO at Arcoro, where he brought together three industry-leading human resources software companies to create Arcoro’s unique SaaS-based HR solution. John has already injected his vision into Arcoro’s DNA by putting forth strategic product development initiatives that position Arcoro as the leader in modular HR solutions in the high-compliance, high-consequence sector.
Prior to ExakTime, John’s experience in the Aerospace and Telecommunications industries spanned 20 years. He held senior management positions at Hutchinson Aerospace, Harris Corporation and Lockheed Martin. At Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works® Division, John was directly involved in the production and support of the F117A Stealth Fighter Program.
John is a tennis and softball enthusiast and enjoys camping trips with his family.
Chief Operating Officer
John Shrader joined BirdDogHR in 2018 as Executive Vice President and was quickly promoted to Chief Operating Officer. John is responsible for overseeing and developing BirdDogHR Operations, Customer Success and Sales, and is instrumental in strengthening client relationships and national partnerships. His vast industry knowledge, vision and client-centric mindset have helped to shape how the BirdDogHR team relates to customers. In addition, John’s strong strategic acumen, servant leadership philosophy and processes are also being leveraged across the entire Arcoro portfolio as he leads these functions across all of the Arcoro operating companies.
He brings 19 years of experience in the SaaS and HCM space, 14 of which were spent in executive-level roles. John excels in start-up, turnaround and growth environments on both a national and global scale. He has held previous executive leadership positions at SMB, enterprise and globally-focused companies alike including GeoLearning and SumTotal Systems, a SkillSoft Company and Penn Foster Education.
John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from University of Iowa, and a Masters in Education Management and Leadership from Seattle University.
Vice President of Product Management
Chris Lennon is Vice President of Product Management at BirdDogHR. He is responsible for ensuring the BirdDogHR Talent Management System meets the needs and exceeds the expectations of our customers. He does this by working directly with customers and partners, identifying key market opportunities, developing product strategies and bringing exciting new products, features and partnerships to market.
Chris is an active participant in the talent management community bringing over 18 years of experience to BirdDogHR. He has presented at numerous industry events and has been quoted as an industry expert in leading publications like Talent Management magazine, CLO magazine, New Talent Times, TLNT and HR Bartender.
Chris has held leadership roles in talent management product management for over 15 years. He joined BirdDogHR from SilkRoad Technology and before that he managed products for SumTotal Systems, GeoLearning, NIIT and Gateway.
Chris is an Iowa native with a degree from Northern Iowa University.
Vice President of Marketing
Ann Torry is the Vice President of Marketing at BirdDogHR. She is responsible for all marketing functions including product marketing, corporate communications, field marketing and public relations.
Ann is a human capital management industry veteran, bringing more than 16 years of experience partnering with learning and HR leaders worldwide. She has contributed to the double-digit global growth of numerous SaaS and on-premise technology companies. Recently she led the content marketing strategy at SumTotal Systems and was also a key marketing leader at SaaS global learning provider GeoLearning.
An avid writer and marketing enthusiast, Ann has been published in Chief Learning Officer magazine and E-Learning! Magazine. She has also served numerous years on the board of the Iowa Chapter of the American Marketing Association.
Ann is a native of Des Moines and holds a B.S. in Journalism & Mass Communication from Iowa State University.
Vice President of Operations
Michelle Stedman joined the BirdDogHR team in 2012 and leads the Professional Services and Customer Care teams. Michelle's multifaceted background in corporate recruiting and agency staffing gives her a unique perspective into developing professional services that help BirdDogHR customers achieve talent management success. Michelle’s role and the Services' team focus is to maximize the success of BirdDogHR customers. Leveraging her own practical experience as a talent management leader, Michelle directs the BirdDogHR implementations, training, support, partner relationships and ongoing customer adoption.
A published author and frequent webinar speaker, Michelle was a District Manager for Kelly Services leading a large team of recruitment professionals as well serving as a Corporate Recruiter for a Fortune 100 company.
Vice President of Sales
Ric Chaney joined the BirdDogHR team in 2013 as Vice President of Sales. Ric is responsible for new business acquisition in the SMB space and increasing retention within the account management client base. With a rich history of over nineteen years in B2B technology sales, Ric understands how to connect companies with the right talent management solution.
Ric has been in a SaaS environment with a focus in human capital management since 2001. Prior to joining BirdDogHR, Ric was Director of Sales at Prositions and a Sales Director at Intelladon. Ric has led or been a part of high-performing HCM sales teams at Tribridge (Cornerstone on Demand Reseller), Infor (formerly Lawson & Enwisen), SumTotal Systems and GeoLearning. A proven expert at building and developing world-class sales teams, Ric has led direct and channel sales groups that delivered triple digit growth and exceptional customer value.
Ric is a graduate of Central College in Pella, IA and holds a B.A. in Communication with a focus on Business Management.
Vice President of Business Development
Bryan May joined BirdDogHR in 1999. Prior to becoming the VP of Business Development, he held numerous positions in account management and sales. Bryan has been instrumental in BirdDogHR’s product evolution from job boards to cloud-based integrated talent management software. He also pioneered the building and launching of the AGC of Iowa Career Center, a talent acquisition system that helps public employers document their “good faith” efforts for recruitment and recruitment advertising.
A frequent speaker and talent management evangelist, Bryan has presented at numerous conferences and events. In 2017 he spoke to national and local audiences at 20+ different events including the Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, New York, Carolinas and South Dakota AGC chapters.
Bryan is a native of Chicago, Illinois and a graduate of the University of Iowa.
Todd Samuelson joined BirdDogHR in 2000. He has been instrumental in determining the architecture of BirdDogHR’s cloud-based SaaS ATS. Todd’s vision of the product is driven by simplicity and consistency of the user experience.
Todd has a passion for building and maintaining computer applications that solve business problems, implement new business ideas and make business processes more effective and efficient.
Todd is a native of Pocahontas, Iowa and is a graduate from Iowa State University with a B.B.A.
Chief Financial Officer
Sandy Newsom joined BirdDogHR in 2011 to lead all financial and human resource functions for the company. In this role, Sandy is responsible for BirdDogHR’s financial related matters including accounting, tax, financial reporting and strategic sourcing. She also leads the human resources side of the business with a focus on enhancing employee engagement and productivity.
Sandy is a seasoned finance and human resources professional with more than 25 years of experience working in heavily regulated industries. Prior to joining the team, Sandy held senior-level positions at Wells Fargo Financial, Principal Financial Group and Darling International.
Sandy is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and successfully completed the CPA exam.