About Cornerstone RPO
Cornerstone RPO (CRPO) is currently supporting companies headquartered in 26 states, while recruiting in all 50 states Canada and Mexico. CRPO is a leader in talent acquisition solutions and one of the most diverse RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) companies in the United States. CRPO offers a collaborative and adaptive approach to meet the recruitment needs of our clients. Over the last 15 years, CRPO has delivered recruitment outsourcing solutions across all functions for various industries including but not limited to: Financial Services, Manufacturing/Consumer Goods, Information Technology, Hospitality, and Non-Clinical Healthcare in both the public and private sectors. Our clients range in size from small private firms up to large Fortune 100 organizations. Whether you are looking for a complete talent acquisition solution, need assistance for an expansion or corporate relocation, or just need one of our experienced recruiters or sourcers to add bandwidth, CRPO has the solution for you. At Cornerstone RPO, our mission is to help build great companies by assisting them in hiring to succeed, not simply survive, while empowering the lives of talented people.
Rodney Ashby is the Managing Principal of Cornerstone RPO and co-owns delivery, offering executive leadership and oversight over all of Cornerstone RPO’s operations and engagements. His role extends into the business development process serving as Cornerstone RPO’s subject matter expert in recruiting strategies, process design and project execution.
Rodney’s background of success started on the hard court as a Division I starting Center and Captain of his alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also earned his B.S. Degree. His basketball career continued beyond his collegiate days and beyond the U.S. borders, playing professional basketball in Brazil and touring through Europe playing against the Harlem Globetrotters.
After coaching back at VCU, Rodney hung up his size 15 high tops and moved into the world of recruitment. Early in this new career Rodney found his professional passion, rising rapidly through the ranks of the nation’s largest IT and Communications Staffing Firm. After several years in leadership roles with a national management consulting firm specializing in Talent Acquisition, Rodney’s entrepreneurial instincts led him to cofound his own recruiting consulting company, Cornerstone RPO.
Dave co-owns delivery within Cornerstone RPO, offering executive leadership and oversight over Cornerstone RPO’s engagements. Dave’s focus is to provide thought leadership and drive strategy, focusing on the acquisition and development of CRPO’s consultants and creating effective value propositions for our clients.
Dave began consulting in the recruitment space 20 years ago with RD Raab, a leader and pioneer in RPO. During his time at RDR he supported and led engagements with many of the top financial services and software applications firms in the nation. Dave moved on from RDR to become a Partner at Cornerstone RPO.
Jim McNett joined Cornerstone RPO in August of 2023. He is a veteran of the recruiting, staffing, and RPO space with 30 years of broad-based experience providing services to hundreds of diverse clients. Before CRPO, Jim served as CEO of a Midwest staffing company and a national executive and professional search firm for 20 years.
As Vice President, Jim leads business development, expansion, acquisitions and is a key contributor to overall strategic direction as a member of the executive leadership team. His strongest asset is the ability to ask strategic questions, listen, and develop solutions to clients’ toughest workforce challenges. Jim has customized solutions for Fortune 100 organizations as well as small, up and coming businesses that never utilized a workforce strategist. Jim aims to develop programs that drive the overall hiring strategy while aligning with the culture of the business. He goes the extra mile to provide the research, data, and due diligence for companies to make a decision that will positively impact their bottom line.
Jim has served on a variety of boards and is active in a variety of causes such as Second Harvest Foodbank. He is also a member and actively involved with industry associations such as Recruitment Process Outsourcing Association (RPOA), Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), and American Staffing Association (ASA).
A lifelong resident of Wisconsin, Jim enjoys spending quality time with his wife, three kids, and his granddaughter Fallon. In the Summer, you will find him attending live music events, especially his son’s band Big Cat Eddie. In the fall, he will be at Camp Randall cheering on his beloved Badgers. The rest of the year, he is likely shoveling!
Jeff is a Program Manager with CornerstoneRPO and has been in the recruiting industry since 2006. He began his recruiting career in the biotechnology space for a few years before transitioning to Cornerstone RPO in a recruiting capacity. Over the last 10 years at CRPO, Jeff has contributed as an individual consultant, lead small teams, managed client partnerships and now oversees multiple enterprise engagements. Jeff is a Richmond native, Highland Springs Springer and VCU Ram. He currently resides in Midlothian, VA with his wife, Meredith, and three daughters.
Ben Danahar joined Cornerstone RPO as the Vice President of Strategic accounts in January 2019 having previously directed a boutique RPO practice headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ben brings a wealth of recruitment industry knowledge and sales processes to enhance CRPO’s presence in the Mid-West markets.
Ben has been described as a strong innovator in the recruiting industry. Embracing and understanding the tools and technologies needed to get the best results from every project. Always approaching each client-partner interaction with an open mind and no preconceived ideas of what the perfect solution will be until all challenges and business objectives have been understood. Adept in identifying the most creative and cost-effective solutions for CRPO customers.
Through the creation of strategic alliances Ben has developed a network of Recruitment based solutions and tools that he is passionate about sharing. Always understanding the need to be creative and evolve as the Talent market continues to be a challenge for growing businesses.
Away from life at Cornerstone Ben has been fortunate enough to travel extensively spending time living in his native England as well as Spain and both North and South here in the US. As a UEFA B certified soccer coach Ben enjoys passing on his experiences from his playing days to the next generations.
Finance and Administration
Carter Dages – Chief Financial Officer
Serving as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, Carter Dages provides primary leadership and oversight over the Company’s finance and accounting and helps to inform the Company’s marketing and operational successes. Applying his 36 years of diverse business experience to Cornerstone RPO, prior to joining Cornerstone RPO’s team Carter served as the Vice President and CFO of Highway Service Ventures, Inc., Controller of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, and a CPA and Manager with KPMG.
Carter obtained his MBA from the University of Richmond and his BS in Accounting from Radford University. Active in his community, he serves as the Treasurer of Rotary International’s District 7600 and is a member of the Rotary Club of Innsbrook. In 2013 and 2018 he was proud to have organized two significant fundraising events on behalf of our nation’s wounded servicemen and women in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior Project.
Trista Sutphin – Human Resource Specialist
Trista joined Cornerstone RPO in 2015 as the Executive Operational Support Specialist. She came into the organization after completing her Master’s Degree in Human Resources. She served as support for Executive Management while overseeing operations, billing, payroll, and benefits administration. In her current role as the Human Resource Specialist, she not only continues to oversee accounts payable, payroll and benefits, but she also handles onboarding, administration, time management, communication, and relations for CRPO employees. Trista currently resides in North Chesterfield, VA with her husband.
Recruiting Background/What you enjoy about recruiting?
I started my career in University Admissions and then moved into corporate recruiting, where I have been for over 5 years. I love being able to help match candidates to positions that perfectly align with their knowledge, skills and abilities. The impact of recruitment efforts provide very tangible results, in that we get to see when new hires onboard or see new teams being built. This is always exciting and really showcases the fruits of our labor.
Greatest (or most recent) professional success:
My greatest professional success is passing the SHRM-CP certification.
I enjoy playing the piano, baking, and golfing in my free time!
Recruiting Background/What you enjoy about recruiting?
After graduating, I spent five years recruiting for construction and skilled trades-based positions, then moved into working as a Senior Talent Acquisition Manager with a large financial institution. I was great at the IT/Operations part of things and moved into an HRIS Analyst position. My last role made me realize that the interactions and human components involved with recruiting were what I enjoyed the most. Spreadsheets and HRIS systems are predictable, but a candidate interaction always has the potential for something unexpected, which makes it exciting.
Greatest (or most recent) professional success:
Improving the candidate experience has always been important to me, and in my last role that meant eliminating a lot of the manual parts of the onboarding process in favor of building out a system that was able to handle our average candidate flow plus an additional 2,000 new employees that came on board because of a merger. I was able to learn MS Power Bi and Power Automate, integrate it into our onboarding and background checking process, and successfully teach a team of two hundred talent acquisition employees how to utilize what I had built. I never had a problem thinking big, but I have always had difficulty figuring out the components that made a large idea come to life. Being able to do this, figure out some complex components, put them all together, integrate it with our HRIS, and teach it to a large group of people all while getting ready to move into a more front facing position was something I am not sure I could have done a few years ago.
I am a pretty good sculptor and work with metals mostly. I got an MFA and have done a lot of large-scale installations and commissioned artworks. I use that to finance my love of travelling. I have managed to spend the night in every state and have been to every single continent (except Antarctica but I don’t want to go there either).