Tom Szmanda – Principal     (847) 325-5457

Tom III-crop (1)Tom is a former Bank President and CEO with over 27 years experience in banking and human resource management.  As a former educator, Tom enjoys the benefit of learning essential communication skills and gleaning a deep understanding of how to effectively motivate and develop employees.

Tom is skilled at identifying the best available talent through a disciplined interviewing process known as behavior-based interviewing.  This process allows The Symicor Group to effectively provide the best available talent to our client firms. Our proven process also ensures that job candidates are offered positions that best match their desires, talents, and skills.

Tom has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.


Tom Ackley – Director of Operations     (847) 325-5457

tAOver the last 20 years, Tom has served in various operational, sales, and human resource leadership roles with various organizations throughout the nation.  During his career, Tom has developed and managed company operations while streamlining processes yielding more efficient and productive organizations.

Tom has a deep and rich background sourcing, interviewing, hiring and developing employees at various levels. His operational acumen has also enabled him to develop more efficient and positive processes at The Symicor Group.



Marketing Professional


Jeanie is a seasoned business professional with over 15 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur managing all facets of the business including Marketing, Finance, Sales, and Human Resources.  She has been responsible for driving revenue growth while managing cost containment – yielding sustainable profit growth.

Jeanie enjoys  many years of human resource management experience offering keen and savvy insight to Symicor Group clients and candidates. Jeanie is a graduate of Brigham Young University.


Board of Independent Advisers

Steven Herod


Steve enjoys a 27 year career in the Banking and Financial Industry.  Steve has held various Senior Level positions in both locally owned and national banks in the Chicago area.  Steve enjoys a knowledge of the industry’s trends within the banking sector.

As a past Hiring Manager, Steve’s experience in sourcing and selecting the “right” candidate for a particular position is crucial to our client banks as well as the candidates that we represent.  He is able to understand the needs of the client bank as well as the experience and expectations of our candidates to best meet the staffing demands of this ever changing industry.

Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management from Northern Illinois University.

Bob Rud


Bob brings with him a 40 year career in the banking industry.   Bob started his career in teller operations while in school and finished as President & CEO of a community bank in the Chicagoland area.

Bob has extensive experience in both large and small community banks. Bob also organized and started two De Novo banks.  As a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer of community banks, he has an extensive background in operations, financial and regulatory reporting, lending, auditing, investments, leadership and management.

Bob also has over 30 years of human resource management experience.  His area of human resource expertise includes behavior-based interviewing, hiring and training – all within the banking field.

Lori Dyer

Lori is a seasoned Recruiter with over 20 years’ experience in full cycle recruiting.  Much of this time was spent in the banking and related industries. She has developed expertise in an array of industries including: Insurance, Construction and Financial Services. She has successfully placed many candidates nationwide from junior level banks to CEOs.

Lorihas a driving passion for building long lasting relationships with candidates and clients.


Affiliate Recruiting Analysts  – Independent Adviser

LaQuana Johnston

LaQuana3LaQuana is a talented research analyst with a solid record of sourcing qualified banking candidates.  She has the proven ability to identify and select candidates to ensure they meet the qualification of the client.

LaQuana has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management, and is on her way to a Master Degree.