Robert Cossaboon, Founder & CEO
Rob Cossaboon is the founder and CEO of Skillforce, Inc. During his 20+ years of management, sales, and operations experience, he developed strong principles based on quality customer service and job site integrity—principles he has passed on to his management team and that guide his overall leadership and vision for the company.
Rob founded Skillforce with the goal to create a strong construction staffing company that encompassed two main themes: a team environment with strong leadership, and a business culture that inspired employees to strive to be their best.
Rob’s construction services management career took off in a 10-fold leap in 2000 when he built his previous company’s branch from the ground up as the general manager. He was responsible for personally hiring thousands of employees as well as growing his individual branch profits far beyond the company’s 8 other branches combined. Having personally built the relationships and business model, in 2003 Rob easily made the transition from employee to entrepreneur, successfully developing Skillforce into a seven-figure revenue stream in just the first 8 months of business.
Named a “Top 100 CEO” by SmartCEO magazine in 2007, Rob has grown Skillforce into the largest skilled construction staffing company in the Mid-Atlantic region, with offices now expanding throughout the country. Once cited in a publication as a “work hard, play hard entrepreneur,” Rob credits his success to building a strong team culture where client relationships come first.
Rob studied Business Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1988 to 1992 and has sat on the Board of Directors for the Associated Builders and Contractors as well has held several key committee and charitable positions.
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Vic Victoriano, Branch Manager, Baltimore MD
Vic is a veteran sales executive with more than 20 years of business development, operations, and sales management and training experience. He joined Skillforce in 2003, shortly after the company was founded. He currently serves as Branch Manager of our flagship office in Baltimore Maryland in which he works to develop, integrate, and manage the sales and operations procedures and processes. Most notably before joining Skillforce, Vic was Director of Sales for Nexus Communications, where he was engaged in selling online and telephonic advertising services in major markets throughout the United States. Vic holds a B.A. in Economics from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. He currently serves as the Chairman of the board for Associated Builders and Contractors Baltimore Metro Chapter. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Jennifer and their daughter.
Jason Lefler, Regional Manager
Jason brings over 15+ years of proven success in business development, operations, sales management and training experience in both the construction and staffing industries. He currently serves as a Regional Manager for Skillforce, overseeing multiple branch operations. Prior to becoming Regional Manager, Jason was the General Manager of the Skillforce Baltimore branch where he was one of the top producing GM’s in the company. Prior to Skillforce Jason worked as a Branch Manager for Tradesmen International and is an Outreach Committee Member and Apprenticeship Committee Member at Independent Electrical Contractors of Chesapeake. He is also actively involved with multiple Associated Builders and Contractors chapters, and the Building Congress & Exchange Construction Network. Jason played basketball at Walter State College, and played Professional Level A Softball for 4 years. He lives in Fallston, MD with his wife and 2 children.
Jermie Keuhner, General Manager – D.C./Northern Virginia
Jermie Keuhner has over 10 years of Customer Service, Sales, and Business Development experience. He is currently serving as the General Manager of our Northern Virginia/DC Branch. He is responsible for overseeing branch staff as well as the day-to-day operations, business development, client relations, and recruiting for the MD/DC/NOVA area. Prior to his position as General Manager, Jermie had spent time as an outside sales representative for Skillforce where he was consistently recognized for exceeding expectations and driving growth in emerging markets. Jermie studied Electrical Engineering at Old Dominion University and was Honorably discharged from the Navy in 2007 where he served as an Electronics Technician .
Danny Barribeau, General Manager – Richmond, VA
Danny Barribeau is a specialist in customer service and detail who hailed originally managing golf courses. With over 25 years’ experience in management, sales, training and building relationships. Skillforce and Danny were a perfect match for him to become the General Manager in Richmond, Virginia.
Danny likes to take the approach he learned in the golf business by treating every client exceptional regardless of “how small or large the project is”. Customer service is always the pinnacle of every process of the project.
While he was the General Manager at Hunting Hawk Golf Club owned by land developer HHHunt, Danny won two awards for his exceptional work. “The Star Award” given to the employee who delivers the highest mark of customer service and “The Employee Excellence Award” given to the employee delivering the highest level of work.
Danny Studied Communications Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University from 1985 to 1989 serves on the Associated Builders and Contractors committee for events and is very active in coaching youth athletics.
Jeff DeNike, Texas Regional & General Manager
Jeff is a seasoned, successful Business Development, Sales and Operational Manager with over 30 yrs experience. He also has been responsible for opening all the existing Skillforce branch offices and has hired and retained many of the company’s key General Managers after coming on board with Skillforce in early 2005.
Prior to Skillforce, Jeff worked as Sales Manager, Business Development Manager, Executive Recruiter, General Sales Manager along with starting and operating his own business for 10+yrs.
Jeff has in excess of 15 years experience promoting the betterment of the construction industry with various important industry organizations in Maryland, Virginia, and Texas – including ABC, AGC, ASA, IEC and TEXO.
Jeff currently resides in the Houston area of Texas.
Denise Adams, Comptroller
Denise brings well over 20 years of experience working with businesses large and small to revamp accounting and CFO support. Her experience in developing financial controls, operations management and analysis is extensive. In her vast experience, Denise has been tasked to work with many companies developing sound business practices and growth opportunities in service oriented fields. She originally worked for a large accounting consulting firm assisting the Skillforce founder with the development of operating and accounting systems that were scalable and customized to meet Skillforce’s growing needs. Years later, an opening in the company’s administrative department led Rob Cossaboon to seek Denise out once again to help with Skillforce’s national expansion.
Ben True, General Manager, Charlotte NC
Ben has nearly 20 years of construction operations and sales management experience. He currently serves as General Manager of our Charlotte NC branch, in which he works to develop, integrate, and manage the sales and operations procedures and processes throughout this market. Prior to becoming General Manager, Ben worked in the modular building industry as well as managing a successful local construction company. He retains his contractors license in both North and South Carolina and is licensed in General Safety and Health with OSHA. He enjoys giving back by being actively involved in Habitat for Humanity projects as well as supporting our veterans with Purple Heart Homes. Ben holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Central Florida.