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, Director of Operations
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 Director of Operations in which he works to develop, integrate, and manage the sales and operations procedures and processes throughout Skillforce’s offices.
Prior to becoming Director of Operations, Vic was the general manager of the Skillforce Baltimore branch, where he was responsible for recruitment and management of all field personnel, training and management of all sales personnel, business development, and client relations.
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 on the Board of Directors for Associated Builders and Contractors Baltimore Metro Chapter. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Jennifer and their daughter.
Ryan Eakes, Director of Sales
Ryan is a seasoned manager with more than 20 years of sales and operational management experience. He joined Skillforce in March of 2006, shortly after the company’s 2nd office opened in the DC Metro area, and helped to grow that branch to become Skillforce’s strongest. He currently serves as General Manager in the company’s newest branch in Austin, Texas.
Prior to his work with Skillforce, Ryan was an operations manager for Lowes Home Improvement, where he was responsible the daily operations of the store, and was recognized by Lowes corporate as a leader capable of revitalizing challenged operations.
Ryan holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He is actively involved with Associated Builders and Contractors, previously in the Metro Washington and VA Chapters, and now in the Centex Chapter. He currently resides in Austin Tx with his wife Karen and their son.
Jason Lefler, General Manager – Baltimore, MD
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 the General Manager for the Baltimore Metro area. Jason oversees the day-to-day operations, including management of sales reps, and all the field employees.
Prior to becoming General Manager, Jason was the General Manager for Tradesmen International’s Baltimore Metro area branch where he was one of the top producing GM’s with over $7 million in revenue. Jason oversaw all sales activity for business-to-business sales and ranked in the Top 10 out of 94 offices in sales for 2 years in a row. Prior to this Jason worked as a Branch Manager for Randstad North America.
Jason is an Outreach Committee Member and Apprenticeship Committee Member at Independent Electrical Contractors of Chesapeake. He is also actively involved with the Builders & Contractors Baltimore Metro chapter, 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 Bel Air, MD with his wife and 2 children.
John Sarnese, General Manager – D.C./Northern Virginia
John is a veteran sales executive with more than 20 years of business development, operations, and sales management & training experience. He currently serves as General Manager of our DC/Northern Virginia 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, John was an Area and Regional Manager for Robert Half International. He also held numerous management positions with UniFirst Corporation, most recently Manager in National Accounts.
John received his BA from California University of PA in Urban Planning and Recreation Management.
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 – Houston
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.
Cyril Allgeier III, General Manager – Austin, TX
Cyril Allgeier, III has 10 years of Customer Service, Sales, and Business Development experience. He is currently serving as the General Manager of our Austin, TX Branch. He is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations, business development, client relations, and recruiting for the Central Texas area.
Prior to joining Skillforce, Cyril had spent time in the heavy equipment industry as an outside sales representative and general sales manager in Houston and Central Texas. In those roles, he was consistently recognized for exceeding expectations and driving growth in emerging markets.
Cyril holds a B.S. in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. He is actively involved with the Central Texas Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors and avid outdoorsman.
Dale Murphy, General Manager – Dallas/Fort Worth
Originally from a farming family in East Texas, Dale is a seasoned manager with 15 years of proven success in business operations, business development, sales management, training, and marketing. He has experience in the construction, oil & gas, and automotive industries.
Prior to joining Skillforce, he helped execute a complete company start-up, floor plan approval, and was awarded a commercial ship-thru program from General Motors. As the General Manager for the Dallas/Fort Worth branch he oversees the day-to-day operations, including management of sales, customers, and all field employees.
Dale is an active member of TEXO, IEC, and ASA, where he serves on the events committee. Dale lives in DFW with his wife and children.
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.