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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Terry Adams, Vice President
Terry Adams, originally from Charleston, SC, is the Director of Sales. He started with the Skillforce leadership team in June 2020 as a Regional Manager. With 14 years of experience in industrial distribution, Terry augments our already stellar team with knowledge and insight at all levels of business. Prior to Skillforce, Terry most recently worked in Building Materials, where he became conversant in the needs of contractors, and value-add vendor networks that specialize in distinguishing themselves from their competitors, by ensuring a first-class partnership experience. Terry has a B.A. in English from the College of Charleston, which he applies with a passionate belief that communication is the key to creating a differentiating service platform for Skillforce’s clients. During his career, Terry has been in Outside Sales, General Management, District Management, Business Development, as well as a Director of Sales and Operations. He brings that experience to Skillforce and their clientele.
Brooke Thomas, Corporate Controller
Brooke Thomas, CPA, joined Skillforce in May 2020. Brooke has over 17 years of experience working in private and public accounting. She has worked with small to large businesses in a diverse range of industries. Brooke brings to the team an extensive background in operations management, internal controls, financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, and human resources.
Before joining Skillforce, Brooke worked for a regional public accounting firm in the Baltimore area. She was the industry leader of the entrepreneurial business and professional services group. Brooke provided management advisory services, income tax preparation, tax planning, outsourcing, and accounting services. Also, her experience includes working as the controller for a large family-owned business.
Brooke is a 2003 graduate from Loyola University where she received her undergraduate degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Her MBA was earned in 2005 from the University of Baltimore with a concentration in human resources. Since 2013, Brooke has been a certified public accountant with the State of Maryland.
Vic Victoriano, Regional Manager – Baltimore MD
Vic is a veteran sales executive with more than 30 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 a Regional Manager working 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 on the board of directors for Associated Builders Greater Baltimore Chapter (ex-officio) and the Vice Chair of the board of directors for Project Jumpstart. He is a proud resident of Baltimore City, Maryland where he lives with his wife Jennifer and their daughter.
Chad Dillon, Regional Manager – Richmond VA
Chad is a dynamic leader with over fifteen years of sales, operations, and customer service experience. His background is in industrial distribution, with a primary focus on residential and commercial cabinet manufacturing, where he worked in both local and regional leadership capacities. Originally from Warren, Ohio, Chad moved to Virginia 15 years ago, and has been living in Richmond for the past 13 years. His local knowledge of the market, in addition to his proven commitment to customer service excellence, makes Chad the ideal person to lead our Richmond team. In the capacity of General Manager, he works to develop, integrate, and manage the sales and operations procedures and processes throughout his market.
Jeff DeNike, Director of Strategic Sales & Recruiting
Jeff is a seasoned, successful Business Development, Sales and Operational Manager with over 30 yrs. experience. He also has been responsible for opening several of the existing Skillforce branch offices after coming on board in early 2005. Responsibilities are working with all Skillforce Branch Offices to review and schedule appointments for trade positions, training new employees, helping develop enhanced tools to meet our sales and hiring challenges along with an active role in new branch development. 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 more than 20 years’ experience promoting the betterment of the construction industry with various important industry organizations including ABC, AGC, ASA, IEC and TEXO.
Patrick Prendergast, Branch Manager – Northern Virginia
Patrick comes to Skillforce with over 25 years of proven leadership background, as both a sales and operations director in various industries. He attended George Mason University for his bachelor’s in economics. Patrick is originally from the Northern VA/Dc area, having grown up in Alexandria. His knowledge of the local market is a great asset to our team and our clients. Also having worked throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, he brings a keen understanding of our clients’ needs throughout the region. Patrick lives in Alexandria, Va. with his wife Shannon, where they have 5 grown children in their blended family.
Gregory Harrison, Branch Manager – Charlotte NC
Greg Harrison joined Skillforce in May of 2022. Greg has over 15 years of management experience specializing in infrastructure and design build projects in both the public and private sector. He graduated from Old Dominion University where he earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. When Greg is not working, he coaches youth sports and volunteers with several local organizations.