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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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.
Jeff DeNike, Regional Manager
Jeff is a seasoned, successful Business Development, Sales and Operational Manager with over 35 yrs. experience. Currently, he serves as the Regional Manager, overseeing multiple branch operations. Jeff also opened a majority of the Skillforce branch offices. Prior to joining Skillforce in early 2005, 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 20 years’ experience promoting the betterment of the construction industry with various important industry organizations in Texas, Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC and North Carolina – including ABC, AGC, ASA, IEC, and TEXO. Jeff currently resides with his wife in Houston, Texas.
Terry Adams, Regional Manager
Terry Adams, originally from Charleston, SC, is the latest addition to the Skillforce leadership team, serving in the capacity of 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.
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.
Jermie Kuehner, General Manager – D.C./Northern Virginia
Jermie Kuehner 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.
Ryan Caroll, General Manager – Charlotte, NC
Ryan Carroll joined Skillforce in 2019 and currently serves as the General Manager overseeing the Charlotte Metro area.
Ryan has 14 years of Management experience in Operations, Sales, Business Development and Employee Development in the Industrial Sales field. Attended East Carolina University and has a B.S. in Industrial Distribution and Logistics, minored in Business Administration. With a background in Plumbing/Waterworks Supply, Safety/Tooling/Hardware supply as well as Building Materials supply he has a good understanding of how to affectively service customers in his market. He serves as our General Manager at our Charlotte NC area office, in which he works to develop, integrate, and manage the sales and operations procedures and processes throughout his market. Ryan is native to the Charlotte metro area and is excited to be working with projects that better his home city.
Chad Dillon, Branch 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.