Historical Highlights & Awards

Engaging the Labor Community Since 2001


Candee Chambers Named Executive Director

March 2017

Staff photo of Candee ChambersGraduate of Bowling Green State University and a 30-year Human Resources veteran, Candee Chambers, breaks the glass ceiling as the Association’s first female Executive Director. Candee brings her success with compliance to the overall organization to bridge the gap between recruiting and compliance. For more information, view the official press release.


National Labor Exchange Celebrates 10th Anniversary

March 2017

Over the past 10 years, DirectEmployers and NASWA have made their NLx vision a reality by pioneering new resources for employers, state workforce agencies, veterans representatives and job seekers, while also establishing the NLx as a recognized source of vetted and verified jobs by all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam.  


SHRM Launches Diversity Jobs Sites

October 2016

Encouraging diversity and inclusion in the workplace starts at the top, which is why the largest HR association in the world—the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)—announces the launch of three specialty websites within its online career center focused on creating an inclusive workforce and setting an example for other employers. Built on the SHRM Enterprise Solutions platform with technology provided by DirectEmployers Association, the new SHRM careers sites focus on diversity, veterans and people with disabilities.  


DirectEmployers Hosts First Job Bank

August 2010

The State of New York picks DirectEmployers to host state’s job bank. The new job bank has 84,217 jobs posted with a continuous flow of new opportunities available each day and is free to job seekers and companies providing easy-to-use job search and job posting tools. Read press release.


Partnership with Employ Media to Develop .JOBS

October 2009

In October of 2009, DirectEmployers Association, in alliance with Employ Media, built out a beta site of location, occupation, and other top-level domains to test functionality and receive feedback from job seekers, employers, and other interested parties. The .JOBS Network created an environment of seamlessly integrated employment domains, a first ever interlinking and coordinated use of a TLD for the public good.


Introduction of VetCentral

June 2007

July 2007 marked the beginning of VetCentral–the consumer-facing vehicle of the NLx. It became the full-time employment service to participating state workforce agencies and, to date, delivers federal contractors’ jobs to state websites and CareerOneStop centers for the appropriate Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Programs (DVOPs).


Formation of the NLx

April 2007

In April of 2007, the NLx—a sophisticated electronic labor exchange solution—was created. The online network connects businesses and state workforce agencies in their mission to create a cost-effective system that improves labor market efficiency and reflects our nation’s diverse workforce.


NASWA Endorses DirectEmployers as the Replacement for America’s Job Bank

March 2007

In March of 2007, DirectEmployers Association was selected by the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) to provide job seekers, employers and states a cost-effective transition from America’s Job Bank (AJB)—which had been discontinued by the U.S. Department of Labor.


Selection of Bill Warren to be Executive Director

May 2005

Staff photo of Bill WarrenAs a highly respected industry veteran and former corporate human resources executive for Rockwell International, Bill Warren is widely credited as being the “Founder of Online Recruiting.” As a visionary leader in this recruitment space, Bill was a natural selection to manage the Association as its Executive Director. For more information, view the official press release.


Incorporation of DirectEmployers Association

October 2001

Concerned about rapidly rising costs and the future and direction of online recruitment, a group of 14 leading global employers discussed the concept of DirectEmployers Association and an employer-owned and -managed employment site in late 2000. The concept came to fruition in October 2001 when DirectEmployers Association, a nonprofit HR consortium of employers, was incorporated. A directive was initiated to share best practices, create new industry standards, provide research and develop and manage Internet-based systems and software for employers to increase efficiency and reduce recruiting costs.


Creation of Online Career Center

November 1992

Created in 1992 by former Executive Director, Bill Warren, Online Career Center (OCC) is widely recognized as the first internet job board. Through this tool, job seekers could connect with employers and view job listings on their computer. This product, revolutionary in its time, paved the way for today’s online job boards and the like.

Awards & Recognition

NASWA Veterans Employment Award 2017

Exemplary Commitment to Supporting Veteran Employment Programs DirectEmployers Association

2016 JAG (John A. Garza) Award

2016 Lifetime Achievement Candee Chambers, VP of Compliance & Partnerships, DirectEmployers Association

Web Marketing Association 2016 WebAward

2016 Outstanding Employment Website Providence Health & Services Recruitment Website

Ragan’s PR Daily 2016 Nonprofit PR Awards

2016 Branding or Re-Branding Campaign Honorable Mention Better Reach. Better Experience. Total Control.

22nd Annual Communicator Award of Distinction

2016 Online Video Award Are you Satisfied with Your Career Site? (produced by Drew Palmer)

NASWA’s Salute to the Leadership 2012

2012 President’s Award Bill Warren, Executive Director, DirectEmployers Association

While we take great pride in our achievements, we are honored to recognize the accomplishments of our Members and partners. Each year during our Annual Meeting & Conference, we acknowledge individuals and companies for their contributions to the field of human resources:


Presented during DEAM18 in Seattle, WA

Award Winners

WOW Award
Marilyn Mackes, Executive Director, National Association of Colleges & Employers

Breakthrough Award
Dana Deason, Manager, HR Policy & Compliance, ArcBest

Jennifer Seda Award
Beverly Curtis, Staffing Specialist/Recruiter, John Deere

Diversity & Inslusion Award
Chris Liakos, Manager, EEO Compliance & Diversity, Northrup Grumman Corporation

Partner Recognition Award
National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)


Presented during DEAM17 in Indianapolis, IN

Award Winners

WOW Award
Candee Chambers, Executive Director of DirectEmployers Association

Breakthrough Award
Jonathan Rosenberg, Manager of Talent Planning and Acquisition at Phillips 66

Jennifer Seda Award
Charles Lilly, Program Manager of Talent Acquisition at HUB International

Diversity & Inslusion Award
Rebel Johnson, Recruiting Compliance/Taleo Administrator at Huntington Ingalls Industries Integrated Solutions Group

Member Award Winners
Colorado Springs Utilities, HD Supply, Penske


Presented during DEAM16 in Indianapolis, IN

Award Winners

WOW Award
John C. Fox, Esq., President and Senior Partner at Fox, Wang & Morgan P.C.

Breakthrough Award
Pam Webster, Assistant Vice President, Talent Acquisition at Enterprise Holdings

Member Award Winners & Runners-up
AT&T, CDW, Oracle, UPS


Presented during DEAM15 in Indianapolis, IN

Award Winners

WOW Award
Pam Gerrassimides, Assistant Executive Director at The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) and National Labor Exchange (NLx) Director

Member Award Winners & Runners-up
ABB, City of Hope, CH2M Hill, Charles Schwab, Colorado Springs Utilities, Gold’s Gym, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Phillips66, TEKsystems


Presented during DEAM14 in Washington, DC

Award Winners

WOW Award
Rich Hobbie, Retired former Executive Director of The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)

Member Awards Winners & Runners-up
AOL, AT&T, Cardinal Health, Colorado Springs Utilities, Eaton, Emory University, J.B. Hunt, REI, Schlumberger, Sodexo, Vantiv


Presented during DEAM13 in San Diego, CA

Award Winners

WOW Award
David Morman, Retired former Senior Executive with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Jim Vollman, Senior Vice President of Associated Veterans, LLC


Presented during DEAM12 in Scottsdale, AZ

Award Winners

WOW Award
Bill Warren, Executive Director of DirectEmployers Association

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