Historical Highlights & Awards

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Apprenticeship.gov

August 2018

In August 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the launch of a new digital platform, Apprenticeship.gov. This innovative web portal features an Apprenticeship Finder tool that offers career seekers a platform to search for apprenticeships by city, state and occupation, as well as connects job seekers to high-skilled, high-paying careers. The Department collaborated with NASWA and DirectEmployers to create the Apprenticeship Finder tool using their resource that collects and distributes national job content, the National Labor Exchange (NLx).

DE Serves Launches Aimed at Transitioning the Homeless to Tiny Village Communities

August 2018

To help rehabilitate and lessen the growing number of homeless individuals, DirectEmployers Association launched a philanthropic organization named DirectEmployers Serves (DE Serves). The ‘Tiny Act of Kindness’ project is aimed at transitioning homeless individuals into tiny village communities and providing rehabilitation programs and training/apprenticeship opportunities.

Recruit Rooster Launches Recruitment Marketing Solutions for Global Employers

June 2018

To create a better customer experience and expand upon recruitment solutions offered, DirectEmployers announced the launch of Recruit Rooster, a full service recruitment marketing and creative solution aimed at helping employers establish a prominent web presence to appeal to targeted and specialized job seekers.

DirectEmployers Partners with Google as a Job Provider in New Search Feature

June 2017

To further connect employers and job seekers, DirectEmployers announced their position as a job content provider for Google’s new job search experience. As a result of the Association’s participation, jobs from over 900 Member companies are accessible directly by searching for jobs on Google.

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, broke the glass ceiling as the Association’s first female Executive Director. Candee brought 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 10 years, DirectEmployers and NASWA 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)—announced 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 SHRM careers sites focused on diversity, veterans and people with disabilities.

DirectEmployers Hosts First Job Bank

August 2010

In August 2010, the State of New York picked DirectEmployers to host state’s job bank. The job bank had 84,217 jobs posted with a continuous flow of new opportunities available each day and was free to job seekers and companies providing easy-to-use job search and job posting tools. Read press release.

DirectEmployers Partners 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

June 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

DirectEmployers Family of Brands Recognition

Central Indiana Top Workplaces 2022

Small Business Category
42nd place
DirectEmployers Family of Brands

JD Supra 2022 Readers' Choice Awards

Government Contracting
#1 – John C. Fox
#2 – Candee Chambers
Blog: OFCCP Week In Review (WIR)

PR Daily's 2021 Content Marketing Awards

Branded Blog Honorable Mention
DirectEmployers Association
Blog: OFCCP Week In Review (WIR)

Central Indiana Top Workplaces 2021

Small Business Category
16th place
DirectEmployers Family of Brands

JD Supra 2021 Readers' Choice Awards

#1 in Government Contracting
John C. Fox
Blog: OFCCP Week In Review (WIR)

2020 Muse Creative Awards

Experiential & Immersive Gold Winner
First Day on the Job
Client: Frontdoor

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 Achievement in Web Development
Providence Health & Services Recruitment Website
DirectEmployers Association

PR Daily's 2016 Nonprofit PR Awards

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

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

Member & Partner Recognition

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


Presented during Member Appreciation Week

Award Winners

Breakthrough Award
Glenn Williams, Qualcomm

Diversity & Inslusion Award
Franklin Reed, TEKsystems

Jennifer Seda Award
Susan Shanklin, Collins Aerospace


Presented during DEAM19 in Naples, FL

Award Winners

WOW Award
Paul White, Mohawk Industries

Breakthrough Award
Floss Aggrey, Randstad North America

Diversity & Inslusion Award
Ben Marich, TAD PGS, Inc.

Partner Recognition Award
Stacy Bayton, Corporate America Supports You (CASY)

Jennifer Seda Award
Brian Pier, Levi, Ray, & Shoup, Inc.com


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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