Tennessee Recruiters Association

TRA is a non-profit trade association, developed exclusively for third party recruitment firms; we are professionally active, organized to serve its members through industry-specific educational workshops designed to teach current trends and skills relative to the staffing and recruiting industry.

  • Workshop events: quarterly, speaker-led meetings include lunch
  • Informal collaborative gatherings: monthly, informal exchanges of best and current practices within the industry; free.
  • Annual training conference: Nationally recognized elite performers with in the industry. Highest level of training and skill development becomes accessible to the individual and firms.

TRA is the Tennessee affiliate chapter of NAPS, (National Association of Personnel Services); our meetings support your firm’s recruiters achieve professional certification. 

Dennis Gros

August 23 - Bring a notebook for a perspective on RETAINER BUSINESS unlike any you've ever heard before. Anywhere.

DENNIS GROS – Founder and President, Gros Recruiters

Charter Member of the Tennessee Recruiters Association

Dennis shares how he has transitioned part of his business from contingency to retained in a unique way that we will all appreciate and can learn from!

More about Dennis:

Building on a decade of business to business sales, networking, and marketing, Dennis Gros founded Gros Executive Recruiters in 1989.  Since that time, the firm has placed an aggregate of more than $50 million in new employee starting salaries—solely in the marketplace of plastics and packaging.

Dennis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  His career progressed from news reporting to advertising to management.  At each step, he learned the value of niche marketing and promotion.

His executive recruiting career began in 1986, when he joined a fledgling office of Management Recruiters.  For the subsequent two years he achieved top 10 national ranking.

The firm is an active member of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.  They produce an annual salary survey in partnership with the Society of Plastics Engineers and participate and sponsor many plastics and packaging industry events.

Dennis is a charter member of the Tennessee Recruiters Association and a former president of the Society of Plastics Engineers’ Nashville Chapter.  He earned Certified Personnel Consultant status in 1991.

Also networking within the packaging industry, the firm is a Benefactor of the Institute of Packaging Professionals, and Dennis serves as a senior consultant for the IoPP annual salary survey.


Upcoming Events

August 23, 2017

100 Oaks Conference Room

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

$20.00 Member Rate

DENNIS GROS, Founder & President of Gros Recruiters

Professional Development

The TRA proactively serves its membership by planning and hosting recruiting industry specific educational initiatives where information and skills are presented by subject matter experts.

Best Practices

Consistent with the objectives of TRA, we want every member to experience a professional, collaborative and safe place to exchange ideas and information to advance their professional practice and our industry.

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  • Stay current on laws and best practices
  • Network with your peers
  • Support of NAPS Certification
  • Receive continuing education
  • Obtain credibility in the market place
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Regular Meeting Location

Monthly meetings are held at Vanderbilt Health in 100 Oaks Mall. Click CONTACT above for map and detailed directions. TRA will meet at 100 Oaks/Vanderbilt Medical Group in the first floor conference room -- enter through entrance D which is at the middle of the front of the mall (see picture on the website); conference room is behind the escalator and stairway.  Monthly meetings are typically held on the 4th Wednesday each month.  Watch the calendar and emails for announcements and any changes.


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