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. 

Patrick Leddin

Over the last 25 years, Patrick has benefited from both hands-on leadership and management experience coupled with academic rigor and expertise. 

He’s proud to be a former U.S. Army airborne, infantry, ranger-qualified solder, with Big Five consulting experience, who started and grew a successful management consulting firm (named to Inc. 5,000’s List of Fastest Growing Companies). He’s currently a global consultant and an associate professor at Vanderbilt University where he teaches negotiation. 

Patrick’s experience allows him to consult with clients around the world who are looking to grow leadership capacity and develop/executive strategy. His work has taken him throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

Next Monthly Member Meeting on September 25th, 11:30am @ Vanderbilt Health at 100 Oaks

Topic: Negotiation

This one hour, hands-on workshop will allow you to assess your negotiation style, learn both the positive and negative aspects of your ‘default’ style, and understand how best to adjust your style depending on the given negotiation situation.  The session will be interactive, fast-paced, and leave you with a better understanding of how best to approach your next negotiation.

Visit Leddin Group’s website to find more valueable content, such as blogs, podcasts and other tools. 

Location of Our Monthly Meetings:

Once you arrive at 100 Oaks, Choose Entrance D and you’ll find the 1st Level Conference Room to the left of escalators.

Lunch Pricing:

$20.00 Regular Member Pricing

$35.00 Non-Member Pricing

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.

Reasons to Join TRA

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

Certification and Continuing Education

The TRA coordinates the preparation classes and qualifying exams to achieve professional certification, as well as conducts continuing education events for maintaining professional certification through NAPS. Find out more here.

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.