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. 

Dr. Gregg Steinberg

Tom Black

Owner, Tom Black Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence

Join us for the TRA Monthly Meeting WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27TH 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

Note: This is a Zoom Meeting

Cost: FREE for members, but registration is required. 

Topic: Foundations of Success 

Led by: Tom Black

In college, Tom worked for the Southwestern Company of Nashville, Tennessee. Southwestern employs thousands of college students each summer to sell books door-to- door. Based on his success in sales (number one for three successive summers), Tom became a sales manager at Southwestern.

Tom then joined FISI*Madison Financial and successfully ran the sales organization. Tom grew sales from $2 million to over $350 million.

Tom left FISI*Madison to start Private Business, Inc. Under his leadership as CEO, Private Business grew into the country’s leading provider of accounts receivable programs for community banks. Tom served as CEO for six years and took the company public in May of 1999. Tom was the first employee and the only CEO until the company was sold.

In January 1999, Tom purchased Tecniflex/Bancsource, Inc. Tom formed a sister company, Imagic Corporation, that develops and supports check-imaging systems to community banks. As CEO, Tom expanded both companies from small regional providers to national sales and service organizations. Imagic grew quickly, merged with OSI and went public. Under his leadership, Tecniflex/Bancsource has gone from 27 employees to almost 500 serving 4,000 banks in 49 states.

8 years ago Tom cofounded Ncontracts, now the leading provider of vendor compliance and risk management for financial institutions. Ncontracts serves over 4,000 financial institutions nationwide.
More recently, Tom has founded the Tom Black Center for Excellence. The Tom Black Center for Excellence, a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), offers customized sales training and coaching services to national clients of all sizes in a wide range of fields. www.tomblack.com

Education- Missouri State University
Bachelor of Arts, Rhetoric and Public Address

Community Service- Chairman of the Nashville Wine Auction raising $20 million for cancer related causes
Chairman of the Library Foundation Book Campaign raising $5.4 million for books
Founders Club of the Nashville Symphony
T.J. Martel Co-Chairman of “Best Cellars” for 16 years
Numerous donations to Boy Scouts of America, Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors, Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center, Education Equal Opportunity Group, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Frist Center, Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude for Children’s Research and more.

Registration is FREE for members, but you must to receive the meeting link:

Please register, so we can ensure you have the appropriate information for the event.

    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.