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

Erin Bent

Senior Director of Training for Next Level Exchange and Kaye/Bassman International

Join us for the TRA Monthly Meeting WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

Note: This is a Zoom Meeting

Cost: FREE for members, but registration is required. 

Topic: Enhanced Engagement: In a candidate-driven market, the demand for new talent is the highest it’s ever been, yet standing out in the crowd has never been more challenging as recruiters. A common thread through many of the training webinars Erin has facilitated has been how to improve client and candidate outreach and, most importantly, engagement. Erin will pack the greatest hits of what she has observed from top producers, including unique emails, marketing collateral, process management forms, scripts, and top engagement tools and strategies. Get ready to take some serious notes in this high-energy, don’t want to miss, session! 

Led by: Erin Bent, Partner, Senior Director of Training and Development

Erin is the Senior Director of Training for Next Level Exchange and Kaye/Bassman International. Erin joined Kaye/Bassman in 2007 as a Senior Search Consultant specializing exclusively in the Consumer Products industry, focusing primarily on sales and sales support roles. In 2011, she launched Next Level Exchange’s sales team and now oversees the team of Client Service Directors who showcase Next Level’s array of services throughout the recruiting industry. She became a Partner of the firm in 2015.

In addition to her Next Level Exchange role, Erin also serves as the Senior Director of Training and Development for Kaye/Bassman, facilitating the Foundation Training Program to new hires and conducting ongoing learning and development throughout the organization. Kaye Baseman’s internal training program is also the groundwork of the Facilitated Foundation Training program in which Erin manages and facilitates, with her team, to NLE clients across the globe. The FFT program is a 5-week training program that provides a mainly worry-free and hands-off approach for managers to train their new recruiters that join their organization. This core training program applies to all associates at each stage of career progression, from the basic recruiting fundamentals to effective marketing techniques, to a more sophisticated curriculum for long-term development.

Since the FFT program launch in 2013, training for the parent company Kaye Bassman, Next Level Exchange, and Sanford Rose Associates’ franchise organization, Erin has personally trained over 1,650 recruiters along with the thousands who have received training through the Next Level Exchange platform.

Erin graduated in 2000 from The University of Washington in Seattle (her hometown) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Communications. When not at the office, she’s either cheering any of her hometown teams (“Go Huskies, Mariners, Seahawks, and one day again, Sonics!”), traveling with her family or in the middle of an intense Peloton workout!

She resides in Plano, Texas, with her husband, Brian, and their smart, wild, and loving kiddos, Madison Jane (8), Griffin Thomas (6), and their loyal dog, Addy (10).

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.