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. 

Brad Bialy

Derek Schlender


Join us for the TRA Monthly Meeting WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17TH 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

Note: This is a Zoom Meeting

Cost: FREE for members, but registration is required.

Leveling the Playing Field
This session will focus on how marketing and business development has changed over the last 5 years in particular and some of the nuances we can leverage as recruiters providing extremely high value to our clients.

Speaker: Derek Schlender

Derek is a Recruiter and Partner with the Commercial Banking and Finance team at ThinkingAhead. He leads the SBA/Government Guaranteed Lending practice nationally, placing director/manage level leaders, business development officers, underwriters, and operations specialists.

In 2022, Derek was the recipient of the Ralph Mosley Award, a peer-nominated award that represents the highest honor at ThinkingAhead. Derek attended the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia with a degree in business management, and is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC). He and his family of five live in the Nashville area.

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.