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. 

Tim Knight

Join us for the TRA Monthly Meeting on August 26th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

Note: This is a Zoom Meeting

Cost: FREE (for MEMBERS), but registration is still required

Topic: Yes we are in a Recession! Tips on how to weather the storm and why be hopeful.

Tim’s Biography

Tim is the Vice President and Senior Managing Partner with ThinkingAhead where he is responsible for operations, training and recruiting for the firm. He also leads the partner group that heads up the firm’s Commercial Banking and Commercial Finance, Legal, Life Sciences and Security/Physical infrastructure search practices.

In 2020, Tim will begin his twenty fourth year in executive search. Prior to joining ThinkingAhead, he was with Southwestern Advantage as a District Sales Manager recruiting and training salespeople. Including his college summers, Tim has been with Southwestern Family of Companies for thirty five years. In his twenty four years with ThinkingAhead he has personally filled over 400 engagements for clients and his teams over 2300 professionals placed with client companies and is the all team leader in personal production for ThinkingAhead.

Tim maintains an active portfolio of client companies in the banking, commercial finance, turnaround/restructuring and legal market. He is a Certified Personnel Consultant, a board member of the Secured Finance Network, a member of the Turnaround Management Association and a past member of the Pinnacle Society, a national roundtable of many of the top recruiters in the country based on production. Tim is often asked to speak at association and recruiting industry events around the country.

He lives in Brentwood, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville, and is active in his local community and church. He is the past president of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity in Williamson County. He is a longtime volunteer for Junior Achievement and past chairman of the United Way campaign for Southwestern. Tim is married to his wife Deborah, they have two daughters and have been enjoying being “empty nesters” for the last three years. Avid runner and sometimes golfer!

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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.