The Cuda Crew
At Barracuda Staffing, we call our team the Cuda Crew. It’s a fun name, and it’s also a badge of honor. We believe that belonging to the Cuda Crew is about being part of something bigger than yourself. We don’t measure ourselves by others, but by how far we can raise our own bar.
Meet the team of passionate, dedicated professionals who work to make a difference in people’s lives every day.
Kevin BurrLeadership Team – President and CEO
Ashley BlancoLeadership Team – Vice President
Brian HobbsLeadership Team – Director of Sales
Sarah DialLeadership Team – Director of Business Operations
Brandy AabLeadership Team – Office Manager
Nicole FergersonRecruiting Team Lead
Josiah FreesemannAccount Manager
Sam DetrickRecruiting Specialist
Bethany BabbRecruiting Specialist
Kendra CristOperations Assistant
Tanisha FisherAdministrative Assistant
Hayden KentFront Desk Coordinator
Amber GerzmehleMarketing Coordinator
Leadership Team – President and CEO
Kevin is the owner of Barracuda Staffing and has built the company on the principles of building relationships on every level. His main objective, whether it is with his clients, applicants or staff, is to put people in the right position to succeed. He prides himself on being able to come up with custom hiring and recruiting solutions for every client. His goal is to have everyone experience and notice the “Barracuda Difference”. The company under his direction has had substantial growth year over year and continues to get noticed as a strong growing staffing company. Kevin is most interested in developing leaders on his team and knows the strength of his business is when he has everyone pulling on the same rope. He is a family man who enjoys watching his kids compete in sports and in life. Being lucky enough to be married to his soulmate, who has stuck with him in good times and in bad, makes him motivated to do nothing but his best. They enjoy the little things together and aspire to see the world. He is here to serve the candidates and clients, and will do everything he can to provide the best service for both.
Leadership Team – Vice President
Ashley brings a sense of sincerity and professionalism to the Barracuda Staffing family. She has been instrumental in creating new processes that have allowed for the team to expand and move more efficiently. Her role is one she takes very seriously. Her high expectations of the staff drive them to put high-quality individuals to work. She is always looking to put honest, hard-working people in front of our clients and focuses on long-term placement. Ashley enjoys spending time with her daughters as well as playing board games, cooking, writing and all things music. Her devotion to her craft is the same she had while earning her Bachelor’s Degree at OSU. She is ready to work with you to achieve your goals.
Leadership Team – Director of Sales
Brian is a multi-functioning team member and has abilities to work in all departments. His natural charisma, work ethic and ability to relate to anyone makes him great for this industry. You will see him out in the field as an ambassador of the Barracuda brand and not afraid to be in the recruiting office rolling up his sleeves. Just spending a few minutes with Brian will make someone quickly realize that his down to earth style is liked and respected by all. Having taught and coached for several years, Brian has a passion for people and always looks to find the very best in them. This former college athlete enjoys playing games, making people laugh, and opportunities to compete, but most of all, traveling and spending time with his wife and kids.
Leadership Team – Director of Business Operations
Sarah started with Barracuda Staffing in 2016 after earning her bachelor of sociology and minor in criminal justice degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Most recent of her educational achievements was in May 2018 when she added the PHR credentials to her name, becoming a Certified Professional in Human Resources. Sarah’s dedication to HR is evident not only in her recent certification but also as a member of the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association (TAHRA) and SHRM national.
She comes to us with a strong customer service background and a passion for helping people. She is a Minnesota native by way of Texas. With both the Minnesota “nice” and Texas “strong” running through her veins, she is as friendly and warm-hearted as she is assertive and direct, a personality that has served her well in the staffing industry. In her free time, she can be found playing planes, trains, and automobiles (along with the occasional dinosaur attack) with her son or partaking in one of the many activities the Tulsa area has to offer, especially live music in local outdoor venues. She truly has a soft spot for the Barracuda Staffing brand and believes in the power of helping others, not only through finding people employment but through our team’s dedication to serving the greater community as well.
Leadership Team – Office Manager
Brandy is a great addition to our support staff thanks to her love of working on a team. Her attention to detail and organizational skills play a big part in her success. She brings experience from several industries including manufacturing, sales and warehouse operations. She enjoys the administrative roles that are assigned to her and has a positive attitude with all that she does. Brandy takes pride in the work she does, because every day she works to get people jobs.
A Native Oklahoman, Brandy’s love, dedication, and commitment to her family is rivaled only by her passionate advocacy to protect children from abuse. She spends her free time volunteering for a non-profit organization that helps to empower abused children. Additionally, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going outdoors, attending her daughters’ school performances and riding a motorcycle with her husband.
Recruiting Team Lead
Nicole was born and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia, which means that peaches and sweet tea run through her veins. She has been in the Staffing Industry for over six years; when the love of her life moved her to Tulsa, she found the perfect catch in Barracuda Staffing so that she could continue doing what she loves. A passion for people is embedded in her southern roots, and she likes to say that she has never met a stranger. Outside of work, you might find her at the park with her husband and children though she’s never afraid to ask people what they do and if they want a better opportunity in their current field! A kid at heart, she still loves watching cartoons and eating bowls of cereal, but don’t let that fool you…she has a thrill for the kill! Bow hunting and bow fishing are just a few of the hobbies that she uses to satisfy her hunger during her spare time. On a daily basis, however, she hunts for the right person for the right job!
Born and raised in Tulsa, Josiah earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Oral Roberts University. He brings with him a strong background in customer service and sales. His creative and pragmatic approach is respected and admired by those on his team and around him. While warm hearted, Josiah is assertive and direct. This serves him well in the world of staffing. Josiah has an extensive background in competitive sports and loves staying active. In his free time, he can be found in the woods or on the water. Josiah enjoys the company of his friends and family and all that Tulsa has to offer.
Adopted from India in 1989, Sam has called America his home for over 30 years. He grew up in the small town of Coffeyville, KS. He has lived in Oklahoma for the past 10 years primarily in Owasso. Sam brings a very extroverted personality to Barracuda and is eager to help individuals find the right career for them.
Outside of work, Sam enjoys hanging with family & friends, going to sporting events and traveling the globe. Even though he is on the go most of the time, Sam still enjoys catching a movie or just relaxing at home watching Netflix. Sam is heavily involved with Relay For Life an event raising funds for the American Cancer Society. Sam has volunteered with this organization for 17 years. Sam attends Life.Church and gets his strength from the Lord and his family.
Bethany is a native Tulsan, born and raised. Her family and friends are everything to her, and she loves getting to know new people! She takes so much pride in calling her self part of the Barracuda family, because not only is she changing candidate’s lives, but her own as well.
A Colorado native, Kendra is new to Oklahoma. When she is not spending time with her co-workers at the office; Kendra can be found spending her time with her friends and family. Her passion for traveling also gives her the opportunity to attend rock concerts and doing anything outdoors. These travels also allow her to visit her two kids and one little grandbaby. Her devotion to her family and servant heart can be witnessed while she helps others in need and less fortunate than she is. Kendra, is she excited to be a part of a wonderful team here at Barracuda and eager to be given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others both in the office and out. Her best advice from her rodeo days is, “Don’t walk in front of the bull and don’t walk behind a horse.”
Tanisha doesn’t believe in dreaming and waiting for success, she likes to take charge and make it happen. She loves working at Barracuda Staffing, because she is passionate about helping people provide for their families by starting lasting careers they will enjoy. Her goal is to learn all she can about the staffing industry and grow with the company into a recruiting role.
Outside our busy office, Tanisha enjoys lending a hand to anyone in need by volunteering her time. She spends her weekends and vacations traveling, spending time with family and enjoying friends.
Front Desk Coordinator
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Hayden has a love for working with the public. She is a proud wife and mother and counts her dog Bailey as one of her "children". Hayden believes a good education is key and you should never give up on your dreams. She enjoys spending time with her family, camping and swimming. In her quiet time she enjoys reading. She brings a compassionate and caring nature to our front lobby, making sure each and every visitor feels appreciated and taken care of.
Fear is not negative; it is a definitive positive for unknown factors. Amber uses that unknown factor every day to challenge herself to the highest level. As an accomplished graphic designer and marketing coordinator, Amber has developed a strong attention to detail with a high devotion to strategic and creativity in managing projects and “out of the box” problem solving with a servant leadership influence. Recently she completed her bachelor’s degree from Grand Canyon University in Applied Management. This process only furthered her evolving skills of being deadline driven, self-motivated, and a self-starter to work effectively as a team member and independently while being under pressure. Being new to Oklahoma, she and her husband have built a wonderful retreat from the busyness of the city where they can enjoy their passions of livestock and outdoor activities. Whether its quietly reading a book, watching the deer, on the water in her kayak, or horseback riding; Amber does her best to disconnect from tech and reconnect with friends, family and herself on weekends. Best advice came from one of my grandmothers and recently from another person: Don’t eat the whole cake in one bite. One bite at a time, so you don’t choke. I finally understand.