Meet the Team

The Grit Factor: our team has a true passion for what we do, and we have the perseverance to make it happen. We pride ourselves on the most difficult finds and finding the best talent for your particular need(s). We go the extra mile for our clients and our candidates and make sure they have the best solution.

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Ryan Albee
Partner / Director of Business Development

Hometown: Choctaw, Oklahoma

Education: Finance Degree and MBA from University of Central Oklahoma

What’s something on your bucket list?

A round of golf at Augusta National

Favorite quote?

Maybe you should practice.

One thing people don’t know about you?

Contrary to belief, Fuse3 Solutions wasn’t an elaborate plan that was thought-out over a long-term period.  I took a leap of faith, Adam and I made some great hires and, luckily, we had some early success that propelled us to where we are today.

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Adam Giddens
Partner / Director of Recruiting

Hometown: Moore, OK

Education: BBA from OU, MBA from OCU, and 2.5yrs of pre-med at OU since it was the easiest program to maintain a 4.0 GPA

Favorite quote?

“A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.” -Proverbs 22:1

Who would you like to meet?

Johnny Cash and John Wayne

If a movie were made about your life, what genre would it be and who would play you?

Family Comedy – Robert Downey Jr.  Rob Lowe auditioned but was runner-up.

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Jackie Costlow
Senior Recruiter and Account Manager

Hometown: I live in the huge town of Bethel Acres, Oklahoma

Pretend your parents aren’t your parents. Which cultural icons, historical figures, rogues, rebels or reverends would you be the child of?

I would more than likely be the child of some type of leaders in a “movement”. People like Abe Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Nelson Mandala, Rosa Parks, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, or Abbe Pierre… to name a few. I feel an immense responsibility to do the “right thing” and to treat everyone with the same respect, even if it is not the popular belief. I feel that is what makes the best leaders!

What superpower do you wish you had?

Mind Reading. I would love to be able to tap in and know exactly what someone is thinking in certain situations.

Best gift you’ve ever gotten?

My Bulldog Gus! (Birthday Present)

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Brendan Conrad
Technical Staffing Consultant

Hometown: I was born in St. Louis, MO, but I have lived most of my life in Edmond, OK

Education: I have the exact education one would expect of someone doing IT staffing: I have a master’s degree in literature from Trinity College, Dublin. I studied American literature, the greatest of all literatures.

What’s the most unexpectedly wonderful compliment anyone has ever paid you?

It’s a tie between “You know, you’re a lot more athletic than you seem to be at first” (I’ll let that one sink in for a second) and “There is literally no one who doesn’t like talking to you.”

What superpower do you wish you had?

As the guy who uses a Marvel superhero coffee mug at work, this is a deep, complex question for me. My favorite superhero is Spider-Man (duh), but my superpower would either be flying or shooting fire out of my hands. So I guess I would be The Human Torch if I could be any superhero.

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Krista Collier
Accounting and Finance Staffing Consultant

Hometown: Midwest City, OK {Not born and raised, fortunate to be an Air Force child and experience moving around}

Education: BS Finance, University of Central Oklahoma {GO BRONCHOS!!}

In five songs, what is the soundtrack of your life?

“Amazing Grace”

“Brown-Eyed Girl”

“Mom” – by Meghan Trainor

“Don’t Worry Be Happy”

“Baby Got Back”

Favorite quote?

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou

What superpower do you wish you had?

The ability to freeze time- I would love to be able to stop and enjoy certain days, events and experiences more as they happen.

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Joe Shelton
Senior IT Recruiter and Account Manager

Hometown: Edmond, OK

Education: Oklahoma State University -BSBM; University of Central Oklahoma – MBA

In five songs, what is the soundtrack of your life?

  1. Alive – Pearl Jam
  2. Karma Police – Radiohead
  3. Big Poppa – Notorious B.I.G.
  4. Harder Better Faster Stronger – Daft Punk
  5. Have a Cigar – Pink Floyd

What is your favorite quote?

“Put. That coffee. Down. Coffee’s for closers only” David Mamet – Glengarry Glen Ross

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Stu Taron
Accounting and Finance Staffing Consultant

Hometown: Bethel, Oklahoma

Education: Bachelors in Education, University of Central Oklahoma

Who’s someone you’d like to meet? (they can be living or dead)

Frank Sinatra!! I have been a huge fan of him since I was a kid and his music is just so real. I danced with my mother at my wedding to one of his songs!!

If a movie were made about your life, what genre would it be and who would play you? 

100% a Sports Comedy and I think Bradley Cooper would be the actor to play me. He is a great actor and can play so many different roles. I also think he is pretty funny and that would be important in the movie of my life!!

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