Meet our team

Charles Matthews

I originally established Matthews Professional Employment, Inc. in 1969 following several years as a sales and marketing representative for a steel company out of Chicago. It was as an employee that I realized the direct correlation between a business’ overall success and a quality support staff. One of the smartest decisions of my life was to start my firm in Lake County, IL. After becoming one of the most successful employment agencies in the United States, I was elected the president of the national trade association. Throughout the years, it has been a privilege to assist generations of applicants in finding rewarding careers with hundreds of employers in the Chicagoland area. I am honored, personally and professionally, to be an ongoing member of the local community. Please take a moment to get to know our highly skilled team of consultants and administrators by reading their profiles below. Thank you for your patronage!

Paul Pirocanac

I have been with Matthews  Professional Employment, Inc. for over 30 years. In that time, I have had the opportunity to meet and help many wonderful people achieve their employment goals. We pride ourselves in giving candidates the personal attention they deserve throughout the difficult task of getting noticed and hired. Once I know who you are, what you have done, and what’s important to you, I can begin to give you the benefit of my advice and years of experience to identify the best opportunities available. With this approach, we are able to identify and provide clients with candidates who make a difference in the future of their businesses. I would love to hear from you to discuss how we can best meet your needs.

Barb Bruntzel

Before joining Matthews Professional Employment, Inc. in 2009 as the accounting coordinator, I had established a 25-year career within the banking, brokerage, and insurance industry. My emphasis in financial sales and client servicing was a great fit for my new roll. I am now the business manager where I continue to enjoy increased financial responsibilities in addition to managing the overall company operations. If you have questions regarding client billing, invoicing, or vendor approval, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I look forward to assisting you!

Connie Gonzalez

Prior to joining Matthews Professional Employment, Inc. in 2011, I graduated from Robert Morris University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management. After several years within the social service industry, I transitioned into employment consulting. It is very important to me that I understand what my clients and applicants independently need and want. Establishing this foundation has been the key to my success in identifying quality candidates within a timely manner. My goal is to be among the best in my field while maintaining a strong ethical standard. I look forward to demonstrating how I can provide you with professional and intelligent solutions coupled with responsive, quality service.

Shah Washington

I joined the Matthews Professional Employment, Inc. team in 2011 after a career within the industrial manufacturing, finance, and fitness fields. The industry insights I previously acquired have provided me with an astute ability to relate and understand the essential aspects of various businesses. As a results-driven Certified Search Consultant, I am a reliable resource for clients who are looking for the best available employees. To date, I have successfully assisted hundreds of candidates in finding opportunities within great companies. My ongoing mission is to increase employee retention rates for clients and to help candidates find a career, not just a job. I am dedicated to your needs.

Alma Gonzalez

I am a former United States Army Private 1st Class Veteran who upon finishing a tour in South Korea, returned home to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a new career. In early 2014, I joined Matthews Professional Employment’s staff as the new front desk receptionist. The discipline, organization, and efficiency that I learned while in the military prepared me for life in the private sector. I have now been promoted to a new level of responsibility as the firms’ Administrative Assistant and Front Desk Supervisor. I am readily available to assist clients with any account or billing inquiries and to help applicants with general administrative questions in Spanish or English.

Miranda King

Prior to my current position as an accounting coordinator, I had established myself within retail management. In 2014, after returning from a three-year work assignment in Japan, I applied for a new career with Matthews Professional Employment, Inc. A week after my initial interview, I was offered an internal position with the Accounting Department. The time-urgent nature of accounting is something that I thoroughly enjoy as it is an essential aspect of any business. My goal is to provide both clients and employees with thorough assistance regarding payroll, invoicing, or insurance matters. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly with any questions or concerns.

Joseph Farias

Shortly after moving back to Illinois from Arizona in 2016, I applied through Matthews Professional Employment, Inc. in search of a new career. Based on my experience, motivation, and enthusiasm I was offered a position as a personnel consultant. My previous professional experience in business to business sales in business banking has uniquely prepared me to handle and communicate effectively with a multitude of industries. My ultimate goal, whether you are a client or candidate is to work with purpose, treat you with the utmost respect, honesty, and individually establish your needs and wants. I look forward to hearing from you and to begin our venture together.

Tom Matthews

I am an honorable, dedicated, results-driven individual who strives for the best possible outcome for both clients and candidates. I graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a B.A. in History, a Minor in Spanish, and a Concentration in Military History. Before joining Matthews Professional Employment, Inc. in 2015, I served as a Lieutenant in the United States Coast Guard where I led a specialized force in South and Central America. My goal now is to serve clients and candidates with the best, most forthright and beneficial relationship that I am able.

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Angelina C. Smith

I earned my Bachelors in Business Administration with a Concentration in Management from Robert Morris University, and joined the Matthew’s team in 2016. I have a background in customer service, sales, and management.

My past work experiences along with my education, allows me to better serve and satisfy the needs of candidates and clients. I am eager to provide efficient service by getting to know each individual that sits at my desk. By gaining insights of the candidates past, present, and their goals, I will be better able to outline a clearer career path. Clients will have the advantage of gaining access to candidates who are motivated and interested in bettering themselves as well as advancing the company.

Karla Morales

I recently relocated back to the Waukegan area and sought the help from Matthews Professional Employment for assistance with job opportunities. I have a strong background and experience in Customer Service and based on this along with my drive and commitment was offered an internal position.  I am now the Front Desk Receptionist. I thoroughly enjoy the process of introducing our services to candidates searching for employment.  While looking for employment can be a daunting task, I am here to help our applicants with the process. It gives me great pleasure seeing applicants leave Matthews Professional Employment, Inc. with a satisfied smile. I am bilingual in English and Spanish and can accommodate any of your needs.

In Memory of Cristina Sanchez

We were extremely blessed when Cristina decided to join our team in 2013.  She brought a vibrant zest for life and enthusiasm to all she did, to say nothing of the deep connections she formed with everyone she met.  As a consultant, she was determined to be the best advocate for clients and candidates that was humanly possible, and always wore her infectious smile.  As a friend, she was selfless and exceptional. On May 1st, 2017 her battle with cancer ended. She is loved, missed and warmly remembered.