With the business in his blood, Kelly Shaffer knows every corner of Add Staff.
Shaffer started working for the company 13 years ago as a technical recruiter, then director of public relations and in 1999 became vice president, continuing as front office manager and director of public relations.
“I am happy with how it has gone this far,” Shaffer said.
As chief operating officer he also maintains the in-house computer systems, for which he selected and implemented the hardware and software. As the go-to client contact person, he is responsible for sales, retention and satisfaction of company performance.
As overseer of the staff, Shaffer’s responsi-bilities also include the review and purchase of insurance and employee benefits as well as conducting annual employee reviews.
Shaffer also reviews and purchases all advertising for the office, is responsible for the organizational workflow and is in charge of interviewing prospective in-house staff candidates.
Under his leadership, Add Staff was selected as Best Staffing Firm in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
“I see him as just that — a rising star in our community,” said Linda McDowell, vice president of business development at Add Staff.
McDowell, who nominated Shaffer, said he has a great sense of humor and that during her two years working with him, she has seen many positive changes.
“He has worked through all the different departments in preparing himself for the leadership opportunity that will come,” McDowell said.
When the time comes for his mother, Cari Shaffer, president of the company, to step down, Kelly said he will be ready.
He also said he wants to become more involved in the community. His current civic leadership roles include membership on the board of directors for Garden Ranch YMCA, serving on the Southern Colorado Economic Forum Planning Committee and as a member of the Centura Health Profile Employee Assistance Program Advisory Board. He also has served on the education and work force solutions committee for the Chamber of Commerce, the Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Gala Planning Committee, School District 11 business sounding board, Phi Beta Lambda/Future Business Leaders of America adviser, and Pikes Peak Community College business, social and behavioral sciences division, business administration advisory committee.
Shaffer has been a volunteer instructor for Junior Achievement and a classroom guest speaker at PPCC and at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
His wife, Patricia, is an economics instructor at UCCS and PPCC. They have three children, Brianne, Courtney and Robert.