Steven C. Cooper
Steven C. Cooper has served as a Director and the Company's Chief Executive Officer since 2006, and has served as President since 2005. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Cooper served as the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and from August 2000 to February 2001 as the Vice President of Finance; and from April 1999 to August 2000 as the Company's Corporate Controller. Prior to joining the Company in 1999, Mr. Cooper held various senior management positions with Deloitte & Touche LLP, providing professional services, and Albertsons, Inc., a NYSE-listed retail company.
Mr. Cooper has extensive experience in strategic planning, operations, finance, and accounting for the Company as well as in his prior career. Mr. Cooper is the only management member of the Board, thus his participation on the Board fulfills a critical communication and leadership role.
President & Chief Operating Officer
Patrick Beharelle is TrueBlue President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) responsible for leading sales and operations across the organization. Patrick had served as President and COO of TrueBlue's Outsourcing Solutions group since June 2014 following TrueBlue's acquisition of Seaton where Patrick was named CEO in 2009. While CEO at Seaton, the company experienced more than 95 percent customer retention and produced more than 20 percent annual organic revenue growth. Patrick has repeatedly been recognized as an industry leader, is a strong advocate of veterans-to-work programs and has participated in advisory meetings at the White House focused on reducing long-term unemployment. Prior to joining Seaton he held senior-level positions at Accenture and Spherion. Patrick received his MBA degree from The Wharton School.
James E. Defebaugh
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
James E. Defebaugh has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Company since 2006, after serving as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Company since joining the Company in 2005. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Defebaugh held various positions with Kmart Holding Corporation, including Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer (2004-2005), Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer (2002-2004), Vice President and Corporate Secretary (2001-2002), and Vice President, Legal (2001). Mr. Defebaugh also served as Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of Sears Holdings Corporation in 2005.
Derrek L. Gafford
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Derrek L. Gafford has served as the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2006, after serving as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2005 and as the Company's Vice President of Finance and Accounting beginning in 2004. Mr. Gafford is a Certified Public Accountant and first joined the Company in 2002 serving as Vice President and Treasurer. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Gafford served as Chief Financial Officer for Metropolitan Markets, a grocery retailer, from 2001 to 2002, and held a variety of finance positions with Albertsons and Deloitte & Touche.
President, Staffing Solutions
Wayne Larkin has served as Executive Vice President of Branch Operations since November 2011 while continuing his role as President of Labor Ready since May 2008. Prior to this position, he had been the Executive Vice President of Operations since 2007, and the Senior Vice President of Operations in 2006, after serving as a Regional Vice President of Operations since 2005. Mr. Larkin originally joined the Company as a District Manager in 1996 and was then promoted in 1998 to Area Director of Operations. Between 1999 and 2002, Mr. Larkin worked for Staffmark, serving first as a Business Development Manager and then as a General Manager. Mr. Larkin rejoined the Company in 2002. Prior to working for the Company, Mr. Larkin held various management positions with Avis Rent-A-Car.
President, Workforce Management Group
In his role as President, Workforce Management Group, Mr. Means leads all aspects of global operations for the groups service lines inclusive of Outsourced Workforce Management (OWM), Managed Service Provider (MSP), commercial driver (Centerline) and skilled aviation mechanic solutions (PlaneTechs). Mr. Means has a 20-year track record of overseeing talent solutions that help clients realize exceptional value through collaborative planning, high-performing teams and industry-leading service delivery. He is a recognized expert in staffing and outsourcing operations, product development and is a regular contributor to industry thought leadership. Prior to joining TrueBlue in 2015, Mr. Means held senior leadership positions at ManpowerGroup and Kelly Services.
In her role as President, PeopleScout, Ms. Owen leads PeopleScout's global strategic vision, operations and business development strategy. She also leads PeopleScout's best-in-class customer service and works to ensure consistent client retention. Prior to this role, Ms. Owen was Senior Vice President of Global Operations at PeopleScout, where she was responsible for developing client relationships, maintaining service delivery excellence and implementing recruitment solutions globally. Ms. Owen has an extensive background in operational and process excellence, including more than 17 years of talent acquisition and RPO experience. Prior to joining PeopleScout, Ms. Owen was an Operations Director at SourceRight Solutions where she managed global RPO engagements. Ms. Owen is on the HRO Today Association Board of Advisors. She is also a volunteer and avid supporter of the Special Olympics.