Andrea Brenholz has been preparing to become president and CEO of ATR International most of her adult life. She joined the family-founded business in 2007, starting as a marketing specialist before becoming chief strategist for creative brand marketing.
“I’ve learned that the only way to excel in the staffing industry is to live and breathe it as much as possible,” Brenholz says. “One of the things that I’m most proud of is that ATR has not only succeeded but reached its 30th anniversary with a great deal of momentum.”
Brenholz is also proud to be a role model and voice for female and minority professionals in the industry. Her commitment to diversity and inclusion has led her to surround herself with people who espouse different points of view and solutions.
“Relationships are the strength of a family owned business, so I strive to be an approachable leader,” Brenholz says. “I like to feel connected by interacting with staff members and keeping my finger on the pulse of the company.”
Brenholz also believes in connecting with local charities. ATR employees receive generous paid time off to volunteer for causes such as St. Jude, MDA, Toys for Tots and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Although Brenholz has achieved her dream position, she doesn’t intend to rest on her laurels. She plans to lead ATR into the next generation by capitalizing on new technologies and trends that make sense for its clients, candidates and communities, she says.