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Staffing Pioneer Joins Chamber’s Hall of Fame – Larry J. Courtnage

There are few times in life when you meet someone who will truly impact your life. I will never forget the day I interviewed with Larry Courtnage. On that November day in 1994 I joined his team and he affectionately became “Mr. C”. During my first few years, his guidance in the form of “riddles” would sometimes take me weeks to figure out. His leadership style empowered me to have fun, take risks, make mistakes, and ultimately grow while helping people and companies achieve their goals. Honestly, I had no idea he would be the source of influence that he has become. He has been the pioneer in the staffing industry while growing C&A Industries to the 28th largest staffing firm in the U.S. (83rd globally!) with 100 percent organic growth. He created immeasurable opportunities and is a true power house for Omaha, the state of Nebraska, and the mental health community. He also founded the Kim Foundation, a mental health advocacy and suicide prevention nonprofit. It’s an absolute honor for all of us to be part of such a great vision and seize the amazing opportunity to serve our customers, candidates, and community in a positive way.

On behalf of the Aureus Group THANK YOU “Mr. C”! We are beyond proud to be a part of your team and congratulate you on this well-deserved honor.

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Chris Carlson, Managing Director
Chris is an experienced executive in the staffing industry. She has developed operational analyses, implemented programs /compensation plans, and has assisted hundreds of firms streamline processes and upgrade the competencies of their workforce. Finding innovative ways to generate new business, isolate top talent, and build teams is her passion. She has designed and executed many successful strategic marketing /recruiting plans and promotions. Chris began her career at Aureus Group, a full-service professional recruiting firm, in 1994 and currently serves as the Managing Director of Aureus Group specializing in the Finance and Accounting, Information Systems, and Executive Leadership roles in all industries including; Healthcare Administration, Banking, Finance, Insurance, Commercial Services, and Manufacturing.

In addition, Chris is a Certified Professional Consultant, and has an Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


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