Tom Gimbel

Tom Gimbel is photographed at the LaSalle Network headquarters.
(Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune / Oct. 7, 2014)

Tom Gimbel is founder and CEO of LaSalle Network, a Chicago-based consulting firm that specializes in staffing and recruiting, and a leading voice on workplace issues. His experience has landed him features on The Today Show, CNBC, Fox Business and other cable network shows in addition to print and magazine features.

“To do a job that you’re not happy in seems crazy,” Gimbel told the Tribune. “People think of staffing companies as churn and burn, and what we’ve tried to do is create one of long-term retention.”

LaSalle Network, which Gimbel started when he was 26 in 1998, has an 85 percent retention rate. It also finished No. 5 on the Tribune’s Top Workplaces list for companies with fewer than 250 employees in 2014. LaSalle also has won numerous other awards including Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work in 2016, Entrepreneur Top Company Cultures in 2015, Best Companies to Work for in Illinois from 2012-15 and Best Companies to Work for in Chicago from 2013-15.

He also serves on the board of directors at the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a nonprofit that focuses on ensuring that children through age 5 and who are living in poverty have access to important early childhood life experiences.

He holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Colorado.