The management of the company is defined by stability. Our average management staff has been with the firm for 14 years. We were original founders of the Nation Technical Services Organization. Currently we are members of, the American Staffing Association as well currently hold board seats on the New Jersey Staffing Alliance. These organizations are dedicated to high levels of legal, ethical and professional practices among their members.
Daniel J. Muhlfelder, President/CEO
Dan was hired as part time help during the summer of 1977. He learned about the staffing industry, literally from the ground up. A graduate of Rutgers University, Dan came to work full time after college and has been here ever since. As a recruiter Dan was very adept at working with candidates to find people who not only met the clients technical requirements but also people Dan knew would excel in that environment, By doing this he had developed a following of people who knew that they could depend on Dan for a productive assignment. In 1994 Dan was made the Vice President of Personnel where he looked to do with the company what he was able to do individually, match the right people to the right positions. It progressed well and in 2008 Dan purchased the company with Mr. Stafford from Lawrence Gonzer. Dan is currently a Board Member and Chair of the Executive Leadership Committee for the New Jersey Staffing Alliance, as well as a standing member with the American Staffing Association.
David C. Stafford, Vice President/COO
David has been with L. J. Gonzer Associates since April, 1984, where he started as a sales representative with the company. Working directly with clients and having come out of an inside sales position previously, David had a solid background working with customers. In addition to his personal interests in technology and engineering, he had taken several design and engineering courses which allowed him to feel very comfortable working with the engineering community. Very quickly his understanding of the types and breadth of projects made clients comfortable that he was someone who could understand their needs and not just another sales person unfamiliar with their environment. In 1999 he was made the Vice President of Sales and in 2008, he and Mr. Muhlfelder purchased the company from Lawrence Gonzer. In addition he is a Certified Staffing Professional by NAPS and a member of the New Jersey Staffing Alliance and the American Staffing Association.
Emily Black, Accounting/Payroll Manager
Ms. Black was employed by L. J. Gonzer Associate in 1972 in our accounting department. She continued her education while employed with the company and was quick to understand that technology was going to play and important role in keeping us at the forefront of the staffing industry. Her role over the years has continued to increase and develop. Ms. Black has been instrumental in growing our accounting and payroll capabilities to keep pace with the every changing regulatory and technological advances, in order to keep our payroll running smoothly.
Richard Molinari, Sr. Recruitment Coordinator
Rich manages all of our recruiting activities. Rich has a degree in Labor Relations and started his career with several other staffing firms before joining L. J. Gonzer Associates in 1991. Since then he has worked with a wide variety of customers in everything from the communications industry to power generation. A naturally curious individual, Rich has learned a great deal about our clients, what they do and how they do it. He is always asking our clients about their business in order to understand the environment for which he will be required to recruit.
Rich has worked to create a series of processes and training guidelines over the years to insure that our staff is consistent in their response to customers and understand their responsibility to both our staff as their employer and to the client as our customer.
Started in April of 1961, L. J. Gonzer Associates was founded by Lawrence J. Gonzer. Mr. Gonzer was a graduate of Cornell University, where he was admitted early because of his advanced academic standing, was a Professional Engineer. Working for a several years at Lehigh Design, an engineering services firm and “job shop”, Mr. Gonzer decided to create his own company based on the principles of service, ethics and client satisfaction. That vision was and became L. J. Gonzer Associates. The company was based out of Newark NJ but quickly grew to a dozen offices scattered throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Florida.
Our Long Time Newark
Initially a firm primarily involved in mechanical engineering support, it quickly added technical staffing to the list of services as companies were clamoring for solid technical talent in the 1960’s. As the concept of contract labor became more prevalent, L. J. Gonzer Associates quickly grew and soon we were one of the leading, privately owned providers of technical staffing in the northeast. As the company grew it adopted new services as clients looked for more external support. We started to provide Process/Industrial Engineering services, Drafting and Design services, Data Entry services, Technical Illustration and Graphic Arts services, Computer Slide Generation and the like.
In 1980 the company, created a separate subsidiary called Custom Slides which was involved primarily with Computer generated Slide presentations and later with web development and desktop publishing services. About that time we also started our CAD Master Division which incorporated our Design and Drafting Services in with Computer Aided Design and Electronic Circuit Test services to create a complete design service for our clients.
Our headquarters are now located in Cranford, New Jersey. And although Mr. Gonzer is not with us today, his initial ideals of flexible, reliable and ethical services still shape the company’s direction and mission.