Kim I. Megonigal Chairman & CEO
Kim is the Founder/Chairman and CEO of The Megonigal Group. At the early age of 33 and in just 12 short years, our leader and ambassador managed to transform his organization from a one-man operation to a $75 million dollar corporation. Today, The Megonigal Companies has an award-winning staffing firm (Kimco Staffing Services) with five specialty practices, a Professional Employer Organization (KimstaffHR), and a Professional Services firm (Advantex). With more than 150 employees, The Megonigal Group is a dominant presence in California.
Prior to starting The Megonigal Group, Kim worked for Thomas Temporaries, learning the staffing business from the ground up. During this time Kim performed sales and management functions in branch offices throughout Northern California and Denver, and was instrumental in Thomas' eventual expansion to 40 offices in 15 states. At the age of 28, Kim was made President of Thomas Temporaries.
Our Chairman and CEO is a graduate of Claremont Men's College where he studied business. Kim has been nominated for Ernst & Young's prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award for two consecutive years, and has been recognized as an Orange County finalist.
- Kim I. Megonigal
- Chairman & CEO
Lisa Pierson President
As President of Advantex, Lisa is known throughout the organization for her pragmatic, passionate leadership style. “My mission is to ensure that all members of the Advantex team provide ‘The Advantex Experience’ in each and every interaction we have with our clients, employees and candidate.” Lisa is responsible for the strategic planning and day-to-day operations of the company, as well as overall growth and profitability.
Lisa joined The Megonigal Group in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer. In 2007, she was promoted to the position of President of Advantex and Kimco Staffing Services. Prior to joining the Megonigal Group, Lisa was Vice President of national accounts for Spherion, a $2.1 billion staffing and recruitment company. Lisa’s career in staffing began with Norrell, where she held the positions of Regional Sales Vice President for their Franchise Division, Western Division Vice President of Operations, and Vice President of the Southern California region. She acquired her basic business and sales skills while at Eastman Kodak Company and was a 21 Club Winner which represented the top 5% of sales representatives internationally. Lisa has her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from San Diego State University.
- Lisa Pierson
Azeddine Ouhida Vice President of Technology and OPS
As Vice President of Technology and OPS, Azeddine is responsible for driving the technology strategy and execution for the entire organization. Prior to joining the executive team in February 2011, Azeddine worked for Taco Bell America and Yum! Brands where he held various IT leadership positions. Azeddine’s extensive experience in developing, implementing and supporting technology solutions has made him a valuable asset to the Advantex team. When it comes to our technology, Azeddine has built a rock solid service-oriented IT organization.
Azeddine has his Bachelor of Science in computer information systems from DeVry University and his master’s in business administration from University of La Verne with three concentrations: information technology, management, and leadership.
- Azeddine Ouhida
- Vice President of Technology and OPS
Karim Sheikh CFO, CPA
Karim joined out team with over 26 years of experience in finance, accounting and operations with proven success facilitating growth, acquisitions, profitability improvement, and change management from medium-sized to multi-billion dollar publicly traded, private-equity owned, and private companies.
Before joining Kimco, Karim served as Vice President and Corporate Controller for a $2.5 billion private equity-owned security company with 80,000 employees and multiple locations providing security guards, security systems, janitorial, and temporary staffing services in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada. Karim was a member of executive team where the company’s revenues grew from $1.4 billion to $2.5 billion in two years. He was the primary accounting officer for all divisions of the business and his responsibilities included overseeing corporate accounting, divisional controllers and tax functions including closing, consolidation, and internal and external GAAP reporting.
Karim is an active Certified Public Accountant and an alumnus of Deloitte. He received a BA degree in business with an emphasis in finance and accounting from the University of California, Riverside.
- Karim Sheikh
- CFO, CPA
Ken Tudhope Executive Director
As Executive Director of the finance division of Advantex, Ken leverages his expansive network of contacts and his unique set of talents and industry experiences to deliver customized service and value. Prior to joining Advantex, Ken founded Project Pro Search in order to provide excellent long-term service to clients in Southern California.
Ken Tudhope is the author of The Key: A Networking Guide to Meeting, Connecting and Succeeding, and Tudhope’s Networking Notes, a collection of short articles on the subject of networking, which are published in the monthly newsletter of the Orange County chapter of Finance Executives International (FEI), and on his blog, NetworkingNote.com. Ken developed “InContact”, a monthly networking publication serving the finance and accounting community in Southern California.
Ken has his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Business, a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Washington, and is an actively licensed CPA and CMA in California.
- Ken Tudhope
- Executive Director
Lorraine Moos Executive Director
Lorraine serves as Executive Director at Advantex focusing on sales and client relations. She previously served as Managing Director/Co- owner of Project Pro Search and was Division Director at a publicly traded staffing firm. She has successfully built her business and reputation in executive search serving major organizations for the past nine years. Her prior experience includes more than 15 years in finance roles with Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and internationally.
Her broad global experience in the field of finance, combined with outstanding interpersonal skills, helps Lorraine understand functional requirements of organizations and how to best match them with ideal candidates. She brings unique perspective and insights to help her clients, while giving special attention and emphasis to cultural fit.
Lorraine is well connected in the finance community and beyond. With her extensive networking and referrals, she founded two networking groups: Women’s Integrated Network (WIN) and International Professionals in Finance and Accounting (IPFA). She is actively involved in several Orange County professional associations including FENG & IMA. Lorraine has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in finance and accounting from the University of Bombay, India where she was the recipient of the prestigious "Sir Dorab Tata Special Merit Scholarship" for all four years. The President of India awarded her the “President’s Girl Guide” certificate as the Highest Girl Guide Award in India.
- Lorraine Moos
- Executive Director
Michelle Duong Executive Director
Michelle Duong is an Executive Director of the finance division. She is a senior professional who utilizes her experience and education to strategically assist organizations with their staffing and recruitment needs. Prior to Advantex, Michelle was a founder and managing partner with AM Solutions Group, an executive recruiting and staffing firm. Michelle has more than 15 years of staffing management experience with regional and national firms and has worked for both publicly and privately held Fortune 500 companies in the telecommunications, legal, retail, and professional services arenas. Her philanthropic background consists of her serving as a board member for three non-profits in Southern California. Michelle has an MBA from UCLA and a JD from Chapman University. Her business motto is to lead by example, operate with integrity, and always think long-term.
- Michelle Duong
- Executive Director
Mark Mina Practice Leader
Mark Mina joined Advantex in early 2010 and serves as the Finance and Accounting Practice Leader for the Orange and Los Angeles County offices. Mark is responsible for hiring, managing, training, and mentoring a team of recruiters as well as the overall production and revenue growth of Advantex operations. Prior to joining Advantex, Mark spent three years as a finance and accounting recruiter for an international, Fortune 500 search firm. When it comes to delivery and service, Mark’s clients say it best. “I have worked with Mark for many years and find him to be my ‘go to’ recruiter. What I like most about working with Mark is that he spends time getting to know my business needs and the position requirements before sending me any candidates. This allows him to provide the most knowledgeable and qualified individuals. His attention to the details and follow-through are impeccable. I would recommend Mark's services to anyone in the industry.” – Image Solutions
- Mark Mina
- Practice Leader
Tony Mai Practice Leader
Tony is a seasoned professional within the IT staffing and consulting industry. His background includes 13+ years in client development working with many of the respected privately and publicly held Fortune 500 companies throughout Southern California. By understanding the competitive landscape for technology talent and working closely with leaders within the different departments, Tony also serves as a strategic long-term partner to these organizations.
In his current role, he is responsible for the overall growth of the technology division and leading a seasoned team of Client Service Managers and Recruiters. His prior experience also includes working closely as a partner to organizations within the financial services, insurance, entertainment, retail/consumer goods, and healthcare industries.
Tony is an advocate who encourages building long lasting, trustful relationships. He has a strong passion to help those around him achieve success through mentoring and coaching. Tony received his Bachelor of Arts in leadership from Humboldt State University and is originally from Washington State.
- Tony Mai
- Practice Leader