Meet The Team

Travis Powell, President

Travis Powell is the President and Founder of Essential Pros, where he is responsible for creating strategies to maximize the growth of all corporately owned offices and franchise locations. In addition to this, he evaluates systems and processes, oversees business operations, performs financial analysis and provides guidance to his team. With over 15 years’ experience in the staffing industry, he has become a leader and resource for many companies. Under his leadership, the company has experienced steady growth in new and existing markets since the company was established.


Nicole Powell, Vice President

Nicole Powell’s role as Vice President of Essential Pros is to focus on staff development and strategic planning. She works closely with the management team to develop staff training to grow each staffing professional within the organization. She is also responsible for strategically developing methods to effectively market and promote the services of Essential Pros. Nicole enjoys collaborating with team members to develop effective strategies for growth.


Nicole Kennedy, Branch Manager and Director of Training

Nicole Kennedy is a Trainer at Essential Pros. Nicole develops and teaches training on staffing procedures. She is also responsible for developing training materials. She previously worked as a Branch Manager for the organization for 6 years. Nicole graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, with bachelor’s degrees in Business Management – Marketing and Political Science. Prior to working at Essential Pros, Nicole worked as a Corporate Recruiter throughout states of Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado. Nicole is a Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) and a member of the Central Nebraska Human Resource Management Association.


Rodney Christensen, Regional Risk and Sales Manager

Rodney Christensen is the Regional Risk and Sales Manager for Essential Pros. He is responsible for creating sales strategies, building relationships, negotiating contracts and evaluating risk obstacles. He also works with managers on operational items to ensure processes are implemented and identifies market opportunities. Prior to his role at Essential Pros, Rodney worked in business development and as a recruiter for several years, learning the industry hands-on.



Darin Ehlers, Controller

Darin Ehlers is the Controller for Essential Pros. He started with the company in 2011 and is responsible for financial analysis, cash management, payroll administration and accounts payables and receivables. Darin brings over 20 years of accounting experience and has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and is a licensed CPA. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.


Micki Ward, Marketing and Communications

Micki Ward creates content, manages social media, designs multimedia projects, and aligns Essential Pros brand image with the hard work of the company’s staff. She graduated from the University of Nebraska – Omaha with a bachelor’s degree in Business. She also holds an associate’s degree in Media Arts from Central Community College – Hastings. Micki has worked in marketing and communications for nearly 15 years.


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