Company Leadership

Marla RyeMarla Rye: President and fearless leader. With a background in Accounting and nerves of steel, Marla has been with WorkForce Essentials even BEFORE we were born. Involved in Workforce Development for nearly 25 years, Marla has the workforce system experience, know-how, and determination to ensure every customer receives the best job training services available. Couple that with a people-friendly personality and a nose for new business and we have the best of both worlds in our leadership at the top.

Andrea DillardAndrea Dillard: Vice-President Program Services. Andrea is the magnificent point person for all activities at the American Job Centers. She too has been working in Workforce Development & Job Training for roughly 25 years. Andrea and her staff across middle and west TN work wonders delivering every bit of value out of federal and state grants for individuals who need support and job training. Way to Go Andrea!

Robin DunnRobin Dunn: Vice-President Business Services. A sharp mind for business combined with a seriously competitive attitude, makes for one successful business leader. Thanks to Robin and her team, employers across TN (and beyond) have highly skilled and drug free employees. Her honest approach to business development has solidified WorkForce Essentials as the 'go to' company for unique and innovative business solutions.

John WatzJohn Watz: Vice-President Strategic Planning and Development. As the self-proclaimed chief of heavy lifting and all things pick up truck required, John is the master of American Job Center activities and staff. With a highly decorated military background, John uses his vast logistical and organizational skills to keep all the centers and staff on task while serving the communities in our 9-county-area. Well respected by all who come into contact with him…we know John's got our back!