Lucy Putlak 

Lucy is the CEO and President of Watson Dwyer and has served on the board of the Illinois Association of Personnel Services. She is recognized as a leader in the industry and has trained top producing consultants. Lucy is married with three children. Contact her at

Joe Rubino 

Joe has been recruiting for Watson Dwyer, Inc. for over 15 years. A leader by example, he manages by producing alongside his sales staff. To Joe, building relationships comes as naturally as breathing. If you ride the NW Metra line, he probably already knows you! This networking skill coupled with an extraordinary ability to retain information makes being forgettable an impossibility! His success stems from a work ethic worth emulating and the visceral understanding of matching a candidate to professional environs that are culturally appropriate. Joe works as hard for the small businessman as he does for the Fortune 500 company. There was never a man more fortunate in his choice of profession than Joe Rubino. He has a penchant for the Blackhawks, LinkedIn and the occasional joke on Twitter. A competitive bodybuilder, Joe often gives first time clients dietary consultations free of charge. Contact him at 

Mike Skadeland

Mike has been lending his recruiting talents to the Watson Dwyer team since 1999. Matching great candidates with his wonderful clients is his passion. Mike has over 10 years of recruiting experience and he loves it, saying “I want everyone to have their dream job and for my clients to have the best.” Mike’s hobbies include painting, music, cooking, and making the world a better place for all. Contact him at, or via Twitter:


Jim Huss

Jim is a Senior Associate at Watson Dwyer and has been an invaluable part of the Watson Dwyer staff since 2000. Among his many hobbies, his favorites include lifting weights, 12-year-old single malt scotch, and perfecting his goal to become a lifetime mediocre golfer. Contact him at 

Julie Orlandini

Julie is a Senior Recruiter at Watson Dwyer and has been an integral part of the Watson Dwyer team since 2004. Julie attended Southern Illinois University majoring in Political Science and Communications and is still is a proud Saluki. She enjoys walking her dog, Denali, in Loyola Park and taking her kids to Loyola beach. She also loves attending the Glenwood Sunday Market for some fresh farmer’s market produce. Contact her at 


Matthew Kral

Matt is the Vice president-Financial Services at Watson Dwyer.  With a dual finance and accounting degree from the University of Iowa, more than eight years' experience within Institutional Investment Consulting at Mercer and Northern Trust, and a deeper understanding of the larger financial services industry, Matt has been sourcing and recruiting financial services talent since 2004.  Away from the office, he is an avid mountain adventurer and explorer of U.S. micro cultures. Contact him at 

Cara Sawyer

Cara is a Senior Consultant with Watson Dwyer with a B.A. in Communications from Michigan State University.  Widely respected by clients and candidates alike for her ability to listen and understand their individual needs, Cara has built a loyal client base and receives many referrals from both her candidates and her clients.  Based in Chicago, Cara has worked in the recruiting industry since 1996.  She has placed candidates ranging from entry-level to Vice Presidents not only in Chicago but throughout the United States.  She has attended numerous training seminars and conferences in an effort to keep up to date on the latest hiring trends and provide solutions regarding any staffing questions her clients or candidates may have.  Additionally, Cara has been able to share her passion for recruiting by mentoring junior recruiters at Watson Dwyer. Contact her at 

JoAnn Formanek

JoAnn is a certified Personnel Consultant for Watson Dwyer and has been with Watson Dwyer since 2011. JoAnn has more than 30 years’ worth of experience in recruiting. In her free time, JoAnn is also an avid writer, and she was the first woman to win the Regional Toastmaster's Original Humorous Speech Contest! JoAnn is also a fantastic song writer, and if she wasn’t a recruiter, she’d be working on getting her songs famous in Hollywood. Contact her at 


John Carroll

John started with Watson Dwyer as a recruiter in 2000 and became Operations Manager in 2002. John began his career in staffing as an I.T. recruiter after moving to Chicago from Madison, WI in 1997 and later joined a Chicago-based RPO firm. In an office of Bears fans he stands out at as the only Cheesehead. Contact him at