Watson Dwyer, established in 1990, is a privately owned staffing firm and Women Business Enterprise. We represent the best companies and employees in Chicago and around the country. With a reputation as a leader in the staffing industry, we are dedicated to providing complete staffing solutions in: Accounting, Administration, Finance, I.T., Legal, Marketing, Human Resources, Public Relations, Sales, and more.

Whether you are a corporate client looking for the perfect employee to fill an open position, or a candidate searching for your dream job, our personnel consultants will be happy to assist you.

Lucy Putlak: President 

Lucy Anne Putlak is a Chicago businesswoman and the Founder and CEO of Watson Dwyer Inc. and Watson Dwyer Temporaries Inc. since 1990. She has served as President for over 30 years. Through hard work and a strong sense for staffing trends, she has grown the company and now has clients across the country. Lucy has served on the board of the Illinois Staffing Association as well as several non-profit organizations in Chicago. She is recognized as a leader in the industry and has trained top producing consultants. Lucy is married with three children and resides on Chicago's Northshore. She holds a B.A from Michigan State University. Contact her at

Joe Rubino: General Manager 

Joe has been recruiting at Watson Dwyer, Inc. for over 25 years. A leader by example, he manages and works alongside his sales staff, supporting and training them. To Joe, building relationships comes as naturally as breathing; if you ride the NW Metra line, he probably already knows you! Joe’s work ethic was instilled by his father during his paper route days and he has instilled it in his own children. 

Working as hard for the small businesses as he does for Fortune 500 companies, Joe succeeds in building long lasting relationships with both potential job candidates and corporate clients. Contact him at




John Carroll: Operations Manager

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 as the only Cheesehead. Contact him at



Laura Nesbitt Cohen: Director of Staffing 

Experienced with over 30 yrs of Recruiting, Client Development and Management for Temporary and Direct Hire Staffing Solutions. Proud MOM of 3 adult children - Graduates from DePauw University, Butler University and the University of Illinois.



Mike Skadeland: Senior Consultant

Mike has been working with some of Chicago's best-known firms at Watson Dwyer since 1999. Matching great candidates with his clients is his passion. Mike’s hobbies include painting, music, cooking, traveling, and learning about new cultures. Contact him at, or via Twitter: Recruiter1927



Cara Sawyer: Senior Recruiter/Consultant

Cara Sawyer is a Michigan State University grad who moved to Chicago in 1996 and has been recruiting for 25 years. She developed her expertise over the years to encompass everything from entry-level to management roles in a variety of industries nationwide. Cara has earned the trust of many clients and is someone who will do her best to ensure a great fit for both clients and candidates.



Annette Hickman: Senior Consultant

Annette has over 25 years of expert staffing experience, including being the past president and owner of Classic Staffing. She is a native New Yorker who is passionate about her job. Other strong interests are cooking, entertaining, home decorating and raising funds for the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation.



Jennifer Pickens: Senior Consultant

Jennifer has over 15 years in recruiting and staffing. She started her career at Watson Dwyer and is happy to be back. She enjoys spending time with loved ones, reading, cooking, and traveling. She approaches recruiting in a positive, proactive way with a firm belief that there's a "lid for every pot.” Jennifer graduated from Western Michigan University.



Lucy Rose Byrne: Talent Acquisition

Lucy Rose recently graduated with a BS in Clinical-Community Psychology with a minor in Art and Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She is excited to be a part of the Talent Acquisition team and is looking forward to working alongside Watson Dwyer's recruiters and consultants to create lasting relationships with top talent and clients. Please contact Lucy directly for more information about temporary, temp-to-perm, and permanent staffing services at