Meet the Team


Steven Swerdloff


Steven has over 35 years of sales management and marketing experience. He spent 18 of those years in the staffing industry. Mr. Swerdloff, a veteran of the Vietnam War, brings his level of discipline, determination and experience to the staffing industry. Steven spent most of his time in the sales and marketing areas of the cosmetic industry, most specifically, L’Oreal, Lancôme and Revlon.

“We have entered a new day for our industry.” All of the new government mandates have created a great deal of complexity and expense for our industry. It is no longer business as usual.

We are committed to remaining a midsize company that prioritizes customer service to our clients. Our greatest asset is our people who work hard every day to make this company successful and a great place to work, with their dedication, loyalty, work ethic and unquestionable sense of pride.

Our greatest reward and marketing tool is the referrals we receive from our existing customers. It truly validates the dedication we have to both our customers and our employees.


Kyle Carstensen


Kyle recently came to ASI from a 16-year career as a commercial lender in the Chicagoland area. He is a proven business leader with experience in driving growth and profitability, mid-market commercial lending, business development, small business operations, cash flow analysis, financial forecasting, acquisition capital structuring, compliance, and portfolio management, and is people-oriented.

On a daily basis, Kyle is actively involved in the daily management, training, policy and procedure implementation and compliance for the company’s payroll, documents, recruiting, IT, and finance departments. He is a firm believer that you need to treat all employees and clients as if they were family.

Kyle is a native of Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in economics.


Greg Star

Chief Financial Officer

Gregory is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and graduated locally from Roosevelt University with bachelor’s degrees in both accounting and finance.

Greg is a financial executive with excellent managerial, interpersonal and communication skills. With extensive experience in finance, administration, accounting, management, and computer systems, he has an exemplary record of the highest integrity in business modeling, development, implementation and achievement. Throughout his 20-year career, Greg has shown dynamic skills in resolving issues that impact daily operations and profitability. His background has focused on service, manufacturing and numerous nonprofit organizations.


Julie Tracey

Director of Internal Operations

Julie came to ASI over 17 years ago with bookkeeping and payroll industry experience. She has taken on many responsibilities throughout her tenure at ASI, including payroll manager, client service rep, branch manager and managed services director. Currently, Julie manages a number of our client relationships for our Cicero office and is our NOVAtime biometric time keeping software expert. She excels in managing our new customer implementations and the day-to-day client relations. Her motto is “the client always comes first.”

She is a native of Chicago and holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University.


Janette Martir

Director of Branch Operations and Corporate Trainer

Janette is a staffing and recruiting manager with over 20 years’ experience in the staffing industry. She excels in implementations of staffing software programs and developing customized training to ensure staff proficiency levels are to their fullest potential in order to maximize productivity and efficiency of the system. Janette has successfully overseen full-service branches and on-site locations with P&L responsibility, including managing a staff of recruiters and on-site personnel. Her familiarity and expertise in employment policies, co-employment law, unemployment, workers’ compensation, vendor management, recruiting, negotiating labor contracts, performance reviews and internal/external audits qualifies her to support and fit into a variety of roles within our organization. She is proud to say that she has worked with multiple staff members to develop and mentor them to become successful leaders in our industry today.


Francis Guerra

Director of New Account Development

In 2013, Francis received her bachelor’s degree in human services management from the University of Phoenix. She comes to Alternative Staffing with eight years’ experience in new account development, and recruitment and resource management with strengths in customer service and support, account management, problem solving, sales support, and designing and implementing action plans. Francis currently oversees six on-site locations including On-site Managers. Her ability to supervise, support, train, and motivate staff members has led to a notable increase in staff satisfaction and retention. Her familiarity and passion are with proactive planning, development of action plans, evaluations, and analyzing of information. This has helped her improve existing services, see how well customers are being serviced, discover how customers are changing as an organization, recognize issues quickly, and identify the potential for growth.