Executive Officers

Patrick Beharelle , , , CEO, Director

Patrick Beharelle has served as a Director and the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since September 2018. Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Beharelle served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2015 to 2018, leading the company’s operational, business development, technology and human resource functions as well its digital transformation strategies. He joined the Company in 2014 following the acquisition of PeopleScout and Staff Management, which he led as CEO from 2009 to 2014, delivering a solid track record of organic growth. Mr. Beharelle has spent over 22 years in the staffing, recruitment process outsourcing and consulting industries and was recently inducted into the Staffing Industry Analysts’ Hall of Fame.

Derrek L. Gafford , , , Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Derrek L. Gafford has served as the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2006, after serving as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2005 and as the Company's Vice President of Finance and Accounting beginning in 2004. Mr. Gafford is a Certified Public Accountant and first joined the Company in 2002 serving as Vice President and Treasurer. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Gafford served as Chief Financial Officer for Metropolitan Markets, a grocery retailer, from 2001 to 2002, and held a variety of finance positions with Albertsons and Deloitte & Touche.

Carl Schweihs , , , President, PeopleManagement

Carl Schweihs is President of PeopleManagement. He provides strategic direction for this key division of TrueBlue that specializes in on-site and contingent workforce management for manufacturing, fulfillment and distribution facilities. His leadership of its three distinct staffing segments – Centerline Drivers, SIMOS Insourcing Solutions and Staff Management | SMX – helps change lives and build stronger businesses by connecting great talent with great companies.

Known for his collaborative leadership style, Schweihs previously served as TrueBlue’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Accounts - delivering the full spectrum of TrueBlue’s solutions to produce higher ROI for the world’s largest brands. Prior to this, he helped to drive strong financial and operational performance at TrueBlue, Seaton and Grant Thornton in a variety of financial leadership roles.

Brannon Lacey , , , President, PeopleScout

Brannon Lacey is the president of PeopleScout, the world’s largest RPO and an award-winning provider of MSP, total workforce and talent advisory solutions. In his role, Brannon is focused on finding innovative ways for companies to connect with talent and driving the company’s ongoing digital transformation and global expansion.

Brannon previously served as the President and Chief Product Officer of Benefits Solutions at Alight, a leading human capital and business solutions provider. At Alight, he led a $2 billion business segment and a global team of 14,000 colleagues.

Prior to Alight, Brannon spent more than four years at Rackspace, where he served as SVP & General Manager of Application Services among other roles. Before Rackspace, Brannon served as a principal at Samsung Ventures, where he led venture capital investments for mobility products. He has also held a variety of strategic technology consulting and leadership roles at Samsung, Skaya and Accenture.

Brannon is a technology-centric leader with significant expertise in product management as well as broad experience in human capital solutions and global leadership. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Brannon earned his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, where he served as the President of his class.

Garrett R. Ferencz , , , Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Garrett R. Ferencz was appointed TrueBlue’s Chief Legal Officer on July 1, 2020 and continues to fulfill his role as the company’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. Mr. Ferencz joined TrueBlue in 2007 and served in various legal and compliance leadership roles before becoming Deputy General Counsel and Chief Litigation Officer in 2018.

Mr. Ferencz was formerly employed by Perkins Coie. Prior to that, he worked as a prosecutor and a civil rights and employment attorney. He has litigated many cases before the United States Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and various state courts across the country.  

Mr. Ferencz is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, Ninth Circuit Bar, United States Supreme Court Bar, and American Bar Association. He was also a member of the Order of the Barristers for outstanding trial advocacy. He graduated from Seattle University School of Law and received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington.

Jeff Dirks , , , SVP, Chief Technology & Information Officer

Jeff Dirks, high-tech industry veteran and innovator, was named TrueBlue’s Chief Information and Technology Officer in June 2019 to oversee the company’s digital transformation. Jeff has spent nearly three decades developing cutting-edge technology solutions that help businesses and people. He is leading the expansion of TrueBlue’s AI-powered technologies that are bringing new possibilities to staffing and recruitment process outsourcing, including its popular JobStack and Affinix offerings.

Dirks is a military veteran and a graduate of the University of Washington with a double major in computer science and Germanic language and literature. He is an entrepreneur who spearheaded two successful tech startups before joining TrueBlue in 2018. In his role, Jeff oversees business product software and cloud R&D, analytics and data science, enterprise applications, cybersecurity, IT infrastructure services and cloud platform services (AWS) for TrueBlue’s global technology organization.

Taryn Owen , , , President, PeopleReady

Taryn Owen is President of PeopleReady, TrueBlue’s industrial staffing giant that puts 300,000 hard working men and women to work across North America each year. Under Taryn’s leadership, the company is driving a digital transformation of on-demand staffing, leveraging its game-changing JobStack platform that connects companies with workers 24/7.

Before joining PeopleReady, Taryn served as President of PeopleScout, TrueBlue’s RPO, MSP, Total Workforce Solutions, and talent advisory provider. Taryn led PeopleScout through an era of extraordinary growth, fueled by a loyal customer base, global expansion, multiple acquisitions, and the launch of its innovative Affinix talent technology. During Taryn’s tenure, PeopleScout earned numerous industry awards and recognition for excellence in technology, service, and customer satisfaction, including top rankings from NelsonHall, Everest Group, Brandon Hall Group, and HRO Today.

Taryn has also been recognized for her industry leadership with numerous awards, including annual appearances on the Staffing Industry Analysts’ (SIA) Staffing 100 and Global Power 150 for Women in Staffing and the HRO Today HR Superstars list. Known for empowering others to innovate and challenge limits, Taryn was named the 2019 Multiplier of the Year for the U.S. SMB category. She has received a Gold Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year, a Gold American Business Award for Executive of the Year, a Silver Stevie Award for Woman of the Year – Business Services, and a Women World Award for Female Executive of the Year – Business Services. In addition, Taryn completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School where she earned honorary alumni status.


Derrek Gafford

Chief Financial Officer

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About TrueBlue

TrueBlue (NYSE: TBI) is a leading provider of specialized workforce solutions that help clients achieve business growth and improve productivity. In 2019, TrueBlue connected approximately 724,000 people with work. Its PeopleReady segment offers on-demand, industrial staffing, PeopleManagement offers contingent, on-site industrial staffing and commercial driver services, and PeopleScout offers recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and managed service provider (MSP) solutions to a wide variety of industries.