Since late June, Nick Hatzopoulos has been working at JMI Reports, Inc. helping to recruit field representatives throughout the country. This week, he now works FOR JMI as its new Field Operations Support Specialist.
Nick was brought on in June as a temp through Express Employment Services to assist in efforts to find qualified people nationwide to be field reporters. He primarily placed advertisements online on Craigslist and ZipRecruiter in states where there was a need for field representatives and work with the field managers of those states to update them on his efforts. He also would place newspaper ads in small-town papers in areas that couldn’t be reached through the Internet and Craigslist, he said.
“When I first started, I reported to (Chief Operations Officer) Nathan Clark, then to (Vice President of Field Operations) Ron Ulline. They told me then that this could turn into something,” he said, noting he was hopeful that would be true. “It was an experiment. But then a couple of weeks ago, Ron came and offered me a full time position working for JMI.”
Nick will continue to work in the home office in North Royalton. In addition to placing advertisements, his role in recruiting will expand to more of a talent management position. Additional responsibilities will include exploring innovations in the recruiting process, data analysis, and providing operational support to the field managers and the department.
“I immediately loved JMI,” Nick said, noting that he also has grown to love JMI’s office cats, Bo and Woody. “I have never had a work experience like this, ever. From my first day here, I was hoping I could be hired by JMI so I learned what I had to learn and did what I had to do. I am super excited for this new opportunity to learn new things and take on a bigger role.”
Born and raised in Parma, Nick graduated from Valley Forge High School and took classes at Cuyahoga Community College and then got an internship at WNCX, 98.5 FM as he was always interested in radio. In high school, he was able to take radio and television classes at Normandy High School in Parma and worked on the school district’s television show that aired through Cox Cable.
His internship at WNCX led to a 20-year career in radio. He has been an on-air personality for rock stations in Akron, Canton, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Richmond and most recently Youngstown. He also does voiceover work, audio production and writes scripts.
“I’ve worked in rock radio from classic rock, to alternative to metal,” he said. “Rock music and making people laugh is what I enjoy.”
Even now, he continues to do freelance voiceovers, production and a podcast from his home studio, where he recently recorded a commercial for the Hinckley Haunted Barn Halloween attraction in Hinckley, Ohio.
A single dad to daughter, Taryn, 5, who is in kindergarten in North Canton, Nick used to like to bring her into the studio with him when he worked at a station in Youngstown and expose her to all kinds of music. They love going to the lake, riding bikes, taking walks, animals and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.
Currently, Nick has been temporarily living in Parma with his mother after losing his father earlier this year. But with his daughter in North Canton, he believes it is important for him to be closer so he is renting an apartment near her and splitting his time between North Canton and Parma.
“Cleveland will always be home, but I want to be with her more,” he said, noting that he joined her school’s PTA and volunteers at her school events and activities whenever possible. “I am an only child, and I want to help my mom, but I also want to be close to my little girl. I love JMI and will make the commute from wherever I am.”
Starting this week, he will work in the home office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.