Austin Nichols Technical Search and Austin Nichols Technical Temporaries are the leading engineering and manufacturing recruiting firms in the Kansas City area. Meet the team below.

Recruiting Division

Dave McDowell – President

Dave McDowell – President

Where do we begin with Dave? He’s been president of MKSSA (Missouri & Kansas Search & Staffing Association) three times. He’s won numerous individual awards and has overseen Austin Nichols to the tune of four Kansas City “Small Business of the Year” awards and a National Blue Chip award for the National Small Business of the Year. Backed by 30+ years experience, he still loves the new challenges that come from working in staffing and recruiting. Those close to him will tell you he is the go-to expert in his field. Those closer to him will tell you they heard it from him.

Terry Demmon

Terry Demmon – General Manager

Terry is our degreed engineer on staff thanks to a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from KU. He’ll be the first to remind you why those last two letters matter. He came on board in 2009 after more than 35 years experience in engineering and manufacturing management. His vast experience comes from a variety of industries.

Dan Prussing

Dan Prussing – Senior Consultant

Dan is our longest tenured employee with nearly 20 years of recruiting experience. He began his Austin Nichols career in 2001 and serves as a Senior Client Manager. Dan graduated from the University of Central Missouri with an MBA and undergraduate degree in marketing. He has lived in the Kansas City area since 1980 and calls himself an avid Chiefs and Royals fan.

Joe Furst

Joe Furst – Consultant / Client Manager

Joe joined Austin Nichols in May of 2011 as a Recruiter for engineering and manufacturing positions. His enjoys meeting candidates face-to-face to learn about their unique backgrounds and career stories. Joe’s hobbies include canoeing, kayaking and any other outdoor activities.

Romy Rogers

Romy Rogers – Staffing Specialist

Romy joined Austin Nichols in January of 2007 as the company Office Manager before earning a promotion into the Technical Recruiter role she occupies today. From 2009 to 2013, she worked exclusively on the contract and contract-to-hire side of the business. Since 2013, she’s taken on the full gamut from contract recruiting to direct hire recruiting to client management.

Dawn – Recruiter

Dawn joined Austin Nichols in July of 2013, bringing with her five years of recruiting experience. Dawn most enjoys the one-on-one interaction of meeting with candidates, finding out about their personal goals, and assisting them in their next career opportunities. When not at work, you will find Dawn enjoying the numerous art fairs and local artist exhibits in the Kansas City area.

Chris Boling

Chris Boling – Recruiter

Chris joined the firm after serving as a production manager in a manufacturing environment. At Austin Nichols, he specializes in candidate recruiting and relationships. The best bet to catch Chris outside of work is on a local handball court (indoor or outdoor), where he enjoys competing in the strenuous sport several times per week.

Jodie Cooper

Jodie Cooper – Office Manager

Jodie is the do-it-all face of Austin Nichols. She is responsible for all of our HR administration including 401k, payroll, AP/AR, invoicing, bookkeeping, recordkeeping, etc. She has been in the staffing industry for more than a decade and loves playing a role in people’s new and exciting adventures in their lives. In her “off” time, you will find her enjoying time with her two amazing children and spending time with her family and friends.

Research Division

Evan McDowell

Evan McDowell – Research Manager

Evan joined Austin Nichols in March 2008 as a Research Specialist and was promoted to Research Manager in December 2012. In addition to overseeing the research department, he is our go-to guy for social media recruiting and contact name generation. On the weekends, you can most likely find Evan around town watching sports or across the state attending a St. Louis Cardinals game.

Omar Safir

Omar Safir – Senior Research Specialist

Omar Safir – Senior Research Specialist

Omar is a Senior Research Specialist here at Austin Nichols. His background is in career development and post-secondary technical education. He is a firm believer in lifelong learning and is involved in community education projects. He received his undergraduate education at Valparaiso University and continues to be a supporter of the “Crusaders.”

Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas – Research Support Specialist

Joe Thomas – Research Support Specialist

Joe joined Austin Nichols in August 2014 as a Research Support Specialist. He provides continuous support to the team by creating and conducting searches of database candidates, managing various tracking reports and conducting reference checks. In addition, Joe is our volunteer coordinator for various events. When Joe is not working, he enjoys volunteering and spending time with family and friends. He also has a passion for running.