Our Team

Cedar Rapids Office


Rod Hanssen

Rod Hanssen

Vice President

Rod graduated from Mount Mercy College with a degree in marketing. Rod worked in the staffing industry for four years before he started at CCB Packaging Inc., in Hiawatha, Iowa. Rod spent the next seven years at CCB Packaging as a human resource manager and then six years as distribution manager.

In 2011, the owners of CCB Packaging asked Rod to start up Premier Staffing Inc. Under his leadership, Premier Staffing has become a local leader in the temporary staffing industry. In his spare time, Rod enjoys Iowa State athletics, playing golf, and watching sports.

Viri Chavez

Viri Chavez

Human Resource Branch Manager

Viri Chavez joins Premier Staffing as the new branch manager, with an emphasis on human resources. Viri received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Viri’s past experiences involved working in a diverse, fast paced, manufacturing environment. What Viri enjoys most about her role with Premier Staffing is the ability to develop relationships with businesses around the community that leave a positive impact. When not at work, Viri enjoys dedicating her free time to family, friends, and trying out new places to eat.

Janelle Kreutner

Janelle Kreutner

Office Manager

Janelle, a Montana native, has lived in many places, including North Dakota, Italy, and St. Louis. With more than 10 years of customer service and supervisory experience, Janelle also worked as a lead teacher’s assistant.

Since 2012, Janelle has served as an important and versatile team member at Premier Staffing. She’s worked in account and office management, as well as training. Her current specialty is payroll.

Janelle’s hobbies include spending time with her family, building and fixing items, painting, and traveling all across the world.

Tammy Shaner

Tammy Shaner

Account Manager

Tammy is originally from Waterloo, Iowa. After 19 years working in the executive office of the president at GMAC Mortgage, Tammy and her family moved to Cedar Rapids. In this position, she excelled in the areas of customer service and account management.

Tammy joined Premier staffing in June of 2014 as an Account Manager.

She helps coordinate the several of Premier Staffing customer staffing needs. In her spare time, she enjoys working out.

She is a regular contributor to her sons’ hockey career. Donating several volunteer hours with the local youth hockey organizations, including the Cedar Rapids own Rough Riders.

Chris Cole

Chris Cole

Accountant

Chris graduated from University of Northern Iowa with a B.A in Accounting. He worked for Premier Staffing as an intern when he was completing his schooling at UNI. Upon graduation he spent three years getting a variety of accounting experience from two previous jobs before joining back up with Premier Staffing in 2016. He now processes all the accounting duties for Premier Staffing.

In his free time, he enjoys working out, spending time with family and friends, and playing golf.

Emily Martin

Emily Martin

Account Manager

Emily is from Mt. Vernon. She joined Premier Staffing in November of 2018 and has 6 years of previous staffing experience. Emily enjoys spending time with her friends, family and two children. She enjoys spending time outdoors, going to sporting events, staying active and just living life to the fullest.

Abby Utecht

Abby Utecht

Account Manager

Abby Joined Premier Staffing in July of 2018 as an account manager. Abby was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has over 7 years of banking and business development experience, which makes her a great resource to the Premier team. In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and being outdoors.

Waterloo Office


Sherman Wise

Sherman Wise

Regional Sales Manager

Sherman is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a Master’s in communication branding. As a former UNI professor, Sherman was also director for the Blue Zones Project in Waterloo.

In 2014, Sherman became the market manager for the new Waterloo/Cedar Falls location. He had experience working with most of the businesses and employees throughout the community and we felt he was the perfect fit. Sherman believes in the CCB Packaging model about caring for each employee.

Erica Canfield

Erica Canfield

Account Manager

Erica was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 2013, she graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with degrees in marketing and public relations/communications. At UNI, Erica was actively involved in many student organizations, such as Relay for Life and Northern Iowa Wishmakers, as well as being on the cheerleading squad.

In 2013, Erica joined the Premier Staffing team as marketing coordinator and account manager. She’s been a key factor in helping Premier Staffing continue its rapid growth. In 2014, Erica teamed up with Sherman Wise to open a Premier Staffing in Waterloo, IA.

Erica enjoys traveling, being with friends and family, going to sporting events, and staying active.