Staff Bios

Minnesota Office

Torrey

Torrey Ernst

President/Partner

Torrey joined 1st St. NW Inc. in 1995 as a Recruiter. In 1996, he was awarded the Recruiting Manager role and moved to the Contracts Manager position in 1998. He was named Vice President in 1999 and was promoted to President in January 2006. Prior to 1st St. NW Inc., Torrey spent six years in the market research industry with Project Research, Inc.

He has been featured in the Twin Cities Business Magazine for The Best of Business, a recognition for Best Employee-Of-The-Year Award, and is a Certified Staffing Professional. His duties include client development and day to day operations and activities for the company.

Please view my LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/torreyernst

Aron

Aron Hoffman

Vice President/Partner

Aron arrived at 1st St. NW, Inc. in 1997 as a rookie fresh out of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, where he obtained his BA in Business Management.

Hoffman has recruited for both the Minnesota and Wisconsin locations. Currently, he resides in the Twin Cities with his wife and children.

Please view my LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/aron-hoffman-049467a

Andy Pietrzak - Vice President/Partner

Andy Pietrzak

Vice President/Partner

Andy joined the 1st St. team in May of 1999 as a wide-eyed Intern. After his graduation from the University of Minnesota in 2000, he was hired on as a full-time Recruiter. In 2002, Andy shifted his duties to client development and management. In 2006, he became Vice President and Partner. A Certified Staffing Professional (CSP), Andy takes pleasure in the variety of building relationships with clients of all technical disciplines.

In his free-time, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and their energetic children. A big supporter of University of Minnesota athletics, he considers himself a “long-suffering Gophers football fan.”

Please view my LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/andy-pietrzak-32127013

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Kevin Lillie

Technical Recruiter

Kevin joined 1st St. NW in June 2012 after completing his education at Bethel University in Saint Paul, MN. At Bethel, Kevin obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Business: Human Resource Management. During his time at Bethel, Kevin interned with a local non-profit organization and recruited for their organization.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys Twins baseball, exercising, playing guitar, and spending time with family and friends.

Please view my LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-lillie-8b34b264

Wisconsin Office

Kent Welch

Kent Welch

Vice President/Partner

Kent has been in the staffing industry since graduating from UW-Eau Claire. He moved back to Wisconsin to join 1st St. NW, Inc. in 1995, after spending four years with a nationwide technical employment firm in San Jose, CA. Since joining us, he has helped build the Milwaukee branch into the premier technical staffing firm in Southeastern Wisconsin.

In his free time, he likes to ride his Heritage Softail, golf, fish and spend time with his family.

Please view my LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kent-welch-622bb0b

Tom Um Technical Recruiter

Tom Um

Technical Recruiter

Tom joined 1st St. in 2012 as a Recruiter upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He completed his Bachelors of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Human Resource Management. He grew up in California and South Korea and very much enjoys living in the Midwest and considers Milwaukee home.

Tom is active and values his faith very much. In his spare time, he loves to play various types of sports including softball, tennis and golf but his passion is soccer, whether playing pick-up with friends or coaching a local youth team. Music is a staple to Tom and considers life to be very dull without it.

Please view my LinkedIn Profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-um-18441745

Kristin Wetzel

Kristin Wetzel

Technical Recruiter

Kristin spent her first two years of school at Northern Michigan University in the Upper Peninsula on a volleyball scholarship. She then moved back home to Milwaukee and finished school at Cardinal Stritch graduating in December of 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Psychology.

In addition to recruiting for 1st St. NW Inc., Kristin remains very active in the volleyball world. She coaches youth girls’ club volleyball, provides private and group lessons, and continues to play in adult leagues and tournaments. Her free time is spent with family, friends, her dog, and working out. Some of her favorite memories and accomplishments include winning a state volleyball championship her sophomore year of high school (18-0 before losing their first match), being ranked 13th in the nation her freshman year of college volleyball, graduating college with Dean’s list and cum laude honors, and presenting a research study at a national conference in Chicago on concussions.

Kristin has and will continue to bring a tenacious and competitive attitude to 1st St. NW Inc. She also brings new and creative strategies for sourcing candidates. Most importantly, she always has our candidates’ and clients’ best interest in mind. “I took this job because I love helping people and get tremendous satisfaction in matching great candidates with great companies!”

Please view my LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristin-wetzel-1a973498