Meet our leaders.
Amanda Ortega Executive AssistantCorporate
Amanda graduated from IUPUI in 2013 with her B.S. in Tourism Convention and Event Management. Amanda joined the LGC team as an Assistant Staffing Manager in September of 2013. She was then promoted to Staffing Manager II in March of 2014 where she often travelled to other LGC offices assisting with daily operations and large events throughout the year. After two years working in the staffing and recruiting side of office operations, she began her transition to the corporate team in September of 2015 as the Executive Assistant.
Ana Lopez Payroll ManagerCorporate
Ana began her career with LGC Corporate two and half years ago as a payroll assistant and was promoted to payroll supervisor within two years. She enjoys her job and feels like she has grown a lot personally and professionally. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 2 years old son.
Andy Downing Executive Vice President & MemberCorporate
Andy was born in northern Indiana and grew up in western Pennsylvania, where he graduated high school. He went to school at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, graduating Magna Cum Laude. After graduation, Andy was a flight instructor before spending 6 years piloting for various regional airlines. In hopes of performance-based growth potential, Andy started with LGC in 2006 as a Staffing Manager. He was quickly promoted to Branch Manager and continued up the ranks. Currently, Andy is involved in creating and maintaining the systems to keep LGC a rapidly-growing, efficient, and innovative company.
Ashley Howell Corporate RecruiterCorporate
Ashely pursued her B.S. in Business Administration with emphasis in Human Resources, and graduated from Kaplan University in 2016. She joined the LGC team in June 2016, and took on the position of the Internal Corporate Recruiter for all our LGC branches across the country. She enjoys seeking out qualified and career driven candidates, and telling them about the professional and promotional growth opportunities that LGC has to offer!
Brianna Maxwell Director of VMS OperationsCorporate
Brianna has been with LGC for 3 years, first starting in the Indianapolis Office as a Staffing Manager then quickly getting promoted to the corporate team as the Operation Manager of Vendor Management Systems. Originally from Muncie, IN, she relocated to Indianapolis to earn her degree in Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management from IUPUI. Brianna is extremely organized and uses these skills to help keep the VMSs for each office running smoothly. When not in the office, Brianna and her husband can usually be found with their families or supporting the Spirit of Muncie High School Band and Colorguard.
Brittany Piening Director of Client RelationsCorporate
Brittany began her career with LGC in March of 2011 as a staffing manager in the Cincinnati branch, and her passion for building quality relationships in order to determine the best possible placement aided her quick rise through the ranks. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Northern Kentucky University, and fell completely in love with the hospitality industry while working as the special events Coordinator for a fine-dining restaurant group. She is currently the Director of Client Relations for offices Nationwide. Nothing brings her more fulfillment than guiding managers within her offices to maximize their strengths and realize their potential within the company. A Cincy girl through and through, she loves Skyline Chili and still believes her Bengals will win a playoff game!
Crystal Huston Customer Service SupervisorCorporate
Crystal started working for LGC Hospitality in the St. Louis branch. She began as an Assistant Staffing Manager in March 2015 before relocating to the Indianapolis office. From there, she transferred to the call center and was promoted to Customer Service Supervisor. Crystal earned her Associate’s Degree in Business Management at Sanford Brown College. In her spare time, Crystal enjoys working outdoors and spending the weekend on the boat with her family and 3 dogs.
George Lessmeister CEO/FounderCorporate
George has 20 years’ experience within the specialty staffing industry. He began his career as Staffing Manager with a telecommunications company and quickly advanced to Contracts Manager prior to securing management role with environmental staffing company. Within a short period of time he progressed to National Sales Manager. Soon after, he joined an international accounting & finance staffing company as Branch Vice President & Area Sales Manager. Within two years he was named Area Vice President and then quickly Sr. Regional Vice President with oversight over multiple staffing verticals, $20 million in revenue and numerous Midwestern branch locations.
Glen Greenawalt COO & MemberCorporate
Glen joined on with the LGC concept in June of 2003. Along the way he has worked in all facets of the business to move LGC from business infancy and adolescence to the mature business that it is today. Prior to LGC he was a successful Executive Recruiter at a national search firm in Chicago, IL. Glen holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Purdue University and completed six years in the Marine Corps Reserves. In addition to his success at LGC, Glen was named as a finalist for, “Indy’s Best & Brightest,” in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Greg Lewis Regional Special Projects ManagerCorporate
Greg started with LGC in fall of 2013, he has a background in Culinary Arts. His hard working, can-do attitude has got him promoted 4 times in his first 2 years since starting with LGC. He was promoted to Staffing Manager II, in that position; he traveled and was in charge of training and growing offices nationwide. He relocated to the Atlanta Branch in October of 2014; As the Branch Manager he has stepped up as a leader in the Atlanta Branch and has been a key component to the success and growth of LGC as a whole. Greg most recently was promoted to Regional Special Projects Manager.
Haley Downing Regional DirectorCorporate, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville
Haley Downing was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana where she currently resides. She started at LGC in 2008 as the Administrative Assistant for the Corporate Office, and quickly became the Executive Assistant. In late 2008 Haley took an operational role working with the Indianapolis downtown office and Haley then opened LGC’s Atlanta branch in October 2008. Between 2009 and 2012 Haley assisted with the operations of numerous branches. In late 2012 Haley became an Affiliate Owner, working with the Louisville branch. She then opened the Nashville branch in 2013 and is currently working with her team to open LGC’s Memphis branch in 2016. Haley is truly excited about the growth and success of LGC and is looking forward to continued opportunities.
Jamie Horning Regional Director & MemberCleveland, Corporate, Portland, Seattle
Jaime started her career with LGC in September of 2006; currently, she is the Regional manager & member for Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Lexington KY & Portland, OR. She graduated College at Portland State University in Oregon with a double major in Business and Communication with a Hospitality minor. Jaime has opened all of her offices from ground level and is looking forward to opening Seattle in 2017. She knew immediately that LGC Associates was where she wanted to be because of growth potential, work environment and being specialized in the Hospitality field. Her success at LGC has been because of her drive, compassion and desire to be successful but mostly because of love of the Candidates and the Clients.
Jennifer Landreth President & MemberCorporate
Jennifer has 18 years of experience within the food service and hospitality industry. She started with LGC as a Staffing Manager in the Indianapolis branch in April 2005. She moved to St. Louis in 2006 to open LGC’s St. Louis market as Branch Manager. After multiple promotions of Area Manager, District Manager, and Director of Operations, Jennifer relocated back to Indianapolis in 2009 when she was promoted to Executive Vice President. Her final promotion to President of LGC Hospitality Staffing occurred in 2012. Jennifer graduated from Purdue University in May 2004 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management/Human Resources.
Nicholas P.Harig National Sales DirectorCorporate
As part of LGC’s corporate team, Nicholas serves as the National Sales Director. He helps target, establish and finalize new national partnerships. As well as, mentors and oversees the sales operations for all LGC offices; nationwide. With his leadership and expertise, Nicholas has help LGC grow from 12 offices in 2012 to 24 offices nationwide and still growing. In 2014, he was awarded LGC’s “Impact Player Award.”
Nicholas was born and raised in the St. Louis area. Attending Missouri State University, he graduated with a degree in Hospitality Administration with a Minor in Marketing. After graduating, he quickly became the General Manager of a St. Louis restaurant.
Outside of work, he enjoys anything sports related. Whether it be playing ice hockey and golf or watching his favorite local teams, the St. Louis Cardinals & Blues!
Penne Scheimer Director of Special EventsCorporate, Pittsburgh
Penne has over 20 years in the hospitality staffing industry. After graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Penne spent 15 years in corporate accounting and finance for Fortune 100 companies. Penne went on to obtain her MBA from Robert Morris University. She started her own staffing company in 1996. Recognizing her success in Pittsburgh, LGC acquired her company in 2008. Since joining LGC, Penne has held a number of management positions. Currently Penne is the Director of Special Events. She is dedicated to quality and offering clients unparalleled service. She is passionate in her pursuit of excellence in hospitality staffing.
Rachel Martin VP of OperationsCorporate
Rachel is a recent addition to LGC Hospitality corporate team. She has been working for the company since 2010 out of the St. Louis branch. She began as a Staffing Manager and worked her way up to Branch Manager, Area Operations Manager, and District Manager, until finally accepting the role as VP of Operations and relocating to the Indianapolis Corporate office. Rachel earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Forensics at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. Rachel has always worked in Food Service and Hospitality at different restaurants before accepting her position at LGC Hospitality. Rachel enjoys spending time with her 2 dogs on her boat in her spare time.
Shawnda Trout ControllerCorporate
Joining the company in 2015 as LGC’s Corporate Controller, Shawnda brought with her a diverse background of accounting and finance skills. Growing up in the small town of Winchester, Indiana, she first realized her knack for numbers through her love to calculate customer bills for her family’s business.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Evansville and a master’s in accountancy from the University of Notre Dame, Shawnda started her career in auditing with a “Big 4” public accounting firm. Since then she has gained over 15 years of related experience from auditing to corporate finance and reporting, and is able to apply those skills to her position with LGC.
Outside of work, Shawnda is very involved with her two active young boys and enjoys spending time with her family camping, biking, and going on “family adventures” to new places.
Shawnda is devoted to the continued success of LGC and is excited to be a part of this growing company’s team.
Tracy Lebio Director of Payroll & MemberCorporate
Tracy started working with LGC in 2004 as a part time admin assistant while finishing school at IUPUI in Indianapolis. She has done staffing, sales, accounts receivable and payroll during her career with LGC. Tracy currently works closely with the accounts receivable department and is the director of payroll operations.