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Management Team

Contract Professionals’ Management Team is comprised of a group of seasoned professionals who have experience ranging from fifteen years to over thirty-five years in the Technical Staffing Industry.

Contract Professionals’ Management Team establishes annual strategic objectives based on our business planning process. Objectives are developed by reviewing our satisfaction survey responses, analyzing performance metrics, and synchronizing our growth plans with our assessment of market conditions. Performance metrics and goals are developed by consensus of the Management Team, and a financial business model is created to support those goals and objectives. The operating plan is written and published annually.

Steve York

Steve York - Founder & CEO

Steven E. York is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Contract Professionals, Inc. (CPI). He is a Michigan native and a US Air Force Veteran, serving from 1968-1976. Steve served his first four years in Aircraft Maintenance achieving the rank of E-5 or Staff Sargent and the last four years, as a member of the Michigan Medical Recruiting Team.

It was his recruiting, training and experience that led Steve to a career in the technical staffing industry. Steve began his career in sales and management roles with Allied Technical Services, Butler Service Group, and as Vice President of Operations for Aero Detroit.

An entrepreneur and natural leader, Steve launched CPI in West Bloomfield, Michigan in 1982.

CPI began with a focus on Department of Defense clients and the vision turned to rapid growth and development. CPI expanded and moved offices several times in the early years, finally building a corporate headquarters in Waterford, Michigan in 1990.

CPI has operated branch offices in several major cities throughout the years. Today CPI provides services to clients in the western half of United States from their Arizona Branch and from the eastern half of the United States from their Michigan Branch. In addition, CPI operates a satellite office in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

In 1987, CPI was named the 35th fastest growing privately owned company in the United States by INC. 500 and the 3rd fastest growing privately owned company in Michigan by Michigan 100.

Certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VOSB) and the National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC) as veteran owned, CPI finds employment for more than 100 out processing military personnel and veterans each year.

CPI is certified to the ISO 9001 standard and has received several awards, including the Ford Motor Company’s Q1 award and a series of honors from the Best And Brightest Places To Work For Committee including local, elite and national awards in 2015. In addition, CPI won the Small Business Administration’s Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year award 2016.

CPI is focused on the engineering and information technology services, serving clients in the defense, automotive, telecommunication, transportation and bio sciences industries. Today, with over 34 years of operating history, Steve serves CPI as the CEO and Chairman of the Board.

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Jim Cowper

Jim Cowper — President

A highly driven, world class senior executive, James (Jim) L. Cowper touts more than 30 years in the staffing business, with an unparalleled ability to create repeatable customer retention and demonstrated success. He has produced top line revenue in excess of $2 billion and EBITDA greater than $190 million in the human capital technical services industry.

Aptly, Jim began his career in the staffing industry at Contract Professionals, Inc. (CPI) in 1983-1986, laying the groundwork for the success the company enjoys today. A veteran owned entity, with more than $35 million in revenue, CPI is poised for significant growth in 2015-2016. CPI’s mission is to be the premier source of technical professionals serving major and emerging industries, with a focus on putting veterans to work. Certified as an ISO: 9001 company, CPI has developed the internal processes and a rigorous discipline to provide highly qualified candidates year after year, to the most prestigious companies in the engineering and information technology industries.

Specializing in bringing new life to organizations, Jim is at his best when he is developing and executing challenging business strategies. After his initial tenure at CPI, Jim went on to a long career at TAC Worldwide Companies, launching the $125m TAC Automotive Group. He was ultimately responsible for leading the $250 million engineering services business, in the United States and United Kingdom. While he was at TAC, he was responsible for managing 19 offices and 180 staff members.

A Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40 recipient, Jim is best known for turning uncertainty into order, while looking for ways to elevate those around him. As a leader, he is keenly aware of the responsibility he has to help others improve and grow. He has been recognized for his business innovation by being inducted into the TAC Worldwide Companies President’s Club and by receiving the Top Revenue and EBITDA awards.

With a continuous sense of urgency and incredible stamina, Jim was responsible for helping TAC Worldwide receive some of its’ highest honors including Corp. Magazine’s 101 Best Places to Work, Ford Q1 Award, ISO 9001:2008, Crain’s Cool Places to Work and Corp. Magazine’s Top Diversity Corporation.

Never one to let others do the heavy lifting, Jim has always been one to give back to the communities where he lives and works. Jim is currently a member of the Advisory Council for the Josephine Ford Cancer Institute. He is the Director and Treasurer of the Board, DFCU Financial Credit Union, and he is a member of the University Club at MSU and the Huntsman Hunt Club.

Jim is also a past sponsor of PAL/THINK Detroit and the March of Dimes.

Jim’s past associations include the Engineering Society of Detroit, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Michigan Minority Business Development Council.

A life long Michigander, Jim proudly graduated from Wayne State University, Detroit, with a BA in 1982.


Jay Vorobel

Jay Vorobel – Vice President

Responsible for assisting the President with the leadership of the Management Team and operations including both Sales & Recruiting. Supports members to achieve the goals and objectives of the company’s overall business plan. Identifies and leads new business development initiatives and opportunities. In conjunction with the President, the Vice President acts as a representative and ambassador to promote positive relationships and strong partnerships for the benefit of the organization.


Michael Borg

Michael Borg — Vice President

Responsible for providing leadership and day-to-day management of the MIS Department. The MIS Team is responsible for all the company computer systems, software, hardware, data security, data recovery, systems administration, and network communications. They provide support to all end-users while staying abreast of the latest technology upgrades and developments.


Tricia Wilson

Tricia Wilson — Accounting Department Manager

Responsible for providing leadership and day-to-day management of the Accounting Department. The Accounting Team is responsible for payroll, invoicing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial and monthly statements. They are also responsible for all tax filings and audits by insurance companies, banks, accounting firms, and state agencies.


Cathy Quintana

Cathy Quintana — Quality/Training Coordinator

Responsible for implementing, maintaining, and reporting the effectiveness of the quality operating system, which includes quality planning, policies, procedural flow documentation and control. The Training Manager is responsible for the planning, design, evaluation, and implementation of a training program that supports the processes in the Quality Manual.