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Meet the JDA Team

By James Del Monte, JDA Professional Services

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The JDA team is comprised of the most talented information technology recruiting professionals in Houston.  Each member exudes an extraordinary level of enthusiasm, professionalism, and dignity.  With our combined experience, JDA has the team needed to help managers build great IT departments while helping IT professionals find the right career opportunities.  Meet our members...


James Del Monte, CERS, CPC - President
From modest beginnings in 1981, James Del Monte founded JDA Professional Services, Inc., which today is one of Houstonís leading IT staffing firms, according to the Texas Association of Personnel Consultants (TAPC).  Over his career, James has helped hundreds of companies build great IT departments by finding key individuals and providing excellent strategies for employee retention.  In addition, he has helped thousands of professionals find great IT careers through direct placements and by providing valued advice and guidance. In November 2007, James joined an elite group of professionals becoming a Certified Employee Retention Specialists (CERS).  

James was a past board member of TAS (Texas Association of Staffing) and was a past-President of the Board for TAPC and is also a board member of the National Association of Computer Consulting Businesses (NACCB).  He is a former president of the Houston chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and a founding member of the Open Door Education Foundation which provides scholarships to IT students.  In 2006, he was awarded the TAPC community service award for his commitment to the community and charitable contributions.

As part of his commitment to the advancement of IT training in Houston, James is a regular speaker at various colleges/universities, trade groups, and job ministries, and he is often quoted as a subject matter expert for the IT staffing industry.  Additionally, James serves on the advisory board of the technology departments at the University of Houston-Downtown, Westwood College, and ITT Technical Institute.




Michael Del Monte
Staffing Specialist
Michael joined JDA Professional Services in 2011. Currently, he is attending University of Houston to advance his study in both Economics and business finance. While working at JDA, Michael has developed his knowledge in business and the role of the IT department. Along with being a full-time student and a part-time employee, Michael also maintains a high reputation in the local music scene as a freelance percussionist.




Erika Strom, PHR - Human Resources Manager
A member of the JDA family since September 2002, Erika brought with her a wide array of valuable skills to include, her former service in the United States Air Force in addition to her work in the civilian records division of the Spokane, Washington Police Department.

With the combined experience of over 23 years in office administration and human resources, Erika handles a variety of responsibilities at JDA to include but not limited to, the design, plans, and implementation of HR programs and policies, the recruitment and training of employees, and reviewing and recommending resumes for future hire all while supervising a group of human resources and administrative professionals.

In addition, Erika is involved in the Houston Chapter of the "Warriors 4 Life" program with the Lone Star Veterans Association and is a member of HR Houston, which is a non-profit professional organization, dedicated to the advancement of human resource management.





Alan Ecton - Accountant
Alan joined the JDA family in 2006 as Accounting/Finance Manager.  Prior to joining JDA, Alan worked for 24 years as a CPA for Houston Industries (Reliant Energy) in addition to 5 years as a high school teacher.  



Beth Moran - Research Assistant
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Beth joined JDA in 2003.  As the lead researcher, she helps the Practice Leads in finding qualified candidates for their clients. Our practices consist of: Executive, Oracle, SAP, Business Intelligence, Infrastructure, Software Programming (sharepoint, .net, etc), and the many varied positions that fill these practices.


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