With over 20 years of experience in the staffing and recruiting industry, our leaders understand key business drivers relating to talent acquisition and operational efficiencies allowing us to deliver talent on time, on budget and on demand.

Tim Chapman

Tim Chapman is the Founder and CEO of TangoAlpha3.  

Under Tim’s leadership, TA3 is the evolution and successor to NorCal Staffing Group which was established in Silicon Valley in 2015.  Created to streamline the talent acquisition process and emphasize the value of the contingent workforce on the individual level, NCSG employed innovative technology solutions that enabled a higher degree of interaction between the candidate/employee and staffing firm resulting in an elevated engagement model, location agnostic deployment process and quicker time to fill periods for clients.  TA3 is a culmination of years of experience in delivering talent acquisition services in three primary strategies:  Traditional Staffing, Managed Services and Recruitment Process Outsourcing.

Tim began his career as a recruiter in 1997 and prior to starting NorCal Staffing Group served as an executive in the talent acquisition industry since 2009.  He has managed teams supporting all functions within the staffing/recruiting industry and led successful programs creating exponential growth and employee satisfaction.

In his spare time, Tim enjoys tennis, golfing, fishing, and spending time with his wife, Mary, and their sons, Jack and Michael in Austin, TX.

Tim attended the University of Houston where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics and is a veteran of the US Army.

Drew McDanald

Drew McDanald is Managing Partner and President of TangoAlpha3.  

Drew joined NorCal Staffing Group in the summer of 2016 and was named President a year later. Drew has led TA3‘s entry into federal talent acquisition and runs both Business Development and Service Delivery. His core achievement is the implementation of an agile talent acquisition system that allows TA3 to deliver cleared IT human capital across geographically dispersed enterprises in a timely and cost effective fashion.

Drew began his career as a recruiter in 1998 and has led Federal Business Development efforts for some of the world’s oldest and largest staffing companies, as well championed numerous programs to assist veterans in their transition into civilian careers.

In his spare time, Drew enjoys golfing, reading and spending time with his wife, Katie, their son, Ben, and twin daughters Abby and Courtney. Drew is also an avid Astros fan. 

Drew attended the Southwestern University where he earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Philosophy.

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Shanti Smith

Shanti joined the TA3 team in 2019 as a Talent Acquisition Specialist and quickly moved her way up to Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist. She takes the lead on the recruitment process and takes pride in doing her best for her candidates and clients to provide a first-class quality experience. Shanti loves helping others and seeing them succeed.

She is a graduate of Texas State University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Business. Shanti lives in Austin, TX with her Shih Tzu pup Titus, and loves playing piano & pickleball, while spending lots of time with her family.

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Landry Hand

Landry joined the team in 2019 as the HR and Operations Specialist for TangoAlpha3. During his time with the company, he has helped manage employee relations and miscellaneous operational responsibilities. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he majored in Business Management. He currently lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife Skyler. When he’s not busy with work, you can find him playing guitar or on the basketball court.
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Aspen Whitlock

Aspen joined the TA3 team in early 2020 as Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist. While his career as a recruiter is still in its early stages, he has quickly learned how to deliver top quality talent to support even the most complex and difficult requirements. Aspen believes that constant evaluation and adaptation are the key to success in any organization and executes on that belief on a daily basis.  Aspen lives in Austin, TX with his wife Mikaela and dog Hank where he enjoys playing music, hunting, and cooking in his spare time.

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