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Phone: (515) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address: W. Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Portico Staffing
2910 Westown Parkway Suite 106
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
United States

Company Description: Portico Staffing offers health care, life insurance, dental and a short term disability program for our employees. This program is from Transamerica Life Insurance...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • University of Iowa
26 Total References
Web References
Our Team | Portico Staffing | Des Moines Employment | Des Moines Job Openings | Jobs in Des Moines | Des Moines Staffing Solutions | Employment in Des Moines Iowa, 24 Dec 2013 [cached]
Katie Roth Katie is the owner of Portico Staffing and opened the doors in 2005. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management and also serves on the Board of Homesteaders Life Company. Katie was a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2001 and was the Area Director for a national temporary help company for ten years. Prior to opening her own firm, she was a partner at Merit Resources in Urbandale. She is also a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) by the National Association of Personnel Services.
Homesteaders Life Company: Board of Directors, pre-need funeral insurance funding provider, family, West Des Moines, IA, 23 Oct 2013 [cached]
Front row left to right: Katie Roth and Dave Watson)
Katie is the President of an employment services company, PorticoHR and is professionally certified by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Katie was elected to the Board of Directors in 2003. Current term February 2013-February 2018.
Katie Roth to Share Insights on ..., 17 April 2013 [cached]
Katie Roth to Share Insights on Hiring and Retention in a Shrinking Labor Pool
"We've got this huge labor shortage coming down the pipe, it was looming before the recession, and it's back on the track and headed right for us and that is going to create serious issues for hiring in the not so distant future," observes Katie Roth, Owner and President of PorticoHR, a West Des Moines employment placement agency. "It will make it all that much more crucial to find the right person and retain them." Roth, certified by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, brings nearly three decades experience in hiring and recruitment to the podium when she addresses these issues at the April edition of the Business Innovation Zone. Discussing some common mistakes she has witnessed over the years as well as some tips on finding and retaining the right people will be the core component of her talk. "From hiring on instinct, or failing to ask the right questions to not having good job descriptions or putting the right person in the wrong job, there are a number of traps companies tend to fall into," explains Roth of errors that often lead to going through the whole process again when the hire does not work out. Additionally, knowing how and where to look for the right person is a critical component to successful hiring in a shrinking labor pool she contends, "I'm fond of telling people that the person you are looking for is very probably not looking for you." "The other big issue that ties directly to this challenge is employee retention, after you have found the person who wasn't looking for you, how do you keep them," she says of another issue on which she intends to share insights. Citing a recent article in Success Magazine she shares that younger professionals tend to determine their long-term prospects with a company on the first day. She plans to share several activities that will enhance the probability of retaining good employees if executed early in their tenure. The keys to retention have changed somewhat with the changing workforce demographics and Roth admits that many of these retention steps are common sense, but the reality is businesses tend to ignore common sense in favor of long established ways of doing things. "For instance," she cites, "ninety-nine percent of companies start new employees on Monday, despite the fact that Monday morning is the worst time to introduce a new person into the workplace." This former Vice President and shareholder of Merit Resources and one time regional finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year award sponsored by Ernst & Young, welcomes Human Resource professionals from large business concerns as well as fellow entrepreneurs to the presentation and encourages them to come with questions. "Hiring good people is like looking for a needle in a haystack," she remarks, "hopefully I can help people know where to look, and how to hold onto it when they find it."
DMPCC Contact Us Page, 17 Mar 2013 [cached]
Katie Roth, PorticoHR
Who is PorticoHR, 6 Dec 2012 [cached]
Katie Roth PorticoHR opened in January of 2005 by Katie Roth, SPHR. The company was first known as @WORK Personnel Services.
Katie featured in the October 2009 issue of Women's Edition Magazine!
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Katie has a long and distinguished career in the staffing industry including over ten years as an area manager for a national staffing firm.
Prior to opening PorticoHR, Katie was Vice President and a Partner of Merit Resources, Inc., a Professional Employer Organization located in Urbandale. She was a finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2001.
Katie is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Society of Human Resource Management. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa.
She is active in the community serving on the Board of Homesteaders Life Co., a volunteer for the Greater Des Moines Partnership; and serves on the Program Committee for the Central Iowa Society for Human Resource Management. She serves on the State SHRM Council as Director of Professional Development. Katie is past President of the Rotary Club of West Des Moines, past Board member of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, and has served on various non-profit boards.
Katie is a contributing author to "How Business Gets Done - Words of Wisdom by Central Iowa Experts" published by the Business Innovation Zone (
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