Who We Are

Tulsa: (918) 836-1900

Houston: (713) 715-5900

Rowland Staff

The Rowland staff is a diverse group of industry leaders who are well-respected among businesses from around the globe. Our team is comprised of Engineers, CPAs, Human Resource, MBAs, Business, CSP certified and Technical professionals that understand the importance of hiring people — the right people. According to the American Staffing Association, the staffing industry has a 50% turnover ratio. At The Rowland Group, we are proud of our low turnover rate and the tenure of our team.

Tenure of The Rowland Group Management Team

  • In the staffing industry: 17 years (average)
  • At The Rowland Group: 10 years (average)
  • Combined total tenure in the staffing industry: 170 years
Tulsa's Best Places to Work Employees' Choice Awards

Our Executive Team

Debbie RowlandCo-founder

Debbie has more than 30 years of experience in the staffing industry. Prior to co-founding The Rowland Group, she held positions of increasing responsibility with two international staffing organizations, where her production ranking was consistently in the top 10 nationally as both a producer and manager. Debbie transitioned from a top producer to a world class manager, trainer, and staffing industry executive. Her ability to identify, develop, and motivate people to succeed is the key to the company’s extraordinary growth. Under Debbie’s guidance, The Rowland Group has grown from a two-person, single discipline operation to a diversified, multi-million dollar company with offices in Tulsa and Houston.

Don RowlandCo-founder

A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Don has spent his entire professional career in the staffing industry. Prior to founding The Rowland Group, he was the Oklahoma Regional President for the world’s largest specialized staffing firm. At that time, he was the youngest individual to hold that position in the 43-year history of the firm. During his tenure there, he was involved in negotiating and servicing business for both permanent and contract placement work at all levels. Don founded The Rowland Group in May of 1994 and began establishing the company’s reputation for excellence, servicing clientele on both domestic and international staffing projects in the engineering field. As the company has grown, Don’s role has evolved to focus on developing and improving the infrastructure of the company as well as working with the Rowland management team to identify and accomplish the goals of the company.

Lynn FlinnPresident, Managing Partner, CPA

An Oklahoma native, Lynn started her career in public accounting and transitioned into the position of controller in the banking and publishing industries before entering the staffing world. Lynn served as the regional VP in the staffing industry prior to joining The Rowland Group in 2006.

Under Lynn’s leadership, The Rowland Group was named “Tulsa’s Best Places to Work” 6 years in a row and won a national 2017 CARE award from the American Staffing Association for their community service. 

Lynn founded the Tulsa chapter of the Oklahoma Business Ethics’ Consortium. The Consortium’s mission is to promote Oklahoma as a state that values ethics in business. Lynn also serves on the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Small Business Advisory Board as well as facilitates peer advisory groups for women business owners and executives and previously served as the past president on the Leadership Tulsa board.

Lynn was most recently a finalist for the 2017 Tulsa Small Business Person of the Year by the Tulsa Small Business Connection, a 2015 finalist for Journal Record Woman of the Year, the 2011 Woman of Distinction award winner from the Tulsa Business Journal, the 2011 Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO’s from the Journal Record, the 2007 Outstanding CPA in Business & Industry from the OSCPA and the 2006 Oklahoma Woman in Business Champion, presented by U.S. Small Business Administration.

James Partner & Executive Vice President

James Kelley, a transplant to Tulsa from Dallas, started his career in the staffing industry after earning a degree in finance from The University of Tulsa. Before accepting an EVP & Partner role, he served as the Director of Accounting & Finance Services for The Rowland Group. Throughout the span of his career in staffing, he has specialized in accounting, information technology and engineering. James currently serves on the board of the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium and the Rebuilding Together Tulsa board. In addition to being involved in various organizations around Tulsa, he is on the membership committee of Friends of Finance. He is passionate about helping companies grow to reach their full potential, and firmly believes that having the right staff in place plays an essential role in making that happen. Before moving into a management role while at The Rowland Group, James was recognized in 2010 and 2011 as “Recruiter of the Year” for his dedication, strong work ethic and distinctive ability to help clients grow their businesses.

Partner & President of Houston Operations

Since joining The Rowland Group in 2011, Clay Landrum has overseen multiple divisions for the firm including Finance & Accounting, IT and Engineering in the Oklahoma and Texas markets. Prior to The Rowland Group, Clay held various roles of increasing responsibility for the world’s largest staffing firm where he was involved in the Finance & Accounting and IT divisions for the company. Clay has a passion for helping people succeed in their career search and was named the Advisory Board Member of the Year for an Oklahoma Technical School based on his work developing interviewing curriculum for their Student Outreach Department.  Clay attended Oklahoma State University and is very active in the local community where he has served in various organizations across Houston and is an active volunteer for organizations such as the Houston Food Bank, Katy Youth Football and Rebuilding Together.

Chrisie BedsworthPartner, Director of Engineering Services

An Oklahoma native, Chrisie has more than 25 years of experience in recruiting, human resources and management. Prior to joining The Rowland Group, she worked in the engineering industry as a Recruiting Manager and Human Resources Manager. There she successfully scouted talent for professional engineers, project managers, architects, designers and drafters in various disciplines. She joined the Rowland team in 1998 to focus on our engineering services. Today she leads a team of experienced recruiters who specialize in engineering related recruitment and continues to obtain great personal satisfaction merging talent with opportunity.

Ron LaManquePartner, Corporate Director of Business Development and Energy Services

Ron uses his 20+ years of energy related technical sales to help clients match the right candidate with the right position. In addition, Ron has 15 years of technical search expertise in energy related markets, giving him a competitive edge in the technical area. Ron holds Bachelors Degrees in Geology and Civil/Environmental Engineering, as well as Masters Degrees in Geological and Petroleum Engineering.

Our Core Values

Integrity

We value truth, honesty, and respect others in all aspects of business.

Performance

We know there is no substitute for outstanding performance. We continually seek ways to reward excellence.

Quality

We understand that our customers define quality, and we strive to consistently meet their expectations.

OK Ethics Honored Member 2015
Member, American Staffing Association