Our Team

Dallas Employment Services is made up of industry experts with you in mind. From the front desk to the back office, we work together to provide you search and recruiting solutions to help your business or your job search succeed. Contact us today to talk about how we can help you.


Ken Sutton CPC

Chief Executive Officer

I’ve been here since 1969, so you could say I’ve got some experience at this. At our company, big ideas go to me and through me every day. Outside of our company, I’m the president emeritus of the Metroplex Association of Personnel Consultants, and I’m the vice president of the Texas Association of Personnel Consultants.

As an Eagle Scout and former U.S. Army Green Beret, it’s no surprise that I’m an outdoorsman – in fact, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 1998! Here in the states, I enjoy cycling, swimming, mountain climbing, kayaking, motorcycle touring, learning, historic preservation, and volunteering at my Episcopal church.


Kristen Watson

Chief Operating Officer

I have been in the staffing industry for 16 years and have enjoyed putting many talented people to work while simultaneously helping many companies meet their business initiatives. The staffing industry is always exciting as each day brings new challenges and opportunities. I very much enjoy working with clients to help them design the best staffing plan in the most cost effective manner.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, cooking and dining out.


Liz Wilson

Chief Financial Officer

I began as the controller for DES in January 2011. The previous six years I was owner of a bookkeeping service company, of which DES was one of my clients. My background includes working with public accounting firms and a corporate benefits company, as well as working for 25 years in the automotive industry.

I enjoy reading, cooking, taking in a good concert every now and then, and attending exhibits at local museums and arts centers.


Dobbs Sutton

Senior Recruiter

I’m the jack of all trades when it comes to recruiting! I was born into the business; my parents started the company in 1965. I’ve done everything from accounting to being an office manager and recruiting.

I have two wonderful sons, Troy and Sebastian. In my spare time I like bike riding, cooking, gardening, and traveling. Things on my bucket list include: skydiving, visiting Costa Rica, touring Italy with my mom, and jumping off a waterfall.


Mackenzie Depferd

Operations Manager

I am a Ball State University graduate and former cheerleader. After completing my internship in Dallas, I knew this is where I wanted to begin my career. I have 5 years of experience in corporate operations and retail sales support in both team and management roles. DES shares my customer service focus, and excels at really listening to their clients and candidates. My creativity and enthusiasm have led to my success with developing and implementing best practices, new systems, and training programs at all levels.

I enjoy camping, cliff diving, reading, and learning new things. This year I took up yoga and joined a kickball team with my husband.


Jessica Peddicord

Director of Business Development

Originally from Canton, Ohio, I moved to Dallas 5 1/2 years ago and have never looked back. I love it here! Though I have used recruiting and management skills in my career for over 10 years, I have found my home at DES as the Staffing Manager in the Temporary Division. At DES, I have the opportunity to genuinely help others. I am able to help someone start a career and support themselves and/or their family, which is truly incredible to witness. In my spare time I enjoy live music, football games and spending time with loved ones.


Brianne Carpio

Senior Recruiter

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, I moved to Dallas after a trip when I immediately fell in love with the boundless opportunity and excitement the city has to offer. I got into the recruiting field after working in human resources for a number of years, realizing the recruitment aspect of HR was what I most enjoyed doing. I love connecting with people, learning about “their story”, and how it can be translated into pursuing career goals.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, staying physically active, and exploring the never ending attractions the DFW area has to offer.


Danielle Brown

Staffing Support Specialist

I am a Dallas native, graduating from the University of Houston with a B.A. in Business Administration. As a Recruiting Coordinator I love being able to identify and work with candidates to match them to our varied clientele needs. It is a rewarding opportunity working with the Senior Recruiters at DES and assisting people making their next career move – their best career move. In my spare time I spend time with family and friends, play sports and travel.


Ashley Johnson

Director of First Impressions

I am so excited to be the Director of First Impressions for DES. I am passionate about helping others and always have been. I am excited to begin my new path with this amazing team to help people in a new way. I love to learn. I love to laugh. I love to learn about and laugh with new people. Life’s a garden, dig it. I take tremendous pleasure making others smile. I love being responsible for making our candidate’s first impression a pleasant and memorable one.

In my spare time, I enjoy taking in a retro swing/jazz show with a local orchestra and I am quite fond of accordions. I also love bowling, stand-up comedy and I am a bit of a roller-coaster enthusiast.


Briana Pieve

Recruiting Coordinator/Account Executive

I am native to the Big Apple, and recently moved to Dallas in search of the career of my dreams. I’m extremely excited to begin my journey with DES as the Recruiting Coordinator/Account Executive. I have been in sales for 3 years, I love having a product to sell that 100% helps individuals improve their lifestyles. My strongest quality that has served me so far in life and work, is the ability to listen thoroughly to people. I’ve learned that listening and understanding goes a very long way when building new relationships.

In my free time, I enjoy training in Martial Arts. I have achieved a purple belt in Judo and a blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu. I have also taken up Boxing. What can I say, a girl should know how to defend herself.


Eric Kardas

Business Development Manager

I am a proud son of Poughkeepsie, New York and a graduate of Vassar College. My wife and I moved here several years ago and I can’t imagine living anywhere else! While new to recruiting, I have an extensive nonprofit development background and I am excited to bring my unique skillset and enthusiasm to the DES team.

Business development is about much more than selling our services or closing contracts – I am here to build lasting, productive relationships between DES and the greater DFW business community. I am continually inspired by my DES colleagues and I am genuinely excited to bring their recruiting talents to bear in helping area businesses with their staffing needs. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, hiking and camping, and playing kubb.


Tania Zapata

Staffing Manager - Temporary Division

Born in the northern region of Mexico, in the state of Coahuila, my family and I relocated to Dallas, Texas over fifteen years ago.Having been in the customer service industry for almost ten years, I recently transitioned to my new position as the Staffing Manager for the Temporary Division Department at DES. I am glad to have found DES, a company that truly has a passion for helping hard working individuals.

In my spare time, I volunteer at my church in the children’s ministry, enjoy listening to country music and have been crocheting for over a year now. I absolutely love going to baseball games, Texas Rangers are my favorite baseball team, go Rangers!