Founder and CEO
Rocky Hartman is the founder of HardHat Workforce Solutions, LLC. He received his BA in Business Administration from Florida International University while working part-time with United Parcel Service (UPS). After graduation, he accepted a full-time position with UPS and quickly rose through the ranks. During his successful 15-year career with UPS, he spent time as both an Operation and Engineering Manager. In order to hone his sales skills, he accepted a position in 1995 as Director of National Accounts with Brayton International (a division of Steelcase), a large furniture manufacturer. He started his career in the construction staffing industry in 1997 as a General Manager, where he was also responsible for opening several offices throughout the country.
Rocky founded HardHat Workforce Solutions, LLC in 2002 with a corporate philosophy and vision of delivering flexible solutions to customers with an unwavering commitment to service. He utilized his strong management background to develop the finest, most tenured team in the industry. His leadership and passion for serving the industry is raising the bar in areas of training, safety, innovation, emerging market opportunities, and service excellence.
Rocky is active in various local and state organizations and charitable endeavors. He has held several key committee positions in the areas of apprenticeship programs and business initiatives, and he can often be found in the state capital meeting with lawmakers concerning key legislative issues facing the industry.
Senior Vice President
Marc joined HardHat Workforce Solutions in 2003, when the company was just beginning operations. He was quickly promoted to Regional manager, where his mission was to grow HardHat throughout North Carolina, opening new markets for the company in Charlotte and Raleigh. He was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2007, managing company processes like risk management, human resources, and safety. Marc was named Senior Vice President in 2012, where his leadership and attention to detail continues to grow the company, maintaining its high standards as the industry leader in the workplace staffing field.
Over the past several years, Marc has expanded HardHat’s business throughout the mid-Atlantic. Marc works tirelessly for positive growth in the staffing and construction industry through apprenticeship programs and safety training for all personnel. He has held board seats with local organizations and associations like the Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC) Government Affairs committee. Marc is a proud graduate of Appalachian State University.
Regional Vice President
Eric graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Belmont Abbey College in 2002. Returning to his home in South Florida, he began selling concrete for one of the largest manufacturers in the country.
In the fall of 2005, he returned to Charlotte and started working with HardHat in a sales role. In the Charlotte office’s infancy, he was afforded the opportunity to learn many of the different roles in the HardHat office. After helping to develop that office into a position of market leadership, Eric was promoted to General Manager, where his main focus was not only to continue to expand the business but also nurture the talent around him. After just two years in this role, the business in Charlotte doubled, and Eric had groomed several people in Charlotte to move into management roles in the company.
Eric is now Regional Vice President, where he has the task of continuing to develop the Charlotte office and oversees the continuing growth of the Greenville and Charleston branches. His newest challange is the opening and development of our Columbia, South Carolina office. Eric is a member of the Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC) and serves on the Apprenticeship Committee of that organization.
James brings 15 years of construction labor consultation and placement experience to growing the existing client base for all HardHat locations. He identifies potential contingency needs outside of the normal servicing jurisdiction and provides the service, dependability, and stringent hiring practices that clients expect. Under his direction, when a need for workers is established, James and his team identify qualified potential workers in the respective trade(s), bringing only the best, most qualified workers to the attention of clients. James also works closely with new and existing corporate companies to identify and engage in similar opportunities. He holds degrees from North Carolina State University and East Carolina University and is involved with several contractor and subcontractor associations. James is a member of the Association of Builders and Contractors of North Carolina.
Greensboro General Manager
Mike has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years and joined the HardHat team in 2004. He started in the 1980s as an electrician’s helper, building high-rise condominiums in Myrtle Beach, SC. He then worked as an electrician for nearly 15 years on various commercial, industrial and residential new construction and service projects in the Carolinas. In the mid 1990s, Mike decided to make a career change and began working in sales and customer service in the insurance industry. During this time he received a tremendous amount of sales and service training which eventually led to a position in the construction staffing industry. During his years in staffing, Mike has worked as a Field Sales Representative, Recruiter, Operations Manager, and now General Manager and Safety Trainer. In 2010 Mike completed the OTI #500 Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for Construction from the U.S. Department of Labor and currently teaches the 10 Hour and 30 Hour OSHA Safety Course for the Greensboro Branch. With his first-hand knowledge from being in the field as an electrician, he brings a unique perspective to safety training with real-world examples of hazard recognition from the eyes of the worker.
Don started his career with HardHat in 2005 as the Raleigh manager and is currently the Director of the Solar Division for HardHat Workforce Solutions, where he oversees the growth and safety for this division. Don has worked for 19 years in the staffing industry, which has taught him that customer responsiveness and employee retention are the keys to a successful business. He understands that safety is the number one priority for HardHat, so he inspects each jobsite and offers insight into keeping employees safe. Don adheres to the United States Marine Corps creed: “No Man is Left Behind,” which guides his dedication to the safety of all HardHat employees. Don is an OSHA 500 Authorized Construction Trainer, teaching the 10 Hour and 30 Hour OSHA classes. He believes that solar power is part of North Carolina’s future, so he is involved with the North Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance.
Greenville General Manager
Kevin Buchanan joined the HardHat team in 2011, when he was asked to spearhead the development of the Greenville office of HardHat Workforce Solutions. His background in marketing and sales quickly set the footprint for HardHat to be one of the area’s top construction staffing agencies in this region.
In his current role as General Manager, Kevin oversees all facets of the Greenville office. His primary focus is building value-added relationships that are not only beneficial for our clients, but also for our employees. Kevin graduated from Clemson University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.
Charlotte General Manager
Tommy Di Maio graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Belmont Abbey College in 2001. Returning to his home in Washington DC, he began working for a commercial landscape contractor with positions as senior estimator, project manager and business developer. In 2008, he returned to Charlotte to help the development of a start-up branch of the business.
In June of 2011, he started working with HardHat in a sales role. He established relationships with foremen, superintendents, project managers, and owners, making him the first contact and first line of defense with clients. He was also involved in managing the workforce under his customers, which could range from 50-150 field personnel.
Tommy was promoted to general manager of HardHat in May of 2016, where his main focus is to not only continue expanding the business but also managing and growing the office staff. He is involved in the hiring process of field personnel, safety, analyzing and interpreting financial reports, and most importantly, ensuring customer satisfaction. Tommy is a member of the Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC) and serves on the Apprenticeship Committee of that organization.
Administrative Development Manager
Beverley Grimsley joined HardHat Workforce Solutions in 2011 as the Corporate Payroll Specialist and was promoted to Administrative Development Manager in January 2015. As Administrative Development Manager, her responsibilities encompass implementation and management of Human Resources and Payroll/Billing databases, general administrative training, and developing new and improved administrative processes to better serve the company’s customers and workforce.
Beverley’s goal is to ensure that the administrative processes flow smoothly and are executed in the most efficient way that best supports the company’s objectives and its customers.
Prior to joining HardHat, Beverley worked for 12 years as a Payroll Supervisor and Payroll Specialist for two large national companies.