Meet Our Talented & Experienced Team
Debbie Peoples Little, CPC, CTSCEO and Founder
Heinz Little, CPA, CTSPresident and Treasurer
Quintin Williams, MBA, CTSChief Operating Officer
Kristen Gruskos, CTSVice President
Rolando Valle, CDMP, CPC, CTSVice President
Juan Rivera, CTSDirector of Finance
Debbie Peoples Little, CPC, CTS
CEO and Founder
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
As the visionary force behind Debbie’s Staffing Services, Debbie Peoples Little, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, embodies a legacy of entrepreneurial excellence that spans almost four decades. With a foundation rooted in an unyielding commitment to customer service and innovation, she has steered the company to unprecedented heights since its inception in 1986.
Debbie Little, born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC, embarked on her journey of founding Debbie’s Temps, now operating as Debbie’s Staffing Services, with the unwavering support of her parents, establishing an enduring testament to her indomitable spirit and determination. Her graduation from Forsyth Technical Institute in 1971, and her 16 years of experience in the Search and Temporary Staffing industry, laid the groundwork for a storied career, characterized by remarkable achievements and a relentless pursuit of knowledge.
Throughout her illustrious career, Debbie has amassed impressive professional designations, a testament to her ceaseless dedication to honing her craft and mastering her industry. As a member of the National Association of Personnel Services, she received her Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) certification in 1978. Her expertise and leadership resonated on a broader scale, as she served in pivotal roles on the Board of Directors for the State and National NAPS, shaping the very landscape of her field. Debbie chaired the committee which wrote and established the Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS) exam and was honored to be the first to receive the designation in the United States. She was recognized by the NC Association of Personnel Services as an Outstanding Achievement Counselor. She also contributed to her community by serving as a Board member for the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Wake Forest University Athletics Board of Directors.
Her role as CEO encompasses multifaceted responsibilities that extend far beyond the traditional confines of corporate leadership. Debbie is a visionary architect, shaping the company's overarching strategy and steering it towards uncharted territories. Her ability to identify emerging trends, seize untapped opportunities, and drive calculated risks has been instrumental in propelling Debbie’s Staffing to the forefront of the staffing industry.
At the heart of her leadership lies a steadfast commitment to fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration. Debbie understands that a company's greatest asset is its people, and she has cultivated an environment where creativity flourishes and diverse perspectives converge. She fosters and welcomes an atmosphere of trust, enabling employees at all levels to contribute their best ideas and collectively drive the company's success.
Under Debbie Little’s leadership, Debbie’s Staffing has not only weathered industry shifts but has thrived, carving a niche for itself as a trailblazer and trendsetter. Her unwavering commitment to excellence, coupled with her ability to forge connections and foster growth, cements her legacy as a pioneer and stalwart presence in the business world.
Beyond the boardroom, Debbie finds inspiration in a myriad of interests that mirror her dynamic persona. An avid golfer, bocce ball enthusiast, and bridge aficionado, she understands the importance of balance and strategy, both on the green and in business. Her nurturing spirit extends to her garden, where she cultivates vibrant blooms and flourishing landscapes, a reflection of her ability to foster growth and innovation in all aspects of life.
Debbie’s love of travel has led her to explore the far corners of the globe, igniting her passion for diverse cultures and experiences. As an ardent Wake Forest and Carolina Panther football fan, she wholeheartedly embraces the camaraderie and competition that the sport embodies, paralleling the tenacity and teamwork she instills within her own company.
Debbie’s journey is one of relentless pursuit, orchestrated through dedication, innovation, and an unyielding belief in the power of possibility. As Debbie’s Staffing Services continues to shape industries and inspire generations, her legacy as Founder and CEO remains an enduring testament to the transformative impact of ambition, resilience, and a boundless passion for both business and life.
Heinz Little, CPA, CTS
President and Treasurer
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
A transformative leader and financial strategist, Heinz Little personifies a remarkable journey of dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment. Our President and Treasurer, Heinz brought to Debbie’s Staffing Services an unparalleled wealth of expertise and a profound commitment to charting the course for both individual staff development and corporate success. His influence touches every facet of our company, propelling us toward new heights of achievement and distinction.
Hailing from Brandenburg, Germany, Heinz arrived in the United States in 1957 and embarked on a relentless pursuit of knowledge and achievement. He solidified that knowledge at the University of South Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1967. Armed with a formidable education, he ventured into the dynamic realms of finance and management.
Heinz Little's professional chronicle is marked by a distinguished legacy in the world of accounting. His tenure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Senior Partner with esteemed accounting firms D.E. Gatewood and Co. and Touche Ross and Co., is a testament to his acumen in fiscal matters.
Beyond his professional achievements, Heinz is a dynamic force within the realm of community leadership. He has left an indelible mark on various boards, fostering growth and collaboration. He served on the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Board for four years, as well as the Junior Achievement Board for five years. Serving on the Board of the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) for four years underscores his commitment to advancing excellence in sales and professional relationships.
Heinz dedicated two years to the role of Wake Forest University Deacon Club President, further solidifying his commitment to nurturing community bonds. His five-year tenure as a Deacon Club Board member reflects his desire to contribute to the growth and vitality of the organizations he serves. Heinz also contributed to spreading knowledge in the local business community by hosting the “How to Friday” radio show for WSJS for 10 years.
Outside the corridors of business, Heinz thrives on an eclectic blend of interests. A sports enthusiast, he revels in the thrill of competition and camaraderie that sports provide and in support of this, he served on the Winston-Salem Sportsman Club for four years. The art of travel is another of his passions, enriching his perspective and infusing his leadership style with a global sensibility. He enjoys the pursuit of wine collecting, which is a testament to his discerning taste and appreciation for craftsmanship.
A devoted supporter of both Wake Forest University and the Carolina Panthers, Heinz is a fervent advocate of his beloved teams, reflecting his unwavering commitment to excellence in every arena.
Heinz Little's journey from Brandenburg to his pivotal role at Debbie’s Staffing Services is a saga of resilience, intellect, and boundless devotion. His leadership as our President ignites inspiration, as Treasurer his financial prowess navigates complexities, and his community involvement weaves the fabric of unity. He is more than a leader; he is an architect of progress and prosperity, and an example of unwavering dedication.
Quintin Williams, MBA, CTS
Chief Operating Officer
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Quintin Williams, a seasoned and accomplished executive, serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Debbie's Staffing Services. With an unwavering commitment to operational excellence and a remarkable career spanning over a decade, Quintin has established an impressive legacy within our organization.
With a career trajectory marked by progressive leadership roles, Quintin brings a wealth of experience to the table. Having excelled in his current position as COO for two and half years, he has previously held key titles including a two-year tenure as Executive Vice President, seven years as Vice President, and two years as Vice President of IT and Training. His journey at Debbie's Staffing commenced with five years as the Corporate Training and Development Manager, a role that underlines his dedication to nurturing growth and fostering a culture of continuous learning.
Education has been a cornerstone of Quintin's professional journey. Hailing from Rosewood, NC, Quintin began his education at Wake Forest University where he attained his Bachelor's Degree in 2004. He continued at High Point University, where he earned his MBA in 2011. His commitment to advancing his knowledge is underscored by his completion of a Strategic Innovation and Leadership Certificate from the Wake Forest University School of Business. Further solidifying his expertise, Quintin is a Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS).
Throughout his distinguished career, Quintin has garnered recognition for his exceptional contributions. Notably, he was honored as one of the Triad Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Award recipients in 2022 and made contributions to the publication "Cloud Computing: The Perfect Storm" by The Society of Business, Industry, and Economics.
Beyond the boardroom, Quintin's life journey has been characterized by unique experiences. He spent a transformative month living in Spain and pursued a career as a professional football player. It is his unparalleled drive that fuels his passion for his role, ensuring that he consistently delivers excellence.
Quintin is driven to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. He finds immense pride in being part of an organization that helps individuals secure meaningful employment, empowering them to provide for their families and contribute to their communities. Drawing from his competitive spirit honed through years of engagement in sports, Quintin leads a dynamic team, propelling Debbie's Staffing toward its vision of being the premier staffing provider in each of our markets.
The journey ahead for Quintin is guided by a dual pursuit of personal and professional growth. He aspires to earn a Ph.D. in Organizational Development, elevate Debbie's Staffing into a 100 million-dollar-plus organization, and continue having a positive impact on people’s lives. His commitment extends to his active involvement in various volunteer roles, including Senior Academy, Forsyth County Public Schools, the Wake Forest University Hall of Fame Committee, and the Allegacy Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. Amidst his diverse interests such as martial arts and competition shooting, Quintin cherishes the moments spent traveling with his wife Mayra, two daughters Khloe and Alaia, and their beloved canine companion, Kona.
Having dedicated his entire professional career to Debbie's Staffing, Quintin Williams, COO, is a true embodiment of loyalty, dedication, and impact. He is armed with a global vision and embodies a leadership style that resonates with authenticity, resilience, and a profound commitment to making a positive mark.
Kristen Gruskos, CTS
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
With a career spanning over 25 years within the staffing industry, Kristen Gruskos brings a wealth of expertise to her role as Vice President at Debbie’s Staffing Services. Joining the company in September of 1998, Kristen embarked on a journey that has seen her take on various pivotal roles, each contributing to her comprehensive understanding of the staffing business landscape.
Having held positions ranging from Service Coordinator and Account Manager to Branch Manager, Regional Manager, Operations Manager, and Risk Manager, Kristen has consistently demonstrated a keen aptitude for fostering client relationships. Assuming the position of VP of Client Relations in 2012, Kristen has been a driving force in overseeing and guiding client relations and operational strategies for Debbie's Staffing’s branch locations.
At the forefront of Debbie’s Staffing’s commitment to delivering unparalleled service, Kristen has been instrumental in cultivating lasting partnerships with some of the company's largest accounts. Ensuring our motto of "Service First," she is dedicated to ensuring that clients not only receive top-tier solutions but also experience a collaborative approach that sets the foundation for sustained growth.
Over the course of her career, Kristen has spearheaded significant initiatives, providing clients with assistance on complex projects and strategic consultation on production operations. Her innovative client engagement strategies have not only driven customer loyalty but have also positioned Debbie’s Staffing as a trusted advisor to its clients. A validation of her efforts lies in the sentiment expressed by clients who attest that their success is intertwined with Debbie's Staffing and Kristen’s contributions.
As a testament to her commitment to excellence, Kristen holds the Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS) designation, reflecting her dedication to staying at the forefront of the staffing industry best practices and knowledge.
Born and raised in Pfafftown, NC, Kristen maintains strong ties to her community and currently resides in Lewisville, NC. Beyond her professional pursuits, she is an ardent host and entertainer, with a flair for floral design and a love for spending quality moments at the beach alongside her family.
Through her remarkable journey and unwavering dedication, Kristen continues to shape Debbie’s Staffing's client relations strategies and contribute to its ongoing success.
Rolando Valle, CDMP, CPC, CTS
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Rolando Valle is a seasoned executive with a proven track record of driving sales, marketing, and business development strategies to new heights. With over a decade of experience in the staffing industry, Rolando brings a wealth of expertise to his role as Vice President at Debbie's Staffing Services.
Rolando thrived in the position of Director of Sales and Marketing for the last six years, which encompassed driving the development and execution of sales and marketing strategies while leading and cultivating the company's marketing and sales team. Under his guidance, the company consistently achieves its annual sales and marketing goals. He seamlessly blends his extensive experience in the staffing industry with insights gained from his unconventional background, including his early years spent in Long Island, NY, and Davie County, NC. Beginning in early 2014, he spent almost four years as a Business Development Manager, playing a pivotal role in forging key client relationships and expanding Debbie's Staffing's market presence.
Before assuming his role at Debbie's Staffing, Rolando's journey through the staffing industry was marked by diverse and impactful roles that shaped his expertise and leadership style. His tenure as a Regional Operations Manager and On-Site Manager underscore his ability to drive operational excellence, foster client relationships, and lead teams to success. His strategic mindset and strong leadership were instrumental in developing cohesive teams that consistently met and exceeded goals.
Rolando's educational foundation is a cornerstone of his success. He currently pursues an MBA at Wake Forest University, enhancing his strategic management and leadership skills. He also earned a BSBA from Western Carolina University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. His commitment to continuous learning is evident through his certifications, including Certified Digital Marketing Professional (CDMP) from the Digital Marketing Institute, Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) from the National Association of Personnel Services, and Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS) from the same association. Additionally, he honed his skills with a Business Administration: Customer Service Certificate from Forsyth Technical Community College.
Rolando's outstanding contributions and leadership were acknowledged when he was named a recipient of the 2023 Winston Under 40 Leadership Award by Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. and the Winston Under 40 Professionals Program, a testament to his impactful presence in the business community.
Rolando's love for growing people into their potential, crafting strategic solutions, continuous learning, and forming meaningful connections with diverse individuals fuels his passion for what he does. His innate drive for service, leadership, and nurturing growth resonates throughout his professional and personal life.
His journey is marked not only by his professional achievements but also by his unwavering dedication to personal growth, well-being, and taking on new challenges. Rolando set his sights on various pursuits that encompass leadership development and networking at educational and professional events in order to engage with peers and gain industry insights. He prioritizes physical fitness, mindfulness, and embracing novel experiences. One of his undertakings is training for and completing a half marathon, a challenge that aligns perfectly with his penchant for setting and achieving ambitious goals.
Rolando's professional aspirations mirror his strategic mindset. He aims to foster team mentorship and growth through a mentorship program, launch a permanent placement division, and enhance sales and marketing synergy. He also seeks to increase client retention and acquisition and streamline operational efficiency. Rolando's commitment to strategic partnerships, staying ahead of industry trends, and nurturing company culture positions him as a dynamic and forward-thinking leader.
Rolando's journey is marked by unique experiences that set him apart. His years of coaching sports have greatly influenced his management style, instilling in him a strong sense of teamwork, motivation, and leadership. Aligned with his love of animals, including his three canine companions, his dedication to fostering and volunteering at Stepping Stones Canine Rescue reflects his compassionate nature and commitment to community well-being. Rolando also contributes to his community as a Winston Under 40 Advisory Board and Community Partner Liaison with the Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.
With a remarkable trajectory encompassing diverse roles, industry insights, and a passion for nurturing growth, Rolando stands as a driving force in the staffing and recruiting arena. His multifaceted approach, strategic acumen, and commitment to community engagement make him an invaluable asset to Debbie's Staffing Services and a beacon of inspiration in the business world.
Juan Rivera, CTS
Director of Finance
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Juan Rivera is the Director of Finance at Debbie’s Staffing Services. A consummate financial professional, Juan brings a relentless commitment to driving fiscal growth and operational efficiency to his role.
Having assumed the position of Director of Finance in February of 2023, Juan leads the company's financial planning initiatives and oversees the day-to-day management of finance, accounting, and payroll programs. This pivotal role demands a comprehensive understanding of financial dynamics, compliance with tax regulations, and the application of best accounting practices.
Juan's journey within Debbie’s Staffing began as an On-Site Payroll/Supervisor in 2008. Throughout the years, he held various positions, including Staffing Specialist and Staff Accountant. These roles allowed Juan to acquire an intricate knowledge of the company's operations, enhancing his ability to contribute effectively to his position today.
Educational pursuits have also been a cornerstone of Juan's professional growth. Currently working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting at Fayetteville State University, Juan has already obtained an Associate's Degree in Accounting from Forsyth Technical Community College. This combination of academic achievements and practical experience underscores his dedication to remaining at the forefront of financial expertise.
Juan's commitment and contributions have earned him several awards, including the Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS) designation, and the 2022 Debbie’s Staffing Service Award, which reflects his dedication to the success of the company as well as his fellow team members.
Juan's journey to a finance career has been unconventional. Originating from a childhood dream of working in banking, his path took unexpected turns that eventually led to his current role. This unique perspective fuels Juan's passion for financial management, as well as his drive to continuously excel.
Professionally, Juan's ambitions include achieving the role of Vice President of Finance, a goal he has diligently pursued since joining the company. On a personal level, he is dedicated to ensuring his children’s formal education, as well as sharing his upbringing by taking them to visit his hometown of Los Llanitos, San Miguel, El Salvador.
Beyond his professional commitments, Juan is an ardent soccer player and enthusiast. Moreover, his commitment to family is evident in his cherished weekly tradition of watching movies together.
As Director of Finance at Debbie’s Staffing, Juan is resolute in his pursuit of financial excellence, operational efficiency, and strategic growth. His unique journey, unwavering dedication, and exceptional leadership continue to inspire those within the organization and in Juan's personal aspirations.