Brightstar Care Hires Russ Nykaza as New Vice President of Talent Management

BrightStar Care, a national private duty home care and medical staffing franchise with over 340 locations, announces Russ Nykaza as the company’s new Vice President of Talent Management. As the former Vice President of Human Resources at ATI Physical Therapy, Russ joins BrightStar Care with more than 25 years of experience in the Human Resources field and has a proven track record of driving brand growth through retention and recruitment efforts.

In his new role at BrightStar Care, Russ will continue to drive the brand forward as a leader in the home care space and as an employer of choice. As the Vice President of Talent Management, he will ensure that franchisees are receiving the support they need when it comes to recruiting and retaining their staff members. Russ will forge new relationships that provide franchisees the opportunity to share their stories as business owners while providing transparency on programs and strategies that will benefit the brand’s overarching goals. He will also develop strategies on a regional level to help franchisees succeed within their local market. BrightStar Care is committed to providing the highest quality of care, and it all starts with hiring and retaining the best caregivers and nurses who are dedicated to excellence.

“We are honored to welcome Russ to the BrightStar Care family. As a brand, we always set our sights on leaders that hold a strategic vision for our company’s recruitment needs. I’m confident Russ’ background in talent retention will be beneficial for our franchisees as we continue to grow and focus on our commitment to recruitment,” said Shelly Sun, CEO and founder of BrightStar Care. “With over 340 locations across the United States, he will hold an essential role in carrying BrightStar Care to the next level.”

“This past year has shown us that home care will continue to be on the rise as families are thinking of long-term options more than ever before,” said Russ Nykaza. “I am looking forward to utilizing my experience in helping BrightStar Care reach new levels of excellence and build meaningful relationships with the wonderful BrightStar Care franchisees.”

Prior to working at ATI, Russ spent 10 years at US Cellular, where he headed the talent solutions team of a company with 4.7 million customers in 426 markets and 24 states. Russ will be a true asset to BrightStar Care as the brand’s focus on recruitment continues to evolve. 

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