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Experts in Human Capital

ACS Firm is headquartered in Chicago, IL and is represented throughout the United States.
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Eric Mercado

Eric founded ACS Firm with the vision of offering a fresh management consulting experience to the aviation, transportation, and government industries. His experience spans municipal government, general aviation airports, commercial service airports, and private business. He has managed organizations and their operations, administration and teams and truly has a passion for inclusion and elevating the organizations he works with for future success.


Eric earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). He is currently working toward a Master of Business Administration in Human Resource Management from Fitchburg State University and has completed several courses in talent acquisition from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He achieved the Certified Member (C.M.) and Airport Certified Employee (ACE) – Operations & ACE Security statuses through the American Association of Airport Executives, is licensed as a Private Pilot and is certified in the Hogan Personality Assessment and is a Certified Facilitator in Civil Treatment and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.

Executive Operations & Government
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Ken Greene, MBA

As an ACS team member, Ken brings in-depth knowledge of corporate and public operations, diversity and inclusion programs, people and strategy to each of the clients he works with.

Employer Branding Specialist
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Sam Berliner

An award-winning creative director, Sam contributes over 15 years of experience to ACS Firm. Holding a BFA in Communications Design, she applies her expertise to transform client information into visually compelling and effective communications.

Strategy & Alignment
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Shameka Jones, MPM, PMP, CSM

Shameka Jones is a seasoned strategic management professional with nearly 20 years of progressive experience. She compliments ACS Firm’s offerings with her strategic visioning and strong project management skills.

HR Specialist

Laurie Grenya, SPHR, CPC

Laurie Grenya has over 20 years of human resources experience in the public sector. Laurie has extensive knowledge and understanding of compensation work and Human Resource management for all sizes and types of government agencies.

Employer Marketing Specialist
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Dena DeRose, Google Certified

Bringing over 20 years of marketing strategy and media experience to ACS Firm, Dena DeRose leverages her extensive knowledge to effectively market to both businesses and candidates. She holds several Google Certifications focusing on marketing and analytics.

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