StratEx Awarded Chicago’s 2016 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®


Chicago-based Human Resources Consulting Firm Recognized for Exceptional Workplace Culture For Second Consecutive Year

CHICAGO – June 23, 2016 – StratEx, a Chicago-based provider of human resources software and service, has been recognized as one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in Chicago by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). This marks the second year StratEx has won the award.

Chicago101BBlogo4cWwtype-139x300“Our employees are at the core of everything we do,” said Adam Ochstein, Founder and CEO of StratEx. “It’s an honor to be recognized for the culture we have created, and it is truly a testament to all of our hard-working and passionate employees.”

The award, which is sponsored by the NABR, recognizes companies that use an innovative and thoughtful approach to human resources. Through a third-party research firm, companies are evaluated based on compensation and benefits, employee engagement and retention, employee development and training initiatives, work-life balance, community initiatives and corporate strategies.

The 2016 winners were divided into small, medium, and large business categories, StratEx being among the small business category.

“Companies that recognize that their employees are the key to their success achieve staying power,” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO of MBPA. “Our 2016 winners create their human resource standards to ensure employee satisfaction and they set standards for every business to aspire toward.”

The 2016 Best and Brightest awards ceremony was held on July 15, 2016 at the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge. For more information on the award, please visit

For more information on StratEx, please visit or contact Heather Youkhana at 312-496-6562 or


About StratEx

Founded in 2003, StratEx is a provider of human resources services and software, helping companies manage the entire employee lifecycle all online, through its proprietary software, eStratEx. From filing resumes and applications, to hiring and onboarding, to time-off requests and payroll processing, to termination, resignation or exit interviews, StratEx helps companies manage the processes so businesses can focus on employee relations StratEx has offices in Chicago, Orlando, NYC, Orange County, and Phoenix. For more information on StratEx, please visit, or call 312-216-2200.

Gretchen Van Vlymen Named 2016 Game Changer by Workforce Magazine

GameChangers_Logo_2Leading human resources and talent management publication, Workforce Magazine, recently announced its recognition of Gretchen Van Vlymen, Vice President of Account Management at StratEx, on its 2016 “Game Changers” list.

This prestigious award recognizes the top 25 innovative rising stars within the human resources industry for their positive impact on the present and future of the human resources profession.  Winners of this accolade are a diverse group representing some of the best human resources practitioners and strategists who are dedicated to pushing the profession forward with innovative people-management practices.

WF_0815_GameChangerLogo“It is incredibly humbling to be listed among this innovative group of professionals,” said Van Vlymen. “At StratEx, we are continually encouraged to seek out and implement cutting edge human resources strategy, and I’m lucky to work for a company that has empowered me to put these tactics into action for our clients.”

Workforce Magazine is a multimedia publication that covers the intersection of people management and business strategy. The content helps human resources professionals approach their jobs from a more strategic, big-picture, business-results perspective.

Van Vlymen joined StratEx as a Human Resources Account Manager in 2010. In her current role, she now oversees the delivery and execution of all human resources consulting and benefit administration services while managing overall client satisfaction. Van Vlymen ensures that each employer is provided with sound advice from her team of dedicated human resources professionals to reduce liability associated with all facets of day-to-day human resources. 

“Gretchen is an invaluable member of our team,” said Founder and CEO of StratEx, Adam Ochstein. “Between helping create our incredible human resources and benefits team, to making unique connections with clients, Gretchen has made, and continues to make, an incredible impact on the company.”

Winners will be profiled in the August 2016 issue of Workforce Magazine.