20 under 40: Erica Roth

Erica Roth

Recruiting manager for Interstates in Sioux Center

SIOUX CENTER—Double majoring in business and Spanish, Erica Roth of Sioux Center took no human resources courses while at Dordt College.

Upon graduating in 2008, the Kansas City native moved with her husband to Washington, D.C. While he attended law school, she worked at a law firm. Roth started as a receptionist and worked her way up into supporting the director of human resources and director of office administration.

“That’s where I got my introduction into HR,” the 32-year-old said. “I found I liked the employment law side of things.”

However, she decided law school was not for her.

“I didn’t want two lawyers in a marriage,” she said. “But HR is the practitioner side of employment law. We’re on the front lines of that.”

When the couple moved back to Sioux Center in 2011 for her husband, Donald, to take a teaching position at Dordt, she searched around for companies with HR positions.

Interstates rose to the top of the list. Roth started her career with Interstates as the first dedicated recruiter role on the team in 2011. Since then she has held various recruitment and HR roles including recruiter, lead recruiter, HR generalist and now serves as a recruiting manager.

As recruiting manager, Roth is responsible for leadership, development, implementation and administration of recruitment programs and drives execution of effective short-term and long-term recruiting strategies. She partners with leaders and her recruitment team to help attract and engage top talent to Interstates.

One of the special projects Roth has worked on is the “Your Future @ Work” event. In 2014, she partnered alongside the local high schools, colleges and Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce on how to offer students an opportunity to explore their future career path with the local business community. The “Your Future @ Work” event initially focused on sophomore students in the Sioux Center community and has grown to engage all Sioux County communities.

“I had no idea I wanted to be involved in HR while I was at Dordt. I wanted to study abroad,” Roth said. “Through working I found a passion for HR. I love getting to meet people and find out what they’re passionate about and being able to see of that aligns well with Interstates culture. I like being able to help coach and develop up a team so that they’re able to go out and find this great talent.”