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In-the-trenches, hands-on, well-earned experience … that’s what we offer you. We opened our business in 2005, dedicating ourselves to “helping people … taking care of business.” Employment Edge is locally owned by Todd (TJ) Person and Kent and Luanne Alberty. Together, these three owners provide a wide range of business and staffing knowledge. The combined expertise that the three founders bring to Employment Edge includes 30+ years in:
• Owning and operating a small business
• Retail operations
• Human resources and staffing
• Collections
• Payroll and bookkeeping


T. J. Person
As founder, vice president and co-owner of Employment Edge, TJ brings 30+ years of collection, human resource and staffing experience. He specializes in employment law, human resource disciplines, collection practices and business policy. TJ is certified by the American Staffing Association (ASA) in employment law with a Certified Staffing Professional designation. Active in the community, TJ serves as board chair for the Sioux Empire Safety Village. He is a product of Dakota State College and a U.S. Army veteran. Aside from business, he enjoys comedy, spending time with his family, working in his garage, and attending sporting events.


Luanne Alberty
As co-owner and vice-president of Employment Edge, Luanne offers an extensive background in payroll and bookkeeping. She is a member of the American Payroll Association. With her husband Kent, Luanne owned/operated a retail gift shop in Sioux Falls for 20 years. A native of Sioux Falls, she is an active church member and serves as the organization’s finance officer.


Kent Alberty
Co-owner and president of the corporation, Kent’s background includes 20 years as owner of a small business and 15 years of sales experience. He has held several leadership roles in the community, which include serving on the Sioux Falls School Board and the Children’s Care Hospital and School Board of Directors. Along with a variety of community service activities, Kent is an active member of his church.

Shelly Berg

Shelly Berg
Shelly  began her Sioux Falls career path at Sanford USD Medical Center in 2001. The first 7 years were spent working with Children’s Miracle Network.    During those seven years with CMN, Shelly was very involved with the Sioux Falls Area Community agencies and organizations as well as worked very closely with state and federal agencies to help support the children in our area.

Shelly was hired at Sanford Health Plan from 2008-2011 as a Life Advocate.  Shelly worked very closely with Insured Employers involved with the Wellness Program. While working with the Sanford Health Plan, Shelly was introduced to a new up and coming non-profit organization Face It TOGETHER® Sioux Falls and worked with this organization until January, of this year.

Shelly is proud to be involved with Employment Edge Staffing and Professional Services as she can continue to serve the needs of individuals and area employers seeking staffing needs.  Shelly and her husband Kerry live in Sioux Falls.  They have a beautiful granddaughter they are raising and two very loving family pets, Copper Penny and Kira Wren.



Linda Hallstrom
Have you ever wondered what happens to “old English teachers”? Sometimes they go to work for their former students. Linda Hallstrom (aka “Miss Wickre”) was Kent’s high school English teacher. As front office manager, she is still making sure that Kent dots his i’s and crosses his t’s. With her background in education, public relations and journalism, she is a valuable asset to our business.

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