History of TriStaff
Meet our founders
Gary van Eik, CEO
Gary is the cofounder and CEO of TriStaff. He has over 40 years’ experience in staffing and has helped grow the company into one of the oldest, privately owned staffing firms in the country. With divisions in executive search, temporary staffing, contract staffing and consulting, TriStaff can respond to any need in the talent market. Our specialties are general staffing, finance/accounting, IT, engineering, energy, social media, real estate, and other niches.
Gary graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in marketing. Five of his family members work with him in the business.
Rich Papike, President
Rich is the cofounder and president of TriStaff Group. Since 1971, he has helped to lead one of the most successful staffing and executive search companies in the country. In addition to contract staffing in general temps, IT staffing, and engineering, TriStaff also does executive search in a number of specific niches including media, construction, and software engineering.
Rich was born and raised in San Diego and obtained his BS in marketing from the University of California in 1968. He has placed media executives since 1982 and currently partners with his two sons, Chris and Alex in that marketplace.