Founder's Message

No amount of money, training or time can fix a mistake made when hiring or promoting a person not competent for, or compatible with, or motivated to do the job. We focus on understanding and objectively measuring core competencies, behaviors and interests of top performers in companies and industries to insure applicants fit the job.

  • Avoid Costly Hiring Mistakes!
  • Hire Top Performers!
  • Promote the best Manager!
  • Identify & Develop Leadership Skills of Supervisors, Managers and Executives!

Building your team is fundamental to your success! Add objective measureables based on your top performers and our industry expertise. Watch performance, sales and your bottom line grow!

Founder/Company Profile

John Caspole founded Assessment Specialists, in 1998 as a Strategic Business Partner with Profiles International, known as "the worlds innovator and leader in employee evaluations" and since then has been providing business with state-of-the-art Assessment Tools.

As Director of Domestic Sales at Revlon's Creative Nail Design from 1988 to 1998 (, Caspole helped develop the sales and education team leading the company’s 15% plus annual growth for 10 years. During this time, Creative quadrupled sales from $7 million to $32 million while reducing its network of distribution by over 50%. Caspole oversaw the company’s transition from a manufacture rep to a direct sales force. After acquisition by Revlon in 1996, as part of Creative’s planning group, Caspole earned Revlon’s coveted Charlie Award.

Caspole worked for DuPont's Liqui-Box Corporation from 1973 to 1988 as sales grew from $5 million to over $75 million. Caspole started there as a management trainee and progressing to field sales, product management, regional management and finally as Vice President and General Manager of the Western Division. During this time Liqui-Box was recognized as one of Forbes top 200 small company’s five consecutive years.

At both Creative Nail and Liqui-Box, he says, "I realized that the key to success was a combination of cutting edge products, a great team of people, and helping customers realize their goals! Our objective is to help clients hire the right person the first time, succession plan, develop soft skills essential to managing people, reduce turnover, increasing both sales and profits!"

Michelle Caspole joined Assessment Specialists in 2010 as Client Services Manager. Michelle brings a strong client service experience with her having five years experience working at Ralph Lauren, The Corporate Basket and Grand Pacific Hotels. She is a graduate of The California State University at San Marcos and has a BA degree in Communication. Michelle currently serves of the Board of Directors at the North County Personnel Association ( as Co Special Events Chair. She is also a member of Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and the newest member of CWI, Connecting Women of Influence a San Diego based organization.

John received a BA in Business Administration and an Honors Minor in Mathematics from Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio in 1973. He continued his education with professional development courses at Ohio State University (yes an addicted Buckeye), Columbia University School of Business and the University of Chicago School of Business. John has also been a guest speaker at San Diego State University, Chapman College and Profiles International.

In addition to John's business he serves as Past President (2003-2005) of San Diego's North County Personnel Association a networking and educational resource of 350 Human Resource Professionals.

Profiles International recognized Caspole's contribution and awarded him membership to their Chairman's Inner Circle and Founders Club from 2003 to present. With over 700 management consultants globally John is among the top 7 who has achieved this level of excellence in performance and expertise. When evaluating the needs of a client we often engage the support of Profiles International nearly 200 employees in serving the needs of our clients. In addition when a client requires onsite presentation or training we connect to other top level Founders Club members providing the highest level of service and results!

John is supported in the business by Linda Caspole his wife of nearly 37 years. Linda is a retired elementary school teacher, community volunteer and also a graduate of Muskingum College 1975. Daughter Jennifer also participates in supporting roles as she works her way through college.