Team Approach

Kinsa is anything but typical. We have a dynamic staff of skilled recruiting professionals with 142 years of combined experience in recruiting. We work as a team to facilitate an efficient search and assessment process for our clients and candidates.

Our client companies receive dedicated attention from an Account Manager as well as a discipline-specific Executive Recruiter who also acts as an industry and marketplace consultant to identify, recruit and assess top talent for your critical open positions.

Contact us to find out how this team approach guarantees you the ideal match.

Kris Binninger, Account Manager

(414) 367-5503 /
Email LinkedIn Account Manager at Kinsa Group. Kris has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business and brings more than 7 years of staffing and recruiting experience to Kinsa.  Kris delivers to her clients the candidates that she believes in.  She takes the time to get to know what candidates and employers are looking for. Let Kris put her dedication to this type of Recruiter-Candidate relationship to work for you on your next search for a great food industry job.

George Blomgren, Recruiting Manager

(414) 367-5504 /
Email LinkedInRecruiting Manager at Kinsa Group. George has a BA from Beloit College. He brings over 18 years of diverse talent acquisition experience to Kinsa clients, including extensive corporate and agency executive recruiting experience. An avid networker, George maintains an extensive professional network, and prides himself on placing the right people in the right positions. The newest member of the Kinsa team, George is excited about joining the team and serving Kinsa clients. Connect with George today!

Mary Chambers, Account Manager

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Email LinkedInAccount Manager at Kinsa Group. Mary has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside and 13 years of experience in the recruiting industry, including more than 8 years as a Recruiter at Kinsa Group. Currently a Kinsa Account Manager she handles new business development for our Meat and Poultry customers, Shelf-Stable Foods, Food Brokers and Distributors, Cannabis, Nutraceutical, Pet Food, Food Service / Restaurants, and Food Packaging companies. She’s a great first point of contact at Kinsa if you have a talent recruiting need within your organization.

Karen Engelmann, Sr. Recruiting Consultant

Karen(414) 367-5511 /
Email LinkedIn video-iconSr. Recruiting Consultant at Kinsa Group. Karen is the recipient of Kinsa’s top rated Customer Service Excellence Award for her care in guiding our clients and candidates through the search and hiring process. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and 10 years of experience in the recruiting industry. Let Karen put her relationships and marketplace knowledge to work for you on your next search for a great food industry job.


Mitch Hawk, Sr. Recruiting Consultant

(414) 367-5507 /
Email LinkedInSr. Recruiting Consultant at Kinsa Group. Mitch has 14 years of experience in the Recruiting industry. If you’re seeking a new place to grow your career, talk to Mitch today. Let him connect you with a food and beverage industry client in the region that’s just right for you.

Laurie Hyllberg, Vice President

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Email LinkedIn video-iconVice President at Kinsa Group and Executive Recruiter. Laurie champions Kinsa Group’s position as the top food and beverage recruiting firm in the nation and presence in the global FMCG marketplace. To her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Business Management and Marketing she adds 20 years of executive search experience in the food and beverage industry at Kinsa. Building a network of executives and professionals through membership in the Women’s Foodservice Forum, Institute of Food Technologists, FaB Wisconsin, Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network, and maintaining professional expertise in recruiting as an Executive Board Member for the Recruiters Of Wisconsin association, Laurie is able to connect top talent in the food industry with food and beverage processors and food service providers growing their teams at the C-Suite, VP, Director, and Management level. Connect with Laurie today!

Shelly Jackson, Marketing & Customer Relations Associate

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Email LinkedInShelly has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Marquette University and has been an important part of Kinsa’s team since 2005. Working closely with the Kinsa recruiting team, she is very familiar with the most up-to-date openings Kinsa is recruiting for and can provide direction to new candidates on how our process works. Shelly is also an accounts receivable contact for clients and accounts payable contact for vendors.

Rob Navarro, Sr. Recruiting Consultant

Rob 2(414) 367-5509 /
Email LinkedIn video-iconSr. Recruiting Consultant at Kinsa Group. Rob has 9 years of leadership experience in the Foodservice industry in addition to 10 years of experience in the Recruiting and Staffing industry, with the last 5 of those years at Kinsa. If you’re seeking a new job, let him put his food and beverage industry network connections to work for you!

Joe Sommerfeldt, Account Manager

Joe(414) 367-5515 /
Email LinkedIn video-iconAccount Manager and Sr. Recruiting Consultant at Kinsa Group. Joe has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Marquette plus 13 years of recruiting experience in the food and beverage industry at Kinsa. In addition, he started his career as an HR Generalist at a Food Processing Plant in Milwaukee. As a Kinsa Account Manager he is the primary business development contact for many of our Dairy, Food Ingredients, and Seafood category accounts. Let Joe put his network of food industry professionals to work for you when you’re in need of your next top talent professional, manager, director or vice president.

Brittany Tristano, Recruiter

(612) 237-2890 /
Email LinkedInBrittany received her Bachelors degree in Human Resources and Business Administration from Winona State University. She has been a fast-paced recruiter since 2008. Brittany works at Kinsa’s parent company, ABR Employment Services in the Professional Search division and assists Kinsa’s Recruiting Team and clients with niche open positions and specialized search projects. She enjoys making connections and helping people find meaningful careers. If you hear from Brittany directly, just know she’s ‘one of us’.

Joan Pajari, Recruitment & Digital Marketing Strategist

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Email LinkedInJoan received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Alverno College. She has been part of the Kinsa Group Team since 2010 and is an employee of  ABR Employment Services, Kinsa Group’s parent company. Joan supports the Kinsa Group VP with a variety of marketing initiatives and special projects. She also oversees content development on the Kinsa Group website and blogs, manages the Kinsa Group social media sites, creates graphics and videos, and develops Constant Contact email marketing campaigns. She is passionate about digital communication and analytics and enjoys supporting Kinsa Group’s new business development and in helping connect food and beverage professionals to new career opportunity.