Meet the Kinsa Group Team

Food & Beverage Recruiters You Can Trust


Every face on the Kinsa Group team is one you can trust to consult with you about your career or hiring needs. Kinsa Group’s Account Managers and Recruiters are driven by commitment to your success and thrilled about the opportunity to help feed the world.


We can’t wait to meet you! Get to know our Kinsa Group team members below.

Laurie Hyllberg

Vice President

(414) 367-5505  | 


Laurie champions Kinsa Group’s position as the top food and beverage recruiting firm in the nation and its presence in the global FMCG marketplace. To her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Business Management, and Marketing she adds 22 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 foodservice providers growing their teams at the C-Suite, VP, Director, and Management level. Connect with Laurie today!

George Blomgren

Recruiting Manager

(414) 367-5504  | 


George has a BA from Beloit College. He brings over 20 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. Connect with George today and put his expertise to work for you!


Kris Binninger

Account Manager

(414) 367-5503  | 


Kris has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business and brings 14 years of staffing and recruiting experience to Kinsa. Kris specializes in working with our Alcoholic Beverage, Bakery and Snack Foods, Hotel and Lodging accounts. Taking the time to get to know what employers and candidates are looking for, Kris delivers to her clients the candidates that she believes in. Let Kris put her dedication to this type of Recruiter-Candidate relationship to work for you on your next search for great food/beverage industry professionals. Contact Kris today!


Mary Chambers

Account Manager

(414) 367-5502  | 


Mary has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside and 15 years of experience in the recruiting industry, including more than 10 years as a Recruiter at Kinsa Group. Currently a Kinsa Account Manager and Executive Recruiter she serves our Meat and Poultry customers, Shelf-Stable Foods, Cannabis, Nutraceutical, Dietary Supplement, Pet Food, and Food Packaging companies. She’s a great first point of contact at Kinsa if you have a talent recruiting need within your organization.

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Doug Clayburg

Account Manager

(414) 367-5514  | 


Doug has over 20 years of talent acquisition and staffing industry experience, with a reputation for successfully initiating new client partnerships in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and non-food industries. Doug is known for developing long-lasting, ongoing relationships with his customers. At Kinsa, Doug specializes in working with our Franchise and Corporate Restaurant accounts; Grocery, Club and Convenience Store chains; Foodservice and Retail Distributors and Brokers; and Food Equipment manufacturers. Let Doug put his understanding of recruiting operational excellence to work for you. Contact him today!


Karen Engelmann

Senior Recruiting Consultant

(414) 367-5511  | 


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 14 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.

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Rob Navarro

Senior Recruiting Consultant

(414) 367-5509  | 


Rob has 9 years of leadership experience in the Foodservice industry in addition to 14 years of experience in the Recruiting and Staffing industry, with the last 9 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!

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Joe Sommerfeldt

Senior Account Manager

(414) 367-5515  | 


Joe has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Marquette plus 18 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 Confectionary, Dairy, Food Ingredients, Laboratory Services, 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.

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Brittany Tristano

Senior Recruiting Consultant

(414) 367-5508  | 


As Senior Recruiting Consultant, Brittany is a key member of Kinsa Group’s food and beverage recruiting team. To her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Human Resource Management, she adds 13 years of recruitment experience – including 5 years with Kinsa Group’s parent company – ABR Employment Services. Brittany sets the table for your success as she connects talented executives and professionals in the food and beverage industry with great food industry employers. Connect with Brittany today!

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Kris Looker

ABR Recruiting Manager

(414) 367-5506  | 


Kris 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. Kris brings 20 years of recruiting experience to the team, including extensive IT and Engineering recruitment, as well as executive-level search. She has worked in several different industries, which has helped her to build and maintain a strong network of candidates. Kris enjoys the day-to-day challenges that come along with recruiting but overall it’s changing lives that makes the difference. If you hear from Kris directly, just know she’s ‘one of us’ and connect with Kris today at

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Shelly Jackson

Senior Marketing & Customer Relations Associate

(414) 367-5501  | 


Shelly 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.

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We want to know what’s on your plate. Reach out today—we look forward to hearing more about your hiring goals and challenges as you navigate the food and beverage industry.