Organizations large and small trust her to fully understand their talent needs and present candidates who most fully meet a position’s requirements. Using creativity, persistence and excellent relationship-building skills, Jennifer goes out of her way to ensure the satisfaction of her client companies and the candidates she places. Her clients rely on her skills, knowledge and expertise gained in conducting hundreds of searches.
Jennifer founded SSP Search Solutions in 2004 and grew the firm into one of the top specialty search organizations in the St. Louis area. In 2009, SSP Search Solutions became Grant Alexander, a separate company of BPI group, a leading human resources and management consultancy. Jennifer led Grant Alexander's national search practice and was involved in conducting professional and executive search assignments on regional, national and international levels. Jennifer has also held positions in accounting, human resources and executive search. She maintains a broad network of colleagues and acquaintances, all of whom are valuable resources in conducting local, regional and national searches.
Jennifer is a firm believer in giving back. She proudly serves on the Board of Youth In Need, a nonprofit child and family services agency. Youth In Need offers more than 50 direct service and support programs to children, teens and families. Jennifer is currently the Director of Programming for the St. Louis Chapter of the National Human Resources Association and has held several Board positions in the past including the role of President. Additionally, Jennifer has given both her time and professional services to organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Kids with Cancer.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and a Certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
In addition to managing the recruiting process of Benskin & Hott, Jennifer also serves as a Senior-Level Executive Search Partner, specializing in professional and executive search and interim placement services in the areas of Human Resources and Accounting & Finance. Working with a variety of industries from manufacturing to healthcare, Jennifer is a top performer who carries long-term client relationships. She is highly regarded for her personal yet professional approach, strong customer service, and ability to match talent with organizations based on both skill sets and a strong personality fit. Jennifer has a network both wide and deep that she supplements with strategic research and sourcing techniques to find the best candidates fast!
Jennifer found her passion for recruiting by charting a nontraditional career path. She began her career as a Registered Nurse in hospital trauma and ICU units. Those experiences exposed her to high-pressure situations, diverse forms of leadership, and multiple organizational models and talent acquisition strategies, which she now applies to her Executive Search practice. Her nursing background makes her an asset to both Benskin & Hott and our clients when conducting searches in healthcare-related fields.
Jennifer is also extremely devoted to numerous animal welfare causes, frequently devoting her time and talent to animal rescue missions.
She is a strong believer in the power of a positive work environment to enable connectedness, productivity, and daily fun.
Outside of the office Kathy enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being outdoors as much as possible! Whether it’s working in her garden or tending to her newest hobby, her pet chickens! And when its baseball season you can bet she’s rooting for her St. Louis Cardinals!
Todd focuses primarily on national searches within Corporate FP&A, Accounting, and Data Analytics for organizations within the Consumer Goods, Industrial Manufactured Products, Pharmaceutical, and Insurance sectors. Prior to this, Todd spent 6 years specializing in searches for Engineering Supply Chain and Operations Management roles throughout the Midwest and Southeast with companies primarily in the Tier1 Automotive and Industrial Product sectors.
Todd’s previous experience includes working for a publicly traded global recruitment firm where he helped develop the Missouri & Illinois markets during the office’s start-up phase. Additional experience includes working as a member on a Retained Talent Acquisition Project to fill 32 roles within 90 Days for a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company. He successfully leveraged these skills into other extensive search assignments with other Fortune 1000 companies, private equity firms, and international organizations.
Todd holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale.
In her current role, Laura delivers executive, professional, and interim talent solutions to clients of all industries, specializing in the functions of Accounting & Finance, Human Resources, Executive Administration, and Operations. She recruits for clients of various industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, and professional services.
Laura began her career in the Management Trainee Program at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Her aptitude for building relationships and delivering results found her quickly promoted to a Branch Manager position within the organization. In this role, Laura developed a strong understanding of the power and importance of recruiting the right talent for business success, a perspective that she brings to her role each day as an Executive Search Partner at Benskin & Hott Talent Partners.
Laura holds a B.S.B.A. in Communications from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a member of the National Human Resources Association. Laura is also actively involved in the community, serving as a Board Member for the Children’s Heart Foundation and the Missouri 22q Family Foundation.
Jessie came to Benskin & Hott after spending the last 3 years in the colorful state of Colorado. She previously worked as a therapeutic aide for children with developmental disabilities. Wanting to still work in an industry based on helping others—Benskin & Hott was the perfect fit for her next move. What drew Jessie to the executive search industry is definitely the ability to help others; may it be through finding jobs, a better fit, or progressing their careers. Through her experiences she has been able to develop a well-rounded approach to the work force, which includes warm and friendly customer service coupled with the technical skills to provide excellence in a high-paced work environment.
Outside of the office, Jessie enjoys traveling and being outdoors hiking, biking, and kayaking! She loves spending time with her family and her dog Nala. Jessie has been a diehard sports fan since as long as she can remember. You can definitely count on her to be cheering loudly for the Blues, Cardinals and Missouri Tigers!
Prior to joining Benskin and Hott, Dan was working for an international staffing agency, mostly in the Information Technology space. Dan would collaborate with other business sectors such as Legal, Finance, Accounting, Creative, and Administrative, giving him a well-rounded perspective on the search industry. Being with an international company gave Dan the opportunity to refine his search skills and provide quick, effective solutions to Fortune 500 companies and small to medium sized businesses.
Outside of the office, Dan enjoys to spend his free time with his two dogs, Zeus and Macie, his family and friends. He also enjoys to golf, competitive trap shooting, and exploring new restaurants. You can catch Dan at numerous sporting events around the St. Louis area including Blues hockey games and at Busch Stadium, being one of the best fans in baseball, to our hometown St. Louis Cardinals.