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 served on the Board of Youth In Need, a nonprofit child and family services agency. Jennifer is a member of 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 Youth in Need and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
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.
Todd attributes his success with senior level searches across multiple industries to providing a tailored, solution oriented approach to every search. He achieves results through a thorough Eight Point Intake Call with the hiring team where they discuss scope of responsibilities, potential projects, and development milestones as well as the core leadership competencies required to be successful in the role. With this information at hand, Todd conducts a highly targeted search and provides his clients with individuals that fit their needs.
Todd joined Spherion’s St. Louis office in 2000 to develop the Missouri and Illinois markets during the organization’s start-up phase. He began recruiting on a national basis in 2001 as part of a Talent Acquisition Project Team working on a large, retained project for a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company. This project led to other national search assignments for other Fortune 1000 companies, PE firms, Tier1 automotive suppliers, and large privately held manufacturing and supply chain organizations. During this time, Todd delivered value to his clients across multiple disciplines including Corporate Finance, Accounting, Supply Chain, Engineering, and Operations Management at both the plant and corporate levels.
In 2005, Todd elected to leverage the skills he developed working for large national firms and transition them into the boutique search space where he can utilize more of a true business partnership approach with clients. Working in a smaller firm without layers of bureaucracy allows Todd to adapt his strategy and process to provide personalized attention to his clients and meet their specific needs. Thus, he provides his clients with higher level value-added searches.
In his spare time Todd enjoys a variety of outdoor activities. He also volunteers and serves as a coach and mentor to young athletes in the sports of football and wrestling.
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 a Senior Executive Search Consultant 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 Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation and the Missouri 22q Family Foundation.