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The Pinnacle Society Panel 2019

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • 1700 West Loop South Room 960 Houston, Texas 77027
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Please Join HAAPC for our Pinnacle Panel

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

11:30 am - 1:30pm

with The Pinnacle Society


The Pinnacle Society is The Premier Consortium of Industry-Leading Recruiters in North America. For more than 20 years, the Pinnacle Society has provided the nation’s top recruiters a forum in which to exchange the business principles and placement techniques that led them to achieve, and allows them to maintain their success.

Please join us as a Pinnacle moderator is joined by multiple members of the current Pinnacle Society group. Panel members will be from multiple industries, covering a diverse range of topics.  Questions may be submitted prior to the actual panel. Come with additional questions, as the moderator will open the floor for QA from the attendee group as well.

Our Panel

Marianne Thai graduated from Baylor University in 1999 and Houston Baptist University in 2003 with her MHA, emphasis in Human Resources.  Shortly after, she started her career as a professional recruiter.  She has nearly 15 years of recruiting experience in the upstream oil and gas sector, with most of that spent as an employee at Walker Elliott, LP.   In 2011, she was promoted to a Partner and remains part of the management team.

Her expertise lies in exploration and production, specifically in the niche of petroleum engineers, geoscientists, and land professionals across the United States.  Her clients range from small to mid-sized, publicly and privately held companies with domestic assets both onshore and offshore.  She has placed over 100+ professionals and has built longstanding relationships with both clients and candidates.  She acts as a consultant and provides professional expertise in business development and candidate retention.  She takes the time to fully understand what her clients want, why they’re looking to hire, and how she can deliver services that will meet their needs.  She also empathizes with candidates to understand what they will need to make a strategic career move and has their best interest in mind.  What she delivers to clients and establishes with candidates is a process that she invests her time in developing and fostering. 

Marianne has had great successes throughout her career and attributes that fervor to satisfying the needs of her client and candidates alike.  Beyond her professional accomplishments, she joined The Pinnacle Society in 2014.  That has given her accolades and recognition as a respected recruiter not only among her peers, but also among her competitors.

Laura Hill 

National Insurance Recruiters Association: Board Member/Secretary
Pinnacle Society Member
UHD Advisory Council
Independent Insurance Agents of Houston
Houston Independent Personnel Consultants

Listed in Best Review, The Hill Group provides staffing and placement services. Our proven track record in the property and casualty insurance industry, we provide
all levels of job placement from clerical to executive.

Jeremy Sisemore has been one of the leading IT Executive Recruiters throughout North America for the past 18 years.  He started his career with MRI and was Rookie of the Year in 2000 and quickly became the go-to resource for SAP & ERP talent acquisition needs nationally.  Jeremy billed millions of dollars in placement revenue over 6.5 years with MRI, received a CSAM Certification and became known for public speaking on “best practices” within the recruiting industry.  In his career, Jeremy has over $12 Million in personal production (billings) and has placed ERP & IT talent at all levels up to VP/CIO with over 75 major Fortune 500 clients throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Today, Jeremy is CPC and CERS Certified and is a former member of the Board of Directors as Education Chair for The Pinnacle Society, a premier consortium of 80 industry-leading recruiters in North America.  He speaks regularly at industry conferences such as NAPS, NCASP, The Fordyce Forum, HAAPC, and MASA among others.

Jeremy and his business partner, Erek Gerth, founded ASAP Talent Services in 2006 and haven’t looked back since.  Today the ASAP Team supports well over 50 of the world's leading companies. Their mission has been to create a boutique talent acquisition firm focused on the highest quality service and to form lasting partnerships with clients that are poised for growth, to be a total solution provider with respect to SAP Talent.  Jeremy writes industry articles and has been quoted in CIO magazine.  On a personal level, Jeremy graduated from University of Missouri where he was on the Swimming & Diving Team.  He's married and is a father to two daughters and a son based out of Houston, Texas.

Nina Buck is a Partner/Sr. Recruiter at Walker-Elliott. She was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina (former Yugoslavia) and immigrated to the US in 1996 (her senior year of High School) during the Yugoslavian civil war. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Houston and after graduation went to work for Enterprise Rent-A-Car in their Management Training program.  After one year in that role and realizing that the “glamorous” part of the job was to wash cars during 100° Houston summers, she decided to part ways and try recruiting. She soon discovered her calling and has been recruiting for the same company ever since. Nina specializes in the placement of Petroleum Engineers, Geoscientists and Land professionals in the Oil & Gas industry. She has been recognized as a top performer in her company for 8 straight years. She enjoys spending time with her son and husband and is a big fan of live music and traveling.

Chris Schoettelkotte, Founder, President and CEO of Manhattan Resources began with a vision, a computer and a single desk (his own). Since that day in 1999, Chris’ constant push towards growth and excellence has created an organization with multiple offices, presently with 15 Executive Recruiters and 1 Support Staff responsible for more than two thousand placements within the energy industry. The firm, widely regarded as one of the nations premier energy search firms specializing in back, mid and front office positions serves an international client base. In addition Manhattan Resources provides consulting services and works with clients on strategic leadership planning initiatives. In addition to recruiting for his clients and leading his team, Chris designed and authored a training manual “Roadmap to a Placement” as well as, an on-line interview preparation course designed to help candidates develop their understanding of the interview process while polishing their interview skills. Chris has been published in or interviewed by Money Magazine, Kiplinger’s, The Wall Street Journal, Energy Markets Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, The Associated Press and Fox 26 Houston.

Prior to founding Manhattan Resources Chris held significant leadership positions with Union Pacific, Olsten Corporation and Corporate Express. Chris is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a degree in Marketing and received his MBA (International Business & Finance) from the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business. Chris, his wife Tracey, and their son Jeffrey live in Houston, Texas. He enjoys golf, traveling with the family and coaching anything Jeffrey plays.


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