Our Senior Leadership Team

Haskel Thompson • CEO

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Since 1979 Haskel Thompson has served as Owner and Chief Executive Officer, respectively, to Haskel Thompson & Associates and National Energy Personnel (NEP), for the refining and supply side of upstream operations.

Haskel has specialized in the convenience store and petroleum industries. He actively demonstrates the ability to help businesses accelerate growth and profitability by placing the right candidate at the executive level in store operations, marketing and merchandising, fuels or food service. Having served on many association boards, Haskel has the foundation and in-depth industry knowledge to partner with clients and help them move their companies to the highest levels.

His firm offers deep industry knowledge with an executive search and appraisal process that source leaders who are outstanding organizational fits. We have the resources and methods to find and thoroughly assess top-tier talent.

We are dedicated to deliver results with the highest level of professionalism, diligence and confidentiality to help fuel organizational growth.

Kristina Sawdy • Vice President of Sales and Recruitment

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Kristina Sawdy brings to Haskel Thompson & Associates a background of hard work, unwavering enthusiasm and a unique skill set.  As a graduate of the University of Florida, her experience in sales coupled with a deep human resource background provide effective management at every level in a professional search.  Ms. Sawdy’s previous experience as a managing partner permits an understanding of bottom-line, cost-effective time management.  She appreciates the pressures under which client companies operate.  Kristina’s back-office, human resource experience presents candidates with support and guidance through every phase of their process from vetting, to interviewing, and on boarding.  Client companies and candidates also benefit from Kristina’s expertise in C-Suite placements.

Kristina Sawdy is a competitive professional who will channel her energy and talent to provide the recruiting solutions companies must have in today’s work environment.  Client companies receive an array of thoroughly qualified candidates vetted through Haskel Thompson’s proprietary processes.

Robert Hurt • Recruiter

Robert Hurt brings to Haskel Thompson and Associates a background of dedicated servant leadership, hard work, and over a decade of C-store and Fuel Operations experience with some of the most sought-after organizations in our focus sectors. Robert is a graduate of Virginia Tech and has an extensive background in restaurant operations, business-to-business sales as well as brand management and development. Robert has worked with all levels of management in a collaborative effort, and this allows for a unique understanding of our clients’ potential needs. With a substantial background in C-store operations and full P&L management, Robert understands the importance of identifying top talent for leadership roles to fully maximize our clients’ bottom line and meaningfully contribute to our clients’ company culture.

Jennifer Diaz • Administrative Manager and Recruiting Analyst

Jennifer has joined the Haskel Thompson & Associate’s Team as the Recruiting Analyst and Administrative Manager. Originally from North Carolina, Jennifer gained her master’s degree in Legal Studies, where she focused her studies on compliance and negotiation. Prior to finding her passion for recruiting, Jennifer’s career was in higher education where she served as a Registrar/Director of Student Records. Working with an array of people has given Jennifer the opportunity to shine in a new field.

Jennifer brings a diverse expertise, exceptional interpersonal skills, and a keen eye for top level talent. Her responsibilities include all administrative functions for Haskel Thompson & Associates as it pertains to social media, human resources, and process development. She is an invaluable asset to the HT&A team!

Lauri Stansbury • Recruiter

Lauri Stansbury joins Haskel Thompson and Associates with an entrepreneur spirit of self-motivation, hard work, dedication and innovation. Ms. Stansbury has over a decade of QSR, C-store and C-Suite placements with some of the most sought-after organizations. Lauri has an extensive background in food safety, QSR operations and marketing, multi-unit retail operations as well as brand management and Limited Liability Company operations. Lauri has taught time management, P&L management and held many coaching sessions with top companies in the United States. Lauri has keen sensitivity for listening to clients’ needs and seeking to match those needs with top talent in the industry today.


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