Our Senior Leadership Team

Kristina Sawdy • Senior Executive Recruiter

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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.

Jennifer Eaton • Senior Recruiting Analyst

Jennifer has over a decade of experience in the convenience store industry. Jennifer has worked for multiple top 100 convenience chains in various capacities including merchandising, category and brand management, data analysis, and project management. In 2017, she was honored as a Top Women in Convenience Senior Level Leader by Convenience Store News.

Jennifer has spent much of her career in the category management space and has extensive experience with SKU rationalization, inventory management, and vendor negotiation and management. In addition, Jennifer has led multiple omnichannel marketing campaigns and spearheaded marketing collaborations with multiple sport organizations, including a convenience store located in the middle of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Her experience in developing marketing programs culminated in recognition as a featured marketing campaign in The New York Times.

Jennifer obtained a Master of Business Administration from East Carolina University and studied Sport Management at Georgia Southern University. She is a certified Project Management Professional and holds multiple certificates in Business Communication and Six Sigma.

As a seasoned professional on the retail side of the industry, Jennifer brings a unique perspective to professional executive searches and is able to draw on her own experiences to deliver best in class results for our clients.

Kathleen Tibbetts • Recruiting Analyst 

Kathleen is the latest recruiting analyst to join the Haskel Thompson & Associates team. Originally from the Northeast, Kathleen gained her master’s degree in strategic communications, where she focused her studies on marketing strategy, organizational development, and technology. Prior to finding her passion for recruiting, Kathleen bootstrapped her own marketing and technology consultancy. Working within a diverse array of industries alongside senior executives and business owners, Kathleen helped to implement custom software applications and multi-million-dollar business development strategies.

 

After a personal life change brought her to Florida, Kathleen became a top-producing recruiter for a large healthcare organization in Southwestern Florida. Cutting her teeth in recruiting through hundreds of placements in a 2-year span, Kathleen decided she needed to take her career to the next level. It’s at that point where she connected with Haskel Thompson & Associates. While new to the world of convenience retail and oil & gas, Kathleen brings a diverse expertise, exceptional interpersonal skills, and a keen eye for top level talent.

David Jackson • Recruiting Specialist

David Jackson has been a significant player in the fueling and convenience store industries for decades, most noted for his impact in developing automated fueling programs and cardlock systems. He’s been a featured speaker at a number of conferences including the Petroleum Oil Conference (POC) and Western Petroleum Marketers Association (WPMA).

After relocating to California to pursue an opportunity to develop automated fueling for a renowned industry marketer, David rose through the ranks quickly to senior leadership. He’s tackled ground-up development of fueling stations, go-to market strategies, and directed multi-million dollar producing sales teams. His impact was so profound that he was awarded the Gen Balenseifen Award by the Commercial Fueling Network in recognition and appreciation for outstanding contributions to CFN.

Capitalizing on his niche expertise in the industry, David started his own consultancy in 2012. Working with national marketers and jobbers, David has helped net millions in previously uncaptured business opportunity for his clients. While new to the world of executive recruiting, David’s industry expertise and connections prove him to be invaluable to the Haskel Thompson & Associates team.

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