Mike Gionta

Mike is one of the most recognized names in the Recruiting Industry Today. 

From almost going out of business in 1991 Mike, after numerous “learning experiences,” built his personal billings consistently over $1,000,000 per year with his best year in personal billings of $2,143,000.00.

Mike has coached Solo/Independent Recruiters since 2007 to multiply their earnings without working longer, harder hours.

His training & coaching on becoming a trusted adviser, creating predictable profits, and developing a “self-driving business” has revolutionized the way his clients conduct business.  

Mike has authored a book How to Double Your Placements in 121 Days or Less and is published frequently in leading Recruiting Industry Trade Journals, the Fordyce Letter and EmInfo.

In addition, Mike is often a Keynote speaker at National and State Conferences.

Kathleen Kurke

Kathleen Kurke is passionate about learning in and outside the world of work and enjoys working with executives who share her passion.

Well known for her 30-year history of high dollar production and growth-oriented leadership, Kathleen has worked extensively with companies and individuals to leverage learning as a business success strategy. She works with individuals and organizations as a speaker, trainer, coach and business consultant, but with a singular focus: increasing performance, production and profitability.

Kathleen’s core expertise is in helping others learn and get things done. Working with others as coach and consultant, she is known for helping her clients build dreams, make plans and execute to create results. Often that means laying out a roadmap, identifying roadblocks and building a detour so the journey is productive.

Dion Bowden

Dion founded SearchRSA in South Africa in 2001. SearchRSA is a recruitment company with practice areas in the Actuarial, Finance, Chemical, Manufacturing and Mining Industries. He grew his firm to 21 employees at its peak.

Dion is Mike’s longest running client relationship, dating back to Spring of 2009. Using the techniques, strategies and tactics he learned from Mike, he developed a multi-million-dollar office over the years.

Mike describes him as a “mini-me” as Dion implemented almost exactly as Mike taught him in their work together. Many of Mike’s clients actively sought out Dion for help between mastermind meetings.

Dion is an expert at new client development, metrics, hiring recruiters and coaching performance. Most clients like him more than Mike! Installing Mike’s systems successfully allowed him to invest in Praxima International Payroll Systems, a payroll services company which provides payroll, outsourcing, and software solutions for the African continent. From a simple one-person employer of record payroll through to a multi-site, multi-country, multi-entity enterprise deployment of 1000’s of employees.

Ardith Rademacher

Ardith started her career working for industry leaders as an HR professional, trainer, and managing in-house recruiting. In 2002, she formed Ardith Rademacher and Associates Inc. and had grown from a solo entrepreneur to a team of professionals regularly billing over $1 Million.

Bringing 30 years of recruiting and training experience as well as relationship development to the recruiting industry, Ardith has a reputation for building strong partnerships and delivering business solutions using data to fuel new insights and fresh thinking on traditional recruiting. 

She is President of the Construction Recruiter’s Network, the largest network of independent

recruiters focused on the construction and real estate markets. Also, as a member of several industry boards and a sought-after speaker, Ardith keeps her pulse on the human capital market, sharing market employment initiatives and opportunities which leverage an “unfair” advantage for organizations over their recruiting competitors.

A marathoner and triathlete, Ardith excels in helping people put the daily activities together to achieve big goals successfully. She is passionate about helping others identify and achieve their big hairy audacious goals!

Pam Winholtz

In 2003, Pam was a stay-at-home mom who decided to rejoin the workforce as a recruiter. Her philosophy was to learn from others and use her mistakes (and there were many) to help others.

Pam remembers feeling like a slow learner in her rookie year before her first placement. Once she learned there was an “art” to recruiting and learned the difference between what ordinary recruiters were doing versus big billers, she implemented these seemingly small tweaks and dramatically increased billings. These tweaks earned her the prestigious designation of First Female to join the Million Dollar Club in one of the nation’s largest national recruitingfirms. She went on to win five consecutive President’s Club awards.

“My military training in the Navy taught me discipline, and I knew that if I had the opportunity to learn from successful people and was willing to do what they did, I would be successful too.”

She built multiple desk specialties, demonstrating that with strategy, methodology, and the right frame of mind, the techniques work across all industries and even started a new successful desk specialty during the great recession of 2008.

She became managing partner and hired, trained, and passed that valuable knowledge to her recruiters, so they too won awards, hit their goals, and afforded the lifestyle they wanted.

In 2018, Pam became a certified coach. She uses her knowledge and humor to help and guide recruiters while developing their skills so they can build key accounts and strong relationships that last years, resulting in better searches, less stress, and more predictable income.

Bill Gibbens

Bill founded his firm in 2005 and quickly grew headcount and revenue to become the highest producing franchise office of one of the nation’s largest recruiting firms.  Bill led his office through the great recession in 2009, the collapse of oil prices in 2015, as well as Covid shutdowns.

Despite these economic downturns, and some mistakes along the way, Bill’s perseverance and leadership resulted in lifetime office production exceeding $25 million in gross fees.

In his previous life Bill was a licensed CPA in the state of Texas as well as a Bank President, so Bill is double bred in numbers and systems.  After years of study, Bill is a believer in metrics and leads his firm and people with a strong metrics backbone.  Those metrics extend beyond operating a desk and include hiring practices in order to grow a top producing firm.

Bill’s passion about training and coaching comes from the years developing his own firm.  On the weekends you can frequently find Bill sight casting to Redfish in the bay waters along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Beth Todd

Beth began her professional career as a corporate restructuring attorney at a large, national firm in Chicago before opening Todd Legal Search in 2009.  As an attorney, she learned the art of risk mitigation and issue spotting, which has served her well in identifying deal killers and maneuvering through them to close placements. 

She has been a client of The Recruiter U for 11 years and during that time has grown from a solo desk to a collaborative team.  Relying on the training from TRU and being laser-focused on her goals, she has been able to create her ideal lifestyle of raising two young children while growing her business and being a trusted partner to her clients.

Beth’s strengths as a manager and coach are helping her team to set and reach their own personal goals so that they too can create the lifestyle of their choice. She is also an expert at fitting in a full day’s worth of activity into a condensed timeframe.  Beth is able to help her team and clients prioritize and tweak their time management to achieve increased results in less time.

Beth also adds a large amount of fun into the mix and enjoys travel, boating and spending quality time with extended family and friends.  She especially enjoys exploring Chicago.

Frances Walker

Frances Walker has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Alabama – Huntsville and is a Certified DBB Mindset Coach who brings her deep roots in faith to help identify why we hold onto limiting beliefs and help tear down those beliefs to get to the next level of personal and professional growth.

Frances combines science, psychology, and scripture into a simple-to-follow structure to reduce stress, anxiety, and overwhelm. When working with recruiters, she uses this structure specifically in the areas of marketing and managing a recruiting firm.

Through the Mindset Mastery course that Frances created specifically for clients, and monthly Mindset Mastery group calls, she has been instrumental in helping The Recruiter U clients uncover unconscious barriers to success and break through them by creating new, empowering beliefs.She helps clients create surprisingly quick mindset shifts with long lasting results. These results focus on overcoming procrastination, fear and overwhelm.

Grant Porteous

As an executive and business coach who is certified in the David Bayer Transformational Mindset Methodology, Grant often works with successful, mission-driven men and women who have finally decided that ‘okay’ and ‘good enough’ actually are not.  By identifying and overcoming the invisible barriers and limiting beliefs that keep them stuck, Grant ultimately helps his clients create powerful Vision so they can have the kind of life, business and legacy of their dreams.

Grant has spent almost 18 years working in traditional behavioral health
following a 25 year stretch in public, private, and non-profit sectors.

During that time he found that most problem-solving strategies he had been shown couldn’t create the sort of permanent transformation his clients wanted.  Once he discovered how to help people address the real problem underlying the challenges they faced…the same problems that had left him feeling stuck and unfulfilled in his own life…his clients began to experience transformations.

Grant has 33 year old twin sons, a 23 year old daughter and six grandsons with his wife Donna.  He relocated from St. Louis MO to northern Michigan in 2001 after spending many summers there as a child.  He loves road trips, reading, good movies, great beer and being outside for any reason other than yard work!



Kaito Bangudi

Much like the clients he works with, Kaito had a fairly decent job but felt deep inside that there was a bigger calling.  This pushed him to a completely different direction and he is now a Mindset and Business Coach specializing in helping people step into a bigger version of themselves.

He does this by helping them eliminate the limiting patterns of thought and behavior that is blocking them from achieving their highest expression of leadership, innovation, and performance.

Tinamarie Berger

Tinamarie joined The RecruiterU in 2013 and is an integral member of the team supporting client success onstage and behind the scenes. She onboards every new client, is an accountability coach in our Fast Start program, supports clients through quarterly Momentum calls and provides metrics training and support. Since joining the team, she has created our done-for-you Content Marketing program, Masterclass, also co-created our custom Metrics Portal. She also created and manages our robust Learning Library. 

She is a longstanding Board member at Epoch Arts in East Hampton, CT, and former running coach at Nathan Hale-Ray High School in East Haddam, CT.

Tinamarie is a doctoral candidate in the Organizational Change and Leadership program at the University of Southern California. She received her Master of Public Health from the University of Connecticut, BS from Springfield College, and is Dare to Lead trained. She currently resides in Boston, MA.

Priscilla Hoover

Priscilla holds a degree in Counseling and her past experience includes Director of Marketing and Sales for a leading medical manufacturer. She joined Team Recruiter U in February of 2017 and is the current Director of Sales.

Priscilla’s passions include home improvement projects, needle felting and stained glass. She is constantly learning and honing her crafts. Her upbeat, fiery personality keeps our sales team focused on helping as many recruiting firm owners as possible to attain their vision and goals.

Priscilla and her family reside in New Hampshire

Lydia Walter

Lydia is an adventure junkie with a knack for marketing.  She joined Team Recruiter U in 2018 with an Appalachian Trail certificate of completion, a bachelor’s in Chemistry and Biology from Western Connecticut State University, and consequently, little formal work experience.

Mentored by Mike and trained by some of the top digital marketers in the industry, Lydia stepped into the role of CMO for TRU.  She now provides marketing and business automation solutions to multiple B2B businesses.

Lydia plans to renovate a recreational vehicle, live life on the road, and travel the country with her boyfriend, Taylor, and rescue pup, Wylie. 

Saralyn Savage

Saralyn has a Bachelor of Science in School Health Education. She maintains a CT educator’s certificate for Health Pre-K through grade 12. She spent her career working for agencies in the state of CT in both human services and law enforcement. 

In February 2021, Saralyn retired from state service after twenty-seven years as a Juvenile Parole Supervisor and Correctional Counselor. She has years of experience in Internal Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance having worked closely with stakeholders to ensure federal compliance of mandates. Throughout her career she partnered with educators, medical professionals and judicial staff. She has experience in child welfare, juvenile justice and criminal justice. 

Saralyn has advanced training in motivational interviewing, de-escalation techniques and gender specific studies. She has years of experience in responding as a frontline worker. 

Nancy Walter

Nancy Walter

Nancy joined Team RecruiterU in 2014 as a part-time Content Coordinator in the Content Marketing program curating client newsletters.

Nancy also works part time at Middlesex Community College in the Business office and teaches a Boot Camp class twice a week.

She has a degree in Physical Education and Health as well as her Personal Trainer certificate.

Aside from staying active, Nancy loves spending time with her husband, 3 children and 3 grandchildren.