Executive Recruiting Roundtable Discussion

The Noto Group executive search team discusses key workforce and leadership strategies for 2023 and beyond.

In this special episode of How I Hire, Roy is sitting down with Noto Group’s team of executive search consultants. He’s joined by Sara Spirko, Bridget Hope, Tami Bumiller, and Lena Knofler to dig into essential leadership, workforce, and hiring trends that they’re seeing for 2023 and beyond, along with the best ways to navigate them successfully for candidates and companies alike.

Managing Director Sara Spirko began her career in recruiting with large consumer products companies. She then transitioned into marketing and brand activities before moving into project management for supply chain and global HR functions. She worked with companies like Gibson Guitar Corporation, Mars Incorporated, CSL Behring, and Godiva Chocolatier before moving back to Portland, joining Noto Group in 2019, and reentering the world of talent recruitment.

Executive Recruiter Bridget Hope has over 20 years of experience in leadership, merchandising, and category management in the outdoor sporting goods, athletic fitness, and lifestyle industries. She got her start at Banana Republic as a project manager before relocating to Nike to work in category management. She went on to work in merchandising, licensing, and consulting for brands like Eagle Creek, Puma, and Skull Candy before reconnecting with Roy and joining Noto Group in 2022. 

Principal Search Consultant Tami Bumiller has 20 years of experience in hospitality operations, retail human resources, and agency recruiting. The first 10 years of her career were spent in restaurant operations for a variety of independent brands across the country, after which she transitioned into retail, working at Eddie Bauer and eventually serving as their Senior VP of HR. After working with Roy to build out Eddie Bauer’s leadership, Tami joined the team at Noto Group in 2019. 

Principal Search Consultant Lena Knofler started her career doing accounting and tax work at a family-owned aviation engineering investment company. After coaching sports teams in the area, she was inspired to shift gears towards talent development for a small local agency in Portland, in addition to doing in-house recruitment work for Providence Healthcare. Her career journey led her to Noto Group, where she has been a Search Consultant since 2019. 

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