Meet the Team

Michael

The Team Captain

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Michael is the founder and Managing Director of STRIVE recruitment and brings a creative, entrepreneurial spirit to his role. With over a decade of experience in the recruitment industry, Michael also brings a wealth of knowledge to his practice and team. After receiving his BBA, Michael jumped head first into an opportunity to work for a global recruitment agency. His commitment to success earned him 2 National Top Recruiter awards at his firm—but even this didn’t satisfy his ambition. Michael eventually became unsatisfied with the broad, high-level focus of a global conglomerate and left to build a recruitment firm of his own. By blending his big business ambition with the focus, drive, and creativity of a start-up, Michael turned STRIVE into a well oiled recruitment machine that’s successfully sourced the best and brightest for a spectrum of clients that range from top local Vancouver talent to internationally renown Fortune 500 companies

When Michael isn’t in the office, he can be found playing beer league soccer, pretending to be a foodie at local restaurants, or traveling to the many places he hasn’t seen around the world. Michael runs Scotiabank’s Half Marathon to raise money for BC Children’s Hospital, and contributes to the BC Cancer Foundation by participating in their Movember campaign every fall. He is also an active member of Vancouver’s EO organization.

Radko

Recruitment Specialist – Construction and Design

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Radko is a Recruitment Specialist in the Construction & Design division at STRIVE. A true world traveler, Radko was born in Slovakia and relocated to Canada at a young age. Growing up in Vancouver he built a strong foundation in both English and French before moving to Montreal to pursue his post-secondary studies.

After completing his B.Sc in Psychology at McGill University he dove into the recruitment industry and was able to incorporate what he studied into the fast paced nuanced world of specialized staffing. After 6 years in Montreal, Radko has returned to the ‘best’ coast looking for his next challenge. As part of the STRIVE team, Radko matches the goals and interests of the top candidates in the Construction & Design industries with the needs of the most renowned clients on the market.

Radko’s recent placements include:

• Site Superintendent – Local Builder

• Senior Project Manager – Design Build Company

• Project Coordinator – Design Build Company

• Estimator – Design Build Company

• Site Superintendent – Local Builder

When he’s not in the office, you can find Radko touring Vancouver’s best spots in search of the perfect pizza or the city’s best Caesar, talking adamantly to friends about how he’s going to start working out, or glued to the TV watching sports.

Pearl

Recruitment Specialist – Operations

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Pearl has been the head recruiter for job placement in Manufacturing, Operations, and Skilled
Trades industries at STRIVE since 2010. Pearl is first and foremost a people person. Her ability to
connect with and understand both her clients and candidates is one of the many reasons she’s
succeeded in finding top talent locally and internationally. Gaining invaluable insight into
manufacturing and distribution industries over the years, Pearl has developed a keen eye for
talent and a proven track record of delivering successful recruitment solutions. Working with
Pearl guarantees exceptional applicants for her clients, and exciting new opportunities for her
candidates. Ask any candidates or clients she’s worked with, and they’ll tell you right away that
she’s “the best in the biz.”

Pearl’s most recent placements include:

• Red Seal Millwright – food manufacturing company

• Red Seal Electrician – hardware manufacturing company

• Corporate Chef – food manufacturing company

• Operations Manager – logistics company

• Plant Manager – manufacturing company

• Building Operator – real estate company

On the weekends, Pearl is usually cheering (screaming) on her son at his soccer games, enjoying
time with her daughter and going for long walks and around Vancouver’s Sea Wall. Pearl has
been a long-time supporter of BC Children’s Hospital, The Heart & Stroke Foundation, as well as
the Dress for Success Vancouver initiative.

Kirsten

Practice Lead – Construction and Design

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Kirsten brings 8 years of successful recruitment experience to her role as Practice Lead at
STRIVE. She’s an active member in the construction industry and has developed an in depth
knowledge for that sector through her involvement in the CCW, NAIOP, BOMA, ULI, UDI, and
CREW associations. Her main area of focus is recruitment for the construction, real estate,
development and design industries, but her expertise knows no bounds.
Kirsten thrives in a Contingent Recruitment space and easily adopted the “No Win, No Pay”
ideology behind STRIVE’s 90 day placement guarantee—because she wins every time. Kirsten is
particularly astute in her search for leadership roles and expertly applies the S3 proactive
method to her Executive Search practice. Kristen also shows incredible versatility in her services,
and can adapt her talent search to source top candidates for even the most difficult to fill niche
roles.

Kirsten’s most recent placements include:

• Architect – Architecture Firm

• Senior Project Manager – Design Build Company

• Site Superintendent – Local Builder

• Senior Interior Designer – Design Build Company

• Manager of Design – Design Build Company

• Intermediate Interior Designer – Design Firm

When she’s not belting out ballads on Karaoke night, Kirsten can be found playing volleyball or
cycling the Sea Wall—but her most intensive cardio workouts by far come from just trying to
keep up with her two young children. Kirsten is also a huge supporter of several charities, and
favours the work of the Women and Children’s Hospital and the Covenant House.

Alison

Account Manager – Construction and Design and Operations

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Alison brings 8 years of recruitment, job placement and career development to her role as an Account Manager at STRIVE.   She applies her in-depth knowledge of full-cycle hiring, industry trends and relationship-building skills to her role.  She is quickly developing key relationships within the Construction industry, while focusing on niche roles in order to best serve both client and candidate.

Alison’s most recent placements include:

• Architect – Architecture Firm

• Project Coordinator – Design Build Company

• Senior Project Manager – Design Build Company

• Site Superintendent – Local Builder

• Senior Interior Designer – Design Build Company

Operations:

  • Plant Manager
  • Distribution Manager
  • Electrician
  • Millwright
  • Transportation Supervisor

 

In her time off, Alison can be found outdoors hiking, bike-riding, rock climbing, sailing and enjoying nicer afternoons on a patio.  Alison supports various charities, including Because I Am a Girl, Children’s Wish, and Ride for the Cure.

Michelle

Account Manager – Accounting and Finance

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Michelle is an Account Manager at STRIVE with a passion for connecting people.  Michelle works with several of North America’s top organizations and partners with their Accounting and Finance leaders in providing top talent at various levels.

Examples of recent placements:

  • Assistant Controller
  • Internal Auditor
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Project Accountant
  • Development Accountant
  • Senior Accountant
  • Manager Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Property Accountant

 

 

 

Prior to working at STRIVE, Michelle was an experienced exercise physiologist and personal trainer with a hunger for competitive sports.  Although Michelle will always make fitness a part of her life she is looking forward to using her extensive client base in the recruiting industry.  In her spare time, you can find her on the volleyball court, hiking, dancing and wine tasting.  Michelle also volunteers with various health organizations such as St. Paul’s Hospital and Positive Living.

LeTing

Recruitment Specialist

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LeTing is a fresh grad of 2016 from UBC Vancouver campus. After receiving her BA, she developed a strong interest in recruiting and started her career in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. As the Recruitment Specialist at STRIVE, LeTing puts her creativity to play as she builds the company’s social media platform and staying up to date with up and coming opportunities. Working closely with candidates, LeTing guarantees exciting new opportunities for them.

 

During her time off, LeTing can be found practicing yoga at your neighborhood yoga studio, hiking, paddleboarding or working out at the gym. She enjoys staying fit and active throughout the year. On Sunday afternoons she enjoys spending some down time with her friends and a stroll along Jericho Beach to catch the afternoon breeze and fresh air. LeTing is also a strong supporter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.