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.

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 UBC alumni and now an Accounting and Finance Recruitment pro!  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 works closely with junior to intermediate candidates. LeTing has successfully placed several accounting professionals. From Accounts Payable Clerks to Corporate Controllers, Leting’s ability to understand a candidate’s career aspirations and match them to one of STRIVE’s many high-profile clients is pure perfection. Some of Leting’s recent placements are:
  • Corporate Controller
  • Accounting Manager
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Project Accountant
  • Development Accountant
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Manager Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Property Accountant

 

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 and Children’s Wish Foundation.

 

 

 

Andrew

Account Manager – Operations

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Andrew is an Account Manager at STRIVE with a passion for helping businesses find the right talent. During his BBA, he developed a strong interest in sales through all the out of classroom projects he participated in. After he received his degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, he started his sales career in Gastown. Andrew loves trying new things, getting out of his comfort zone and giving back to the community. During his time off, Andrew can be found playing sports competitively  with his friends, volunteering for The Vancouver Board of Trade/ The Canadian Cancer Society and working out at the gym.

 Andrew is looking to help businesses find the following talent:

·       Plant Managers

·       Production Managers

·       Production Supervisors

·       Maintenance Manager

·       Quality Assurance Manager (QA)

·       Red Seal Millwrights

·       Electrician

·       Power Engineer

·       Quality Control Technician (QC)

·       Operations Manager

·       Logistics/Distribution Manager

·       Warehouse Manager

·       Inventory Control Manager

·       Supply Chain Analyst