About

About Us

Avenues Recruiting Solutions is dedicated to aligning talent in a talented world. You can, and should, hold us to the highest standards while trusting our team of experts to deliver.

Avenues began in March 2013 with the goal of placing top tier talent in the best job opportunities available. Our unique approach to recruiting benefits both candidate and client by finding the perfect match for both parties.

Meet the Team

  • Aaron Thompson
    Aaron Thompson
    Owner / Executive Recruiter
  • Nikki Stephens
    Nikki Stephens
    Director of Marketing
  • Gabbi Gerabedian
    Gabbi Gerabedian
    Executive Recruiter
  • Brian Kinlaw
    Brian Kinlaw
    Executive Recruiter
  • Whitney Robinson
    Whitney Robinson
    Director of Research
  • Patrick Allen
    Patrick Allen
    Lead Technical Recruiter
  • J.D. O’Connor
    J.D. O’Connor
    Executive Recruiter
  • Adriene Battie
    Adriene Battie
    Executive Recruiter
  • Lynn Tobin
    Lynn Tobin
    Researcher
  • James Brost
    James Brost
    Director of MEP
  • Greg Hill
    Greg Hill
    Lead Technical Recruiter
  • Sue Ashby
    Sue Ashby
    Executive Recruiter
  • Kristi Pearson
    Kristi Pearson
    Senior Researcher

Candidates

Organizations

Don't Just Take Our Word For It

Avenues’ strength is in the recruiter being able to locate the right candidates. I am sure it takes persistence and the right people skills, which our recruiter possesses.

 

BOB M. VP OF SALES CLIENT
They offer a breadth of options and recommendations, interview coaching and prep, and they listen to employee preferences. I had a fantastic experience. My recruiter was extremely helpful!

 

JOHN C. APPLICATONS ENGINEER CANDIDATE
Good candidates presented. Very communicative!

 

MATT R. DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING CLIENT
They care about the employee and try to find a good position for them.

 

OTTO R. CONTROLS ENGINEER CANDIDATE
Thorough – good understanding of what the candidate needs and wants, as well as what our organization needs.

 

KATE P. TALENT RECRUITER CLIENT
Consistent contact and responses.

 

ANDREW D. APPLICATION ENGINEER CANDIDATE
Learning and adapting to what we needed was a strength. The first candidate was not what we were looking for, but the second hit the mark.

 

SILAS R. VP SALES CLIENT

I have high regards for Avenues as you have gone above and beyond any of my expectations and then some. I am so appreciative that you have that you have taken the time to understand my situation and listened to what I think would be a perfect firm to commit to. I believe that you have found that perfect firm, a place where not only do I think is perfect, but also thinks I would be a great fit as well. I have such high regards for you that I will be keeping my ear out for anyone who is looking for a new engineering job and I will definitely be recommending you to them, I know they will have a great experience with the team. 

 

RORY M. ELECTRICAL DESIGNER CANDIDATE
Our recruiter had a good knowledge of the industry and sent us well qualified candidates.

 

PATRICK V. SALES & MARKETING MANAGER CLIENT
Aaron Thompson
Owner / Executive Recruiter

Prior to entering the search industry, Aaron managed several companies. The challenges he faced in management roles are no different from the many challenges managers are faced with throughout any industry. Today, years after entering the search industry, Aaron finds that his current role is largely no different than his previous career: matching good, talented people with great companies.

Aaron helped companies grow their market share more than $15 Million through identifying top talent in the industry. He takes pride in helping his clients grow and at the same time bettering the lives of candidates and their families.

Nikki Stephens
Director of Marketing

Nikki’s unique combination of strategic, analytical and creative skills helps her transform a company’s marketing department from a cost center to a revenue center. Her role is to highlight the vast expertise and skills of the Avenues recruiting team, study market and industry trends and optimize internal systems/workflows. With a BA in Journalism and partial completion of an MBA, her strengths lie in content development and data analysis—working the two together seamlessly to achieve business objectives.

Nikki recently returned to her hometown of Sarasota after several years progressing in her career in Orlando and Atlanta. In her free time she does yoga and blogs about her passion: motherhood.

Gabbi Gerabedian
Executive Recruiter

Gabbi’s tag line is, “The difficult I do Immediately. The Impossible takes a little longer.” She is true to that statement by working with accuracy and urgency to achieve results.

She started her recruiting career in the construction industry in Las Vegas, placing executives, general superintendents, engineers, senior project managers and estimators with some of today’s largest general contractors. Today, Gabbi works nationwide with many specialty and general contractors.

You will feel Gabbi’s high energy and enthusiasm as well as her passion through the phone when you talk to her; she cares about her candidates, clients and Avenues.

Brian Kinlaw
Executive Recruiter

Brian is a native Floridian who graduated from the University of Central Florida. After spending 15 years in Orlando in the restaurant industry he decided to make a career change. Using the knowledge and experience from his years in customer service he opted to venture down the path of recruiting. By applying unique and inventive solutions, Brian uncovers the perfect candidate for every company and opening he works with, helping clients gain the competitive edge they all desire.

In his free time, Brian enjoys spending time with his friends and family, whether it’s a round of golf or an extreme game of kickball in the backyard.

Whitney Robinson
Director of Research

Whitney specializes in identifying the “hard to find” talent for our clients. She utilizes her sourcing skills to identify and pre-qualify potential candidates for the many clients of Avenues.

Whitney is originally from New Jersey and moved to Sarasota during high school. She then went on to the University of Arkansas on a full athletic scholarship and graduated with a BA in International Relations. She earned her Masters of Education in 2008 from Argosy University in Sarasota. Her dedication and work ethic shows in her day to day at Avenues with the many candidates she works with and with her continued desire to grow both professionally and personally.

Patrick Allen
Lead Technical Recruiter

Patrick specializes in manufacturing, fluid power and automation. He focuses on sales and engineering talent with backgrounds in a variety of applications and segments of the industry.

Patrick had several successful years in field sales that help him understand the characteristics and fundamentals of standout sales individuals. His ability to adapt and listen to clients’ needs has allowed him to deliver top engineering and service talent as well.

When Patrick is not working, he spends as much time as he can with his wife and two handsome boys. They are very active outdoors and love adventure. He has strong Chicago roots, enjoyed a 10-year stretch in Florida, and he and his family now reside in Denver, living the mountain life they always wanted.

J.D. O’Connor
Executive Recruiter

J.D. brings a unique background and skill set to the Avenues team. Having spent his entire 20’s in the United States Navy, he finished his last tour as a Naval Officer Recruiter in New York City. It was during this time that he realized how much he enjoyed building positive and lasting relationships between people.

J.D. believes a strong recruiter should be a natural extension of any successful company, providing a value-added service. Creative by nature, he is always looking for new and innovative ways to help align clients with the highest caliber talent.

J.D. is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. An advocate for nutrition education and sustainable agriculture, J.D. enjoys volunteering with local farmers.

Adriene Battie
Executive Recruiter

Adriene is a native Floridian who graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in philosophy. She has a passion for helping others and takes an active approach to recruiting. Her success can be attributed to building and maintaining long-term relationships with her clients and candidates. Her primary goal in recruiting is to maximize her client’s ROI.

She is a proud mother of 4 amazing children who are very active in athletics. Adriene spends most of her free time cheering them on at their games.

Lynn Tobin
Researcher

Lynn joined the Avenues team in 2016 as a Researcher. Her background in sales, human resources and staffing, paired with her dedicated work ethic and attention to detail, are a welcome addition. She is an advocate for both the client and the candidate by going above and beyond to find and deliver the perfect match.

Lynn studied Early Childhood Education at the University of Rhode Island, but couldn’t wait to get back to warm, sunny Florida. Outside of the office, there is nothing she loves more than being a mom; she enjoys time with her two boys cooking and experiencing the outdoor paradise of Sarasota.

James Brost
Director of MEP

James joins Avenues with 20 years of recruiting experience. Growing up in a military family seeing new places, people and cultures helped shape his passion for building relationships. His philosophy and success lie on the principle that your relationships are the most valuable assets; he strives to be and provide so much more than a resume-forwarding service.

James was the top producer 7 years in a row, while simultaneously building and managing a team of recruiters. His team placed 194 candidates in a 2-year period with a Fortune 10 Information Technology company.

Outside of work, James enjoys spending time with his family, visiting the beach and volunteering in the community.

Greg Hill
Lead Technical Recruiter

Greg specializes in Business Development & Recruiting efforts. He focuses on delivering top sales talent to manufacturing and distribution companies in the segments of power transmission, high-speed equipment, turbomachinery and fluid power. Greg has been with Avenues since the beginning and has a total of 15 years of recruitment and talent acquisition experience.

Greg is originally from the Cincinnati, OH area. He is an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a veteran of the Armed Forces and is currently pursuing an MBA. In his personal time, Greg enjoys golfing, bike-riding, camping, traveling and spending time with his family.

Sue Ashby
Executive Recruiter

Sue brings a wealth of IT experience with her, some 20 years, and is an integral component to the IT recruitment division here at Avenues. She is an import from the UK, having been in Florida for 13 years. She founded and ran a very successful software company for 12 years prior to sale. She also headed up Computer Personnel International where she recruited all levels of IT staff (both sales and technical) for positions in the UK and USA.

Sue works with her clients, and candidates alike, with the utmost of integrity in a consultative manner ensuring satisfaction through building strong relationships and the understanding of desired objectives.

Sue’s interests include writing (her nonfiction book is close to publication) as well as all things metaphysical and has a lifelong passion for learning. Her volunteering includes work with animal rescue organizations and hospice both in the UK and USA.

Kristi Pearson
Senior Researcher

Kristi takes pride in placing top producing sales and engineering professionals with growing and profitable companies. She has been recruiting for 6 years and worked in Outside Sales prior. Her work ethic, passion for helping others, honesty and open communication style have all shaped her career for the better.

Originally from Boston, MA, Kristi moved to Florida 25 years ago. She has two daughters pursuing their dreams in dance and modeling while completing their educations in Los Angeles. Kristi loves her family unconditionally and spends every free moment she can with them. She also loves being on the water; it’s her happy place!

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