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Brittany Louhier

Creative Manager

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Patrick B. Ropella

Chairman & CEO

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Patrick Ropella is the founder and serves as the Chairman and CEO of The Ropella Group. For the past 35 years, he has helped thousands of industry-leading companies grow through global talent discovery, assessment, and connection. His greatest contribution to the world of Executive Search is the proprietary SMART Search System (like Six Sigma for the Executive Search industry), which brings a proven and process-driven approach to hiring top talent. This system has allowed The Ropella Group to consistently achieve a level of speed and efficiency that is unheard of in the Executive Search industry. Patrick has a commitment to excellence and loves working with corporations and Private Equity firms as a strategic partner to find just the right hire for a wide variety of roles and functions spanning across the chemical, consumer products, technology, and allied industries.

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Robbie Ropella

President

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Robbie Ropella started as a recruiter and has since grown into the President of Executive Search for the Ropella Group.

Even during economic recessions when hiring has been frozen, she has successfully marketed top talent to her key clients and helped companies upgrade their talent pool. As the economy eventually turned around, Robbie built out her executive search team, experiencing great success achieving double digit growth for the past three years.

Robbie now enjoys traveling the globe with her husband, Patrick Ropella, attending conferences and trade shows, and visiting client headquarters. She is the face of the Ropella Group at these events with a natural passion for building and cultivating relationships.

Robbie’s driving force is the satisfaction that comes from finding a perfect match for her clients and helping them grow their great companies.

Her leadership style can be described as being a servant leader, always ready to lend a hand and jump into the trenches with her front-line team. As for management style, she teaches problem solving and critical thinking.

In her spare time, she is involved in numerous local, regional and global charities, along with many professional affiliations.  Robbie is a grandmother of five and enjoys martial arts, jet skiing, wallyball, golf, kayaking and almost anything sports related.

Jane Parkin

Executive Search Consultant

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Nelle Kugler

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Jana Bedgood

Client Partner

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Panhandle/Alarm & Phone - Bob Vinson

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Eric Krause

Senior Vice President

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As Vice President of Fulfillment, Eric Krause takes an active role in developing organizational strategy so Ropella can continue to provide best-in-class service and results to each unique client. Eric is passionate about finding the right match for each client’s needs through assessing cultural and personality fit that is built to last. He has completed Hogan Assessment’s Advanced Certification course and is a graduate of Cornell University’s Advanced Program for Executive Search and Leadership Consulting.

After receiving an MBA from the University of West Florida, Eric began his career with Ropella as an Executive Search Consultant and was quickly promoted into a role as Client Partner. He continues to partner directly with key clients to uncover and develop custom search strategies that solve for highly specialized talent needs. He held prior positions with IMS ExpertServices, a leading expert witness search firm.

In his spare time, he supports the Relay for Life and United Way charities and enjoys visiting the beach with his wife, son and daughter. Mr. Krause is also an avid reader and passionate fan of his alma mater, the Florida Gators.

Samantha Burris

Client Partner

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Olga Danilov-Palacios

Senior Client Partner

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Olga is originally from Moldova and came to the United States to complete her MBA and BSBA in Management at the University of West Florida. In Moldova, she went to the Technical University of Moldova and studied Computer Science, learning AutoCad, MatLab, C++, and other technical courses. During her high school years, Olga competed in STEM subjects (chemistry, math, and physics) and won 1st place for 3 years. Besides English, Olga speaks Romanian, Russian, French, and Spanish.

Olga joined the Ropella Group in March 2016 as an Administrative Assistant, helping the Operations and Business Development teams. Currently, she is leading the Technical Research Team, assuring the accuracy of Ropella’s database, identifying potential candidates, developing research strategies for specific lists, etc. In her spare time, Olga enjoys traveling, exploring different cultures, learning new languages, reading, and challenging her intellectual skills.

Brian Moore

Client Partner

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Christian Hogue

VP, Client Partnership Development

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Christian Hogue is the Vice President of Client Partnership and has played a formative role in reshaping how Ropella engages with new industry partners. Leading a team of five, he is enthusiastic about living Ropella’s core values through each and every interaction. In addition to his responsibilities as a business development leader, Christian plays an active role in promoting company culture through organized sports and extracurricular activities.

When not collaborating with his colleagues, Christian enjoys spending time fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, working on cars, and pursuing a Masters of Business Administration from the University of West Florida.

Valeria Fisher

Research Associate

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Parris Allarie

Executive Search Consultant

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Walker O’Connor

Manager, Client Partnership Development and Talent Acquisition

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Elise Brassell

Executive Search Consultant

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Caleb Hogue

Executive Search Consultant

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Elizaveta Birca

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Kimberly Griffith

Executive Search Consultant

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David Ferguson

Manager, Client Partnership Development

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Jamie Nemith

Manager, Client Partnership Development

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Natalie Tobin

Project Manager, Client Partnership Development

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Justin O’Day

Director, Information Technologies

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Justin O’Day

Director, Research and Information Technologies

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Bentley & Bianca

Chief Happiness Officers

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Monica Hatch

Executive Search Consultant

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Cassandra Orona

Controller

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Thomas Gardner

Research Associate

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Katy Dodson

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Ryan Klein

Marketing

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Rhonda Wiseman

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Joshua Kea

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Rebecca Jones

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Dalton Leischner

ESC

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Dionte Gray

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Nikki Lively

Accounting

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Joshua Hadden

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Sara Unser

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Sarah Unser

Executive Search Consultant

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Joshua Hadden

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Chase Usher

Executive Search Consultant

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Research Associate

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Jayne Jackson

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Rebecca Jones

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Christopher Desaliza

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Ben Avellone

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Xena Nguyen

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