Karen A. Fox | President & Founder
After attending The University of Illinois as a James Scholar, Ms. Fox graduated With Honors from National Louis College of Education.
Having worked in the Hospitality Industry as a Cooking Instructor, Catering Director, Party/Event Planner, and Owner of a Fast Food Restaurant, Karen found recruiting a natural environment to use her skills of teaching and psychology and her love of helping people. In 1987, Karen established The Hunter Group in order to set the highest standard in Hospitality Search.
Lisa Fishwild Hale | Vice President
Lisa studied Journalism at the University of Iowa, moved to Chicago in 1988 and fell in love with the food business.
She served, baked then managed at Suzette's Patisserie, opened Au Marche Cafe and Spoonful, The Bistro, then spent three years as General Manager at Zambrana's, The Food Emporium before joining The Hunter Group in 1996.
Melissa Riback Associate
Melissa attended Columbia College in Missouri. She has worked as a Server for many popular Chicago area restaurants including: Lettuce Entertain You, Bravo Corporation, and Aspen Grill.
Melissa joined The Hunter Group in 1999 and manages the support systems in the Chicago office.
Stacey LaMarche | Associate
Stacey has always been infatuated with the hospitality industry. She has years of experience working in many restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.
No stranger to working hard to achieve her goals, Stacey worked her way up the ranks in Hospitality. Stacey has held Management positions in notable restaurant groups in the Chicago market such as Rockit Ranch Productions and headed up the food and beverage program at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
As an Associate at The Hunter Group, Stacey will channel her knowledge and love of the Hospitality Industry along with her desire to teach, mentor and develop people to assist others in achieving their goals as Hospitality professionals.
Cindy Walker | Associate
Cindy has always had a passion for people and a love for creative food and design. So, it was only fitting that she would choose a career in hospitality. She graduated with a double major in 2001 with Bachelor’s Degree in Management & Human Resources and Social Psychology from Park University. Cindy has worked in the industry for 15 plus years from restaurants to upscale catering companies. She has held positions as Director of Sales, Director of Business Development as well as Director of HR.
With her passion for people and knowledge of the industry Cindy is excited to be able to assist others in finding their dream job in the hospitality world.
Elaine Fosse | Associate
Backed with years of experience across the Hospitality Industry, Elaine is focused on client satisfaction and growing partnerships to their maximum potential.
Prior to joining the Hunter Group, Elaine opened Morton’s Steakhouse locations nationwide, ran Corporate catering businesses, and directed events for celebrities, sports figures, as well as four U.S. Presidents.
Wayne Wood | Associate
Wayne's coast-to-coast career has spanned the gamut from amusement parks, cruise ship dining, contract food service management and nationally-known restaurants and hotels, and also includes a stint in the friendly skies of United Airlines along the way.
With a Bachelor's degree from Cal Poly Pomona, and a Master's degree from Michigan State University, Wayne stays close to industry trends and tastes in order to guide hospitality professionals seeking the next step in their own career pathing.
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