Meet Our Founder

Ema Ostarcevic
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Ema is an experienced staffing industry executive and has focused on various segments of the recruitment, search and placement arenas.  As founder of SEARCH Group Partners, a premier, boutique recruiting firm in Utah, Ema oversees all day-to-day leadership activities including recruiting, sales, operations, on-site consulting, acquisitions, executive search and strategic direction for the company.

In addition to her leadership and entrepreneurial background, Ema possesses a deep understanding of the sales management and public relations components of business excellence. Prior to SGP, Ema served as a Managing Director within Robert Half International’s Executive, Retained search division. Specializing in senior level and C-suite retained searches across multiple industry sectors, throughout the United States and internationally. She is particularly adept at guiding upper management in the successful culmination of executive leadership type appointments within small to medium sized, growth oriented companies. Ema also has over three years of experience as a Division Director within Robert Half International, managing divisions in the Los Angeles and Salt Lake City Markets. Additionally, Ema served as a Regional Sales Manager at Select Staffing and was responsible for generating sales revenue and maximizing potential of assigned sales representatives across the United States, through effective leadership and mentoring. Ema is a relationship driven professional, who prides herself on being a true consultative partner to her clients.

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Meet Our Core Team

Chad Olsen
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer

Kim Carlsen
Vice President, Executive Search

Jess Nelson
Director of Recruiting, Strategic Accounts

Gretchen Markowski

Morgan Yoakum
Executive Assistant to the CEO