Meet Our Founder

Ema Ostarcevic
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Ema is an experienced staffing industry executive who has focused on various segments of the recruitment, search, and placement arenas.  As founder of SEARCH Group Partners (SGP), a premier, boutique recruiting firm with offices in Utah, Tennessee, and New York. Ema oversees recruiting, sales, operations, on-site consulting, acquisitions, and executive search for the company.

In addition to her leadership and entrepreneurial background, she 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. She specializes 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. Ema also 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

Morgan Yoakum
Executive Assistant to the CEO

Chad Olsen
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer

Kim Carlsen
Vice President, Executive Search

Jen Cafiero
Director of Client Relations & Recruiting

Jess Nelson
Director of Recruiting

Gretchen Markowski
Recruiter

Robert Nettles
Recruiter