Kari started working in retail at the ripe age of 13, primarily to support her clothing addiction. She fell in love with the industry and got her degree in merchandising. Kari spent the first part of her career in retail management and private label merchandising. In 2006 she started Apparel Resource Professional Recruitment.
Leslie comes from public relations roots and can talk to mud, so found herself well suited for recruiting. She spent six years at Lands’ End recruiting for a variety of disciplines but ultimately found her true niche recruiting for Merchants and Designers.
Leslie knew of “Kari the headhunter” and Kari knew of “Leslie the go-getter”. Then one day we finally met and found we partnered quite well together as vendor and client. Fast forward to 2010, the two of us joined forces and the rest is history. We feel so fortunate to have built a robust business and are thankful to have such an amazing network of candidates and clients.
Over the last decade we have learned a few things along the way. Life is short, so just do the right thing. Listen more and talk less. We are not sales people and we are thankful we haven’t needed to be. Culture and chemistry fit are just as important as tactical skill set. A trip to corporate offices to sit down with leadership is well worth the time and money. Take on work you believe in. If something doesn’t feel right, it isn’t.
Outside of our recruiting work we are normal chicks. We are moms, wives, fitness fanatics and pet owners. We volunteer in our communities at hospices, preschools, high schools and humane societies. Oh, and we enjoy a full pour of pinot noir and a good dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives every now and then too.
Kari + Leslie