Bernie Nutter

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Bernie Nutter is the President and founder of Hire Horizons. Bernie has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University and has worked for over 25 years in the industrial and manufacturing sectors in various positions such as Engineering, Sales, Marketing, and Executive Management. Bernie has worked for both small pre-IPO startups as well as Fortune 100 global corporations. His industry experience includes nuclear materials processing, engineering & construction, industrial water treatment, specialty chemicals, pulp & paper, industrial cleaning, plastics & engineered resins, and executive search services.

Core Expertise: Water Treatment, Pulp & Paper, Chemicals, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage

Contact Bernie Nutter directly at 614.866.4919 or bnutter@HireHorizons.com.

Phil Strader

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Phil Strader is the Director of Client Development. He earned his B.S. in Pulp and Paper Technology from North Carolina State University and has over 30 years of experience in the Pulp & Paper, Industrial Water Treatment, and Specialty Chemical industries having held a variety of positions including field sales, corporate account management, and sales management. Phil’s extensive personnel leadership experience has made him uniquely qualified to understand our hiring managers’ challenges of finding the right “fit” to ensure proper team chemistry and to maximize organizational effectiveness.

Core Expertise: Pulp & Paper, Water Treatment, Specialty Chemicals, Manufacturing, Power Generation, Hydrocarbon Processing

Contact Phil Strader directly at 541.549.6521 or pstrader@HireHorizons.com.

John Cook

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John Cook earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University and has worked for 25+ years in industrial and manufacturing sectors such as specialty chemicals, pulp and paper, plastics processing, automotive, heavy industrial, plating, and general manufacturing. His roles have included Technical Service, Sales Engineering, Business Development, Sales Management, and Customer Service. John’s experience in a variety of manufacturing environments as well as his management and hiring background allows him to grasp the challenges of today’s marketplace and successfully connect candidates with client opportunities.

Core Expertise: Water & Wastewater Treatment, Polymers & Plastic Processing, Chemicals, Pulp & Paper, Oil & Gas, Automotive

Contact John Cook directly at 513.847.8390 or jcook@HireHorizons.com.

Emmie Kroodsma

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Emmie Kroodsma has more than 20 years of professional recruiting experience spanning a variety of industries and disciplines including Engineering, Manufacturing, Lighting & Energy, Commercial Signage, and Hospitality. She has called Cleveland “home” for over 10 years, but has strong industry relationships throughout the country. As a former client of Hire Horizons, Emmie is now in a unique position to provide the same level of service to others that she experienced first-hand. Emmie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business with an emphasis in Communications and Social Science from Davenport University.

Core Expertise: Manufacturing, Water & Environmental Services, Food Ingredients, Engineering & Construction, Energy Services, Specialty Chemicals

Contact Emmie Kroodsma directly at 440.853.1137 or ekroodsma@HireHorizons.com.

Julie Mysinger

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Julie Mysinger is a native of Metro Detroit Michigan and holds a B.A. in Writing and Rhetoric from Oakland University. Julie has a strong background in technical writing, business development, and technical sales within the Automotive, Manufacturing, Industrial, and Aerospace markets. Her career has been focused on providing capital equipment, production software, and product validation testing services to OEMs, Tier 1, and Tier 2 suppliers within these sectors. Julie’s exceptional listening skills and tenacious work ethic make her an excellent professional match-maker for candidates and employers.

Core Expertise: Automotive, Heavy Industrial, Manufacturing, Aerospace, Product Certifications, Petrochemical

Contact Julie Mysinger directly at 248.242.4122 or jmysinger@HireHorizons.com.

Mike Pickett

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Mike Pickett is a native of Northeast Ohio and graduate of Kent State University. Mike’s career has spanned the Golf industry, Executive Management, and multi-site Operations Management with a core focus on delivering superior customer service and developing/strengthening long-term client relationships across diverse industries. His personal expertise includes: accounting, executive leadership, human resources, sales & marketing, and information technology.

Core Expertise: Pulp & Paper, Water Treatment, Plastics & Engineered Resins, Sports & Hospitality Management, Finance, Accounting

Contact Mike Pickett directly at 440.853.8818 or mpickett@HireHorizons.com.

Chris Panagopoulos

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Chris Panagopoulos is one of our Research Specialists. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Youngstown State University, a Doctor of Chiropractic from National University of Health Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems from Indiana Wesleyan University. His diverse background, combined with his expertise in Information Technology, allow Chris a unique perspective in researching and analyzing various aspects of the Industrial, Commercial, and Manufacturing markets.

Contact Chris Panagopoulos directly at 216.438.0308 or cpanagopoulos@HireHorizons.com.

Patti Wigington

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Patti Wigington has a B.A. in History from Ohio University, and leads all informational/candidate research functions as Research Coordinator. She also serves as our social media specialist, and has a background in medical office administration and retail management, in addition to freelance writing. As someone who combines a love of technology with her ability to find information, Patti utilizes her research skills to identify top-tier candidates for our client employers.

Contact Patti Wigington directly at 614.626.3836 or pwigington@HireHorizons.com.


Each member of our team is an active participant in the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS), Ohio Recruiters Association (ORA), Top Echelon Network, and NPA Worldwide Recruitment Network.