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.


Chicago Office

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.


Chicago Office

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.


Chicago Office


Sarah Iverson | Associate

Since she can remember Sarah has had a love of food and travel. Sarah chose a Bachelors degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from University Wisconsin Stout and graduated in 1994.  Sarah has worked in the industry as a Director of Sales & Catering for Midwest Hotel & Conference Center as well as Director of Sales for several  Holiday Inn Express hotels in the Wisconsin area.  Her passion lies with the people in our industry and Sarah can think of nothing more fulfilling than matching amazing individuals with amazing career choices.


Wisconsin 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.


Chicago Office


Roz Echevarria | Associate

Roz Echevarria is an experienced restaurant operator who has a passion for hospitality. She's known for helping, educating, and supporting clients as they develop a fulfilling career of their own.

She graduated from Depaul University with a degree in Digital Media but fell in love with the hospitality industry after working at multiple restaurants throughout the Chicagoland area. Her career blossomed with Rockit Ranch Productions where she started as an Assistant Maitre D; and worked her way up to upper management. After managing for other hospitality groups, including DineAmic Group and Goddess and the Baker, she decided to utilize her knowledge of the industry to help others find a fulfilling career within it.


Chicago Office


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.



Minnesota Office



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