Julie Kampf founded JBK Associates in 2003 to create an award winning executive talent solutions organization that moves beyond the limitations of standard executive search. With nearly 30 years of search and industry experience, she has built a diverse team focused on developing long-term client partnerships, providing in-depth expertise and delivering the comprehensive solutions that are the order of business today with an eye towards tomorrow. To complement JBK's expertise in senior-level talent, Julie founded SummitSearchU.S. in 2007 to focus on middle-management talent, and launched CareerCentral in 2008 to support companies and candidates with services such as coaching, training, workshops and assessments.
The results have brought clients the executive talent solutions they need, and have earned national acclaim for Julie and JBK Associates, which is certified as a women-owned business by the prestigious Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
In addition to her work at JBK Associates, Julie Kampf brings her commitment to women and diversity to her many volunteer activities. She serves on Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications Board of Visitors, is a founding member of the Bergen County (NJ) chapter of Women United in Philanthropy, and is a past-President of the Metro chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and BioNJ. In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruitment (IACPR) and on the Girl Scout Council of Bergen County. In her spare time, she raises money for charities including Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Table To Table and The Women’s Health and Counseling Center.
Julie earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island, where she minored in Marketing.
The passion, energy and commitment of our team supports our clients' ability to create a more diverse and inclusive environment and should be a driving force for all companies today. My goal is to bring 100 percent every day by providing innovative and comprehensive talent solutions where ‘one size fits all’ is not an option.
As Principal at JBK Associates, Inc. Steve Prisco brings expertise in day-to-day management, business development and execution to a comprehensive role created in response to the company’s accelerated growth across all sectors. At JBK, his specialties include sales and marketing management, training, business process improvement, leadership coaching and change management.
Prisco built deep and diverse industry knowledge spanning more than fifteen years in both executive search and management consulting, backed by nearly 20 years of sales and marketing leadership at the Senior Vice President level.
In the search arena, Steve Prisco served most recently as Principal at DHR International. His tenure in sales and marketing includes the cosmetics industry, where he held positions such as SVP of Sales for Sanofi Beauty Products and EVP/General Manager for the start-up Tyra Cosmetics in Chatsworth, California. He also served as EVP of Sales & Marketing for the Headstrong Group, where he directed the worldwide marketing and sales strategies for this manufacturer of recreational safety helmets. Steve earned a master’s degree in Psychology from Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y.
I believe in a ‘high-touch’ and very hands-on approach where I strive to become a trusted advisor to clients, candidates and associates. It’s important to focus on both strategy and execution for a totally successful outcome. Seeking to understand first is at the heart of delivering long-term success in every area of talent solutions.
Michael Lazar manages the research and workflow process for JBK Associates from both an internal and external perspective. In addition, he works closely to build and manage relationships for JBK with numerous industry, diversity and corporate organizations.
Michael and the team provide JBK Associates’ clients with outstanding candidates in various functional specialties including marketing, sales, finance, human resources and research & development, among others. He has served both agency and client-side organizations in the life sciences, healthcare, energy, financial services, communications and consumer products industries.
Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Philosophy and Political Thought from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and attended the Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, NJ.
Our objective is to be an extension of the client organization, not a vendor. We entrench ourselves in the culture of our clients, meeting key internal stakeholders, learning internal processes and understanding key business drivers, and ensuring that our process is seamless and effective. My goal is to lead our team to continuously exceed client expectations with regard to our partnership, communication and deliverables.”
Cheryl Richards heads SummitSearch U.S., bringing more than 20 years experience in recruiting and staffing all levels of management through the Director level.
Prior to joining SummitSearch U.S., Cheryl held roles of increasing responsibility and served as President for three years at a full-service staffing firm based in Northern New Jersey. She has a deep understanding of qualifying candidates, supporting the hiring manager's needs from a variety of vantage points, and building relationships with her clients, including companies in the biotech/pharmaceutical, financial, consumer packaged goods (CPG), professional services and manufacturing environments.
In a field filled with practitioners who overload clients with resumes hoping one of them sticks, Richards has earned a reputation for doing what it takes to find the right match based on a deep understanding of a client's business and culture. As a result, her placements succeed far beyond industry averages, her client relationships endure for years, and her candidates often become clients.
Cheryl holds a B.S. in Economics from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY.
"The commitment and dedication it takes to find a match that is completely right is what excites me the most about the recruiting process. This is a round-the-clock business, but it all pays off when the match works for both the client and the candidate.”
Cecelia Bistrim brings more than 20 years’ experience in retained executive search to JBK New Jersey. A specialist with expertise in filling senior-level MD, PhD and PharmD positions in the Life Sciences, Cecelia has successfully filled searches in numerous therapeutic areas on behalf of major pharmaceutical companies, specialty and generic organizations, as well as biotechs and CROs. In addition to adding her background in filling clinical development and medical affairs roles to JBK Associates, she has also successfully placed commercial, regulatory affairs, project management, and IS/data management executives within the pharmaceutical industry. Several executive search engagements resulted in placements in North America, Europe, and the Middle East.
Prior to her work in pharmaceuticals, Cecelia conducted senior-level searches for companies ranging from Fortune 100 companies to mid-size public and private companies in various industry sectors, including telecommunications, chemicals, industrial equipment and high-end consumer products.
Cecelia earned her bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College.
We pride ourselves on consistently offering the highest level of personal service and quality. I listen keenly to our clients’ needs and focus on what is most important to them. Taking a highly personal approach helps me provide clients with extensive background information and is part of my drive for excellence.
Mary Ann Seamon brings more than a dozen years of human resources expertise to her work at JBK with clients in multiple industries with an emphasis on the life sciences and healthcare industries.
Mary Ann's human resources background combines both corporate and agency expertise. On the corporate side, she has worked in the human resources departments of IBM and PepsiCo, as well as a national computer retail chain. On the agency side, she handled both temporary and permanent placements for ASA Personnel Agency in New York City. These diverse experiences have helped Mary Ann build strong long-term relationships with clients and candidates at JBK Associates.
Mary Ann earned a Bachelor of Science degree in both international business and marketing from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. She also earned a degree in fashion buying and merchandising management from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
In a highly competitive industry, you’ve got to break away from the status quo to set yourself apart. My passion is engaging unbelievable talent that excites our clients, and at the same time providing a challenging and rewarding next step in someone’s career. I value being part of a team that makes a difference every day.
Melania Macko utilizes her past experience within the pharmaceutical industry in the areas of marketing, finance and human resources to provide JBK Associates’ clients with the talent solutions most aligned to their unique business needs. She extends this knowledge both to deliver top talent in the area of executive search and to cultivate talent through the coaching and organizational development initiatives implemented by CareerCentral.
Melania graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Mathematics and Spanish from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
The JBK team dynamic is defined by a mutual accountability and trust that allows us to function seamlessly as a unit. I am as comfortable bouncing ideas off of Julie as I am interacting with any of my colleagues. We truly all operate together as the moving parts of a vehicle that delivers the best results to our clients.
As an Associate, Emmanuel Bernard partners closely with the JBK team on conducting research, and plays a pivotal role as administrative support. His skills and efforts help to facilitate the day-to-day operations of the entire team at JBK Associates, Inc.
Emmanuel possesses a variety of work experience, beginning as a student intern for a New Jersey State Assemblyman, and incorporating expertise in industries that include hospitality, financial services and non-profit. His experience and advanced skills in database and records management, verbal and written communication and research make him a great asset in his role and allow him to support the team in a variety of capacities.
Emmanuel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.
Our passion for what we do is paramount in ensuring that the needs of our clients are met, and their expectations exceeded. As Associate I help ensure that our processes flow as smoothly as possible in order to maintain high standards of excellence and efficiency.
As Executive Assistant, Jade Chinsoon supports the entire team at JBK Associates and SummitSearch U.S., managing day-to-day operations and administrative processes and providing assistance with candidate communications. In this role Jade ensures that all internal and external communications are carried out in accordance with JBK's standards of service.
Her professional background includes extensive experience supporting senior executives in various industries and expertise in logistics coordination, event planning and procedural administration.