Julie Kampf founded JBK Associates International, Inc. 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.
Howard Gross is a Managing Director at JBK Associates International. He focuses on the Consumer, Retail, and Not-for-Profit sectors. His clients typically include Retailers, Wholesalers, Manufacturers, Direct Marketing (e-commerce and catalog), and C.P.G. companies as well as notable institutions such as The Smithsonian, The Museum of Modern Art, and Boscobel House & Gardens.
In addition to his extensive background in executive search, he has held senior management positions with The BATUS Group, the parent company of Saks Fifth Avenue, Marshall Field’s, Kohl’s etc., Bonwit Teller and May Department Stores. Typical searches performed by Howard are for Board Director’s, CEO’s, COO’s and other senior leadership executives.
The breadth of Howard’s executive search and operating company experience provide him with substantive strategic and operational insights and perspective regarding organizational structure, development, and compensation issues.
Howard earned his BS degree in Psychology/ Business and his MS degree in Psychology. He is active as a Not-For Profit Director and supports various philanthropic organizations.
JBK's focus and mission is to assist our clients in the recruitment of transformational executives who will effect immediate and ongoing positive change. We are committed to professionally and efficiently provide our clients with attractive solutions which address their strategic talent needs.
As Principal at JBK Associates International 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 leads the healthcare and life sciences practice for JBK.
His retained executive search expertise includes successful placements across the full life-cycle of the pre-clinical development through commercialization, as well as central business functions. Our life sciences practice includes pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, hospital systems, healthcare services, health insurers and non-profit organizations.
Michael and the team provide JBK Associates' clients with outstanding candidates in various functional specialties including marketing, sales, digital, finance, human resources, medical affairs and research & development, among others. In addition to leading JBK's healthcare and life sciences practice, he has led engagements in the consumer products, energy, retail, financial services and communications industries.
Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Political Thought from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and attended the Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, NJ. In his spare time, he supports a number of charitable organizations with particular emphasis on assisting our nation's veterans and their families. He lives in Bergen County, New Jersey with his wife, daughter and rescue dog, Max.
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.”
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.
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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.
Laura Brown is Vice President of JBK Associates’ Industrial Manufacturing Practice. She brings over two decades of industry and recruiting experience specifically within the senior ranks across Capital Equipment, Clean Tech, Chemical, Aerospace, Automotive, and the Life Science Sectors.
Well-versed in the challenges of recruiting high impact executives, Laura takes a client- centric approach, and quickly identifies the talent landscape - expanding beyond a single industry or function to bring World Class innovators with “crossover” appeal to companies. She partners with both public and emerging high profile clients into various functional leadership roles including CXO, R&D, IT, Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, Operations & Regulatory. Laura also offers extensive experience with disruptive technologies as well as new, emerging markets including Latin America, China, Africa, and the Middle East.
Prior to JBK, Laura was founder and President of Talent Capital Inc where she partnered with companies like Celgene, Eaton Corporation, & Danaher to identify Senior Executive Talent. Laura started her search career at the global retained search firm of CTPartners in their Industrial/Manufacturing Practice, and later spent a couple of years with a boutique retained search firm in their R&D Practice.
Before joining the executive search industry, Laura managed a Global Sales team for a subsidiary of the diversified global manufacturer Dover Corp. She began her career at Dow Chemical in their High Potential Leadership Development program gaining experience in Strategic Marketing, Technical Sales, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University. In her free time, Laura enjoys yoga, wine, and spending time with her husband and 2 boys.
As a strategic partner for organizational change, I create a 360 degree Client Perspective around company culture, core competencies required, and gaps in executive leadership workforce planning. I then identify best-in-class Executives whose motivation, integrity, and leadership will engage their employees to the next level and ensure my clients long term success.