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SearchWide is a full service executive search firm primarily for companies in the travel, tourism, hospitality, convention, trade association, venue management and experiential marketing industries. We specialize in C-Level and Director level executive searches for companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 corporations to mid-sized public and private companies and associations.

Headquartered in the Twin Cities and several regional offices, we're able to serve clients and candidates nationwide. Founded in 1999, we have remained focused on our four core values for almost two decades: INTEGRITY, ETHICS, PASSION and RESPECT.

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  • SearchWide and Sports 1 Marketing Team Up for Success

    SearchWide, an executive recruiting firm, and Sports 1 Marketing, a global sports and entertainment marketing firm, are proud to announce their new partnership. The two companies will collaborate their industry expertise to help each other develop new business opportunities.   “Part of Sports 1 Marketing’s......

    Mar 29, 2016
  • 6 Simple Ways to Spruce Up Your LinkedIn Profile

    Nowadays, your LinkedIn profile is equally, if not more important than the traditional resume or curricula vitae. Hiring managers tend to visit LinkedIn profiles to get to know candidates better and assess how they present themselves online. Before you start making a ton of changes,......

    Apr 13, 2016
  • SearchWide Hires New Executive Recruiter, Ross Sawai

    SearchWide, a leading recruitment firm in the convention, event, tradeshow, hotel, travel and tourism industries, has added a new member to its team. Ross Sawai, Executive Recruiter, will assist with SearchWide’s long-time clients, Freeman Co. and Freeman XP, a marketing solutions company for live engagements,......

    Mar 15, 2016
  • The Perfect Interview Outfits for Both Men and Women

    It’s the night before a big interview and you’re fully prepared. You’ve done your homework on the company, the position and you’re prepared to answer any probing questions that may be tossed your way. But wait, you ask yourself, what do I wear? You want......

    Mar 03, 2016
  • How to Properly Conduct an Interview in 8 Steps

    In order to have a successful round of interviews, make sure you put time and effort into the preparation. The smoother the process is for the candidates and interviewers, the better. Here are some notes on preparation we’ve put together.     Before the Interview......

    Feb 01, 2016
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About

SearchWide is a full service executive search firm primarily for companies in the travel, tourism, hospitality, convention, trade association, venue management and experiential marketing industries. We specialize in C-Level and Director level executive searches for companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 corporations to mid-sized public and private companies and associations.

 

Headquartered in the Twin Cities and several regional offices, we’re able to serve clients and candidates nationwide. Founded in 1999, we have remained focused on our four core values for almost two decades: INTEGRITY, ETHICS, PASSION and RESPECT.

Meet the Team

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Mike Gamble
President & CEO

Mike handles “C” level searches across all sectors. Prior to SearchWide, he was SVP of Sales and Marketing for the Philadelphia CVB and held various leadership roles with Marriott International. He serves on the Board of the DMAI Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.

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Jim Carra
Executive Vice President

Jim is responsible for SearchWide’s lodging segment and specializes in senior leadership recruitment roles across all sectors. Prior to SearchWide, Jim held executive roles with Marriott, Loews and Fairmont in NY, Dallas, New Orleans and Washington DC, as well as a sales leadership role with a leading CVB.

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Mark Gnatovic
Senior Vice President

Mark leads the convention, tradeshow and experiential marketing and event industries, as well as convention centers, stadiums, arenas and performing arts facilities. Prior to SearchWide, Mark spent more than 15 years in the convention industry. Mark currently serves as a Board Trustee with IAVM.

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Nicole Newman
Vice President

Nicole works in all sectors of the hospitality and travel industry. Her experience in group sales, catering and event planning gives her a unique perspective on executive level recruitment. A member of MPI, Southern California Chapter, she serves on the Executive Board as President-Elect.

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Kellie Henderson
Vice President

Kellie works in all sectors of the hospitality and travel industry. She is an expert at recognizing our clients’ needs and identifying best-in-class talent. She is also the leader of our industry wide diversity initiative and is very involved in several industry organizations.

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Ross Sawai
Executive Recruiter

Ross works in technology, exhibition, events, and convention industries. He has over 20 years’ experience with leading companies such as Lanyon Mobile (formerly GenieConnect), Wyndham Jade, Blockbuster, and American Airlines. Ross is also actively involved with several industry associations.

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Jennifer Brown
Vice President of Operations

Jennifer joined SearchWide as an accountant and now effectively manages the daily operations which includes providing top-level customer service while ensuring the search process is completed successfully. With her consistent drive for efficiency and accuracy, she brings a unique and all-encompassing perspective to SearchWide.

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Kara Ryan
Social Engagement & Development Manager

Kara graduated from Arizona State University with a Tourism Degree and has a background working with CVBs. With her public relations, social media, and digital marketing experience, she focuses on plotting SearchWide’s social campaigns with the digital marketing efforts and managing the web presence.

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Laura Funk
Assistant Project Manager

Laura is a Wisconsin native with a degree in Retail Merchandising and Business Administration with over 10 years of recruiting and human resources experience. She provides our executive recruiters with the essential information they need to serve our clients, while providing excellent customer service.

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Elaine Sinn
Project Coordinator

After a successful career with a youth-serving organization, Elaine brings over 25 years’ experience of customer service and project management skills to the SearchWide team. She plays an important role in the process from start to finish with her detailed research and organization abilities.

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Elizabeth McHeffey
Researcher

A New Jersey native, Elizabeth graduated from James Madison University with a BBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management. With her experience in hotel group sales, recruiting and account management, she provides recruitment and research services to identify the most qualified candidates for our clients.