Meet The Team – Feed Industry Recruiters

Dan SimmonsDAN SIMMONS, CPCSr. Recruiter
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Continental Search is owned by Daniel C. Simmons, a Certified Personnel Consultant who has been recruiting since 1991. In December 2015, Dan celebrated his 650th career placement. Dan has won more than twenty awards from the Top Echelon Network, America’s leading placement network including Placer of the Year in 2009 and the prestigious Million Dollar Award. He is a member of the National Association of Personnel Services.  Dan has been a recruiter in the animal feed industry since 2002.


Dan is a student of the recruiting industry as well as a speaker/trainer, both in-person and online for various industry webinars. He has been a featured speaker at the Top Echelon National Convention. Dan has also been a guest speaker providing insight into career management at universities and trade associations. These include the Reciprocal Meat Conference for the American Meat Science Association in 2008 and 2009, the Washington DC Chapter of ARPAS, (American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists) in 2008 and the Animal Science Departments of both Penn State University and the University of Delaware.


Dan is the author of 4 e-books each available on this site.

Dan leads searches for executives and nutritionists.

Dan can be reached directly at (888) 276-6789 or at

Jim HipskindJIM HIPSKIND, CPCRecruiter
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Jim Hipskind, a Certified Personnel Consultant brings his 30 years of recruiting experience in processing, manufacturing, food and agriculture to the Continental Search team. One of his many strengths includes developing long lasting and trusting relationships with his clients, many of whom he has been consistently serving for more than 18 years, helping them maximize their staffing investment. Jim combines the art of working collaboratively with clients and his ability to creatively define their business needs and job requirements to identify top prospective candidates.


Jim has been published in the Fordyce Letter, the recruiting industry’s top newsletter. He has also been a trainer/presenter at multiple Top Echelon regional and national conventions. Jim’s membership in the National Association of Personnel Services keeps him abreast of industry best practices allowing him to utilize state-of-the-art techniques and the finest industry ethics when working with clients.


Jim leads the firm’s engineering and production searches.

Jim can be reached directly at (800) 799-4520 or

RICK PASCUAL, CPC • RecruiterRick headshot - dressed up (1)

Rick Pascual joined Continental Search in January 2015 from a career in call-center supervision. Since joining, Rick has made an impact on the team and has successfully filled a number of sales and sales management positions in animal health and nutrition. By completing coursework and a grueling exam, Rick became a Certified Personnel Consultant in November 2015. Rick’s educational background includes a BS in Nursing.logo_cpc

Rick normally leads the firm’s sales and sales management searches.

Rick can be reached at (302) 544-9288 or

trish-picTRISH VALENZUELA, CPC • Recruiter

Trish Valenzuela joined Continental Search in July 2015 from a career as an international flight attendant and as an entrepreneur. Through hard study Trish became a Certified Personnel Consultant in November 2015. Trish has a BFA degree in Advertising Arts.logo_cpc

Trish works to introduce our services to prospective clients and runs our technical and sales searches.

Trish can be reached at (302) 601 0869 or


Andy Chatterjee is a Talent Scout for Continental Search. He handles placements for the feed industry. He is currently undergoing training for this demanding position. Andy was handling operations for Continental Search for 4 years before he was promoted to Talent Scout. His understanding of the business from the ground up will make him an ideal addition to the recruiting team.

You can reach him at (302) 353-4065 ext. 571 or

MARIA CODILLA • Talent Scout

Maria Codilla is a Talent Scout for Continental Search. She handles direct-to-farm dairy placements. She is also Content Manager for the Animal Science Monitor. With her background in medical science and nutrition, she will make a great addition to the team. To find out more about the job opening she recruits for, you can reach her at or at 302-273-0709.

DEBORAH SIMMONS Finance Director

Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons joined Continental Search full-time in 2001 and functions as our Finance Director. Over the years Deb has held various positions within the company including the management of hundreds of job listings, an extensive internal database, as well as the company’s finances. She is an integral part of the CSO team, providing guidance for our continued growth.

Deborah is the point of contact for all billing. Reach her at

Matt DeutschMATT DEUTSCH • Editor of the Animal Science Monitor

Matt is the managing editor of the ASM, a position he’s held for the 10 years of the newsletter’s existence. He graduated from Youngstown State University (’95) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

To subscribe to the Animal Science Monitor, sign up there for our newsletter.

Research Team


The recruiting team would like to acknowledge and thank our behind the scenes research and social media team.

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