Meet The Team of Feed Industry Recruiters

DAN SIMMONS, CPCPresident linkedin

Recruiting Executives in Animal Agriculture

  • Founded Continental Search & Outplacement in 1996
  • Recruiting since 1991
  • Recruiting in the animal feed industry since 2002
  • Celebrated making his 650th placement in 2016
  • Author of 5 e-books each available on this site.
  • Guest speaker for universities and trade associations related to careers in the animal sciences and recruiting top performers
  • Certified Personnel Consultant Member of National Association of Personnel Consultants providing state-of-the-art techniques and the finest industry ethics

Connect with Dan on LinkedIn

Contact Dan directly at (888) 276-6789 or at



JIM HIPSKIND, CPCSr. Recruiter / Director of Training linkedin

Recruiting operations, sales and feed mill managers across the USA

  • Recruiting in manufacturing since 1986
  • Experience placing plant and senior level management professionals
  • Expertise in dealing with all disciplines in Vertically Integrated Food Companies
  • Successfully placed professionals with US, Canadian and European Based AG companies
  • Founder & President of Midwest Headhunters, Inc. (1995 – 2011)
  • Certified Personnel Consultant and member or NAPS providing state-of-the-art techniques and the finest industry ethics.

Connect with Jim on LinkedIn

Contact Jim at (800) 799-4520 or



RICK PASCUAL, CPC, PRCDairy Nutrition Recruiter linkedin

Dairy Nutrition Recruitment Specialist

  • Joined Continental Search in 2015
  • Prior experience in BPO supervision and training
  • Certified Personnel Consultant (2015)  and Professional Recruitment Consultant (2016)
  • Member of the American Dairy Science Association
  • Recent accomplishments include recruiting the Head, North America Dairy Programs for a major feed supplier, the Midwest Sales Director for a global animal nutrition and health supplier, a Dairy Nutritionist for a regional feed manufacturer.

Contact Rick at (302) 544-9288 or

Connect with Rick on LinkedIn


TRISH VALENZUELA, CPC, PRC • Poultry Recruiter linkedin

Recruiting in Poultry Animal Health & Nutrition 

  • Joined Continental Search in 2015
  • Previously an international flight attendant.
  • Certified Personnel Consultant (2015)  and Professional Recruitment Consultant (2016)
  • Member of Poultry Science Association and the National Association of Personnel Services
  • Recent accomplishments include recruiting a Poultry Sales Manager with international feed ingredients company and a Tech Services Poultry PhD/DVM with a major animal nutrition and health company

Contact Trish at (302) 601 0869 or

Connect with Trish on LinkedIn


ANDY CHATTERJEE • Swine & Beef Recruiter linkedin
Recruiting Swine & Beef professionals across the USA

  • Joined Continental Search in 2012 as Data Operations Manager and then promoted to Director of Operations
  • Promoted to Beef and Swine Recruitment Specialist in 2018
  • Has a background in operations management and is currently working on his MBA in Human Resources
  • Recent accomplishments include recruiting two Account Managers with a major beef nutrition company and a Swine Sales Manager with international feed ingredients company

Contact Andy at (302) 353-4065 ext. 571 or

Connect with Andy on LinkedIn

MARIA CODILLA • Talent Scout & Content Manager linkedin

  • Joined Continental Search in August 2016 as Content Manager
  • Promoted to Talent Scout in 2017 recruiting direct-to-farm dairy nutritionists
  • Content Manager for the Animal Science Monitor.
  • Background in medical science and nutrition

Contact Maria at or at 302-273-0709.

Connect with Maria on LinkedIn

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 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.