Who We Are

About Us

pyp1_1000_of_1_1.jpgIt’s our passion to help invigorate the American manufacturing industry by placing people in positions where they can transform cultures and processes. Career Kaizen is the connection between U.S. manufacturing and exceptional talent. We’ve placed lean manufacturing leadership in healthcare and hospitality industries. We’ve helped businesses transform their product development processes and supply chains. Our COO’s lead from the gemba and our c-level executive assistants support global executives.


In 2002, Career Kaizen took root to help build American manufacturing by sourcing high-caliber, Lean-savvy executive talent. Now we’re taking that goal to the next level by bringing more careers and companies back to our own shores. We’ve established a proven track record for finding the right people for the right places - candidates that advance company goals and support growth - but also fit so well that they stay invested for the long term. Our candidate retention rates are very, very high and we’re very proud of that. We make a personal guarantee that we’ll always find the right candidate for your position.

We’re also committed to innovation. In 2013, we pioneered a flat fee placement model that saved our manufacturing clients hundreds of thousands of dollars in recruiting fees while still ensuring the best candidates and placements. Which leads us to where we are…


We’ve partnered with a private equity firm to serve as their internal Talent Acquisition Team. We’ve designed and are now executing a new, Lean-optimized talent acquisition platform for 61 businesses. We’ve increased search efficiency and decreased the time to fill at flat fee rates with retained service levels.

We are also working with exciting healthcare companies to optimize revenue cycle management and building lean teams in custom-build, heavy equipment businesses. Whatever position your company needs help filling, we have the candidate for your job.

Meet The Team

Jim Baran

Jim brings 30 years OEM and supplier manufacturing experience to his retained executive recruitment desk. Jim has placed over 600 manufacturing executives on four continents. He has been a student of the Toyota Production System for 24 years.

Kristi Boyer

Kristi is your initial point of contact and will help you throughout the search process. She has an extensive background in building and managing talent networks and customer relations. Kristi manages the recruitment process, search assignment progress, feed-back and oversees data management, talent branding and special projects. In addition, Kristi has 18-years’ experience placing exceptional candidates in manufacturing and industrial based businesses.

Morgan Sellers

Morgan has experience recruiting from the technical and professional level to the director and general manager level in various industrial and manufacturing industries. In addition, he has valuable knowledge of manufacturing processes acquired during his time at a national recruiting firm. Morgan’s experience with account management, and recruiter training and development will deliver exceptional talent results for all search levels.

Jenny Pittillo

Jenny is the expert data manager for Career Kaizen. Her role handles data integrity, compiles metrics, prepares essential reports, and supports competitive industry intelligence tracking. She also supports the team by overseeing the various aspects of scheduling and coordination between team members, clients, and talent to ensure efficiency. She also assists with branding, and social media management. Jenny holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from North Carolina State University.