Reminder - LIFT February Meeting


February Zoom Meeting

Longhorn IFT and Texas A&M Food Science Club have the honor to present a group of panelists who will talk about the interview process for your dream job!

Date: 17 February, 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00 pm CST
Tips and tricks to land you a dream job

1.   Ramon Santillan- Founder of Persuasive Interview
2.  Kimberly Bretz- Food and Beverage executive recruiter at Miller   
3.   Susan Hanold- HR Strategic Advisory Services
4.   Kevin McCain- Food and Beverage Recruiter Search Stone Partners

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Ramon Santillan

Founder of
Ramon teaches professionals how to be more charismatic, feel and look more confident, shows them the right way to sell themselves during interviews and client meetings, and negotiate their salaries to what they deserve. He has been quoted by U.S. News & World Report,CBS, Yahoo!,, Chicago Tribune and many others as an interviewing and salary negotiation expert. Before he was an Interview & Negotiation Coach, he was a tax consultant for the world's biggest accounting firm, the world's biggest oil driller, and the founder of his own tax practice. He is a graduate from the UT's Red McCombs School of Business, a graduate from the FBI's Citizen Academy, a Certified Corporate Trainer, has been Historian, Vice President, and President for the ALPFA Houston Chapter, husband of one, father of two, and a friend of many. Ramon loves reading. Tell him about your favorite book and he'll add it to his Amazon Wishlist. He also enjoys writing about himself in the 3rd person. He thinks it's fun.


Kimberly Bretz

Food and Beverage Executive Recruiter
Kimberly brings over seven years of experience in sales & recruiting with a focus in the Food & Beverage industry including ingredients, flavors, and nutritional categories. Kimberly successfully and efficiently helps companies put key executives in critical sales and operations roles. She takes pride in her ability to look beyond the resume and seeks the intangible skill-set that her clients require. Her passion for contributing to the growth of individuals and companies alike has made her an advocate for their brands. Kimberly specializes in the following positions within the Food & Beverage industry: C-Level Executives, VP of Sales, Marketing Executives, Director of Ops, Director of R&D, Flavorist, National SLS Manager, Regional SLS Manager. Miller Resource Group looks for difference makers in professional, managerial and executive level functions including Sales, Marketing, Engineering, Research and Development, Operations and Human Resources. A Major sector they focus on is Food Manufacturing.


Susan Hanold
VP, Talent Strategy and Mergers & Acquisition, ADP, Inc.
Dr Hanold partners with clients to provide strategy, advice and insight solutions to help clients build out their HR strategy and drive change. She has a 20+ year HR strategy, Organizational Development, and Change Management career in senior positions at ADP, Accenture and PepsiCo. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Leadership Development from Texas A&M University. She has been a frequent speaker at conferences; published author and blogger at ADP SPARK blog posts with tips and insights for clients. Her recent speaking engagements are: When Everyday is Take your Child to Work Day, TLNT; Recruiting during times of Uncertainty, HR Professional Magazine; Factors in Assessing Your Hiring Strategy, HR Professional Magazine; Back to Basics: Motivating Employees During Uncertainty and Change, TLNT; Three Things to Re-Examine On Your Professional Pathway, IEEE-USA Insight; Employee-First Messaging, Culture & Safety, Recruitment Hackers Podcast.
2020 Awards: Top 300+ Women in HR Technology You Should Follow and Support and Linked In Top 100 HR Influencers.

Kevin McCann
President & Owner – SearchStone Partners, Inc.
Ingredients and Flavor Industry Recruiting Expert
For over 20 years, my entire business focus is placing sales, marketing and business development candidates with ingredients companies.
SearchStone Partners (formerly Management Recruiters of Bucks County), established in 1984, is a highly specialized recruiting firm focused on placing professionals with ingredient & flavor companies nationally and internationally. Our main focus is placing Sales, Technical Sales, Business Development, Marketing and Executive-level professionals with ingredient and flavor manufacturers and distribution companies. In addition, we pride ourselves on a history of being able to fill any critical position within the ingredients and flavors industry. Our clients have also relied on us to find top professionals in R&D, Technical Service, Quality/Regulatory and Senior-level Operations.

18 March, 21:     'Product development and beyond'- panel discussion
22 April, 21:         Top Golf board meeting
07 October, 21:   Suppliers night 

         2020 - 2021 Longhorn IFT Officers   


Chair- Morgan Murphy

Past Chair - Chris Beninate

Chair Elect - Viviana Rushton

Secretary - Priyanka Mathur

Treasurer - Dick Metivier

Technical Program Chair - Nitin Joshi

Social Media Chair - Tercera Jones

Golf Day and Volunteer Chair - Madalyn Broussard

Young Professionals Co-Chair  - Erika Beck

Young Professionals Co-Chair - Andrea Roque

Supplier's Night Co-Chairs- Greg Hanks and Donna Henry 

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