OUR TEAM

Kathleen McDermott: Sr. Partner – Foodservice & Industrial Ingredients

Kathleen founded SPEC Inc in 1990. Since inception, Kathleen has developed a successful track record of performance, based in strong business ethics while building long-term partnerships with client companies and prospective candidates. During her tenure, she has become an industry-leading expert in all areas of Foodservice sales from the field sales level up to Sr./Executive Management. Prior to SPEC, Kathleen spent several years in the Securities and Financial Management industry honing her skills in win/win negotiations.

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Ryan Cigler: Sr. Partner – Foodservice, CPG, Alternate Channels & Marketing

Ryan joined SPEC Inc. in 2003 and became a Sr. Partner in 2010. SPEC recruited him to join the team due in large part to his successful track record working with our industry’s leading emerging growth companies. While Ryan was originally tasked with building SPEC's CPG division from the ground up, his scope of responsibility now also includes the Foodservice and Industrial Ingredient channels. Additionally, Ryan handles SPEC's marketing searches across all channels. Ryan earned his Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. 

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Jacquelyn Hunter: Sr. Partner - Lead Recruitment Liason

Jacquelyn joined SPEC Inc. in 2001 and became a Sr. Partner in 2010. Jacquelyn is tasked with leading SPEC's recruitment process to find the best talent that the Food and Beverage industry has to offer. Through careful screening, and attention to detail, Jacquelyn has become one of the most trusted and respected recruiters in our industry. Jacquelyn earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. 

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Jill Werlein: Sr. Recruiter

Jill joined the SPEC team in 2016 after a successful 20 year career in the banking industry. She was recruited to SPEC due to her expertise in training and development, as well as in systems management. Jill is excited to take her knowledge and skills in talent management/retention and put them to use in an industry that she is truly passionate about, the food and beverage industry. Jill earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin.

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Brittany Rockwell: Webmaster

Brittany joined SPEC Inc. in September of 2015. She is responsible for updating this site and managing all web-related content. Brittany earned an Associate's Degree in Graphic/Web Design, as well as a Certificate in Web Development from Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, WI. 

Axl & Oliver: Office Mascots

In 2010, as an added benefit to our employees, SPEC Inc. decided to become a canine-friendly work environment. We now have two official “Office Mascots” named Axl (Shih Tzu) and Oliver (Brussels Griffon). These two are usually very quiet and well-behaved, but once in a while, they feel the need to chime in and share their two cents!