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Meet the Award-Winning American Recruiters Chicago Team

Meet the Award-Winning American Recruiters - Chicago Team

Craig Wilson, CFSP

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Craig Wilson, CFSP (Certified Foodservice Professional) has spent a career in business startups, acquisitions, and globalizing commercial and industrial equipment and supplies businesses. He has personally visited 84 countries to date. His prior business credits include President/CEO Rational USA, VP Corporate Development at The Middleby Corporation, and NAFEM Board of Directors.
He is a BSIE from Northwestern University with an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg program. Mr. Wilson has owned the commercial foodservice recruiting business of American Recruiters since 1999 and has been the number one producer and number one franchisee since 2001.
Craig specializes in start-ups, M&A, key strategic initiatives, new business development and C-suite positions. His mantra is for his team to identify and secure the best hiring choices for every client in each talent search.
(312) 780-7510  or

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Dale (DJ) Amborski

dj-amborski-chicago-recruiterDale (DJ) Amborski has been with American Recruiters since December 2010. He has been in the foodservice and hospitality industries since 2002, having worked as a manufacturer’s representative and directly for the manufacturer. He has represented companies including Homer Laughlin, Dudson China, Snap Drape, MTS Seating, Unger, and Browne Halco.
Prior to joining American Recruiters, DJ worked as a Regional Sales Representative for Thunder Group, Inc. DJ has a BA from Kendall College, with a specialization in hotel restaurant management and an MBA from University of Phoenix.
DJ specializes in commercial foodservice sales channel, from NAFEM to FEDA to MAFSI sales reps. He brings an extensive knowledge of all front-of-house market segments.

312-780-7509 or
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Ted Agins, CSAM

ted-agins-chicago-recruiterTed Agins, CSAM is a Certified Senior Account Manager, and is a nationally recognized recruiter, earning the prestigious Eagle Award for performance excellence six times. Ted brings over thirty years of industry expertise and recruiting, offering solutions for foodservice manufacturing, FSE manufacturing, and hospitality technologies.
Prior Ted owned several successful brand-name foodservice restaurants and retail operations. A BS in Foodservice Hospitality from UNLV and the University of Wisconsin, Ted has spent an entire career in commercial foodservice.
Recently, Ted has been involved in tough-to-fill technical searches such as food science and quality control, food processing technology, Artificial Intelligence, refrigeration engineering, microwave technologies, and the Internet of Things (IOT). He is our go-to guy for anything that is engineering and operations-related.

312-780-7508 or
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Deborah Best, CDR

deborah-best-chicago-recruiterWith over a decade of experience in talent acquisition, Deborah is a seasoned recruiter who specializes in executive-level searches in a wide variety of industries, including food manufacturing and distribution, financial, media, and beverage. Possessing a keen understanding of the intricacies of executive roles across various industries, she has successfully sourced top-tier talent for prestigious organizations. Deborah consistently delivers tailored solutions to meet the diverse needs of both clients and candidates alike. With a passion for fostering long-term partnerships and a track record of success, Deborah stands as a trusted advisor in the recruitment sphere, dedicated to shaping impactful and sustainable organizational growth. She will be focusing on building our food & beverage segment of commercial foodservice and processing professionals, from R&D to quality, production to supply chain, product management to marketing, and sales channel to technical service.

608-710-8007 or
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Erica Blevins

Erica Blevins - American Recruiters, Senior ConsultantErica Blevins is a seasoned recruiter with six years of experience and a diverse background in the foodservice industry. Starting her career working in restaurants and earning certification as an HVAC/R technician, she’s excelled in parts diagnostics, bid building, and equipment presentations.
Erica’s expertise extends to engineering, IT, and Skilled Trades, where she leads with empathy and a focus on impactful recruitment. Leveraging her solid industry knowledge and HVAC/R training, Erica transitioned into the manufacturing side of the restaurant equipment industry, excelling in parts diagnostics, contract bid and project management.
She has not only built enduring relationships with fellow dealers but also forged valuable connections with manufacturers of restaurants and HVAC/R equipment. She specializes in HVAC/R, technical services, and operations.

216-820-6222 or
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Tom Collingbourne

Tom Collingbourne - American Recruiters, Chicago, ILTom Collingbourne is a seasoned professional and a true change-agent in the Foodservice industry. He specializes in sales positions within the largest and niche Foodservice distributors. With a focus on Towel and Tissue products and packaging solutions, Tom has consistently demonstrated his expertise and dedication in this dynamic field.
With a career spanning over two decades, Tom is a trusted authority in channel management, product development, key accounts, and specialty distribution. He has a deep understanding of the industry’s unique demands, allowing him to craft tailored solutions that address the specific needs of Foodservice distributors and manufacturers. Tom’s commitment to excellence and his ability to forge lasting relationships have been pivotal in driving business growth and success.
Tom is excited to bring his wealth of knowledge to American Recruiters, as he can be a valuable change agent in finding our clients exceptional hiring choices in the paper, disposables, janitor, and sanitary products markets. Tom will be a trusted, strategic partner with our clients for decades to come.

217-670-8672 or
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Michael Page

michael-page-recruiter-chicago-franchiseMichael Page has spent a career in new business development in the foodservice equipment industry. Michael joined American Recruiters in 2005 concentrating in the foodservice and hospitality market. His prior industry experience includes president of Page One Sales & Marketing, partner at PRF Marketing, vice president, foodservice division at Baker’s Aid, and national sales manager for Traulsen.
After attending Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, Chicago, Michael traveled & developed business throughout the US and was instrumental in revenue growth for manufacturers, representatives & dealers. He utilizes his experience & background assisting clients to develop strategies for increasing revenues & sales by providing quality people exceeding position requirements.
Michael specializes in the foodservice, bakery, convenience store and supermarket retail industries, finding exceptional talent in sales, marketing, product management from NAFEM, FEDA, FSCI, and MAFSI markets.

312-780-7505 or
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Paul Rychlewski

paul-rychlewski-chicago-franchise-recruiterPaul Rychlewski is a highly motivated and passionate Sales Manager with extensive experience in industrial sales and retail sporting goods operations. He has an extensive knowledge of industries that manufacture metal enclosures such as commercial foodservice equipment and refrigeration.
Paul earned his AAS in tool and manufacturing technology from S.I.U. in Carbondale, IL, BS, Technical Management, DeVry University summa cum laude and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, DeVry University.
His extensive knowledge of recruiting, hiring, developing, and leading teams makes him an outstanding resource for identifying talent in niche industries such as kitchen design, project management, technical service, product management, and operations in the HVAC/R, Foodservice E&S, and Plumbing industries. Paul is committed to providing unmatched customer service and exceptional talent to his customers.

312-780-7507 or
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John Daschler

John Daschler has been involved with the food industry his entire life. Prior to joining American Recruiters, John was Vice president of educational programs for The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), vice president of the Educational Foundation of the American Hotel and Motel Association, and educator at the University of Notre Dame as well as at the University of Wisconsin Stout campus. He is currently a member of the Robert Morris College Hospitality Management faculty.

312-780-7506 or