We Are People For A Hire Purpose

ForceBrands is the leading strategic recruiting firm for consumer brands. Our industry-specific divisions — BevForce, FoodForce, BeautyForce, HerbForce, and PetForce — help employers connect to specialized talent at all levels.

Josh Wand. Founder & CEO

Our History

It all started with a mojito.

I ran a rum company in the early 2000s where I built deep industry relationships from my experiences hiring my team, managing business development, and running a national sales and distribution network.

The idea for ForceBrands can be traced back to the conversations I had in 2006 when I was promoting our brand at the South Beach Food and Wine Festival in Miami. I was making mojitos with my feet in the sand when someone from a champagne company approached me and asked, “I’m looking to hire a Regional Sales Manager; do you know anyone?” It was the question that started it all. A few minutes later, I met someone from a different champagne company who asked me, “I’m interested in changing jobs. Do you know anyone who’s hiring?” And just like that, my professional matchmaking career was born.

It was this simple interaction that cultivated within me a desire to fill a specific need in the market that didn’t exist at the time: high-quality recruiting for the beverage industry. The few recruiting firms that did exist in the space were either traditional agencies with a limited candidate pool or big firms that knew nothing about our specific industry, emerging brands, or entrepreneurial companies. I knew there was a better way to connect great people to great jobs. In 2007, BevForce was launched.

Equal parts expertise and heart.

We have built a fully remote company, with employees across the US., that strives to engage with job seekers and employers in a real way — getting to know their strengths, weaknesses, and goals for the future. From day one, we wanted to collaborate with clients as friends and trusted colleagues in the pursuit of transformational goals.

While the ForceBrands’ portfolio has expanded over the years — creating distinct divisions, each with an intense focus on consumer brand categories — we remain true to our core principles. We approach recruiting through a human lens, recognizing that the connections we’ve established and the relationships we’ve built are the heart of what we do. We’ve always measured our success in clients and candidates who tell us that we’ve changed the trajectory of their lives for the better.

Meet the Team

Bruce Brustmeyer
Senior Vice President, Finance & Operations
Josh Wand
Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Alex Clarke
Chief Growth Officer
Sean Conner
Co-Founder, Chief Progress Officer
Jason Santarcangelo
VP of Technology
Julie Fabricant
Chief Marketing Officer
Rachel Mayse
CHRO
Colleen Ogg
Chief Operating Officer
Allisyn LaBarca
Creative Director
Anna Johnson
Senior Partner
Adrienne Eagan
Manager, Learning and Producer Operations
Emily Wallace
Senior Executive Recruiter
Madison Burch
Executive Recruiter
Melissa Golden
Principal
Dustin Cherry
Director, Business Development
Annette Kim
Director, Client Strategy
Jade Rowland
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Nina Lapenta
Principal
Shaun Kelleher
Vice President of Marketing
Siera Stoffel
Accounting Supervisor
Jessica Tully
Vice President of Client Strategy
Diana Mercer
Full Desk Recruiter
Leah Pointer
Billing Collections Specialist
Justin Sligh
Client Success Manager
Lauren Nitting
Director, Executive Recruitment
Rachel Doueck
Senior Director, Client Strategy
Kim Krauszer
Executive Recruiter
Marisa Symeonides
Senior Executive Recruiter
Marion Price
Senior IT Analyst
Lisa Lanza
Team Lead
Rebecca Fryer
Senior Editorial Director
Brooke Westley
Senior Executive Recruiter II
Christine Darwin
Senior Executive Recruiter
Eric Rosen
Client Strategist
Daniella McBride
Head of Creator Partnerships
Jennifer Tierney
Team Lead
Andie Turitz
Principal
Amy Donahue
Executive Recruiter
Daniel Sivertsen
Director, CS
Elizabeth Osman
Executive Recruiter
Megan Aguirre
Senior Executive Recruiter
Eva Scofield
Division Director, Client Strategy
Hannah Touby
Sr. Manager, Recruitment & Search Strategy
Erin Linfonte
Manager, Client Strategy & Operations
Abigail Rassel
Team Lead
Bailey Brown
Senior Executive Recruiter
Olivia Rodriguez
Team Lead
Brittany McGarr
Lead Software Engineer
Connor MacWilliams
Vice President of Executive Recruitment - Direct H