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Our Team

Jump Recruitment Specialists entered the recruitment business in 2007 and has been moving forward as an industry leader since that point. The company is based in St John’s, Newfoundland, and has clients all over North America.

Our focus is always on finding the right candidate not a person for the role.   We are highly confident in our ability to find the best candidates for your organization.  Our reputation is important to us and our team takes great pride in the placement of highly retainable, productive, and top-talented team members for our business partners.

Scott Giannou

Owner & President

As a lifelong entrepreneur, Scott learned early in his career that people buy from people. Fostering these relationships has always aided in the growth of all companies he has been involved with and has enhanced his personal development. Scott has a genuine interest in people that can’t be overlooked when measuring his success in business and cultivation of a large group of supporters and colleagues. Scott has a strong sense of community as evident by his charitable affiliations and volunteerism through sport and other activities.

Neil Coombs


An experienced business leader and trusted HR professional, Neil’s passion is in helping improve the culture of professional firms by driving strategy through effective HR management.  With more than 16 years of progressive HR and business management experience, he has worked in both the private and public sectors in senior leadership positions. Neil prides himself on his ability to create and maintain relationships with employees and leaders, understanding the needs of the organization and the people who work there.

In addition to professional practice, Neil is also active in the HR community, currently serving as President of CPHR NL, the provincial association aimed at supporting the needs of HR professionals in Newfoundland and Labrador. He is also Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of CPHR Canada.  To supplement his experience, Neil has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a focus in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).


Stephanie Collins


Stephanie is a skilled Human Resources professional with more than 8 years of experience, primarily focused in civil and residential construction. Having held progressively senior roles with large construction firms, Stephanie joined the Jump recruitment team in 2019. Her areas of expertise include recruitment, performance management and talent development. Stephanie is a strategic and energetic leader, who is passionate about what she does; helping people, teams and companies achieve their business objectives through forward-thinking HR management and proactive recruitment.



Michelle Flynn

Senior Recruiter

Michelle is a passionate and talented Human Resources professional. She has honed her HR skills in the demanding food industry where she earned two national awards for excellence in senior management. Michelle prides herself on building solid relationships with all key stake holders, leading to successful outcomes.

Michelle has a passion for people and recruiting is a natural fit for her abilities. Having managed staff through the full employment cycle herself, Michelle understands the importance of pairing the right candidate with the right employer at the right time.

She is excited to bring her HR knowledge and experience to Jump and looks forward to building positive, successful relationships and delivering HR solution to your business.



Beth Jiggins

Senior Executive Recruiter and HR Consultant

Beth is a solution focused, experienced recruitment and HR professional with more than 12 years as a trusted advisor in professional service firms.  She has a proven track record of recruiting leaders and building high performing teams. While her experience is varied, Beth has deep experience working with risk management, accounting and tax professionals, having helped grow multiple professional practices. 

Beth has experience working in a startup environment as a member of the leadership team, recruiting operations, procurement and finance professionals.  She has lead staffing efforts for retail locations across Canada. She also provided training and guidance to retail managers, helping to build engaged, high performing teams within a multi-unit operation. Her collaborative approach has helped build strong relationships with both candidates and business leaders.

 Beth is passionate about community and social responsibility and has supported organizations like Ronald McDonald House, Toronto Food Bank and Breakfast for Learning.


Brendan Hagerty

Business Development Manager

Brendan has joined the Higher Talent team after spending six great years with the St. John’s Board of Trade where he created key business connections on a local and national level. Throughout his career, Brendan’s focus has been on helping employers grow their business by finding key talent and solving problems with strategic business solutions. In 2016, Brendan Co-Founded Connector NL and in 2019 was a lead team member for hosting the  44th President of the United States Barack Obama. He is passionate about growing business and is an expert in creating lasting relationships. 

In his personal life, Brendan is a father to Fiona and husband to Jennifer. He owns two dogs, Lukin and Tuck. When life isn’t hectic Brendan travels the globe to see Pearl Jam (18 shows and counting)! 


Tina Griffin

Office Administrator

Tina is an administrative professional  with 20 years experience in the consulting, oil and gas and medical sectors.  She provides exceptional administrative and accounting support to the Higher Talent team while maintaining her commitment to client satisfaction.

When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping, biking, hiking and exploring the beautiful east coast trails.


Judy Sparkes-Giannou

Senior Business Advisor

A business leader and active community volunteer, Judy has been involved primarily in the tourism industry of Newfoundland & Labrador for 30 years.  In her current role as Managing Director of Clayton Hospitality, Judy takes on an active role in the growth and development of the Comfort Inn Airport (St. John’s), St. Jude Hotel (Clarenville) and the Comfort Inn (Gander).  Numerous investments in real estate and various companies throughout Atlantic Canada keep Judy engaged in a diverse range of business activities throughout the region.

Judy is a recipient of the President’s Award from the Newfoundland & Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE). Atlantic Business Magazine named Judy as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEO’s and she was identified by Progress Magazine as one of the top 25 people to watch in the Atlantic Region. 

Judy dedicates considerable time to mentoring women in business; she has served as Vice Chair of the Canadian Spondylitis Association, is a founding member of the Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter of the Women Presidents Organization (WPO) and is a Past Chair of NLOWE. Judy is currently the Chair of Choice Hotels Canada Franchisee Advisory Board and is an active volunteer.