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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

President & CEO

Scott is a self-made entrepreneur who has grown diverse businesses from the ground up or from acquisitions in varying industries including beverage alcohol, motorsports promotion and most recently human resources. With a reputation of loyalty and integrity, Scott gets things done collaboratively while helping others develop and celebrate their strengths and wins.

Scott is a visionary and started his first business thirty years ago as a food broker and became a best-in-class leader in the beverage alcohol industry. Scott has expanded his passion for people into the Human Resources space with the start-up and expansion of Jump Recruitment Specialists and the acquisition of Higher Talent, an HR consulting and executive search firm. Both companies are emerging industry leaders boasting a top-tier client list from across North America.

Scott is active in the community and contributes through charitable and volunteer interests. A personal commitment to sport and youth has taken Scott on a leadership journey as a volunteer with Junior Achievement and long-time minor hockey coach. Some charitable affiliations include President of Canadian Progress Club St. John’s, Chairman of YMCA Newfoundland & Labrador, Chairman of Gold Medal Plates St. John’s and Co Chairman of Canada’s Great Kitchen Party. Most recently, Scott has become a director with Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC). Through these endeavors, he lives the philosophy of giving back to the community through sport, outreach, and fostering youth achievement.

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).


Geoff Davis

Senior Advisor Business Development

Geoff has extensive executive experience in business development and enterprise sales and account management. He’s worked in the telecom, information technology, digital and professional consulting industries. His experience servicing both the public and private sectors includes roles at Bell Aliant as Regional Vice President – Sales and as a Senior Advisor, in a Partner role, at Deloitte. Geoff is also an independent board director and currently serves on the boards of NL Liquor Corp. and Choices for Youth as well as the advisory board of Vigilant Management. Past board roles include TechNL, the local chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors and Chair of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation. He has a proven track record of establishing strong relationships at an executive level and exceeding client’s needs. Geoff is a graduate of Memorial University, the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and holds the ICD.D designation.


Brendan Hagerty

General 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 and his wife Jennifer are proud parents of their two children Fiona and Benjamin. 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.


Sam Carberry

HR Consultant

Sam is a Business Management/Human Resource Management graduate.  After completing her work-term placement here at Higher Talent, we are happy to announce she has joined our team full time as our HR Coordinator. She is a very optimistic and goal-oriented individual with a passion for human resources. Her education, combined with previous work experience has allowed her to develop a strong background in working with the public, senior staff, management, partnering agencies and representatives; as well as given her a great foundation of knowledge and skills.

In her spare time, Sam enjoys hiking, camping, spending time with family, friends and her dogs Nova and Luna.


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.


Krista Tapper

Senior HR Consultant

Krista is a passionate, results orientated HR professional with over 10 years experience in various industries including Transportation, IT, Marine and Oil and Gas sectors. Her experience includes functional areas in Employee Relations, Recruitment/Retention, Training, Policy Development, Performance Management and Immigration just to name a few. 

Krista believes in building trust and respect through effective communication skills and can relate well to all organizational levels within a corporate or unionized work environment. Krista focuses on creating strategic HR practices to align to the objectives of an organization while maximizing employee potential. Recognizing the value of top talent, Krista’s focus is on employee retention through creating and nurturing a positive workplace culture. 

Krista holds an IPMA- ACP certification and is excited to join Higher Talent and bring forth her experience to make an immediate positive impact to their clients. 


Ashley Verge

Recruitment Specialist

Ashley’s experience in Human Resources started while working at Memorial University where she liaised with companies from all over the world looking to hire the best and brightest graduates. She has also spent years working with job seekers in all industries, helping with resume development, interview preparation, and networking; she knows what job seekers are looking for. In addition, she has been privileged to work with various non-profit organizations in the province and is always concerned with the needs of her community.

Ashley has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Memorial University and has completed extension certificates in Human Resources Management and Community Investment from Mount Royal University.

She is a regular member of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR NL) Association and Economic Developers Association of NL (EDANL). She is an active community member in Central Newfoundland and you can sometimes find her in front of (or behind) a Rogers TV camera!


Christine Philips

Senior HR Consultant and Executive Recruiter

Christine Phillips is a strategic human resource management professional with more than 25 years of progressive experience in private and public sector organizations. An experienced leader, Christine has collaboratively developed and implemented strategic initiatives to drive organizational and employee performance. Christine has a wealth of experience in recruitment and retention, onboarding frameworks, people development, engagement, policy and program development, change management, continuous improvement, and career transition.

Christine is a Strategic Planning (Kaplan-Norton) Balanced Scorecard Certified Graduate and International Personnel Management Certified Human Resource Professional (IPMA-CP). 

Passionate in community engagement, Christine is a past National and Local Board Member of IPMA-Canada. As well, Christine is past Manager of the Newfoundland and Labrador Canada Games Volleyball Team, including past Manager and Convenor of provincial, club, school teams and tournaments.


Sarah French, RPR

Senior Recruiter

Sarah is a passionate and driven HR professional with 10 years experience in the Marine and Oil and Gas sectors. Her natural ability to draw people in and form lasting relationships speaks for itself. Sarah is always there to help and assist in any way, with a smile on her face. Employees and clients trust her because of her kind and helpful demeanor.

No matter how hard the task may be, Sarah pushes forward. With her strong interpersonal and relationship building skills, Sarah directs and motivates you with kindness to get the job done.

Sarah is a Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR) – Institute of Professional Management and has a passion for attracting the right people for the right job. She is very excited for this opportunity to join the Higher Talent team!

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Jordan White

Social Media Coordinator

Jordan is the owner and operator of Capelin Creations, a creative digital marketing agency. Since 2016 Jordan has been working with business, small and large to help improve their marketing efforts. His company specializes in creative content and strong communication across all forms of digital media. With a passion for creating, he is usually found on the computer or with a camera in hand.

When he is not working with his team he can usually be found in the woods on a hike with his dog Norman or exploring the food scene in downtown St. John’s.