We are an executive search firm specifically focused on foodservice, jansan, disposables and the facilities industries that has placed more than 3000 candidates since 1990.

What makes us unique:

At Michael J. Hawkins, Inc. we understand that we must present candidates that our clients cannot readily find themselves. These valued candidates are successful and are not exploring the internet looking for a new position. These hidden gems will also not engage in conversations about their career with those that have no brand recognition for talent acquisition expertise.

Our clients know that we are true experts in the industries we serve and love and that we will represent them with the upmost professionalism and confidentiality. It is unique for any organization to be able to state that any prospective client or candidate should simply “Ask Any Industry Leader” about our unique reputation.

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Meet Your Recruiters

Michael J. Hawkins

Michael J. Hawkins

Michael Hawkins is the President of Michael J. Hawkins, Inc. an executive search company that he founded in 1990.

Prior to starting Michal J. Hawkins, Inc., Michael had spent time at Packaging Corporation of America managing their national account sales team. Previous to PCA, Michael was an Officer at the Edward Don Company where he was responsible for managing profitable revenue generation through a team of over three hundred professionals.

Before Edward Don, Michael spent fifteen years with the Diversey Corporation in the UK, Europe and finally in the USA managing the foodservice and jansan sales forces.

Michael is married with three sons and seven grandchildren.

Deborah Valure

Deborah Valure

Deborah is Vice President, Foodservice Division at Michael J. Hawkins, Inc. Focusing on equipment manufacturers she has closed searches all over the world in Sales, Marketing, Engineering and Operations. She joined the team in 1996 and has been in the Foodservice Industry for more than 35 years.

Deborah began her career with HED (Hardee’s Equipment Division) starting in customer service and working her way up to become Regional Sales Manager, Midwest.

After HED, Deborah relocated to the Chicago area and began a 4 ½ year career with Keating of Chicago, a manufacturer of cooking equipment where she managed customer service, and technical service. She worked closely with outside sales managers, manufacturers rep groups, consultants and dealers on equipment specifications, and job quotes.

Anthony Trombetta

Anthony Trombetta

Anthony Trombetta is Vice President, Jansan Division at Michael J. Hawkins, Inc. He joined them in 2017 and has been in the Jansan industry since 1993.

From 1993 – 2000, Anthony was Vice President for a $10 MM national building service contractor that cleaned millions of square feet of high-end retail, commercial office, hospitality and healthcare facilities.

In 2000 he joined ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and for the next 15 years helped double the revenue and membership within the organization. As Director of Sales, he was accountable for all trade shows (North America, Poland, Mexico, Turkey, and Amsterdam), membership, education/training, customer service and led the strategic planning process in 2008, 2012 and 2015.