Meet Our Team

Saum Sharifi

FOUNDER/CEO


Saum founded Altus Jobs in 2011 after spending multiple years doing consulting based recruiting in the IT and engineering industries. Saum is a strategic mind and has developed strong relationships with many of the largest Architecture & Engineering firms across the nation. He is passionate about the environment at Altus and the future we hold. He believes there is power and synergy when the right people come together and there are no ceilings except for the ones created in the mind.

Saum was born in Altamonte Springs, Florida, and now resides in San Diego to manage the growth of our second location. He attended the University of Central Florida and has been Recruiting ever since. Outside of Altus, Saum is dedicated to his family and friendships and is purely focused on building an everlasting foundation.

Saum is a strategic mind and has developed strong relationships

Brandon Robertson

Director of Sales


Brandon joined the Altus team in September 2014 as an Associate and transitioned to Client Relations Manager in March 2015. He was promoted to Director of Sales in October 2017. In his current role, Brandon oversees the operation of the Orlando office, directly managing the sales team. He also manages a handful of accounts as well. Before working at Altus, Brandon worked in sales for 5 years and staffing for 4. His favorite part of the job is creating a long lasting relationship with people both internally and externally.

Brandon grew up in Winter Park, Florida, and currently calls Longwood home. He graduated from UCF in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a minor in Real Estate. He enjoys basketball, watching wrestling, listening to country music and spending time with his growing family. He has played basketball for as long as he can remember and worked for 4 years for the Orlando Magic running youth camps and coached local high school JV and Varsity teams as well. Him and his wife, Alyssa welcomed their beautiful baby girl into the world on 4/9/17 and they couldn’t be happier.

His favorite part of the job is connecting and creating a long lasting relationship with people.

Eric Taylor

Sr. Associate – Client Relations


Eric began at Altus Jobs in January 2012 as an Associate. He was promoted to Senior Associate in July 2015. In this role, Eric uses his current credibility to guide and troubleshoot a team of other recruiters through the process. In a short period of time, he has becomea respected and well networked consultant in our niche’ industry of recruiting in the A/E/C marketplace. He prides himself in developing real, long lasting relationships. Eric’s favorite part of the job is negotiating offers, getting candidates what they want and seeing the excitement they have when he is able to get them an offer they really wanted.

Eric studied business management, international business and entrepreneurship at Seminole State College and University of Central Florida. He grew up in Longwood, Florida, and now calls Lake Mary his home.He has a 3 year old son named Logan Harrison Taylor who is named after Wolverine. Yes, Wolverine. He enjoys strategy games of any kind and considers himself a Netflix expert extraordinaire.

Eric’s favorite part of the job is negotiating offers, getting candidates what they want

Rusty Braxton

Director of IT


Russell started at Altus in July of 2016 as an IT Manager and in February of 2017 he was promoted to Chief Technology Officer. He enjoys working for Altus due to the relaxed and fun atmosphere, while also having a boss that motivates him and pushes him harder into different avenues. Russell was born and raised in the Central Florida area and has loved computers and technology all his life, hence the passion for his job. In his free time, he enjoys weightlifting and spending time with his family and three dogs.
As an athlete and a business owner for many years now, Russell is passionate about building strong teams.

Kyle Murphy

Director of Recruitment


Kyle started at Altus in June 2015 as an Associate with our recruiting team.As a recruiter, he specializes in high-level placements of Engineering and Technology professionals.

He grew up in Orlando, Florida, and still calls it home today. He graduated in the Honors Program at Fisher College in Boston, Massachusetts and studied business management and played for the basketball team. He loves basketball and anything sports related. His favorite part about work is his co-workers and the team. He describes the atmosphere as “like no other” he has experienced. Kyle has been in staffing since he graduated from college.

He describes the atmosphere as “like no other” he has experienced

Sabba Sharifi

Sr. Associate – Client Relations


Sabba started at Altus in December 2013 as key member for back-end internal operations and upkeep. His attention to detail and operational support was an integral piece for Altus as the company experienced rapid growth in its’ infancy. Since then, his skillset has developed into a client relations role where he manages our recruiting service to clients nationwide. He has experience facilitating a job transition from start to finish, to make things seamless for both the candidate and the client. His favorite part about Altus is the people! He feels that the people at Altus aren’t just his co-workers, but his close friends and teammates..

Sabba grew up in Orlando, and attended the University of Central Florida. He has been in the staffing industry for 4 years and in his spare time, enjoys lifting weights, swimming, traveling, and of course, the occasional Netflix binge.

He feels that the people at Altus aren’t just his co-workers, but his friends and teammates

Austin Taylor

Account Coordinator


Austin started at Altus in December 2014 as part of our Lead Generation team. Since then, he has moved into a role in Operation Support and management of the Lead Generation team. He has lived in Florida his whole life and has his AA from Valencia College. He is the front man for local central Florida rock band, Bothering Dennis. ( https://bothering-dennis.bandcamp.com/album/lazy-susan-lp-preorder ). He loves to play video and strategy games and work on his computer. His favorite part about working at Altus is that his role requires his responsibilities to constantly change. He is always being kept on his toes and having to adapt and go with the flow. He has volunteered at the middle school band camp in Seminole County and the Christian Sharing Center.
His favorite part about working at Altus is that his role requires his responsibilities to constantly change

Bryan Young

Associate – Recruiting


Bryan started with Altus Jobs in 2016, as an Associate with our recruiting team. As a recruiter, he specializes in high-level placement of Engineering and Technology professionals.

He grew up in Lake Mary, FL and is a Floridian through and through. Bryan attended University of Central Florida and has a background in Sports and Exercise Science. His passion is relationships and always seems to circle back to where he can make an impact in the lives of others. Passionate about music, sports, and most importantly his dog Winston! Constantly filled with energy and passion in whatever it is that he does, Bryan has no lack of energy in or out of the office. Going at full speed requires little down time but makes times for the ones he loves and if something is considered “Deluxe”.

Alexa Klinakis

Associate – Recruiting


Alexa started with Altus Jobs in March, 2017 as an Associate with our recruiting team. As a recruiter, she specializes in high-level placement of Engineering and Architecture professionals. She is originally from Toronto, Canada but has lived in Orlando, FL for most of her life and calls it home. Alexa attended the University of Central Florida, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality & Management. Through a variety of roles on her career path, Alexa has gained extensive experience in customer service, sales, marketing and recruiting. Her favorite part about working at Altus is the ability to develop relationships with people that start from scratch and continue all the way through the process of assisting them with their career goals. She loves the feeling of seeing someone happy in a new job and knowing she helped make that happen for them.

Outside of work, Alexa has a very active social calendar and loves spending time with family and friends. She enjoys fitness, outdoor activities, anything in the sun, traveling, stand-up comedy, and of course….any and all things wine related!

Britany Winders

Associate – Recruiting


Britany started at Altus in January 2017 as part of the recruiting team. She grew up in Windermere, Florida before moving to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University. Britany graduated with a double major in Sociology and Hospitality. After graduation, she decided to move back down to Orlando to be close to family and friends. Britany was referred to a job at Atlus by Brandon Robertson and has absolutely loved working for the company. Her favorite part about working at Altus is the laid-back atmosphere, and how close everyone is in, and outside of the office. Britany enjoys all types of sports, mostly basketball and football!

Bryan Davey

Associate – Recruiting


Bryan started as an associate with Altus in December of 2016. At this time, the company was in the process of transitioning into a new office, which naturally demanded an increase in business, and staff to go along with it. Watching how seamlessly the Altus team pulled together and raised the bar to support the new “elevated workplace,” was what made him a believer from the get go. The Altus culture thrives on everyone working together in perfect harmony to help business consistently grow, and along the way, the individual benefits are very rewarding. Bryan is a native to Florida who grew up In Melbourne, and moved to Orlando in 2006 to attend the University of Central Florida. Nothing is more important to him than his family and friends, and working for a company that allows him to improves other’s careers is a true pleasure.

Alexis Kostantinidis

Associate – Recruiting


Alexis started at Altus in June 2017 as part of the recruiting team. She was born and raised in Orlando, FL but left for a couple of years to attend the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Halfway through her college career she transferred to the University of Central Florida. In 2014 Alexis graduated with a BA in Health Administration.

Since then, she has used her time to travel and start her career path in the recruiting world. Alexis’s favorite part about working at Altus is the atmosphere and her co-workers.

Dan Kuhl

Associate – Recruiting


Dan started at Altus in April 2017 as part of the recruiting team. He was born and raised in Winter Springs, FL. He graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana where he studied business management and was a member of the men’s basketball team. He is a very sports and music oriented person. Prior to Altus, Dan worked for Enterprise. His favorite part about working at Altus is the team centered atmosphere and the emphasis on work-life balance.

Nicholas Semenuk

Recruiting Consultant / Leads


Nick started at Altus in May 2017 as a part of our Lead Generation team. He strives daily to create, focus, and improve with the Altus team on every level of operation. Nick was born in Baltimore, but has called Orlando home most of his life. He was the Manager and Senior Repair Technician of an electronics repair shop before joining Altus. He has a B.S. from UCF and enjoys spending time with his family, playing heavy metal guitar, outdoor adventuring and traveling. Nick’s favorite part about working at Altus is the team atmosphere and seeing everyone move forward and succeed personally and professionally.

Anrich Bekker

Recruiter


Taylor Courtney

Recruiter


Taylor joined Altus in October of 2017. She came to us as a seasoned recruiter and new mom. She took the move from Healthcare staffing, to the Building Design Market looking for a challenging new role. She was eager to join an industry that was fast moving and always evolving. Taylor knows that without risk, there is no reward. “The office structure and support that Altus offers is truly like no other. I thought I was a strong recruiter before, but in the few months I’ve been with Altus, I’ve already seen personal growth and I look forward to continued success in this industry with this team.”

Samuel Perez

Recruiter


Sam joined Altus in January of 2018. While here, he has been able to accomplish many achievements including Highest Performer of the Month for August 2018. Coming from a background in car sales he has been able to put forth his skills and experience into a seamless transition while continuing to grow and learn more every day as he navigates the world of staffing and recruiting. His biggest motivations are his wife, daughter, and son. In his free time, you can find him spending time with his family and coaching his sons tee ball team.

Basil Vennard

Account Manager


Basil started her career at Altus in October 2017 as an Associate Account Manager. She comes from a background of recruiting and account management with diverse experience in per diem, temporary and direct hire staffing. Basil thoroughly enjoys networking with professionals from all areas of business and takes advantage of every opportunity she has to interface with Executives from numerous industries. Her favorite part of working with Altus is the relationships she has built with her clients as well as her colleagues.

Chris Callaway

Lead Software Developer


Kim Powell

Lead Generator


Kim started at Altus in January 2018 as part of the Lead Generation Team. She was born in New Jersey but has spent most of her life in Florida. She studied Business and Information Management at Seminole State College.  When she’s not working she loves traveling and experiencing new cultures. Her favorite part about working at Altus is the company culture and laid-back atmosphere.

Adrian Gillet

Recruiter


Adrian started at Altus in March 2018 as part of the recruiting team. He’s worked in the staffing industry for 2 years and understands the level of effort and commitment it takes to succeed. His experience is based on developing client relationships and opening new contracts in order to grow business. He looks forward to becoming a senior recruiter with the company. Adrian was born in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in Satellite Beach Florida where he attended high school. He served 4 years in the Air Force directly after high school and has traveled all over Europe as well as many countries in the Middle East. After his time in service he attended UCF in central Florida where he earned his BA in Marketing. He looks forward to becoming an asset to Altus’ team!

Jessica Wise

Lead Generation/Social Media Specialist


Jessica joined Altus in May of 2018 as part of the lead generation team. Her favorite thing about working at Altus are the endless opportunities for growth and as someone who enjoys challenging herself this is especially important. It has allowed her to drive her career to suit her strengths while also working on improving her weaknesses. She is currently finishing up her AA and will be pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing shortly after. She enjoys travelling and visiting new places as well as spending time with her friends and family.

Jordan Kravetzky

Recruiter


Jordan started Altus in April of 2018. She came in with a background in sales looking to put her skills into something new. She is now officially a third-generation recruiter in her family. She prides herself on her relationship with her candidates and always doing what is best for them. Altus was the type of environment she was looking for and is proud to call it her second home.  She is from Tampa and moved to Orlando around three years ago and is loving the city. Her favorite thing to do is explore new cultures and try new foods.

Dylan Piekarski

Recruiter


Jordan started Altus in April of 2018. She came in with a background in sales looking to put her skills into something new. She is now officially a third-generation recruiter in her family. She prides herself on her relationship with her candidates and always doing what is best for them. Altus was the type of environment she was looking for and is proud to call it her second home.  She is from Tampa and moved to Orlando around three years ago and is loving the city. Her favorite thing to do is explore new cultures and try new foods.

Sean Mulholland

Recruiter


Diana Refugio

Recruiter


Kaylie Kline

Recruiter


Luis Ortiz

Recruiter


Luis started at Altus in October 2018 as a Recruiting Coordinator. He prides himself on his work ethic. The most fulfilling part of his job is having the opportunity to help people achieve their career goals and improve their lives. He grew up in Puerto Rico and has called Orlando home for the last 14 years. When he’s not in the office you can find him at the gym, hanging out with his loved ones or kicking back singing and strumming his guitar. Luis is happy to be a part of a rapidly growing company that is focused on developing great relationships with our Clients and Candidates.

Zach Beck

Recruiter