The Altus Dream 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 engineering firms across the nation. He is passionate about the environment at Altus. He believes there is power and synergy when the right people come together and use their individual talents and skills to help each other thrive.

Saum was born in Altamonte Springs, Florida, and still resides in Orlando today. He attended the University of Central Florida and has been in sales for over 10 years with 6 of those years being in recruiting. Outside of Altus, he regularly enjoys basketball and weightlifting. In 2014, Saum placed 3rd out of 260 entrants in the Heartland Poker Tour (a national televised final table). He also loves to travel and visit new places, but he believes it’s the company you’re with that counts.

Saum is a strategic mind and has developed strong relationships

Rusty Braxton

CTO


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.

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

Brandon Robertson

Sr. Associate – Client Relations


Brandon joined the Altus team in September 2014 as an Associate and transitioned to Client Relations Manager in March 2015. In his current role, Brandon maintains relationships withover 70 clients and acts as a liaison to the recruiting team. He oversees the whole process from submittal and interview to negotiation of offer and placement for those clients. Before working at Altus, Brandon worked in sales for 5 years and staffing for 4. His favorite part of the job is connecting and creating a long lasting relationship with people.

Brandon grew up in Winter Park, Florida, and currently calls Altamonte Springs home. He graduated from UCF in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a minor in Real Estate. He enjoys golf, basketball, watching wrestling and listening country music. He has played basketball for as long as he can remember. He worked for 4 years for the Orlando Magic running youth camps and coached local high school JV and Varsity teams as well. Most recently, him and his fiancé welcomed their daughter, Cory Ann, into the world on 4/9/17 and he could not be happier!

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

Tiffany Walsh

Sr. Associate – Client Relations


Tiffany started at Altus in January 2015 as a Junior Associate with our Lead Generation Team. In June 2015, she moved into a role as the Client Support Lead. Tiffany heads up client marketing and media for Altus, and she is often the first person to connect with new clients on our behalf. She has been a tremendous brand ambassador during her time with us.

Tiffany grew up in Windermere, Florida, and moved back to Orlando after finishing her college degree. She attended Florida State University, earning a degree in Sociology in 2011. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and being out on the water. Her favorite part about the job is that there is always something new to learn about the industry, and there is never a dull moment at the office thanks to the people. She has been in sales since she was 16 years old.

Her favorite part about the job is that there is always something new to learn about the industry

Kyle Murphy

Recruiting Manager


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. He is still responsible for the majority of lead generation, but has taken on many other roles on the operations team.

He has lived in Florida his whole life. He is starting at Valencia this fall to pursue a degree in Music Marketing and Management. He is the frontman for central Florida’s premiere up-and-coming rock band, Bothering Dennis. He loves to play video and strategy games. His favorite part about working at Altus is that his role requires his responsibilities to constantly change. He loves 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

Alvin Lacsamana

Associate – Recruiting


Alvin started with Altus Jobs in June, 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 Flushing, New York (Queens), and has lived in Central Florida for most of his life. He considers Florida home. Alvin attended Valencia College and has a background in Retail Sales Management for over 20 years. He gained and developed relationships with customers and employees that played a huge part in the success of his career and lifetime friendships. He and his wife have been together for 20 years, married for 12 years. They have two beautiful daughters who are 14.5 months apart. They keep their parents very busy!

Alvin loves to spend time with family, travel, watch movies and attend live sporting events (especially basketball)! His favorite part about working at Altus is developing new relationships that will help others move forward with their career, developmentally and financially.

His favorite part about working at Altus is developing new relationships that will help others move forward with their career, developmentally and financially.

Alex Hartstock

Associate – Recruiting


Alex started with Altus Jobs in June, 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 Melbourne, Florida, before making Orlando his home. He has an AA degree from Eastern Florida State College. Alex worked in customer service and sales prior to coming to Altus. He is close with his 2 brothers and his sister, and he has a dog named Jaxon. Alex loves sports (especially baseball, football and golf).

His favorite part about working at Altus is the open environment and the possibility of helping someone further their career past what they thought was possible.

Nick Sesnick

Associate – Recruiting


Nick started at Altus as an associate in October, 2016 as a part of our recruiting team. He is originally from Boston, MA and moved down to Orlando, FL where he attended the University of Central Florida. Nick earned his bachelors at UCF then decided to continue his education in the DeVos program at UCF where he completed the Dual Master’s program, earning his Master in Business Administration (MBA) and Master’s in Sports Business Management. Upon graduation Nick started working as a Nursing recruiter and also helped run a start-up basketball training company. During his time at UCF he won an Intramural basketball national championship and volunteered at numerous different events to raise awareness on social injustice. Nick’s favorite part about working at Altus is the tight knit team atmosphere throughout the organization.

Kaitlyn Balsinger

Associate – Recruiting


Kaitlyn started at Altus in January of 2017 as part of the recruiting team. She came to Altus with 2.5 years of Recruiting and Sales experience in contract recruiting. She didn’t have a specific field that she specialized in, so she has a wide variety of recruiting experience in different industries. Growing up with her Father in the military she’s had the privilege of traveling and experiencing many different cultures around the world. Traveling and seeing new parts of the world is her favorite was to spend her spare time. She calls Jacksonville home and has been in the Orlando area for about two years now. She loves the incredible atmosphere and positive work environment that Altus provides. It’s truly a place to work hard and see incredible results. She’s excited to see how her future will grow with Altus.

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!

Christian Sandberg

Associate – Recruiting


I am born in raised in Orlando Fl, went to The First Academy for highschool. Played Varsity Basketball and Football in high school, was the captain of the football team. Attended Sante Fe College in Gainseville, FL. I enjoy going to the Beach, Lake and hanging out with friends, golf and traveling in spare time. I am the oldest sibling of 3, I have to younger sisters. Before Altus I was interning for my grandfather’s consulting company which is Crowne Consulting Group, doing insurance and also helping set up employee beneficial medical clinics. My favorite part about working for Altus is the tight knit atmosphere a long with the leadership and mentorship you get.

Dustin Cornell

Associate – Recruiting


Dustin began at Altus Jobs early 2017 as an Associate. With an extensive background in sales, Dustin has utilized his client interaction experience and transformed into a helping hand for many engineers looking for that seamless career transition. Making a lasting impression upon every new encounter is something Dustin strives for day in and day out. Dustin was born and raised in Orlando where he earned a degree in Business Management with a minor in Marketing from Valencia College. Outside of recruiting he can be found watching any sporting event, exploring new foodie adventures, also managing fantasy sports teams. His main goal in life is to prosper and grow with family and friends involved in his life, the sky is the limit.

Jerry Cronk

Associate – Recruiting


Jerry started at Altus in July 2017, as an Associate Recruiter. As a recruiter, he specializes in high- level placement of Engineering an Architectural Professionals. He grew up in Michigan for most of his life and one day decided snow was no longer for him and moved to Florida. His previous jobs he was an EMT for seven years in the Detroit Metro area, and he was a project manager and worked with major hotel corporations for two years. These jobs helped pave the way into recruiting to be able to speak well with both candidates and clients to understand needs and wants for both sides. Jerry loves watching as well as playing several sports. He spends his free time playing in a men’s league competitive soccer league as well as play pickup basketball on the weekends.

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.

Kacie Mills

Associate – Recruiting


Kacie began working for Altus in May 2017. A St. Petersburg native, Kacie moved to Orlando in 2012 to pursue her degree in Marketing. Kacie got her start in recruitment in March of 2015 as a member of the recruiting team for a wealth management firm. Upon graduating in 2015, Kacie got into IT staffing with a national organization before finding her home with Altus. While she’s not in the office Kacie can be found either at the beach, in the gym, spending time with her rambunctious Shiba Inu, Bowser, or at Barnes & Noble with her nose in a book.

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 / Lead Generation


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.