WHO WE ARE

We understand the challenges of creating and growing
a world class team.

Over the last 15+ years we’ve helped hundreds of companies hire thousands of people.

Being 100% Client Focused is our #1 Core Value.

ABOUT US

Great companies are a collection of great people. We are committed to finding exceptional candidates and matching them with world-class organizations where they can thrive.

With a proven track record of helping clients build and find successful sales, sales management, executive sales leadership and tech talent, we help companies improve their most important asset… their employees.

MEET THE TEAM

Syd Kain

Managing Partner, New York Metro

Syd Kain

Managing Partner, New York Metro

Syd brings more than two decades of award- winning Sales and Sales Management experience to Kain Colasanto, which he founded in 2002. Syd has always enjoyed the challenge of building high-performance teams, and he knows firsthand that the key to success is finding and recruiting proven talent.

While leading Sales teams for global technology companies, Syd surrounded himself with bright team members and consistently achieved success. His experience extended across disciplines including the development of geographical territories, vertical channels and partnering strategies. He partnered with and sold to most of the Fortune 500 technology companies as well as many successful tech start-ups.

Syd received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University in Maryland.

John Colasanto

Managing Partner, San Francisco

John Colasanto

Managing Partner, San Francisco

John brings more than a decade of award winning Sales and Sales Management experience to Kain Colasanto, which he joined as a partner in 2005.

John began his career in medical sales and moved in to technology in the late ’90s. John has a track record of success leading sales teams in software and services firms. His wealth of contacts within the high tech industry makes him an asset to any hiring organization. He has experience building start up and large enterprise organizations at both the executive and individual contributor levels. John has been involved with over 1000 sales placements across different industries.

John takes a consultative approach to partnering with his clients. The goal is quality, not quantity when it comes to building an organization. John strives to always find candidates that are both a skill and culture fit within the hiring organization.

Amy Edney

Executive Recruiter

Amy Edney

Executive Recruiter

Amy brings over 20 years of experience in the financial services and technology industries. Her experience working for the country’s largest investment banks drives her standard of excellence and her understanding of complex client needs. During her time at Kain, Amy has focused on expanding the financial services vertical.

Prior to joining the firm, she held multiple roles within investment, private, and commercial banking in areas of finance, sales, and data quality. She enjoys consulting, coaching, and building a lasting rapport with the individuals and organizations she represents.

Amy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford and an MBA in International Finance.

Peter White

Executive Recruiter

Peter White

Executive Recruiter

Peter White CPC possesses over 30 years of successful executive search experience within the Sales, Marketing and Marketing Research spaces. He has worked with many Fortune 500 and name brand companies over those years.

He values the positive impact that a search firm can have on both the candidate and the employer. The reward of making a placement comes from the knowledge that you are enhancing someone’s life and making a team a stronger team. This is what drives a happy Recruiter to persevere year after year.

Peter resides in Westchester County NY with his wife Laura and three college age sons. He has been active in many charitable fundraisers including Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Cycle for Survival.

Ann Zylstra

Executive Recruiter

Ann Zylstra

Executive Recruiter

Ann Zylstra has two decades of recruiting experience, specializing in placing highly sought after talent in sales, sales management and engineering positions within technology companies. Her roots in tech recruiting were planted in the dotcom boom and startup frenzy of the late 90s. She worked with the elite technical engineers everyone wanted for contract and the sales people who could pitch and sell completely new ideas in unchartered territory. Many of those relationships continue to this day due to Ann’s personal approach to helping talented people make successful career moves that have a powerful impact on their lives. She has built a vast and ever growing network of experienced, top performing professionals in the tech space. Ann is very well connected to hiring managers as well with an array of technical companies and has a strong sense of loyalty and dedication to serving those clients with the highest standards.

Ann is an avid cyclist and marathoner, an endurance athlete in work and play. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two sons.

Colin Coutinho

Research Associate

Colin Coutinho

Research Associate

Colin joined Kain Colasanto in 2017 and is passionate about filling the roles with the candidates who are the right professional and cultural fit for the hiring organizations. He finds process of matching candidates with the perfect opportunities to help them grow and develop in their careers to be a very rewarding experience.

He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and enjoys following sports and reading.

Monica Manuilow

Executive Recruiter

Monica Manuilow

Executive Recruiter

Monica comes with a successful sales background where she’s experienced working in IT, eLearning, financial software, medical device and advertising. Through boom or bust, she has an understanding of what it takes to be driven to success within various industries.Her professional career began and rolled through the internet bubble. In the Bay Area, she sold enterprise e-Learning software to major universities, that enhanced quality of learning and reduced cost of higher education. After several years in software and a little world travel, Monica switched gears and launched into medical device sales where she worked with local SF hospitals, talented surgeons, residents and staff.

Monica continues to help fundraise and do volunteer work for local children’s organizations. In her spare time she loves being active with family, playing tennis, hiking the beautiful Bay Area trails, running and travel.

Monica graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality & Business Management from Washington State University.

Kathryn Krischer

Executive Recruiter

Kathryn Krischer

Executive Recruiter

Kathryn brings over sixteen years of experience working within the Advertising industry in San Francisco. During her time at Goodby, Silverstein and Partners and AKQA, Kathryn was an Account Director leading award winning advertising campaigns for Fortune 500 clients. Most recently, she recruited production talent and helped launch a creative representation agency.

Kathryn has built her career around establishing long-lasting relationships with her Clients; she is a trusted partner who brings strategic and creative thinking to every project. Kathryn is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising.

Jason Chan

Executive Recruiter

Jason Chan

Executive Recruiter

Jason brings over 16 years of experience from the financial services’s industry. His areas of expertise include Sales, Recruitment and Management.

As a Director of Recruiting for 10 years in his previous role, he led a team focused on identifying exceptional sales talent and was a key contributor to the growth and success of the organization. The company was recognized as the top 100 fastest growing companies, honored as the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere and was acquired by a top 5 industry leader in 2018.

Jason knows firsthand the importance of identifying, attracting and retaining high performing team members to help an organization flourish. He values integrity, nurturing relationships, effective communication, transparency and a client first approach. Jason attended the University of San Francisco where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.

Jessica Donehower

Executive Recruiter

Jessica Donehower

Executive Recruiter

Jessica brings two decades of experience in the retail industry. In leadership roles for several Fortune 500 retail companies, Jessica has built a track record as an effective leader, communicator, negotiator and champion of people. Most recently, she helped start and build out a new retail brand & organization from scratch. Jessica has a keen ability to identify, assess and hire top talent as well as a cultivate strong, long-lasting relationships. Her work ethic, candor and commitment to project completion have earned Jessica an outstanding reputation.

Jessica lives with her husband and three kids in Marin county. She loves the outdoors, and is out running and hiking whenever possible. She is a an active supporter of Project Night Night, a non-profit organization supporting homeless children nationwide. Jessica graduated from St. Lawrence University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Government.

OUR VALUES:

Client Focused
We have a never-ending desire to make them happy

Always Up!
High Energy is contagious

Consistent Execution
Execution is everything

Persistence
Success is a game is endurance

Integrity
The work we do has a profound impact on people

Grateful
We appreciate each other and our clients

OUR MISSION:

Our mission is to help our clients and the professionals that we work with achieve extraordinary levels of success.

 

OUR VISION:

Set a new standard of excellence by delivering more value to others than anyone else.  We dare to innovate and constantly evolve to find new and better ways of doing things.  We believe in the transformational power of exceptional talent.

Our ultimate goal is to have a major positive impact on the lives of our clients, their companies and the professionals that we serve.

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