About Tricia Tamkin

Tricia’s youth in the Chicago burbs was spent divided between reading and sports. She was the only girl in the boys’ league for baseball, and still managed to sneak in gymnastics, cheerleading, and a starring role in Grease.

Tricia’s prep school made college comparatively easy. When something is too easy, Tricia moves on. At 19, she interviewed for a job she’d never heard of – Headhunter. The day after her interview, she called the agency owner and told him she’d made a decision. She was going to be a recruiter, either for him or someone else. She was immediately hired, and went on to be the top producer in the firm before she was old enough to have a cocktail.

In the early days, Tricia was content to be the top biller anywhere she went. Then her boss told her she needed to play nicer in the sandbox with the other employees. A month later she opened Wolftec, her executive search firm.

Nearly a quarter century later, she’s been widowed twice, fought and won several court battles, given birth, and lost a parent. She’s expanded her staff to more than a dozen, and then slimmed it back down, outsourcing everything.

Then, a client asked her to stop recruiting tech salespeople, and instead to build them a recruiting team. With her years of owning a firm, constant professional development, and help from Jason, she did just that. She recruited the team, made the hiring decisions, trained them, and worked herself out of a client… but into a new industry.

Tricia has spent the last thirteen years speaking on the most prominent stages in the recruiting industry, developing and delivering acclaimed training programs, and coaching some of the highest producers in our industry. She’s an F’n gladiator, who does random acts of kindness every day. She also still makes cold calls and answers her own phone. 


Co-launches first ever ChatGPT program for the recruiting industry.
After more than a year of having a waitlist for Private Coaching, co-launched Group Coaching program for the recruiting industry.
Major overhaul of both sourcing and sales programs, and development of over 100 hours of new recruiting training.

Heads down in Church of Executive Search Private Coaching Practice. Help dozens of recruiters generate millions of dollars.


Presented Keynotes and Breakout Sessions at 14 conferences in one year.


Co-Founded Church of Executive Search, while simultaneously training and recruiting.


Attended Tony Robbin’s Business Mastery- overloaded with ideas.


Expanded Moore eSSentials staff and focused on building training and speaking business.


Launched Client Cornucopia. Married again, third time’s a charm.


Taught Pinnacle Society for the first time (top 80 headhunters in North America) to rave reviews.


Co-launched first ever Facebook sourcing class, 18 days after Facebook launched Graph Search.


First time speaking at ASA, traveled around North America and Canada training recruiters.


Taught first Sourcing Class and first Private Training for an executive search firm.


Retained to recruit, hire, train and build external recruiting department for client.


Second Husband dies, better knock this off. Let everyone go and moved recruiting desk home.


Build Wolftec to 10 recruiters and 3 support staff.


Launch FastGround, a web-based real estate collaboration platform.


Win award from Cognizant Technology Solutions for executive search excellence.


Son is born, husband is diagnosed with terminal blood cancer.

Closed Lockwood Ross (it was profitable, but not fun!) Returned to sole focus in recruiting.

Generate 1M from one client for first time (Accenture).

Launch Lockwood Ross, an outplacement firm. Married second husband.

Closed $150K engaged deal (50/50/50), biggest to date.


Tech bubble bursts, closed Padigent, bought Disney property.

First husband dies, started traveling extensively and launched Padigent, and HR company for startup firms.
Only accepted 100K jobs. Blanked for 5 months. Closed 11 deals in 10 weeks. Took 3 months off.

Started Wolftec, an executive search firm still running today, took first class in Boolean.


Top internal recruiter with 72 starts, 94% of which were unassisted with over 19% executives.


Accepted internal recruiting position at Whitman Hart.


Top producing recruiter in 15-person agency, billing 272K in first twelve months.


Left college after 2 years to become a commission only agency recruiter in IT.


Graduated from St. Francis High School, and began college at Eastern Illinois University.


Won essay contest to be the Attorney General of Bloomingdale for a day.


Played the Grand Prize Game on Bozo’s Circus and missed the first bucket.


Born September 17th, an only child.

Enthusiastic Love from Tricia's Clients

Lisa Guidry
Extreme Technologies, Inc
“Tricia brings a deep level of professional expertise to her clients. Her knowledge and passion for what she does is evident in the results that her clients receive from her classes. The one thing that sets her apart from other trainers is her character and integrity of ensuring your success beyond the transaction. It’s totally appreciated!” 

Jackie Gibson
Harris Lane & Warner Hospitality Search
“Tricia is one of the best in the headhunting industry, especially as it pertains to client acquisition strategies and sourcing for candidates. A most excellent coach and teacher, she educates her students at a good pace and trust me when I say there is little to no fluff! Every sentence she utters is worth retaining. Beyond her stellar professional traits, she is an incredible person and I bet she gets invited to a lot of social functions!” 

Mike Molnar
Global Recruiters of Washington Township
“Tricia is an excellent instructor/coach who has the unique ability to share her expert knowledge and creative ideas with everyone in a fun manner. She is patient and personable. She also demonstrates a deep interest that her clients learn. I look forward to taking additional courses with Tricia. ” 

Al Born
Electronic Search, Inc.
“Tricia has been invaluable in teaching me new techniques on how to become a better recruiter. Her method of teaching is refreshing and engaging. She definitely keeps you engaged during her training sessions. I would highly recommend her.” 

Todd Frey
“I have had the privilege of learning from Tricia. I literally can say that Tricia is “Second to None!” Tricia is passionate about her work; she ensures that she has covered every detail to effectively present the right solution to her students. I know I will be able to move forward in my career with the exceptional skills I have learned from her. All the training I have received from Tricia has proved to be priceless!”

George Gagalis
Hyde Park Associates
“Tricia has great energy and spirit. She has excellent knowledge of the subject matter and is able to convey key points in the training adn with the right touch of humor. Tricia is always open for questions and will go out of her way to make sure you "get it". I highly recommend her.”

Steve Reznikoff
MicroSystems Automation Group
“Tricia is a dynamic and expert recruiter and business owner who obtains stellar results for her clients. She is a patient and thorough trainer who transforms complex concepts and into easily digestible and relate-able ideas. Tricia made me a much better recruiter and willingly shares her years of experience and expertise with her students. ”