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. ”

Suzanne Ramos
Excelon Partners
“Tricia is a savvy, dynamic trainer with great expertise in the finest points of e-sourcing. She provided me with techniques I would never have found on my own and that I expect will greatly enhance my pool of high-performance candidates.”

Walter Masnyk
JRC Rubicon Crossed
“Tricia’s training was insightful, to the point, and effective. I am sure to save many hours of research time because of what I learned. She also has a great sense of humor which keeps the training fun. Thank you!”

Tanner Smith
Galt Foundation
“Tricia is a very talented, conscientious, organized teacher who, almost more importantly, is an expert in what she is teaching. I learned invaluable material that will help my company prosper for a long time to come. I highly suggest Tricia for any position you may have that demands a high-speed, organized, process-oriented, individual with applicable experience!”

Patti Avornyoh
Pierce Locke and Associates
“I never write recommendations for just anyone but this one is truly deserved. I was a student in Tricia’s class and the thing that impressed me the most was her professionalism, knowledge of the industry, accurate if not perfect answers to questions. Although, the class was online it was almost like being in the classroom physically. I highly recommend Tricia as my knowledge of sourcing increased under Tricia’s tutelage.”

Dayna Azzopardi
Motus Integrated Technologies
“I have learned so much from Tricia! Thank you so much and I will be signing up for more classes!”

Andrew LaCivita
milewalk Academy
“I am proud to have met Tricia. Not only is she one of the most trustworthy recruiters I’ve ever met, she’s also one of the most effective. She’s equally interested in ensuring the client and candidate as both happy…a great someone to have on your side.”

Jackie Gibson
Harris Lane Recruiting
“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. A master in her field, she offers a fresh approach to prospecting and sourcing candidates. Beyond her stellar professional traits, she is an incredible person and I bet she gets invited to a lot of social functions!”

Bruce Bauer
Executive Career Consultants, Inc.
“First, I am appreciative of what I have learned as a result of her experience in sourcing! Second, she is excellent at delivering her ideas! "

Charles Kriston
Charles Kriston Group
“I completed an on-line training course that was masterfully crafted by Tricia. The power of sourcing using Boolean and other internet tools have allowed me to reach candidates I sensed were accessible, but did not know how to reach. In addition to be strong in these skills she is also empathetic to the student as we are exposed to powerful tools in a short period of time and are unable to complete cycles of learning to establish mastery of the skills."

Dixie von Aschwege

“Tricia Tamkin’s classes are worth every penny and more. I’ve taken several and always made my money back in spades, in fact, her classes were the reason we were able to get the quality candidates we needed to set ourselves apart from the competition as a new firm. Our whole recruiting team has taken her sourcing class, Tricia is required training now."

Ginny Trombetti
Oficio group llc
“I was fortunate to be able to train with Tricia and I have to say that both my partner and I are extremely happy with the results of this training. I personally found Tricia to be extremely detailed & knowledgeable about the topics. The training process was easy to follow and Tricia's person-ability and fairness made the information easier to assimilate. She is also right in emphasizing perfecting the craft through practice. I would gladly train with Tricia again in the future and am happy to highly recommend her for your recruiting training needs."

Kevin Tennant
Sight Care Optometry and Optical Inc.
"Tricia was a Trainer at the eSourcing workshop that I attended recently. Unlike many workshops, we spent the vast majority of the time applying the skills we learned. Tricia spent considerable time "desk-side" coaching us through. The workshop was so valuable because Tricia has walked in our shoes.. it was practical and immediately useful. It also became very clear that she lives to a very high ethical standard in her business and personal life"

Lesa Ong
NagataCONNEX Executive Legal Search
" I attended a seminar that was taught by Tricia, and really appreciated how approachable and knowledgeable she was. She took the time to explain things until everyone understood the how and the why. Thanks Tricia!"

Mark Eudy
TTECH Solutions
"Tricia is a smart and persistent search manager. She has succeeded in placing top quality candidates for me again and again. Tricia is tenacious and steadfast. Her team finds the rare and valuable candidate when others fail or surrender. She is a great negotiator and handles her candidates extremely well. She really knows the consulting business and is a true entrepreneur. Tricia has a relentless quality that is hard to match."

Mike Snow
West Monroe Partners
"Tricia helped us locate technical staff for development and services. She was very well organized, worked without any supervision and delivered great results. I would work with her again."

Nora Jucius
"Tricia is a very talented e Sorcerer that make the work as simple and straight forward as possible. Her classes make time go so quickly and she is available to answer any questions you may have. It is obvious that Tricia really enjoys her work and is an expert in her field. I would highly recommend Tricia for training if you want to go the next step in recruiting. "

Rick Romo
Mobility Partners of Houston
"As an instructor for the eSSentials course, Tricia does an excellent job of taking technical material and delivering it in a fun yet thorough way. She makes sure every student understands the curriculum through an interactive process that leaves no one behind. I also appreciated Tricia's quick response to email questions outside of class. Very helpful. A true professional."

Robb Mulberger
NRI Staffing
"Tricia is an excellent trainer... clear - concise - and patient with the "I don't yet understand" questions. And a great voice - very important for webinars vs in-person training sessions. Pre and post session materials well done and provide the means for future review. A strong recommend. Feel free to contact me with any questions or for further comments."

Steven Bock
"Tricia is a total pro and very generous with her knowledge."

John C. Mein
Mein Executive Talent
"Hi, everyone, I have attended and I am an ongoing student of Tricia's in AI4 recruiters and in coaching. Tricia's is a very knowledgeable instructor and coach and has been immensely helpful in teaching me how to use ChatGPT in my recruiting business and to be a far better recruiter. I highly recommend her! cheers, John"