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!”