As the President & CEO of Kenton Talent Management, Kristen Kenton provides executive recruiting and custom human capital consulting services to Business Owners, small-to-middle market companies and private equity firms across the country. After working within various recruiting organizations, Kristen has gained valuable insights into the processes and practices associated with traditional retained firms. She has re-launched her company with a renewed and fierce commitment to quality and client engagement. She serves as a thought partner to her clients, whom often leverage her as their “trusted people advisor”. Most recently, Kristen served as a Vice President and Executive Recruiter at Tri-Search, a custom project recruiting and retained search firm. Previously, she was a Principal and Executive Recruiter at Adam James International, where she led the firm’s “Transformational Leadership” practice (focused on senior-level talent needed to grow, fix, transform or exit a business) as well as the “Diversity & Inclusion”search division.
Earlier in her career, Kristen opened the Colorado office as a Principal Consultant & Executive Recruiter for McDermott & Bull, one of the fastest growing retained executive search firms in the Western United States. The company’s leaders came out of DHR International, a top ten search firm. Kristen held multiple roles at the firm, including building and professionalizing the Research and Recruiting function as the Director of Recruiting.
Kristen’s passion for building diverse executive teams led to the development of the Executive Women’s Summit in 2007. Today, she serves as President & BOD Chair for the organization with a focus on connecting, developing and promoting female leaders. In 2016, Kristen launched the Executive Women’s Summit University (EWSU). This intensive leadership development and emotional intelligence program was designed exclusively for highly driven women that want to “level up” as a leader and a human being. The development of this group has allowed Kristen to further expand her diversity service offerings to clients nationally.
Kristen has a deep commitment to continuously building and nurturing a vast network of executives and trusted advisors. She is known as a “master connector” and enjoys helping others build a professional sphere of influence. Kristen possesses a deep understanding of both the art and science behind hiring and retaining strong leaders, and is able to achieve world-class results in record time for her clients.
Kristen is happily married and the mother of two amazing children, Simon and Lily. She enjoys being connected in her community and has been a nominee of the Denver Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” and “Outstanding Women in Business” awards.
Elizabeth is known as an innovative and courageous business and operations leader, able to sync people, purpose, processes and profitability to achieve meaningful and impactful outcomes. She has been consistently sought after to build and enhance infrastructure and teams within small to middle-market companies to create a best in class customer experience.
Elizabeth knows the needs of businesses inside out. She most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Mountain Capital Partners, headquartered in Durango, Colorado. Prior to that, she served as the Vice President of Operations at Telluride Ski Resort and as the Senior Director of Mountain Operations at Vail Mountain. She was also honored to receive an appointment from Governor John Hickenlooper to the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board.
The transition from senior leadership to talent management and recruiting was a natural one for Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a connector and known for her collaborative and supportive leadership style. She honed her skills for sourcing transformational talent and building exceptional teams throughout her career and her strengths in this space include Profile Development & Alignment, Sourcing, Values-Based Behavioral Interviewing & Assessment, as well as Onboarding Strategy and Support.
As a senior leader, Elizabeth has been committed to curating a network of colleagues and advisors. Her connections span many business segments and range from Colorado, throughout North America to Europe.
Elizabeth is a transformational leader and attributes her success to the teams she has been fortunate enough to work with. She encourages others to follow their passion, knowing no boundaries, and is excited to work with Kenton Talent Management to connect candidates to roles that allow growth and innovation for both the individual and the organization.
When not collaborating and connecting for business, Elizabeth can be found enjoying the mountain lifestyle with her 15 year old son, Henry and dog, Milo.