Our Team

Platinum Recruiting, a privately owned company, was established in 1999 as a full-service recruitment agency. Our team brings a combined 35 years’ experience within Recruitment and Human Resources and we are skilled at providing quality candidates to businesses in all occupations and industries.

At Platinum Recruiting we are more than just work colleagues; we are a team.  We work together, we play together, we even volunteer together!  We pride ourselves on being active in our community, and we support a variety of organizations, including: BC Children’s Hospital, Kelowna Gospel Mission, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26 Kelowna, Canadian Cancer Society and SOS Safety Magazine.

Read about our extensive code of ethics here.

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David Miller - General Manager

After a career change from oil and gas, David became the General Manger of Platinum Recruiting in 2016.  His extensive background as an industry consultant and experience as a secondary school teacher makes him an excellent manager, team leader, and communicator with strong interpersonal skills. His ongoing passion is to see the potential in people realized and developed. When not working at Platinum, he can be found hanging with his family, repairing vehicles, renovating houses, going on hikes, reading good books or having meaningful conversations with friends.

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Tracy Gooch – Operations and Finance Manager

Tracy joined the Platinum Recruiting team as Finance Manager in 2016.  Born and raised in Kelowna, she has over 30 years of bookkeeping experience.  She also has experience in retail, real estate appraisal and income tax preparation.  As Operations Manager, Tracy has a wealth of knowledge in business operations and human resources in a wide variety of industries.  In her down time, Tracy enjoys hiking, training her border collies and competing with them in a variety of dog sports.

Heather Simmonds – Sr. Recruitment Specialist

Heather has been recruiting in the Okanagan for over 14 years, specializing in senior and executive level placements. She originally joined the Platinum Recruiting team back in 2006, having just returned to her hometown of Kelowna after living in England and Australia for 13 years. While living overseas she obtained extensive experience working in international corporate environments in a variety of industries. Heather has a passion for bringing great jobs and great candidates together and is committed to providing outstanding service and professional consultation. Heather enjoys hiking with her dog Tango and is an avid golfer.

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Jez Cook - Sr. Recruitment Specialist

Jez has a positive and outgoing personality and will always go the extra mile for his clients to ensure the best possible candidates. Jez spent 6 years specialising in Technical and Engineering recruitment, sourcing entry-level to C-suite candidates. He became the National Account Manager for 2 international Engineering companies and led a successful team of Recruiters. Jez focuses on developing relationships with both clients and candidates to ensure the best fit for all involved. Jez and his family moved from the UK in 2018 and have been enjoying all that the Okanagan has to offer, including hiking, kayaking, and skiing.

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Jaime Baumgartner – Recruitment Assistant

Jaime brings ten years of administrative experience to the team, including previous work with a recruitment agency in Vancouver, giving her a strong understanding of both client and candidate expectations. Jaime is a natural customer service provider and brings her cheerful, positive personality to her role. She provides recruitment assistance and administrative support for our busy team.  When Jaime is not in the office, she is experimenting and creating baked treats for her friends, family and colleagues.  When she isn’t baking you can find her enjoying the outdoors with her partner and her energetic dog Zelda. 

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Ryan Fehr - Business Development & Marketing

Ryan brings sales expertise and a passion for helping businesses reach their full potential by finding the right talent. As a recent addition to Platinum’s growing team, Ryan comes from a background of Fitness & Health and Construction Sales. Originally from Ottawa, Ryan made the move to Kelowna in 2019 and absolutely adores the Okanagan. With a focus on fostering relationships with our existing clients and establishing new ones, Ryan gets a kick out of connecting with local businesses, identifying how we can help and building upon those relationships. You can find him up at Big White usually every weekend in the Winter season and at the beach, golf course, or hiking a trail in the warmer months. 

Alexia Turner - Junior Recruiter

Alexia is a recent graduate of Okanagan College’s Bachelor of Business Administration program, majoring in Human Resource Management. Driven by her extensive background working in customer focused environments, Alexia is dedicated to providing her clients and candidates with an enjoyable and personable experience. Alexia is looking forward to utilizing her knowledge and skills in her new role as Junior Recruiter and is eager to continue networking within the community. When she is not in the office, you can find Alexia hiking, enjoying time on the lake and exploring various wineries and landscapes that Kelowna has to offer.

Stephanie Bray - Administrative/Recruitment Assistant

After earning her degree in Business Administration with a major in management at the Okanagan College School of Business, Stephanie joined the Platinum Recruiting team as Admin & Recruitment Assistant. With over ten years of customer service and relationship development, she takes pride in improving the recruitment experience and supporting her team. Stephanie’s passion for leadership and helping others not only shines in the workplace but can also be accredited to her contributions outside the office. She has been an active fundraiser and participant in Motionball for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation for the previous four years. When she is not focused on working or volunteering, you will find Stephanie hiking, cooking, or spending time with her friends and family.