Founder and Managing Principal
Chris Lee-Smith, Virtual Recruiters Chief Operating Officer, began her career in recruiting just after a two year stint with Minolta Corporation in New York, NY as a sales representative solely responsible for raising a "C" territory into an "A" territory within two short years.
Her first executive search position, in 1990, was with DataFinder's Group Inc., where she started two specialty desks recruiting both information technology and publishing sales professionals. Chris was awarded "Rookie of the Year" in 1991 by this prestigious New York based search firm. She continued to have a great deal of success recruiting in these dynamic arenas.
In 1994, she joined Management Recruiters International, Inc., where she had immediate success placing rehabilitation directors and senior clinical specialists within hospital and healthcare organizations. One year later, seeing a strong need in healthcare for a specialized approach to finding talent, Chris partnered to create Odyssey Group Inc., a retained and contingency niche search firm dedicated to supporting hospitals and healthcare systems in IT, clinical and corporate staffing.
Chris joined the corporate side of talent acquisition in 1999 when, after moving to Colorado to be closer to family, she joined Certus Corporation, a premier healthcare technology services corporation, where she was highly regarded for sourcing and attracting Data Architects, Oracle Developers, Network Architects and Security Architects, Pre-Sales Engineers, Web Architects, Developers and Account Executives.
Chris was then recruited to ThruPoint Inc., an international IT infrastructure consulting company, to recruit high level technical consultants and senior account executives for their Mid-West region. Through her efforts this company was able to source and hire nine senior level Cisco Certified Internet Expert (CCIE) professionals within her first year. This was an astonishing feat given that at that time there were only twenty individuals with these credentials in the region.
Since 2003, Chris owned and operated Lee-Smith Consulting, where she provided senior contract recruiting services to a diverse set of clients including Toshiba American Information Systems, IndyMac Bank, Wet Seal Inc., and Farmers Insurance Group. Her areas of specialty have included Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Operations, and Corporate functions. She has always been known for filling the "impossible positions".
When she started on the path to building Virtual Recruiters. Inc., her primary purpose was to create a resource that would provide best in class talent acquisition services that would continue to be able to recruit those "impossible to find" candidates. Anyone that works with Chris discovers very quickly that she is extremely dedicated to "closing the req". It is not in her nature to ever say "it can't be done" or "we can't find them". Virtual Recruiters is very fortunate to have someone in our organization not only living these ideals every day, but also instilling them in all the recruiters we train.
When she is not tied to the phone, you can find Chris doing homework with her daughter, Victoria. She also is a voracious reader, and loves to discuss comparative religion.
"Fortitudine Vincimus - By endurance we conquer."
- Sir Ernest Shackleton (family motto)
Best words to describe Chris:
determined | learner | devoted
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