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With over 20 years of entrepreneurial leadership experience, recruiting muscle, and HR savvy, Brian is the man behind the curtain at Elevation Search Solutions.  No stranger to startups, Brian has been the architect in taking businesses from small to mid-stage and mid-stage to large as both an internal and external partner.  Born, raised, and educated in Nashville, you would be hard pressed to find a business leader in this town who isn’t directly familiar with Brian or who hasn’t benefited from his advice and guidance at some point. Six degrees of separation? Try two. Collegiate golfer (Go Bisons!), ex-rocker (Weatherspoon tracks currently available on iTunes), and avid runner with a small jazz obsession, this proud Gen X’er found time somewhere between gigs at Mercy Lounge and commutes to Brentwood to learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. Brian enjoys the constant adventure of being a dad, husband, and business owner.  [LinkedIn

Christel Alvarez


West coast born and Nashville raised, Christel is an accomplished hiring adviser with a soft spot for early stage companies, startups, and all things venture capital.  A skilled connector who excels in building dynamic teams, Christel brings over two decades of strategic consulting and executive experience to the table.  Fueled by her never-ending supply of optimism, Christel shines in her ability to provide game-changing results for her clients and life-changing opportunities for the talented people she finds.  She loves creating deep and lasting relationships with her clients and candidates that often continue long past project completion.  An avid traveler and learner, Christel’s favorite past time is finding the adventure in life. [LinkedIn

Originally from Washington, Jaimie is Elevation’s down to earth Pacific Northwesterner. She earned her BS in literature from WWU, and through a series of clever plot twists, found herself in Nashville.  A decade later, Jaimie now considers Nashville home and her adopted city is all the better for it!  Dixie, her border collie and #BestDogEver, would agree. A specialist in making other’s lives better, Jaimie is known for building strong relationships and being an exceptional listener and friend. These traits have served her well throughout her 20+ year career in Sales and Account Management and are undoubtedly an integral part of the success she has enjoyed both professionally and personally.  Jaimie’s true West Coast DNA is reflected in her continued love of music, concerts, and Seahawks football.  If you can’t find Jaimie on a long walk with Dixie, meeting with clients, or watching sports, your best bet is to try Margot’s during happy hour—her favorite time.  [LinkedIn

Catherine Hardin

Senior Associate

Hailing from the great state of Texas is Elevation's Senior Technical Recruiter, Catherine Hardin. She's a ninja at finding top talent and matching them to unique clients and opportunities in our markets. A proud Belmont University alum with a degree in English and Film, Catherine got her start at Vaco, LLC where she provided administrative support to a rapidly growing office and executive assistance to their technology division. After realizing her passion for helping others achieve their professional goals she joined The Next Door, a local non-profit assisting clients transition back into the workforce. We were lucky enough to have her join our team in 2015 where her passion for helping individuals succeed is paired with helping clients build successful, innovative teams. She can usually be found chasing her two kiddos around, practicing yoga, trying new restaurants in the city, and sipping on something bubbly.  [LinkedIn

Emily Martin

Senior Associate

Emily is Elevation’s old soul.  Always ready to embrace a challenge, she is a consummate go-getter and seeker of authenticity in business, relationships, and service.  Born and raised in Nashville, Emily graduated from Furman University, where she earned a degree in Sociology & Art, served as a mentor for middle school girls, and spent summers working with youth ministries.  A natural reflection of Elevation’s core values, Emily shines brightest when she can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those around her. She brings a maturity beyond her years to the recruiting table with her motivating passion to help others discover their full potential. A curious explorer, artist, and lover of travel—you would be equally as likely to find her roaming around Musician’s Corner with her dog Scout, studying art under the Tuscan sun in Cortona, Italy, or sipping a cup of coffee at the local coffee house.  [LinkedIn

Rachel Hoppes

Strategy Consultant

Elusive, endangered, and deathly afraid of pedal taverns, native Nashvillians are tough to spot in their natural habitat these days. Never mind the cranes, Rachel is proud to see her hometown blossoming and is very passionate about preserving Nashville’s quirky and relaxed southern charm.  Rachel has a dual degree in International Business & French, with a Master's in French Language and Literature to boot.  Having travelled and lived for extensive periods of time in multiple countries, she never saw a better place to establish a root system than right here in Middle Tennessee. Her deep familiarity with the business pulse of both new and old Nashville is an invaluable resource in making great matches between people and companies.  Rachel is a cancer survivor, athlete, Mom, wife, adventurer, lover of good food, even better wine, funky beats, and funkier people. She is a driving force that motivates everyone around her to keep pushing forward.  [LinkedIn


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