Meet the Team
Jorge Lizarraga, CoFounder
A native of Los Angeles, Jorge is a leader and staffing expert with over 12 years of industry experience in management, business development, and technical recruiting. Prior to co-founding Kinect, Jorge was a managing partner for a mid-size technology staffing and consulting firm, and specialized in the digital media and entertainment sectors. Jorge holds an MBA in supply chain management from Arizona State University and a B.A. in psychology from California State University Northridge. He is a regular at the gym, enjoys playing basketball and watching sports, and is a self-proclaimed novice foodie. Jorge also enjoys traveling, music, movies, TV dramas, and spending time with his wife and their two adorable kids.
Robert Lemken, CoFounder
Robert has a simple goal of connecting the best companies with the best talent in order to reach their mutual goals. Over the last 15 years, Robert has been highly successful in helping companies implement technology projects through a relentless focus on those represented and the clients they serve. Prior to co-founding Kinect, Robert, a native of Maryland, was a managing partner at a mid-size Los Angeles based consulting firm. Robert is an avid surfer, reader and lover of music. He has traveled extensively, and lived abroad upon graduating from Rutgers University with a B.S in Ecology.
John Petri, CFO
A native of Los Angeles, John is an executive with over 25 years of experience in finance & accounting, human capital and business operations. His goal is to cultivate operational excellence and create a balance of structure and flexibility for the company to ensure scalability and growth. Prior to Kinect, John held leadership roles for a variety of public and privately held companies. John is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California and holds a B.A. in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. In his spare time John can be found running, hiking and snow skiing. He is also an avid wine collector and enjoys cooking and drinking wine with his family and friends.
Samja Kout, Talent Agent
Samja was born and raised in The Netherlands and came to Los Angeles 13 years ago. After graduating from the Hogeschool in Amsterdam in Commercial Economics with an emphasis in Strategic Management, she started her career in finance. Samja continued her career in the U.S. and then progressed into the field of recruitment in accounting and finance and has since moved into technology. Samja believes in building meaningful, long-term relationships with clients and candidates, and understanding their needs and aspirations to make valuable connections. Samja enjoys being active and outdoors – taking in the mountains and beaches. She also enjoys traveling, watching movies and shows on the ID channel – her favorite guilty pleasure.
Asher Hoffman, Relationship Manager
Asher was born and raised in South Carolina. He moved to Los Angeles earlier this year, bringing with him 6+ years in the recruiting world. His 1st job in tech came in a social media startup in Charlotte 7 years ago, and since that time he has completely emerged himself in the world of Technology. When Asher’s not connecting with tech leaders, you can typically find him hiking in the Hollywood Hills, hanging out on a beach in Malibu, or wine tasting in Santa Barbara with his girlfriend, Cameron, and Dachshund, Everett. Asher’s a huge fan of Tim Ferris and Tony Robbins, and models much of his life after both and lives by Tony’s quote, “Trade your expectations for appreciation and your whole world changes in an instant.”
Sasha Nagy, Talent Agent
A native New Yorker who always knew she belonged in California, Sasha has been living on the west coast for over a decade now. After graduation from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!), she drove down to Los Angeles where she started her career in public relations. After several years in PR, she transitioned into sales and now recruiting. She loves developing relationships with her candidates so that she can truly understand what they are looking for in their next role. When she’s not busy matching candidates to the right job opportunity, she can usually be found hanging with her dog, Goose, or planning her next travel adventure!
Spencer Cristoforo, Talent Agent
Spencer was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and contributes 3 years of technical recruiting experience to the team. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire and has been involved in agency recruiting since 2014. He prides himself on the ability to understand what a candidate truly needs to feel challenged and fulfilled at their next position. This understanding ultimately leads to both a satisfied candidate and a happy client! Spencer is huge Boston sports fan with an intense passion for the Celtics and Red Sox. Other than Boston sports, his other hobbies include playing piano and guitar, which he has been doing for the last 10 years.
Chase Taylor, Talent Agent
An Orange County soul living in Los Angeles, Chase has been a West Coast man his entire life with no plans to leave the sunny blue skies of SoCal any time soon. Chase has over three years of recruiting experience, two of which were heavily focused in the tech space. He looks forward to connecting with many more folks within the industry. With a BA in Studio Art and a Business Management minor from University of California Irvine, Chase enjoys this people-centered career as it allows him to engage with like-minded creative people in the tech world. When he is not searching for someone’s dream job or helping another build out their team, Chase can be seen traveling to the tropics, creating new art pieces, going on hiking/camping excursions, or hanging with his family and friends in Orange County.
Maggie Aguiar, Talent Agent
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Maggie brings over 4 years of technical recruiting experience to the team at Kinect. She enjoys partnering and building relationships with remarkable technical talent and innovative companies. Most recently she was recruiting top talent for Uber in San Francisco but relocated back to Los Angeles to be closer to friends and family, and of course the sunny weather. Maggie graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Physiology with minors in Psychology and Chemistry. She grew up playing soccer and is a self-taught piano and guitar player. She enjoys traveling and being outdoors, you can find her riding her bike on The Strand on the weekend.