Bitten By the Recruiting Bug: How to Lead a Long Tenure Office w/Lauren Kesterson

Recruiting might not be a career many people set out to get into, but once the bug bites you, there’s no going back. This is very true for Lauren Kesterson. She grew up in a recruiting family, heard all the stories at the dinner table, and though she initially didn’t think she’d take the same path, she leads the family office today! 

It all started with putting note cards in alphabetical order for the office, and training the office on Microsoft. That’s how a love for the industry was ignited. Today, she leads an office with an average tenure of 15 years, ranked 17th. Their secret: subject matter expertise, a commitment to the industry, and instead of feeling threatened by tech, they use it to make their process better. 

Why do so many people get bitten by the recruiting bug? How is Lauren using AI instead of fearing that it will run her out of business? In this episode, the president of Management Recruiters of Raleigh talks about her journey in the industry business, and what makes this job such a gift.

Guest Bio 

Lauren Kesterson is the President of Management Recruiters of Raleigh. Management Recruiters of Raleigh has been a leader and innovator in recruitment for more than 30 years. They’ve learned a thing or two about pinpointing those people who can become the heart of your business – when and where you need them. Management Recruiters of Raleigh’s approach is a customized combination of our streamlined methodology and the knowledge of our industry experts designed specifically to help you target impact players. Go to and connect with Lauren on LinkedIn

Meet the Host

Vince Holt is the founder and CEO of Management Recruiters of Mercer Island. With 35+ years industry experience, he is the only MRINetwork team member to win CSAM of the Year, Person of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards. In addition to spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren, Vince has raced motorcycles for over 50 years, winning 5 National Championships.

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