Hello!

We have been lucky enough to spend our entire careers focused on introducing people to help them achieve their goals. Our experiences range from working in a multi-billion dollar staffing firm to organically growing agencies from the ground up to become award winning brands.

After having staffed nearly every type of financial position in almost every industry over our careers we have come to realize the most gratifying feeling in the business comes from having 'just the one' in our network to drive success through people.

With decades of experience under our belts, we have been through recessions, economic expansions and IPOs. Through the highs and lows – we love this industry!

As professional Scouts, we are constantly cultivating relationships so when you need to hire, we have a resource.

Mark Flaherty

Mark Flaherty

Partner

Mark Flaherty has over 20 years of experience in the industry. He has driven outstanding results because he takes the time to understand what success looks like for both the clients and candidates. Mark believes successful hiring is more of an art than a science and is achieved with thorough due diligence and a keen sense of everyone’s motivations.

Mark grew up in Minnesota and really enjoys all the seasons this state has to offer, including winter, as he is a big hockey fan. When he is not working, he also enjoys relaxing at the lake up North, with his wife and two kids.

Gwen Martin

Gwen Martin

Partner

With over 25 years of industry experience to draw on, Gwen has developed a network of deep business relationships and loves connecting people. She has achieved a track record of success by operating from a base of high EQ meets curiosity and energy.

Gwen serves on the Board of Peoples Organic, Peace House and the University of St. Thomas School of Entrepreneurship.

Gwen lives with her family in Minneapolis and makes great use of the city lakes; biking, walking or paddleboarding she is an urban enthusiast.

Susan Haugen

Susan Haugen

Partner

Susan has spent nearly 25 years in the finance industry. After a corporate career she became a respected consultant with a long run of challenging engagements at a wide range of clients. She is now translating that experience to work with other consultants - identifying talent and encouraging their strengths.

She has always been a natural connector, recognizing peoples’ talents and engaging them toward a common goal. She’s passionate about consulting as a career path and is excited to help people make significant contributions.

Susan is actively engaged in local art and culture and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center. She’s working hard to raise two creative kids and tries to see as much live music as she can.

Nick Petersen

Nick Petersen

Business Development Manager

Nick spent the first ten years of his career in Financial Services. The majority of his efforts were spent establishing and expanding independent financial advisory firms. Through these efforts, Nick developed his niche for recruiting and investing in the next generation of financial advisors and industry leaders.

Nick has a genuine interest in motivating others to go beyond what is expected. His drive is altruistic, directed at working with and for others as their needs and concerns arise.

Apart from connecting and serving his clients, Nick enjoys being outside and active. Some of his favorite things are fishing, biking, enjoying time with friends and family at the lake, and volunteering at his church.

Debbie Pirkl

Debbie Pirkl

Controller

Debbie joined Scouts as Controller after a 25 year career in corporate accounting and finance. Her skills in financial analysis and budgeting translate well from the large corporate organization to our growing business. Her passion for ensuring quality and integrity is complemented by her analytical, common sense approach. Debbie brings forward-thinking accounting controls and efficient processes to our team.

Debbie grew up in West St. Paul and lives there with her husband and son. She is active in her church, serving on the Executive Council and several other committees. Debbie enjoys cooking for family and friends and gardening, when the weather permits. She loves to play golf and travels around the country to visit friends and try new foods and cultures.

Stephanie Kaihoi

Stephanie Kaihoi

Marketing & Communications Specialist

Stephanie has spent the last 10 years training and equipping leaders how to invest, mentor and engage in intergenerational relationships. She led her team to develop bi-lingual curriculum, trainings, conferences, and leadership retreats for both a national and global audience. Since coming to Scouts, Stephanie has found a deep appreciation for creating opportunities to better serve the Scouts team and help them personally connect with their growing Twin Cities network.

Stephanie is grateful for her family and spends most of her time these days raising her two young children alongside her husband in Northeast Minneapolis. When given the opportunity, Stephanie loves to travel, enjoy farmers markets, and invest in her community.

Interested in joining Scouts? Reach out!

info@scoutstalent.com