krs_pic1.jpgKen Smuland



Hilmar & Ross was founded in 1994 and named in honor of Ken's father and father in law. The company operates according to their enduring legacy of integrity, service, and strategy. Ken started his career in 1987 with one of the largest recruiting search firms where he successfully pioneered a new discipline at a national level. He received several awards and functioned as a perennial top producer. Ken is a graduate of the University of Texas where he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing.


  • Over twenty five years in talent acquisition.
  • Committed to the foodservice, hospitality, and private equity industries
  • Pioneered two new disciplines and founded a highly productive business
  • Passionate about service
  • Clients range from Fortune 100 corporations, smaller LLC's, and start ups.
  • 35% diversity placements


Core Competencies

Integrity, service, strategic, consultative


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