Meet the Team

Andre Taylor

Andre Taylor

President and Founder

Andre’ is the founder and Managing Partner of Career Paths NW. Prior to founding CareerPaths NW, Andre’ was a decorated top producer for several years at a large recruiting firm where he won numerous awards for production and consulting. Andre’ has placed hundreds of professionals by providing outstanding service to both his clients and candidates and works tirelessly to match the right talent with the right opportunity and can be counted on to consistently deliver results.
Andre’ attended both the University of Washington and Jackson State University where he graduated and received his Bachelor’s Degree. He played football at both universities and was a Four year letterman and team captain. Andre’ has continued his passion for sports as a basketball and football coach at the high school level and for numerous youth programs within the city as well. He is also a member of the Puget Sound Skills Center Leadership Committee and takes pride in mentoring at-risk students. Andre’ and his wife live in Mukilteo where they are raising two beautiful girls, Eva and Maya. He enjoys spending his free time reading, being active outdoors, hanging with the family, and coaching his daughters AAU basketball team.

Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy

Partner

Tim started his recruiting career in 2007 and has since placed hundreds of professionals across the nation. He joined CareerpathsNW in 2010 and became a partner in 2014. Tim started his sales career in his late teens when he was selling vacuums door to door. He then went on to work for a large retailer where he received nine promotions in four years. Tim loves the art of sales, loves communication, and takes pride in being a lifelong learner.

Tim grew up as one of four siblings and loves large and loud family gatherings. Tim has a passion for volunteering and helping others. He raised over 3000 pounds of food for the people of Oklahoma after disaster struck and has volunteered at multiple food banks in the Puget Sound area. He spends his free time reading, exercising, training in martial arts and helping others achieve their fitness goals.

Joe McNeal

Joe McNeal

Senior Consultant

Joe was in the home furnishings industry for over 15 years before he began his recruiting career. After a 15 year career in sales at a popular consumer buying center, Joe was ready for a new challenge and found his home at CareerPaths NW in 2016. He brings invaluable experience, including being an all-time top performer in his previous role.

Joe is motivated, ambitious, and results-driven- not only for himself, but especially for the candidates he represents. He is excited and looking forward to continuing to build his career at CareerPaths NW while assisting talented candidates with their own career goals.

Although Joe is a Washington native, Joe has strong family ties to the south. He found success in high school and college sports. Joe is also the proud father of a teenage daughter. When he is not finding candidates their long term career oriented opportunity, he enjoys spending time with his daughter, mentoring youth, fishing, working on his trucks and of course watching his favorite team; the Seahawks.

John Brotnov

John Brotnov

Senior Consultant

John’s experience in the employment business includes recruiting, temporary staffing, and contract employment. He made his first placement before at least one of the people on this page was born. Really. We won’t tell who.

The lion’s share of John’s 20-year recruiting and placement success is in the sales, sales management, and executive arenas. He has also hired and trained his own staff of recruiters, developed specialty retail managers, and supervised large volunteer groups.

A team builder by nature, John has a keen eye for a candidate’s intangible traits, and is adept at matching companies and employees by character as well as skillset. He sees his role as an extension of his clients’ companies, whether in the Fortune 50 or small, local firms. Every business should have the best, and John seeks to deliver it.

John has done extensive nonprofit work, primarily with young people and families. His experience counseling, teaching, and leading large and small groups adds much to what he does for us here. He’s helped a very diverse range of people, mostly in his native Seattle as well as the greater Detroit area.

His is a lively home, and occasionally a quiet one, now that his seven children are older. Guitars, bass, amps, sax, and more are in regular use there. Older kids include a sound engineer, a music therapist, and an USAF officer. Kid spouses include a music teacher who sings with the symphony, and a private guitar instructor in great demand on stage and in studio. Even the Air Force son is dating a violinist. Go figure.

The drum set is next to John’s leatherwork table, where he crafts carved art panels, holsters, and other things. His wife of 38 years is a saint. Obviously.

Nathan Salmon

Nathan Salmon

Senior Consultant

Nine years with a small business and wearing many hats gave Nathan direct experience firsthand with a diverse set of disciplines - sales, management, operations, marketing, office administration, accounting, manufacturing, technology and of course, recruiting.

In sales since 2001; recruiting since 2004, he started by recruiting his own sales force, coaching and mentoring his sales teams. In 2012 Nathan started corporate recruiting on a contract basis, working with industrial manufacturers, technology specialists, creatives, engineers, B2B and B2C sales people, placing hundreds of professionals throughout the domestic US. He joined CareerPathsNW in 2014.

Most candidates he represents are talented, currently working and passively looking for change - guiding them through the interview process, helping secure competitive job offers in line with their career goals. Nathan also offers insight to hiring managers regarding motivation for change.

Outside of the workplace, Nathan has a passion for self-expression, learning new things, (right now - brewing & conscientious parenting), working hard and playing hard! A father to twin tweens, a four year old and married to the love of his life - If not recruiting, you can best bet he’s spending time with his family... The "who" and "why" in his life...

Lanessa Marquez

Lanessa Marquez

Lanessa, a California native, moved to Washington with her family in 2014. She and her family fell in love with Washington’s climate and people. They quickly settled in and have never looked back. Her greatest achievement in life is her family. She’s the proud mother of boy/girl twins and has been happily married since 2015. Lanessa volunteers in all aspects of her children’s interests: PTA, Church, Sports Parent and the Scouts.
Degreed in Business Administration with a focus in production and operations, Lanessa has worked in manufacturing, product sales, education sales, and construction. Her first sales role came when she was promoted from operations to sales while in the candle industry. Managing national, key accounts gave Lanessa enormous experience deciphering the customer’s needs (both spoken and unspoken) and creating a game plan to meet them. She finds this experience tremendously useful in recruiting.
Lanessa is a great matchmaker. She really listens to her candidates, and gets to the heart of their needs, wants, and true motivations. Employers are equally impressed with her ability to understand their specifications as well. She’s able to make great employer – candidate connections. She has been called a counselor and praised for really presenting great matches to employers. We are very glad to have her on the team!

Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore

Consultant

Ryan’s sales career started when he was 16 and working in retail sporting goods. He hasn’t stopped; he enjoys the challenge and satisfaction of helping others get what they need. Ryan spent over 12 years in the non-profit arena equipping K-12 students with work- and job-readiness skills for success. As a CPNW consultant, he now helps “bigger kids” find their dream jobs.

Ryan’s candidates enjoy the close attention he pays to their career directions and passions. He’s highly motivated and works hard to find the best for his candidates and employers alike.

A Skagit Valley native, Ryan graduated with a degree in retail management from Central Washington University. He’s an extremely proud father and very busy with his three high schoolers Madison, Brady, and Payton. Soccer, baseball, dance, and drama keep everyone occupied, but there’s enough time for family, friends, and pets.

Ryan grew up in Mt. Vernon, but is not a huge fan of the tulips. He is, however, staunchly devoted year-round to the Boston Red Sox.

Courtney Strauss

Courtney Strauss

Recruiting Coordinator

Courtney began her career in customer service at age 16 in a retail environment. She has since worked in everything from retail and hotels to aerospace and manufacturing. After several years she found herself looking for a new adventure and joined the eclectic team at CareerPathsNW.

Courtney is a Pacific Northwest native, born and raised in Mukilteo. She attended Kamiak High School and continues to remain connected to the community in which she was raised.

With a passion for entertaining in her spare time, you’ll find Courtney cooking, decorating, entertaining and surrounded by friends and family. She can also be found enjoying the great outdoors camping, four wheeling, and traveling. She has a zest for life and loves to experience new challenges.