Dave Kunes – Partner/Co-Founder
Dave is Partner and Co-Founder of Real8 Group and is based in Pittsburgh, PA. Dave brings over 34 years of executive recruiting experience to the company. He’s a highly respected veteran in sourcing talented professionals across the nation! He has played an essential role in staffing up some of the largest real estate operators in the country. His clients span from small, regional, management and development firms, to some of the largest multifamily, commercial, retail, military housing and corporate real estate organizations.
Dave’s personable and motivational leadership style has been instrumental in developing a loyal and talented recruiting team that continues to grow through his direction and expertise in the field.
He admits to being a techno-geek and an Apple devotee and when he is not playing with some high-tech gadget, he and wife Judy split their time between homes in Pennsylvania and Florida and enjoy entertaining their three Grandsons.
Lisa (Knupp) Shroyer – Partner/Co-Founder
Lisa (Knupp) Shroyer is a Partner at Real8 Group where she develops new business and works with real estate firms across the country to identify key executives for vacant positions. After spending over 20 years in the recruiting business (that’s a lot of placements), Lisa believes that the ideal candidate is only a phone call, email or text away. Along with her two Partners, she helps manage and direct the Real8 recruiting team who will leave no stone unturned to find accomplished real estate professionals.
Lisa is known for her ability to provide a significant amount of detail and guidance to her clients throughout the search process. She works with all asset classes and is the go-to person at Real8 for searches within the self storage industry. Lisa is a featured speaker at the SSA 2018 Fall Conference and Trade Show in Las Vegas.
Lisa (a country girl at heart) left the cold winters of Western PA and relocated to Charleston, SC in 2018. When she isn’t at her desk or on the phone don’t be surprised to find her running, fishing or cleaning up after her 110lb Newfoundland!
Chris Aretta – Partner/Co-Founder
Chris is a founding Partner at Real8 Group and is known as the “client/culture” guy internally. With over 20 years of recruiting experience, his clients are some of the largest, most recognizable names in the real estate business! Chris also works closely with smaller/mid-sized, regional firms that are looking to grow.
Chris is very transparent and genuine when working with his clients and will get to know the people within your firm to assure the right culture fit for your team. If you’re looking for a search partner that is highly knowledgeable in the real estate business and will partner side by side with you along the way, Chris is your guy!
Outside of work, Chris and his wife, Katie are busy with two active children, Olivia and Ty. When Chris is not coaching or driving the kids to different sports or activities, you can find him on the golf course or at the lake boating with friends and family.
Jordan Babinsack – Executive Recruiter
Jordan Babinsack is an Executive Recruiter, based in Pittsburgh, PA. Jordan brings over 11 years of recruiting experience to the team.
He prides himself in finding highly qualified candidates for Real8 Group clients and enjoys helping individuals achieve their career goals. He has a positive attitude and makes himself accessible at all times.
As a Pittsburgh Steelers season ticket holder, when Jordan is not recruiting, he can be found rooting on the Black and Gold, coaching Little League, manning the grill or just relaxing with his wife, son and 2 bulldogs.
Lindsay Feesler – Executive Recruiter
Lindsay (Caprarese) Feesler is an Executive Recruiter based in Pittsburgh, PA but country roads take her home!
Real Estate is a huge part of her life both personally and professionally. She prides herself in her perseverance and ability to understand the client’s needs, which has allowed her to complete some extremely difficult searches. Lindsay listens, consults, coaches and most importantly builds lasting relationships with candidates she represents. A happy client + a happy candidate = a happy Recruiter!
Lindsay earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Bethany College. When the work day comes to an end, you can find Lindsay and her husband chasing after their two wild little boys, then relaxing with some good music and a glass of wine!
Joanna Gossett – Project Manager | Team Leader
Joanna is a Project Manager and Recruiting Team Leader, based in sunny Jacksonville, Florida. She assists companies with finding talented individuals for their hiring needs and matches candidates with opportunities to not only advance their careers, but better their lives!
Joanna is passionate about helping mentor and develop her peers and believes that consistency, diligence and persistence are the keys to being successful in connecting the right candidates with the right companies. Nothing pleases her more than watching one of her fellow Recruiters have an “aha moment”, set new personal records or conquer a difficult situation with a candidate. Joanna has placed candidates in nearly 100 positions across the nation with some of the biggest names in the industry.
Joanna earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. When Joanna is out of the office, she’s at the beach with her husband, Brian or traveling to new places, eating sushi and visiting pubs with their rescue dog, Scarlet in tow.
Matt Jensen – Executive Recruiter
Matt Jensen is an Executive Recruiter, based in Pittsburgh, PA. Matt brings over 10 years of recruiting experience to the team. Matt is very passionate about helping individuals find their dream career and enjoys building long lasting relationships.
Matt has four core values that he believes are pillars to success: Positive Attitude, Work Ethic, Competition and Sacrifice. Matt is happily married to his wife Michelle and is an All-Pro Dad to his son Maverick.
When he is not working or spending time with family, Matt is an avid sports fan and a self-proclaimed fantasy football nerd.
Kirsten Ulm – Executive Recruiter
Kirsten Ulm is an Executive Recruiter based in Pittsburgh, PA. Real Estate is her passion! She loves helping candidates find new opportunities in an industry that she enjoys working in and continues to learn so much about. Her favorite part about being a recruiter is watching a skeptical individual open up and land their dream job – skeptics no more!
Kirsten closed out 2017, her 2nd year of recruiting, with more job placements than any other recruiter at her previous firm. As they say, teamwork makes the dream work. Surround yourself with people who want to see you do better & you DO BETTER!
Kirsten holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing from Slippery Rock University. Yes, this is a real school. Outside of work you can find her burning a batch of cookies, messing up the words to a song, and just enjoying life with her pup Enzo!