Our Team

Bennett (Ben) Schwartz

Ben Schwartz is the President and Owner of Harper Associates. In addition to directing the entire operation, Ben has personally specialized in hospitality recruitment since 1973. His expertise in the industry stems from his Bachelors Degree in Hospitality from Michigan State University, coupled with his hotel and restaurant operations experience. Ben, a very active MSU alumnus, was honored by Michigan State University and joined their prestigious “Wall of Fame” for The School of Hospitality Business. The relationships Ben has developed with a vast number of satisfied clients, along with extensive alumni and trade association contacts, are invaluable to both employers and job seekers. Through many years of sincere dedication and a true passion for what he does, Ben has earned an outstanding reputation of being an extremely well-respected headhunter.

Email: ben@harperjobs.com
Phone: 248-932-1170

Cindy Krainen

Cindy Krainen is the Vice President of Hospitality/Food Service at Harper. She is a Registered Dietitian, and a graduate of Michigan State University. Cindy's career as a Dietitian included several clinical and administrative positions in healthcare settings. She joined Harper as a Recruiter many years ago and has been involved in nationwide recruitment for Dietitians and Food Service Management professionals ever since. Cindy also works closely with clients and candidates in Harper's private service staffing division. 


Phone: 248-932-3662

Kevin Swanquist

Kevin Swanquist recruits hospitality and other business professionals. He graduated from The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University, and has worked in many areas of restaurants and hotels, from entry level to upper-level management, including opening two hotels with restaurants. In these experiences, Kevin was responsible for staffing and managing operations in all departments of the hotels. Kevin joined the Harper Associates team in 2011.

Email: kevin@harperjobs.com
Phone: 248-737-0222

Samantha McWilliams

Samantha McWilliams is Harper’s Office Coordinator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Oakland University. Samantha spent several years as an Office Manager and Human Resources Assistant in the retail and manufacturing industries.

Email: info@harperjobs.com
Phone: 248-932-1170

Laura Hof

Laura Hof has been the Accountant at Harper Associates for over 20 years. She worked for several other companies prior to joining Harper and after completion of her BBA with an Accounting specialty from Eastern Michigan University.

Email: laura@harperjobs.com


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Phone: 248-932-1170

Fax: 888-737-8525







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