About Us


andywrightAndy Wright is the owner and an active recruiter at Grapevine – Targeted Sales Recruiting.  Andy began his recruiting career in 2003, and has a proven track record of helping companies both large and small increase sales team retention and productivity through recruiting top talent.  Prior to launching Grapevine in December of 2011, Andy held key leadership positions for two Twin Cities-based search firms, training and managing teams of recruiters while developing new business and managing national account relationships.

Andy strives to serve clients and candidates with honesty, integrity and professionalism.  His personal style combines aggressive recruiting methods with consultative, positive and highly engaging client and candidate communication.  Andy has consistently set himself apart in an extremely competitive industry through delivering on what he promises: high quality candidates, unmatched service levels and an unwavering focus on bottom line results.

Andy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from St. Cloud State University.  He resides in Chaska, Minn. with his wife and three daughters.  Aside from fishing, golfing and doing anything to be outdoors, Andy enjoys participation in several local philanthropic organizations including the Carver County Community Action Partnership and Meals on Wheels.

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courtneycriglerCourtney Keene  joined the Grapevine team in October, 2012.  She recruits sales and management talent on a nationwide basis and works with clients in a variety of industries.  Courtney is a transplant from Atlanta, GA to Excelsior, MN.  She moved from Alabama to Atlanta upon graduation from college and started her outside sales career.  Four years of B2B sales experience and two years of Insurance sales background gave Courtney an ideal foundation to transition into sales recruiting.

Two words that best describe Courtney’s professional recruiting style would be; straightforward and honest. She enjoys the challenge of finding top notch, passive candidates through cold calling and warm referrals. This approach is most effective in finding highly qualified, long-term hires.  She combines her knowledge and experience in sales with a strong passion and sense of urgency for her clients. Her desire to match the right person to the culture, core values, and beliefs of her clients has enabled her to maintain an extremely high level of client satisfaction. Her ability to effectively listen helps her in exceeding her clients and candidates expectations.

Courtney graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and a Minor in Human Development & Family Studies.  Originally from the Gulf Coast of Mobile, AL, the snowy North has been quite the adjustment. In her spare time Courtney enjoys college football, traveling, as well as the south Alabama and south Florida beaches. War Eagle!

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adam-vorthermsAdam Vortherms joined the Grapevine team in April 2015. He utilizes his abilities in sales to attract new applicants for his clients on a local and national level. He previously worked in sales for a wholesale company selling seasonal, novelty items to several mass retailers throughout the U.S where he gained extensive knowledge of the sales process from design through delivery. He attended the Dale Carnegie Sales Training to strengthen his interpersonal relationships, improve his problem solving skills, enhance his communication abilities, all of which allowed him to become a focused leader. His leadership abilities allow him to create new relationships as well as maintain existing clients within his portfolio(s).

Client satisfaction is his ultimate goal. He will go beyond expectations to meet the client’s requirements by understanding and studying their organizational needs before beginning his search. The challenge of locating the elite candidates through research and referrals helps him find the long tenure candidate that his clients desire.  He takes a genuine interest with all of his clients and candidates to ensure client satisfaction. Honesty and determination are two words that describe the style of professional recruiting he will provide to each of his clients.

Adam graduated from Minnesota State, Mankato with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources with Minors in Business Law and Business Administration. Born and raised in Eden Prairie, MN he loves spending time with his family and friends, which includes outdoors activities such as playing golf, softball, fishing (year round), and spending the summer weekends at his family cabin.

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samanthaneumannSamantha Neumann joined the Grapevine team in March 2016. She uses her previous recruiting experience to find top level candidates on a national level. Samantha worked her way through college in hospitality and client service positions. All of her previous professional experience gives her the qualities it takes to be a successful recruiter and team player.

Samantha prides herself on her over-the-top relationship building skills. She goes above and beyond to ensure that the client is pleased with the candidates that we have provided. Samantha is able to bring an assortment of recruiting strategies from her time working as a recruiter in the IT industry. Her eagerness to deliver in a timely manner makes her a great asset to the team.

Samantha graduated from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul with Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Journalism. Samantha has lived in the surrounding Carver County area for many years. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her Great Danes, photography, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Shane CotnerShane Cotner joined the Grapevine team in November 2016. Shane uses his previous work experience to recruit top sales talent on a national level. Prior to joining the Grapevine team, Shane worked in Customer Service and Human Resources. He started working in Customer Service in the restaurant industry, and worked his way up to General Management. He then transitioned his career to the Human Resources field, working with consultants, vendors and clients to make sure all of their needs were met with satisfaction.

Shane prides himself on his relationship building and listening skills. Shane will go over and beyond to make sure any client or candidate will end the day with a smile. His relationship building skills with both candidates and clients allow him to drive business as an approachable and trustworthy advisor.

Shane graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth, with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Sociology minor. Shane enjoys the outdoors more than anything. When he is not spending his time at work growing business, he is outside, usually hunting or fishing with his new dog, and spending time with friends.

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Tim GillardTim Gillard joined the Grapevine team in March of 2017. He recruits top tier sales and management talent on a national level. Tim’s previous professional experience was within the medical device industry, selling orthopedic products to surgeons. This competitive environment gives him the necessary tools to fill any search that crosses his desk.

Tim’s ultimate goal is to connect with clients and candidates on a personal level, and establish a long term relationship. Once that is accomplished, he can help the client fill any position and find a long term career for any candidate. Tim does not want to be viewed as just a recruiter, but an employment consultant who can fulfill the most difficult search for his clients.

Tim graduated from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. While attending St. Thomas, he worked as a student athletic trainer for the nationally recognized Division III UST football team. During his free time, Tim enjoys staying active at the gym, playing golf and enjoying the Minneapolis lakes. He currently resides in the Cedar Lake neighborhood in St. Louis Park, MN.

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Briony Wright is the Operations Manager at Grapevine – Targeted Sales Recruiting. Briony’s role at Grapevine has evolved as the business has continued to grow. She assisted Andy in launching Grapevine in January of 2012, by handling accounting tasks and a variety of other administrative duties. This allowed Andy to keep his focus on our clients and delivering excellent results as well as customer service and satisfaction.

Prior to her work at Grapevine, Briony was a full time Mom to their three daughters. She enjoys the beautiful Minnesota summers, travel, photography, and spending time with family and friends.

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