Our Team

Our Team

Led by a team of highly experienced recruiting professionals, Byrnes & Rupkey has quickly emerged as an industry leader in specialty recruitment. Passionate about the industries they serve, these professionals demonstrate this by their energy and enthusiasm to support companies that positively influence our society. The Byrnes & Rupkey team is highly committed to creating partnerships with client companies who are equally focused on their business objectives. Byrnes & Rupkey uses a consultative approach which allows them to find the right candidates for a strategic long-term fit, as well as to earn the role of a trusted long-term recruitment partner.

Kristy Staggs

President/CEO & Owner

Kristy Staggs is the President/CEO & Owner of Byrnes & Rupkey, Inc. Kristy started recruiting in 1997 and continues to provide top talent for Fortune 50 – 1000 companies to niche market clients. Kristy’s passion and enthusiasm leads her to be a consistent top biller. Kristy was awarded a Silver Medallion for $500,000 billings by Inter-City Personnel Association.

Kristy brings passion, strategic focus and professionalism to her clients. Outstanding at networking, she is focused on recruiting the exact talent for each search assignment. Kristy values having exclusive and long-term relationships with candidates and clients.

Kristy’s functional expertise includes Food and Beverage Manufacturing, Automotive Manufacturing, Human Resources, Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturing, Heavy and Agricultural Manufacturing, Engineering, General Management, Supply Chain Management, Hydraulics Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Marketing, Environmental Health & Safety, Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma.

Hannah Dettwiler

Marketing Specialist

Originally from North Liberty, Iowa, Hannah attended the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with minors in Public Relations and Journalism in December 2017. While in college, Hannah was a member of the Salt Company, Campus Activities Board and volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club of the Cedar Valley. She completed an internship with the Northern Iowa Athletic Department. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, reading and cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Cubs! Hannah has the energy and motivation to enhance the Byrnes & Rupkey team environment by adding her marketing experience as the Marketing Specialist!

Sara Gallagher

VP of Talent Acquisition/Account Manager

Sara Gallagher joined Byrnes & Rupkey, Inc. in 2007.  As VP of Talent Acquisition/Account Manager, Sara excels in recruiting strong talent to fill roles that client companies indicate are ‘difficult to fill’ searches.  Sara supports the Senior Account Executives at Byrnes & Rupkey, Inc. while managing her own growing client base in the automotive industry.

Sara has ten years’ experience matching the career needs of candidates with the professional needs of top companies in specialty areas.  She collaborates closely with clients, to assure that the candidates she presents to them match both their culture and their job description. 

Sara’s functional expertise includes Automotive Manufacturing, Food and Beverage Manufacturing, Engineering, Human Resources, Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturing, Heavy and Agricultural Manufacturing, General Management, Supply Chain Management, Hydraulics Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Marketing, Environmental Health & Safety, Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma.