Jim Hipskind

Division Manager, Agriculture Technology and Manufacturing

Jim Hipskind is the Division Manager of the Agriculture Technology and Manufacturing team at Continental Search. He leads a team of successful agriculture recruiters while serving as our Ag Manufacturing Recruiter helping clients hire top-performing managers.

Jim has over 30 years of manufacturing recruiting experience. He joined Continental Search in 2010 and became the company’s training manager in 2017. Now, he places plant managers and senior executives in agriculture manufacturing across the U.S. and Canada.

Before joining Continental Search, Jim recruited manufacturing managers and engineers across the Midwest for his firm, Midwest Headhunters.

Jim’s experience recruiting supervisors, managers, and executives across the spectrum of manufacturing provides a unique “in their shoes” perspective and expertise in what it takes to be a top performer. Jim uses this knowledge along with an understanding of his clients’ needs to recruit key contributors who can surpass client expectations.

As the Ag Manufacturing Recruiter, Jim places manufacturing management professionals across agriculture including feed manufacturing, integrated food processing, poultry and meat processing, and milking equipment manufacturing.

Some of his significant placements include Vice President of Operations for a regional pet food company, Regional Operations Manager for a major integrated food company, Senior Engineer for a global dairy equipment company, and Project Manager for a leading equipment manufacturer.

Jim is a NAPS Certified Personnel Consultant and a member of the National Association of Personnel Services. Jim is an award-winning recruiter within the Top Echelon Network, America’s leading split placement network. Jim is a featured speaker at Top Echelon Network events and published in industry periodicals.


Jim and his wife just built a log home on top of a mountain in Tennessee. He enjoys golf, his dogs and his grandchildren.

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