The Protege Hunters Management Team

Karl Pennington – Director Business Development

Karl established Protégé Hunters following 20 successful years at other prominent executive search firms in the Washington DC area and Atlanta, GA. He has established long-standing relationships with companies of all sizes that request Protégé Hunters’ assistance in obtaining exceptional talent to successfully build their businesses. These relationships have allowed him to build several technical IT recruiting practices where he has specialized in the recruitment of highly skilled computer technology consultants, sales people and technical developers in the Federal and Commercial arenas.

Karl has a B.S. from Eastern Michigan University. He is also a licensed professional home builder and has built over 60 homes, an activity he enjoys in his spare time. Karl has established Protégé Hunters’ Atlanta office, where he lives and stays incredibly busy with his family.


Lynna Ritch – Director of Recruiting

Lynna established the Houston office of Protégé Hunters in 2012 and has grown her practice three fold since her arrival placing top-tier Sales & Marketing candidates across all technical industries nationwide. She has continued to expand Protégé Hunters’ web and mobile marketing presence and handles most day to day vendor operations. Lynna supports her candidates with professional guidance based her personal background as a financial services executive in New York. She works with both Human Resources staff members and company executives to find the right talent to fill critical roles within their organizations. Lynna’s current client base includes international consultancies, technology and communications companies, government agencies, as well as financial services institutions and private-equity firms.

Before joining Protégé Hunters, Lynna was a Vice President of corporate lending and risk management with two top tier international banks. In this role, Lynna assessed the creditworthiness of domestic and international companies, with a specialization in the banking and insurance industries. She worked closely with other senior banking executives on various LBO acquisition facilities, monitored lending agreement compliance, and addressed underperforming assets in the bank’s portfolio.

Lynna has a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Michigan, and a Masters in Business Administration in Accounting from Fordham University in New York.

Away from the office, Lynna enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and when time allows, playing a round or two of golf.


Haidee Bell – Executive Recruiter

Haidee came to Protégé Hunters in 2017 after recruiting in the Wine and Spirits Industry for nine years. She’s enjoying the start of her new career in an exciting, growing industry as she transfers her love of helping people find their professional homes over to the IT world. From the Atlanta office, she works closely with her candidates to provide them with any technical support and job search/interviewing coaching that helps them to grow and fulfill their career goals.

Although Georgia has been her home since the early 1990’s, she still calls native New Jersey her “other home”. She attended Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications.

Outside of Protege, she thrives on watching her three teens play lacrosse all year around, enjoys a good crème brulee and fine wine, going to the gym and paddle boarding, and has to have a bit of dark chocolate every day.

Ryan George – Sales Director

Ryan George operates as the Sales Director for Protege Hunters and focuses on business development efforts.

Ryan carries 4 years’ experience in IT recruiting and an additional 10 in team and project management from non-profits. He quickly establishes rapport and asks numerous questions to effectively support clients’ needs and expectations. Ryan works from the Atlanta office of Protege Hunters and is often found out entertaining clients.
Ryan has a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Nazarene University and is a proud husband and father.
Ryan George joins Protege Hunters after a successful decade in youth ministry. Originally from Arkansas, he graduated from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. Working with teens and volunteers taught him essential listening, presentation, and research skills that prove invaluable in recruiting. Ryan strives to learn the goals and history of each candidate so he can find the best talent for each client. Ryan lives outside Atlanta with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys running, motorcycles, and college football.