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.


Ryan George – Executive Recruiter

Ryan George joined Protégé Hunters in 2014 after a meaningful decade in Youth Ministry, where he discovered the value of listening carefully, the importance of truthful presentations and thorough research. Those skills translate perfectly to his role as a recruiter. He works with his candidate’s interests and goals in mind, and provides his candidates with key information and facts about the requirements and nuances of a particular role. He carefully works with his clients to provide them with the best talent available to match their requirements.

Originally from Arkansas, Ryan graduated from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. Ryan lives outside Atlanta with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys running, motorcycles, and college football.