Our Team

Debi Apple, President, is directly involved in the day to day operations of the company and ensures our candidates and clients are given a premium level of service.

Debi started her recruiting career in Aiken, South Carolina where she quickly became a top producer and leading authority in recruiting for the medical device, pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare industries. Her passion and drive led her to open Apple & Associates in 1993. Under her leadership, Apple & Associates has grown to be one of the leading recruiting firms in these industries.

At the request of her clients, Debi formed A&A Retained Search, our premiere retained search firm where searches are managed by our long-standing executive recruiting team who have developed solid relationships with top leaders in the industries we serve.



Kristen Grant, Executive Recruiter, is responsible for senior-level executive recruiting for our medical device, pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare global clients.

Kristen began her recruiting career with a national staffing agency, later joining a firm in Tampa.  During her tenure in Tampa, Kristen achieved over 200% of her quota. In 1998, she joined Apple & Associates/A&A Retained Search and has become one of our firm’s top producers. She is well-respected within our organization and by her client companies.

Kristen Grant is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Mercer University’s Research Psychology program.




Joan Harris, Executive Recruiter, is responsible for senior-level executive recruiting for our medical device, pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare global clients.

Prior to joining Apple & Associates/A&A Retained Search, Joan worked as a Human Resource Manager creating a human resource function and developing successful recruiting and retention programs for two healthcare organizations. She also spent twelve years with a retained search firm recruiting candidates for healthcare and consumer and industrial product organizations. Since 2004, Joan has been with Apple & Associates/A&A Retained Search. She is a top producer, actively recruiting candidates both domestically and within Latin America.

Joan earned a BA in English at the University of Virginia and an MBA at the University of Miami.




Tobie Apple – Executive Recruiter – Since first coming on board with Apple & Associates in 2004, Tobie has felt that it is a privilege to help people find the job opportunities they are looking for and help companies find the candidates who are the right fit for their needs. She has a passion for helping people and being a recruiter offers her the ability to do that in a very impactful way. Tobie has worked with companies from a variety of industries including medical device, pharmaceutical, chemical and plastics. She worked as both a Researcher and an Executive Recruiter at Apple & Associates. Prior to working with Apple & Associates, Tobie worked as a Veterinary Technician and Office Manager for 10 years. She feels her years of working in the veterinary field allowed her to build her management skills as well as strengthen her ability to work well under pressure and with time constraints.




Joanie Blake, Executive Recruiter, Operations Manager

Joanie Blake has been with Apple & Associates for over 10 years. Joanie is at the helm of running operations at Apple & Associates. She maintains and oversees the day to day operations, while managing the office facilities, vendors and database administration. In addition to providing excellent costumer service with our job seekers, Joanie assists in executive recruiting and placement.





Beth Hilson, IT Administrator

Beth Hilson has worked in the recruiting field for over 15 years on the IT side of the recruiting business. Please contact Beth if you have any issues on our website or any general website questions.