Meet Our Team

Kimberly Bowden, Founder, CEO

Kimberly Bowden, President & CEOKimberly Bowden has 20 years of experience in sales and recruiting in agency, consulting, and corporate environments. An expert leader, motivator, trainer and recruiter, Kimberly has trained dozens of teams, managers and producers in effective recruitment techniques and helped them to become top performers in the staffing industry. She has been recognized by the DFW Texas Recruiters Network (DFWTRN) as the Highest Producing Recruiter in her field.

Prior to founding 1st Solution USA, Kimberly worked as the Recruiting Manager for Impact Innovations Group, a technology staffing firm. During her tenure, Kimberly managed and developed a staff of 20 sales and recruiting professionals and helped to grow the company’s revenue to nearly $47 million, prepping the company for an acquisition. Today that company is one of the most respected recruiting, staffing, and solutions firms in the world.

Recognized by clients for delivering stellar results and her “refreshing and honest” approach to recruiting, Kimberly prides herself on building strong client relationships and helping candidates find not just a job, but a new professional home.

Kimberly graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1996 with a degree in Organizational Behavior. She is a member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

A fourth-generation Texan, Kimberly lives in the Dallas area with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs.

Vanessa Tomlinson, CPSP-Certified HIT Recruiter / Recruiting Team Lead

With over seven years of recruiting experience under her belt, Vanessa Tomlinson has successfully placed dozens of candidates into jobs where they thrive and provide superior results to their companies. Her areas of expertise are healthcare, IT and finance/accounting.

Known for her determination and persistence in her role as recruiter, Vanessa prides herself on her dedication to following through with clients on both sides of the hiring equation to ensure mutual success. She prioritizes developing a relationship with each candidate in order to fully understand their skills, personalities and needs to better determine in which positions and companies they will excel.

In previous roles, she has been awarded such honors as Recruiter of the Year and a 360 Award. Last year, she earned the Certified People Sourcing Professional (CPSP) certification, the industry standard for the training and benchmarking of sourcing skills. This certification puts her in the top tier of sourcing professionals in the world.

Vanessa lives in the Dallas area with her husband and two sons.