Lily Winsaft

Founder And Principal

Lily created Aldebaran Associates shortly after 9/11. It was a challenging time for our national economy but in many ways it was the best time to start a company dedicated to helping people advance their careers. Lily’s professional background spans 25 years of experience in business development and sales. She is an idea machine and a true entrepreneur with a love for making a difference in how people view themselves both personally and professionally.

Lily graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, which has helped fuel her natural ability to understand human nature. She is an adept relationship builder, coach, and leader. Professional recruiting and career coaching are the vehicles through which she is able to fulfill on her lifelong dream “To Create a World Where People Love What They Do.”

Lance Winsaft

President And Managing Partner

Lance hails from the East Coast having lived in New York, South Florida, and Atlanta. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Philosophy, and since then, Lance has worked with some of the best business coaches and mentors in the country. In 2014, he bought 50% ownership stake in Aldebaran Recruiting and now manages the Aldebaran Sales and Recruiting teams that support our operations and clients nationwide.

Lance is a subject matter expert on the topics of talent acquisition, recruiting and headhunting, staff augmentation, leadership and management training, sales, and culture building. He loves the outdoors, travelling, watching comic book movies, playing poker, and his 2 dogs Elvis and Tasha.

Amanda Lang

Associate Vice President, Operations & Human Resources

Amanda was born and raised just outside Detroit. After a long stint in Seattle, she made her way to San Diego in 2014. Amanda has extensive high level customer service experience credited mostly to her background in retail management. As the liaison between our clients and candidates, she is highly organized and keeps our process seamless for both parties! Amanda spends most of her spare time outside surfing, camping, and hiking. When she isn't soaking up the sun Amanda likes to craft, read, and watch professional wrestling!

Jamie Norman

Recruiting Consultant

Jamie is a San Diego native and lives in the East County area with her family. She brings thirteen years of healthcare industry and recruiting knowledge to the Aldebaran team. Recruiting and helping others find their dream job is something that she prides herself in. She's insistent about making the client/candidate transition as effortless as possible. Jamie is a team player and reliable for any support that may be needed. She has two young sons that keep her very, very busy! In her spare time she loves going to concerts, gardening, movies, and crafting.

Brandie Hockaday

Senior Recruiting Consultant

Brandie is a San Diego native who loves to explore everything, from a new recipe to a new travel destination. Her enthusiasm to build and nurture relationships with people is just what the Aldebaran family is about. Brandie has over 10 years of experience with concierge services to ensure clients are getting the best possible outcome.

Matthew Pundeff

Senior Recruiting Consultant

Matthew is a San Diego native through and through. He graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Communications. His ability to connect and build lasting relationships has allowed him to succeed in that field. He is happiest out in the ocean surfing or swimming. When he is not in the water you can find him playing volleyball, basketball, running, or hiking one of San Diego's many peaks. He values honesty, integrity, and progression towards a better tomorrow and loves being able to connect others with their dream job.

Alphonso Estrada

Sales Consultant

Alphonso, a native of Southern California, began his academic journey in Santa Barbara before transferring to San Diego State University. With a diverse educational background encompassing Linguistics, Communications, and Foreign Languages, Alphonso possesses a high level of enthusiasm for immersing himself in various cultures, learning new languages, and embracing foreign customs, all while establishing meaningful connections with individuals from diverse backgrounds. His adeptness at communication and establishing rapport with others seamlessly transitions into his professional expertise in Sales. Alphonso excels in sparking interest among prospects, adeptly identifying their needs, and delivering effective solutions. His passion for understanding diverse perspectives and his knack for creating impactful connections fuel his success in the realm of Sales.

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