Our Team

Paul Pompeo


Principal with The Pompeo Group started his recruiting career with Search West, Inc. based out of California in 1986. Search West was the largest national executive search firm based on the West Coast and, at one point, employed over 100 recruiters. Paul was with the firm for over sixteen years. Paul was recognized as the Top Producer for every branch he was in for eleven of those sixteen years, including his last two years with the firm. While at Search West, Paul also shared in over six Office of the Year awards. Paul Pompeo was the only recruiter with Search West to have won Account Executive of the Year for eight consecutive years in two different offices. In March of 2003, after 36 years in business, the principals of Search West retired and ceased operations, at which point Paul founded The Pompeo Group.

In September 2004, Paul was elected as President of the Rio Grande Section of the IES http://www.iesd4.org/abq/ where he served as President for two one-year terms. This section had been dormant for over 10 years but quickly progressed to be one of the fastest-growing new sections in North America.  He continues to be a member of their Board of Managers and has spoken at Lightfair, Luminarias as well as at IES Section Lunch programs.  Paul has also written the Careers & Hiring column for LD+A Magazine (the leading lighting publication in North America) for the past 6 years.

Paul was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He spent over 20 years in California working in the San Francisco, Los Angeles and Orange offices of Search West before returning to New Mexico in 2001. He is married with a young son and currently resides in Albuquerque.

Mary Lindenmuth

Recruiting Director, Engineering/Manufacturing/Operations

Mary joined The Pompeo Group in 2008. She has been a manufacturing, financial, distribution, administration and supply chain specialist since 1985. Mary spent 18 years with Search West. While there, she was the Department Manager for Manufacturing and Finance.  Mary was Account Executive of the Year for the Orange office in 1995, '96, '97, '98, 2000, and 2001 and was a member of the President's Club.  From 2003 through 2007, Mary was with XEC Solutions.

Krista Keay

Account Executive, Electrical
Recruitment and Training Manager

What a difference five years can make! Account Executive/Electrical and Recruitment & Training Manager, Krista first joined The Pompeo Group in June 2013 as an Office Assistant. In December of 2013 she was promoted to Office Administrator, then in October 2016 stepped into a new role for The Pompeo Group as Recruitment and Training Manager. Krista spent 13 years as a figure skating instructor where she built her clientele from the ground up. Krista also received her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of New Mexico in December of 2013 and is on the Board of Directors for two associations.


"Having the right staff is critical to the success of our business. Finding new staff is incredibly time consuming and difficult. Working with The Pompeo Group saved us a lot of time and anxiety. They did the difficult work of tracking down and screening potential candidates, giving us time to do the things that we do best."

Helen Diemer