After more than 20 years of a highly successful career in marketing, sales and recruiting, Heidi identified a need in the marketplace and decided to start her own staffing firm, TorchLight Hire, in 2012, a Best Places to Work Company as recognized by WBJ in 2017 and 2018. TorchLight identifies and places top-notch marketing and creative talent for contract and direct hire placements in the D.C. and Baltimore metro areas. Prior to founding TorchLight, Heidi worked for Melcrum, a best practice research consulting firm and at McKinley Marketing Partners, where she led business development efforts and managed several enterprise accounts. In 2003, Heidi began her first startup, Clear It Out, which sold other people’s treasures on eBay. Heidi also led business development, marketing and client services teams at Atlantic Media for 7 years and worked at several non-profits as a meeting planner in her early career. After graduating from college, Heidi began her career teaching English to Japanese children and adults in Okayama, Japan. Heidi graduated with a B.A. from Colgate University and received an MBA with honors from Georgetown University.