Polaris Talent Team

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We are Polaris Talent

We trace our roots back over 40 years to when Marshall and Marie, lifelong friends, met in junior high. When Marie was looking for business partners she could trust and invest in she turned to Marshall and her daughter, Roma, to help her realize a dream and disrupt an industry while having fun doing it.

Marie Watkins Polaris Talent CEO and Founder

Marie Watkins

Founder & CVO (Chief Vision Officer)

Marie Watkins

Marie is passionate about showing the world what good recruiting looks like. She brings 20+ years of global staffing experience to the table and is a coach and mentor to startups. Despite moving to San Diego in 1986, she is a Wisconsin girl at heart. Marie finds left-right brain balance by writing and building costumes for theatre and ballet.

Roma Watkins

Roma is a Co-Founder, Program Manager and one of the Lead Recruiters. There is no skill set she can’t find, no matter where they are, and no project she can’t handle. A native of San Diego, she balances building Polaris Talent with a ballet and musical theatre career. She also enjoys teaching and giving back to her local San Diego, CA community.

Roma Watkins Polaris Talent CMO and Co-Founder

Roma Watkins

Co-Founder, Program Manager, and Lead Recruiter

Marshall Folger Polaris Talent COO and Co-Founder

Marshall Folger

Co-Founder and Chief of Staff

Marshall Folger

Marshall is a ninja-level sourcer and jack-of-all-trades handling recruiting, research, biz dev, and whatever else lands on his plate. A native of Wisconsin, he manages our Third Coast location. He is a singer/songwriter who is never far from a guitar in his free time.

Jes Berlin

Jes joined Polaris in August 2021. She is the recruiter always looking for the best talent, for our clients! She refers to herself as the “Purple Squirrel Hunter” highlighting her ability to engage with passive candidates. Jessica enjoys many aspects of HR in addition to recruiting; she loves training, mentoring and writing HR documents and manuals. She achieved getting her MBA, double minoring in HR and Finance. Prior, Jessica has been recruiting for 13 years, in addition to many years in HR. When she’s not working, she enjoys quality time with her family and fur babies, spending time outside enjoying nature, playing music and painting.

Roma Watkins Polaris Talent CMO and Co-Founder

Jes Berlin

Recruiting Manager

Roma Watkins Polaris Talent CMO and Co-Founder

Bekka Underwood

Creative Director

Rebekka Underwood

Bekka Underwood is Polaris Talent’s Creative Director. She is pursuing a BFA in Graphic Design and can architect any image or campaign effortlessly. She is a former ballet dancer who is passionate about compelling design, art history, and animation. She loves finding new music and working on concept art.

Leo Portillo

Leo is a U.S. Air Force Veteran with a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management. He has worked in recruiting since 2018 and has never looked back. Leo has a natural ability to talk to people, making them feel comfortable, and obtaining the best information from candidates. Raised in Southern California, Leo balances being a Recruiter and operating as CEO of his Sports Cards & Collectibles business.

Marshall Folger Polaris Talent COO and Co-Founder

Leo Portillo

Recruiter

Roma Watkins Polaris Talent CMO and Co-Founder

Michelle Larson

Recruiting Coordinator

Michelle Larson

Michelle joined Polaris in September 2021. Previously she worked as a recruitment coordinator for 2 1/2 years. She fell in love with recruiting and helping people find their perfect career path. Having worked with many recruiters who didn’t seem to care about her candidate experience, that has become her primary focus; making sure that candidates are informed and feel safe in their next career move. She is currently in college focusing on furthering her education. Michelle enjoys playing with her dogs, enjoying a great scary movie, and spending time with family. When she’s not busy with school or work, Michelle is busy with her upcoming wedding preparations!

Robert Shotton

Robert is Polaris Talent’s newest intern. Robert is currently studying History at the University of Ottawa in Canada. His historical background gives him a deeper understanding of online and archival research. Robert enjoys watching and playing hockey as well as boat driving and cottage life. 

Marshall Folger Polaris Talent COO and Co-Founder

Robert Shotton

Intern

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Racine, Wisconsin
Ramona, California