Chawn Peterson

Chawn Peterson has 20 years of managing and growing multi-industry operations, which offers our clients a unique outlook and a highly centered customer service oriented approach toward a successful outcome of their talent acquisition needs. Her areas of specialty include client relationship development, team building, process design & optimization, sourcing strategy, effective utilization of recruitment tools and operational delivery.

Chawn is an approachable, dynamic, results-oriented leader with a track record for achieving challenging operational and sales objectives working with broad spectrum of companies within various industries and sizes. As an entrepreneur Chawn has an impressive history of fostering and promoting start-up organizations. She possesses a comfortable blend of both hands-on experience and big picture focus. Chawn has managed the growth of CER to a multi-million-dollar recruiting and staffing agency accomplishing searches for clients/candidates within the PNW and nationally.

Chawn believes that pro-active and timely honest communication is key to client and candidate retention. With this approach, Chawn believes that goals can be met without jeopardizing the personal touch we all recognize is essential in building relationships.

Chawn enjoys giving back to her community and supporting organizations such as Chess for Success, Lifeworks and volunteers at the Union Gospel Mission. She was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon and is an avid Oregon Duck Football fan. She raised two beautiful daughters and has two grandchildren; a 12-year-old grandson, 7-year-old granddaughter and a 4-year-old grandson. She is also an animal lover and has a faithful friend & walking partner, Ellie – a black lab.

Chawn Peterson
President – Executive Recruiter

WBE Certification Number: 6688

Susan Burke

My experience working with Chawn could not have been better. She listens intently to her client’s needs, and delivers exactly what we ask for in terms of both skills and general company “fit.” I highly recommend working with Chawn and her organization for all of your staffing needs, and I wouldn't hesitate to work with her again.

Susan Burke, Talent Acquisition Manager

2017-03-10T19:49:40+00:00

Susan Burke, Talent Acquisition Manager

My experience working with Chawn could not have been better. She listens intently to her client’s needs, and delivers exactly what we ask for in terms of both skills and general company “fit.” I highly recommend working with Chawn and her organization for all of your staffing needs, and I wouldn't hesitate to work with her again.

Kari Kondro-White

I have been working with Chawn and the CER team since January of this year and it has truly been a positive and enjoyable experience! Chawn is incredibly passionate and dedicated to her business and the CER team is dedicated to forming relationships with their clients and candidates that last a lifetime. I’ve worked with many recruiting and staffing agencies across a variety of disciplines and very much appreciate the value CER brings to the table. They are incredibly attentive and responsive and they bring a high caliber candidate pool to the table. As an HR professional a typical day can take you in many directions, so I also appreciate how easy Chawn and the CER team are to work with – it’s truly a partnership. I never feel like they are managing me and vice versa. I feel fortunate that I was able to connect with CER through my former employer and then bring them to LifePort to continue and grow the partnership.

Kari Kondro-White, Human Resources Manager

2017-03-10T19:50:50+00:00

Kari Kondro-White, Human Resources Manager

I have been working with Chawn and the CER team since January of this year and it has truly been a positive and enjoyable experience! Chawn is incredibly passionate and dedicated to her business and the CER team is dedicated to forming relationships with their clients and candidates that last a lifetime. I’ve worked with many recruiting and staffing agencies across a variety of disciplines and very much appreciate the value CER brings to the table. They are incredibly attentive and responsive and they bring a high caliber candidate pool to the table. As an HR professional a typical day can take you in many directions, so I also appreciate how easy Chawn and the CER team are to work with – it’s truly a partnership. I never feel like they are managing me and vice versa. I feel fortunate that I was able to connect with CER through my former employer and then bring them to LifePort to continue and grow the partnership.

Jackie Henderson

Chawn is a very talented, personable, and innovative recruiter who exercises the utmost level of integrity and discretion in her business dealings. She has helped me to get in front of key decision-makers during my own employment search. I know once I secure the right employment, I will continue to work with Chawn for any staffing needs I may require assistance locating top talent for. I give her my highest recommendation.

Jackie Henderson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President, Human Resources

2017-03-10T19:52:18+00:00

Jackie Henderson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President, Human Resources

Chawn is a very talented, personable, and innovative recruiter who exercises the utmost level of integrity and discretion in her business dealings. She has helped me to get in front of key decision-makers during my own employment search. I know once I secure the right employment, I will continue to work with Chawn for any staffing needs I may require assistance locating top talent for. I give her my highest recommendation.

Peter Kwong

As a Shareholder here at Perkins I’ve worked with the Chawn and Rudi and I have found them to be very professional and focused on the needs of their clients. Chawn is very committed to building a strong brand name for their company and their work is well received by us.

Peter Kwong, Audit Shareholder at Perkins & Company, P.C.

2017-03-14T20:10:58+00:00

Peter Kwong, Audit Shareholder at Perkins & Company, P.C.

As a Shareholder here at Perkins I’ve worked with the Chawn and Rudi and I have found them to be very professional and focused on the needs of their clients. Chawn is very committed to building a strong brand name for their company and their work is well received by us.

Isaac Dixon

Chawn and her team are detail and results oriented. They listen to their clients and do their best to help you meet your staffing requirements. Chawn is fun to work with and is an outstanding person besides. I would engage them again if the need arose.

Isaac Dixon, PhD. SHRM-SCP, Associate VPHR Portland State University

2017-03-10T19:54:08+00:00

Isaac Dixon, PhD. SHRM-SCP, Associate VPHR Portland State University

Chawn and her team are detail and results oriented. They listen to their clients and do their best to help you meet your staffing requirements. Chawn is fun to work with and is an outstanding person besides. I would engage them again if the need arose.

Michelle Neal

Recently I have had the pleasure of working with Chawn as a recruiter. Initially I reached out to Chawn via email and within 10 minutes she responded to me and wanted to schedule a call. From that moment on, Chawn was quick to respond to my emails or calls. From the first communication between us, Chawn has treated me with the utmost respect. She understands that her recruits are not a commodity but professionals with goals, successes and fears. She immediately makes a person immediately comfortable regarding his/her employment search. If you are seeking a client centric (organization and recruit), laser focused, ethical and overall AWESOME professional, then it behooves you to pick up the phone or email, Ms. Chawn Peterson. It will be the best investment you make to assist you in creating a efficient, effective and productive workforce.

Michelle Neal, Diversity Talent and Workforce Planning Consultant

2016-12-19T23:40:54+00:00

Michelle Neal, Diversity Talent and Workforce Planning Consultant

Recently I have had the pleasure of working with Chawn as a recruiter. Initially I reached out to Chawn via email and within 10 minutes she responded to me and wanted to schedule a call. From that moment on, Chawn was quick to respond to my emails or calls. From the first communication between us, Chawn has treated me with the utmost respect. She understands that her recruits are not a commodity but professionals with goals, successes and fears. She immediately makes a person immediately comfortable regarding his/her employment search. If you are seeking a client centric (organization and recruit), laser focused, ethical and overall AWESOME professional, then it behooves you to pick up the phone or email, Ms. Chawn Peterson. It will be the best investment you make to assist you in creating a efficient, effective and productive workforce.

Darla Smith

Thank you for allowing me to elaborate on Chawn Peterson's working skills. Speaking from personal experience while working directly with Chawn, I found her to possess two qualities that stood out above the rest:
1) A natural born leader
2) A true team player

These are two qualities I strive to look for when I am interviewing people for positions. Chawn possesses a passion to do a great job while also being fair to others. I would recommend Chawn Peterson to any company that is looking for loyalty, integrity and great people skills.

Darla Smith, CBF, Regional Credit Manager

2017-03-10T19:58:55+00:00

Darla Smith, CBF, Regional Credit Manager

Thank you for allowing me to elaborate on Chawn Peterson's working skills. Speaking from personal experience while working directly with Chawn, I found her to possess two qualities that stood out above the rest: 1) A natural born leader 2) A true team player These are two qualities I strive to look for when I am interviewing people for positions. Chawn possesses a passion to do a great job while also being fair to others. I would recommend Chawn Peterson to any company that is looking for loyalty, integrity and great people skills.

Elizabeth Gustafson

I worked with Chawn and her team several times in 2010. They produced fantastic results and were fun to work with. The candidates they presented were always well qualified and well prepared. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Chawn and Competitive Edge to both companies and job seekers. They are - hands down - the best recruiters I've worked with.

Elizabeth Gustafson, Technical Recruiter at WaferTech

2017-03-10T20:00:16+00:00

Elizabeth Gustafson, Technical Recruiter at WaferTech

I worked with Chawn and her team several times in 2010. They produced fantastic results and were fun to work with. The candidates they presented were always well qualified and well prepared. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Chawn and Competitive Edge to both companies and job seekers. They are - hands down - the best recruiters I've worked with.

Michel Labrecque

Chawn is not only a dedicated Professional but has a wonderful personality to go with it! She made the whole process enjoyable and I always felt informed.

Michel Labrecque, Sales Manager at Orbinox, S.A.

2016-12-19T23:42:03+00:00

Michel Labrecque, Sales Manager at Orbinox, S.A.

Chawn is not only a dedicated Professional but has a wonderful personality to go with it! She made the whole process enjoyable and I always felt informed.

Bethany Johnston

Chawn did a great job finding out what my experiences and needs were and matching them to the perfect job!

Bethany Johnston, SPHR, Corp. Sr. HR Representative at Northwest Pipe Company

2016-12-19T23:57:29+00:00

Bethany Johnston, SPHR, Corp. Sr. HR Representative at Northwest Pipe Company

Chawn did a great job finding out what my experiences and needs were and matching them to the perfect job!

Bryan Burke

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Chawn and Competitive Edge Recruiting for your hiring needs. Chawn has proven to provide consistent, high quality customer service and high quality professionals. She works hard at understanding her client's needs and working to solve their human capital needs. You can't go wrong working with Chawn and her company. You'll be happy you chose them over a company that submits candidates and hopes for the best. Chawn doesn't just work 8-5, she works at all hours around the clock to find the right candidate for your needs.

Bryan Burke, Results Coach, Trainer, Mentor and Corporate Speaker

2016-11-03T18:45:05+00:00

Bryan Burke, Results Coach, Trainer, Mentor and Corporate Speaker

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Chawn and Competitive Edge Recruiting for your hiring needs. Chawn has proven to provide consistent, high quality customer service and high quality professionals. She works hard at understanding her client's needs and working to solve their human capital needs. You can't go wrong working with Chawn and her company. You'll be happy you chose them over a company that submits candidates and hopes for the best. Chawn doesn't just work 8-5, she works at all hours around the clock to find the right candidate for your needs.

Trevor Schroeter

Working with Chawn and Competitive Edge Recruiting is how working with recruiters should be. CER spends time getting to know the candidates, and help them find positions that are not only a good fit professionally, but they also help candidates find positions that are good matches for their personalities as well. CER truly believes in the “Pay It Forward” attitude, and are willing to help out qualified candidates find the perfect job, even if they aren’t recruiting for that specific opening.

Trevor Schroeter, Software Engineer

2016-11-03T18:46:44+00:00

Trevor Schroeter, Software Engineer

Working with Chawn and Competitive Edge Recruiting is how working with recruiters should be. CER spends time getting to know the candidates, and help them find positions that are not only a good fit professionally, but they also help candidates find positions that are good matches for their personalities as well. CER truly believes in the “Pay It Forward” attitude, and are willing to help out qualified candidates find the perfect job, even if they aren’t recruiting for that specific opening.

Vince Piscitello

I worked with Chawn to locate a senior level position. She was extremely helpful with vetting opportunities and preparing me for interviews. Her insights were so prescient and her advice so spot-on that I obtained offers from two of the companies we selected as good fits for my skills set. I would highly recommend her and expect to be using her as a recruiting resource as I develop my new leadership position within the company I have chosen.

Vince Piscitello, Director of Business Development at Greenberry Industrial

2016-12-19T23:35:52+00:00

Vince Piscitello, Director of Business Development at Greenberry Industrial

I worked with Chawn to locate a senior level position. She was extremely helpful with vetting opportunities and preparing me for interviews. Her insights were so prescient and her advice so spot-on that I obtained offers from two of the companies we selected as good fits for my skills set. I would highly recommend her and expect to be using her as a recruiting resource as I develop my new leadership position within the company I have chosen.

Sean Hogan

I worked closely with Chawn for a couple of job searches. She was great to deal with and provided me with very helpful background on the companies, the hiring managers and their process. I would use her services again in my next job search.

Sean Hogan, Business Development Director at Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation

2016-12-19T23:47:47+00:00

Sean Hogan, Business Development Director at Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation

I worked closely with Chawn for a couple of job searches. She was great to deal with and provided me with very helpful background on the companies, the hiring managers and their process. I would use her services again in my next job search.

Jason A. Benn

Chawn is a dedicated and driven Agency Recruiter. She has been a very great contact for me and has proven to be an asset to my network. Her motivation in matching my skills to the right opportunity have been invaluable.

Jason A. Benn, MBA, Director of Inside Sales at InFocus

2016-12-19T23:50:50+00:00

Jason A. Benn, MBA, Director of Inside Sales at InFocus

Chawn is a dedicated and driven Agency Recruiter. She has been a very great contact for me and has proven to be an asset to my network. Her motivation in matching my skills to the right opportunity have been invaluable.

Chris Carson

Chawn is a consummate professional who is a blast to work with. In today's fast paced, bottom-line driven work environment I found Chawn to possess a refreshing and rare combination of motivated, results driven intensity and a genuine desire to have fun along the way. I cannot think of a single instance in which she was not as positive and constructive as she could possibly be! She is someone whom, if you've ever had a chance to work with her, will give everything she has in order to over deliver, exceed expectations and will even pop her head in from time to time just to say "how are you?"
She is a class act in today's business world!

Chris Carson, Director of Teleservices at Dunthorpe Marketing Group

2017-03-10T20:06:35+00:00

Chris Carson, Director of Teleservices at Dunthorpe Marketing Group

Chawn is a consummate professional who is a blast to work with. In today's fast paced, bottom-line driven work environment I found Chawn to possess a refreshing and rare combination of motivated, results driven intensity and a genuine desire to have fun along the way. I cannot think of a single instance in which she was not as positive and constructive as she could possibly be! She is someone whom, if you've ever had a chance to work with her, will give everything she has in order to over deliver, exceed expectations and will even pop her head in from time to time just to say "how are you?" She is a class act in today's business world!

Brian Heflin

Chawn is an outstanding individual who always has a great smile, a positive demeanor, and a mission to pour life into everyone she comes in contact with. She is someone you can call when you are having a bad day, and she will no doubt make it better. I highly recommend Chawn not only as a business partner, but as a friend.

Brian Heflin, Telecom Broker/ Strategic Designer of Private Wide Area Networks for Businesses

2017-03-10T20:10:22+00:00

Brian Heflin, Telecom Broker/ Strategic Designer of Private Wide Area Networks for Businesses

Chawn is an outstanding individual who always has a great smile, a positive demeanor, and a mission to pour life into everyone she comes in contact with. She is someone you can call when you are having a bad day, and she will no doubt make it better. I highly recommend Chawn not only as a business partner, but as a friend.

Rob Hale

It was truly a pleasure working with Chawn and she is the most fun, outgoing, and open minded manager that I have ever had the pleasure of working for. Chawn brings new ideas to the table on a regular basis and is always looking for ways to improve the organization along with ways to assist the staff in any way that she can. Chawn has a gift at working with people and makes you feel like you are a part of her family within minutes of knowing her. I cannot say enough about her and the positive things I have learned from getting the opportunity of working with and for her. Chawn you are a star and a true asset to any group or organization that you a part of.

Rob Hale, HR Generalist at Hartung Glass Industries

2017-03-10T20:11:38+00:00

Rob Hale, HR Generalist at Hartung Glass Industries

It was truly a pleasure working with Chawn and she is the most fun, outgoing, and open minded manager that I have ever had the pleasure of working for. Chawn brings new ideas to the table on a regular basis and is always looking for ways to improve the organization along with ways to assist the staff in any way that she can. Chawn has a gift at working with people and makes you feel like you are a part of her family within minutes of knowing her. I cannot say enough about her and the positive things I have learned from getting the opportunity of working with and for her. Chawn you are a star and a true asset to any group or organization that you a part of.

Tim Butler

I first met Chawn when she was leading a local Meetup group. Chawn was a great leader and facilitator of the group and did an excellent job of bringing together like-minded professionals. As a recruiting agency owner, she's determined and focused on doing what's best for her clients. She understands staffing and with her team of dedicated recruiters they get the job done. I recommend her to any candidate or potential business client.

Tim Butler, TSC, CSP, CSC, Connector of People/Talent Finder/Trusted Advisor

2017-03-10T20:13:23+00:00

Tim Butler, TSC, CSP, CSC, Connector of People/Talent Finder/Trusted Advisor

I first met Chawn when she was leading a local Meetup group. Chawn was a great leader and facilitator of the group and did an excellent job of bringing together like-minded professionals. As a recruiting agency owner, she's determined and focused on doing what's best for her clients. She understands staffing and with her team of dedicated recruiters they get the job done. I recommend her to any candidate or potential business client.

Cleon Cox III

Upon meeting Chawn several years ago I felt we had already worked together before. Her ability to make me feel at ease and care about me through her attention was fantastic. She has one large goal and that is to serve her clients to their best advantage.
You owe it to yourself to talk with Chawn when you have a need for assistance in your business.

Cleon Cox III-DTM-Networking Whisperer, Treasurer at Feedbackers Toastmasters

2017-03-10T20:14:27+00:00

Cleon Cox III-DTM-Networking Whisperer, Treasurer at Feedbackers Toastmasters

Upon meeting Chawn several years ago I felt we had already worked together before. Her ability to make me feel at ease and care about me through her attention was fantastic. She has one large goal and that is to serve her clients to their best advantage. You owe it to yourself to talk with Chawn when you have a need for assistance in your business.