We Create Opportunities for Candidates & Businesses
In the world of gardening and agricultural cultivation (AKA The Grow), mantises are considered a “beneficial”. Like ladybugs, they’re used as natural pest control in organic grows because they kill and eat any pest that comes near them. The fun part about them is that their hunting method is to stay very still or to move gently, like the breeze making a leaf dance, until pests are walking or buzzing by and then, BAM!, they handle that problem and keep dancing.
When we formed our founding team and started building Mantis Careers, we decided to use our work to create a massive culture shift within the cannabis industry. We wanted to take our corporate, entrepreneurial, and job-search experience and put it to work helping cannabis companies get and keep the phenomenal people we knew were out there, while simultaneously helping those awesome, diverse people get into positions that maximize their strengths with companies that would value and benefit from their expertise.
The day our CMO mentioned “beneficials” during a meeting, we quickly realized we had landed on the branding that perfectly embodied the values, mission, and vision that we are following as a team.
At Mantis Careers, our values are Integrity, Accountability, Excellence, Alignment, and Growth and they drive our mission of connecting cannabis brands with the right phenomenal people to influence company culture for growth.
When we do a recruitment for a brand, we set up our tools and go find the best of the best for that exact role within that specific company.
As we repeatedly place people in various positions who have gone through our system of vetting, matching, and “curing”, brands experience the stability (then growth!) that comes from having a strong, reliable team of people who handle business at the top of their game every day as a matter of personal values.
When we help the people with those values fight through the crowds of resumes to be able to gracefully show their strengths (aka, their personal form of viciousness) and get placed with brands that share those values, we begin to influence homes and communities.
When people are happy, working in their strengths, and properly valued at work, their home life improves, their relationships improve, their work environments can continue to improve, and in the long run, we’ve made a difference in the whole culture.
One of our favorite parts about how Mantis Careers is different is that our system helps candidates that are often overlooked, discriminated against, or under-represented in the workforce show their strengths and shine throughout the recruiting process. We get mantises in front of hiring managers in a world that only sees ladybugs.
We aren’t here to fill positions or help companies get warm bodies into open roles. We are here to improve the cannabis culture by helping businesses get and keep the RIGHT great people and by helping great people get and keep the RIGHT jobs that value their vicious and enhance their career path.
Connecting People for over 24 Years
Chief Executive Officer
Bridgett Hart has over 20 years of experience with cannabis and 26 years of experience leading teams from 10 to 250 people. The teams she’s led have won awards, grants, and recognition and most have continued on with great success after she left her mark in their operations. Her success came mainly from the intentional understanding and effective application of the concept that the right people (with the right skills AND culture fit) make all the difference for businesses and that using their strengths (in the right position AND culture fit) makes all the difference for the humans that make those businesses up, from the CEO to the front-line staff. Connecting those dots and creating harmony in the midst of the chaos of our current job market is where her magic always makes dollars and sense.
She lives in Chandler, AZ with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. Both her and her husband are certified MMJ patients and have been involved in the local Medical Cannabis community since 2011. She volunteers her time regularly to educate people about the medical benefits and warnings around THC and CBD products and she’s an active member of the local entrepreneur community. She is currently developing The Hart Habits, a program that teaches 10 habits that help people build rapport and navigate the most difficult relationships with their sanity and integrity intact.
Chief Operations Officer
Owner Operator of DNA Financial Solutions and Chief Operations Officer of Mantis Careers, Adrian Trice is an advocate and is in support of women pursuing the entrepreneurial lifestyle. She spent 13 years in proprietary education with a background in sales advisement, leadership and business consulting and development. At the end of her career she not only recognized but experienced the limitations within the corporate sector. After her third lay off, she found herself a divorced single mom of three sons, degreed in a field she didn’t work in and facing a stale job market with low wages. This is when she started her own journey of entrepreneurship. With 8 years of combined self-employment and business ownership, Adrian is extremely passionate about cannabis culture. She believes it is a viable economic solution that will remain recession proof during the next market adjustment.
Chief Marketing Officer
Krystal Poleon is a music and sports addict, who is a Marketing Communications & Branding strategist, in that order. Owner of Brand Bright Design, a Phoenix, Arizona based marketing communications company, Krystal provides marketing, and graphic design solutions to take business efforts to the next level. When businesses experience problems putting their vision into action steps, finding customers, connecting to their target demographic, and finding effective solutions to move forward, this is where Krystal steps in and goes to work.
In addition, Krystal is Co-Owner of Cannatainment Events, a cannabis friendly private events company established in 2016. The first of its kind, Cannatainment has introduced a unique style of private cannabis pop-up events focused on 1) highlighting the lifestyle behind the plant, and 2) bringing the community together to grow, educate, and celebrate all things cannabis. 3 years into the events journey Cannatainment has made name for themselves with their signature sold out events: Puff Puff Paint, Island Blaze, Baked & Escape, and Let’s Be Blunt.
Outside of the office, Krystal loves to put her musical roots to shine as a long time DJ, providing entertainment to festivals, nightclubs, and gatherings in Arizona, California, & Nevada for the past 17 years.
Krystal’s passion and commitment to marketing communications and entertainment can be traced back to her personality. Bottom line, Krystal loves getting people excited about the things that she is excited about. She loves to educate and inspire, is not afraid to take on a challenge, and take non-traditional approaches to provide solutions.
In her spare time, you can find Krystal indulging in all things sports and music. Krystal lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her amazing wife, Stephanie, and their fur babies: Sasha the Stubborn Rottweiler, and cats Thomas, Missy, and Kitty Jenner.