Matt Ballema


Matt Ballema specializes in material handling automation which includes both systems OEMs and system integrators as well as material handling equipment OEMs and dealer clients. Matt also specializes in placing top talent within the power generation/oil and gas markets where he mainly places rotating equipment sales, marketing, and engineering professionals. He has a passion for recruiting in the material handling automation space. With a background in material handling equipment sales, he understands the value and importance of every step in the supply chain that most of us take for granted. Matt has been in the executive search business for over 20 years, spanning all aspects of executive recruiting. Matt has placed professionals at all levels from general manager, president, chief operations officer, and VP level to regional sales managers, sales reps and engineers all across North America. Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in social science with an emphasis in human resources and society from Michigan State University.

David Pomper

Senior Account Executive

David Pomper has over twenty-five years of experience in marketing and sales. His focus at Pioneer Search Group is in sales and engineering within the packaging machinery, supplies, and automation industries. His personable demeanor and drive to match candidates with ideal opportunities make him a natural in recruiting. He builds easy rapport with potential candidates and learns what motivates their career decisions. When working with hiring managers, he listens intently to understand their hiring needs and consults with them as a true partner in the hiring process. David graduated with a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Michigan State University. In his free time, he enjoys fly fishing, boating, and Tigers baseball.

Jocelyn VanderMey

Sales Development Representative

Jocelyn specializes in connecting with businesses in need of Pioneer Search Group’s expertise. She most recently comes from the supply chain management industry in the sales division. Along with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising, she holds over ten years of sales, marketing, and advertising experience.  She enjoys her conversations with those seeking to hire and getting to be part of the process in connecting them with top talent for their team.