Joachim “Joe” Woerner

– Managing Director  –


Joe’s career with 30 years in general management, marketing and sales has provided him with the insight and experience to qualify and recruit superior candidates.

For every position, Joe makes it his business to thoroughly understand the goals and needs of both clients and candidates.  He also enables his team to take the same approach to consistently exceed their clients’ expectations.

His upbringing in Europe and lifelong exposure to the cultural differences between the US and Germany is valuable to clients who are doing business across national borders. His 20+ years of senior management experience on the client side has prepared him to conduct needs analyses on a high level and thus gain a thorough understanding of his clients’ needs. 

Joe earned an MBA from Boston University in 1981.

Our firm specializes in placing professionals in the consumer durables, building materials, industrials, and machinery and equipment industries. I work primarily with manufacturers that operate in multiple distribution channels, retail, commercial, industrial.

Please feel free to connect with Joe on LinkedIn.

Contact: Phone: (803) 548 8140 Ext. 11


Melissa Coleman

– Account Director –


Melissa joined Q Works in 2006 bringing over 15 years of successful Sales Management experience. Now 10 years later, she has become one of Q Works most decorated, successful recruiters.

Her experience gives her a strong understanding of our clients’ hiring needs. She provides quality professional placement services by striving to exceed both clients’ and candidates’ expectations. She has a unique capacity to carefully review the skills, chemistry and motivation from both the candidate and client side.

Melissa has established herself as a recruiter within the lighting industry focusing on mid-level to executive level positions nationwide. Her recruiting focus is on Sales, Engineering, Operations, Marketing and Product Management positions.

Melissa earned her BA in Business Administration from UNCC.

Mid-level to Executive level positions in the Lighting Industry. Partnering with international companies (Asian, European) for entrance into the US market. 33% of placements are with international companies.

lighting, lighting fixtures, lighting controls, electrical, home automation, LED, optics, architectural, building products, building materials, consumer durables, construction, sales, engineering, engineer, marketing, manufacturing, product management, project management, President, VP, Vice President, General Manager

Please feel free to connect with Melissa on LinkedIn.

Contact: Phone: (803) 548 8140 Ext. 15


Bertina Brase

– Account Executive –


After earning a Master’s degree in Germany, Bertina worked in Corporate Human Resources with both German and US companies.

With 20+ years in the U.S. and having lived in various regions of the country, Bertina understands the nuances of cultural diversity. She leverages these skills when working with European subsidiaries in the U.S. Her strong organizational and analytical skills allow Bertina to identify top recruits for middle and upper management positions. Bertina has been on the agency and the client side, as an Executive Recruiter and HR Manager. This has allowed her to think with a 360 perspective. Clients appreciate her ability to zero in on company fit and market knowledge and appreciate her knowledgeable, realistic, and practical management recruiting support.

Bertina’s main focus at Q Works lies on industrial product industries, with clients in the Capital Equipment, Material Handling, Machinery and Automation Industry, and other technical products including the Renewable Energy sector.  Her client base consists of small to medium-sized companies, as including many that are subsidiaries of European companies.

Bilingual: English – German; Executive Recruiting Professional; Career Guidance; Successfully placed Managing Director’s, CFO’s, VP’s; Experience in global and national talent/recruitment strategies; Several years’ business experience successfully handling diverse challenges in HR & Labor Law issues; Hands-on management style that capitalizes on interpersonal skills and leadership-by-example; Knowledge and experience of European and US Culture in broad variety of backgrounds.

Please feel free to connect with Bertina on LinkedIn

Contact: Phone: (803) 548 8140 Ext. 26


Angela Jordahl

– Senior Project Coordinator –


Angela came to Q Works in 2010 as a Project Coordinator. She was promoted to Senior Project Coordinator in 2012. Angela started her working career with First Union National Bank in the consumer loan department. She held many support and management positions at First Union/Wachovia including roles in insurance, consumer loans, student loans, commercial customer service, business relations, cash management, and human resources. She was an AVP in client services at the end of her 18 year banking career. For several years before joining Q Works, Angela worked as a HR/Operations manager in the in-home healthcare industry.

At Q Works, Angela has a strong compassion for finding the perfect match for her clients. She supports the Accountant Executives (Recruiters) by sourcing the most qualified candidates in the engineering, manufacturing, food services, sales, marketing, and operations industries. She holds a BS degree in Business from Clemson University, as well as a Funeral Director’s degree Fayetteville Tech.

Please feel free to connect with Angela on LinkedIn.

Contact: Phone: (803) 548 8140 Ext. 20


Katie Trippe

– Account Executive/ Operations Manager –


Katie joined Q Works in 2014 as an Account Executive to support our clients in the plastics and chemical manufacturing industries. Her tenacity in pursuit of highly desirable professionals provides a competitive edge to clients seeking top talent. Also, her tenure as a VP and Operations Manager gives her key insight into the manufacturing industry specifically in the areas of lean initiatives and process improvement. Because of her passion for recruiting and the manufacturing industry, Katie stays on top of industry trends.

Her unique, consultative approach to recruiting has enabled her to assist clients in meeting strategic business objectives. She has an extensive network of contacts within the engineering and manufacturing communities and contributes in many forums and industry groups.

Katie earned her BBA in Marketing from Marshall University.

plastics, chemicals, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, operations, plant management, production management, quality control, PVC, polystyrene, polyethylene, polymer engineering, thermoforming, injection molding, polymers, adhesives, Director of Operations, Global Product Manager, Plastics Project Engineering Manager, Process Engineer, Chemical Engineer, R&D Chemist

Please feel free to connect with Katie on LinkedIn.

Contact: Phone: (803) 548 8140 Ext. 13


Silvia Gray

– Account Executive –

Silvia joined Q Works in August 2016 as an Account Executive. She has always worked in an international environment, spending the past 13+ years in automotive project management and human resources. Fast paced demands have prepared her for understanding the urgency as well as expectations of the automotive industry. Her vast network within the automotive world offers a competitive edge. Recruitment has become a passion for her.

As a native German living in the US for over 20 years, Silvia can relate to the cultural differences that the automotive industry often brings. In her recent position as Human Resources Manager, she was responsible for recruitment of unique skills on many different levels. She is well versed with immigration laws and can offer insight and support when a visa is required.

Building strong relationships with her clients and candidates allows Silvia to better focus on the best interests of both parties.

Please feel free to connect with Silvia on LinkedIn.

Contact: Phone:(864)313-2305


Angie Barnes

– Marketing Specialist –

Angie joined Q Works in October 2015. She brings with her a wide range of marketing skills with a special focus on business development strategy, content marketing and communications. In addition, she has extensive experience understanding user experience and applying it to overall marketing plans and advertising initiatives.

At Q Works, Angie’s focus lies on developing the company’s marketing strategy, creating content for marketing materials, campaigns, and social media sites, as well as identifying and targeting new client companies in both Germany and the US.

Angie is a graduate of Ohio University.

Please feel free to connect with Angie on LinkedIn.

Contact: Phone: (803) 548 8140 Ext. 19


Iris Winkelbauer-Hoelzl

– Account Executive –

Iris joined the Q Works Group in 2016. She is a native of Austria, fluent in German, English and Hungarian and has lived in the US since 2012. Iris brings with her 14 years of international sales and business development experience. Her background and understanding of different cultures has proved useful in developing business opportunities such as opening a US branch of a European based company.

Iris’s main focus is to work with European companies with subsidiaries in the US as well as US clients with business overseas. In doing so, she will be able to provide valuable recruiting solutions based on an extensive knowledge of cultural differences and international business experience, as well as being able to connect within a large international network.

Please feel free to connect with Iris on LinkedIn.

Contact: Phone: (803) 548 8140 Ext. 17