Talent Advocate, Data Science and Data Engineering

Mark Howland

"Without struggle, there is no progress"

People are my passion which is how I found myself in the recruiting space following college gradutation. After attending the University of Rhode Island, I decided I wanted to take a different career path than what my Health Studies degree intended for. I am all about having real conversations with people and really understanding what drives them. After careful thought, getting involved in this industry made total sense and I haven't looked back since. 

I love trying new things in the general sense, it's the entrepreneur in me. My friends and I created our own yard game that we brought to the public at the beginning of 2021. I think it's important to take risks in life, it's essential for growth. I left my previous recruiting position to fully pursue our yardgame which demanded a lot of time. Now that we have things up and running, it's much more automated and I was longing to get my foot back into the recruiting space. I guess my message here is to take some risks and see what else is out there! Cue Averity.

I found Averity and I have fallen in love with the process of how we do things. We care about the candidates we represent and are keen on making sure they are introduced to the best opportunity that checks all of their boxes. At the end of the day, people help people, and that's what I'm here to do on both the candidate and client end.

Specializing in Data Science and Data Engineering allows me to really focus in on specific technologies so I can have a firm understanding of what clients are looking for and understanding candidates' backgrounds. It makes for much more meaningful conversation which is hard to come by in the industry. 

Also, if you enjoy high energy, working out, traveling, fashion, reading, or football (Go Steelers!), I'm your guy! 

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I had a great experience working with Averity. The team was continually attentive, and very effective at presenting me with the right opportunities and advocating for me throughout the offer stage. I'd highly recommend them!

Matt Kravetz

I worked with Chris De Crescenzo from Averity, he reached out to me with a role that was right in line with my skills at the time. The role was a great fit for me with an awesome company, and he kept me up-to-date and informed at each turn of the interview process. In almost no time I was at the final interview step and Chris walked me through the on-boarding process and how to go from there. He was a pleasure to work with and professional, ensuring I was prepared at each step of the way so that I was primed for success. It was great working with Averity and especially him!

Christopher Jativa

I had a stellar experience working with Stephanie Grosso at Averity. She's got this great combo of positivity and efficiency, and she helped me land a job less than a month after we first spoke. I felt super supported at every step of the multi-stage interview process, and she's always been available with great advice whenever I needed it. Definitely a high-quality recruitment experience.

Jenny Wong

Chris Descrescenzo and the team at Averity are phenomenal. 5 stars are simply not enough! I've worked with quite a few recruiters in the past but Chris Descrescenzo and the Averity team are exceptional. I just landed an incredible job opportunity after a single interview. Especially in this tenuous economic climate, I truly appreciated the steps and care Chris took. He was incredibly generous with his time, and made sure the position was a good match. Then, he sent me incredible prep notes which were invaluable. He followed up with me every step of the way and was always there to talk through every possible question. I have never had a more successful interview process. Hands down. I could write a novella about his knowledge, kindness and professionalism. But simply put: He is the best. Thank you!

Amy Morrison

I just had an extremely positive experience working with the DevOps placement team Alex, Daniel, and Chad. They were all consummate professionals who kept my schedule full with relevant interviews. They also helped prep me and were constantly checking in to make sure we were doing everything we could to find the next opportunity. There is potentially a lot of stress that comes with a career transition, but the folks at Averity really know how to help you focus on next steps and moving forward one day at a time. I couldn't recommend them any higher.

Brendan Hasemeier


Nothing but a positive experience working with Averity and Samantha Hoffenberg in particular. Professional, attentive and extremely supportive every step of the way. Samantha actually took the time to really understand my background - no cut and paste here. Shortly thereafter I was matched with three opportunities that really fit my skillset and where I was at in my career. Prepping for interviews was concise and relevant and I was kept informed every step of the way. No guessing where I was at in the interview process. No waste-of-time body count interviews. It was obvious Samantha had solid, long-lasting relationships with the firms I interviewed with as the feedback was always informative. This is one recruiter I can and do actually recommend and the first person I will be calling if the need ever arises again.

Vincent Melia

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