Our Team

Pete Almond


Pete joined Almond & Associates in 1999, and currently owns and manages the Tacoma office. A Tacoma local and Stadium High School Alumni, Pete utilizes a customer-focused, relational approach to recruiting.  His passion for directly recruiting top talent has been a prominent aspect of Almond & Associates’ success for almost twenty years. His recruiting specialties lie within financial and accounting roles. As the branch manager, Pete is responsible for overall branch operations and staff management as well as client development.  Pete spends his free time with his family, camping and traveling to recreational destinations around the Northwest. He is also a car and boat enthusiast, and enjoys cooking and diving.

Ashley Stocker

Recruiting Assistant

Ashley Stocker Assistant

Ashley joined Almond & Associates in 2021. Before leaving the workforce to have their first child, Ashley worked in Marketing and Design for several years. Now at Almond & Associates, she schedules candidate interviews, manages job postings and ensures the candidate’s and client’s online experience is seamless and intuitive. She was born and raised in Washington state and lives with her husband and three children in Tacoma. For free time, Ashley enjoys trail running, watercolor painting, and cooking Mediterranean food and spending time with friends and family.

Zada Grant

Tacoma Recruiter

Zada joined Almond & Associates in 2016. During her seven years in retail management, she found a passion for customer service. Her goal is to build solid relationships with our clients and candidates to ensure she can deliver an excellent experience. Zada’s experience with working in a variety of industries gives her an edge in determining her clients’ needs. Zada is a California native. After living in many states across the country, she made Washington her home in 2009. Zada has been an active volunteer in her community. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, cooking, and cheering for the Seattle Seahawks.

Nicola Norris

Bellevue Owner

Nicola joined Almond & Associates in 1998. Holding a variety of recruiting positions in Oregon gave Nicola the foundation to establish the Bellevue branch of Almond & Associates. She enjoys working with a diverse group of people and helping them navigate the ideal match between client and employer. Nicola is proactive in her approach by using both traditional and out-of-the-box recruiting strategies. For free time she likes to watch movies, travel to sunny locations, and play with her dog, Wilson.