January 13, 2023

Smiles of Amare: Jonathan Beres, Senior Recruiter

Jonathan is not only a senior recruiter – he’s also the owner of a successful candle company, a photographer and a graduate student.

Jonathan Beres doesn’t have much free time these days. He is not only a senior recruiter at Amare Medical Network – he’s also the owner of a successful candle company, a photographer and a graduate student.

Jonathan Beres

Jonathan began his career at Amare nearly two years ago in credentialing before moving to recruitment. Six months later, he was promoted to senior recruiter.

“We’ve got a really solid, amazing team,” he said. “We all lift each other up.”

In addition to enjoying coaching his team, Jonathan loves helping care providers find the perfect fit.

“I really enjoy talking to people and making those connections,” he said. “I love seeing care providers come on board who are so excited to help the residents.”

Amare’s generous time-off policy allows Jonathan to travel frequently to Florida, where he has many photography clients. Photography was something he took a liking to while attending Jupiter High School in Jupiter, Florida.

“I just enjoyed doing it as a hobby,” he said. His teacher, however, saw something more. She set up paid photoshoots for him, and soon his work would be featured at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. During this time, Jonathan also worked as a pool attendant at The Club at Admirals Cove. When the country club needed a skilled photographer, they asked Jonathan to photograph lavish galas, charity events, weddings and more.

“That’s when it took off,” he said. “After I posted some images to my Instagram, Emilly Warburton-Adams and Ben Robinson, from TV’s Below Deck, reached out asking if I could do a photo shoot for them,” Jonathan said. The photos were featured in Glamour UK and on the Bravo TV website.

Recently, he was more than happy to take some photos of fellow Amare senior recruiter Nicole Pilewski and her sister Natalie, who just so happened to be in Florida on vacation at the same time Jonathan was visiting his photography clients.

“We met for sunrise at Juno Beach Pier and had such a great time taking the photos,” he said.

Natalie and Nicole Pilewski photographed by Jonathan Beres

The photography business slowed down when Jonathan’s parents, who are from the Pittsburgh area, decided to move back to western Pennsylvania, and Jonathan moved with them. He began taking online classes at Robert Morris University and worked at an airport lounge until the pandemic hit and he was laid off.

“With so much time on my hands, I decided to start playing around with making candles,” he said. “I love candles, who doesn’t?”

When he did some research, Jonathan made a surprising discovery.

“I found out a lot of the candles that you burn in your home are toxic. They’re not using the best ingredients,” he said. He developed his own formula for a clean, vegan, non-toxic coconut wax candle.

“I started making them and giving them to friends and family and burning them while I was doing homework,” he said. Soon people wanted more and more, so he started The Sabal Collection. The company was featured in Shoutout Atlanta after the magazine discovered Jonathan on Instagram (his family lived in Atlanta when he was a child).

“Every single year, we just continue to grow,” Jonathan said. Instead of his kitchen, the candles are now manufactured in Dallas.

The future is definitely bright for Jonathan Beres. After taking classes for nearly two years, he will earn his MBA in Healthcare Administration in just a few months, and he hopes to continue growing with Amare.

“Everybody here is very positive. It makes it a really awesome place to be,” he said. “To build a great organization, you need to have that kind of culture.”

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