Meet the Team

Because Wheless Partners is in the ‘people’ business, we have a special appreciation for committed, highly qualified and collaborative executives.

That’s why we’re particularly proud to put men and women of uncommon character, grace and personal dedication on the point of each and every client relationship.

Our consultants, researchers and administrative leaders bring deep industry experience and a richly informed perspective coupled with a willingness to flex their approach to best fit your immediate and long-term needs.

Our team is engaged with and has special access to the leaders of exceptional global enterprises, mid-market companies, public and private institutions and not-for-profit agencies, and bring significant referral networks that accelerate the realization of your objectives. When clients get to know our consultants, they come to appreciate the real value of a trusted partner committed to elevating their culture, performance and people. We invite you to learn more about our team of world-class search and consulting professionals.

Mike Wheless
Mabry Smith III
President & Managing Partner
Lisa Hart
Director of Search Operations
Kevin Arvin
Chief Strategy and Communications Officer
Melissa Cassell
Director of Marketing and Research
Bill Cockrell
Chief Business Officer
Candice Register
Director of Finance
Ed McCracken
Corporate Officer, Executive Committee Chairperson, National Healthcare Practice, President & Lead Consultant
Amanda Hargrove
Director of Search Operations
Will McCracken
Director of Search Operations
Michael "JR" Wheless
Board & CEO Succession Practice
Lorraine Heywood
Senior Partner and Co-Managing Director
Dr. Dale W. Meyerrose
Executive Advisor and SME Partner
Lisa J. Marks
Managing Director & Divisional Chief Operations Officer
Brian Aston
Senior Partner
Kate Schmitz
Senior Search Consultant
Scott Watson
Senior Partner
Brandi McGreevey
Director of Search Operations
Michael Ballew
Senior Partner
Richard Grehalva
Corporate Officer & Co-Managing Director, Global Technology Practice: Board Director and 'C-Suite' Search & Succession
Lisa Fisher
Senior Search Consultant
Rich Carter
Executive Advisor & SME Partner
John T. Montford
Rich Phillips
Senior Partner
Barry Conchie
Executive Advisor & SME Partner
Kevin Coyne
Board Consultant
Leslie Allen
Board & CEO Succession Practice
Janet Eyster
Communications Strategist
Nancy Hovren
Vice President
Cindy Chandler
Senior Managing Partner
Thom Telfer
Maggee Nelson
Associate Executive Search Consultant
Chau Espenson
Operations and Diversity Director
Robert E. Witt, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor

“At Wheless, we don’t see different things… we just see things differently.”

Our position and core belief at Wheless is that through our efforts, we positively change the trajectories of individuals, groups and organizations. It’s our passion to position those we serve to thrive in an ever increasingly competitive world. Nice words. But words without a strategy and a methodology are really just vapor. Wheless has a bulletproof, unique and game changing strategy.

We are currently seeking business professionals who can bring substantial experience, character, ambition and vision to our recruiting and consulting team from locations across the United States and around the world.

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