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 along 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 brings 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 their culture, performance and people. We invite you to learn more about our team of world-class search and consulting professionals.

Our Principal Partners


Mike Wheless

Before he founded the firm in 1986, Mike worked in the radiology field and it was there that he developed a keen sense for...
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Mabry Smith III

As President & Managing Partner, Mabry’s practice with the firm focuses on identifying talent for board director...
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Lisa Hart[2]

Lisa Hart

Known as a business strategist and key catalyst for advancement, positive momentum and vitality, Lisa’s skill to quickly...
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Kevin L. Arvin

Kevin’s professional experience encompasses three decades of leadership, culminating in his current role as chief strategy...
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Melissa Cassell

Known for her proactive and relentless pursuit of achieving client objectives with excellence, Melissa orchestrates the...
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Bill Cockrell-

Bill Cockrell

Bill serves as Chief Business Officer for Wheless Partners and President of the holding company of which our firm is a key...
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Candice Register

Bringing a wealth of experience in global manufacturing, telecommunications, clinical research, retail, healthcare, and...
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Ed McCracken

Specializing in Board, Chief Executive Officer, President, Chancellor, C-Suite & Senior to Mid-Level Execs, Chairs,...
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Amanda Hargrove[1]

Amanda Hargrove

A visionary, results-oriented and energetic leader, Amanda serves as a catalyst and facilitator for extraordinary...
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Will McCracken

Will is highly skilled in business operations and delivering flawless client experience, with project management expertise...
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Michael “JR” Wheless

Board of Director Succession, CEO and Executive Level Succession and Search; Specializing in Confidential Strategic...
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Loraine Haywood[3]

Lorraine Heywood

Lorraine Heywood serves as Senior Partner on point to lead the firm’s executive search practice on behalf of clients...
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Lisa Marks

Lisa J. Marks

Formerly a Chief Executive Officer with an international nonprofit, Lisa offers invaluable vision and connectivity when...
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Brian Aston

A nationally recognized healthcare executive, Brian brings a 20-year track record of successfully building and leading top...
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Kate Schmitz

A proven healthcare industry leader with more than 20 years of progressive experience, Kate Schmitz serves healthcare...
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Scott Watson

Scott brings more than 27 years of executive search experience in serving the leadership needs of clients in hospital/health...
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Brandi McGreevey_[3]

Brandi McGreevey

Acknowledged by the firm’s clients for her uncompromising delivery of excellence in client experience, Brandi orchestrates...
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Michael Ballew

Michael is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years’ experience in senior-level recruitment with expertise in...
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Rich Grehalva

Richard Grehalva

Rich has been a catalyst behind the explosive growth of companies spanning the technology, outsourcing, healthcare and...
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Rich Phillips

Multi-Industry Advisor Specializing in Board Director, CEO, & C-Suite Succession Strategies Rich brings more than 20...
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Leslie Allen

Leslie brings 20 years of recruiting expertise combined with an intuitive skill for assessing individual talent and...
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John Cammidge

John Cammidge

John arrives at Wheless Partners from one of the nation’s largest university and health system enterprises – The...
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Janet Eyster

Janet is a Business Development and Executive Communications Leader with demonstrated success driving growth, developing and...
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Kevin Coyne

Board Governance, Strategy and Leadership Consultant to Business Enterprises, Universities, and Non-Profits After being the...
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Lisa Fisher

Lisa Fisher is a senior-level search veteran who has spent over twenty years leading executive searches, serving a wide...
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Barry Conchie

Prior to joining the firm as Executive Advisor and SME Partner, Barry Conchie collaborated for many years with Wheless...
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Rich Carter

Rich Carter brings over 30 years of diverse industry experience and success, both in business leadership and in executive...
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