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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Ed McCracken

Specializing in Board, Chief Executive Officer, President, Chancellor, C-Suite & Senior to Mid-Level Execs, Chairs,...
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Kevin L. Arvin

Formerly Executive Senior Sales & Marketing Leader and also Systems, Procedures and Human Resources Administrator for...
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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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Michael “JR” Wheless

Multi-Industry, Fortune 100 Advisor Specializing in Highly Confidential Initiatives, Talent Mapping/Succession Planning,...
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Jodie Jiles

Specializing in Board, CEO, Chancellor, President, C-Suite And Senior Level Leadership Search and Succession Planning For...
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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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Beth Butler

Beth Butler serves as the Executive Officer and Managing Partner on point to advance the presence of international executive...
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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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Scott Watson

Scott brings more than 20 years’ experience in serving the leadership needs of clients in hospital systems, Managed Care...
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Robert L. McMillan, II

Rob’s career in financial services, healthcare leadership and private equity capital has taken him from executive roles...
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Rich Phillips

Rich brings more than 20 years of executive recruiting experience to Wheless Partners and has led hundreds of senior-level...
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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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Tim Tabor-

Tim Tabor, M.D.

Tim serves as Corporate Executive Officer and Managing Director on point to lead the firm’s practice on behalf of clients...
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Loraine Haywood[3]

Lorraine Heywood

Lorraine Heywood serves as Senior Partner and Co-Managing Director on point to lead the firm’s executive search practice...
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