Executive search leadership
Mike Imperiale, Managing Partner
Mike is regarded as an industry leader in executive search and corporate recruitment, with a career spanning over three decades. During this time, he has filled key leadership roles for many nationally recognized Financial Services and Healthcare brand names, including leading corporations, foundations and professional associations. As a result, Mike has become a trusted search partner and advisor to senior Human Resources executives and business leaders involved in executive search. His experience includes 17 years in Corporate HR and executive recruiting with some of the country’s largest and well known financial institutions, including Chemical Bank, HSBC/Marine Midland Bank and Barnett Banks, Inc. Mike began his career in executive search in the Banking, Brokerage and Insurance industries on Wall Street.
He earned distinction at Barnett Bank, where he built and led the nationally recognized Barnett Executive Search Group responsible for hiring the executive talent that the bank relied upon to achieve unparalleled growth in its consumer, commercial and wealth management businesses. The model that Mike introduced at Barnett has since been replicated at other leading companies, and Mike is a frequent speaker and consultant on how an in-house search function can be a key differentiator for high-growth companies in national talent acquisition. Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from The City University of New York at Brooklyn College.
Mike@SterlingSearchJax.com | Office: 904-241-7778
Betsy Jacobs, Managing Partner/Client Development
Betsy has been a nationally recognized leader in executive search and corporate recruitment for more than two decades, including a dozen years as a Corporate HR Talent Acquisition executive. Betsy spent the first 10 years of her career with Barnett Banks, Inc. in a variety of increasingly senior business line and holding company recruiting positions. As a Senior Staffing leader, Betsy played a central role in building the national Best Practices Staffing Services Division, where she managed the company’s largest statewide talent acquisition group responsible for the bank’s IT, Operations, Call Center and Customer Service recruiting and contract staffing.
Betsy also spent several years as an independent talent management and outplacement consultant, providing advice and counsel to senior leaders at major companies including American Express, Merrill Lynch, Drake Beam Morin, The Ideon Group and Website Pros (now Web.com). She is sought out as a speaker and presenter on topics including recruitment best practices, professional and career development and emerging trends in Human Resources. Betsy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Florida.
Betsy@SterlingSearchJax.com | Office: 904-396-3630
Cindy Nixon-Witt, Director, Business Development
Cindy Nixon-Witt brings more than 25 years of professional experience in the nonprofit industry in the diversified healthcare, child services and education/cultural sectors. She has held executive leadership positions and senior level roles in development and strategic fundraising, special events management, Board development and training, grant-writing, community relations, marketing/communications and business development. Cindy has also managed a successful independent consulting practice specializing in nonprofit consulting, executive coaching and leadership training since 2006.
Cindy has consulted, coached or held management positions with prestigious organizations in Jacksonville including the Florida Blue Foundation, The Children’s Museum of St. Johns County, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Cox Communications, Baptist Health Care Leadership Institute and Right Management/Florida; and in South Carolina with Columbia College, Sisters of Charity Foundation, SCANPO, The Children’s Trust of South Carolina, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Women in Philanthropy, Communicare, Central Carolina Community Foundation, United Way of the Midlands, Leadership Columbia and the Junior League of Columbia. Cindy received a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC).
Cindy@SterlingSearchJax.com | Mobile: 803-397-1213
Krickett Simonton, Manager, Professional Recruiting
Krickett has been in the recruiting industry for over 20 years. She spent the first 10 years working for an independent staffing firm as a recruiting specialist before being promoted to Branch Manager, managing major client accounts including Merrill-Lynch, EverBank, Coach and Suddath Van Lines. In July 2005 she joined Randstad North America as Senior On-Site Account Manager for Merrill-Lynch and was then promoted to Branch Manager for Jacksonville operations.
Prior to joining Sterling, Krickett specialized in recruiting for positions in IT, Project Management, Business Analysis and Customer Service with iMethods. At Sterling, Krickett manages professional and management level placement. This includes national and regional recruiting for multiple industries, business lines and functions.
Krickett@SterlingSearchJax.com | Office: 904-322-7141
Jan Sengstacken, Director of Research
Jan has more than 20 years of experience as an executive search and corporate recruiting professional. She spent the first 10 years of her career in corporate and college recruiting roles with HSBC/Marine Midland Bank. There she led recruiting for line of business and staff functions at the NYC headquarters and Long Island Regional office. Jan also helped build and lead the Bank’s MBA and Undergraduate recruiting programs.
Jan has been involved in executive search since 1999 and is the Director of Research for Sterling. She leads all primary research activities for client search engagements, manages the firm’s state-of-the-art search database, social media research, and relationships with professional and industry associations. Jan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Jan@SterlingSearchJax.com | Office: 516-933-8878