Profile: Cortland Kelly Grynwald, Vice President

Profile: Cortland Kelly Grynwald, Vice President

Cortland Kelly Grynwald excels in legal, risk and compliance search for public, private and municipal enterprises. As an attorney herself, she understands the nuances of how legal and quasi-legal leadership succeeds in corporate environments. She leverages this insight in serving her clients and has been doing so nationally for over a decade, building a broad national network of contacts. What was your first job, and what was it like? My […]

Profile: Custis Hoge, Advisory Board Member

Profile: Custis Hoge, Advisory Board Member

Pearson Partners advisory board member, Custis Hoge, is a senior managing director with Toppan Merrill LLC, a leader in financial printing and communication solutions. He serves on the board of TeXchange Dallas and is an advisory director of the National Association of Corporate Directors TriCities Chapter in Austin. What was your first job, and what was it like? I had three first jobs. I worked in the bag room at […]

Profile: Scott Robson, Search Consultant

Profile: Scott Robson, Search Consultant

What was your first job, and what was it like? My first job was a busboy as a pre-teen at a local restaurant owned by family friends in a small town in Nebraska, where I was born and raised, closely followed by being a newspaper carrier for many years. Both jobs were a lot of fun, giving me the opportunity to learn how to interact with a variety of people, […]

Profile: Linda Wilkins, Advisor

Profile: Linda Wilkins, Advisor

Partner, Wilkins Finston Friedman Law Group LLP, and Pearson Partners’ Advisory Board Member   What was your first job, and what was it like?  I worked at our local public library on nights and weekends in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. I learned to work with all types of individuals, particularly the disabled because our head librarian hired a lot from the disabled community. I also spent some time with a homeless man […]

Profile: Carolyn Simons, Vice President

Profile: Carolyn Simons, Vice President

  What was your first job, and what was it like? The first paying job I ever held was working in a flower store the summer I turned 14. I cleaned flowers, made floral arrangements and took customer orders. I loved learning the different names of flowers and their meanings. How and when did you get started in the executive search business? I got started in executive search more than […]

Profile: Dr. Robert J. Potter

Profile: Dr. Robert J. Potter

President, R. J. Potter Company, and member of Pearson Partners’ Advisory Board   What was your first job, and what was it like? When I was 12 years old, I learned how to develop roll film and make contact prints for friends and neighbors, for which I charged 50 cents a roll. So my first job was really the launch of a photography business that grew over the next nine […]

Profile: Jim Flynn

Profile: Jim Flynn

Former Chief Executive Officer, Wingstop Restaurants, and member of Pearson Partners’ Board of Advisors.   What is your business background? For the past nine years I have been CEO of Wingstop Restaurants, Inc., the largest, fastest-growing chicken wing company, with 500 stores. We have been voted as the “best wings in the United States” a number of times. I also had three years in the restaurant industry as President of […]

Profile: Robert Estrada

Profile: Robert Estrada

Estrada Hinojosa and Co., Inc. and member of Pearson Partners’ Board of Advisors   What was your first job, and what was it like? I delivered newspapers in the morning in my neighborhood. It taught me at a young age about responsibility and the value of hard work to make money. But I hated getting up so early! What are some highlights of your career so far? I reached my […]

Profile: Craig Sutton

Profile: Craig Sutton

Chief Financial Officer, Rasa Floors, and Pearson Partners’ Board Member   What was your first job and what was it like? After getting my M.B.A., I joined the credit training program at First National Bank in Dallas. I had the opportunity to be a banker to some of the larger-than-life Dallas business legends in the 1960s and 1970s, including H.L. Hunt and his family, Jimmy Ling and his LTV companies, […]

Profile: Warren Strickland, Board Member

Profile: Warren Strickland, Board Member

Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company Pearson Partners Director and Advisory Board Member   What is your business background? In my first career, I worked for Exxon in the coal, synthetic fuels and oil & gas industries. I then got an MBA from Wharton in finance and strategic planning, and joined McKinsey & Company. With McKinsey, I have worked with companies in virtually all industries all around the world. Much of […]