Linda Wilkins, Advisor

Linda Wilkins, Advisor

Pearson Partners Profile 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 who came to the library every night. What is your business […]

Carolyn Simons, Vice President

Carolyn Simons, Vice President

Pearson Partners Profile 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 […]

Profile: Dr. Robert J. Potter

Profile: Dr. Robert J. Potter

Bob Potter, Ph.D., Pearson Partners Advisory Board Member and President, R. J. Potter Company   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 […]

Profile: Jim Flynn

Profile: Jim Flynn

Jim Flynn, Former Chief Executive Officer, Wingstop Restaurants; and member of Pearson Partners’ Board of Advisors. As featured in our Q1 2012 Searchlight Newsletter 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 […]

Profile: Robert Estrada

Profile: Robert Estrada

Robert Estrada, Estrada Hinojosa and Co., Inc.; and member of Pearson Partners’ Board of Advisors As featured in our Q1 2012 Searchlight Newsletter 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 […]

Profile: Craig Sutton

Profile: Craig Sutton

Craig Sutton, Chief Financial Officer, Rasa Floors; and member of Pearson Partners’ Board of Directors   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 […]

Profile: Warren Strickland

Profile: Warren Strickland

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 […]

Profile: Sanjay Joshi

Profile: Sanjay Joshi

Managing Principal, ZS Associates Pearson Partners Director and Advisory Board Member What is your business background? My background has been in the business of technology. I started out as a supercomputer engineer hacking operating systems. Post business school, I spent time with McKinsey building its technology practice. More recently, I was fortunate to run global consulting, technology, marketing, and BPO business for two large, fast-growing, publicly listed IT services firms—Wipro […]

Sarah Bowie, Consultant

Sarah Bowie, Consultant

Pearson Partners Profile Sarah Bowie, Consultant As featured in our Q1 2013 Searchlight Newsletter What was your first job, and what was it like? My first job, at 16, was doing food prep at our small-town Sonic. One day, I was asked to chop jalapeños, and nobody in the kitchen that day (I worked only one day a week, and it took longer than that to make friends) told me to […]

Heather Thomas, Vice President

Heather Thomas, Vice President

Pearson Partners Profile What was your first job, and what was it like? My first job was cleaning homes for my father’s custom home building business at the age of 8 in Houston, Texas. I’ve always been an overachiever and tenacious. I convinced my father to hire me rather than a cleaning service to clean his spec homes. While I was no “Merry Maids,” I learned at a very young […]