Mikelle recently joined TillmanCarlson as an Associate. She enjoys the full search process and is experienced in working with a variety of clients and candidates. Mikelle began her career in search with a Phoenix-based technology firm where she consistently produced the highest grossing business portfolio in a highly competitive and fast-paced contingency firm. She is a graduate from the University of Notre Dame – Mendoza College of Business with a degree in marketing. Beyond academics, Mikelle received various honors while competing as a 4-year Division I athlete on the varsity swim team.
Catherine joined TillmanCarlson in 2016 as a research analyst where she focuses on identifying top tier talent and managing projects. She began her career with the firm as an intern, where she quickly learned the ropes of the business. Catherine is passionate about the power of research, and its ability to drive a search to completion. She also leads the firm’s social media marketing campaigns as well as office communications. Catherine is a graduate of The University of Iowa and holds a degree in Communications.
Rob founded the firm in 2002 with the goal of building an executive search and advisory boutique. Having previously built and sold a highly successful search firm with two former partners, TillmanCarlson represents the continuation of a dream and the next step in making it a reality.
Prior to serving as the Managing Partner of Crist Partners through its sale to Korn Ferry, Rob spent seven years in the Chicago office of Russell Reynolds Associates where he also worked with Kelly Carlson. He began his career in public accounting and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in accounting.
Kelly joined Rob in 2003 with the determination to continue her career in search and build a firm that would provide a clear alternative to the large executive search firms. Having worked with Rob at Russell Reynolds Associates, she was confident their shared values and complementary strengths would make them a powerful team.
Kelly previously spent eight years in the Chicago office of Russell Reynolds Associates where she served as a key member of the firm’s technology practice. She began her career in sales in the telecommunications industry, and she completed her MBA at DePaul University and undergraduate degree at Benedictine University.
Conor joined TillmanCarlson in 2013, and quickly became an integral member of the team working closely with Rob and Kelly. Conor plays an active role with the firm’s clients and candidates and was recently promoted to Partner. Importantly, Conor also leads the firm’s search execution team while promoting collaboration and ensuring the firm delivers outstanding results.
Prior to joining TillmanCarlson, Conor served as Consultant with Navigant Capital Advisors, in the Valuation and Financial Risk Management practice. Conor graduated from Miami University with a degree in Finance, and is currently pursuing his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Katie joined the firm in 2008 and has continued to grow as a key member of the team. She began as an Analyst and now serves as a Client Services Director working closely with the firm’s partners, client contacts and candidates. In addition to playing a key role in communicating effectively and managing critically important aspects of the search process, Katie also leads the firm’s operations. Prior to joining TillmanCarlson, she attended Michigan State University graduating with a degree in communications.
Stacy first joined the firm as an Executive Assistant and today serves as a Client Services Director working closely with the firm’s client contacts and candidates. In addition to ensuring communication is handled professionally and effectively, Stacy works across the firm on a wide variety of projects and is always the first to jump in. Prior to joining TillmanCarlson, she served in sales at a Chicago-based start-up after graduating from Purdue University with a degree in sales management.
Kelly joined TillmanCarlson as a Research Director and plays a key leadership role in all aspects of the firm’s knowledge management activities. Having previously spent seven years in executive search with Spencer Stuart and another boutique firm, Kelly has a passion for the business and for the critically important role research plays. Prior to entering search, she started her career in a local Chicago library after completing a masters degree in library science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a degree in english and journalism at the University of Minnesota.