First Name: Brian
Last Name: Wright
Brian earned a BA in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky and a MA from Webster University while working full-time in the retail industry. During Brian’s 21 year career in the corporate environment, he served in marketing, operations, purchasing, and human resources during his stint with three different organizations. His final role was a VP/COO for a $290M retail marketer. In 1997, Brian started Absolute Activewear, a uniform manufacturing company. After selling this venture in 1999, Brian began his career as an executive recruiter and, in 2003, he founded Coleman Haley & Wright.
Professional associations include serving as the Vice Chair for the “National Association of Executive Recruiters” as well as membership in the National Association of Personnel Services, American Staffing Association, International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters. Brian also serves on the Board of “The Pinnacle Society”, a consortium of the 75 highest volume recruiters in the United States.
First Name: Justin
Last Name: Breland
Justin Breland earned a BA in Marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University after being honorably discharged from the US Army for four years of active duty service. Justin has over five years of recruiting experience in the Accounting & Finance field having worked as a Recruiting Manager for one of the largest specialized recruiting firms in the world, and as an Assistant Vice President in the second largest recruiting firm in New York City. Justin recently became a partner at Breland, Coleman, Haley, & Wright and besides personally operating a high volume recruiting practice also leads the staff of BCHW as the Chief Placement Officer. With this background, Justin has attained an extensive knowledge of Accounting & Finance executive search and works across multiple industries with the top talent at all levels in the profession.
First Name: Nicole
Last Name: Wells
Nicole and her husband Zack make their home in Fort Myers, FL after a recent move from Muscatine, IA. They have a one year old, Anna Maria. Nicole is a graduate of Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational/Interpersonal Communication. Prior to joining Executive Leadership Solutions, Nicole held sales roles in Pharmaceuticals and with The Hershey Company. Nicole likes to live by Hannah More’s quote, “One kernel is felt in a hogshead; one drop of water helps to swell the ocean; a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.”
First Name: Jason Spinney
Last Name: Jason Spinney
Jason is married to Jamie and currently resides in Fort Myers, FL, after a recent move from the Fort Lauderdale area. Jason grew up on Cape Cod, MA, and later moved to Boston after completing a BS in Political Science and Business from Westfield State. Jason is a born athlete, playing hockey, golf, baseball and soccer most of his life. He still enjoys playing when he has time. Jason is a huge Boston sports fan. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, friends and dog Jack.
Jason started his career in Boston, where he managed several top sports club, winning numerous awards for his excellence in service and sales. After relocating to Florida, he began his career in the recruiting field. Jason has been recruiting for several years starting in the healthcare sector then moving on into accounting and finance. Jason prides himself on building strong relationships with both his candidates and clients, creating a highly successful environment for both. He really enjoys being a recruiter and looks forward to utilizing his experience and industry knowledge to provide top service to all of his candidates and clients.
First Name: Lindsey
Last Name: Underwood
Lindsey Underwood earned a B.A. in Political Science at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, FL, concentrating in International Studies. She was an “Army brat” where she lived in Pennsylvania and Virginia until settling in Fort Myers, FL. After obtaining her degree, Lindsey attended an International Business study abroad program, where she spent a summer traveling throughout China learning how to conduct successful business practices. She has since been developing a professional career earning expertise in marketing, design, and building business relationships.
Lindsey is interested in the fashion industry, and has become active with the local scene as an experienced model. She is also passionate about art and theater, and enjoys traveling, reading, and any activities involving nature.
First Name: Joe Garcia
Last Name: Garcia
Joe Garcia was born and bred in New York City, where he received his BA from Brooklyn College and his law degree from Touro College School of Law. Joe is married to Carol and they have three children: Jamie(24), Gina(21) and Jonathan(19). They presently reside in Naples, FL. After a legal career in NY, NJ and CT, Joe became as business owner of one of the largest theater ticket brokerages in the nation. Upon the sale of that successful business, he joined the recruiting firm Cyberforce where he specialized in recruiting candidates for all levels within the emerging telecommunications industry. Joe brings to Breland, Coleman, Haley and Wright over 25 years of varied experience in Sales, Sales Management, Customer Service, Talent Acquisition and Human Resources.
Joe loves sports so when he’s not officiating high school football, basketball and lacrosse he enjoys playing goalie in the local men’s ice hockey league. Joe is really excited about the recruiting business and loves business development along with helping candidates advance along their career path. He is a talented professional with extensive experience and knowledge of personnel needs within multiple industries. Joe’s customer service skills are second to none and he looks forward to working for you on your recruiting needs.M
First Name: Benjamin
Last Name: Sylvia
Benjamin, a native of Maine, graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelors Degree in Communication. In college Benjamin worked full time and participated in Varsity Lacrosse. He also had the opportunity to travel to Europe and South America where he was able to benefit and grow from the unique cultures he experieneced.
After college, a relocation to St. John in the U.S.Virgin Islands, began Benjamins career in hospitality. As part of the concierge team at the Westin St.John the opportunity to travel throughout the U.S. and British Virgin Islands was made available and became part of his day to day life. Island life exceeded expectations but as happens his ambitions began to out grow the sandy shoals of Love City.
After spending years in Southwest Florida working as a hotelier, the ability to use his drive and determination to help others landed him with Excutive Leadership Solutions as a Senior Executive Recruiter.
Benjamin resides in Fort Myers, Florida with his finacee Katie and their two dogs Reagan and Addie. Together they enjoy the local endurance racing circuit, watersports and family time.
First Name: Mary
Last Name: Thompson
Mary’s career began in the banking industry in 1986. Prior to joining ELS, she has been employed by National Banks, Regional Banks, Large Mutual fund companies, National Brokerage Firms and Privately held companies. With her diverse interest of the Financial Services Industry, she has held positions in multiple business lines: Banking, Brokerage, Insurance, Trust, Private Client Services and Accounts Payable.
Mary’s collaboration and leadership skills employed within an organization has been a
key contributing component to her success. She has highly developed and attuned
listening skills exuding expertise in evaluating a customer’s needs into solutions that
deliver superior results. Being a natural networker, Mary enjoys bringing the client and candidate together for a mutually beneficial relationship.
Mary moved from Minnesota to Sunny South West Florida in 2013 and calls Ft Myers her home. She spends her leisure time boating, walking the beach and enjoying diverse dining experiences. She is an adventerous “chef” who creates healthy dishes and loves to host dinner parties to share her latest creations.
Mary has sound knowledge with OCC and FINRA standards and has obtained numerous cridentials through out her career: Cannon Trust Certification, Accounts Payable Certified, Life / Health Insurance License, NASD / FINRA Series 7 and Series 63, Variable Annuity License.
First Name: Ken
Last Name: Kitchens
Ken and his wife Karen make there home in Cape Coral, FL after a recent move from Denver Colorado. They have four grown children, Stephanie, Brittany, Matthew and Derrick and enjoy spending time with there six grandchildren. Ken grew up in Romulus Michigan before enlisting in the United States Air Force. During his ten years with the Air Force, Ken served four years as an Allied Trades Technician and six years as a Maintenance Control and Analysis Technician. Ken’s educational accomplishments include a BS in Human Resources, EMBA in Management and an EMBA in Project Management.
After separating from the military in 1996, Ken’s professional career has encompassed management and project management positions within the retail and automotive industries as well as contract administration and management while serving with the Federal Government in support of the General Services Administration. During his career, Ken and Karen have lived in several areas of the country, learning about and providing assistance through charitable work including developing and organizing art exhibitions and shows, auctions, and golf tournaments. Organizations served through this work include The Friends of Man, The American Cancer Society, Toys for Tots, The Raptor Society of Fort Collins and Battered Woman’s Association of Colorado. Additionally, Ken and Karen worked with Night Walker Enterprises to organize and manage a Native American Art Exhibition to celebrate Native American artist with a five state invitational and juried art exhibition held at Colorado State University. Karen, a professional artist and employing real estate broker has been instrumental in the success of these endeavors and has joined the local art scene in Fort Myers and Naples Florida to continue with her art career and ambitions and to assist with those in need.
Ken enjoys sharing his time with friends and family, on the water, flying R/C and ultralight aircraft and golfing.