Dave is Managing Partner of CarterBaldwin. His search practice spans “C”, officer and VP level searches for global 1000 corporations, mid-market companies, professional service firms and nonprofit/mission oriented enterprises. He also works with multiple PE and venture firms on key leadership assignments for portfolio companies. Dave brings a distinct client-side empathy and perspective to his search practice, having entered executive search after a successful 25 year business career that included leadership roles in large global corporations as well as several successful early stage/startup ventures.
Prior to joining CarterBaldwin, Dave was SVP & GM for Thomson Reuters Corporation, where he led a global organization and had P&L responsibility for several software and service businesses. Earlier, Dave was VP of Strategy & Business Development for Thomson where he led strategy and M&A for one of the company’s four divisions. Dave joined Thomson via their acquisition of a VC backed software and service business he founded in 1998 along with several partners.
Prior to his years as a tech company executive, Dave held senior brand & customer marketing roles with The Coca-Cola Company and earlier with Cadbury Beverages. He started his career in sales with Xerox.
Dave has a Masters in Management from the Kellogg business school at Northwestern University and a BA in Political Science from Lawrence University. He and his wife Mary Anne have four children and are active in several global missions endeavors. Dave also serves on the boards of The Sandy Springs Mission and CRU. He enjoys mountain biking, cooking and an active outdoor lifestyle.
Ali Sparrow joined CarterBaldwin in 2018 as a Search Coordinator and member of the A-Team, supporting the Managing Partner.
A native Californian, Ali graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from University of California, Los Angeles. After working for former President and Mrs. Reagan as Director of Special Events for The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation organizing conferences, lectures and community events, Ali accepted a position as Chief of Staff to Mrs. Newt Gingrich in Atlanta. Before joining CarterBaldwin, Ali was Chief of Staff to the leadership team at Convergent Media Systems.
When not spending time with family and friends, Ali enjoys watching her daughter play lacrosse or channeling her inner artist by painting on canvas.
Andrea McDaniel Smith leads the Washington, D.C. office for CarterBaldwin Executive Search and serves clients in the education, international human rights, economic development, philanthropy, and public policy development sectors.
Andrea joined CarterBaldwin in 2015 following more than 15 years of distinguished work in public service and nonprofit organizations. Andrea served in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, advising George W. Bush on his appointments to government agencies. She also played a key leadership role in the recruitment and assessment of hundreds of senior individuals as the Deputy White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of State.
Following her government service, Andrea moved to Kigali, Rwanda and co-founded a nonprofit organization focused on reconciliation and community-based development. That experience led her to co-produce the award-winning documentary film, Mama Rwanda, which tells the story of women overcoming extreme poverty through entrepreneurship. She then spent a season at the Aspen Institute, promoting entrepreneurship and education in the Middle East and North Africa.
Andrea serves on the Board of Directors of The Veritas Forum and on the Leadership Council of The Trinity Forum. She is a graduate of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Andrea, her husband, Adrian, and their three-year-old son split time between Washington, D.C. and Gering, Nebraska, where Adrian represents the 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Andre Riedlinger is a consultant in CarterBaldwin’s nonprofit and higher education practice. He brings a variety of experience from the corporate, nonprofit, and media production worlds. Prior to search, Andre produced award-winning films through the media production company he co-founded and launched several nonprofit ministries in California, Georgia, and Texas. He has also enjoyed serving on the pastoral staff at two churches, and as director and CEO of nonprofits in both Texas and Georgia.
Andre received his BBA in Business Analysis from Texas A&M University and an MBA from The University of San Diego. He also earned an MA in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.
Andre and his wife Laura are the proud parents of four children. He’s passionate about his family and taking care of the stray pets his children bring home. A hack musician, he enjoys live music, SEC football, and connecting good people with great organizations.
Beth joined CarterBaldwin January 2017 as part of the Administrative Team. She brings over 20 years of experience in the Management, Operations, and Administrative fields. Beth grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The University of Georgia. Previously she worked for Macy’s Corporate Security as the Senior Programs Manager, Medtech College as the Operations Support Specialist, in addition to owning several small businesses.
Beth and her husband live in Woodstock and have a son who graduated from The Georgia Institute of Technology in May of 2017 and commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army.
Bill Peterson co-leads CarterBaldwin’s nonprofit and academic practice, recruiting senior leaders for state university systems, private education institutions, nonprofit entities, healthcare organizations and related companies. With over twenty years of executive search experience, Bill has successfully led hundreds of searches for chief executive officers, presidents, provosts, vice presidents and deans for private and public institutions, as well as senior level executives for corporate clients.
Before joining CarterBaldwin, Bill spent six years in the Atlanta office of a national search firm as a partner, leading the firm’s healthcare and higher education practice. Bill’s earlier search experience focused in the health care sector where Bill recruited and led clinical and physician searches for North American health systems and academic medical centers.
Bill and his wife, Angela have been married for more than twenty-five years and they have three children. Bill and his family are actively involved in nonprofits serving children and families.
Chad joined CarterBaldwin towards the beginning of 2016 and is focused on executing search in each of the firm’s corporate practices. Prior to joining CarterBaldwin, Chad was with a boutique executive search firm, where he successfully completed over 100 retained executive searches across various industries and functional areas. Chad has a history of success recruiting a variety of senior-level positions for clients that included Fortune 500 corporations as well as midsized and small businesses throughout the US and abroad. Before getting into executive search, Chad started his career in IT talent acquisition.
Chad received a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Tennessee. He currently lives in Brookhaven, Georgia, is an avid Tennessee Vols and Atlanta sports fan, and enjoys dining out and traveling.
Chris Guiney is a Partner with CarterBaldwin and leads the firm’s energy and infrastructure practice. Chris’s clients include energy, power, utilities, communications, and infrastructure businesses as well as professional services firms. For over 25 years, Chris has assisted companies with critical team-building initiatives including executive search, succession planning, executive effectiveness, and organizational design.
Previously, Chris led global executive search consultancies and also founded and led his own executive search and leadership consulting firm – The Guiney Group, LLC. Earlier in his career, Chris served as the Coordinating Partner for the North American industrial consulting practice at Ernst & Young LLP and the National Managing Director of KPMG’s North American energy and technology practice.
Chris graduated from the State University of New York College at Oneonta with a BA in Psychology. He teaches graduate courses on a variety of topics including executive and organizational leadership and executive relationship development, and is also a guest lecturer at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
He is active in the local community, serving on the boards of ToolBank USA and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is also the Founder and Executive Chairman of ShamRockin’ for a Cure, a national charitable benefit serving the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Chris lives in Atlanta with his three sons where he spends his time coaching lacrosse and football.
Chris leads CarterBaldwin’s K-12 education practice. Through his work with nonprofits, colleges and universities, K-12 schools, and their leaders and boards, Chris knows firsthand how the right leader can transform an organization. He has developed a broad network of professionals within these verticals and gained a deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities their organizations face. With this industry insight, Chris is able to ask the right questions, identify the right candidates, and provide the right counsel to clients through all phases of a leadership transition.
Prior to joining CarterBaldwin, Chris was Director for a leading national recruiting and consulting firm and was responsible for building new strategic partnerships with national clients in the healthcare IT arena. Earlier, Chris was Executive Director of Radical Mentoring, a nonprofit that leverages the life experience of more senior professionals to mentor younger men in intentional small group settings. Under Chris’s leadership, Radical Mentoring adopted a web-based model that expanded their global footprint and scale significantly.
Chris began his career at a start-up software company, selling to university systems, for-profit training centers, and corporate entities. He helped the company achieve national presence and it was ultimately sold to Kaplan, a worldwide leader in certification and test preparation, assessment, and learning services. Following the acquisition, Chris’s role expanded to Regional Director of Sales, where he continued to sell software solutions into the education market.
Chris holds a BA in finance from the University of Georgia and serves on the advisory board of The 3:15 Project. With three elementary and middle school aged kids, Chris and his wife, Shanna, are always on the move. When he does get a free moment, Chris enjoys outdoor sports, cooking, and exploring Atlanta’s great restaurants.
Dave Sobocinski is a Founding Partner of CarterBaldwin and has been with the firm since its inception. His practice includes asset intensive businesses that have significant operational variables as their foundation. These are businesses that tend to be roll-ups, turnarounds and/or high growth businesses that are often Manufacturing, Distribution and Commercial Service entities requiring a change in leadership to realize their goals. A significant portion of Dave’s clients are Private Equity backed businesses that are assembling new leadership teams.
Before founding CarterBaldwin, Dave led a regional search firm to national prominence, expanding it throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England markets, resulting in two consecutive listings on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing privately-held businesses in America. Prior to entering the executive search industry, Dave worked in a consumer products roll up, where he had business development and sales responsibilities across the Southeast.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University.
Derek has been with CarterBaldwin for 14 years and has a history serving clients across multiple industries, including B2B services, technology, and manufacturing. Derek has earned a strong reputation for client service by being involved in every step of the search process and supporting each of the stakeholders involved to ensure a successful outcome.
He has successfully recruited and placed C-Level, VP and Director level leaders across North America. In addition to Derek’s responsibilities as an Associate Partner, he has been the leader of CarterBaldwin’s recruiting and research functions, and serves as the key driver of the company’s proprietary search process and search technology platform.
Before joining CarterBaldwin, Derek was a consultant with the nation’s largest physician recruiting firm, where he recruited physicians and department leaders for leading health systems. He earned his BS in Business Administration and Marketing from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Derek currently serves as a mentor in a local youth nonprofit organization and is an active member of the Super Dad’s group at his son’s elementary school. He enjoys fitness, real estate investment, and is a passionate 49ers fanatic.
Elizabeth started her professional career looking for ways to ensure organizations had the right talent and were using it effectively. As her career progressed, she developed a passion for ensuring employees were happy with their contribution and “fit” within their respective organizations.
Before joining CarterBaldwin, Elizabeth worked for one of the largest global talent management firms and would further hone her technical skills in a psychometrically-based selection and assessment firm. Elizabeth’s background in Industrial-Organizational Psychology gives her a unique perspective into the executive search process.
Elizabeth received her BS, MS, and PhD from the University of Georgia, making her a “Triple Dawg.” While at the University of Georgia, Elizabeth enjoyed studying how personality played a role in workplace behavior. More specifically, she was interested in the relationship between narcissism and leader behavior.
When not at work, Elizabeth enjoys spending time outside, watching college football (go Dawgs!!), eating amazing food (especially sweet treats), and volunteering at the local humane society. However, she MOST enjoys her time spent with her husband, two young daughters, and three dogs (ranging in size from 20-80 pounds)!
Emmie is a member of CarterBaldwin’s research team and has experience in both the corporate and nonprofit practices. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in government healthcare and higher education settings.
A Tampa native and lifelong Gator fan, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida with a focus on composition and Shakespearean literature.
When she’s not out exploring the city, she enjoys reading, watching hockey and college football, and spending time with her dog, Mango.
Jennifer is a Founding Partner of CarterBaldwin and works across all industries with a deep concentration in the Industrial and Technology Industries. Jennifer has achieved national recognition for her skill and expertise in executing CEO, “C” level officer, and VP level searches for public and private clients. Most of her clients range from privately-held/emerging enterprises to Fortune 1,000 companies in the manufacturing, industrial, and technology sectors. She has also successfully partnered with numerous Boards of Directors of privately-held (often family-owned) businesses across the country to recruit their first outside executive leaders, ranging from the CEO to the necessary supporting leadership team.
Under her leadership, CarterBaldwin has been twice named to the prestigious Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing privately held companies and continues to be named among one of Atlanta’s top 10 retained search firms and top 40 retained firms nationally. The recipient of numerous awards and recognition in the search industry, Jennifer was recognized by Catalyst Magazine as being among Atlanta’s Top 50 Entrepreneurs.
Jennifer is active in supporting JDRF and serves as President of the Board for JDRF, Georgia Chapter. Jennifer is also an avid proponent for Atlanta’s tech community and recently served on the Advisory Board for ReluTech. Prior to this, she served a seven-year term on the Board of Women in Technology (WIT).
Jennifer is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in International Business with a minor in Finance.
Jodi joined CarterBaldwin in 2006 and has been an instrumental member and leader of the Administration Team (AKA the A-Team!). In addition to anchoring the firm’s general office administration, she has been the primary driver of our administrative best practices as well as our search technology platform. In her spare time, Jodi has been the lead Project Coordinator on well over 100 successful searches, while providing daily administrative support to two of the firm’s favorite Partners.
Jodi attended Georgia Southern University and is a Georgia native. She and her husband live in Roswell with their 2 children and dog. She is a cheer, baseball, and hockey mom, as well as an avid reader.
Melissa Murray joined CarterBaldwin in 2019. An Ohio native, Melissa has a Broadcast Journalism degree from Bowling Green State University and spent more than 12 years in healthcare public relations in Baltimore and New York, working alongside and promoting some of the most outstanding physicians and their work in the world’s leading health care systems.
After spending nearly a decade at home raising her now 18-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son in Baltimore and Alpharetta, Melissa jumped back into the workforce ghostwriting for CEOs of both for and nonprofit organizations, as well as freelance writing and editing a variety of public marketing and promotional works.
Melissa, her husband Terry, and their children attend North Point Community Church where she has volunteered as a coach in the Hangout for elementary school-aged children for more than 10 years.
When she’s not wearing her football or soccer mom hats cheering on her student-athletes, she slips a visor on and hits the tennis courts for some fun but competitive play.
Meredith joined CarterBaldwin as Business Manager in early 2020. Meredith is a South Carolina native and a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BA in Accounting. She brings over 25 years of Financial and HR management experience from large for-profit companies such as Liberty Mutual and Invesco, to small local nonprofits like OpenWorld Learning. Meredith also played a significant role in launching New Denver Church with her husband in Denver, Colorado over 10 years ago.
After living in Denver and Philadelphia for more than a decade, Meredith and her husband recently moved back home to Atlanta. They have three teenage children (and two golden-doodles) and have begun to see them off to college! In her free time, Meredith enjoys the outdoors, gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.
Michael Nichols has encouraged and inspired more than 380,000 people in all 50 US states and 15 international locations. His entire career has been spent in organizational growth and development – in marketing, people and talent development, leadership, and education.
Michael grew up in Washington, D.C. where he launched and sold several successful companies. Along the way, he had incredible opportunities to observe and lead significant growth in companies, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years.
He served as Chairman and CEO of an international marketing firm, a college and university executive, and a nonprofit executive. His diverse experience has given his clients the advantage of working with a high-performer in leader development, consulting, and organization strategies. His clients have grown their organizations by billions of dollars in net revenue and have experienced dramatic improvements in relationships and fulfillment in their work.
Michael earned his EdD in Organizational Leadership at Liberty University. Today his work is all about serving leaders by helping them connect with great opportunities. He continues to serve leaders as a keynote speaker at conferences, events, organizations, and on university campuses on a variety of topics including Leadership and People Development, Team Leadership, and Organizational Clarity and Growth. Michael is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for The GreenTree Foundation, a nonprofit charity he loves serving.
Michelle Jones joined CarterBaldwin in 2005 as one of the original members of the firm and is a valued member of the Administrative Team. She has played an active support role on over 300 successfully completed executive searches. Her attention to detail and organization skills have served her well as the Travel Coordinator, ensuring that all candidates get to their scheduled meetings in a concise, straightforward manner.
She originally hails from Canada where she attended the University of Waterloo and earned a Bachelor of Arts with a focus in English. Currently, Michelle lives in Roswell, GA with her family and enjoys cooking and most anything outdoors, but especially soccer and cycling.
Mike Little has over 15 years of executive search experience spanning numerous industries and a broad range of functional areas. Prior to joining CarterBaldwin in 2012, Mike worked for one of the country’s “large” search firms. As a high energy, entrepreneurial leaning individual, Mike also spent several years leading his own executive search firm where he served clients spanning manufacturing, distribution, technology, and service providers.
Prior to his career in executive search, Mike was in vocational ministry. He was the founding/lead pastor for a startup church in Midtown Atlanta. Earlier, Mike was Assistant Pastor for an established congregation in Roswell, GA.
Mike received a BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MDiv from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Mike is a devoted father of three, an avid UNC basketball fan, and a technology enthusiast.
Price is Chairman of CarterBaldwin, which has grown to be one of the forty largest Executive Search firms in the US. Over his thirty-year executive search career, he has been principal consultant on more than 1,000 successfully completed recruiting engagements for C-Level leaders, Officers, and Directors for privately held and publicly traded companies. Price also co-leads CarterBaldwin’s rapidly growing university and nonprofit search practice. Prior to entering the recruitment industry, Price served as Director of Operations for an equipment manufacturing company.
In addition to his responsibilities at CarterBaldwin, Price is an avid angel investor through Terminus Ventures Investments and serves on multiple private company boards, and on the boards of Trustees of The Heritage Foundation and the Trinity Forum. His articles have appeared in various publications and he has been quoted in INC Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Business Chronicle, and numerous industry and trade magazines.
Price received his Bachelors in Theology from Baptist University of America, and conducted Masters level studies in Pastoral Counseling at Temple Baptist Seminary in Chattanooga. Price and his wife Nancy have two married daughters and four grandchildren.
Scott brings experience from the corporate, nonprofit, and startup worlds. Prior to CarterBaldwin, Scott helped North Point Ministries plant churches across the U.S. and Canada, and coached the lead pastors as they built their teams and operations. Scott’s also founded two startups and worked in corporate real estate, traveling the East Coast to acquire data center facilities for large telecommunications companies.
As a military brat, Scott traveled the world at a young age and gained perspective on many cultures and the histories that shape different regions. He’s visited 22 countries, 4 continents, and counting…
Scott was a double major in Political Science and Economics at Mississippi State University and then received a Master’s in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He typically labors through SEC football season in the fall and enjoys the spring with ACC basketball. As a former baseball player and Chicago Cubs fan since childhood, he will always be at the ready to talk about the 2016 World Champions.
Shannon’s search track record includes over 100 searches conducted across the financial, technology, manufacturing, government, and finance/accounting sectors. Shannon brings a compelling “client-side” perspective to her searches as she has also held internal recruiting and HR roles prior to joining CarterBaldwin, including a dual HR/recruiter role for one of the Nation’s leading financial institutions. Shannon’s high energy level, passion for excellence, and tenacious yet professional approach to search undergird her success.
A native of the South, Shannon graduated from Auburn University where she studied business with an emphasis in human resource management. Before moving to Atlanta, she served on the board of the Birmingham Recruiters Network in Birmingham, Alabama.
Shannon spends her free time playing tennis and enjoying the outdoors with her dog Dale.
Stephenie joined CarterBaldwin in 2016 as a Research Assistant. She brings over 20 years of experience in the healthcare delivery system, health insurance and employee benefits industry.
Previously, Stephenie worked at one of the nation’s largest insurance providers as a national accounts manager, managed an employee benefits department for a private hospital system and also worked as an employee benefits consultant.
Stephenie grew up in southwest Michigan and has degrees from Eastern Michigan University and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She moved to the Atlanta area in 2011 and enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, playing tennis and cooking.
Tatum leads the research and administrative teams at CarterBaldwin. Prior to joining CarterBaldwin, she held positions in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. The constant of her career has been a focus on connecting people and businesses to the information they need.
A native of North Carolina, Tatum earned a BA in English from Davidson College. Following graduation, she joined AmeriCorps (the “domestic Peace Corps”), logging over 1200 volunteer hours in a program to increase both middle school teachers’ and students’ computer and technology proficiencies.
After earning a master’s degree from the University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Studies, Tatum joined the Birmingham Museum of Art. She conducted fundraising research in the Museum’s development department before assuming the role of Library Director. During her 12 year tenure at the Museum’s library, she increased the holdings of both traditional print and archival collections by 75% and expanded services to museum staff and the community. She was also active in building the Museum’s digital presence, playing a key role in developing online databases of the museum’s artworks.
After moving to Atlanta in 2014, Tatum joined a corporate archival agency, where she led a broad team of archivists across all client sectors. She and her team built and managed both physical and digital archives for major corporations and sports teams, fashion and luxury brands, and nonprofits, showing clients how to preserve, access, and monetize their assets.
Tatum holds a certification in both diversity and internet recruiting from AIRS. She is active professionally, regularly delivering lectures for students on topics related to special librarianship, serving as an adjunct instructor at the University of Alabama, and hosting interns. When she’s not working, you can find her on a hiking trail, reading, or traveling.
With significant international experience working within corporations, governments and universities, Ted brings his vast knowledge base to both the corporate and non-profit practices within CarterBaldwin. As a consultant, Ted partners closely on CarterBaldwin’s C-suite & VP-level roles, for both mission-driven searches as well as the firm’s diverse client base of forward-looking companies.
Prior to joining CarterBaldwin in Atlanta, Ted’s career took him across the United States to New York, Chicago, Boston and Houston, plus extensive experience working across Asia, particularly China, Singapore and South Korea. Ted served as aide to the president of Gordon College in Boston, where he helped lead the college’s efforts in strategic planning, advancement and student recruitment. Previously, Ted worked as speechwriter and communications adviser to the Deputy Mayor of New York City during the Michael Bloomberg administration. Ted has also worked in strategic consulting roles for GlaxoSmithKline, the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, the Houston Department of Planning and Development and as an assistant to the VP of News at FOX News Channel.
Ted holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BA in History from Rice University in Houston, where he was a proud tour guide. A native of metro Atlanta, Ted was a four-time Georgia state scholastic chess champion growing up. When he’s not at work, you’ll find Ted spending quality time with friends and family, browsing the shelves of a used bookstore, or in dedicated pursuit of finding the world’s best latte.