Executive & Client Support Team

Fred Coon

Founder, President, CEO

Michelle Settle

Chief Operating Officer

Michael Weishaar

Operations Manager

Mary Kirkpatrick

Operations Assistant

Athena Wisniewski

Social Media / ViewPoint / LinkedIn

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Executive Consultants

Dan Belger

Senior Career Consultant

Oliver Cornell

Senior Career Consultant

Tom Kelsay

Senior Career Consultant

Wes Kierland

Senior Career Consultant

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Rodney Lamb

Senior Career Consultant

Josh Randall

Senior Career Consultant

Executive Coach & Career Strategists

Carol D’souza

Executive Coach & Career Strategist

Valerie El-Jamil

Executive Coach & Career Strategist

Kirk McCarley

Executive Coach & Career Strategist

Sharon McCone

Executive Coach & Career Strategist

Dominic Militello

Executive Coach & Career Strategist

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Jo Ann Moser

Executive Coach & Career Strategist

Vincent Savino

Executive Coach & Career Strategist

Robert Tillman

Executive Coach & Career Strategist

Client Branding

Sally Gonzales

Writer

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Jack Harms

Sr. Writer

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Nyrobi Wheeler

Writer

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Candidate Marketing

Shanti Brown

Candidate Marketing Specialist

Pam Longworth

Candidate Marketing Specialist

Megan Bowman

Marketing Specialist

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Brittany Kelsey

Marketing Specialist

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Military Transition

Susan M. Thompson

Managing Director

Stephen Wright

Kymberli Speight

Sharon McCone

Consulting Campaign Director

General Officer Transition Assistance (GOTAP) Team Leader
smccone@stewartcoopercoon.com

Fred Coon, CEO

Stewart, Cooper & Coon, Inc.

Retained Executive Search

Fred Coon

Founder, Chairman, and CEO

When I formed this company, I would speak with highly qualified job seekers who had been fired, laid off, or were about to be, or weren’t getting meaningful interviews. Frankly, when offers came, I felt they could have done much better. I knew there was a better way and so, I founded this company.  My greatest joy is to see my clients get achieve a rewarding and sustaining job or career move, and using my network of 9+ million people to help my clients meaningfully connect with others.

During my career, I was on the senior team of two different companies, in two different industries, achieving multiple listings in Inc. Magazine’s top 500 fastest growing companies in America. I’ve been quoted in most credible national publications. I also been an invited guest on affiliate stations of ABC, NBC, and CBS, as an expert on the job and employment market.

Presently, I’m the instructor for the Career Transition section of the Air Force General Officer Transition Assistance Program, (GOTAP).  I am a founding member of The Arizona Corporate Council on Veteran Careers.

My book, Ready Aim Hired, the 4th edition co-authored and edited by Dr. Conne Reece, is currently the textbook for a 3-credit course at the University of Pennsylvania System, at Lock Haven University. My other books are Leveraging LinkedIn For Job Search Success, and Hire The EQ, Not The IQ, I publish the National Job & Career Transition Resources Guide and am a contributing author to the book, Business Model You, by Tim Clark.

On a personal note, I play 5-string Appalachian claw-hammer style banjo and have performed on the radio and television, and in concert in Ireland, Scotland, England, Australia, and throughout the United States.

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/fredcoonscc/

Board Member: http://reveillefoundation.org/

Steering Committee: Arizona Corporate Council on Veterans Careers

Podcasts: The US At Work

Articles:  Workplace-Strategies

Books and Other Publications:
Hire The EQ Not The IQ

Leveraging LinkedIn For Job Search Success – 2019

Job & Career Transition Resource Guide

Managing Multi-Generations For Profit and Harmony

Ready Aim Hired! 4th Edition Coming Soon

Actions Speak Louder Than Words….

Michelle Settle has over twenty years of experience in corporate expansion, management development and executive administration. Her high performing, team-centric mindfulness, enthusiastic passion, and creativity is palpable from the moment you meet her. She has been with the firm since its inception, demonstrating a deep grasp of process, policy, planning, and analysis. Michelle’s unique strengths coupled with her diverse and fresh perspective on building and leading has continued to deliver transformational business growth over the years. She is an influential communicator, who speaks the language of both the best organizational minds and the most creative strategists. Michelle’s high success record of problem-solving, conflict resolution and creating excellence, coupled with leadership focused on providing outstanding client service and driving profitable revenue growth has added new dimension to the corporate structure at Stewart, Cooper & Coon.

As an inherent leader and mentor, Michelle has long served her community in various organizations, including leadership positions within her local PTA and Scouting Troops. As the parent of two Eagle Scouts, she firmly believes in building leaders of character today for more enriched communities in the future. Michelle is a proud volunteer, serving various non-profit organizations including Feed My Starving Children, Arizona Boys and Girls Club, Relay for Life, Arizona Humane Society, St. Mary’s Food Bank and The Ronald McDonald House. As a graduate of Arizona State University, Michelle is actively involved in the University Alumni Foundation Lifelong Learning Institute.

Michael Weishaar has over fifteen years of experience building long-lasting customer relationships, working with multiple vendors and all levels of management. His stellar organizational skills have contributed to the effective and successful management of our team. His unique ability to enhance operational procedures, systems and principles has led to our continued growth over the years. Michael’s enthusiastic nature and clear focus on sustainability in the future continues to be an invaluable asset to Stewart, Cooper & Coon.

With a background in the restaurant industry, Michael recognizes the importance of outstanding quality and client service. As a Sous Chef in high-end restaurants, his ability to effectively manage these organizations was outstanding and foundational work for his ability to manage multiple service levels within the SC&C organization.

Brittany Kelsey believes that communication is a key to a successful team. She brings a unique perspective to client management through her professionalism, expertise and passion for creating an amazing client experience. Acknowledged for her diligence, Brittany is eager to succeed, consistently maintaining a positive vision.

Through the years, Brittany has cultivated strong customer relationships, taking the time to guide clients in the direction that best fits their needs. She believes that listening to client needs is top priority, and by doing so, makes us stronger as a successful business. Brittany’s energy and enthusiasm is evident to all who work with her, and she is recognized for her giving and friendly personality.

Originally from Arizona, Brittany spent her youth in Utah, and ultimately settled in Tennessee where she resides with her family.

Pam has hired, trained and motivated dozens of specialized sales and marketing personnel and has managed over 100 representatives simultaneously. In addition to working for Fortune 100 companies such as Becton Dickinson, Sharp, and Dow Chemical, she has also been a recruiter with experience in finding the best talent for each search assignment. Pam is now applying her talents to helping our senior executives at Stewart Cooper & Coon. Pam enjoys speaking with people and communicating with her clients; she is as excited as the client when client secures new employment.

Megan prides herself on her ability to always see a project to a successful end. Anyone who meets her recognizes her hard-working, “get it done” attitude. She is organized and focused, and able to multitask seamlessly. Her generous nature is apparent in her willingness to accept new projects and take on new responsibilities.

 

Megan is a strong believer in communication – staying connected with her team and clients has led to her ability to build long-term, trustful relationships. Her organizational skills have helped her in both short and long-term projects. She believes in “doing it right” the first time, always with grace and ease.

 

Arizona was her childhood home, but Megan has had the opportunity to live in many different regions. Her new home-base is Utah, where she resides with her family.

Nyrobi Wheeler is currently an online college professor of Business Management, Leadership and Communications for Bellevue University and the University of Arizona Global Campus. As a writer, Nyrobi’s passion for creating resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles benefits clients of all industries.

With a background working in human resources, Nyrobi understands the importance of communicating the right information in the best light. She is a self-publishing author of several e-books on career tips and foreign languages, as well as a co-author of several books on Black Women. Nyrobi lives in Peoria, IL and in her spare time, enjoys classic movies, retro tv shows, word search puzzles and developing online courses.

After several decades writing and producing the many different types of marketing materials, Jack began concentrating on job search documents. He earned his professional resume writer’s certificate, signed on with a firm that allowed him to serve clients around the world, and create his own web-based business. Realizing that Stewart, Cooper & Coon was a perfect fit, Jack joined the branding team. Over the past several years, he has been instrumental in creating branding packages and marketing materials for executives in a variety of industries. His work exemplifies the corporate belief that a resume is not a job history but a marketing tool that shows a prospective employer the value a candidate can bring to a job and details performance evidence that verifies the claim.

Mary’s professional experience includes over 20 years in the health arena. Her level of dedication to helping others is unmatched. She has cultivated strong customer relationships over the years and a high success record of problem-solving. Her stellar organizational skills and attention to detail are top-notch.

Mary is an articulate communicator, highly skilled and has an outstanding attention to detail. Always striving to achieve maximum performance, she has demonstrated her success as a team player. Her dynamic achievements in managing diverse and comprehensive projects with superb time management have proven to be a great asset to Stewart, Cooper & Coon.

Amanda’s professional experience includes human resources management, recruiting and recruiting management. She has recruited and effectively managed hundreds of people across the country. She also has a strong background in implementing and directing training curriculum for new recruits. Amanda’s positive work ethic and dedication has allowed her to develop professional relationships with many of the Fortune 500-1000 companies.

Dan brings more than 25 years executive experience in a broad range of businesses from divisions of Boise Cascade, Union Pacific, Loomis, Valhi, Laidlaw and Allied Industries to smaller rapid growth ventures in the private sector including BNG Fuel Corporation. He has managed regional and national sales teams with a strong record of driving account growth, building revenue, and opening new markets with major successes in acquisitions, turnarounds, and mergers.

Building on his depth and expertise in business and industry, Dan has worked with hundreds of executive clients to assist them in advancing their career or making a transition to a new position. Dan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Denver.

Sally has been writing resumes and LinkedIn content for clients spanning all industries, including C-level, IT, sales, HR, finance, recent undergraduates, and military transitions.

Prior to resume writing, Sally worked in marketing and advertising. She spent three years at The Integer Group – a promotional, retail, and shopper marketing agency and member of Omnicom Group Inc. – and five years at a Denver-based medical marketing agency. Her agency work gave her extensive experience in account and project management, client communication, technical copywriting, and copyediting.

Sally lives in Golden, CO, with her husband and three children. She enjoys spending her free time running, camping, boating, hiking, and a good cup of coffee.

Wes began his career as a recruiter in the automotive industry, eventually moving into the technology “start-up” industry. Over the next decade, Wes was instrumental in building software companies, placing C-level executives in successful positions. He then turned his focus and attention to Private Equity, speaking with highly qualified job seekers and learning their struggles. Most were not getting interviews and when they did secure an interview there were no offers. This became the motivation to start a career path in corporate and executive outplacement and help guide senior level managers and executives within new and exciting growth opportunities.

Joining Stewart, Cooper & Coon created a shared vision of helping serious minded executives find rewarding new careers. Wes’ passion in helping others build their value-driven brand, get in front of decision makers and communicate their value has proven to be a valuable asset not only to Stewart, Cooper & Coon, but to all the executives he has worked with.

Oliver is one of the early adopters of the use of modern marketing techniques to affect the transition of highly successful executives and professionals from one position to another. He is one of the pioneers in the development of individual and corporate outplacement consulting practices that saw career transition as a marketing problem of positioning, packaging, promoting and pricing.

In early 1980 he began a career in corporate and executive outplacement built upon the principles of modern marketing. Rising to the position of Executive Vice President he was one of the key associates to grow the company nationwide, helping to place hundreds of senior level managers and executives in new and exciting growth opportunities. In 1986 he formed his own executive placement and corporate outplacement firm and built the company to cover twenty-one major market areas in the West. He retired from the career industry in 2001. In that same year, he turned his passion into a business and began managing investments.  He also helped found a company that was highly successful in raising money for schools, a project that continues to be important to Oliver to this day.

Realizing the absolute necessity of using the Internet and its enormous access to information to run a successful executive search he joined Stewart, Cooper & Coon coming back to the business of helping serious-minded executives find rewarding new jobs and careers.

Dennis brings over 30 years in the outplacement field to the team at SC&C. His outstanding results are derived from his ability to design, deliver and manage customized programs for a variety of candidates. Dennis has assisted a vast number of clients in the executive placement, corporate recruiting, and corporate outplacement sectors. His expertise is working with senior executives to identify both immediate needs and long-term goals, as well as crafting personalized strategies designed to maximize service delivery and client satisfaction.

Dennis is proud to be a member of this highly respected firm, delivering top-notch results through SC&C’s proven, high-quality strategies and comprehensive process. In his career, Dennis has assisted thousands of executives reach their full potential. He builds rapport and trust through thoughtful questions designed to uncover unique needs and goals. He has literally worked with over 90% of the Fortune 500 and has a full understanding of what it takes to reach the next level.

Dennis holds a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and an MBA from University of Pittsburgh. He takes great pride in his many clients that continue to remind and thank him for the important role he has played in their lives.

Tom held executive positions with national and international firms in both the profit & non-profit sectors of the economy representing six different industries. He served as the Marketing Director for three NYSE firms prior to functioning as the COO for one of them and President for several other firms. His record of bringing about substantial increases in profits and share of market, the creative positioning of corporations, and directing successful acquisitions and turnarounds, have been reported by the Wall Street Journal and Smith Barney Reports.

Tom has lectured on subjects ranging from direct response marketing to strategic planning for universities, the AMA, government agencies and served as an adjunct professor for a major university. He has two creative works in the Library of Congress and letters of appreciation from Ford Motor Company, Kraft Foods, B.F. Goodrich, Nestles, Chase Bank, and dozens of other high-profile firms.

He has also worked in the non-profit sector and held the title of Executive Director for a Community Foundation. Particularly important to those with whom he consults is his experience as the President and Executive Director for two prominent firms that specialize in the understanding and advancement of human development, one being the Center for Applications of Psychological Type, internationally known for their work using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Tom sees himself as an educator and facilitator between the point where individuals find themselves now, and the point where they want to be. It’s that ‘T’ in the road where Tom helps them gain a clear understanding of what tools and knowledge are available to them and how to apply that knowledge in order to make sound and critically important career decisions.

Tom attended Simpson College and UCLA before earning his B.S.C. from the University of Iowa.  He also received AMA’s certificate for C-level executives, has an extensive musical background and is a veteran.

Rodney has been an executive in several diverse industries in his career. He has led start-ups and turn-around situations managing the operational side of those, as well as business development and marketing for both his own company and others. Rodney was President / CEO of Riostar 11, a multi concept hospitality Firm located in Dallas Texas with several locations spread over many states. He worked closely with VC groups as well as solely responsible for raising millions of dollars through conventional financing.

In his career, Rodney has mentored hundreds of Professionals reach their Executive growth. He worked closely with companies like Banco Popular, Sysco, Chase Bank, Ninfa’s Corporation, FJC Growth Capital and Mesbic Ventures’ Holding Corporation.

Prior to joining SCC, Rodney spent over 8 years coordinating the delivery of solutions to help C-level and executive management in identifying appropriate positions. He is known among his peers and clients, as someone with high level of integrity and exceptional people skills.

Josh was educated in Western Canada and earned a Fitness and Amateur Sports Scholarship to the University of Saskatchewan for athletics and academic achievement.  He was drafted by the Chicago Black Hawks at age 15 and remained with the Chicago organization for six years. Following this, he taught and coached five years at the high school and college level.  He then worked as a CSA (Canadian Ski Alliance) certified Ski Instructor at Sunshine Village, Banff, Alberta.  Having received his Tennis Instructor accreditation from Tennis America, Josh worked one-on-one with Dennis Van de Meer and Billy Jean King.

After being invited to Europe to coach Professional Hockey, Josh joined Hal Laycoe to coach the Dutch National team and was the Coach/Manager of the Dutch Junior National Team.  Licensed by the KNLTB, the Dutch Tennis Bond, he developed a new tennis instructional program based on range of motion and injury prevention. He also taught tennis at Tennispark Marlot, a club that he also managed. Josh was then recruited by Adidas as the International Marketing/Promotions Director for Winter Sports and Racket Sports overseeing 88 countries where he reported directly to the owner of Adidas, Horst Dassler.  Josh developed and negotiated promotional contracts with Ilie Nastase, Stan Smith, Tom Okker, Raul Ramirez, Ivan Lendl and many other professionals. With Adidas, Josh became Player Agent for the Adidas-sponsored Russian and Czechoslovakian hockey players. He negotiated all contracts with Russian and Czech government officials for sponsorship and supply of equipment.

Josh then returned to North America and was recruited by Performance Dynamics International and worked for seven years in the Corporate Outplacement business. Over the last 30 years Josh has developed his career marketing expertise in United States and Canada and is now Senior Executive Placement Consultant with Stewart Cooper and Coon.

Carol is a Certified Coach and workplace consultant and has more than 15 years of experience in Human Resources working at both large and small organizations.  She has advanced through positions of increasing authority and decision-making and has been a valuable resource and critical link between internal/external customers, management team members and governmental/regulatory agencies for the organizations she served at as an HR Executive.  She supported various discipline teams at the system level as HR Advisor. Carol’s primary goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of people.  She demonstrates energy, enthusiasm and passion in all she does. She is courageous in her work and has taught leaders to be courageous in leading their teams.

Carol holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University with an emphasis in HealthCare Administration and a Master’s Degree in Sociology. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Central Arizona Human Resources Management Association (CAHRMA), and Arizona Human Resources Executive Forum (AZHREF).  She has been serving on the Personnel Advisory Board for the City of Casa Grande since 2014 and the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the City of Casa Grande since July 2017.  She is also active in various civic and community organizations in the Casa Grande area.

A former attorney and corporate executive, Valerie’s diverse background spans operations, customer service, strategic planning, change management, and process optimization in fields such as law, import and distribution, career management, coaching, and publications (as an author, journalist, and legislative editor).  Fusing her legal, business, and coaching experience provides her with a unique perspective and understanding of the issues faced by organizations and individuals.

With over 20 years of experience, Valerie is adept at building collaborative relationships and partnerships with people at all levels, from Board of Directors and CEOs to mid-management to general staff to the public at large.  Experienced in career, business, executive, political, and life coaching for over 1,000 people on 6 continents, she spent five years heading a team of coaches that assisted over 5,000 executives and professionals in planning and achieving career transition, advancement, and enhancement strategies.

Holding senior-level management roles throughout most of her career, Valerie has studied leadership principles independently, in small groups, and through Lifework Leadership.  As a community advocate, she represented public concerns before governing bodies, educated the community on governmental processes/procedures, and served on government-appointed committees that studied, made recommendations, and provided advisement to elected officials and other decision-makers.  Additionally, she served on the Board of Directors of a non-profit dedicated to quality of life issues within the community.

A certified professional career coach (CPCC) and graduate of Coach U, Valerie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. She is author of a book, “Mongo – The Life and Times of Ramon Grau Alsina,” now being reviewed by a producer for the big screen.

As a Career Coach Kirk McCarley’s aim for each of his clients is that they are first heard well, then motivated to develop a vision and mission that will achieve their objective. His fundamental philosophy about our careers is that “vocation occupies more waking hours than any other single activity.  As such our jobs should not only be fulfilling, but an endeavor to which we feel ‘led.’  It should meet our financial needs, yet also allow for a healthy and sustainable work/life balance.”

Prior to becoming a coach Kirk had over 30 years of experience as a Human Resources Executive in both public and private sector environments.  Among his achievements, Kirk navigated a $600MM pension plan through the perilous economic downturn of 2008, restoring it to a stable funded status; developed a Leadership Institute, an executive level training school designed to prepare potential talent for career advancement.  More than 70% of the program’s 85 participants were either promoted or assumed roles that eventually had significant organizational impact. Kirk also created an employee wellness program that annually helped keep medical insurance premium expenses 3% below health cost trend line.  Four hundred participants in an employer sponsored Weightwatchers program lost over 11,000 pounds.

Kirk sees himself as enthusiastic while also contemplative, determined, yet relaxed.  A graduate of the University of North Texas, he is a Certified Professional Coach as well as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM-CP Certified.  He also is a Production Assistant for both college football and basketball for ESPN and leads group cycling classes (Spinning).  In addition, he is a columnist for his local paper and a member of the Football Writers of America Association (FWAA). Kirk and his wife of 38 years, Cindy, make their home in the Florida Panhandle.  They have two grown children and one grandson.

Jo Ann Moser is a Masters-degreed career coaching professional, trainer/educator, and organizational development expert with years of progressive experience working with individual at all organizational levels, assessing their career desires and direction, planning paths to enable professionals to meet desired career goals, and assisting them to happily place in diverse industries and at every corporate step.

Jo Ann excels in needs assessment, expertly guiding individuals as they plan for career success and deal with career transition. Exhibiting strengths in document writing, talent management, and workforce development, Jo Ann very much enjoys working with all organizational levels from line staff to executives to managers and clinicians in varied environments. Jo Ann possesses a strong work ethic gained from a Pennsylvania farm upbringing and prides herself on treating each client as an individual and providing unparalleled customer service.

Since 2004, Jo Ann has mentored hundreds of Stewart Cooper & Coon clients at all career levels and in all industries including Aerospace, Banking/Finance, Business/Professional Services, Construction, Consumer Products and Packaging, Defense, Education, Energy/Utilities, Engineering, Healthcare, Human Resources, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Operations, Program and Project Management, Retail, and Sales/Marketing.

Prior to role as a career consultant, Jo Ann worked in Training and Development for Fortune 500 companies including American Express and GAP, Dignity Healthcare, SkillPath Seminar Corporation, as faculty at Susquehanna University and Program Director at Collins College, as a Corporate Controller, and as a Program Auditor with the Office of Inspector General for the United States Department of Agriculture.

Jo Ann’s credentials include: Master of Education in Business Education; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting; Bachelor of Arts in History; Nominated for Career Education Corporation “Educator of the Year”; USDA Secretary of Agriculture Award for Excellence- 2 Year Recipient; US President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency Award; USDA Group Honor Award for Excellence.

Jo Ann Moser is a Masters-degreed career coaching professional, trainer/educator, and organizational development expert with years of progressive experience working with individual at all organizational levels, assessing their career desires and direction, planning paths to enable professionals to meet desired career goals, and assisting them to happily place in diverse industries and at every corporate step.

Jo Ann excels in needs assessment, expertly guiding individuals as they plan for career success and deal with career transition. Exhibiting strengths in document writing, talent management, and workforce development, Jo Ann very much enjoys working with all organizational levels from line staff to executives to managers and clinicians in varied environments. Jo Ann possesses a strong work ethic gained from a Pennsylvania farm upbringing and prides herself on treating each client as an individual and providing unparalleled customer service.

Since 2004, Jo Ann has mentored hundreds of Stewart Cooper & Coon clients at all career levels and in all industries including Aerospace, Banking/Finance, Business/Professional Services, Construction, Consumer Products and Packaging, Defense, Education, Energy/Utilities, Engineering, Healthcare, Human Resources, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Operations, Program and Project Management, Retail, and Sales/Marketing.

Prior to role as a career consultant, Jo Ann worked in Training and Development for Fortune 500 companies including American Express and GAP, Dignity Healthcare, SkillPath Seminar Corporation, as faculty at Susquehanna University and Program Director at Collins College, as a Corporate Controller, and as a Program Auditor with the Office of Inspector General for the United States Department of Agriculture.

Jo Ann’s credentials include: Master of Education in Business Education; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting; Bachelor of Arts in History; Nominated for Career Education Corporation “Educator of the Year”; USDA Secretary of Agriculture Award for Excellence- 2 Year Recipient; US President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency Award; USDA Group Honor Award for Excellence.

Shanti has a strong background in human resources management. Her professional experience includes recruitment management, training, and working with individuals to effectively interview, screen, and hire qualified applicants while working from home. A highly motivated go-getter, Shanti is dedicated to “getting the job done.” Her organizational skills, attention to detail and superior people skills make her one of the top managers and recruiters in the telecommunication industry. Her motto is “Great leaders are determined by the people under their direction. The more successful I can make you become, the more successful I am as a manager.”

Pam has hired, trained and motivated dozens of specialized sales and marketing personnel and has managed over 100 representatives simultaneously. In addition to working for Fortune 100 companies such as Becton Dickinson, Sharp, and Dow Chemical, she has also been a recruiter with experience in finding the best talent for each search assignment. Pam is now applying her talents to placing our senior executives at Stewart Cooper & Coon. Pam enjoys speaking with people and communicating with her clients; she is as excited as the client when client is placed.

Vincent Savino is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and served 25 years on active duty, retiring at the rank of Colonel. He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Nistler College of Business and Public Administration, University of North Dakota, and is a graduate of the United States Air Force Air War College. Vinnie is also a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC), Resume Writing Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW) and member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC).
After serving his country, Vinnie worked as a senior executive for Target Corporation, a fortune 100 company, and as a senior military advisor to the United Arab Emirates government. During the last 10 years Vinnie found his second calling: helping senior executives and senior military successfully transition to careers that fit their vision, values, and goals. Vinnie’s success is his client’s success. Through in-depth soul searching he knows how important it is to be true to yourself while creating your next move. He’s been through it himself! Vinnie also provides leadership seminars and professional development training to the US and foreign militaries and to select fortune 500 companies. Vinnie is living his best life in southern Italy with his wife, Maria, and their two Italian water dogs, Habibi and Chooki.

Susan Thompson is a Career and Job Search Management Consultant with a background that includes more than 25 years experience as a professional facilitator and career counselor in government and corporate outplacement settings. She has developed extensive expertise aiding federal workforces affected by downsizing, privatization and installation closure. She presents transition seminars across the United States and overseas and provides individual and e-Delivery career counseling.

For the Government, she delivers vocational counseling, transition assistance seminars, change management and organizational design support to a diverse client base including U.S. military, their family members and federal civilians with a wide range of work skills. Training sites include military installations across the United States, the Capitol Region, Quantico, VA and in Europe and the Pacific.

For Corporate Outplacement clients, she assists their displaced employees in the full range of career management actions following job loss. Her private industry specializations are defense, aircraft maintenance and manufacturing, insurance, financial services, energy, oil and gas, communications, medical, retail and logistics and supply chain services.

She has a graduate degree in Educational and Vocational Counseling, complemented by additional training and certification in an array of personality and career assessment instruments including MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory, Self-Directed Search and corporate certification in the Birkman Method.

Athena brings a unique perspective to client marketing management through her diligence, research, and passion for creating outstanding social media products. For over a decade, Athena has been compiling topics and pertinent subject matter and composing articles for a variety of industries. Here at Stewart, Cooper & Coon, she has been publishing premium quality content to our corporate website, blogs and social media outlets, increasing our clients’ networking reach.

Athena has managed a team of five writing assistants, as well as created and organized content for group marketing mailings based on demographic and interest and infographic-based social media content. She previously provided proofreading, editing, and text copy restructuring services for overseas content creators seeking American English writing styles for their publications.

Along with additional administrative support services, Athena also has a background in Human Resources, which has resulted in her developing strong relationships with our team, clients and client companies. Athena resides in New York state with her family.

With over 30 years of experience in Corporate America in Training, Career Development, Operations Management, Change Management and Outplacement Transition support, Stephen brings to his role as Coach and Consultant the expertise of a seasoned specialist who is known for his exceptional ability to help clients connect to the services, resources and processes that will best support them in the identification and pursuit of their career and life goals.

Stephen has provided career and job search services to Senior officers and enlisted personal from our Military community as they transition from their military careers into the into the civilian sector. He has also supported a wide and diverse range of clients in the civilian sector from “C” level executives, to managers, support staff and entry level line workers in the civilian sector .

A Cum Laude graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with a BA in Sociology and post-grad work in Sociology and Psychology. He continues study and research into several areas of specialization, and has also been trained and certified in the use and interpretation of numerous career, life-planning, personality and communications assessments.

Kymberli Speight is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. She served 5 years active duty and 6 years in the reserves and separated as a Major from the U.S. Air Force.

She is a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC) who has worked with many separating military members and civilian clients transitioning to their next career opportunity. She has coached clients in business start-up and business to business (B2B) strategies. Prior to coaching, Kymberli was an executive recruiter for Zingaro & Company in the life science and healthcare industry. She also worked for the Vice President of Client Services at Catapult Health, a start-up company, with initial staffing and training.
She served on the Board of Advisors for Chadwick’s Fitness & Performance Training during its expansion from a 2,500 square foot business park space to a 20,000 square foot state of the art training complex. Kymberli has a strong background in contract negotiations. As an active duty officer, she was the buyer for the fiscal year 1991 annual year buy of the Air Force’s F-15E fighter jet.

Kymberli has developed a passion for helping military members make a smooth transition into the civilian sector based on her first-hand experience with career transitions, having moved every 2-3 years herself in support of the Air Force mission and as the spouse of a retired Air Force Colonel.

Sharon is a connector, a communicator, coach, catalyst and closer. She is a Certified Master Coach, Executive Recruiter, Diversity Advocate and transitioning Uniformed Services enthusiast. She was listed in, Rites of Passage at 100,000+ The Insider’s Lifetime Guide to Executive Job-Changing and Faster Career Progress, by John Lucht, as one of the nation’s top 1% Retained Search Executives.

Sharon’s servant leadership style has been tapped by previous employers, including Fortune #1 Walmart Stores, Inc. in the Washington DC office and Corporate Affairs and Government Relations departments, executive director roles in nonprofit training and development organizations, as an entrepreneur Recruiter and Coach and in service with indigenous populations in South America.  She has served on bi-partisan workforce advisory committees for governors and mayors. With a passion for empowering all individuals to realize their full potential, she has spoken at numerous local, state, national and international conferences. Sharon served on the Diversity Committee of the American Society of Association Executives and as a mentor for the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) and in the Washington DC Board of Trade. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors or Board of Advisors of the Hispanic Women’s Professional Association, Alcanzando Metas Foundation, HOPE Cancer Resources and PolicyWorks, Inc. She serves as a mentor with the College to Careers (C2C) program, a Kessler Foundation-funded initiative that aims to improve the employment rate of college graduates with disabilities who have a bachelor’s degree or higher and the National Professional Women’s Association.

Sharon brings clarity on the for-profit perspective of “doing well by doing good” and guides you toward potential employment opportunities in the global corporate, trade association and nonprofit markets.  Sharon co-trains with Fred Coon in the General Officer Transition Assistance (GOTAP) courses for the USAF.

Fred Coon is Chairman and CEO of Stewart, Cooper & Coon. He is a volunteer for the Wounded Warrior program and a founding member of the Arizona Corporate Council On Veteran Careers.  He has participated as a guest co-instructor for ETAP and CTAP workshops at the following AFB or Joint Command bases: Shaw, Peterson, Hulburt, Elmendorf-Richardson, Edwards, Langley, and Barksdale.  He loves the ability to work with the classes hands-on at the bases and is very proud of having been coined seven times. He is a strong advocate for veterans and their military spouses.  Fred says that one of the crowing achievements in his career is to be the selected provider for the General Officer Transition Assistance (GOTAP) workshops for the United States Air Force, through a sub-contract with Flatter, Inc.

His career encompasses decision-making experience and documented successes in both the government and private sectors.  In the private sector, Fred was on the senior team of two companies, in different industries, that were listed multiple times in, Inc. Magazine, in the top 500 fastest growing companies in America. One of those years his company was listed as the most profitable among the Inc 500.

“No coach has ever won a game by what he [she] knows; it’s what his [her] players know that counts.” – Paul “Bear” Bryant.

The above quote is central to Rob’s coaching philosophy and offers assurance to our clients of being in the right hands. He never forgets they directly face the challenges of getting unstuck, reducing frustrations, increasing confidence, ascending the corporate ladder, and negotiating salaries to secure their families’ future.

Regardless to the slant of clients’ ambitions (small or large, public or private, unionized or non-union, domestic or international, startup or established), over twenty years of successes across these enterprises built his solid foundation for comprehension and appreciation of the respective nuances.

Complementing wisdom earned from executive-level, nine-figure operational responsibilities; his toolbox is ever expanding and currently includes outside counsel from an expansive network of peers, nationally recognized credentials in career coaching, international qualifications for development and facilitation of training programs, and certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Rob’s mission is helping smart professionals to realize the positions desired, and the incomes deserved.

Shanti has a strong background in human resources management. Her professional experience includes recruitment management, training, and working with individuals to effectively interview, screen, and hire qualified applicants while working from home. A highly motivated go-getter, Shanti is dedicated to “getting the job done.” Her organizational skills, attention to detail and superior people skills make her one of the top managers and recruiters in the telecommunication industry. Her motto is “Great leaders are determined by the people under their direction. The more successful I can make you become, the more successful I am as a manager.”

Dominic Militello is an Executive Career Strategist with over 15 years of executive coaching and consulting experience. He is on a lifelong mission to change the job search social paradigm from a "job seeker to employer" process to a “personal brand to brand" process.

As a certified coach (Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching), Dominic taps into his personal experiences and the experiences of his senior management through C-level clients to provide the latest and most effective job search strategies available. Over the years, Dominic has worked for a number of different leadership personalities, companies and industries (Utah Freezz professional indoor soccer, Lexus, K-Force Recruiting, Granite School District, Applied Financial, Intermountain Health Care).  Dominic believes that in order to stand out within the very competitive marketplace, a candidate must be able to transfer their mindset before transferring their skillset.

On a personal note, Dominic was a D1 major college soccer student athlete (UNLV, PCAA League Champions), professional soccer athlete playing for the Salt Lake Sting (American Professional Soccer League - 3 goal performance in pro debut,  starter in over 40 professional games), Atlanta Attack (National Professional Indoor Soccer League - “Newcomer of Year”, starter in over 45 professional games), the Los Angeles Heat, the Hollywood Kickers, (Western Professional Soccer League) and for the  San Pedro Yugoslavs (Greater Los Angeles Soccer League; Las Vegas Bud Cup National Tournament Champions - 7 goal performance).

Fred Coon is Chief Executive Officer of Stewart, Cooper & Coon. He started SC&C as an executive recruiter and grew the company into five divisions. He is quoted in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Success Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and other major national publications, and appears on affiliate stations of ABC, NBC, and CBS as an expert on the job and employment market. His SC&C Career Advice Blog has over 5,000 monthly subscribers worldwide.

Fred was on the senior team of two different companies, in two different industries, achieving multiple listings in Inc. Magazine’s top 500 fastest growing companies in America. One of those companies was in the top 100 fastest growing companies in the United States and number 31 on the 1986 Inc. Magazine’s 100 List and number 54 on the 1987 Inc. Magazine 100 List, as well as first in profitability among all of the listed companies in both years.

He is a Licensed Employment Agent, a Nationally Certified Job and Career Transition Coach, a Behavioral Consultant and a Certified Disc Administrator. Mr. Coon is a member of the Workforce Business Intelligence Board.

He is a best-selling author of career books. His first, Ready Aim Hired, was used as one of the textbooks for the Strategic Career Management course at the Daniels College of Business Graduate School, University of Denver.  He was also the first appointed Virtual Executive Mentor for Graduate and Undergraduate students at Daniels, as well.

His best-selling book, Leveraging LinkedIn For Job Search Success has over 54,000 copies in the marketplace. Mr. Coon is a contributing author to the book, Business Model You, by Tim Clark, which is currently printed in seven languages. His latest book is, Hire The EQ, Not The IQ, which focuses on hiring the right “fit” for any given job using behavioral interviewing tactics that he and his co-author, Ron Venckus, spent 10 years researching and perfecting.

He was selected to teach the General Officer Transition Workshop, as a subcontractor under Flatter, Inc. He lectures and conducts hand-on workshops throughout United States for universities, educational, professional, business and management conferences.

On a personal note, he is also a well-known 5-string Appalachian claw-hammer style banjo player with concert performances in Ireland, Scotland, England, Australia, and throughout the United States, with media appearances on local, regional, and international radio and television programs, both in the U.S. and overseas, for over six decades.

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