Mark Van Der Walde
Mark brings 25+ years of retained executive search, corporate human resources and talent management services to Stewart, Cooper& Coon. Mark has a proven track record in addressing all of a company’s human capital recruiting needs, these include: single assignment, technical track executive- or director-level positions, multi-position, large-scale recruiting projects for venture capital-backed start-ups, to senior fulfillment for multinational conglomerates. His focus on quality deliverables, coupled with his understanding of key market trends, consistently produces results that positively impact the growth and success of his clients.
Mark began his search career with two of the top ten executive search firms in North America, Richards Consultants, and Spencer Stuart. Mark has worked with both multinational companies and the venture capital community across a diverse range of industries, including Microelectronics- RF/Power Electronics, MEMS/Nanotechnology, Life Sciences Industries, Telecommunications, Industrial Manufacturing and Alternative Energy. Mark is one of the early adopters of (RPO) Recruiting Process Outsourcing & outsourcing of Executive Search & Talent Management/Corporate Recruiting, working with multiple companies at any given time.
His experience spans all functional disciplines and professional levels. Additionally, Mark served as Head of Talent Management including the Executive search function for startup, emerging/established high-growth firms including: Acambis, Alpha Industries, Analog Devices, Comverse Technology, Genzyme Corporation, Knowles Corporation, Microwave Radio Communications, Nuvera Fuel Cells, Signal Technology Corporation, Vectron International, Vesper MEMS, and Vestas Wind Energy.
Mark holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Organizational Development, both from Suffolk University, supported by a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and a majority of course work completed for a Masters in Clinical Social work.
Patricia Siuta-Cruce, Ph.D.
Pat was born and raised in Yonkers, New York. She attended Fordham University in Bronx, New York, graduating Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. She moved to Baltimore, Maryland and attended Johns Hopkins Medical School where she received her Doctorate in Biochemistry. Pat has been a corporate leader with over 30 years of experience in the consumer products, specialty chemicals and pharmaceutical industries.
Specifically, she has directed R&D efforts for several multi-national companies like Unilever, Revlon, International Flavors & Fragrances, Balchem Corporation, Del Laboratories, National Starch & Chemical and AkzoNobel. She has been responsible for interfacing with all functions of the organization in the development and execution of both short and long term research plans to meet the needs of the business in alignment with market trends and drivers. In this capacity she has been intimately involved in the recruitment and the career development of numerous scientists from entry level through Research Fellow. She also has a proven track record interfacing with a large number of technology-driven corporations in order to help develop solutions for complex research problems leading to new products and processes.
Pat is passionate about bringing the right person on board into a company. She goes that extra mile to truly understand the values and credentials of such a person so that he/she will become a valuable asset to the organization. Pat is recognized for her experience and breadth of knowledge and has often been sought out by her peers to help fill positions outside her own department.
On a personal note, Pat recently moved to Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband, Steve. She is enjoying the sun-filled days of Arizona exercising and taking numerous day trips to explore the area. Golf may even be in her future, which would make her husband happy.
Greg VeVerka was born and raised in Michigan. He moved to Houston, TX, and attended The University of Houston graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree. Greg has been an Executive Recruiter since 1979 placing hundreds of executives and assisting thousands in their careers. He began in the Oil & Gas industry and has worked in Information Technology, Telecommunications, Banking & Finance and the Public Sector in both the USA and Western Europe. Greg has represented Amoco Oil, Shell Oil, Tenneco Oil, Oracle, Microsoft, Sybase, Cisco, Sprint, At&T, Bank of America, TD Bank, Northrop and many more over his successful tenure. Greg is a Certified Personal Consultant, Career & Life Coach. Greg, his wife Marcia and their English Bulldog live in Phoenix, Arizona.
Alicia Scott enjoys wearing a lot of hats. She has held important management and executive recruiting roles in both the private and non-profit sectors of the economy. She has spent 25 years in the executive search industry with hand’s- on experience with Non-Profit, Industrial Manufacturing, Higher Education, Technology, Retail, Professional Services, Distribution and Private Equity organizations and companies. While in this capacity, she both recruited and did extensive research for many different management and functional areas. She holds two certifications in internet research and recruiting from AIRS, an ADP company and has performed research for hundreds of retained searches, identifying C-level, VP and Director level candidates.
She is driven by her passion for providing help in varying forms and always approaches her work with excellence, excitement and an entrepreneurial spirit. Alicia is involved with several businesses and organizations. She works in Global & Corporate Business Development for Signature Pet Products/Hi-Tek Rations, a 28-year old family-owned & operated manufacturer of premium pet foods and simultaneously manages her own business, iHelpCo, providing a wide variety of administrative and research support services.
Alicia earned a bachelor’s degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. On a personal note, she tries her hand at small scale farming on 27 acres of historic family land, raising farm fresh chickens for eggs, growing crops, raising sheep, etc. Alicia is a founding member of the nonprofit organization, Grace Ministries, Inc. – with offices in Homewood, AL; Chattanooga, TN; Dunedin, FL, and Selma, AL. She sings, plays violin and has been involved in community service since she was a child. Alicia inspires by serving, helping, leading, and creating.
Curt is the Principal Director of Nordal Enterprises Inc., which provides Talent Acquisition and Franchise Consulting services bringing exceptional people and businesses at all levels together.
Curt brings 27 years of Corporate, Small Business Development, Marketing/Sales, Business Development/Relationship Management, Talent Acquisition and Franchise Consulting experience to the SC&C team.
Curt has held numerous positions throughout his career, but his specialty is bringing businesses and exceptional people together. His love of developing relationships and bringing the best entities together to succeed is a passion that drives him to find that match that will create success for all parties. He truly enjoys helping start-up companies find exceptional talent all at levels from C-Suite to entry level and focuses all efforts to meet and exceed his clients expectations.
Curt also works with Executives, PE/VC firms, Small Businesses, and investors at all levels who are interested in Franchising and brings these entities together to create a match that fits all parties. Curt enjoys helping people at all levels buy a successful business model, create a franchise from a successful business model, provide master franchise opportunities and creating area developers for Franchisors to promote workforce and economic development within communities.
Curt enjoys writing about politics and world affairs and is a newly published author and is working on several books. He performs guest appearances on local radio programs and hopes to one day run for office. He has served on public and private school boards, manages the financial affairs of two soccer travel teams, and enjoys all outdoor activities. Curt is married to his wife Sharon and has two daughters, Katelyn and Karly.
Curt holds a BA in Marketing and a Juris Doctor of Law (JD).
Gene L. Joles
As President, Vice President and Director, Gene has vitalized and advanced electronics businesses to achieve profitable growth, build high performance teams, and deliver change with superior financial outcomes for high tech companies like Smiths Group, Cobham, Crane Co., Signal Technology Corp., M/A-COM Inc., and Omni Spectra Inc.
Gene has more than 40 years’ electronics experience with more than 25 years in executive leadership roles. He has delivered exceptional results and profitably grown companies in the $25 million to more than $155 million revenue, delivering profit margins exceeding 20%.
Gene has exceptional expertise and business acumen in RF Microwave and Power electronics design and manufacturing domain serving Global Military Defense, Space, and Commercial markets for Communications, In-Flight Connectivity (IFC), Data Links, Wireless Radio, Electronic Warfare (EW), Radar, Missile & Munitions, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR).
Gene’s leadership experience covers multi-site, multi-functional organizations with role responsibilities for general management, operations, engineering, business development, quality, program management, finance, contracts and sales/marketing.
Gene is a graduate of AEA Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Management program, holds a B.S. in Business Administration degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Phoenix, and is a graduate of U.S.A.F Air University Electronics School.
Gene gained his technical background experience and education while working as a design engineer at M/A-COM Inc. and Omni Spectra, Inc. and while serving in U.S.A.F. Electronic Intelligence Intercept Operations.
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, Certified Collateral Corporation, was in the top 100 fastest growing companies in the United States. CCC was number 31 on the 1986 Inc. Magazine 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 Arizona Technology Council – Policy Advisory Committee, and is a member of Workforce Business Intelligence Board.
He is author of several best-selling 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 is available on Amazon. The 2014 version of this book has over 32,000 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, It’s EQ, Not IQ Stupid, is due for release in 2016. This book focuses on hiring the right “fit” for any given job using behavioral interviewing tactics that he and his co-author, Ron Venckus, have spent 10 years researching and perfecting.
He is working on a military transition book specifically directed at anyone leaving the Armed Forces who would like to better understand how to make a personally meaningful and financially rewarding transition. 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 five decades.