Deborah Millhouse President

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Debby Millhouse is the Owner and President of CEO Inc. She has been honored as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women by The Mecklenburg Times, inducted into the Business Leader Hall of Fame as one of the top entrepreneurs in the Charlotte area, and given the Women in Business Achievement Award winner by the Charlotte Business Journal.She is a Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) as designated by the American Staffing Association, Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS) as designated by the National Association of Personnel Services. Her vast experience includes executive management, sales/marketing, human resources, engineering, accounting technology and administrative/office support functions.Ms. Millhouse’s reputation as a savvy and highly ethical business woman resulted in CEO Inc. being honored with the Charlotte Ethics in Business Award, Charlotte Best Places to Work Award, and recognized as one of the top 50 diversity-owned businesses in the state of North Carolina.

Don Cartwright Director of Executive Recruiting

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Why I do it: “With 30 years of experience in sales and marketing, it’s just a natural fit to bring people who need each other together. Executive level placement requires a special understanding of company cultures and business models if a truly compatible match is to be made. And there’s an incredible satisfaction that comes from knowing the client has found a great employee and the candidate has landed a perfect opportunity—neither of which would have happened without us.” Why CEO Inc: “CEO Inc. is about people, character and helping others both within and outside our organization. There is an entrepreneurial spirit here, yet a team environment with someone always willing to help when needed. These are some of the best people I have ever worked with, all of whom maintain high standards, principles and integrity.” Background: Don joined CEO Inc. in 2004 after taking early retirement from a 30-year career in the chemical/ PET fiber/recycling business working for Celanese, then Wellman, Inc. where he served as VP/GM of Wellman’s recycling division and Sr. VP of New Business/Product Development. An avid NC State fan, Don got his Engineering degree from State and a MBA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He now manages a group of recruiters who concentrate in the plastics, chemical and composites industries and CEO’s company-wide business development effort. Don and his team focus on finding passive candidates who are not actively seeking jobs but are the quiet “rock stars” of their industry. By effectively presenting a client’s company and the opportunity at hand, these passive candidates are suddenly open to the recruiting process. The end result is a win/win situation for both clients and candidates. Profile: Don never misses a NC State home football game and also serves on the NC State Park Scholarship Committee. He’s also a bit of a lawn rat and loves what he calls “yard beautification.” Above all else he enjoys spending time with his three children and his wife of 46 years who he first met in the sixth grade! And their sixth grade teacher said it wouldn’t last.

Eric Murphy National Practice Leader

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Why I do it: “I think what I like most is that this job is different every day.  Every day I talk to such a diverse group of people and each time I pick up the phone I have an opportunity to be a business consultant, salesperson, negotiator, counselor or sometimes, just a friend. That’s actually pretty cool.  It’s just one job but fortunately I get to wear many hats. Most importantly, I get to be myself and be genuine.” Why CEO Inc: “Here, there is a real sense of being part of a big family—a family that has your back. I love that feeling. It is a cool place to work with very little tension and definitely drama free! Everyone here gets along well, has a good sense of humor and appreciates the relationships in the office.  Of course like any family, we have our moments, but that keeps it real and we always persevere and solve our problems.” Background: Eric Murphy serves as National Practice Leader in the Advanced Composite space and conducts searches that are mission-critical and have direct impact on revenue for advanced composite fabricators, engineering services firms and composite material and equipment suppliers all over the country. The companies his team partners with represent some of the fastest growing and innovative U.S. companies in the aerospace, military, defense, energy, medical, automotive and industrial marketplaces.   He is also an active member of the Society of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE) and currently serves as an Officer on the Board of Directors for the SAMPE Carolinas Chapter. Since Eric joined CEO Inc. in June of 2006, he has placed dozens of technical sales, engineers, quality and production professionals at all levels of companies in the advanced composite space and has built an incredible amount of momentum in the industry.    In fact, one of our favorite stories about Eric is when he found a New Product Development Manager that went on a customer visit with his new employer on his FIRST DAY of work.   The President of the company stated a few days later that the New Business Development Manager Eric had placed at the company was the single biggest reason they secured the new customer and $2 Million contract. Profile: Eric describes himself as an “open book” noting, “What you see is what you get. There aren’t really any surprises here.” He enjoys hanging out with his kids, reading, playing guitar and occasionally makes it out to the garage wood shop for a little “building therapy”. Although he does admit, after a long day at the office, more often than not he enjoys just finding a little peace and quiet.

Sarah Fuller Office Project Assistant/Coordinator

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Why I do it: “I’m a people person and this job gives me the chance to do what I enjoy most—meeting lots of new and different kinds of people each day. That makes it fun to come in every morning and something to look forward to for tomorrow.” Why CEO Inc: “I love working in a smaller office where everyone gets along and is genuinely interested in each other both professionally and personally. We truly are one big family! I also love seeing the hope and opportunity that is provided to our candidates.” Background: Sarah graduated from Kent State University with a B.A. in Business Administration and a major in Accounting. She worked for seven years as an accountant then left her career to stay home and raise her children. In 2011, when she decided to re-enter the workforce, ironically she came to CEO Inc. as a candidate. We found the perfect job for her—right here in our own office. Sarah now handles our front desk running the switchboard and assisting candidates as they come for interviews. She also assists with payroll, accounts receivable and accounts payable. Profile: Sarah and her husband are avid soccer and baseball fans and you’ll likely find them at the respective fields cheering their children’s teams on. She says, “Between high school sports and their travel club sports, our weekends are pretty full.” But when she does find the occasional downtime, Sarah loves to work on her cross-stitching which she says is a bit of a personal passion.

BriannaBrianna Russ, CPC Executive Recruiter

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Why I Do What I Do: Being a search consultant allows me the ability to change the lives of those I work with and impact the bottom line for clients. There are few opportunities that allow you to be a coach, a mentor, and a friend to someone who is either in need of finding a position or placing someone in their dream position. I love that what I do matters and impacts lives and families across the country. It is challenging, exciting and rewarding in so many ways. For my clients, finding the right talent and filling a void is a costly and time consuming endeavor. I am able to be a valuable resource to free up time, executives most important asset- to do what they do best with resources that aren’t at their fingertips. Why CEO Inc: I choose CEO Inc. because of the people, the leadership and the process. CEO Inc. has a very unique offering. I have been blessed to work with a tenured team of search consultants who offer great mentorship and resources. We have a strong history in our local community and nationally that spans two decades. We operate in an ethical and timely manner. CEO Inc. has built strong niche markets and delivers talent that has been adequately vetted and meets the core needs of our clients. Background: Brianna was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She moved with her family during her high school years to TN and NC and has remained in the Carolinas for over 12 years. As a graduate of the University of NC at Charlotte, Brianna took her degree in Business and Marketing directly into entrepreneurship. She built a successful Financial Service practice offering products from the top Insurance and Financial providers in the world. After five years in financial services, Brianna met the team at CEO Inc. and wanted to be a part of what they do and offer. Being a recruiter has given Brianna the opportunity to learn a new industry, build friendships with some amazing people and learn from an incredible business woman and owner. In 2013, Brianna was awarded with a great honor of being selected as the Rookie of the Year based on early success and production numbers Profile: Brianna enjoys being involved in her local church and community. For the last six years, she has worked closely with Easter Seals UCP as a committee member helping to make their fundraiser Walk With Me a success. She shares their passion for working with children with disabilities. She is also an avid runner and has completed two half marathons and hopes to cross a full marathon off her bucket list soon. Brianna is married to her sweetheart and together they have four wonderful, crazy and dynamic kids!

Taylor PearceTaylor Pearce Recruiter

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Why I do it: “I receive the most out of a job, as well as life, in general, when I can share the interests of another.  When I can establish a connection with someone and turn it into something productive, a certain feeling is produced that, for me, rivals no other.  In our business, forming this connection is a daily challenge that I strive to accept in a genuine and professional manner.” Why CEO Inc: “I’ve never worked with a company that is so heavily based upon integrity and teamwork.  We work together as a unit, as a whole, and there has never been an instance when someone’s not on the same page in this regard.  Encouragement is found at every level of the company, and I feel personal achievement is something I would have to absolutely hide from in order to not experience it here.” Background: Taylor attended Appalachian State University where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Teaching English as a Second Language.  This led him to Eastern Europe where he studied in the Czech Republic and worked in Ukraine.  He lived and taught for two years in Ukraine before returning to the United States in the summer of 2013. The experience gained from his time overseas has helped him in the ability of communicating with others through speaking and listening effectively. Profile: Taylor enjoys traveling and playing sports but, on the other hand, truly savors time spent either over a quiet dinner or simply just being around his friends and loved ones.  Nothing beats rainy Saturdays with a cup of coffee and a crossword puzzle.

Richard Kitching Recruiting Manager

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Richard Kitching joins CEO Inc. with over 3 years of recruiting experience in the engineering and healthcare verticals.  He has a passion for seeing his candidates find the perfect fit that leads to growth and success for their careers.
Prior to becoming a recruiter, Richard started his professional career with AT&T where he worked for over 6 years in sales and management capacities.  A West Virginia native, Richard is a graduate of Marshall University.  A Charlotte resident, Richard enjoys local activities such as mountain biking, hiking, camping, yoga and volunteering with the Coalition to Unchain Dogs.  Richard invites prospective candidates to connect with him and explore how they want to advance their career.

Annette Metcalf Executive Administrative Assistant

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Annette’s professional background includes being the office manager and volunteer coordinator for the non-profit organization Lois’ Lodge. She has also served in managerial and assistant roles at Church at Charlotte and Bank of America. She received her B.A. in Business Education from Elon College in North Carolina.
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