Deborah Millhouse
Debby Millhouse

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.

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Don Cartwright
Director of Executive Recruiting

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Eric Murphy
National Practice Leader

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.

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.

 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.
Brianna Russ, CPC
Executive Recruiter

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.

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.

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

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!

Annette Metcalf
Executive Administrative Assistant

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.
Paul Mc Donald
Recruiting Manager

Having been in Sales for more than 24 years, I find it extremely fulfilling to help clients hire top talent and help candidates land new opportunities. My job as a Recruiting Manager allows me to significantly impact the people I work with, financially and beyond

Since my first contact with CEO, I have been communicated with directly, and treated with the utmost respect and professionalism. I have found this extends throughout the company, and to all of our clients and candidates, as well. To me, this is the way business should be done.

After growing up in Houston, I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. I was able to apply my Business degree to roles in Sales, Marketing, and Management with several IT companies. In 2000, I transitioned into Financial Advising, where I built a successful practice helping individuals and small businesses for the next ten years. My wife and I met and were married in Austin before moving to North Carolina in 2013. For 2.5 years prior to coming to CEO, I was a Recruiter in the Financial Services industry.

Live music, outdoor activities and yoga take up the bulk of free time for me and my wife. We are also involved in our local church community and activities.

Anthony Wooding
Recruiting Manager

What I love the most about this job is the fact that I get to help others find the perfect opportunity. Every day you get to meet and speak with a diverse group and that allows you a chance to learn while also letting you be a benefit to someone else. As a recruiting manager, I look forward to connecting talent with opportunity.

I choose CEO Inc. because of the fantastic work environment. I’ve always wanted to work in a family oriented space and I found that through CEO. Here we embrace the little things and trust in the process. It’s great to be a member of a team that holds itself to a high standard and has fun while doing it.

I have been working in recruiting for 2 years. I am a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy preparatory school and went on to attend the United States Air Force Academy for 3 years, while being a member of the Fighting Falcons football team. I joined Wake Forest in 2013, after transferring from the Air Force Academy where I was a standout football player and Computer Engineering major. In my two seasons at Air Force, I accumulated 87 total tackles and two interceptions. During my two seasons at Wake Forest, I started 16 games, including all 12 during the 2014 season. I recorded 94 total tackles and had 5 pass breakups during my two seasons in a Demon Deacons uniform. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Upon graduation, I started a professional career in sports attending camps with the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles. After a short stint in the NFL I searched for my next career which lead me to CEO Inc. I now specialize within Advanced Composites and the Plastics Industry as a Recruiting Manager.

What I enjoy most is spending time with my family. I love to fish and be as active as possible on the weekends. Most of my days consist of watching Disney movies and shows with my daughter. I also try to watch as many Wake Forest Football games as possible. I also love going home and giving back to the to my community in Folkston Ga in any way possible, whether it’s talking to other athletes or showing support for foundations. #GoDeacs #GoIndians

Leah Rosen
Recruiting Manager

I have always loved networking and recruiting. I’m a real “connector” and enjoy introducing people who have similar interests. And, I truly love having an impact on people’s lives, helping them make the next move in their career or hiring their next great employee. As a result, I’ve made some wonderful, long term relationships in my career.

Everyone that I’ve spoken with from day one has been incredibly friendly, professional and upbeat. I immediately got a sense of the integrity and motivation and I knew it was a company that I wanted to work with. I’m thrilled to join!

Leah is a seasoned executive recruiter with experience in all industries and verticals. She has sourced and placed all levels of staff and management up through “C Suite” in both large Fortune 1000 corporations and smaller to medium sized businesses, nationally. She has worked in numerous recruiting environments including corporate, agency and RPO and she started her search career in her own firm. Leah works well with clients both in HR and the line and is a partner to them to seamlessly fill their recruitment needs.

As a single mom of a twenty-year-old daughter, Leah is an “almost empty nester.” She lives in the Hudson Valley in New York and loves all the outdoor activities it has to offer year-round, including hiking, and kayaking and sailing on the Hudson River. She enjoys all kinds of music, festivals, and photography.