The Team

80+ Combined Years of Experience



Howard S. Abel, MBA

President and Founder

Howard’s professional career spans over 35 years managing in a variety of industries, particularly in accounting and finance. Howard also has extensive experience in operational management, capital raises, as well as sales & marketing. As the Managing Director of the Las Vegas branch of LHH/Adecco (formerly branded Parker Lynch, Accounting Principals and Ajilon), Howard ran a team of high-performing recruiters whose function was to rapidly meet the needs of a very dynamic marketplace. It was in this setting that the driving force to start his own firm was born.

Fueled by his belief that the business models and product offerings of Executive Search firms have been stagnant for decades, and change was long overdue, Howard ventured out on his own to bring an innovative approach to his clients.

Operating with a national reach, Howard and his team cater to middle market firms with revenue from $10 million to $10 billion. While possessing expert-level knowledge at performing Executive Search for C-Level operational roles in a variety of verticals, he also performs consulting services for organizations that are seeking to develop a tactical plan to supercharge their talent pipelines. Howard holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and information systems as well as an MBA in Marketing.

Howard has the functional expertise to deliver superior results with an ability to understand the “intangibles” that challenge a great many staffing firms today. He and his team also have the bandwidth to benefit from their ongoing relationships with the types of individuals that are not actively looking for their next opportunity. The truly “passive” candidate. When reviewing candidates for clients, Howard believes that one must set out to gain a clear understanding of their narrative which also includes their true motivations for making a move.

“Our proprietary process leads to meaningful interactions, which in turn delivers the results sought by our clients. Clients are seeking innovation and differentiation from the Executive Search firms in the current marketplace. There should be no one size fits all when it comes to Executive Search. It is important to meet clients where they are at and offer customized solutions and personalized attention.”


Vitaliy Nikolaenko

Vice President, Client Engagement

Vitaliy is a serial Entrepreneur with an extensive background as a multi-million-dollar producer in Residential and Commercial Real Estate Sales, Business Brokerage, Mortgage Lending, and general business development. Operating with the understanding that the current marketplace demands that organizations be innovative and agile, Vitaliy’s primary role is to provide concierge level service to our hand-picked client base. Working in lockstep with our team, he moves to accelerate the careers of top performers by introducing them to only the most “exclusive” opportunities that are not being shared with dozens of search firms simultaneously. 

Vitaliy also applies a grassroots style to his business relationships. He offers industry leading guarantees and maintains a constant level of communication along with a clear understanding of client’s narratives so that there is multi-channel congruity when presenting opportunities to candidates. This is often lacking when dealing with most search firms whose approach is commoditized and transactional.  

Vitaliy is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian and is also a devoted husband and father.


Jay G. Malasaga

Executive Search Consultant

Jay brings over 20 years of experience in Executive Search, accounting, business intelligence, supply chain, financial analysis, and brand management. The diversity of his experience affords him a unique perspective on talent acquisition that sets him apart from others in the recruiting space.

Jay’s first-hand understanding of business strategies and operations makes him keenly aware of the importance of adapting to rapidly changing business environments. As a consultant and trusted business advisor, he can identify strategic opportunities and author measurable and decisive plans that serve and benefit his clients.

As an expert in recognizing executive talent, Jay understands the importance of aligning his searches with his client’s competitive strengths and long-term vision.

Whether the focus is to reduce his client’s turnover rate, or identify the highest caliber candidates via his network, Jay’s core philosophies remain the same.

“An organization is only as good as the talent it meticulously hires. Top talent who have proven track records, creative perspectives, and exceptional abilities to solve problems and attain goals; create competitive advantages in the marketplace. Leadership must be aware of the importance of the need to recognize, validate, and reward their efforts on an ongoing basis after the hire is made.”

Chelsea Meek

Executive Recruiter

Chelsea is a seasoned, high-level recruiter with over 10 years of experience in both agency and corporate recruiting. Chelsea has a demonstrated background in recruiting at the c-suite level, IT, accounting, finance, supply chain, logistics, and healthcare. Her strength lies in her unwavering commitment to locating/direct recruiting those individuals who are not actively looking.

Chelsea understands that recruiting is not just about a job description and a resume. It all starts with developing a deep understanding of what the client is truly looking for. This entails multiple conversations with the stakeholders to arrive at a congruent set of marching orders. Chelsea is credited with developing customized client recruiting strategies designed to address the specific needs of clients.

At the same time, sourcing a-players requires the ability to look beyond the obvious and drill down at qualitative levels, such as motivations and uncovering the candidate’s true narrative. To her credit, Chelsea has successfully grown a company from two hundred employees to six hundred in just two years. She is a high-impact recruiter who knows how to deliver outstanding results.

Carolyn Cope

Executive Recruiter

Carolyn is an accomplished recruiter with over 5 years of demonstrated success to her credit. The leadership teams of her clients are very selective in who they hire. Carolyn understands that recruiting at this level requires a differentiated approach and tenacity to only present the top 20% of candidates within a particular skill set.

Carolyn’s adaptive recruiting strategies allow her to pivot quickly as client needs dictate. Carolyn aims to identify a higher level of candidate quality by understanding their wish lists and connecting them to companies who find their level of current performance attractive and worthy of exploration.

Carolyn’s background in both agency and corporate recruiting contributes to her success sourcing accounting, finance, and operational related roles. She is a subject matter expert with a passion for bringing candidates and clients together.