Our Team

Our talented team members are standing by for you.

At Charles Aris Inc., our expertise revolves around search and recruitment. We also devote considerable resources to ensure that our skills will be expertly put to use in your industry. The majority of our practice leaders join Charles Aris after successful careers in their industry of focus. Their direct experience in your field gives them a solid base of industry knowledge that enhances their ability to understand the unique challenges your company encounters. Learn more about our Charles Aris team members in our Spotlight series.

Practice Leaders

Mitch Oakley Mitch Oakley

Founder & Chairman
Executive Leadership
Diversified industries

Chad Oakley Chad Oakley

Chief Executive Officer
Strategy & Corporate Development
CPG; Industrial; Financial Services

Greg Harper Greg Harper

Senior Vice President
Engineering & Operations
Industrial Manufacturing; Chemicals

Jim Etling Jim Etling

Senior Vice President
Private Equity
Finance & Accounting

Allen Oakley Allen Oakley

Chief Operating Officer
Real Estate

Caroline Wilson Caroline Wilson

Vice President
Strategy & Corporate Development
Public & Private Equity; Hedge Funds

Steven Stewart Steven Stewart

Vice President
Strategy & Corporate Development
Technology

Jody Karavanic Jody Karavanic

Senior Practice Leader
Strategy & Corporate Development
Consumer and Healthcare

Jillian Jitima Jillian Jitima

Senior Practice Leader
Strategy & Corporate Development
Consumer

Sarah Becker Sarah Becker

Senior Practice Leader
Private Equity & Operations
Consumer Durables

John Bennett John Bennett

Practice Leader
Sales & Marketing
Agribusiness

Rick Noel Rick Noel

Practice Leader
Engineering & Operations
Automotive and Industrial

Blair Bass Blair Bass

Practice Leader
Engineering & Operations
Aerospace & Defense

Heather Porter Heather Porter

Senior Associate Practice Leader
Sales & Marketing
Industrial Manufacturing

Ashlee Wagner Ashlee Wagner

Associate Practice Leader
Diversified practices

Associate Recruiters

Ryan Krumroy Ryan Krumroy

Senior Associate
Private Equity | Finance & Accounting

Alissa Hornbuckle Alissa Hornbuckle

Senior Associate
Diversified practices

Heather Kivett Heather Kivett

Senior Associate
Diversified practices

Derek Gracey Derek Gracey

Senior Associate
Strategy & Corporate Development

T.J. Deal T.J. Deal

Senior Associate
Strategy & Corporate Development

Joe Caporaso Joe Caporaso

Senior Associate
Diversified practices

Ryan Morgan Ryan Morgan

Senior Associate
Finance & Accounting

Brent Anthony Brent Anthony

Senior Associate
Sales & Marketing

Tyler Nikola Tyler Nikola

Associate
Diversified practices

Julia Opaleski Julia Opaleski

Associate
Diversified practices

William Crotty William Crotty

Associate
Diversified practices

Josh Winters Josh Winters

Associate
Diversified practices

Jacob Watkins Jacob Watkins

Associate
Diversified practices

Andrew Burchard Andrew Burchard

Associate
Diversified practices

Lauren Lunsford Lauren Lunsford

Associate
Diversified practices

Sam Catron Sam Catron

Associate
Diversified practices

Beverly Holmes Beverly Holmes

Associate
Diversified practices

Knowledge Management

Brian Styers Brian Styers

Senior Director
of Knowledge Management

Ben Wolf Ben Wolf

Research Manager

William Nesmith William Nesmith

Marketing Associate

Lauren Davidson Lauren Davidson

Researcher

Operations

Barry Safrit Barry Safrit

Chief Financial Officer

Myron Pearman Myron Pearman

Senior Director - Human Resources
& Organizational Development

Karen Reinecke Karen Reinecke

Accounting Manager

Julie Vaughn Julie Vaughn

Office Manager

Becky Boxley Becky Boxley

Sr. Executive Administrative Assistant

Karen Parnell Karen Parnell

Administrative Assistant

Auguste Janovic Auguste Janovic

Accounting & Operations Specialist

Training & Development

Rich Williams Rich Williams

Director of Training & Development

Andrea Fox Andrea Fox

NPS Program Manager

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"Thank you, Charles Aris Inc., for including me in your recent search. You have a very professional and efficient screening process. It is obvious how you have earned the reputation that you have in the industry — among the very best."

— The CEO of a brand-name consumer products manufacturer