While our retained executive search firm is headquartered in Nashville, we serve client companies throughout the world. We offer leadership consulting along with talent acquisition executive searches for a wide variety of functions—from c-suite to human resources, sales, operations, and finance. We are known for differentiating ourselves from other retained search firms by delivering our promises of Speed, Quality, and Value to the clients we are blessed to serve. As a reputable corporate recruiter in Nashville, you can depend on us to fulfill your leadership acquisition and development. No matter where you are located we can find and develop the leader that delivers lasting results for you. We look forward to working with you and welcome your questions, and comments. Thank you for your interest in The Human Capital Group Inc.
Steve Hayes is the Sr. Partner and Founder of The Human Capital Group. He has 20+ years of broad-based, multi-industry, and global experience as a human resources executive, with specific skills in guiding leaders and their companies in the following capacities: acquiring high potential talent; cultural change; developing and aligning vision, mission, and values; organizational and management development; performance management and succession planning; domestic and international start-ups and shut-downs; and union management and avoidance.
As a retained executive recruiter, Steve has assisted executives in acquiring leadership talent within virtually every function and industry sector. In addition, he is a sought-after consultant and executive coach to leaders facing a myriad of organizational and cultural challenges and opportunities.
With a relentless focus on “Delivering Results through People,” Steve is committed to ensuring that the Mission and Guiding Principles of The Human Capital Group are the foundation of every service provided by the firm.
In addition to forming The Human Capital Group in 2000, Steve has served in organizations in the following roles:
Diane Fennig brings more than 25 years of career development and management experience, working in association with universities and higher education systems in three states. She has done extensive work in career and student development throughout her tenure. Diane’s integrity, ethics, and strong customer service focus are a great match with the core values of The Human Capital Group.
Diane’s career has been focused on creating opportunities and seeking talent through her roles in Career Management and Student Services. She served as Director of the Career Center at Augusta State University, where she developed and implemented a comprehensive Alumni Career Services Program and authored GeorgiaHire.com, a shared resume database program, for 34 institutions within the University System of Georgia.
Diane then joined the University System of Georgia’s Economic Development Team to promote the GeorgiaHire.com project to employers and college career centers throughout the university system. Subsequently, she was named Director of GeorgiaHire.com. In 2001, she was also named to the 40-under-40 list ofGeorgia TREND Magazine.
In her last role at Georgia State University, she served the Robinson College of Business as the Director of Graduate Student Services, hosting one of the largest MBA programs for working professionals, in addition to a number of other distinctive Master’s programs. She worked as a faculty partner, where she implemented an MBA curriculum redesign, created a Professional Development Series for students, and was instrumental in infusing community among graduate students. Her experience in talent search and development are key to her success with The Human Capital Group.
Diane earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Secondary Education from Marquette University and a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from Miami University. She also holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership and Organizational Behavior from the University of South Carolina. Diane is a recent graduate of the Relationship Masters Academy and serves as an ambassador in the Relationship Management Program. This program, designed by Keith Ferrazzi, bestselling author of the books Never Eat Alone, Who’s Got My Back, and the Ferrazzi Greenlight Team has become a best practice in Relationship Management.
Ginger Duncan is a Senior Consultant and Executive Coach with the Human Capital Group. She specializes in developing leaders and teams to gain competitive advantage and deliver sustainable business results.
With over 20 years’ experience in leadership development, coaching, facilitation and training, plus 11 years leading the talent development function in a corporate setting, Ginger has extensive experience partnering throughout organizations to guide strategic business alignment. Her work in leadership consulting consists of partnering with ExxonMobil, Anderson Healthcare, California Paper Company, Portola Packaging, Transamerica, Ingram Barge and Hopkinsville, KY, Board of Education.
Ginger’s values-based approach to coaching equips her with sound, practical and timely expertise rooted in the servant-leadership model. As an approachable yet direct partner, Ginger guides and coaches while helping her clients translate their business goals into executable plans that align with the needs of the business.
Ginger received two undergraduate degrees from University of Massachusetts Boston and two graduate degrees from Murray State University in Kentucky. She is certified as a Master Coach from the Behavioral Coaching Institute and is a certified practitioner in the following assessments:
John Steiner, as a Senior Advisor, brings great depth and varied business experience as he provides leadership and direction for The Human Capital Group’s South Carolina office. He is a seasoned business executive with more than 35 years of leadership and talent acquisition experience for several major corporations, including his most recent service as President of Kalco Lighting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to Kalco, John held various executive positions with MagneTek, Inc, culminating in the role of President of their lighting group in Nashville, Tennessee. He also held key executive positions with Westinghouse Electric and Sylvania Lighting International.
John is the former Chairman of the Davidson County American Heart Association, and he served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Region of the American Heart Association. John was a Regent of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, a member of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, a member of the National Association of Electrical Distributors, and a member of the American Lighting Association’s Manufacturer’s Steering Committee.
John earned his BS degree and an MBA degree from the University of Dayton. He also received advanced executive training at the University of Southern California.
Nancy Reece serves as senior advisor to The Human Capital Group, providing internal consulting and coaching services. Nancy has been privileged to serve great organizations like Ingram Content Group, The Biltmore Company, Ingram Barge, BMI, SVP Worldwide, the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, Gaylord Opryland, Safe Place Services, Second Harvest Food Bank, and YMCA of the USA.
Tom joined The Human Capital Group, Inc., in 2007 and currently serves as Senior Advisor, bringing with him over 25 years’ experience in leadership roles with high-growth organizations. Serving as Vice President Division Merchandise Manager, and later as Vice President of Supply Chain Management at Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), Tom developed and led teams through the largest expansion phase in the company’s 70+ year history to become the leading farm chain retailer in America. His areas of expertise are long-term strategic planning, organizational development, and new business ventures. Tom has extensive experience in retail merchandising, negotiations, and supply chain strategies. Prior to his 12 years at TSC, he served Green Seed and Three-D of Music City, Inc., in the roles of Buyer and Director of Operations, respectively.
Tom is a past member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, Supply Chain Leaders Council. Tom earned his BS degree from the University of Alabama, where he was a member of the Beta Beta Beta honor society.
Tom is engaged in his community—serving or having served in the following capacities: Nashville Chamber of Commerce Report Card Committee, Past Board Chair of the Brentwood Family YMCA, volunteer high school instructor for Junior Achievement, past President of the Middle Tennessee Alabama Alumni Association, and participant in multiple Habitat for Humanity builds.
Intentionality, service, and leadership are three of the strongest attributes Matthew brings to The Human Capital Group. As consultant, Matthew is happy to be an integral part of a team that is devoted to serving others as it seeks to “Deliver Results Through People.”
Matthew holds a liberal arts degree in Sociology, International Studies, and Religious Studies from Louisiana State University. In 2007, he embarked on his first service trip to Honduras and has returned each year. Matthew has also served in Liberia, West Africa; Haiti; and Dominican Republic in the areas of education, manual labor, volunteer coordination, and strategic planning. In addition, he has dedicated his time to mentoring and teaching youth, collaborating with homeless shelters, and developing community service projects in the United States. As a community and public school leader and teacher within the Louisiana Delta Service Core, a sector of AmeriCorps, he developed and implemented a multi-faceted after-school enrichment program for at-risk youth.
Matthew currently serves as an advisory board member for Teach Peace Foundation and Franciscan Works/Liberia Mission.
It is this rich global perspective and avid knowledge and love of humanity that he brings to every service provided by The Human Capital Group.
DIRECTOR OF RECRUITING
As Director of Recruiting for The Human Capital Group, Jamie’s focus is on leading the Research and Recruiting team in finding outstanding candidates for mid- to senior-level management positions. She executes a two-fold strategy of guiding the efforts of the team to discover top-tier candidates while assisting those candidates in discerning and pursuing new opportunities.
Jamie holds both a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University.
Prior to joining The Human Capital Group, Jamie was an admissions counselor for Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas. Additionally, she served for seven summers with Centrifuge Christian Camps as a Bible study leader and recreation director. She has a passion for youth and college students and loves to minister to them through adventure recreation and the outdoors.
Catherine brings a strong sense of service to her role as Recruiting & Research Associate—always striving to serve candidates and clients with integrity and thoroughness in mind.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University in Television Production and Psychology.
Before joining The Human Capital Group, Catherine was the Production Coordinator for High Five Entertainment. There she assisted with office communications, music licensing, production contracts, client presentations, securing vendors, budgeting, payroll, and managing the office work flow.
Catherine volunteers within the community as a wish granter for the Middle Tennessee Make-A-Wish Foundation. And, within her church, she serves on the board of Mission Honduras, teaches the preschool Sunday school class, and works on the Helping Hands committee by providing meals and support to those in crisis.
Amanda brings several years of diverse recruiting experience to her role as Recruiter with The Human Capital Group. She enjoys stewarding relationships among clients and candidates while striving to “Deliver Lasting Results Through People”.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing from Auburn University. Upon graduating, she relocated to Nashville where she became an Account Manager with a direct sales marketing company. She quickly rose the sales ranks nationally and became the leader of her own sales team. After a year and a half, she was recruited to J.R. Adams & Associates, a boutique search firm, as an Associate Researcher and Recruiting Coordinator. Here, she spent almost five years working on retained executive-level recruiting within the restaurant and finance sectors. Then, at ThinkingAhead Executive Search, Amanda spent almost a year and a half as Recruiter for the Nonprofit Practice partnering with organizations across the country prior to being recruited to The Human Capital Group.
Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, exercising, and spending time with her friends, family and three dogs. Amanda is passionate about serving her community through volunteer work with organizations such as Dismas House, Room In The Inn, Nashville Humane Association and Hands on Nashville. She also serves as the Director of Chapter Initiative for Auburn’s Harbert College of Business Young Alumni Nashville Chapter.
As a Recruiting Associate with The Human Capital Group, Penny Oates welcomes the opportunity to assist companies in finding the perfect person for the job. She loves the interaction with the candidates and enjoys helping them throughout the entire process.
Penny holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Education & Marketing from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Penny has 18 years experience in strategic planning and marketing in the healthcare industry. She has been a member of The Georgia Hospital Association, The Alliance for Healthcare Strategy and Marketing and the National Association of Women’s Health Professionals. Penny participated in the 1995 Leadership Augusta Class and was the Chairperson of the Leadership Augusta Class of 1996.
New to The Human Capital Group team, Marshall is eager to get his feet wet in the world of recruiting and is excited to help and serve the team in any way possible. Originally from Memphis, TN, Marshall recently graduated from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville with an undergraduate degree in English Literature.
Marshall has fond memories loving and engaging with others during his time as a camp counsellor in North Carolina and while serving as president of the collegiate campus ministry, Reformed University Fellowship. His playful and warm personality, as well as his love of fun and people, has empowered and motivated him to navigate life’s difficulties with others.
Currently, Marshall is also enrolled in the Nashville Fellows Program, a nine month Christian leadership and discipleship program, learning what it looks like to be a young believer in the church and in work as he discerns vocational calling and next steps for the future. He enjoys reading and writing, playing sports, trying new restaurants in Nashville, and is overall excited to be in a new environment.
As a member of Cornerstone International Group, an international consortium of retained executive search and human capital consulting firms, we are well equipped to serve your global talent acquisition needs.
This powerful, global partnership enables us to extend our reach beyond the United States to find and engage your ideal global executive. Our promise of Speed, Quality and Value aligns with our partners’, ensuring that your search experience remains seamless.