We Mourn the Passing of Jeffrey Whitaker

It is with great sadness that we tell you we have lost our dear friend and colleague, Jeff Whitaker. Jeff fought a long and hard battle against throat cancer, and he passed away in March. He will be greatly missed by all of us at SearchTower. Jeff was 59.

Rest in peace, friend.


Now Offering HR Search Capabilities

executive search consultantWe’re excited to announce our expanding capabilities. Our firm, SearchTower, a national search company historically specializing in the financial services industry, has added C-Suite Human Resource search capabilities to our collection of search qualifications. Under the leadership of our newest Director, Carol Essig, sHRBP, we now have unique expertise among search firms to find the top Human Resource executives.

Carol is a Certified Professional through the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP), of which she is a local and national member, and she holds her Strategic HR Business Partner (sHRBP) certification. Carol also possesses the Certified Workplace Wellness Specialist (CWWS) designation, as well as being a certified Health Coach. The Human Resources world is a tight-knit community, and Carol brings an “insider’s knowledge” to the role at SearchTower, along with her wealth of industry contacts.

You’ve known SearchTower historically for our placement of financial services executives including marketing, compliance, portfolio managers, sales managers,  market analysts, and economists. We feel that through the addition of high-level Human Resources search, we now offer you a superior and differentiated service.

Please contact Watson Straub at SearchTower so that he may introduce you to Carol. She can then share firsthand how we can help you fill this very important role within your organization.

SearchTower Appoints Jeffrey Whitaker as Director


SearchTower is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey L. Whitaker as Director. Jeff has been at the top of his field throughout his professional career and is now looking forward to placing professionals like himself in his role at SearchTower.

His appointment follows a successful career as a wirehouse financial advisor. He brings with him not only a wealth of experience but also an outstanding track record compiled at some of the nation’s top financial firms. Jeff has transitioned into the executive search business to work with other professionals in the financial services industry to improve their level of satisfaction. He says that his goal is simple. “My focus is on finding and placing some of the most talented professionals with firms that have partnered with SearchTower,” he states.

Jeff began his brokerage career with Smith Barney, before moving on to Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo Advisors. The relationships he forged along the way will prove invaluable for clients of SearchTower, as his extensive industry knowledge, valuable contacts and extraordinary coaching skills make him a successful partner in any firm’s search.

“It’s very satisfying to work with people who are so motivated to advance their careers and improve their lives, and to support them as they make positive transitions.”

In addition to his work with SearchTower, Jeff is an active member of the community, the father of a 25-year-old daughter, an avid golfer and an ambassador for the United Network for Organ Sharing.

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