Home | Contact Us | Blog | Site Map
Kansas City | Overland Park

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for Career Partners International guides and governs the strategic direction of the organization. Comprised of President and CEO David P. Hemmer and eight equity-partner owners, this seasoned group of industry professionals ensures a clear vision for Career Partners International to successfully serve the needs of its clients.

Sharon Imperiale, Chairman of the Board

Sharon ImperialeSharon is the President of Career Concepts. Career Concepts, founded in 1988, is one of the Philadelphia region’s largest management consulting firms specializing in career transition, executive search, human resource consulting, executive coaching and leadership development.

Prior to Career Concepts, Sharon held executive positions with Aetna and Prudential Financial leading the start-up and integration of large customer service operations. During her tenure with Prudential, Sharon led the human resource, organizational development and training efforts for a large Mid-Atlantic business unit of 8500 employees. She led many change management and organizational excellence initiatives throughout her tenures. Contact at sharon.imperiale@cpiworld.com.

David P. Hemmer, President and Chief Executive Officer

David HemmerDave is responsible for ensuring that CPI seamlessly delivers the highest quality services to our clients. Prior to joining CPI in 1999, Dave was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Talent Alliance, a not-for-profit business league focused on Web-based career management and transition support for its members’ employees. Member firms included: AT&T, GTE, Unisys, Johnson & Johnson, UPS, TRW, DuPont, Ceridian and Met Life.

Prior to the Talent Alliance, Dave held a series of positions over a 28-year career within AT&T. He was a Director within AT&T’s human resources organization, the COO of AT&T Microelectronics – Europe, and served in a wide variety of positions in sales, human resources, quality management, customer service, marketing, product planning, and engineering. Contact at david.hemmer@cpiworld.com.

Elaine Varelas, Chairman Emeritus

Elaine Varelas is Managing Partner of Keystone Partners, CPI’s Boston office. She has over 20 years experience in career consulting, executive development and coaching, and has worked with executive management teams to improve organizational effectiveness. Elaine has expertise in resolving complex career management issues, including workforce planning, redeployment and multi-site restructurings. Elaine’s experience spans Fortune 500 companies, start-up ventures and not-for-profit organizations.

Elaine served as Director of Career Services at Stonehill College where she was a member of the faculty, and in Career Planning and Placement at the Boston University School of Management. Elaine frequently addresses professional associations and has achieved widespread recognition for her expertise and insight on career matters, including two monthly columns featured in the Boston Globe and on Boston.com advising job seekers and HR professionals on career, management and human capital issues. Elaine holds degrees from the University of Vermont and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Contact at elaine.varelas@cpiworld.com.

Geoff Officer, Vice Chairman of the Board

Geoff Officer is the Managing Director & CEO of The Donington Group, headquartered in Sydney, Australia with six regional Australian CPI offices. He is an internationally experienced executive in human resources and a pioneer in the career management and outplacement industry in Australia and New Zealand. Over the course of his 25 year corporate and consulting career, Geoff has provided leadership development coaching and career management support to senior executives from the finance, insurance, IT, telecommunications, energy, pharmaceutical, and retail industries. He has also worked closely with a number of senior executives in the Public Sector.

Geoff’s expertise in executive coaching, career transition, change management, career management and development, and organizational and leadership development has positioned him as an acknowledged specialist in executive development and people change. He has consulted on numerous business restructurings and downsizings and is a commentator in the field of major employment change events. Geoff has an Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Technology in Sydney. Contact at geoff.officer@cpiworld.com.

William “Bill” Ayers, Manager

Bill Ayers

Bill Ayers founded The Ayers Group in 1975, a human resources consulting firm offering career transition and executive coaching.  The firm, headquartered in New York City, has been a division of Kelly Services, Inc. since 2006. The Ayers Group also has 2 offices in New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan, 4 offices in Asia and 6 offices in Europe. The Ayers Group is a founding member of CPI and Bill has been a member of its Board of Directors for 12 years and served as President for 3 years.  He has been instrumental in the expansion of CPI into the Asia Pacific region, which has grown in locations from 4 to 14 countries in the past 3 years.

Bill is a Fellow of the IAOP, an Ellis Island Award winner and a Trustee of Quinnipiac University. He has been featured on CNBC, CBS, and Bloomberg News and is quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other publications. He is a frequent contributor to journals and newspapers, and a noted speaker on career management. Contact at bill.ayers@cpiworld.com.

Terry Gillis, Manager

Terry is President and Managing Partner of Carswell Partners, the London, Canada office of Career Partners International. In addition to overall leadership of the firm, he leads the development practice area, which includes coaching and training and development solutions. Terry is knowledgeable and has tremendous experience in both the public and private sectors. Serving as a professional coach to many senior officers, Terry is proficient with the delivery of quality best practices that pertain to key employee assessments, retention, development and transition. With a passion for seeing people succeed coupled with a solid business acumen and rigorous academic training, he helps individuals and organizations realize their full potential.

In addition to his role on the Board of Directors, he serves as the Region Leader for Canada. Contact at terry.gillis@cpiworld.com.

Travis Jones, Manager  

Mike HumphriesTravis is President and CEO of Career Development Partners, the Tulsa office of CPI, which focuses on professional and executive search, retention strategies, succession planning, human resource consulting, outplacement, e-learning and executive coaching. Travis’ philosophy is to provide world-class service for his clients by demonstrating professionalism and commitment to helping individuals and organizations in transition.

Prior to Career Development Partners, Travis served as President of Personnel Consultants, a professional staffing and placement company which consisted of 6 regional offices located in Oklahoma and Arkansas. During his 10 year presidency, Personnel Consultants was the recipient of Inc. Magazine’s Award for the 135th fastest growing privately held business in America in addition to being named by Oklahoma Business Monthly as one of the best companies to work for in Oklahoma. He sold the company in October 2005 and purchased Career Development Partners in November 2005. Travis is active in his community and serves on the boards of many organizations. Contact at travis.jones@cpiworld.com.

Normand Leduc, Manager

Normand LeducNormand Leduc possesses over thirty years of experience in human resources management. He has devoted a large part of his career to career management, training, labour relations, sales management and upper management coaching, allowing him to assist and advise several senior executives in pancanadian corporations.

With diplomacy and professionalism, he has directly intervened in innumerable restructuration, executive recruitment, and talent management files. He was able to make a name for himself in the business world thanks to his experience and the quality of his interventions as well as through his vast business network.

From the start of his career, while he was a director of industrial relations, he stood out for his leadership and for the quality of his interpersonal relationships. His entrepreneurial style and his innate business sense brought him to manage several sales teams and act as general manager for several business centres. Mr. Leduc holds a diploma in human resources management as well as one in management. Contact at normand.leduc@cpiworld.com.

Michael D. McKee, Manager

Mike is Managing Partner of Career Partners International – Houston and CEO of The McKee Group, a division of CPI Houston, providing executive coaching and career transition services to “C” level executives. Leading the overall operations and business development for the firm, Mike is a strategic business planner and implementer who enables clients to achieve their organizational and professional career goals.

Mike began his consulting career in Oklahoma with Michael D. McKee and Associates which relocated to Houston and grew to become one of the leading outplacement and human resource consulting firms in the Southwest. After selling his successful practice, Mike experimented with early retirement but quickly returned to his passion for providing talent management services in the private and non-profit sectors. Mike holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and proudly served in the U.S. Air Force. Contact at mike.mckee@cpiworld.com.