More than 20 years ago, Alan sold his family estate company in Raleigh, NC, and relocated his family to the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC.
He began his career at Kimmel & Associates in 1997, and over the years, his practice has evolved to retained-only assignments in the executive-level search space (President, CEO, COO, CFO, Group Manager, and Director-level roles). His partner of 14 years, Jamie Ashburn, heads up their contingency (i.e. non-retained) middle- to upper-management searches. Their clients consistently tell Jamie and Alan that they presented the candidate the client desired, not just a candidate they happened to find. To paraphrase a quote from Mark Twain, “The difference between the right candidate and the almost-right candidate is huge! It’s the difference between a lightning bug and a bolt of lightning.”
Alan believes that the single greatest decision a company makes is the selection of a leader. His search methodology and vetting process, coupled with a thorough understanding of his clients’ unique cultures, ensures a high rate of success in helping companies get it right the first time.
He has consistently finished in the top five of Kimmel’s 50 consultants. Alan was named an Executive Vice President in 2014. In 2017, he was also inducted into Kimmel & Associates’ Hall of Fame in recognition of his career achievements.
Alan earned a BA in Business and Economics from Warren Wilson College. When not at Kimmel & Associates, he works on his farm south of Asheville.
Trust your heart. Know that true happiness comes from giving and serving. - Alan MacNair