Justin WilkinsExecutive Vice President
Justin joined Kimmel & Associates in 2008. He currently leads the Renewable Energy & Sustainable Infrastructure Division, which includes energy transition verticals such as solar, wind, BESS, water, wastewater, waste-to-value, clean fuels, EaaS, and other related segments. Justin works with investment funds, private equity, venture capital, owner/developers, IPPs, contractors / EPC, OEMs, and O&M providers.
Prior to his current role, he has served as a Vice President, Division Leader, and Market Leader in our Industrial, Energy/Power, and Mechanical Divisions. He was promoted in 2017 to Vice President, and then again in 2022 to Executive Vice President.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where he played four years of Division 1 baseball.
We sat down with Justin and asked him the following:
What do you like most about working at Kimmel & Associates?
I have been working here since 2008. What drew me to Kimmel then remains true today: this is not just another recruiting company flying a banner and calling themselves a recruiting firm. It is a professional organization that has been in business for more than 40 years. We truly have an unfair advantage over competition not only because of the tools, resources, and training we have, but more importantly because of the service mentality we apply with our clients, candidates, and involvement in local, regional, and national charitable causes.
What is one thing you learned early in your career that has made you successful?
Organization, communication, promptness, and follow-through. If you can do all four well, be passionate about your cause, and set high expectations for yourself, then you will succeed more often than you fail.
What can clients and candidates expect from you?
A collaborative, dedicated, and highly networked approach that puts integrity, excellence, and accountability at the forefront of all personal and professional relationships.
Do you have a favorite quote?
I have many, but the two that immediately come to mind are “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” (Maya Angelou) and “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever” (Gandhi). There is so much to unpack in both. They’re constant reminders to live in the present, always be improving, and live life in such a way that it inspires others.
What causes are you passionate about?
Family: my wife Allison and our two boys, Daxton and Callum. I enjoy experiences over things. I am an avid golfer, ex-collegiate baseball player, and UNC Tar Heel/Carolina Panthers/Atlanta Braves fan. I enjoy running, listening to live music, and traveling.