Newland Associates Selected by Consolidated CareerSource to Lead CEO Search Serving Hillsborough County and Pinellas County

March 18, 2024 – As a direct result of Florida’s Reimagining Education and Career Help (REACH) Act, a Florida Workforce System Transformation Plan was created which includes the consolidation of CareerSource Tampa Bay and CareerSource Pinellas. This plan entailed the establishment of: a newly formed Consortium, an advisory committee, a set of staff workgroups representative of both organizations and a regional calendar and timeline to address the consolidation and merger requirements. In a move aimed at creating a unified entity, the advisory board has retained Lake Mary, FL-based executive search firm Newland Associates to find a CEO. Heading the assignment for Newland Associates are Michelle Epstein, vice president of executive search, and Vanessa Abreu, director of recruiting.

“With their combined expertise and approach to executive placements, Michelle and Vanessa are poised to navigate the challenging landscape of CEO recruitment in today’s job market,” Newland Associates said.

Robert Newland, CEO of Newland Associates, expressed his pride in being selected for this pivotal assignment, affirming his team’s dedication to serving the greater Tampa Bay community. “We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the greater Tampa Bay community with this important search,” he said. “I am sure that the team of Michelle and Vanessa will do an amazing job as they always do on senior executive searches.”

The advisory board’s decision to enlist the services of Newland Associates emphasizes the organization’s unwavering commitment to securing visionary leadership capable of driving strategic initiatives and fostering sustainable growth. As the search progresses under the stewardship of Newland Associates, the consolidated entity serving Hillsborough County and Pinellas County eagerly anticipate the appointment of a dynamic leader poised to steer the consolidated entity toward continued success.

Newland Associates specializes in executive search and talent management solutions. The firm places over 50 executives annually, with a notable presence in the healthcare and non-profit sectors. Newland Associates’ talent management division offers a range of services including executive coaching, assessment, change management, and leader development. With a team of nearly 20 seasoned professionals, the firm serves clients across the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Experienced Search Consultants

Mr. Newland founded Newland Associates in 1991, and over the years he has been involved in many local, national and international projects, including C-suite executive search, talent management and leadership development across a broad set of industries.

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Ms. Epstein has background in customer service. Her recruiting focus is within the healthcare field, but she is also experienced in sourcing and recruiting for hospitality and retail.

Ms. Abreu, an HR consultant and career coach, has experience that extends to education, healthcare, information technology, talent acquisition and management consulting. She has over 18 years of progressive HR experience.

Recent Search

Newland Associates recently recruited Natalya Bannister Roby as the new CEO of Episcopal Children’s Services (ECS) in Jacksonville, FL. “Newland Associates did a great job sourcing candidates for us with narrow requirements in a difficult labor environment,” said Wiley Ammons, chair of the CEO search committee. “We were pleased not only with the qualifications, but with the broad spectrum of candidates presented to us. This gave us a breadth of choices for our organization’s future.”

“I have extended a warm welcome to Dr. Bannister Roby on behalf of the board of trustees,” said Thabata Ford, board president. “Her leadership will undoubtedly guide us to new heights, and we look forward to achieving great success in the years to come.”

Dr. Bannister Roby brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and a proven track record of transforming organizations through her purpose-driven culture efforts. With a career of servant leadership, she has held key leadership positions at organizations in North and Central Florida. Her experience includes working with Boys & Girls Club where she garnered national attention for her award-winning programs and most recently at the PACE Center for Girls’ national office, leading center operations throughout Florida.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media


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