The Christopher Group Leading SVP of People and Culture Search for Turning Stone

June 11, 2024 – The Christopher Group (TCG), a boutique HR executive search and business solutions recruiting firm, has been retained to lead a search for the senior vice president of people and culture for Turning Stone, a culturally rich organization with a diversified portfolio of brands and businesses previously known as Oneida Nation Enterprises. Managing partners Pam Noble and Ayla Maloney are leading the assignment. We are excited to partner with Turning Stone to connect them with their next senior vice president of people and culture,” said Ms. Noble. “This pivotal position plays a crucial role in cultivating and fostering the organization’s distinctive culture, while spearheading strategic HR endeavors that connect and deliver excellence, bolstering their ongoing expansion and diversification. We eagerly anticipate discovering a visionary leader who will passionately champion their people-centric culture and significantly contribute to their enduring success.”

The senior vice president of people and culture is not just a key leader but the linchpin to the organization’s success, serving as the right-hand person to the COO/president, according to The Christopher Group. In this pivotal role, they will passionately champion the organization’s culture, embodying its ethos, and ensuring its continuity and growth. Leading the charge on people and culture strategy, they will drive organizational design, workforce diversification, scalability, employee engagement, talent acquisition and retention, union relations, and change management.

Turning Stone Enterprises is an economic engine for upstate New York and one of the region’s top employers. Owned and operated by the Oneida Indian Nation, today its diverse portfolio includes hospitality, gaming, recreation, retail and service brands, each built on high quality standards and exceptional experiences. The company is headquartered in Verona, NY.

Founded in 1998 with a passion to revolutionize the HR Executive Search and Business Solutions industry, The Christopher Group (TCG) has grown into a nationally leading boutique search firm. Since its inception, TCG has expanded its offerings beyond traditional executive search to deliver Agile HR Business Solutions, including executive search, interim HR leaders, fractional CHROs, and HR advisory & consulting. Our services are tailored to the specific needs of a diverse clientele. We cater to large corporations, middle-market companies, private equity firms, family-owned enterprises, and closely-held businesses, providing comprehensive solutions to their human capital challenges.

At the core of TCG are our action-based values: Do the Right Thing, Win Together, Deliver Excellence, Care for the Whole Person, and Connect. These guiding principles shape our culture and approach to business, ensuring that integrity, teamwork, quality, empathy, and connectivity are integral to our operations. Our purpose, “We Ignite Success through Purposeful Connections,” underscores our dedication to building meaningful relationships and driving positive outcomes for our clients and candidates. These values and our purpose drive us to be the premier HR firm, committed to excellence in every aspect of our work.

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TCG boasts a team of seasoned HR executives with backgrounds from some of the world’s most prestigious companies, including Pepsi, GE, Merrill Lynch, Novartis, Dell, Microsoft, and Citi Bank. This extensive experience across various industries equips us with the knowledge and expertise to deliver top-notch Human Resources solutions. Our leadership team, who acquired the firm in April 2023, comprising Managing Partners Nat Schiffer, Pam Noble, Ed.D., Ayla Maloney, and Tobin Anselmi, Ph.D., embodies the wealth of experience and commitment that defines TCG.

New Ownership

The Christopher Group was acquired by a group of managing partners led by Nat Schiffer on March 31, 2023. The acquisition allows the firm to continue its growth trajectory while ensuring a smooth ownership transition. “The acquisition of The Christopher Group by its managing partners is a testament to the strength, depth, and resilience of our company,” said Mr. Christopher. “We are excited to have all of the partners take the reins and continue our legacy of excellence in the HR industry we support.”

The transition of ownership will be virtually seamless for the clients and candidates that TCG serves. Mr. Schiffer will serve as president and managing director; Pam Noble as managing partner, head of recruiting operations; Ayla Maloney as managing partner, head of people operations; and Tobin Anselmi, as managing partner, head of interim and consulting services operations.

“The acquisition brings a new level of energy and focus to The Christopher Group, with a renewed emphasis on innovation, client service, and operational efficiency,” the firm said. “The new leadership team is committed to building on the company’s incredible foundation while igniting new chapters of growth and innovation.”

“We are thrilled to be taking ownership of such a dynamic and successful company,” said Mr. Schiffer. “We are committed to capitalizing on the ever-growing demand for human capital solutions.  With that said, I would be remiss if I did not thank Tom and Paula Christopher for their 25-plus years of contribution, innovation, financial support, and so much more. Additionally, they both will play important roles going forward as advisors and consultants, and Tom and I will continue our partnership in critical business development opportunities.”

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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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