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A Search Practice with 30 Years of Successful Recruiting and Selection.

Guiding Principles

  • Our approach to executive search identifies candidates that add value to the client's organization
  • At the beginning of a search, proper planning and preparation insures success and client satisfaction
  • We find the candidate that "fits" the client's organization We partner with clients to find candidates that are in alignment with the Vision, Mission, Values and culture of the organization.


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Biographies                 William D. Crean | George E. Everett | Christopher D. Solano | Wendy Graham | Faye Rivkin

William D. Crean

Bill Crean is a native of Yonkers, New York, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Iona College in 1965, and a Master of Arts in Industrial and Labor Relations in 1966 from St. Francis College in Pennsylvania. Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969. He was stationed at the Pentagon and served at the White House as a Social Aide.

After leaving the Army in 1969, Bill started with Celanese Corporation as a Compensation Analyst. He also served as a Labor Relations Representative and Personnel Supervisor, both in New York and in South Carolina. In 1972, he moved to Michigan and joined Universal Oil Products as Supervisor of Employee/Community Relations and was promoted to Personnel Director of the Johnson Division in Minnesota.

In 1976, Bill joined Baxter International/Hyland Laboratories in California. After three years, he moved to American Hospital Supply Corporation as Personnel Director for Edward’s Pacemaker. Bill served as Personnel Director-Puerto Rico from 1980 to 1982. He was then promoted to Vice President of Human Resources for American’s Bio-Science Laboratories. Bill joined Hybritech, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly in San Diego, as Vice President of Human Resources in 1985. In 1988, Bill introduced Team Excellence, Hybritech’s quality process.

In February 1994, Bill was appointed Vice President Target: Excellence for Citizens Utilities, headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. In July 1996, Bill started an Executive Search firm. In February 1997, Bill was appointed to serve as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner (1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000).

Bill was the co-chairperson for the San Diego Leukemia Society Televent in 1990 and was on their board of directors from 1986 to 1994. Bill was also a board member of the La Jolla YMCA from 1984 to 1994. Bill is currently on the Sacred Heart High School Board of Directors in Yonkers, NY. He is a leader in the Institute of Quality and Productivity. Bill is the father of four boys and an avid skier.


George E. Everett

George Everett, is a twenty-five HR year professional specializing in global organizational development, compensation policies/practices, benefits management, and executive and professional level recruitment and staffing. George provides a global perspective to the staffing needs of organizations focused on expansion into new markets.

George brings to the table significant information technology, and a service company based domestic and international human resource management experience with a view towards a successful business partnership to identify and translate business needs and issues into effective strategies to contribute to improve a company's success. This expertise is from extensive experience with multinational firms and international assignments with Dun & Bradstreet, McCormick & Dodge, Scitex America Corporation, and Automatic Data Processing.

Having managed both domestic and international human resource functions, George has lived in Europe as an expatriate with Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. George has developed a depth and breath of perspective for the management of the human resource function in today's fast paced business environment.

George is also well versed in the human resource challenges of mergers, restructures, re-engineering, and other fast growth environments facing the global market. George has planned and implemented creative, efficiency solutions demonstrating significant cycle time reductions and cost savings.

George possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Hartford.


Christopher D. Solano

Chris Solano joined Crean & Everett as a Search Consultant in June 2002, with a primary focus in the areas of recruitment and research. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego.

Chris has significant experience in the retail industry, where he spent several years facilitating the training and development of new and current employees. More recently he gained experience within the health care industry where he worked as a patient counselor. He has also managed a number of projects involving Organizational Assessment and Diagnosis, Process Improvement Implementation, Personnel Selection, and Reward System Development. Chris has a specific interest in diversity, and he approaches all of his work with a multicultural perspective.

Chris holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from California State University, Fullerton.


Wendy Graham

Wendy Graham has been an HR Consultant for Crean and Everett since early 2001. She has several years of Human Resources experience in a wide range of areas. Her primary focus has been in Recruiting and Staffing. However, she is also a DDI certifiied trainer for Targeted Selection behavior based interviewing and has had experience in training and development, employee relations, HRIS, employee benefits and compensation. Prior to her position with Crean & Everett International, Wendy worked as a Recruiting and Staffing Consultant at Unisys Corporation for four years.

Wendy has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University and a Human Resources Professional Certificate from UCSD Extension.


Faye Rivkin

Faye Rivkin has been a consultant with Crean & Everett since May 2000. In that time she has managed a number of projects in Employee Relations, Recruiting and Compensation.

Prior to that Ms. Rivkin set up and managed an HR Call Center for BOC Gases in Central New Jersey. Faye’s background is focused on HR in a technology environment.

Faye has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Delaware. She has taken a number of advanced courses in Human Resources and Project Management.



Erica Volpe, M.S.

Erica grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where she attended school at Otterbein
College. She graduated in three years, receiving her B.A. in Psychology
with a concentration in Industrial/ Organizational Psych. She spent
those few years working as an Experienced Therapist for children with
autism. Her dedicated work with children resulted in a presentation at
the MPA conference, publications, and a medal of ‘Distinction’ for her
Senior Thesis. In the fall of 2004 she moved to San Diego to pursue her
studies in the field of I/O Psychology at the Marshall Goldsmith School
of Management (Alliant International University). Throughout her time
at Alliant, she has interned at ‘Organized Change Consultancy’, worked
for the Program Director of the Organizational Psychology Department,
and has been elected for several prestigious positions on many of the
school’s boards/committees. In 2006 she obtained an M.S. in I/O Psych
and is currently working toward her doctorate with the hopes of
furthering her career in the field of executive search, selection,
derailment, and development.