W. Tucker and Associates is a executive search and strategic consulting firm with expertise in recruiting talented individuals and thought leaders for Fortune 500 and emerging growth companies as well as public agencies and non-profit organizations. Focusing primarily on specialized recruiting assignments, we have a strong record of achievement in recruiting the best and brightest pre-screened individuals for a variety of functional areas in a broad range of product and service industries.
The WTA team includes executive search and research consultants with over 60 years of combined executive search and staffing experience. In addition, WTA has nationwide strategic alliances that enable us to service our clients throughout the United States. We are proud of our success with specialized recruiting assignments that include the identification and recruitment of a diverse and brightest pool of candidates. We attribute our success, in part, to the extensive networking system that we have developed as well as our affiliation with a host of diversity and industry associations.
Genuine commitment to service and a passion for recruiting, in addition to our consistent placement of top talent, has earned WTA the loyalty of a select and growing clientele. Our goal is to continue the tradition of excellence that has earned us premier status in the executive search industry.
This Statement of Capabilities provides additional insight into WTA’s professional background, services, and processes.
MANAGEMENT AND STAFFING TEAM
WILLIE TUCKER – MANAGING PRINCIPAL
Willie Tucker is a managing principal at W. Tucker and Associates. Willie is responsible for the recruitment of senior and mid level talent.
Willie has worked as a professional recruiter for 17 years. Prior to partnering with Chuck Newman at NTGI, he was Senior Recruiter and National Account Manager with Management Recruiters International (MRI) where he successfully placed senior to mid level talent in the information technology, aerospace/defense and higher education administration areas. Additionally, Willie consistently received recognition as a “Top Producer” within the firm.
Willie has been a political advisor and fundraiser for political candidates. His unique style of professionalism as well as his vast network of professional associates is a contributing factor to his successes.
A native of Southern California, Willie holds a degree in Political Science from UCLA, as well as a graduate degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
BENJAMIN R. HARRELL - SENIOR ASSOCIATE
Benjamin Ray Harrell was responsible for all aspects of Raytheon Company’s operations, in Huntsville, Alabama. He worked in several of Raytheon Company’s business units, including Raytheon Technical Services Company, Raytheon Integrated Defense Company, Raytheon Missile Systems and Raytheon Air Combat and Strike Systems.
Prior to joining Raytheon, Ben worked for General Motors Corporation (GMC). His last position, with GMC was as a General Supervisor of Labor Relations.
After 18 years with GMC he joined Raytheon Company . He started working as an Employee Relations Manager at the Raytheon Missile Systems Division located in Andover, MA. Subsequent to that point Ben held increasingly responsible positions including that of Human Resource (HR) Manager and the Director of World Wide Staffing for Raytheon His last position for Raytheon was as The Site Executive and Director of Operations in Huntsville, Alabama.
Currently Ben works with W. Tucker and Associates as an Senior HR & Operations Consultant for several Software & Engineering companies around the country.
Ben is a Native of Memphis, Tennessee. He received his bachelor degree from Tennessee State University and his master degree from Vanderbilt University, and he has completed courses at Columbia University School of Law.
Ben has served and continues to serve on numerous
WILLIAM D. HAWKINS – SENIOR ASSOCIATE
William ‘Bill’ Hawkins is a senior associate with over 20 years of executive search and staffing experience. Bill is one of the industry leaders in diversity recruiting at the public and private sector levels. He has conducted over 600 searches for Fortune 500 Companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and emerging businesses. Prior to establishing The Hawkins Company, Mr. Hawkins spent nine (9) years as a senior member of the world’s largest executive search firm, Korn/Ferry International. Nurtured in this multi specialty, multi-national search firm, Mr. Hawkins developed specialty-recruiting expertise in banking, real estate and entertainment. Prior to his executive search and staffing experience, Bill was Senior Vice President of the National Economic Management Association, a small business consulting firm concentrating on economic development.
Bill is a graduate of Howard University and has lectured extensively on recruiting and human resources issues nationally. He is currently listed in Who’s Who for his competence and ability to conduct recruiting assignments in a variety of industries, and holds membership in numerous community, business and professional organizations.
BRETT BYERS – SENIOR ASSOCIATE
Brett Byers is a Senior Associate with over eight (8) years of human resources and recruiting experience. In addition to her executive search consulting experience, Brett has worked in management with a large international staffing firm where she partnered with major private sector clients in the media, entertainment, social media, telecommunications, financial services, and real estate industries. Brett has also implemented human capital strategies for executive and managerial level positions to achieve performance targets and exceed growth expectations within new and existing clients.
Brett has extensive experience in diversity recruitment and affinity group networking. Ms. Byers has worked closely with Bill Hawkins and Willie Tucker and has served as the lead executive search consultant on many of the firm’s most complex and highly challenging assignments. Ms. Byers is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Business.
ALICIA M. JACOBS – SENIOR ASSOCIATE
Alicia M. Jacobs offers strategic and tactical solutions to organizations
focused on linking their human capital to the organization’s vision, mission
and goals. With her analytical understanding of business, she supports and partner’s with organizations to build higher performing teams.
Alicia has provided consulting services for over 20 years to Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. As a strategic partner Alicia assists corporate clients and senior executives in meeting performance goals for their human capital, in addition to creating strategic initiatives, which include assessing leadership and management effectiveness.
Alicia has a MBA from Pepperdine University and her Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. As a certified behavioral and values analyst, Alicia has the CPBA and CPVA designations, in addition to being certified to administer the Myers-BriggsType Inventory, Strength Deployment Inventory, FIRO B and DISC assessments.
BARBARA SMILEY – SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Barbara Smiley is a Researcher and has over 25 years of executive recruiting research experience. Barbara performs research design for a variety of clients. Prior to becoming a contract researcher, Barbara was Director of Research for Korn/Ferry International, where she headed all research efforts for both public and private sector search assignments.