LEADERSHIP TEAM  


Jed Strom

Jed Strom

Senior Partner

Jed has nine years of executive search experience and has successfully placed hundreds of professionals during his career, including CFOs, controllers, mid-level management and staff.  Jed started his career in the banking industry after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Finance. Through a mutual friend, Jed was introduced to the executive search industry. He loves the relationship side of the business and really enjoys connecting with people. 

jstrom@graysonsearchpartners.com 


Matt Cairns

Matt Cairns

Senior Partner

Over his thirteen year tenure as an executive recruiter, Matt has developed an extensive network of candidates and clients. Before becoming an executive recruiter, he worked in finance at a Fortune 500 Company. Matt grew up in Missouri and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri.  He received his MBA from Saint Louis University in 2000. Outside of work, he enjoys tennis, running and travel. 

mcairns@graysonsearchpartners.com


Nicole Nelson

Nicole Nelson

Senior Partner

Nicole has over fifteen years of experience recruiting accounting and finance professionals. She spent four years working as a financial analyst for a Fortune 500 Company prior to becoming an executive recruiter. Nicole's ability to connect with clients and candidates helped her last company grow from a startup into a national search firm. Nicole is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, reading, cooking and socializing.

nnelson@graysonsearchpartners.com


Phil Ott

Phil Ott

Senior Partner

After completing his undergraduate degree in accounting at the University of Kentucky, Phil moved to Chicago to work for a Big 4 accounting firm.  Phil also worked in corporate and operational and financial accounting in the financial services industry.  His career as a recruiting professional started with a national search firm that provided a platform for him to learn from some of the most talented accounting and finance recruiters in the industry. Phil has been building a network of accounting and finance professionals across Chicago since 2001.

pott@graysonsearchpartners.com