Prior to forming AI Partners, Jeff Neppl led Aquinas Search Partners one of the largest executive search firms serving the Southeast. Before Aquinas Search Partners, Jeff was a partner with another retained executive search firm where he led the Consumer and Technology practice areas. He specializes in “C” level, officer, and Board of Director searches for public and private clients in the areas of operations, technology, sales, marketing and business development.
Throughout his career Jeff has had a proven track record of attracting key leadership talent and developing high performance work team environments. Most recently he served as CEO of Recordant, a venture capital backed company pioneering an $8 Billion market in capturing and analyzing face to face communication. He successfully led the company from start up through two successful venture capital funding rounds. Prior to Recordant, he served as CCO of The Evercare Company, a private equity backed consumer products company based in Alpharetta, Georgia. He also served as EVP of Purchasepro leading one of the five most successful IPOs of 1999.
Jeff’s career also includes serving in senior roles in some of the most respected consumer oriented companies in the world including Managing Director of Field Sales and Marketing for Coca-Cola, Vice President of Sales for Campbell Soup and numerous roles of increasing responsibility for Procter and Gamble. With a broad spectrum of experience ranging from Fortune 50 to leading successful startups and new businesses across numerous industries, Jeff leverages the knowledge and experience of these diverse roles to assist our clients in building world-class organizations.
In addition to serving on corporate boards, Jeff has served on the boards of Catholic Charities, Students in Free Enterprise, Ezekiel 22, and the advisory board of Catholics Come Home. He earned a degree in marketing from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Jeff and his wife, Susan, reside in John’s Creek, Georgia with their two teenage children.
Before forming AI Partners, Joe Payne was the Founder and Managing Partner of Integra Search where he performed searches for CEOs, Presidents, and Vice Presidents and Directors of Engineering, Marketing, Product Management, and Sales primarily for high growth entrepreneurial companies.
Joe has extensive experience in recruiting and management for entrepreneurial technology and service companies. His career includes 25 years recruiting professionals for a variety of organizations and seven years working for Management Science America designing, developing, selling and supporting computer software.
Conversant in technology, Joe attributes his ability to capture the attention of great candidates to his ease in working with the best and the brightest throughout his career. Before founding Integra Search, Joe was a Partner at another executive search firm. There he led searches for “Chief” and VP level positions for portfolio companies of the venture capital company, Austin Ventures. Joe also served as Director of Professional Services for Resumix, managing their technical consulting organization.
“Working in the Venture Capital world has given me a tremendous respect for young companies and the pace at which they have to move. So many things have to be done well and quickly. Finding the right people to take them forward is critical. Fortunately, AI Partners can help them.
A native of Atlanta, Joe earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his MBA in Finance from Georgia State University. He has been awarded the designation of Certified Personnel Consultant and Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Justin Seymour is a Principal of AI Partners, responsible for conducting executive search assignments for Fortune 500 clients, as well as small-medium enterprises. Justin works in multiple industries with a specialty focus in telecom/mobility and consumer products.
Prior to being a part of AI Partners, Justin served in the same capacity for Aquinas Search Partners since 2011. Prior to Aquinas he managed his own executive search firm. Justin has also consulted on searches with Perimeter Search Group, a leading boutique firm in consumer packaged goods. His clients have included Nintendo, Belden, Novelis, Georgia-Pacific and TE Connectivity.
Before entering executive search, Justin enjoyed a 15 year career in sales and marketing. He was led Sales for Viscom International/BEST Mexico brands and negotiated advertising sponsorships for Turner Broadcasting System-Latin America.
Justin holds a Business Administration in Advertising and Marketing from the University of Central Oklahoma. He served for three years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer working on community agriculture projects in Bolivia, South America, and is fluent in Spanish and conversational in Portuguese. Justin is a past President and Chairman Emeritus of the Atlanta Junior Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Christine reside in Avondale Estates, Georgia.