The C-Suite Team
As one of the founding partners of C-Suite Assistants, Carol Coleman’s diverse, international life and business experiences give her the expertise to offer top-tier recruiting services to her clients.
Born and raised in South America, Carol attended university in the USA and earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Tulane University, and then a graduate degree in International Management from Thunderbird (The American Graduate School of International Management). Upon graduation, she joined the Human Resources department of an international bank and then moved to analytical and business development banking roles focused on Latin American.
Carol later joined Citibank where she worked in the Capital Markets and Investment Banking Groups managing sales and relationship teams in New York, and then in London. For family reasons, Carol took a break from the banking world and moved with her growing family to Taiwan, where she became the Executive Director of a Non-Profit involved with services for children. After five years living abroad, Carol returned to the US with her husband and their three sons and decided to pursue her long-held interest in recruiting. She joined a staffing firm with offices in New York and Connecticut and learned the recruiting business from the ground up.
In 1999, eager to start her own business and put into practice her core principles, Carol opened her own firm, Coleman & Company, with a focus on recruiting for financial roles for clients such as GE, Mastercard, Pimco, HSBC and various hedge funds. In 2003, recognizing her clients’ needs for administrative support staff, and with the addition of Suzanne Coleman as a full partner and two other recruiters, C-Suite Assistants, a separate division for the recruitment of administrative and support staff was born. C-Suite has steadily expanded to include staffing for administrative and operational roles across a wide range of industries and in many different locations in the USA.
When not working, Carol can be found playing a paddle sport of some kind or digging in the dirt on a local cooperative farm or in her own garden.
Tor Holtan is Chief Operating Officer at C-Suite Assistants and its parent company, Coleman & Company Executive Search. With experience in banking, consumer products, non-profits, entrepreneurship, and start-up businesses, he brings a wealth of knowledge both domestically and internationally. He has served in a variety of executive positions, including CEO, COO, CIO (Chief Innovation Officer), CFO, and board member for several organizations. In addition to executive assistant staffing, recruiting, and talent acquisition, he has also been involved in human resources management throughout his career.
Throughout his career, Tor has held various positions, such as Group Product Manager at Colgate Palmolive, Chief of Staff at Citibank Consumer Banking for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, President of a Consumer Bank in the Far East, and COO of a Conference Business that he co-founded and then sold. At Kellen Corporation he was the CEO of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America – a national non-profit healthcare organization. Additionally, Tor has served and is currently serving on several boards and committees of non-profits in the sailing and sports field.
Linda is a Director of Recruitment at C-Suite Assistants. She has successfully placed both Executive and Administrative Assistants at all levels and works diligently on developing new client relationships. Her accomplishments as a recruiter came naturally to her, drawing on a decade of experience as a Relationship Manager at a major bank offering high-end technology solutions for banks and brokerage firms in New York City, and then working for the Pataki Administration as Director/Strategic Business. Linda considers herself a true “relationship builder,” who knows that the key to success is being a great listener to both employers and candidates.
Linda is a native of Larchmont, NY and resides there with her family. After her son was diagnosed with Autism, she decided to build on her life-long love of sports (she is an avid competitive tennis and paddle tennis player) by committing her time and energy to Backyard Sports Cares, a Westchester-based non-profit offering quality sports programs to children with special needs. After hours, she can be found relaxing with friends at a local restaurant, kickboxing at the gym, participating in some sport (tennis, soccer, baseball, basketball), or teaching skills to children who have been diagnosed with autism. Linda earned her BA in English from the University of Virginia.
Gerry Sheridan is a Director of Recruitment at C-Suite Assistants, headquartered in New York, NY.
Gerry grew up in Pelham Manor, NY and moved to NYC after getting her university degree. For over a decade, Gerry worked as a facilitator and copywriter, running ideation sessions and branding workshops for many large companies, including some of the Fortune 500. She helped clients create and position new products, as well as find new ways to market existing products.
During this time, Gerry also wrote comedy and became an award-winning, published playwright whose work has been produced across the US and in the UK. Several years ago, Gerry transitioned into recruiting (while still writing comedy in her spare time), and spent five years at a boutique staffing agency where she discovered she had a knack for recruiting. While at this firm she recruited for all types of positions across various industries, specializing in Executive Assistants, Administrative Assistants, Personal Assistants and House Managers. In this capacity, Gerry worked with both C-level executives and high-net worth individuals, finding them assistants who were the right fit, both in terms of skills and those intangibles that are so important.
Gerry joined C-Suite Assistants in 2016 and has found a professional home working with fellow recruiters who believe in what they do and maintain a high level of integrity and service to both clients and candidates. Gerry’s background in film and theater gives her a behind-the-scenes understanding of what a client in these creative fields is looking for, and the synergy between the business and the creative side of these fields.
Gerry earned her BA in English Literature from Stony Brook University. She lives in Brooklyn Heights, where she plays squash, writes and dotes on her dog.
Lisa is a Senior Recruiter at C-Suite Assistants. She grew up on the sunny beaches of Destin, Florida and graduated from the University of West Florida, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing with a minor in Psychology.
Lisa met her husband while in college and moved to Dallas to pursue a big city job. Beginning as a Recruiter for a small placement agency, Lisa placed Administrative Assistants, Office Coordinators, Human Resource Assistants and Financial Analysts with clients that included Pizza Hut, Mary Kay, and Big 6 Accounting firms. She was then recruited to work for Andersen Consulting (Accenture) where she focused on recruiting executive assistants for internal departments and Managing Partners at the firm. In this role, she was trained in several types of interviewing methods including Critical Behavior Interviews.
Wanting to explore the technical consulting world, Lisa moved to recruiting Software Developers for technical companies within the US. After several years of working with technical consulting companies, Lisa realized she missed placing Executive Assistants and building relationships with them. Working at C-Suite Assistants has provided her with the ideal opportunity for her to do what she loves while maintaining the work life balance important to her.
Lisa enjoys doing CrossFit, running, biking and pretending she’s still a competitive athlete. Less strenuous activities like coffee, sunshine and podcasts are also important to her well -being as well as volunteering at a local church and staying involved with her community. She and her husband Jon, stay busy with the active schedules of their two daughters.