The Hawkins Company consulting team consists of professionals dedicated to excellent performance in meeting the talent acquisition needs of our clients. They have handled from routine to highly confidential and complex recruitments, with a consistent commitment to service, professionalism and positive results.
Our Project Team consists of William D. Hawkins, Brett Byers, Daphne Le Blanc, Yonnine Hawkins, and Dr. Gwendolyn Catchings-Castello. Our team has over one hundred (100) years of combined experience in successfully researching and conducting executive searches. The team possesses extensive executive search skills and experience, plus broad knowledge and contacts developed throughout their successful business careers. We maintain strategic partnerships with other consultants who are retained to assist us based on their industry or functional expertise which enhances our firm’s resources and ability to serve our clients.
Williams D. Hawkins
President/CEO and Founder
Mr. Hawkins is a graduate of Howard University and has spoken extensively on recruiting and human resources issues nationally. Over the years, he has counseled leaders in industry and government on career transitioning and talent management. He holds membership in numerous community, business and professional organizations.
Dr. Gwendolyn Catchings-Castello
Dr. Catchings-Castello holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Xavier University of Louisiana, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Doctorate in Business Administration (Management/Organizational Behavior/Marketing) from Nova Southeastern University (Florida). In addition she holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and is a graduate of Coach University. Dr. Catchings-Castello is an Assistant Professor of Marketing and Management at Jackson State University, and a member of numerous professional associations, including the American Marketing Association, Society of Human Resources Management, Society for Advancement of Management, National Black MBA Association (Life Member), National Society of Hispanic MBAs and International Coach Federation. Dr. Catchings-Castello is also an Executive Coach (focusing on personal, professional and organizational development), author, public speaker and workshop presenter.
Executive Vice President
Brett Byers serves as Executive Vice President and has over eight (8) years of human resources and recruiting experience. In addition to her executive search consulting experience, Ms. Byers has served as the Marketing and Communications Director for a trade association and 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. Ms. Byers 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.
Ms. Byers began her professional career with the nationally acclaimed INROADS program where she also facilitated training and development modules focusing on career development. She has extensive experience in diversity recruitment and affinity group networking. Ms. Byers has worked closely with Mr. Hawkins 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, Haas School of Business and is actively involved in alumni related networking at the University.
Daphne Le Blanc
Managing Director + Transportation Practice Leader