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The Team

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Josh Wimberley

Co-Founder & CEO

Josh serves as CEO of Lead5. In Josh's previous role as Head of the Financial Officer Practice in North America for Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), he focused on recruiting CFOs across multiple industry sectors. Josh's 20 years in traditional executive search makes him uniquely equipped to understand and address the pain points associated with the executive job search process.

Josh had a distinguished career with Korn/Ferry as he was the youngest partner in the firm at the time of his promotion and one of the youngest practice leaders in the firm's history. In addition, he has been quoted on various leadership and succession topics in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, and CFO Magazine.

Josh left Korn/Ferry in 2013 with a vision of creating an online exchange, empowering candidates with intel and transparency on the executive search process.

Josh received his bachelor's degree in management, magna cum laude, from Baylor University.

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Mike Russ

Co-Founder & COO

Mike is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Lead5. His responsibilities as COO include operations, search, business development, and partnership marketing.

Mike comes to Lead5 from Ivie & Associates, a marketing communications firm where he served as Senior Vice President of Operations, leading two business units for the company. During his tenure, he successfully developed and implemented operational solutions both domestically and internationally.

Mike holds a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Mike is motivated by a philosophy that focuses on growing profit through improved business processes, stronger analytics, and team development.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications from Texas A&M University and an MBA in Finance and Operations from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

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Vince Martin

Chief Product Officer

Vince serves as Lead5's Chief Product Officer; bringing over 25 years of IT, product development, and entrepreneurial experience to the company. After starting his career with IBM, Vince launched a successful software consultancy working with Fortune 500 and start-up organizations.

Prior to joining Lead5, Vince served as CEO of MainStreetSHARES (formerly, which he founded and grew into a profitable online loyalty service that drove over $500MM in annual transactional volume while acquiring more than 1,600 retail partners in the highly competitive e-commerce space.

Vince is responsible for establishing and executing Lead5's product vision. His product philosophy is one of relentlessly understanding, anticipating, and delivering on member needs.

Vince earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Tuskegee University.

Lead5 Advisory Board

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Bob Collins - Chairman

Founder and CEO, Robert Collins Group
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James Mendelsohn

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Revenue Officer at Breakout Capital Finance
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Brennan Murray

Partner, Talent at Cressey & Company
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Dave Justus

Chief Financial Officer, Kareo
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Jeremy Fudge

Managing Partner at Berry Appleman & Leiden, LLP

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