As McKinley Marketing Partners’ co-founder and first employee, Michelle now serves as the company’s President and CEO. Her leadership, courage, and instinct for optimizing business processes and procedures have driven McKinley’s growth and solidified its reputation as a firm that consistently delivers top-notch marketing talent. She has been named an inaugural member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Women of Distinction for her leadership and commitment to the organization and to the women’s business community. In McKinley’s earliest years, Michelle developed a rigorous candidate screening procedure—a highly selective process that serves as the foundation for McKinley’s quality standards. This unique process allows McKinley to provide clients with candidates that fit their needs and corporate culture. Michelle attended Southwest Texas State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She began her career in commercial development before transitioning into marketing and public relations. After working in sports marketing for a decade, she decided to switch gears and began consulting independently. As a marketing consultant, Michelle was able to leverage her marketing and business development skills while maintaining a healthy work-life balance—an experience she wanted to share with others. As a result, in 1995 she co-founded McKinley Marketing Partners and, even after all these years, she is still thrilled by the results it delivers to clients and candidates. There’s nothing better, she says, than matching a candidate looking for their dream job or project with a client looking for their hero employee or consultant. Michelle is inspired by her husband, her team at McKinley, and the many talented women business owners she has met over the years. In her spare time, she plays golf and tennis and practices yoga. She enjoys traveling and passionately watches the Dallas Cowboys during football season.