The Roadmap to Success

A Note from Denae Bluethmann, Senior Vice President, Recruiting + Development

In my career, I have had the privilege to mentor and coach dozens of professionals. What has always piqued my curiosity no matter the individual are the varying ways we seek to find satisfaction from the work that we do.

As it pertains to search, it is common to find that high-capacity individuals desire to build a sustainable book of business and have a reputation for providing best in class service for their clients — but often, they aren’t equipped with the right roadmap, mentorship, and support to make it a reality.

McDermott + Bull’s Managing Partner, Paul Gibbons, based in Vancouver, Canada, sheds light on this. He shares his reasons for choosing McDermott + Bull, describing it as a nurturing environment where professionals can flourish alongside like-minded peers.

At McDermott + Bull, we’ve recognized this gap and have empowered our practice leads to build successful businesses through a robust internal infrastructure. With our methodical approach to practice development, one-to-one and peer group mentoring, a dedicated recruiter and researcher model, and a resolute commitment to challenging the norms, we stand out as a beacon for leadership excellence. 

As the year progresses, it’s a fitting moment for many to reflect on their journey and envision the road ahead. If you feel that a collaborative, forward-thinking environment can further elevate your expertise, we’d be delighted to explore opportunities together.

Article: Fair Market Compensation for Recruiting Transformative Talent

In the article “Fair Market Compensation for Recruiting Transformative Talent” Managing Partner and Co-Founder Chris Bull dissects the new realities of hiring, debunks outdated compensation myths, and emphasizes the genuine worth of transformative talent.

Case Study: Interim CFO Reduces Month-End Close by 45 Days for Privately Held Consumer Manufacturing Company

McDermott + Bull Interim Leaders deployed an interim CFO to clean up the company’s financials, improve its cash flow, and fortify the accounting department. 

15 days

Reduced month-end close from over 60 days to 15 days.


Liaised with external auditors, found new external audit and tax partners, and engaged a new lender.


Left the organization with a cash reserve and money set aside to make the next payroll.


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Bryan Carter
Talent Acquisition Partner

Bryan Carter serves as a Talent Acquisition Partner for McDermott + Bull’s Internal Recruitment + Development Team, where he leads research initiatives that support the firm’s expansion, including the recruitment of Managing Directors, Principals, Research Associates, and more. 

Bryan started his career at digital marketing start-up SimplyBe., where he served as Head of Executive Operations. He was also the Co-Host + Creative Producer of the SimplyBe. Podcast where he held conversations with innovative entrepreneurs, New York Times best-selling authors, National Football League athletes, and Hollywood showrunners. Bryan continues to utilize his passion for cultivating explorative conversations through his own podcast, BC’s Corner.

Josie Crete

Josie Crete
Talent Acquisition Partner

Josie Crete serves as a Talent Acquisition Partner for McDermott + Bull, where she assists with internal hiring and growing the company. Josie primarily focuses on finding new Researchers, Recruiters, Principals, and Managing Directors for the firm.

Prior to McDermott + Bull, Josie was a recruiter at Northwestern Mutual, where she was responsible for hiring wealth managers and internal team members, as well as leading the firm’s internship program. Before this, she served as a recruiter at Southwest Airlines. Josie has a huge passion for helping others and guiding people toward life-changing careers. She currently resides in Denver, Colorado.