Just Like You, Our Success Is Built On
The Quality of Our People

Our nine partners have over 160 years of combined experience, most of it at C level. We breathe the same air you do. We understand your company before we ever submit a candidate, and we understand your needs and concerns.

We employ a strongly collaborative approach to every placement, discussing every assignment among the entire team. Your search gets the benefit of our teams collective experiences.

John O'Keefe

John V. O’Keefe

Founder & CEO

John founded O’Keefe & Partners in 1985. Not only does he bring his more than 25 years of search experience to every search, but he also draws upon his 15 years of corporate sales, marketing, and general management experience with:

  • Reader’s Digest Corporation
  • Marketing Corporation of America
  • Dun & Bradstreet Corporation

 B.S. University of Washington

Find me on: LinkedIn
Email me at: jvokeefe@okeefepartners.com

Kathy O'Keefe

Kathy J. O’Keefe


Kathy co-founded O’Keefe and Partners in 1985. Until that time she worked for 10 years in senior retail management where she gained her keen ability to identify talent.

 B.A. University of Washington

Email me at: kokeefe@okeefepartners.com


Kevin Murphy

Kevin B. Murphy

Senior Partner - Joined in 2006

Kevin joined O’Keefe and Partners in 2006 as Senior Partner. His extensive 25 years of corporate experience to include:

–  COO of Fortune 300 Company
–  Past COO – North America’s largest Seafood Company
–  CEO- Landmark Sports and Entertainment Marketing Agency
–  Senior Sales & Marketing Officer-..global CPG Company
–  Senior Operations Officer for multi-plant international
Beverage manufacturer

B.A. Harvard University
M.B.A.  Vanderbilt University

Find me on: LinkedIn
Email me at: mailto:kmurphy@okeefepartners.com

Thomas S. Wilzinski

Partner - Joined 1988

Tom has 10 years of prior operations leadership with McKesson Drug Company, where he led the operations team responsible for repackaging and redistributing a significant portion of McNeil’s Tylenol products during the Cyanide poisoning crisis.

Has also led Ocean Spray, Hasbro and Crayola recruiting efforts for the past 14 years.

B.A. Sacred Heart

Find me on: LinkedIn
Email me at: twilzinski@okeefepartners.com


Susan P. Moore

Partner - Joined in 1992

Susan has 10 years of sales, sales administration and human resources management experience at:

– Panafax Corporation
– Majers Corporation
– Northern Homes Incorporated

B.A. St. Michael’s College

Find me on: LinkedIn
Email me at: smoore@okeefepartners.com


William A. Tohill

Partner - Joined in 1997

Bill’s prior experience includes sales and management roles with Merrill Lynch and leadership positions in the U.S. Army.

He has 13 years in executive search, with particular expertise in recruiting for senior level operations, marketing, sales and general
management positions.

Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy

Find me on: LinkedIn
Email me at: btohill@okeefepartners.com

Jay V. O’Keefe

Partner - Joined in 2006

4 years in Corporate Sponsored Tournaments/Exhibitions with Woolf Associates.

2 years as Sales Manager for AT&T

Focus for O’Keefe is in the areas of recruiting  for Sales and Marketing positions.

University of Hartford

Find me on: LinkedIn
Email me at: jokeefe@okeefepartners.com