Our Leadership Team
Our team is committed to bringing an unmatched level of integrity to every search and placement. Please take some time to get to know us!
Andy Miller, President & CEO
Consumer Products Practice Leader
Andy founded BrainWorks in 1991, and he has led our Consumer Products practice for two decades. He’s a stickler for process and he has been the driving force behind our proprietary Talent Acquisition Profile and Talent Evaluation Process.
Andy received a master’s degree at Temple University in Counseling Psychology and spent three years in social services settings. After transitioning to business, Andy spent 10 years in the telecommunications field, winning numerous sales awards, including five consecutive years in the Gold Club and Salesman of the Year.
His passion and experience from competitive sports combined with his psychology background provides a unique blend of competitiveness and people skills which has influenced how he works with both clients and candidates. This unique mix of talents is the basis of Andy’s philosophy — to help clients win the competitive wars for talent by assessing, training and developing people toward greater productivity.
“The best search consultant I ever worked with is Andy Miller … The most significant reason to separate Andy from other search consultants is his ability to understand our business … He delivered the talent that made a difference in achieving my business objectives. I would highly recommend Andy to any organization that is looking to grow its business.”
– Sr. VP of Marketing, Andrew Jergens Corporation
Guy O. Gomis, Partner
Guy established BrainWorks’ Relationship Marketing and Decision Sciences practice in 1995. He has been in the executive search industry since 1993, and he has forged strategic partnerships with industry leaders including Nike, Walmart, American Express, and General Electric.
Guy and his team have conducted thousands of searches across a broad range of industries including catalog, retail, financial services, consumer package goods, pharmaceutical, and marketing services. His experience and knowledge across and within industries provide Guy with a unique ability to partner with clients in attracting top talent to drive business growth.
Guy received his B.S. in Economics and his M.B.A. from the University of Maine. In addition to BrainWorks, Guy’s experience includes building and developing SnellingSearch, a Division of Snelling Personnel Services.
“The key difference I found in working with Guy Gomis and the BrainWorks team is in the quality of candidates that are provided. This comes from a unique understanding of the marketplace, an investment in clearly understanding the client needs and a long-term prospective on the placement. Any firm can provide resumes in bulk. Filling personnel holes is easy. Guy and team place themselves simultaneously in the position of the candidate and the hiring manager to ensure a sustainable fit for both. I’ve not found another firm that has repeated this model as flawlessly and reliably as BrainWorks.”
– Brent Cooke, VP Guests & Digital Marketing
Ilene Schneider, Senior Client Manager
Ilene has been in the executive search industry since 2002, and she has worked as a strategic partner in identifying top talent for industry leaders throughout Consumer Products, across a wide variety of functional disciplines including sales, marketing, product management, operations, logistics, merchandising, creative and in the executive suite.
Prior to joining BrainWorks, Ilene spent eight years as Senior Staff for the Head of Human Resources Administration for the City of New York on various projects including recruitment, employee development/assessment and benefits management. Ilene has a unique combination of insight, persistence and dedication to excellence which has helped her complete even the most difficult searches.
Ilene received her B.S. from Brooklyn College and her masters’ degree from Hunter College.
Cathy Miller, CFO
Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining BrainWorks, Cathy spent nearly a decade as the Head of Credit and Collections for a leading fuel oil company in the Northeast. Cathy joined Brainworks in 1991, and she has served as the Chief Financial/Administrative Officer for 20 years.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, Cathy completed the masters’ program at Hahnemann University.
Chricell Peters-Gomis, Search Consultant
Chricell started at BrainWorks in 2011 after graduating with her bachelor’s degree from Kean University. She joined the Relationship Marketing and Decision Sciences Practice as a Search Consultant and is responsible for strategically sourcing superior talent to fill the multitude of searches in this practice area. Her charm and outgoing personality have enabled her to professionally connect and qualify many potential candidates.
Chricell also has trained as a professional dancer. Her grit and determination as a performer have enabled her to passionately succeed in being detail-oriented when connecting with, and qualifying candidates, while staying current with industry trends.
Eric Frickel, Managing Director
Private Equity & Corporate Finance Practice
Eric Frickel leads the private equity and corporate finance practice for Brainworks. Brainworks focuses on the recruiting needs of upper and middle management specifically within private equity investment teams and portfolio companies, investment banking, and corporate development & strategy.
During his 14 years in private equity and corporate finance executive search, Eric has successfully developed and managed numerous searches for pre and post MBA private equity investment teams placing top deal professionals. He has also been retained on several portfolio company CFO and Vice President of Finance positions with leading private equity groups. Additionally, Eric has represented many large and mid-market investment banking firms as well as corporate development and strategy groups of fortune companies. Eric has a unique capability of gaining full understanding of the clients he covers within his domain leveraging his background in consulting, investment banking, and public accounting. This background allows for a deep level understanding and technical screening of candidates’ knowledge of financial modeling, general business aptitude and overall transition into the buyside environments.
Eric previously started and managed the private equity search practice at a boutique firm in Atlanta, GA for 14 years before joining Brainworks in 2018. Eric began his career at Ernst & Young where he gained a strong background in accounting and M&A due diligence. He continued his career at a top middle market investment banking group at Duff & Phelps, in Chicago, IL as well as performed restructuring and litigation at Huron Consulting.
Eric holds a BS in accounting and finance from The University of Michigan. He resides in Greenwich, CT and is an avid runner and triathlete.
Todd Shiner, Practice Leader
Accounting and Finance Practice
Todd Shiner has been in the recruitment and search industry for nearly 20 years representing executives across all industries. He began his career with a New Jersey based CPA firm where he conducted forensic audits and corporate tax compliance. He then moved to the public sector where he quickly rose to becoming a Corporate Controller during the dot.com era. As a former Public Accountant and Controller, he understands how finance leaders can ensure compliance, mitigate risk and improve the bottom line.
Todd developed his expertise in accounting and finance executive search while with Korn Ferry, Michael Page, and Parker + Lynch (Adecco). His deep network consists of experienced CFOs, VPs of Finance, and Controllers along with executives specialized in Treasury, Tax, Reporting, Procurement, Audit and Compliance.
Todd has established clients ranging from the Fortune 50 to emerging private equity-backed companies across the United States. He has helped clients through M&A transactions, IPO’s, Capital Raising, Divestitures, and Business Transformation, Technical project and ERP system integration initiatives.
Todd is a degreed Accountant from Monmouth University. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters and supporting special needs community programs.