Bill Castell

Chairman & Founder

In 1982 William J. Castell founded Management Advisors, one of our country’s first executive search firms with a dedicated focus in the financial services sector. The vision to specialize in the banking, mortgage banking, securities, insurance, and associated vendor management industries has proven to be the pivotal foundation for Management Advisors’ position as one of the leading, most well respected search firms in the nation. A contributing factor for Castell’s success has been his ability to recruit financial services industry leaders for leadership and recruiting roles in his company and their ability to recruit top talent needed to fuel and sustain the growth of these dynamic industries sectors over the past three decades.

After earning a degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University, he began his career in mortgage banking with First Union Mortgage Corporation (formerly Cameron-Brown Company). Following a number of years in production at the branch and regional level, he accepted a national production management position with PENNAMCO, Inc., a mortgage banking subsidiary of First Pennsylvania Bank in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Following PENNAMCO’s sale to Manufacturers Hanover Bank in 1979, Bill entered the executive search industry with Corporate Consulting, Inc. in Winter Park, Florida. In 1983 he founded Management Advisors and relocated the company to North Carolina.

Bill was published in Jess Lederman’s book, Mortgage Banking, a Handbook of Strategies, Trends and Opportunities. In addition, he has recently published “An Executive’s Guide for Interviewing and Evaluation”.

Bill can be reached at (828) 305-7043 or bill@managementadvisors.net

Marc Castell

President & CEO

Marc Castell is President & CEO at Management Advisors and is based out of the Hickory, NC office. Since joining the firm in 1998 Marc has been successful in both retained and contingency search assignments for Retail Branch, Area, and Regional Management positions. Other areas of concentration include Senior Level Mortgage Banking assignments in Wholesale Management, National Production Management, and Executive Officer positions. Marc also works extensively on the Operations side of the Mortgage Banking Industry. Marc received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from East Carolina University where he remains active in supporting their academic and athletic program.

Marc can be reached at (828) 305-7042 or mcastell@managementadvisors.net

Mary Sieck

President of Financial Services Group

Mary Sieck is President of the Financial Service Group for Management Advisors and is based out of the Lake Wylie, SC office, and has been with the firm for thirteen years. Mary has completed several Retained Searches for Chief Compliance Officers, Chief Operations Officers, General Counsels, Chief Financial Officers, Presidents, Attorneys, and other senior level executives in the Securities, Broker/Dealer, Investment Advisor, Insurance and Mutual Fund Industries nationwide. In addition to Retained Executive Search, Mary has partnered with her client companies, also on a contingency basis helping to build sales supervision and compliance audit teams, throughout the United States. Mary’s division places all levels of candidates in the above industries, including; Compliance Directors, Managers and Officers, Sales Managers, Operations Managers, Accountants, Attorneys, Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, and other financial services professionals.

Mary can be reached at (803) 831-6723 or msieck@managementadvisors.net

Our Valuable Team Members

<strong>William J. Castell, III (Tripp)</strong>
William J. Castell, III (Tripp)Managing Director, Mortgage Banking

William J. Castell, III (Tripp) is a Managing Director of the Real Estate Finance Group at Management Advisors and is based out of the Hickory, NC office. The key to Tripp’s success has been his commitment to building long-term client relationships. Over the past 20 years, he has developed and leads a team of account executives and recruiters to quickly respond to his clients’ needs. He has successfully completed executive level searches for all the major division heads including President, CFO, Director of Servicing, Operations Management, Secondary Marketing and Production Management. Tripp is also actively involved in mid-level management and sales positions in both retail and wholesale lending.

Tripp can be reached at (828) 305-7044 or tripp@managementadvisors.net

<strong>Walter Sterling</strong>
Walter SterlingSenior Account Executive

Walter Sterling is a nationally recognized Recruiting Consultant and Executive Search Professional specializing in Mortgage Banking, Executive Management, Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and Credit personnel in the Banking Industry. Walter is located at the corporate office of Management Advisors Executive Search in Hickory, NC. Sterling has 10+ years experience in the financial industry.

Walter can be reached at (828) 229-7768 or wsterling@managementadvisors.net

<strong>Rhonda Sanford</strong>
Rhonda SanfordSenior Account Executive

Rhonda is a Senior Account Executive for the Real Estate Finance Group at Management Advisors and is based out of the Hickory, NC office. Rhonda joined Management Advisors in 2005 and has extensive experience in conducting Retail Branch Manager, Operations and Wholesale search assignments nationwide. Rhonda’s clients include Top 10 Financial Institutions as well as numerous sale organizations within the mortgage banking industry. Rhonda’s overall sales experience spans over 25 years.

Rhonda can be reached at (828) 305-7041 or rsanford@managementadvisors.net

<strong>Brie Castell</strong>
Brie CastellSenior Account Executive

Brie Castell joined Management Advisors in 2013.  As an Account Executive, Brie is committed to developing and nurturing deep relationships with her clients, and treating her candidates with respect and honesty.  She understands how critical it is for the executives she works with to be a cultural fit for any opportunity.  Brie is also the owner and chief curator of Castell Photography, one of the South’s only galleries specializing in contemporary photo-based media.

Brie can be reached at (828) 505-0575 or brie@managementadvisors.net

<strong>Phillip Melton</strong>
Phillip MeltonSenior Account Executive

Phillip Melton is a nationally recognized Recruiting Consultant and Executive Search Professional specializing in Mortgage Banking, Executive Management, Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and Credit personnel in the Banking Industry. Phillip is located at the corporate office of Management Advisors Executive Search in Hickory, NC. Melton has 30+ years experience in the financial industry.

Phillip can be reached at (828) 305-7050 or pmelton@managementadvisors.net

<strong>Linda Aron</strong>
Linda AronSenior Recruiter

Linda Aron brings a robust background in mortgage banking to Management Advisors Executive Search.  With years of experience in secondary marketing, management, originations, and correspondent lending, she has in depth knowledge of the business and many contacts throughout the industry. Linda grew up in Virginia, graduated from The College of William and Mary, and has graduate degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University.  After a strong career in Virginia, Linda spent 20 years in the Midwest, working for The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Principal Financial Group, and Pacific Union Financial, among others.   Linda will utilize her knowledge and contacts to thoughtfully connect qualified prospects with mortgage companies and financial services companies in the US.  Linda currently lives at Smith Mountain Lake near Roanoke, VA, enjoying golf, teaching yoga, and lake sports.

Linda can be reached at (641) 275-2441 or linda.aron@managementadvisors.net.