Our Team

Don Ancona
Don has over twenty years of experience as President of two staffing firms that have received international recognition. Prior to opening an Executive Search firm in Minneapolis, Don was an Read More
Paula Ancona
Managing Partner, Search Consultant, Banking and Mortgage
Paula brings broad experience to her role as a search consultant. She has held several positions in the search firms she and her husband, Don, have owned and operated including Read More
Steve Freeman
Senior Vice President, Search Consultant, Construction
Steve came to Sandias Executive Search over 12 years ago with over 20 years in outside sales and management, recruiting and training some of the top salespeople in the wine Read More
Mike Chavez
Vice President, Certified Senior Account Manager, Construction
Mike Chavez joined Sandias Executive Search 10 years ago. Mike is part of a vanishing breed in New Mexico, “Born and Bred”. He has spent all of his 38 years Read More
Gene Cantrell
Search Consultant, Construction
Gene came to Sandias Executive Search with over 25 years in retail sales and management experience, recruiting and training some of the best in the Managers in the retail field. Read More
Jon Burquest
Search Consultant, Construction
Jon Burquest came to Sandias Executive Search with more than 16 years in Recruitment plus another 10 in various Sales roles. He was named Regional Rookie of the Year his Read More
Elise Turner
Search Consultant, Banking
Elise Turner relocated from the snow-covered land of Minnesota to our sunny New Mexico.  She brings with her 20 years of executive experience from the Fashion Industry as well as Read More
Janet DeBesse
Manager of Administration and Data
Janet came to Sandias Executive Search several years ago with a solid background in recruiting. She was the Senior Recruiter for a call center in Texas for the last 7 Read More
Tyler Hamilton
Administrative Assistant
Tyler Hamilton, a recent transplant from North Carolina, comes to us with diverse employment experience. While attending Wake Technical Community College, Tyler spent time working with children, as an administrative Read More


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