Tyler & Company’s own roster of talent is itself a testimony of our commitment to clients. With an average of 25 years' experience, our vice presidents are seasoned experts in their fields. Because they’ve served as CEOs, CFOs and CNOs in hospital and academic settings, they have first-hand knowledge of the challenges you face and offer invaluable insight.

These active, roll-up-your-sleeves specialists carry a manageable portfolio so that they can dedicate the hours and energy necessary to see your search through to completion. The Tyler & Company team you meet in the beginning will be the one that works with you through every stage until your new hire is placed and has transitioned.

Preston Smith, JD, FACHE


Dennis J. Kain, FACHE, MHA

Senior Vice President | Northeast

Diane Smith, RN, BSN

Vice President

Chris Ekrem, MBA, FACHE

Vice President

Jennifer Becker

Vice President

Chris Ayers, MSHA

Director of Business Development

Erika Hansen

Marketing Associate

Hallie T. Banker, MHA, MBA

Senior Consultant

Amy Rose, MLIS

Senior Consultant

Kristen E. Sumner, MBA

Senior Consultant and Director of Human Resources

Charlotte C. Tinsley

Senior Consultant

Cynthia F. Seeba


J. Larry Tyler

Chairman Emeritus

Patricia A. Hoffmeir


Elizabeth B. Hanckel


Cary Gutbezahl, MD


Laura Polak


Rene Dodd


Tim Larson

IT Director

Marge LaRue

Administrative Assistant

Anne Marie Kelly

Administrative Assistant

Our Team

Tyler & Company brings you a seasoned team of experts in executive search with extensive knowledge and experience, dedicated to helping you find the right match for your organization. Our advisors partner to offer clients an expansive personal network along with invaluable expertise, while our consultants and vice presidents work diligently to recruit an impressive roster of top-notch talent.