CRCSearch Leadership

Courtney Raymond
Managing Partner
President

Courtney Raymond grew up in Westchester County, New York and graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1990, and eventually settled down in Houston, Texas.  

In search of more trees and less pavement, Courtney, her husband Michael, and their two high-school aged daughters moved from central Houston to the rolling hills of Texas Hill Country, near Austin, Texas, in 2015.  Since founding CRC in the early 1990’s, Courtney has focused exclusively on the financial services search and the CRC team now includes multiple managers with over 10 years of experience at the firm, as well as multiple, long-term client relationships, and over 100 years collective experience.

Josh Barber 
Managing Partner 
Marketing 
Recruiting Strategy

Josh Barber was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. He graduated from University of Colorado with a BS in Finance & International Business.  He also completed a minor in Spanish.

Josh has worked in recruiting and has focused exclusively on the  financial services industry for the past 12 years.  He has worked in a boutique firm environment his entire career and has developed a well-rounded skillset to cover his following areas of expertise, which include:  executive search, retained search, staffing, research/sourcing, operations, IT solutions & implementations, marketing and management.

Josh enjoys spending time with his wife Vicky and their two daughters: Audrey and Ariana.    As a family they enjoy traveling abroad, participating in family hikes and skiing in the winter.  Josh is passionate about spending time in the outdoors exploring the beautiful state of Colorado. He also enjoys playing tennis on the weekends.

Robert “Rob” Kennedy
Managing Partner
Account Management
Our president, Rob Kennedy, was a successful FA, office manager, and complex director with Merrill Lynch. Rob began his career as a financial advisor with J.C. Bradford & Co. before moving to Merrill Lynch and opening a new branch for them in the process. While an FA at Merrill, Rob was a club level FA and first or second quintile in production and assets in every year of production, a mortgage leader, a top level winner of the “Master’s” contest, and a community leader. As an office manager, Rob was a successful recruiter and strategic leader, leading his office to achieving the highest possible performance scores and growing market share by more than 15% in four years. As a complex director, Rob ran four offices across two states, grew market share for six years in a row, and was a multi-year winner of the director award for recruiting. Rob produced and/or managed in Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, Colorado, Alabama, and Georgia. Rob has a BA in Political Science and an MBA with a marketing concentration, both from Vanderbilt University. He lives in Montgomery Alabama with his wife Claire and their seven children.
Lee Dorison 
Managing Partner
Account Management
Business Development

Lee Dorison earned a BS in Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from The Wharton Graduate School of The University of Pennsylvania. He has over 30 years of experience in the fields of Human Resources Consulting and Executive Search. He was the President and CEO of a national multi-office retained executive search firm and the Senior VP of Business Development for an International Human Resources Consulting firm.

Lee joined CRCSearch in 2007. He resides in both Islamorada (in the Florida Keys) and in Chenequa, WI.

Anthony Novelle
Director 
Account Management
Recruiting 

Anthony is a well-versed professional recruiter, born and raised in New York. He attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, majoring in Marketing/Communications. He then spent 7 years in the publishing industry before making an industry leap into the recruiting sector. Anthony finds his passion for helping others far more rewarding than selling, quote, a “glamourous magazine”.  

Anthony is no stranger to the job placement industry.  Starting at the age of 16, he worked several summers for a temporary placement agency and, by 1999, was CEO of his own agency.  For 10+ years Anthony has been an integral part of recruiting teams focused on wirehouse, regional, and boutique adviser search and placement.

As Director at CRC Search, Anthony brings unique past experience, rampant enthusiasm, and a commitment to quality service to the search process.  As a health coach and sports nutritionist, he is passionate about the individual needs and goals of each candidate and firmly believes “health is wealth”; he even launched a superfood health food product a few years ago! In his spare time, Anthony enjoys working out, practicing yoga, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Ellen Redish
Senior Account Manager

Ellen Redish has been an independent recruiter for Financial Advisors for wirehouses and regional and independent firms since joining CRCSearch in 2006. Ellen started her career as an Executive Recruiter for a professional level accounting and financial personnel, first at Accountants Overload in Los Angeles and then Accountants Exchange, also in Los Angeles. She then combined her recruiting skills with her creative showbiz background and worked as an agent for The Friedman Agency in West Hollywood. Ellen has a B.A. in Communication Arts from Pace University and also completed the Professional Conservatory Training Program at Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York.

Catherine “Cat” Wood
Chief Administrative Manager

Catherine Woody is the Administrative Manager for CRCSearch.  After a long stint as a bonded cashier at a Houston-based securities firm, Catherine moved to the other side of the business and came to work for CRCSearch in 2004. She transitioned into her current role in 2006 to lead all administration duties within the company.  She has developed a strong working knowledge of the financial services space, having been so closely involved in many of the company's projects over the years.   

Growing up in a household with a seamstress mother and a father in the menswear industry, Catherine developed a lifelong passion for fabrics. That passion manifested itself when she discovered the world of cloth dolls in 2012.  She is now a published, award-winning cloth doll artist.

Catherine lives in Houston, TX, with her husband of 20 years and their “fur children”: Isabella, Bast, and Othello.

Chris Sandbach Director
Head of Research/Sourcing

Chris Sandbach grew up in Longmont Colorado until attending Clemson University on a track and field scholarship in 2000. After college he returned to Colorado, married, and was accepted to law school before choosing to work in the health care & educational fields. In 2011 he earned Masters degrees in both Educational & Clinical Psychology and soon became a Financial Advisor with New York Life until selling his practice in 2015.

Chris started sourcing and researching for a financial services recruiting business in the summer of 2015.  Chris’s prior experience, tenacity, commitment to 100% project completion, and exceptional eye for detail makes him the ideal leader as CRCSearch’s Head of Research/Sourcing.

Chris lives with his wife Abby and their two children, Madelyn and Cole, in Firestone, Colorado. He enjoys spending time with his family, cooking/grilling, and anything related to Clemson/Denver Broncos football.

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