Our Executive Search Management Team

Talent is the most important part of every organization. At Newport, we practice what we preach.

With an average tenure of fifteen years, our Executive Search Management Team consists of the very best Executive Recruiters in the business. Made of seasoned recruiting professionals, passionate about providing exceptional executive search services, our leaders set a high standard at our firm, developing associates into world-class recruiters, and uniting remarkable talent with exceptional enterprises.


760-944-6795     John@newportsearch.com   

John Fitzpatrick


As the founder and President of The Newport Group, Mr. Fitzpatrick has successfully developed, managed and led a team of executive search professionals in numerous disciplines. With over 20 years of search experience, extraordinary business acumen, and resolute leadership, he has developed an exemplary Executive Search Firm, overseeing its strategic direction and overall growth strategy. Prior to launching The Newport Group, John was a senior partner with an internationally recognized executive search group. Before entering the executive search sector, he was Controller for The Baldwin Company, a regional real estate development group, and a senior consultant/CPA with Kenneth Leventhal and Company just prior to its merger with Ernst & Young.

760-944-0285     Tom@newportsearch.com   

Tom Chaparro

Executive Vice President

As Senior Executive Recruiter and Division Manager of our Orange County Office, Mr. Chaparro combines deep, hands-on expertise in a variety of verticals, with an uncanny business insight for the international marketplaces in which his business partners operate. With more than 25 years of executive search experience, and an unmatched knowledge of the real estate development, construction and oil & gas industries, Tom identifies and places proven mid to senior level executives in his respective practice areas, helping candidates achieve new career goals and clients build the teams that both shape and lead their respective markets. Prior to joining Newport, Tom spent 9 years as Founder and CEO of Chaparro Advisors, a top-tier, nationally recognized retained executive search and consulting organization. Prior to founding his own firm, Tom served as VP and GM at Management Solutions, Inc., until its acquisition by TMP World Wide/Monster.com in late 1999. And having spent a lifetime in the outdoors, Tom has become a master, tournament winning, fisherman and hunter.



760-274-1747     KenH@newportsearch.com   

Ken Herold

Director, Food & Beverage Practice

Mr. Herold brings over ten years of exceptional recruiting, management and business development in the Food and Beverage industry to The Newport Group. He’s worked with the many big names in the business, placing mid-management to C-level talent in mid-sized up through Fortune 100 enterprises. His invaluable hands-on experience and extensive talent network led to his being recruited to develop and lead the Food & Beverage Practice at Newport. Ken plans to utilize his direct industry knowledge and strong mentoring skills to build a team of creative and consultative executive search professionals, ready and able to identify and recruit top performing, highly qualified professionals for organizations throughout the Food & Beverage vertical. Born and raised in Chi-Town, the only things he’s more passionate about than recruiting are the Bulls, Bears and Blackhawks.

760-230-3201     SteveK@newportsearch.com   

Steven Kessler

Practice Lead, Restaurants & Hospitality

Steven possesses over eleven years of recruiting experience within the Hospitality industry. His tireless perseverance and dedication to helping individuals and organizations achieve their goals has built the foundation for his longstanding and deep relationships that span the entire Hospitality vertical.


760-274-1734     JessicaH@newportsearch.com   

Jessica Hanchey

Practice Lead

Jessica joined Newport with nearly ten years of combined recruiting and marketing experience in a variety of industries as an Assistant Director of Admissions and an Experiential Marketing Manager. Her previous experience has honed her impeccable networking and communication skills, facilitating her development and leadership of the Environmental Services Practice at Newport. With an in-depth knowledge of CEQA, CERCLA, Title V, and other environmental compliance regulations, she is able to identify and recruit the appropriate professionals for growing consulting firms. When she isn’t in the office, she’s usually watching college football or enjoying being somewhere by the water.

760-274-1702     NGordon@newportsearch.com   

Nicki Gordon

Senior Director, Information Technology- Emerging Technologies

What gives Nicki a unique competitive edge is…nursing. Nicki’s early nursing career distinguished her in medicine and those same traits do so in recruiting as well. She’s a meticulous listener and considers body language and verbal cues. She notes subject avoidance, free-wheeling discussions, and forced conversations. Such attention to detail and her ability to listen, watch, and discern the right diagnosis provide clients and candidates with the insightful information they need to succeed.

760-230-3191     CraigC@newportsearch.com   

Craig Collins

Senior Director, Home Building

As Sr. Director of Homebuilding for The Newport Group, Craig brings extensive search experience, primarily in the homebuilding and real estate development industries. Additionally, he previously worked as a senior executive for both Fortune 100 firms and high-growth technology start-ups. During his career, he has held such positions as CEO, VP of Marketing, and Corporate Board Member. His expertise covers such areas as organizational behavior, corporate culture, business law, employee development, sales, marketing and strategic planning. This background provides him with a practical business perspective, enabling him to perform more effectively as an executive recruiter for both the corporate customer and individual executive candidate. Craig holds a BA, as well as an MBA from San Diego State University.

760-274-0101     SLowery@newportsearch.com   

Steve Lowery

Director of Recruiting, Construction

The combination of deep sales methodology expertise, careful application of proven progressive managerial techniques combined with studying psychology has allowed Steve the ability to best understand not only how to best understand and manage why people do things but how to best manage the whole process of sales, team building, and lastly building long-lasting relationships. His career began with helping build out a contingent and retained international search firm from the ground up. Next up was starting again from scratch in building out a new niche for one of LA’s highly rated search firm. The next 18 years were devoted to building his own recruiting firm from conception to become one of the most respected in the industry renown for delivery the finest product in the shortest time while consistently maintaining the highest quality product.