J. Alvin Wakefield (AI) is the president of Wakefield Global, Inc. (Vermont), Inc. which he founded in 1993 with Barbara Talabisco. For over eight years, AI served as a partner with two top executive search firms, Korn/Ferry International and Gilbert Tweed Associates, before forming his own company. AI brings to the retained search business significant general management and human resources experience, having spent fifteen years in progressively responsible human resource management positions with Fortune 500 firms including Avon Products, The Singer Company, Celanese and Mobil Oil Corporation. AI holds a B.S. degree in English literature from New York University and has completed all studies (sans the thesis) for an MBA degree at Pace University Graduate School of Business. He has also held leadership positions in several community service organizations including the New England Board of Higher Education, The Paramount Theater and Crossroads Arts Council (board chair), Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International and of Vermont Public Radio (board vice chair).