Leadership 2019-10-22T12:33:18+00:00

We recognize that most search firms make essentially the same claims, making it difficult for a prospective hiring manager or Client Company to understand what truly differentiates one search firm from another. This video describes what sets The Carter Group apart from other executive recruitment firms and it demonstrates why we are passionate about what we do and successful in our approach.

Richard “Rich” J. Carter, Ph.D.

The Carter Group,
A Member of the Sanford Rose Associates® Network of Offices

Rich Carter brings over 30 years of industry experience and success, both in business leadership and executive search.

After obtaining his PhD (Chemistry) from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Rich worked first in academia and government (including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)) and then, worked in the private sector for DuPont Medical Products and Baxter Healthcare, before joining Chiron Corporation (now Novartis). Prior to transitioning to the executive search industry, Rich held senior management positions with Boehringer Mannheim (now Roche), as well as other entities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Rich, having been a hiring manager where he previously recruited talent in the newly emerging biotech industry, saw first-hand what a challenge it was to find top-tier talent whether one used internal or external resources. He saw what a huge difference one key hire can make to an organization and that there was a substantial need to improve the efficiencies and capabilities within executive search. Therefore, Rich opened the Sanford Rose Associates® office in the San Francisco area in 1999 and within a few years it became the top office in the network of 60+ SRA offices. In 2005, he became CEO of SRA International (SRAI), then based in Ohio.  While CEO of SRAI Rich recruited, trained and mentored more than 30 Principals/Owners into the SRAI system. In 2012 Rich sold SRAI to Kaye/Bassman, Inc. to form what is now one of the Top 10 largest executive search firms in North America, Sanford Rose Associates International.

Rich feels that his knowledge and experience working as a hiring manager across different functional areas, niches, corporate cultures, and well as his passion for “finding people who make a difference®” were pivotal in his rapid transition to and his ongoing success in executive search.

Over the years, he has been a member of numerous professional societies and organizations, as well as has held board appointments. Rich currently resides in the Atlanta area.


David L. Felker, Ph.D.

The Carter Group,
A Member of the Sanford Rose Associates® Network of Offices

David Felker has 25+ yrs of highly successful industry experience in R&D, Manufacturing Science & Technology and Business Leadership roles. David started his career with DuPont in R&D and progressed over 13 yrs to the Senior Technology Leadership level with DuPont.

David was recruited from DuPont to Callaway Golf as one of the founding executives and first VP R&D of the Callaway Golf Ball Company. He later co-founded Aero-X Golf, Inc., was the inventor of the company’s revolutionary Polara anti-slice golf ball and as the company grew held various roles including COB, CEO, CTO, and COO. David currently advises start-up companies and is a member of the Neocaddie, Inc. Board of Directors.

In 2001 David founded the award winning retained search firm – Sanford Rose Associates® – Del Mar, and for almost 10 years made executive level placements in the Life Science industry. He grew to be one of the top search leaders in Sanford Rose Associates®. In 2016 David returned to Sanford Rose Associates® as a Senior Vice President and Search Advisor.

From direct experience, David understands the challenges faced by executives, and he knows it is critical that companies hire the best people. This strong belief drives David’s actions on every search assignment.

David holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University, a BS in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and as an inventor has +20 patents. David resides in San Diego, CA.