The Team at Schaffer Associates

Jim Schaffer

Chairman & Founder

When he founded the company in 1992, Schaffer Associates Chairman Jim Schaffer brought almost three decades of experience in corporate leadership to the equation. Serving as a senior executive in the retail industry for 25 years, he has extensive experience in directing businesses on both a regional and national basis. In particular, Jim’s focus has been on the hardware and building materials industries, serving in officer-level positions with such companies as Builders Square, Erb Lumber, Diamond Lumber, Grossman’s Inc., and Sears. As a recognized industry leader, Jim has contributed measurably to the industry’s growth. As a result, he has developed a vast number of relationships, as well as a comprehensive perspective of the industry itself. Jim has been a featured speaker at industry functions and has written a number of articles for both trade and national publications. This breadth of experience and exposure serves both Schaffer Associates and the building materials industry well. Today, Jim maintains a highly visible leadership position in the industry in a wide variety of roles.  He is a member of the Building Material Suppliers Association and has been a featured speaker at industry conferences.  In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors for a major global manufacturer. Under Jim’s direction, Schaffer Associates has become a national leader in organizational consulting and executive search for both industry and Fortune 500 clients.  His efforts have resulted in helping companies like The Scotts Company, ICI Glidden, and Ace Hardware restructure their leadership teams to meet the demands of an ever-changing industry.  The standards for integrity and professionalism that he has integrated into the practice are unparalleled, and his commitment to producing superior results for his client base is unwavering. Jim earned his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University and has completed extensive postgraduate work in organizational design, organizational behavior, and management. He has the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors for JAARS, a non-profit organization that supports Bible translation and literacy around the globe. An active member of Calvary Church, Jim resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, Jackie. Jim and Jackie have four adult children and nine grandchildren.

President & CFO

Jackie is one of the co-founders of Schaffer Associates and manages the daily financial affairs of the business today as President and CFO. A Baltimore native, Jackie began her professional career with Sears Roebuck & Co., where she served in several store level assignments.  During her tenure with Sears, Jackie met a Sears Management trainee, Jim Schaffer, whom she subsequently married. Jackie put her budding retail career on temporary hold in order to raise a family. In the late 1980s, Jackie resumed her professional career by entering the real estate market in Troy, Michigan, where she quickly became a top seller of residential properties for Red Carpet Real Estate. In 1992, she had the privilege of launching Schaffer Associates with her husband. In addition to managing the business from a financial perspective, Jackie provides research and referencing support to the company and conducts behavioral testing and assessment for candidates as needed. Since Schaffer Associates’ strategic relocation to Charlotte, N.C. in 1997, Jackie has managed the company’s various real estate activities, including everything from researching new markets to negotiating lease terms. She has supported the growth and expansion of the business ever since, including a 2014 relocation to the company’s current offices. Jackie began her studies at Catonsville Community College, and subsequently attended Roanoke College, where she majored in Psychology, giving her a strong background in behavioral interviewing. Currently residing in Charlotte, N.C. with her husband, Jim, Jackie has four adult children and is the proud grandmother of nine. She is active as a Precept Bible Study teacher in her local church and home.

Jacqueline Schaffer Shaw, Esq.
Vice President Client Development & General Counsel

Jacqueline Schaffer Shaw serves as Vice President Client Development and General Counsel for Schaffer Associates. As Vice President Client Development, Jacqueline oversees the development of both new and current client relationships. In this role, she is also responsible for directing all corporate communications and marketing, including print, public relations, and social media. As General Counsel, she provides legal counsel to the company with a special focus on employment issues. Before joining Schaffer Associates in 2010, Jacqueline served as Counsel for Government Affairs for the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) in Washington, D.C. During her tenure with the ACLJ, she gained experience working at the Committee and Sub-Committee levels with both the U.S. House and Senate in an effort to support the constitutional rights and freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. While working on a variety of cutting-edge policy issues, she was also engaged in a number of issues involving international human rights, taking her to the United Nations on several different occasions. From 2012 to 2016, Jacqueline had the privilege of serving her community as a Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives in Raleigh, proudly representing House District 105. As a Legislator, Jacqueline enjoyed representing her constituents and being a voice for small business at the N.C. General Assembly. Jacqueline earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Studies from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and her law degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  She is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Jacqueline also has the honor of serving as a member of the Crystal Vision Executive Board, which is responsible for planning and promoting the annual Crystal Vision Awards Breakfast at the NAHB International Builders’ Show. Jacqueline and her husband currently reside in South Charlotte, where they are active members of Calvary Church.

Brian Howell, PRC
Senior Account Executive

Senior Account Executive Brian Howell has served as a successful executive search professional since 2003. As an AIRS®-certified Professional Recruiter with experience working across multiple industries, including both consumer goods and industrial products, Brian has recruited for mid- to senior-level positions within the building materials, outdoor power equipment, sporting goods, and energy sectors. With a knowledge base that spans various industries and sectors, he has successfully placed managers and executives at levels such as VP Supply Chain; VP Sales; VP Marketing; Director Product Development; Business Unit Manager; as well as various Sales, Marketing and Engineering positions at all levels. Prior to joining Schaffer Associates, Brian was a leading recruiter with the Charlotte-based affiliate of one of the largest recruiting networks in the country.  He earned recognition as a top producer and earned the company’s highest honor as a Certified Senior Account Manager. Leading the company as the top billing recruiter, Brian was twice named “Account Executive of the Year.” Before beginning his profitable career as an executive recruiter, Brian had equal success in corporate marketing in both the healthcare and banking industries.  After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from Middle Tennessee State University, he went to work as a Marketing Coordinator for a regional bank in Knoxville, TN.  Brian relocated to the Charlotte area to pursue a Product Manager opportunity, and he subsequently served as a Marketing Manager for a regional healthcare company. Brian lives in a suburb of Charlotte with his wife and two sons.

Mike Briles, D.Min., PRC
Account Executive

Mike Briles joined Schaffer Associates in late summer of 2013.  While he began his tenure as a recruiter, Mike now serves the company in the role of Account Executive. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in recruiting, and in particular, understanding personality and behavioral profiles. Mike has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Bluefield College, a Master’s Degree in Christian Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Doctoral Degree from Liberty University in Leadership and Management, and is an AIRS®-certified Professional Recruiter. Importantly, his doctoral thesis focused on recruiting and understanding personality profiles. Prior to beginning his tenure with Schaffer Associates, Mike spent much of his professional career as a minister for churches in Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.  His years of leading teams and recruiting volunteers prepared him well for his role as an Account Executive. Mike has a heart for people and connects well with both clients and candidates on a daily basis. His expertise in leadership and management skills, as well as his proficiency in behavioral assessment and personality profiles have equipped Mike in identifying the “perfect candidate” out of the universe of talent. In his spare time, Mike enjoys playing basketball, coaching sports, and spending time with his wife and two children in the suburbs of Charlotte.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of a local adoption agency and is a diehard North Carolina Tar Heels fan.

Bridget Tesler, PRC
Account Executive

Bridget Tesler joined Schaffer Associates as an Account Executive in early 2015.  As an AIRS®-certified Professional Recruiter, Bridget brings with her extensive experience in global sourcing, purchasing, logistics, and inventory management. Over the course of the last two decades, Bridget has developed a solid national network with companies in the manufacturing, distribution, and retail industries. Prior to joining Schaffer Associates, Bridget worked for several regional manufacturers with a national distribution footprint. She has served in various professional capacities, including sales and marketing management roles, business development positions, and as a buyer and global sourcing manager for a consumer goods manufacturer. Working in these various capacities across the construction, home improvement, and consumer goods sectors, Bridget has developed a keen understanding of recruiting top talent within the industry. She is a gifted communicator who brings enthusiasm and a fresh new perspective to the Schaffer Associates team. In her free time, Bridget enjoys spending time with her husband and children. She serves as a Board Member for the W.R. Odell Elementary School PTA, as well as a volunteer soccer coach with her husband. Residing in a northern suburb of Charlotte, Bridget is actively involved with various charity organizations in her community. She is a graduate of Frostburg State University in Maryland.

Account Executive

Bernie Alimonti joined Schaffer Associates in 2013, and currently serves as an Account Executive. His blend of experience from working for a Fortune 500 corporation, a technology start-up company, and small non-profit organizations has prepared him well for his role in identifying and qualifying viable candidates for open positions. His professionalism and strong customer-facing skills help our candidates feel comfortable as they are introduced to and recruited for various positions with our clients. Bernie began his career with a Fortune 500 technology corporation that designed and developed industry-leading computer hardware platforms, operating environments, and networking products. There, he served as a computer programmer writing software for use in scientific, technical, and industrial applications. Bernie also worked as a Channels Sales Representative for a start-up technology company that pre-packaged support knowledge-bases for helpdesks and service centers. Bernie’s professional experience includes serving in a number of marketing and field sales support roles, as well as product sales positions.  In recognition of his outstanding efforts and corporate contributions, Bernie has been honored with various awards, including a Marketing Excellence Award and a Marketing Achievement Award. His experience in sales and marketing also includes working with non-profit organizations focused on short-term missions and serving impoverished peoples. Bernie earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Though a Pittsburgh native, Bernie currently calls Charlotte, NC home. In his free time, Bernie enjoys reading and following current events. He is an active member of his church and volunteers in various youth and prison ministries.


Dawn Youngblood joined Schaffer Associates as a Recruiter in early 2015, building on a career that is characterized by a deep knowledge of the recruiting process at various levels and for a wide range of clients. Adding to the industry focus of Schaffer Associates, Dawn has extensive experience working in the hardware, home improvement, and building materials industries. Working in the building materials industry comes naturally to Dawn, having grown up in her father’s business as a manufacturer’s representative in the commercial construction industry. Her experience there included a number of responsibilities ranging from fielding customer questions to reading architectural designs and handling architectural bid submittals. Dawn came to Schaffer Associates with a rich background not only in the industry, but in recruiting specifically. She served as Director of Talent Acquisition and Business Development Leader for various staffing companies, and she has noteworthy experience recruiting in the manufacturing industry in particular. At Schaffer Associates, Dawn engages in direct interaction with job candidates, handles prospective candidate development strategies, and focuses on relationship building between Schaffer Associates clients and candidates. Her unique way of connecting with candidates makes her a great asset to the company. A North Carolina native, Dawn earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business from Liberty University in Virginia. She is an active member of her Charlotte community, leading Bible study groups and volunteering with organizations such as Be The Match. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, playing golf, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Toni Oates

Joining the Schaffer Associates team in 2015, Toni Oates currently serves as a Recruiter. Drawing on an extensive background in human resources with Siemens Healthcare USA, Toni handles a wide variety of key issues as a member of the Recruiting team, including talent research, candidate interviews, reference and background checks, and even assisting in the firm’s marketing and communications efforts. Prior to joining Schaffer Associates, Toni served in various Human Resources roles for the better part of a decade with healthcare engineering giant Siemens Healthcare. In her most recent role with Siemens, she served as a Human Resources Business Partner, supporting over 500 employees at all levels, including the executive leadership team, through the employee life cycle. Throughout the course of her career, Toni has developed an expertise in employee relations and performance management that has proven to be a highly valuable asset to the Schaffer Associates team. Toni earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Aurora University in Illinois. In 2012, she relocated to North Carolina from the Chicago area with her husband and two sons.  Since then, she has become actively involved in the community and enjoys volunteering with the PTA/PTSO, the South Charlotte Dog Rescue, and with the Children’s Ministry at her local church.  When not on the soccer field or volunteering, Toni enjoys traveling with her family to the mountains for hiking or to the beach to relax.