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Our Team

SP&A Executive Search brings depth and breadth of experience to executive search because of our people. Learn more about each team member below.

Alberto Pimentel

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Managing Partner
Alberto co-founded SP&A in 2007 and has led and managed hundreds of search assignments for a variety of public and private universities and colleges, nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies over the course of the past 20 years. He has successfully recruited candidates for both academic and administrative positions for university systems as well as individual campuses.
Click to call(562) 360-1613

Will Gates

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Partner
Will Gates has significant experience in every facet of the search process, and in 15+ years he has conducted more than 300 senior-level searches for colleges, universities, and nonprofits and in the fields of advanced technology, consumer goods, and biotechnology.
Click to call(562) 360-1608

Emy Cruz

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Partner
Based in the Los Angeles office of SP&A Executive Search, Emy is a partner in the firm’s higher education practice and has more than ten years of executive search experience. She has earned a stellar reputation for maintaining a high level of involvement throughout all phases of the search process.
Click to call(562) 360-1710

Sharon Tanabe

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Partner
Sharon has over 30 years of search experience, and she specializes in finding senior leaders for state university systems and private institutions in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii.
Click to call(562) 360-1615