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City of Long Beach, CA

Majestically located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean between Los Angeles and Orange County, the City of Long Beach (population 487,000) is frequently described as a series of strong, diverse, interwoven smaller neighborhoods within a large city. A superb climate, quality schools, a vibrant and revitalized downtown and wide variety of neighborhoods help make Long Beach one of the most livable communities in the country.

  • Our track record of success in placing senior level executives in particularly sensitive and highly responsible/accountable positions.
  • The quality of our work--indicative of this is the fact that most of our clients have utilized our services on more than one occasion.
  • Our team is skilled in the latest techniques to identify prospective candidates and, as a search progresses, to assist in gathering background information on leading candidates.



 Sherrill Uyeda
Founding Partner

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Sherrill Uyeda has over fifteen years of public sector executive search experience. She began her career in executive search in 1998 with Norman Roberts & Associates, Inc. From 1999 to 2004, Ms. Uyeda was an executive search consultant with MAXIMUS, a leading government consulting firm which assists state, federal and local governments. In 2004, along with Eric J. Middleton, she founded Alliance Resource Consulting LLC.

Since 2007, Ms. Uyeda has been instrumental in expanding the organization’s presence to include regional offices in Palo Alto (CA), Tampa (FL) and Seattle (WA). She fosters an environment of frequent communication to both clients and candidates and transparent and ethical recruitments on a timely basis. Her leadership and collaborative skills have led to an impressive hiring and retention rate.

Ms. Uyeda’s track record of recruiting high-profile government executives across the nation in various industries include: city and county management, transportation, utilities, human resources, library services, building and planning, economic development and pension and retirement systems. Past clients for nationwide recruitments have included the City/County of San Francisco (CA), the County of Los Angeles (CA), Arlington County (VA), Broward County (FL), the City of Atlanta (GA), the City of Alexandria (VA), the City of Boston (MA), the City of Dallas (TX), and the City of San José (CA). Past retirement systems, she has recruited for are: Contra Costa County Employees Retirement Association, Fresno County Employees Retirement Association, Kern County Employees Retirement Association, Marin County Employees Retirement Association, Santa Barbara County Employees Retirement System, and Sonoma County Employees Retirement Association.
Additional areas of expertise include: facilitating community forums and outreach meetings, conducting multi-lingual citizen surveys and compensation and benefits negotiations.

Ms. Uyeda graduated from the University of Southern California, with both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts and Sciences and a Master of Public Administration degree. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.

 Cindy Krebs
Regional Director

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Cindy Krebs joined Alliance Resource Consulting in 2012 after serving more than 25 years as a high level manager and principal consultant for local governments, regional agencies and special districts. The experience she gained while working in the public sector gives Ms. Krebs a unique understanding of the complexities associated with public service careers as well as a strong appreciation for people who choose to dedicate themselves to improving the communities they serve. Ms. Krebs is highly adept at working with executive management teams, Board members, and community/special interest groups and has managed several high profile recruitments for Alliance.

Ms. Krebs graduated from Baker University with Bachelor of Art degrees in both Communications and Spanish. She is also a graduate of CORO’s Orange County Leadership program. Ms. Krebs is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French and Italian.

David L. McDonald
Regional Director
President - McDonald, Miller & Coleman LLC

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David L. McDonald has over 36 years of continuous experience in the Maritime Industry. Mr. McDonald served as the Executive Director for Port Manatee, Florida for over 20 years. During his tenure, Mr. McDonald administered a $250 million dollar port expansion project while limiting local investment to approximately $20 million. Completion of the project resulted in a 50% increase in cargo moving capacity. Through January 2012, Mr. McDonald directed the ongoing $750 million “North Port” expansion at Port Manatee. Mr. McDonald administered the most successful seagrass transplant and mitigation effort in Florida’s history and implemented a 3,500 acre inland port “Encouragement Zone” (EZ) to encourage public/private partnerships.

Mr. McDonald has worked with the State of Florida's state legislature and Congress on Maritime matters of state and national significance and has served an elected seven member Port Authority. Mr. McDonald served the Florida Ports Council (FPC) as chair for ten consecutive years, three terms on the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Board of Directors, chairman for Florida Ocean Alliance, and chairman for Florida Ports Environmental Committee.

Mr. McDonald has a Professional Port Manager certificate from American Association of Port Authorities, a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida International University.

 Syldy Tom

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Syldy Tom joined Alliance Resource Consulting in 2008. She works on profile analysis, candidate recruitment and screening, and background checks. Her consulting work specializes in city manager recruitments, as well as information technology, community development, and utilities. Past clients in California have included the Cities of Cypress, Gardena, El Segundo, Mission Viejo, Pasadena, Redlands, San Juan Capistrano, Stanton, and Stockton.

Previously, Ms. Tom worked for STAR Marquez, a nonprofit educational organization which provides enrichment programs to kindergarten aged children in public schools. During her time at STAR, Ms. Tom managed multiple enrichment programs. Ms. Tom also was the Citibank Summer Research Intern for United Way of Greater Los Angeles. She was responsible for researching the unbanked and underbanked population in Los Angeles for Citibank.

Ms. Tom has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History from the University of California at Los Angeles. At USC, she was the Marketing and Fundraising Co-Chair for the Graduate Policy and Administration Community (GPAC). In addition, Ms. Tom is a member of the UCLA Prytanean Alumnae Association, serving as the Benefit Chair, the Scholarship Chair, and is presently the Second Vice President of Membership for Prytanean. Ms. Tom’s volunteer interests include fundraising and marketing.

 Richard Kaplan
Research Consultant

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Richard Kaplan joined the Alliance Resource Consulting team in 2005 as a researcher and analyst. Throughout his tenure with Alliance, Mr. Kaplan has worked on a multitude of recruitments from all areas of the public sector. Mr. Kaplan has an exceptional track record of thoroughness and professionalism in candidate sourcing, background research and in general recruiting.

Mr. Kaplan is a graduate of Northwestern University with a Bachelor degree in History.

 Geoff Gambling
Research Consultant

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Geoffry Gambling started his career at Alliance Resource Consulting in 2006. He began his tenure with the company as an Administrative Assistant. In 2007, he was promoted to the position of Research Consultant.

Mr. Gambling assists in profile development, advertisements and background checks. He is responsible for our survey management system as well as client and candidate reports. Along with his special project responsibilities, Mr. Gambling also handles the technology aspects of the office, including candidate help desk issues, client user access to the database, as well as managing the resolution of any interoffice IT concerns.

Mr. Gambling has Bachelor of Arts in English from Chapman University.

 Linda Kann
Special Projects and Graphics Manager

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Linda Kann joined Alliance Resource Consulting in 2008. Ms. Kann is responsible for profile, advertising and marketing graphics, preparation of proposals, marketing presentations, client reports and candidate sourcing and scheduling. In addition to her client responsibilities, Ms. Kann assists with contract management, budgeting and client billing. She provides excellent customer service to our clients and candidates. Prior to joining Alliance Resource Consulting, Ms. Kann worked in the fields of sales and marketing.

Ms. Kann is a graduate from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Ms. Kann is also bilingual and speaks Khmer.

 Eric Middleton
Founding Partner

On Wednesday, July 27, 2011, Mr. Middleton passed away from complications that arose after he suffered a stroke. Mr. Middleton will always be remembered for his belief in the use of best practices, innovative technology and commitment of excellence to his clients and candidates. Alliance Resource Consulting will continue to honor our Founding Partner by upholding these values and continuing his legacy.

Prior to his career in executive search, Mr. Middleton spent 13 years with the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles. During his tenure with Los Angeles County, Mr. Middleton held various positions with the Chief Administrative Office, the County Sheriff, the Office of the District Attorney, the Department of Public Works and the Probation Department. While with the Probation Department, Mr. Middleton was instrumental in drafting legislation creating the 1996 Repeat Offender Prevention Project (AB 2447) an intervention and prevention program targeting at-risk youth. Immediately prior to joining MAXIMUS, he was the Senior Legislative Deputy to a Los Angeles City Council Member and served as the senior staff member to the City of Los Angeles Public Safety Committee. Mr. Middleton has also served as a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Juvenile Court Task Force, legislative staff to the Chief Probation Officers of California, and as a community member of the Public Safety Advisory Committee to Assembly Member Robert Hertzberg. In 1993, Mr. Middleton was recognized as a Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year for his civic and volunteer involvement. Mr. Middleton also served as a Vice President of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

Mr. Middleton was engaged in over 400 recruitments in most areas of general local government (e.g., City Management, Public Safety, Community and Economic Development, Social Services, Public Works, Finance, etc.). Mr. Middleton received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from California State University at Northridge, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California. Mr. Middleton was very active in community outreach programs; he supported and provided workforce training to At Risk Youth through ACCORD Community First. He was a co-founder and board member of ACCORD. Alliance Resource Consulting will continue to support these community outreach programs that Mr. Middleton started.

In memory of Eric J. Middleton, the Eric J. Middleton Memorial Fund was established to honor his great service and legacy. As “a donor advised fund”, the donor can select the charity to carry out the work that Eric began. Please click the on following link if you would like to donate to the Eric J. Middleton Memorial Fund.

Eric J. Middleton Memorial Fund
ACCORD Community First - Official Homepage

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