Thurmond & Company, Inc

Thurmond & Company, Inc

Executive Search and Placement

About Us

“Doing the right thing is not only the key to long-lasting relationships, it’s what distinguishes our entire life.”

– Chris Thurmond

Our Mission:

To serve professionally in the confidence of our candidates and clients.

To endeavor to create a truly cooperative work environment.

To engender the spirit of self-determination through knowledge and interdependence.


What We Offer

Thurmond & Company, Inc is a premiere executive search firm providing search and talent acquisition services to key companies in the fast-growing industries of Construction and Finance.

We cover the highest level of talent within these industries. Our Construction Division focuses on construction executives and managers working in Commercial, Civil, and Industrial General Contracting firms. Our Finance Division specializes in Capital Markets, Investment Banking, and Asset Management.

Whether you are a senior director adding top talent to your team, or a highly qualified executive considering the next step in your career, Thurmond & Company can help you find the right match.

Our efforts are focused on making the right match. It’s very important to us that the talented individuals we place succeed, and that all of our clients prosper.

Our Founder's Story

Entering into a career in executive search after graduating from college in 1996, Chris Thurmond quickly learned just how critical the role of an executive recruiter is to the success of most large companies today. Starting his career with one of the largest specialty recruiting companies in the country, Kimmel & Associates, gave Chris the firm foundation and professional pride that would lead him and his future companies to the upper echelon of the specialty search arena.

After just four years, Chris founded Thurmond & Associates, a search firm specializing in the domestic, commercial construction market.

Then, in 2005, Chris co-founded Top Tier Services, LLC, with the help of one of his former co-workers from Kimmel & Associates. Top Tier Services expanded very quickly and grew to encompass two specializations with the addition of the financial services division.

In 2009 that partnership dissolved and Chris founded Thurmond & Company, Inc. With more than 25 years in the executive search industry, Chris stands head and shoulders above the crowd with a level of experience, knowledge, and pedigree which very few search professionals possess. 

We thrive by applying our expertise to create success stories for employers and employees.

The secret to our success is the emphasis we place on understanding your goals.

Meet Our Experts

We have one of the strongest training programs in the industry. Every exceptional individual at Thurmond & Company, Inc has the intelligence and drive to get things done, the right way.
Senior Partner

Dave’s main priority is to ensure that only the top talent in the construction industry is presented to our nationwide list of existing clients as well as future clients. He brings with him over 25 years of experience in Marketing, Sales and Client Services. He has spent the last 13 years in the Construction Executive Search industry, where he began his career at Top Tier Services with Chris Thurmond in 2005.

Senior Partner

Anthony owned and operated two retail music stores including two music schools and recording studio for 15 years. He also owned and operated a fine dining restaurant for seven years. While looking for a new career challenge that would incorporate his skills as an educator, business owner and sales professional Anthony found Thurmond & Company a perfect fit. At Thurmond, he can help executives improve their professional and personal lives by bringing exceptional career opportunities to them with the support they need to make a smooth transition.

Anthony has a Masters Degree in Music Composition from California Institute of the Arts. He moved to Asheville 8 years ago with his wife, 2 year old, and a baby on the way, to be closer to family.

Senior Account Executive

As career consultant, Paul firmly believes that there is always another “next step” for someone that will make their life better.  Many of his placements believed that being happy where they were in their career meant that there wouldn’t be another option or opportunity that could top what they already had.  All have happily discovered that with Paul’s guidance and assistance that the opposite is actually true.  There is always something better!

Marrying the goals of top-performing companies with the goals of the top-talent in the industry is an effort that dutifully considers the best interest of both.  This is best done by an agent such as Paul.

Paul had an extensive career in operations management for both commercial and governmental ventures before joining Thurmond & Company.  Paul currently handles the Texas region and works with a myriad of large and medium-size commercial general contractors.

Senior Account Executive

Malik is a consultant specializing in confidential, tactical, and tailored placement for construction professionals in St. Louis and the Midwest.  As a native of the St. Louis area, he provides extensive knowledge of all exciting construction opportunities in this region.  Malik is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, NC. He has 9+ years of customer service, sales, and people skills to assist candidates in a smooth transition to the next stage of an exciting career.

Senior Account Executive

Matt started with Thurmond and Co. in April of 2023. Prior to that, he spent 17 years as a store manager with Rent-A-Center. Matt attended Piedmont College and was a member of the baseball team during his time there. In his free time he enjoys being outside in his yard and spending time with his wife and two sons. As a season ticket holder at the University of South Carolina, you can find him at Williams-Brice Stadium on most Saturdays in the fall rooting on the Gamecocks. He is also a lifelong Los Angeles/Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders fan so most of his Sundays are spent crying into a handkerchief. Matt focuses most of his recruiting and marketing efforts in the middle Tennessee region.

Senior Account Executive

Since March 2023, I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of helping construction professionals accomplish their career goals through tactical and precise placement. I appreciate the opportunity here as the rewards are unlimited in so many facets. After working in high end fashion for two decades,  my passion and love for “proper” football and Manchester United Football Club gave me the incentive to partner with a friend to open Asheville’s only English Sports pub in 2019 which continues to thrive today. After helping the business get successfully kicked off (pun intended), I got my real estate license which has helped me have a better understanding of my current position. On Saturdays in the Fall, you can usually find me at Neyland Stadium cheering on my alma mater, Tennessee Vols. I’m also a diehard fan of Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas Raiders, Atlanta Braves, and WBC champion Tyson Fury. I also enjoy attending concerts and have a passion for jazz, and the avant-garde. I am currently fortunate to be working in the thriving Dallas, TX market. My ongoing mission is to empower an unlimited number of construction professionals by offering them the guidance and support they need to realize their full potential.

Financial Division Director

Our Finance Division specializes in Investment Banking. Mark specializes in placing Directors, Managing and Senior Managing Directors at Boutique and Middle Market Banks.  He keeps his pulse on what is going on in the markets and what is happening in the IB community.  He spends great time searching for the “Best of the Best” Candidates for our Clients.  His efforts are focused on making the right match. It’s very important to us that the talented individuals we place succeed, and that all of our clients prosper.

Thurmond & Company, Inc

Executive Search and Placement



1796 Hendersonville Road
Suite A Asheville, NC 28803

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