Leadership Team

Holly McIlwain

Holly McIlwain  – Talent Development Partner

Pittsburgh, PA – Send E-mail

Holly McIlwain leads our Talent Development platform at Winner Partners. McIlwain is a subject-matter expert in the usage of behavior based assessment tools as part of executive coaching and development plans, in addition to leading executive search engagements.  McIlwain is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, she works with individuals and organizations to build a better world and sustainable business.  What’s not exciting about that?  This enthusiasm comes with Holly into each coaching session, team workshop, executive search assignment, and speaking engagement.

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Martita Mestey

Martita Mestéy – Diversity & Inclusion Partner

New York, NY – Send E-mail

Martita Mestéy leads our Diversity & Inclusion focus for Winner Partners. She is a subject-matter expert in the development of inclusive hiring practices designed to attract high-performing women and minorities. Prior to her role in search, she was the VP of Strategic Partnerships representing six membership and trade associations.  She is a lifetime member of Prospanica, an MBA association that strives to empower business professionals to achieve their full educational, economic, and social potential.

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“On-Demand” Winner Partners

Winner Partners augments our core team with “On-Demand” Partners who are subject-matter experts in their industry or field.  Our ability to activate specific expertise and networks as needed is a cost savings to our clients and allows our Partners to remain flexible and continue to strengthen their knowledge base with additional work in their field. By utilizing a consultant model, our experts play for your team and are on deck with ours when the need for their specialty arises.


Ronnie Bryant

Ronnie Bryant – Not-For-Profit and Economic Development Partner

Charlotte, NC – Send E-mail

Ronnie L. Bryant is the Founder of Ronnie L. Bryant, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in executive coaching, organizational management, and board development and training for top-level corporate and not-for-profit managers. His career includes 30+ years in Economic Development roles leading top-performing organizations across the US, most recently serving as the President & CEO of the Charlotte Regional Partnership in North Carolina. A Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and past chairman of the International Economic Development Council, Ronnie provides valuable leadership perspectives for our clients in the economic development ecosystem, the broader not-for-profit space, as well as those in the corporate, private-sector.

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David Ginsburg

david ginsburg –  Downtown & Urban Development Partner

Cincinnati, OH – Send E-mail

David Ginsburg served as President & Chief Executive Officer of Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI) from 2002-2018, working to achieve the non-profit organization’s mission “to build downtown Cincinnati as a dynamic metropolitan center valued as the heart of the region.” He joined DCI near its inception in 1994 as Vice President of Retail Development. David has served on the boards of the International Downtown Association, CEO’s for Cities, and the Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce. He serves as our subject-matter expert for the integration of center cities and downtown activities.

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Donna Korenich

Donna Korenich – Career Management Partner

Pittsburgh, PA – Send E-mail

Donna Korenich is a Human Resource Consultant with expertise in career management and executive coaching. She provides career coaching to professionals and assists company-sponsored professionals in transition (outplacement). She is also the Pittsburgh affiliate for Career Partners International, an international alliance of career management firms that utilize a highly personalized and customized business model for career transition.

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Dave Smith

Dave Smith – Economic Development Partner

Pittsburgh, PA – Send E-mail

Dave Smith is Winner Partners expert and trusted advisor all things economic development related. Dave is a 30-year veteran of executive search and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous “thought leadership and best practice” articles and co-author of two groundbreaking behavioral leadership studies. Previously, David served as a partner and practice leader with a top, global search firm. Prior to executive search, Dave was a decorated career military officer and served in Vietnam with the US Army Special Forces “Green Berets.”

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Dennis Tracy

DENNIS TRACY –  Destination Marketing Organization Partner

Cincinnati, OH – Send E-mail

Dennis Tracy is a life-long hospitality industry veteran representing destinations, world-class hotel properties, and unique attractions. His experiences with vibrant organizations have welcomed hundreds of attendees and stimulated local economies via visitor spending. Armed with the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) distinction, the tourism industry’s highest individual educational achievement, Dennis is uniquely equipped to assist clients with his industry knowledge and network.

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