Kirbi Whitaker

Kirbi Whitaker

Executive Recruiter

When I had the opportunity to join Oakley Search Partners in 2011, I jumped at the offer. From my time spent in New York, I realized that my experience working with diverse cultures would lend itself to success in the banking industry. I love talking to candidates and employers all over the U.S. What a cool job to be able to work with so many people in one day. Not to mention the feeling of being able to help companies in need and candidates progress in their career. Few people get to use the word “fun” when speaking about their jobs, but I do!

My searches include but not limited to Commercial Lenders, Business Bankers, Compliance, Audit, Treasury, Credit/Risk, and management at all levels.

About me

I moved to Charlotte NC, the 2nd largest banking city in the U.S., further reassuring me that I was in the right field for recruiting. The “Queen City” has much to offer with many great breweries, restaurants, and vineyards! If you catch me out and about you will probably find me on the lake with family and friends, sharing time with my husband Scott, our Lab mix Baxter, and my rescue pup Stella Artois.

My education

I graduated with a commercial photography degree and completed an internship in New York City.

My Experience

Shortly after my internship, I began to focus my photography on people versus commercial advertising. This change of perspective, resulted in launching a wedding photography business. I really enjoy having my own business, however I realized after a couple of years that I wanted to do more with my career. I’m a strong believer that every step you take in life leads you to the next bigger and better thing.