Founder & CEO
Carolyne entered the permanent placement industry in 1992 when she joined a well-established Nashville recruiting firm which specialized in the permanent placement of qualified office professionals. With dedication, contacts and determination, Carolyne broke almost every record the company had ever set. On most occasions, Carolyne was the top producer, not only for the recruiting firm, but also in the State of Tennessee. From 1992 to 1999 she consistently won the Top Producer award from the Tennessee Association of Personnel Consultants. Carolyne left the recruiting firm in 1999 to start her own company. Following The Hadden Group's first year in business, it was nominated for the Small Business Award by its clients and was recognized as the finalist by the Nashville Business Journal. The Hadden Group also won a Top Producer award for the office support category, Rookie of the Year, and three Million Dollar Circle awards from the Tennessee Association of Personnel Consultants. Carolyne has been in Nashville since 1973 and has 2 children; one who attends the University of Alabama & the other who attends Ensworth High School. Carolyne loves to read, cook, paint, & entertain her friends & family. Her children, art, travel, friends, cooking and the written Word are her passions.
Founder & Co-Owner
Jeff is a founder and co-owner of The Hadden Group. Jeff had a long career as a healthcare executive with the last 24 years with the acquisitions group at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), and 10+ years at several other healthcare companies. Jeff received a Bachelor Degree in Health Care Administration from Western Kentucky University and a Masters Degree in Hospital and Health Administration from Xavier University. Jeff enjoys golf, boating and time with family and friends while heading up the healthcare section for The Hadden Group.
Chris Thomson has over 25 years of senior healthcare leadership experience focused on service line development, marketing, and management. Chris has led some of the premiere Cardiac programs in the US and achieved US News Top 100 Cardiac program designation, St. Joseph, Towson, MD, first time designation. This results driven leader commits to delivering clinical and operations excellence. He builds and leads high-performing teams that continually achieve service, quality, and financial objectives. Driving change through his persuasive communication is one of his many talents. When Chris is not at work, he enjoys traveling, spending time with his family and friends, visiting his two sons that live in New York City, and trying new restaurants between his two homes in Nashville and Palm Springs.
VP of Operations / Executive Recruiter
Laura Oberg, a graduate of Auburn University, joined The Hadden Group in February 2017. She relocated to Nashville from the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area in June 2016. Being a native of the beautiful eastern shore of Mobile Bay (Fairhope, Alabama), Laura was happy to return to her southern roots and get closer to home. She began her career in sales and marketing with the Kraft Foods Company. While working for Kraft, Laura was accountable for over $20 million in annual sales encompassing the entire General Foods USA product line. After working her way up to Senior Account Manager, she was recruited away by the Buena Vista Home Entertainment division of Walt Disney Studios. At BVHE, Laura was responsible for the management and the implementation of all video, DVD and Interactive game releases for Walt Disney Pictures, Touchtone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax and Dimension Films for the Southeastern market area (AL, FL, MS, GA and SC). Her client base included entertainment distributors, large grocery and drug chains, specialty accounts, home-shopping networks and video franchises. At The Hadden Group, Laura specializes in the sourcing, screening and recruiting of talent in the fields of Construction, Architecture, Interior Design, Property Management, Graphic Design, Human Resources and Administrative/Office Support. In addition, she manages sales and marketing placements for a specified group of clients. Laura is also responsible for increasing the firm’s paperless effort with the development of our new Smart Waiver online application forms. Laura and her husband Chris are the proud parents of three children (Griffin, Hayden and Mallie). When she isn’t working or attending her children’s activities, Laura enjoys spending time with her friends, traveling and watching her beloved Auburn Tigers!
Alison is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, but has called Nashville home since 2012. After graduating at the top of her class from University of Montevallo with a degree in Retail Merchandising and Business, Alison worked in sales before making the move to Nashville. Inspired by the growth and opportunity a city like Nashville presented, she then decided to return to school, earning her MBA from Lipscomb University in the Fall of 2016. Graduating with honors, Alison also earned a place in the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society, which celebrates high academic achievement in graduate and doctoral programs. Upon graduation, Alison was offered the opportunity to be part of the physician recruitment team at Steward Health Care, formerly known as Iasis Healthcare, based in Franklin, Tennessee. During her time there, she was responsible for recruiting across several states throughout the U.S., with a heavy emphasis in the Texas and Utah regions. Alison was also directly responsible for the creation of marketing and advertising campaigns within her department as well as lead designer and content writer for all departmental newsletters. At the Hadden Group, Alison’s area of expertise is in sourcing and recruiting for our Healthcare, Accounting, and Finance clients. Alison currently lives in Franklin with her husband, Lee, and their daughter, Ava. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and doing anything that utilizes her creative side. As an avid fan of live music, Alison is on a mission to check off as many musicians from her bucket list that her husband will allow. Powered by coffee, wine, and dry shampoo, but in no particular order.
Stuart Elizabeth Smith
Stuart Elizabeth is a Nashville native and graduate of The University of Tennessee. She joined our firm as Office Manager in 2017 and has since transitioned into the role of Executive Recruiter. With the recent expansion of The Hadden Group, Stuart Elizabeth is now based in Birmingham, Alabama, and specializes in the sourcing and recruitment of professionals in the fields of Inside/Outside Sales and Marketing. As representative of our Birmingham office, she is also head of business development in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Outside of work, Stuart Elizabeth enjoys living an active lifestyle, teaching Classical Pilates, hiking with her dog and spending time with family and friends.
Director of Business Development
In January 2019, Chris joined our team to lead all business development efforts for The Hadden Group. He works alongside a talented group of professional recruiters to create long-term partnerships with businesses and organizations of all sizes. His diverse background and depth of experience is a complementary addition to the Firm’s mission to super-serve its clientele and help them achieve their unique objectives. Before joining The Hadden Group, Chris’s enthusiasm for working in complex environments and his ability to strategically unite decision makers afforded him success in developing new business and driving sales. A brief stint in entertainment and more than 15 years of experience in healthcare and the relatively nascent fields of artificial intelligence and big data analytics has reinforced his belief that anything is possible when passionate people work tirelessly together to achieve a common goal. Chris and his wife Meagan enjoy cooking, traveling, spending time outdoors, and relaxing with family and friends.
Josefina is a graduate from Auburn University (War Eagle!), with a Bachelors degree in Communication and a minor in Spanish. She is a native of Northern Virginia and joined our firm as the Office Manager in May of 2018. Josefina is responsible for all administrative tasks in addition to the daily operations and management of all office systems. She executes the coordination and scheduling of all client and candidate screenings. This task entails the customization and utilization of the company’s database. Outside of work, Josefina enjoys playing fetch with her dog, date-nights with her husband, seeing live music with friends, and acting.
Thompson has literally grownup in the recruiting business. Thompson is a graduate of Ensworth High School and currently attends The University of Alabama. Thompson assists The Hadden Group with sourcing and identifying quality talent on a part time and seasonal basis. Thompson plans to work full time as a Junior Recruiter when he graduates from college.