Jeff has extensive corporate executive experience in Fortune 500 companies and brings a wealth of knowledge to his client engagements. Most recently, he served as Chief Human Resources Officer of Ulta Beauty—the largest specialty beauty retailer in the United States. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer, and Senior Vice President of Human Resources at U.S. Cellular, Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services at AT&T, and President and Owner of Childs Consulting Services. Jeff's career journey provided the opportunity to work in human resources, marketing, sales, governmental affairs, and operations. He evolved into a consummate HR leader and business consultant recognized for his approach to diversity and inclusion, the development of a customer-centric culture, and contributions to leadership development and talent management, which were significant drivers of success. Jeff believes one must be a business leader first—that the role of an HR executive is to enable peak performance from the organization. And that talent and culture enable strategy—which, when well executed—will deliver business performance.
Jeff earned a BS in Business Administration and Management from Ball State University and graduated from the University of Michigan's Global Leadership Program. He and his wife reside in Florida but head north frequently to see kids and grandkids.