Jeff Black serves as a Partner for McDermott & Bull Executive Search. Nicknamed “The fit Practice,” he and his team seek to enrich and inspire lives in the organizations where they serve and focus on helping companies realize an ideal fit between executive talent and the company’s culture and values. Jeff’s clients include many culturally rich and socially responsible companies, including: Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks, Panda Restaurant Group, Oakwood Worldwide, Decurion/ArcLight Cinemas, BJ’s Restaurants, Del Taco, LA BioMed, Niagara Bottling, Santa Monica Seafood, Orange County United Way, Rubio’s Restaurants, King’s Hawaiian, and Golden State Foods. Prior to joining McDermott & Bull, Jeff served as Vice President, Commercial Services, for Raytheon Technical Services Company, a $2B global services subsidiary of the Raytheon Company, a leading manufacturer of aerospace, defense, and information systems products.
Jeff serves on the Board of Directors of OneOC, on the Advisory Board for the Center for Leadership at Cal State Fullerton, is a founding member of the Board of Advisors for the Institute for Community Impact and is Co-Founder of DifferenceMakersOC whose purpose is to create synergistic relationships for good between successful people that also want to make a difference in their communities. He is married with two adult children and currently resides in Yorba Linda, California. Jeff received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in 1980 and an MBA in Finance in 1984, both from California State University, Fullerton.
I have a great family, married since 1980 to my college sweetheart who is an extraordinary artist and art teacher, with two adult daughters and a wonderful son-in-law – the world is a better place because of the great contributions made by these three dynamic millennials – a teacher, a marketing leader and an engineer. The family has a blast together and we are all dedicated Dodgers fans. I also have a special group of buddies who travel together every year to see major league baseball games along with absorbing as much culture as possible along the way (and five of us just completed a thirty-year journey and “finished” all of the current ballparks). I also have a passion for music and truly enjoy an ever-growing collection of music that is truly enriching.
The non-profit work I do is a very important part of my life and it is nicely intertwined with my professional life as well. Each of the groups where I serve contributes in a unique way and I love to share about these initiatives as I am motivated to help others see how they can also contribute to making the lives of others better in our communities. Here is a quick summary of the diverse impacts of these causes:
Co-Founder of DifferenceMakersOC whose purpose is to create synergistic relationships for good between successful people that also want to make a difference in their communities. Through this initiative, we hold community events to provide exposure and recognition for worthy and often overlooked charitable causes. In addition, we convene unique “Board for a Breakfast” Difference Makers Roundtables allowing a non-profit executive to benefit from the ad-hoc observations and inputs of a diverse set of corporate executives.
I serve on the Board of Directors of OneOC whose mission is to increase the social impact of both non-profits and companies in our communities. This group seeks to increase the active community support involvement of companies and their employees while also providing needed services and consulting support for the entire non-profit community in Orange County and surrounding areas.
I am a proud founding member of the Board of Advisors for the Institute for Community Impact whose goals include bringing resources forward through collaboration to meet unmet community needs.
I serve on the Advisory Board for the Center for Leadership at Cal State Fullerton within the Mihaylo School of Business. Supporting my alma mater is fulfilling, but more importantly, this Center is advancing the teaching of LEADERSHIP as a critically important element of our future success in business as well as in society.