Marcus Gardner Joins Centennial as Chief Growth Officer

Strategic innovator and executive leader joins Centennial to spearhead future growth

Marcus Gardner - Chief Growth OfficerCentennial Executive Search announces the hiring of Marcus Gardner as Chief Growth Officer.  Marcus comes to Centennial with extensive experience as a C-suite leader who has led organizations through transformational growth while creating profound impact.  Marcus brings with him more than 20 years of experience building and working with high-performing entrepreneurial teams. His expertise in aligning bold visions and turning those into executable strategies make him a great fit for Centennial’s next chapter of growth.  At Crossroads and Horizon, he played a key role in influencing the organizations’ vision and drove meaningful results as they became two of the fastest-growing churches in America over the last 20 years.  We look forward to building on our 46 years of success while continuing to increase the success of our clients, and our team, under Marcus’ leadership.

“Based on the demographics of middle-market businesses across North America, the demand for our expertise in succession planning, building next-generation leadership teams, and establishing high performing teams is continuing to increase at a rapid rate and the global pandemic has played a major part in this.  My greatest goal is to ensure our team can provide ‘Raving-Fan’ worthy experiences,” states Mike Sipple Jr., Centennial’s President and primary shareholder.  “Marcus is a hands-on leader who knows how to create best-of-class teams that meet people where they are and help them create both personal and professional success. That is what motivated me to choose Marcus for this critical position for our company.  Concurrently, Marcus puts a high value on people and is a big believer in motivating and inspiring teams to achieve greater outcomes. This people-first ideology is in direct alignment with Centennial’s culture and mission to help organizations hire the right people and continually invest to bring out the best in those in their organization.”

“It’s an honor to join Centennial as the new Chief Growth Officer; their dedication and commitment to helping their clients find success inspires me,” said Marcus Gardner.  “This newly created position will focus on executing the company’s strategic agenda, as well as leading growth initiatives for the future.  Centennial doesn’t think small. Ten years ago, they had a strategic plan that ultimately led to them successfully creating and spinning out the Talent Magnet Institute®, a global leadership platform.  I am excited to be a part of this exceptional team and eager to help our clients grow through our 4C Recruiting Process® (Character, Culture, Chemistry, and Competency) and expand the core business of executive and leadership search.”

Centennial is 46-years strong and built on a foundation of trust and excellent service.  We are excited about the strategies, programs, and innovations Marcus will lead for further growth.

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