Team Biographies

The PGI recruitment team has extensive experience working in both financial services and in corporations.  We have highly-experienced recruitment professionals located throughout the country to best meet the needs of clients and candidates.

Our recruitment professionals have backgrounds in finance and human resource positions. This experience enables PGI to understand our client's needs and the positions allowing us to screen candidates and competently handle the individual components of the recruitment process. 

At Phoenix Group International, our relationships with our clients and candidates have been based on:

  • Trust and Personal Service
  • Discretion and Confidentiality
  • Integrity and Consistency
  • Professionalism and Excellence

Biographies of Our Team:




Executive Recruiters


Stephen Flynn is the Founder and Managing Director of Phoenix Group International. He has over 30 years of experience in executive recruitment in the financial sector.

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Steve served for five years in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Captain. He also earned two graduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma in the areas of Business Management and Human Resource Management while serving as a field artillery officer at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Prior to working in the executive recruitment field, Steve worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co. and held several executive positions at Philip Morris, Inc., in executive recruitment, MBA recruitment, and executive compensation. Steve's credentials are unique. He has both corporate recruitment experience and an investment banking background. This combination provides him with the experience to understand the recruitment requirements of the industry. Steve has also seen the changes in this industry over the past 30 years and has continually evolved his own recruitment strategies accordingly. While technology has become an important part of the industry, it will never replace the personal relationships Steve has developed with both candidates and clients.

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Joanne Toth Flynn heads the professional development, marketing, and consulting group for Phoenix Group International. In addition, Joanne assists in our recruiting efforts. Joanne previously held the position of Vice President and Director of Global Learning and Development at Goldman Sachs for nine years. She focuses on the full range of strategic business development issues facing the financial services industry.

Joanne is experienced in all aspects of organizational development and training on an international level. Her consulting engagements include the design, development and delivery of training & development programs on the topics of business development, client account management, strategic selling, leadership and management development, and executive coaching. At Goldman Sachs, Joanne implemented programs to improve the organizational effectiveness of business units, most notably investment banking, equities, fixed income and operations. Her consulting clients range from global investment banks to small private equity/venture capital firms.

Joanne holds a Master of Arts degree in Business Management from the University of Oklahoma. In addition, she holds a double degree major from the College of St. Elizabeth, as well as certificates from a variety of leading universities and professional training and development organizations.

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Research Associate


Donna Wilson is our Administrative Manager. Her educational background includes a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from Loyola University in Chicago. Donna has previous work experience in the health care sector, including Banner Health, Ascension Health, and the American Hospital Association. She brings very strong technology and organizational skills to the position.

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(In alliance with Phoenix Group International)

Todd brings nearly 20 years of experience in business development and recruiting in a number of industries, including finance, investment banking, private equity, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, and professional services.  He specializes in placing candidates at the Director, Vice President, and C-levels in the areas of sales, marketing, finance,and IT.  He works with clients and candidates on a global basis.  Todd earned his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and his undergraduate degree from Lafayette College, where he had a double major in government & law and history.


(In alliance with Phoenix Group International)

Connie Pon Koplan focuses on executive recruiting in the areas of private equity, venture capital, investment banking, hedge funds, and corporate development.

Connie has seven years of principal investment and investment research experience. Connie spent five years as an Associate at Paul Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on secondary investments in LBO and venture assets.  Prior to Paul Capital, Connie spent two years as an Equity Research Associate at Robertson Stephens, where she focused on systems management software and hardware.

Connie earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.  She also earned a Master of Science in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford.  Connie is a Certified Financial Analyst charterholder.  In her spare time, she is an avid photographer.

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