Vertical Elevation is a leading global executive search firm.

Quality, professionalism, integrity, confidentiality and personalized service are at the core of who we are and what we do. We utilize our proven expertise in the search process to ensure our clients successfully identify and recruit the most qualified senior leaders as well as individual contributors.


Carol Schultz

Carol Schultz

Founder & CEO

Carol Schultz is a sought after Executive Recruiter and Advisor who works with individual executives and their teams. She is a pioneer in the Recruitment Process Optimization and Career Strategy Industry and has built a client base of countless individuals and myriad companies from Seed stage pre-IPOs to publicly traded companies.

Over the past 27 years, she honed her industry expertise and formed an intrinsic understanding of successful recruiting processes. For many years the industry standard began with a strong resume. While and individual’s background is an element of recruitment, Carol believes the person behind that resume and their fit to company strategy and culture is the key building stone to company performance.

Armed with this knowledge, she designed and launched Vertical Elevation, a fresh approach to an industry that truly needed a paradigm shift to a recruiting and hiring process that incorporates the executive management team’s core values and permeates every aspect of hiring process.

As an advisor to corporations, Carol makes a stand for best practices to attract and retain the best and the brightest. In guiding individuals, she applies straightforward tools in taking their leadership skills and careers to the next level.

Taking corporations and individuals to the top with cutting-edge strategies for building top-performing teams is what gets Carol up in the morning.

A St. Louis native, Carol moved to Northern New Jersey following graduate school and settled there for 16 years. She relocated to Colorado in June 2003. When she’s not running Vertical Elevation she spends her free time skiing, riding her Rocky Mountain Horses, working hard in her garden and enjoying all the outdoor activities that living in America’s playground offers. She’s a foster mom for Animal Rescue of the Rockies and is the parent of a rescued Australian Shepherd, rescued Australian Cattle Dog mix, and a small herd of rescued cats. Carol is an advisor of the Innovation Pavilion, headquartered in Colorado and holds a BS degree from the University of Montana and a MS degree from the University of Michigan.

John O'Connell

John O'Connell

Managing Partner

John’s experience leading technology sales and marketing has spanned from client/server through eCommerce, Web 2.0, and Cloud technologies (Saas, IaaS, & PaaS). He held C-Suite and President roles in several emerging firms, was on the executive team for several IPOs, and packaged several firms for sale.

He is a frequent speaker at Technology and Wealth Management conferences and has been interviewed and quoted numerous times in professional journals and the press.

John holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Rider University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Mathematics from the College of Staten Island.

Preston Moritz

Preston Moritz

VP Marketing

Preston Moritz brings over 15 years of Public Relations and Marketing experience into Vertical Elevation. He began his career as a legislative policy analyst for a K street think tank, The Youth Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Preston spent three years cutting his teeth persuading congress to pass election reform and morphed those lessons into a career that spanned everything from writing and government relations for cancer research to marketing billion dollar pharmaceutical product launches. Preston has led marketing, public relations and business strategies for personal and venture-funded start-ups, led public relations campaigns for billion dollar telecommunications companies and led the global interactive marketing strategy for two recently launched and highly successful pharmaceutical vaccines.

Preston’s greatest asset to any company he serves is his ability to understand a trend and differentiate a trend from a fad. His writing, science and government background enable him to dissect complex subject matter and explain it to the masses so it makes sense. His innate ability to feel the pulse of a situation or a constituency and combine that with vast experience and a forward-thinking execution makes his projects strong at the core and unique at the edges.

Preston has led marketing, branding, corporate communication and press and analyst relations strategy for myriad clients resulting in high level national and in some cases global coverage including: the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, CNN, The Chicago Tribune, Le Monde, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Wired and many others.

Preston is a graduate of the University of Michigan, a former Wolverine wrestler, an avid skier, and a strong, loyal and honest partner.

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