M. Charles Festa

Director, Talent Acquisition

M. Charles Festa leads Palm Tree’s recruiting efforts.

Before joining Palm Tree, Mr. Festa worked as a full-desk recruiter for Kforce, specializing in the permanent placement of top finance and accounting professionals at local and regional CPA firms, consulting firms, and private equity firms within the New England market. His network led him to Palm Tree in 2019, where he helped stand up the internal acquisition function and now leads all the firm’s talent acquisition efforts.

Mr. Festa started his career as a professional mariner, with over a decade of experience working on boats in Rhode Island, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and coastal New England waters. Charles is an avid surfer and cyclist and enjoys spending his free time with his wife Lauren, and daughter Leila.

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Pardis Nasseri

CEO and President

Derek Alderton

Vice Chairman

Tracy Albert

Vice Chairman

David Wolinsky

Chief Talent Officer

Stephen E. Rossi

Managing Director and
Head of Investment Banking

David M.V. Barnes

Managing Director and Head of M&A

Chris Felderman

Managing Director and
Head of Financial Due Diligence

Mitchel Nakken

Managing Director and
Head of Transitions and Transformations

Britt Terrell

Managing Director and
Head of Capital Markets

Clayton Grindle

Chief Administrative Officer

Phillip Cooper

Managing Director

Dulce Martinez

Head of Client Coverage

Vincent Nguyen


Spencer Hong


Nick Fedorchak


Julien Nguyen Christensen

Director, Finance

M. Charles Festa

Director, Talent Acquisition

Dieema Wheaton

Director, Talent

Steven Richards

Senior Vice President

Rishi Chellani

Senior Vice President

Joseph Wade

Senior Vice President

Matt Murray

Senior Vice President

Danny Arnaout

Senior Vice President

Careers with Palm Tree

We have select positions available at all levels of our organization. Contact us for a confidential discussion about joining a firm that L.A. Business Journal named among L.A.'s most influential M&A advisors.

Exposure to projects and opportunities to work closely with clients offers Palm Tree employees lateral and progressive advancement inside the firm.

We currently have positions available within the organization for employees of top accounting and consulting firms and for recent graduates.