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Chalker Group

In order to create a bespoke, curated experience unique to each of your top-level recruits, Chalker builds a custom team of professionals – each with specific areas of expertise – who will serve as curators and ambassadors of the Chalker experience. We pride ourselves on the diversity and breadth of experience of our team members.

Barbara came to Birmingham having spent 30 years in New York. Awestruck by the dedication of friends and business people to create a better Birmingham, Barbara was inspired to contribute in some way. She saw an opportunity to do great things in a great place – to be a part of the sincerely generous nature of her new hometown. This is the environment from whence Chalker Group was born. Through Chalker Group, Barbara aims to share the magic of Birmingham with individuals and families who will never view this city quite the same way again.

Barbara Burton - President

When Hiller is not managing Chalker Group, looking for ways to innovate, and creating connections between all sorts of people, you might find her performing with her bandmates here in Birmingham. Hiller brings a multitude of talents to Chalker, talents that were refined through her experiences in advertising and marketing in NYC, where she grew up, inspired by her years earning a BA in History from Lafayette College in Easton, PA, and fueled by her creative passion as a songwriter, innovator, and entrepreneur.

Hiller Burton - Vice President

With a BA in Health Services Administration from Auburn and a number of years in healthcare-related positions, Tiffany knows the healthcare landscape here in Birmingham. She also knows the things that make Birmingham a family place: the quaint feel of the villages in Mountain Brook and Homewood, the child friendliness of certain restaurants, and where parents should go when they have a night on the town all by themselves.

Tiffany Polmatier

Jeamer is a listener. She’ll tell you she developed unique listening skills through eight years of teaching, two of them in Dusseldorf, Germany. At Chalker, Jeamer listens to the recruits for the hints of special attributes they seek in a hometown. On a nice day, you might find Jeamer on the bocce court behind Chez Fon Fon or the trails of Ruffner Mountain, a couple of those special attributes she loves to share with clients.

Jeamer Nichols

Having co-owned and operated a retail store for a decade, Jeanie feels the need to deliver a positive client experience. The adage, "the customer is always right” applies to her mindset in that all interests or hobbies of a client are “right" for them and she strives to mirror that experience in Birmingham. She knows it is not hard to sell Birmingham; the hard work comes in narrowing down all the possibilities available here. Giving a meaningful representation of Birmingham is her specialty.

Jeanie Mackenzie

When not working with Chalker Group, Casi is the Area Director of the United Negro College Fund. Casi sees the challenge of sharing Birmingham through the sophisticated perspective of one who’s worked in marketing at the Fortune 15 level, but she knows intuitively that sharing the city isn’t marketing, per se. It’s about doing what marketing does, which is to take someone who doesn’t know about Birmingham, and help them see it through her eyes – those of of a woman with a deep and abiding love for the city in which she grew up.

Casi Ferguson

Walton is Chalker’s go-to for the arts. With a degree in Art History from W&L and many years of experience in galleries and museums in Birmingham, Nashville, and New York, she’s a natural. Walton shares a wealth of information with Chalker clients. A perfect Saturday for her would be one spent at the Pepper Place Farmer’s market and strolling through nearby galleries, followed by a stop at the Birmingham Museum of Art and dinner at The Silver Coin Indian restaurant, one of many amazing international options in town.

Walton Foster

Having grown up with a love of literature and a degree in English from Sweet Briar College, Caroline sees Birmingham through the eyes of a writer. She sees its many chapters, its challenges in the ’60s, it’s triumphant rise to the culinary and artistic center it has become. She sees its current struggle to transcend stereotypes that have weighed it down for so long. And she sees it as home, for her, and for those who discover its real story.

Caroline Sparrow

Katherine is a student – a student of human connection, of how places and people interact, of families and community and special places. She brings smart interpersonal skills learned through years in pharmaceutical and medical sales; an intuitive understanding of diverse backgrounds earned through her years in Oxford, UK, where she earned her Masters degree in International and Comparative Education; and an appreciation for natural beauty inspired by her years in Birmingham.

Katherine Hinson

Sumner’s abiding love for Birmingham inspires her desire to share our city. As a private banker, she learned the art of listening in order to understand client needs. It was a natural extension of a tradition she adopted during her years at Washington & Lee, a campus tradition of always speaking to people as you pass them, acknowledging their presence and valuing civility. On a beautiful spring day, you might find Sumner and her family strolling through the Birmingham Botanical Gardens or enjoying a game of boules behind Chez Fon Fon.

Sumner Starling

Having worked in the world of corporate law, Melinda has learned the importance of attending to the details, and has developed a keen sense of what our clients’ high-level recruits expect. A native Floridian, she loves her adopted city, especially its natural beauty and the passing of the seasons here in the foothills of the Appalachians.

Melinda Shallcross

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  • SENIOR VP OF MEDICINE AND DEAN, UAB SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D.

    “We continue to be impressed with their team’s invaluable insight and attention to detail. Their passion for and knowledge of the city of Birmingham is evident in everything they do for us and for our recruits.”

  • CHAIRMAN, DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY, UAB

    Herbert Chen, M.D.

    “I have had the pleasure of working with Chalker Group as a Recruit and a Recruiter. We had concerns about Birmingham but Chalker showed us the true side of this wonderful city. We were ready to move to UAB after spending time with them. As the chair of the UAB Department of Surgery, we have numerous recruiting opportunities, and we have successfully landed our top recruits due to Chalker’s help.”

  • VP / ASSOCIATE BROKER, HARBERT REALTY SERVICES, INC.

    Casey Howard

    “Chalker Group was an absolute game-changer for my family. While we knew UAB was the perfect career opportunity for my husband, we were unsure about the opportunity for the rest of our family. Chalker Group stepped in and connected us to the resources we needed to make the move to Birmingham successful, including a new career for me, housing, childcare, schools...you name it.”

  • EXECUTIVE VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, SUMMER CLASSICS

    Greg Goetcheus

    “Having moved professionally multiple times, I have come to accept that job relocation is an uncertain time. The curated Chalker experience exposed me to Birmingham and expertly showcased how the city matched my unique interests and needs. Great stewardship!”