Eric and the Advisory Group collaborate to provide tailored talent acquisition solutions anchored in retained executive search that include executive sourcing and interim executive alternatives. We support broader human capital engagements including executive assessment, development, and coaching.

eric douglas keene
founder & president

Eric is the Founder & President of Keene Advisory Group. He partners with publicly traded and privately held clients to recruit general management and functional executives. Formerly with Russell Reynolds Associates, Eric served as a firm-wide leader on Diversity & Inclusion and was a member of the Corporate Officer’s practice.

Eric has successfully led search engagements across a variety of industries including consumer markets, energy, financial services, healthcare & life sciences, industrial, professional services and technology. In addition to general management positions, Eric’s functional emphasis involves commercial roles (marketing, sales, strategy), consulting, and manufacturing operations. He has experience with finance, human resources, information & technology, legal, and medical professionals.

Previously Eric worked for McKinsey & Company serving international clientele on issues of operations, organization, sales and strategy. His earlier experience includes several years in sales and marketing with IBM, O’Connor & Associates/Swiss Bank (UBS) and AT&T. A Shaker Heights native, Eric received his MBA as the Weatherhead Alumni Scholar from Case Western Reserve University and earned his BSc in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Currently Eric is a member of the Weatherhead School of Management Visiting Committee and has served as a Director for organizations including Centers for New Horizons (Centers) and the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention (ILAACP).

Eric has been recognized by Diversity MBA Magazine as one of their Top 50 under 50 Executive Leaders. He is a member of the Union Club of Cleveland and the Economic Club of Chicago.

Maisha L. Cannon

Maisha L. Cannon is a talent strategist focused on identifying, engaging and assessing professionals for the world’s most admired companies. Her 20-year career in Human Resources & Recruiting has taken her from L.A. to the Bay, supporting internal Talent Acquisition teams at E! Entertainment, LinkedIn, SpaceX, Verizon and Google.

Maisha’s emerging expertise lies in creating targeted sourcing strategies, crafting creative candidate outreach and designing customized training for internal hiring teams. 

Currently, Maisha serves as a member of the SourceCon Advisory Committee and is an in-demand speaker, presenting at Talent42, ERE and HireConf. In 2015, she was recognized as one of the top three sourcing professionals globally in the World’s Greatest Sourcer competition. 

Maisha received her MA from the University of Southern California and her BA from Loyola Marymount University. A lifelong student, she continues to sharpen the saw through extension courses at Stanford University and ongoing professional development through The Sourcing Institute.

Marlene González

Marlene González possesses more than 30 years of experience in management, operations, product development, franchising, and training and development. As the Founder and President of Life Coaching Group, LLC., she is an innovator in the cutting-edge industry of executive coaching, leadership, and organizational behavior management. She is a certified Executive Coach, Life Wellness Instructor, and Insights Discovery Licensed Practitioner.

Her experiences in the US, the UK, Germany, France, Latin America, and her native Venezuela have equipped her with a true global perspective. Marlene coauthored the book 'Latinization and the Latino Leader: How to Value, Develop, and Advance Latino Professionals', which offers concrete recommendations for manageable, proactive methods to establish or enhance a business’s framework for the development, retention, and advancement of Latino employees at all levels.

Prior to establishing her own business, Marlene was as a Senior Director of Global Training, Learning, and Development for McDonald’s Corporation. She led the strategic execution of the global training strategies, executive development, and learning technology platform for the entire enterprise that supported 2.5 million employees and 30,000 restaurants located in more than 140 countries.

Marlene has received multiple awards and recognitions, such as the HACE Legend Award, the Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals, and recognition as one of the Top 100 Executives in Latin America by Dinero Magazine.

Marlene holds two BAs from DePaul University and Clayton College of Natural Health, an Executive MBA/PAG from IESA Business School in Venezuela, and a Graduate Diploma on Managerial Issues in the Global Enterprise from Thunderbird University, the Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, Arizona.

Nancy A. harris

Nancy Harris is an experienced coach, consultant, and human resources practitioner. She is the Founder & CEO of Restart Consulting, which helps organizations reinvent the workplace through leadership consulting, diversity coaching and online leader training. She is also the Co-Founder of DisruptHR Chicago, an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower executives, business leaders and human resources professionals.

Nancy is a CTI trained coach, certified in Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI), and various 360 feedback tools.  She has over 20 years of corporate experience; serving in internal and client-facing consulting roles with Ford Motor Company, Pharmacia (Pfizer), Accenture, and BP.

Nancy received her MA in Labor & Employment Relations as well as her BA in Communications from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.


Buzz Patterson possesses 30+ years of financial management, human resources, corporate recruiting and executive search experience in Chicagoland and abroad. He has successfully led executive search engagements in administration, finance, human resources and legal across multiple industries emphasizing professional services.

Buzz began his business career as a practicing CPA for Arthur Andersen in Chicago, and spent several years in St. Louis as Director of Human Resources and Recruiting. Later, he was the architect of the firm’s first dedicated in-house experienced recruiting group which served the Midwest and as well as Andersen’s headquarters. Buzz also has extensive experience in legal administration, having been the Executive Director for a mid-sized Chicago law firm before entering executive search.

Buzz earned his MBA from Michigan State University and his BA in Political Science from Oakland University. He is also a graduate of the Culver Academies in Indiana.