Our Team

Douglas A. Leyendecker

Doug Leyendecker founded Leyendecker & Associates in 1981 after spending two years with a specialty search firm. Doug has completed numerous searches for C-Level corporate executives and senior corporate finance professionals. He has significant experience finding executives for the portfolio companies of private investors. In addition, Doug has completed multiple searches for Investment Bankers, Investment Managers, Corporate Bankers and Alternative Investor oriented roles. After obtaining a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, Doug began his professional career in the assurance department of Arthur Andersen & Co.

Jim R. Ford

Prior to joining our team, Jim Ford spent 15 years as a sole search practitioner. During his independent career, Jim first served the accounting field, and then the securities industry with a special focus on sales professionals. While with us, Jim has shifted his efforts more towards corporate finance. He has executed a multitude of Securities Research Analyst searches on both the sell side and the buy side. In addition, he has contributed to several operating company projects. Jim holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and began his professional career in the accounting field at Texaco.

David A. Prodoehl

David Prodoehl joined our team after working at a search firm that specialized in the accounting and finance fields. Prior to entering the search profession, David spent nine years with Continental Airlines in finance roles. He began his career in the assurance practice of Ernst & Young. David, a licensed CPA, obtained his MBA from the Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University and his BBA from the University of St. Thomas. A native Houstonian of Cuban descent, David is fluent in Spanish.

Heather Stone

Before joining the Leyendecker team, Heather Stone launched and grew the research department of an international search firm. Her search experience includes executing a breadth of C-level and direct report operating company searches in a variety of industries. A native Californian, Heather graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston. As a passion project, she recently founded a not-for-profit organization focused on assisting single parent households that experience financial despair as a result of divorce or separation.

Kelly Griego

Since earning her MBA and prior to joining our team, Kelly Griego assisted investors and entrepreneurs in New York City with market research, business plan development and strategic consulting. Before business school, Kelly held marketing roles in the consumer products and media industries. Her focus at our firm is content and communications, including researching and writing for our newsletter, the Leyendecker View. Kelly holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.