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For three decades, The Five O’Clock Club has been applying a proven, targeted, strategic, research-driven approach to career development.

Ask around. Do your homework. You’ll find we provide unmatched support, resources, coaching and insights for individuals, whether they’re outbound or looking for new ground.

We power the success and growth of individuals and their careers.

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History

Back in the Day

In the 1880s, while the rest of the world was discussing mustache fashion, businessmen in Philadelphia were establishing a reputable member’s-only club that brought together prominent members of the community to share cognac and cigars while they traded ideas and supported one another’s endeavors. As this original club charter says, it  was all "in a spirit of fellowship and good humor." These original Five O’Clock Club members clearly intended to have a good time while navigating their business lives.

Today’s Club

Fast forward to the age of the internet, smart phones and electric cars — it’s more than a hundred years later and our modern day Five O’Clock Club has similar aspirations. We’ve been tirelessly researching and adapting a method that’s proven to work with every twist and turn of the job market, every new advent in technology, every shift in business culture. Our method, thirty years in the making, is as solid and innovative as ever but it’s all for one purpose, much like the original 19th century club: to move our member’s careers forward and support them every step of the way.

To better your career. Welcome to the Club.

Top Photo:  The Five O’Clock Club at Tammany Pea Shore Fish-House by Mr. Edmund Stirling. 

Inset Photo:  William B.  MacKellar, a member of The Five O’Clock Club in the 1880’s from 

“History of the Five O’Clock Club of Philidelphia” by J. Hampton Moore

Every great company has a dedicated team behind the curtain, powering the magic.

This is ours.

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Darren Kimball

Chief Executive Officer

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Darren Kimball

Chief Executive Officer

Wheezing his way through a high school summer job at a birdseed factory, Darren learned a lesson he’s been applying ever since – choose your job with care. Some years later, following a highly successful career on Wall Street, he’s now serving as CEO of The Five O’Clock Club, bringing thoughtful analysis and insight to others on their own career journeys.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School, Darren rose through the ranks to become one of the top stock analysts in the country, according to the Institutional Investor Magazine. At only 27, he was named a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch. Later on, he held senior roles at Lehman Brothers and the hedge fund George Weiss Associates.

Notwithstanding his success on Wall Street, Darren craved a hands-on entrepreneurial opportunity. He seized on that opportunity in 2013 with the acquisition of The Five O’Clock Club.

Darren was greatly inspired by the awesome work that The Five O’Clock Club was doing to help individuals with their careers. By making the jump from portfolio manager to entrepreneur, Darren hopes to inspire others to pursue their own stretch career goals.

Favorite Quote: Everybody falls, everybody fails, everybody, it is how you recover. Billy Joel

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Anita Attridge

SVP, Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

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Anita Attridge

SVP, Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

One of Anita’s first jobs was teaching classes at a self-improvement school, and she hasn’t wavered in her career path since. She’s held senior leadership roles in HR and Training and Organization Development at Xerox, Merck and the Nature Conservancy.

As SVP of Executive Coaching at The Five O’Clock Club, Anita’s focused experience allows her to quickly discern the bare bones of any situation and then support her clients through to the best solution. She believes in efficiency, dedication, and heart — a hard-to-balance combination that she uniquely champions with unique flair and grace. She recharges in her garden and long walks along the Jersey Shore.

Favorite Quote: It’s never too late to be who you might have been. George Elliot

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Jerry Iannaccone

SVP, Client Success

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Jerry Iannaccone

SVP, Client Success

Born and raised in NYC, “Brooklyn Jerry” or “the Jobfather” has a wealth of experience hiding behind his wide smile. He’s spent more than 30 years in Fortune 500 corporate operations, starting in data processing, computer programming, and client relations, and working up to facility operations, corporate budgeting and labor operations. He also knows first-hand what it’s like to be unemployed, which gives him the ability to talk clients through the first days of a new job search with the perfect balance of heart and hope. Now a grandfather of three, he’s instilling qualities of persistence and hard work in his grandkids, and teaching them how to scope out the best hot dog cart in the city. (Dirty Water Dogs, folks. He swears by ‘em!)

When the road gets difficult, Jerry has learned that it’s best to talk it out, which is why he’s particularly gifted at matching clients to coaches: He listens and discerns, and usually comes up with a solution that’s going to work best for the job searcher and the coach.

Favorite Quote: If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. George S. Patton.

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Nancy Karas

SVP, Business Development

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Nancy Karas

SVP, Business Development

Nancy cut her coaching teeth as a teenager, working with other teens in Rockland Psychiatric Center. It scared her half to death, but taught her some pretty big life lessons like gratitude, graciousness, and self-confidence.

Her education and experience launched a career advocating for employee rights within the workplace. After getting her Master’s degree in Human Resources Management, Nancy spent the next 20 years climbing the ladder in corporate America (and South America), including senior roles at Milbank Tweed, Coinbra Frutesp Agroindustrial, David Yurman, and Morgen-Walke. After many years at the helm, she moved back out West to the mountains and sunshine and dedicated herself to coaching.

As TFC’s most charismatic brand ambassador, she is now a well-known speaker and executive coach and helps people remain positive and future-focused in their careers. She lives by the principle that you must know your own worth, follow your own heart, and fire the committee that lives in your head.

Favorite Quote: Go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Will Rogers

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Linsey Odre

Director, Strategic Accounts

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Linsey Odre

Director, Strategic Accounts

This pen-wielding former D-1 athlete, Instagramming foodie has a penchant for living life as fully as possible. Linsey’s wit is as quick as the fast-paced culinary, fashion, and tradeshow industries she came from. Her confidence in who she is has allowed her to excel in every job she’s held and to find creative solutions during stressful moments. A giver in every sense of the word, she’ll show you the hidden gems around NYC she has collected over the years just as fast as she’ll share a coveted family recipe.

At TFC, she manages key client relationships and strategic projects, as well as spearheading TFC’s ad hoc culture committee.

Favorite Quote: What we fear most is usually what we most need to do. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Robert Hellmann

Social Media Black Belt

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Robert Hellmann

Social Media Black Belt

Robert Hellmann has been a career and executive coach with the Five O’Clock Club since 2003. Rob has served as VP, Associate Director of the Five O’Clock Club Coach Network, and has made substantial contributions to the Club's coach training curriculum. He is an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching career development courses. Rob also brings 20 years of corporate management experience at organizations such as the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, JP Morgan Chase, and American Express.

Robert is the author of The Social Media Boost: Accessible Techniques To Accelerate Your Job Search And Career Growth With LinkedIn®, Twitter® And Other Social Media, published by The Five O'Clock Club in 2016.

Favorite Quote: "In 20 years you’ll regret more the things you didn’t do than the ones you did.” - Mark Twain

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Chip Conlin

Director, TFC Central

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Chip Conlin

Director, TFC Central

In a world of tough relationships, Chip is the master of smoothing the road for all involved. His experience in various HR, management and customer service roles in the corporate world and his experience serving as president of New York Technical Recruiters Association puts him squarely on both sides of the fence. He understands hiring from the corporate perspective as well as the job hunter’s vantage point, which in turn makes him a masterful coach.

He’s been leading Five O’Clock Club branch meetings, strategic small groups, and peer supervision groups for almost twenty years. Suffice it to say, he knows how to lead and motivate.

Favorite Quote: The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging. Warren Buffett

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