Contact Information:

The Nautical Group
1122 Oberlin Road
Raleigh, NC 27605



Deborah Dinkel

919.828.6095 (Facsimile)

F. Jefferson Stocks
Chairman and CEO

Art Burke
Senior Executive Recruiter

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 About Jeff Stocks

The Nautical Group is a retained executive search firm that serves entrepreneurial, middle-market, Fortune 1000 and non-profit businesses that seek high performing business leaders. We offer the highest level of services in identifying, evaluating and recruiting senior executives; and individual contributors who deliver results.  


As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Nautical Group, Jeff Stocks guides the strategy and operations of our firm. Mr. Stocks is an entrepreneur, CEO, and a respected business and community leader in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has more than three decades of experience as a senior executive in the executive recruiting industry.

 Mr. Stocks led the growth of enterprise-wide relationships throughout the Research Triangle and eastern North Carolina with the majority of its pharmaceutical, financial services, engineering, life sciences, technology, healthcare, manufacturing and consumer goods companies. 

 His vision of providing consultative advice to clients on key staffing issues helped him identify candidates who were not only the “Best of the Best” technically; but also a match to the core values and culture of his client organizations. His vision and leadership efforts contributed significantly to the growth of Manpower, the clients he served and economic development in North Carolina. Additionally, for demonstrating innovative thinking, enlightened approaches and new initiatives that make their business a great place to work, Mr. Stocks’ franchise received the nationally acclaimed "Best Places to Work” award for 3 consecutive years.

Mr. Stocks is an experienced CEO and member and/or Chair of numerous Triangle community boards.  He understands the competencies required for success at the CEO level.  He has served and continues to serve the Research Triangle community in many ways. 


 Business Community:

  • Chairman of the Wells Fargo Regional Board of Advisors

  • Chairman of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership

  • Chair of the Development Committee of the Saint Mary’s School Board of Trustees

  • Board of the WakeMed Foundation 

  • Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington 



  • American Heart Association

  • United Arts Council

  •  Food Bank of North Carolina

  • North Carolina Museum of History 

  • North Carolina Symphony





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