Founded in 2016, Columbia ltd is a Colorado corporation that serves local governments, primarily in the western United States, through executive recruiting and problem-solving services.
Columbia ltd is completely committed to ethical conduct in every aspect of every recruitment, without exception.
Commitment to the profession
Columbia ltd supports the International City/County Management Association, and the firm is an associate member of the Colorado Municipal League, and a Cooperating Member of the Washington City/County Management Association. Columbia ltd is a proud sponsor of the City/County Management Associations in Arizona, Colorado, and Washington.
CEO and Founder
Since founding Columbia ltd in 2016, Andrew (Drew) Gorgey has established himself as one of the premiere executive recruiters in the United States. A sought-after industry professional, Mr. Gorgey has completed dozens of major executive recruitments in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. He has served local government for 22 of the last 24 years as a deputy district attorney, county attorney, county manager, acting city manager, executive recruiter, and trusted advisor.
Sue Fowler Autry
Senior Executive Recruiter and Strategist
Based in Westchester County, New York, Sue Fowler Autry has a reputation for professionalism in human resources and executive recruitment enjoyed by few others in the United States. Following successful careers in banking, elite private-sector executive recruiting (Texas), employment law, finance, and manufacturing, Ms. Autry held executive leadership and management positions for 20 years in local government human resources. She understands city and county organizations in a way most search consultants never will. Ms. Autry excels in identifying candidates in alignment with Columbia ltd’s mission.
Elizabeth (Liz) Eubank came to Columbia ltd as an award-winning customer service specialist from Vail Resorts (Colorado), where she earned the Spirit of Beaver Creek (Ski Resort) Award in recognition of her professionalism and her exemplification of corporate values. During her tenure, Ms. Eubank led The Ambassadors, an essential guest service group, and Street Team “On the Spot,” an employee engagement program. She also completed extensive leadership training in emotional intelligence, the DISC assessment, managing expectations, team dynamics, leadership communications, delivering performance feedback, developing talent on the team, championing change, coaching to develop, and navigating conflict. In addition to over 17 years of experience in hospitality and customer service, Ms. Eubank previously worked for the Town of Vail, Colorado, as a local government concierge. Ms. Eubank also has considerable direct experience with information technology, and diverse experience in emergency medicine, health care, and live theater.
Formerly with the City of Aspen, Colorado, Michelle Holder brings skill and excellence to Columbia ltd in several areas pertaining to local government: project management, community engagement, program management, priority-based budgeting, sustainability reporting, and research. A Certified Professional Project Manager, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and graduate of the highly-regarded Roaring Fork Leadership Academy (Aspen), she is passionate about empowering communities by helping them realize their largest goals. Ms. Holder earned her bachelor’s degree (Political Science and Criminology) from the University of Florida and her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is based in Portland, Oregon.
Kathy Callaway Conarro
Kathy Callaway Conarro has been a graphic designer for over twenty years. The art director and production manager at a reputable alternative news weekly in the United States for over ten years, she also served for over five years as creative director at a fast-growing, international professional sports corporation, before relocating to Central America. Ms. Conarro ensures every local government client is marketed in a genuine, positive, and impactful way and offers creative guidance in corporate marketing.
Ms. Callaway Conarro holds a bachelor’s degree in art with an emphasis in graphic design from Western Washington University. She works from her office in Roatán, Honduras.