• James Midelis, Founder
    James Midelis, Founder

    Phone: 772-462-6644

    James Midelis possesses a wealth of experience in Executive Search and Placement, and was excited to bring his tenacity and expertise as Founder and President of Midelis Consulting Group in 2009. James started his recruiting career in 2000 with one of the largest recruiting firms in the world where he was the National Rookie of the Year out of over 1,100 offices and 5000 recruiters. James has had continued success over the years, and was ranked as one of the top ten International Account Executives of the Year for eight consecutive years. James works closely with top companies in legal, construction, engineering, and real estate development. He specializes in recruiting partners, shareholders, general counsel positions, associates, project managers, preconstruction managers, schedulers, estimators, safety professionals, superintendents, project executives, and mid-level positions for his clients.

    James prides himself in working confidentially with both his premier clients and upper echelon candidates. He has assisted thousands of candidates, who were not necessarily looking to make career changes, by presenting career opportunities that were rewarding and immensely beneficial to their careers. James has also built a reputation for working directly with key partners and decision makers on both a retained and contingency basis. He has achieved such results by truly understanding his clients’ and candidates’ cultures and personalities.

    James is a native Floridian and graduated from Florida State University in 1991 with a major in Political Science and minor in Criminology. Prior to recruiting, he was employed for seven years as he worked as a Court Officer in the 19th Judicial Circuit. James has been a long time member of the Associated Building Contractors; Associated General Contractors; and has written numerous articles in the construction industry. James donates a great amount of his time to the Alzheimer’s Association, AAU, FPA Little League and being a membership director for USAT. He lives in South Florida with his wife and son who is in high school. His daughter is the social media director for The Midelis Group and currently works full time at the University of Florida as a web writer and social media director.

  • Dawn Midelis, Co-Founder
    Dawn Midelis, Co-Founder

    Phone: 772-462-6644

    Dawn Midelis is a founding member of Midelis Consulting Group. Dawn was born in Indiana and grew up in the Midwest. Dawn graduated with a Dual Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University, one of the top ten engineering schools ranked nationally. She relocated to Florida in 2003 and has played an active role in recruiting in the construction, engineering, and legal arena.

    Dawn brings her Midwestern values and work ethic to the table. This allows Dawn to develop long lasting relationships and she is dedicated to help her clients achieve their maximum potential. Dawn has quickly developed her recruiting potential by using her combination of hard work, determination, and interpersonal skills. Dawn volunteers her extra time to promote fitness and works closely with people afflicted with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Dawn has always been a strong promoter of wellness going back to playing basketball in Indiana and cycling for the Purdue Boilermakers. Dawn also enjoys participating in triathlons, spending time with her family, boating, and coaching youth sports.

  • Kelly Clavijo, VP of Talent Acquisition
    Kelly Clavijo, VP of Talent Acquisition

    Phone: 407-580-7351

    Kelly Clavijo serves as VP of Talent Acquisition for The Midelis Consulting Group. Kelly was born in Indiana and moved to Florida with her family where she graduated from Indian River State College with a degree Business Management in 1999. Kelly was a Branch Sales Manager for a top Fortune 500 Company for over 13 years, prior to joining The Midelis Group. Kelly brings to the table as Senior Account Executive and recruiter a keen understanding of building relationships, a dedicated commitment to customer satisfaction, and a passion for making a difference.

    Kelly is also very passionate outside of The Midelis group as she enjoys: wildlife photography, spending time with her family, and volunteering with her Children’s school. Kelly believes in giving back to her community as she enjoys donating her time. This summer Kelly helped volunteer at the Devereux organization with foster children receiving school supplies. Kelly also helped for several days as part of the Make-A-Wish organization early this year to help children diagnosed with life-threatening diseases. Kelly also believes in giving financial support in many ways in her local community, as she makes financial donations currently to Breast Cancer Awareness, Nemours Children Hospital, and JDRF Diabetes fund. Kelly believes and teaches her children that we all need to do our part in the world, making her an invaluable asset to The Midelis Group.

  • John Mullen, Managing Partner
    John Mullen, Managing Partner

    Phone: 772-497-5762

    John Mullen entered the Executive Search and Recruitment Industry upon graduation from the Nicholson School of Communication at University of Central in 1999 where he earned his B.A. Organizational Communications and Conflict. John accomplished this while taking on several internships with local businesses and supporting himself in college.

    During his 19 year tenure in the Executive Search business, John has specialized in the Construction and Engineering Industries recruiting exceptional professionals at all levels. His well-rounded recruitment experience provides a vast understanding of what our candidates and our clients need and how to attract the very best. John has achieved and received numerous awards and national recognition for being at the top for producing results far beyond traditional expectations.

    John resides in beautiful South Florida where he was raised and now is raising his own family. He has an amazing wife of 15 plus years and two wonderful children. He is actively involved in all aspects of his family’s life including volunteering for numerous organizations benefiting his and other children. Given his exceptional industry success John always provides a solution based on his keen understanding of both clients and candidates in the construction discipline.

  • Ben Custis, Consultant
    Ben Custis, Consultant

    Phone: 772-462-6644

    Ben serves as a consultant to The Midelis Group and has a BS in engineering and an MBA from the University of Florida. He has 12 years of commercial construction project management experience in the Florida and Caribbean Markets. Ben has worked for one of the largest building product manufacturers in the world specializing in the specification process with architects and engineers. Ben has also worked closely with general contractors and with one of the top three largest concrete subcontractors in the United States. He has a strong understanding of the construction process and knows what it takes to help prospective candidates become more valuable to prospective clients. Ben played rugby at the University of Florida and continues to play with his alumni team. He has also studies Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the past seven years and competes regularly in submission tournaments. He lives in South Florida with his wife of twelve years and his two dogs.

  • Jewel Midelis, Administrator
    Jewel Midelis, Administrator


    Jewel Midelis serves as the social media director for The Midelis Group. With her bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications from the University of Florida, Jewel has acquired exceptional skills in managing, marketing, and engaging clients through the use of social media. She currently works full time at the University of Florida as a web writer, in which she updates three websites regularly, writes weekly topics for the web, manages content on social media, and more. Jewel is invaluable to The Midelis Group with her strong computer knowledge, marketing experience, and vibrant disposition.

  • James Midelis III,  Account Executive
    James Midelis III, Account Executive

    Phone: 772-462-6644

    James Midelis III serves as the Account Executive for The Midelis Group and is in his final year at the University of South Florida before receiving his BS in Business Administration. James has acquired a wealth of knowledge in the field, using his experience in Business Management and Finance to excel in the legal and construction recruiting industries.

    James was a Project Manager for a Service-Learning Experience at the University of South Florida during his enrollment, giving him insight into the managerial world while also benefitting his local community. James took on multiple internships and has maintained a 4.0 GPA as a full-time student, all while working part-time in the recruiting and service industries. James will graduate within the year and will pursue his Law Degree in his grandparents’ footsteps as he is striving to graduate at the top of his class.

    While attending the University of Florida, James held the position of Head-Waiter at Mark’s Prime Steakhouse, a fine-dining experience where he excelled in cultivating relationships with repeat clientele. Through his understanding of food and wine he consistently averaged the highest sales monthly, leading to several raises and promotions. James’ friendly demeanor and aggressive work-ethic makes him a one-of-a-kind asset to The Midelis Group.

    James grew up in South Florida and now resides in Tampa where he continues his educational pursuits. While in middle and high school, James was a member of the National Honor Society and was an All-Star Pitcher for several travel baseball teams including teams that won at Cooperstown Dream Park in New York and The Cal Ripken Championships in Myrtle Beach.

    James continues to devote his time to volunteer service including the Alzheimer’s A Walk to Remember, the Parkinson’s Foundation Florida, and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful with over 900 community improvement events each year. In his off-time James enjoys traveling, strength training, fishing and diving. James is set on a path in the business world that ensures the success of The Midelis Group and the exceptional candidates we assist along the way.

Client & Candidate Testimonials

  • John Mullen and Jim Midelis have helped TAS with our staffing needs for many years with great success, including project managers, estimators, business development people and senior leaders. Their efforts stand out among a vast sea of recruiters as they truly strive to understand our specific needs then thoroughly search the market for viable candidates until the right candidate surfaces. The Midelis Group is our go-to recruiter.

    Bob Bacon Chief Operating Officer TAS Concrete
  • After accepting a promotion as Gilbane’s Business Unit Leader, I contacted Jim in regards to numerous positions due to our phenomenal growth in Florida. James has an uncanny knack to bring the very top talent in the industry with exceptional backgrounds and individuals with high morals and the right cultural fit. Jim has done a tremendous job of understanding who we are, what we are looking for and how we value our time. Jim’s process of prescreening candidates has led to the highest success rates with regard to actual hires. Six of the last seven canddiates Jim presented in the last eight months were not only offered positions, but have joined our organization and are contributing immediately. The bottom line Jim saves us time and money using his seventeen years of recruiting experience. Jim is dependable, honest, and he targets passive candidates and brings the very best in the marketplace. Once again, we are on several high level searches and Jim has already presented outstanding candidates. I look forward to a long and continued successful relationship

    Robert S. Hayes Business Unit Leader | Gilbane Building Company
  • I have known Jim Midelis for well over 15 years and consider our relationship stronger than a client to vendor scenario. My first contact with Jim was as a potential candidate, although I was not actively looking to change positions it was through Jim’s personality and genuine integrity that made me confortable enough to consider the possibilities. It was through his thoughtful evaluation of my current position and all aspects of my compensation and eventually the opportunities that my current position held for me that we concluded the opportunity he contacted me for was not in my best interest. I was so impressed with Jim’s honesty and integrity that when my position changed and I became an Owner I relied on him to help position the right individuals within Old North State Masonry, LLC. Jim has handled our business over the years as if he is still trying to earn our business everyday, I think that is his secret of success. Simply put he does the right thing consistently even when he knows people are not watching. I highly recommend Jim’s services to anyone in need of top talent for their business.

    Joseph S. Anastasi President, Old North State Masonry, LLC
  • Jim provided quality executive search services during my recent contact with him. Even though I was not actively looking to make a career move, Jim’s knowledge and feedback about the client was very helpful. I was also impressed that Jim put me directly in touch with the decision makers. I would recommend Jim as an excellent contact in the executive search industry. Recruited John Lavelle as Senior VP of Preconstruction at Coastal Construction

  • It has been a pleasure working with Kelly Clavijo. When Kelly contacted me, I was not actively looking to make a change; however, she provided me with great information and made me feel very comfortable in being able to make a change and it turned into a tremendous opportunity for my career. I would highly recommend The Midelis Group to anyone looking for an executive search firm in the construction industry. Recruited Omar Lopez as Senior Project Manager at Altman Developers