Strength. Wisdom. Leadership.



These are traits traditionally associated with the Celtic Dara, an interlinking knot symbolizing the roots and structure of an oak tree. At Grojean & Associates, we use this symbol as part of our logo because we believe those traits not only underlie all our work, but also reflect the character of our principals, associates and staff.

Our Team

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Dr. Michael Grojean founded Grojean & Associates in 2012 as a response to continuing leadership consulting requests from his prior academic, military and consulting connections. He has proven his expertise in leadership, strategy and organizational development.

Dr. Grojean has worked with national and international organizations during periods of significant change, including facilitating change leadership for the Minister of Health for Malta, consulting for NATO, the UK Ministry of Defense Leadership and Management Center, British Petroleum, Land Rover-Jaguar, Eli Lilly, and the U.S. EEOC.

He served as Leadership Policy Officer for the U.S. Army, where he was responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing leadership and leader development policy and doctrine for the 1.4 million person active and reserve force. During this time, he authored the U.S. Army’s mentorship doctrine, critically changing the organizational paradigm of developmental relationships.

He has served in various academic and operational leadership roles, from teaching leadership at West Point to directing executive education programs at Aston School of Business in the U.K. and at Rice University in the U.S. Additionally, he has provided congressional testimony expert witness, thought leadership research, scientific publications and numerous white papers, and policies regarding leadership, strategy and organizational change. He serves as an expert resource for media.

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Joy Brown Kirst brings with her over 20 years of corporate and consulting experience. For the majority of those years, she was in the executive search industry, starting and growing the regions of two boutique firms entering the North American market. 

She was most recently with FWB Park Brown, where she established the company’s presence in the North and South American regions, specializing in the energy industry.  Prior to that, Joy was Vice President at Maxwell Drummond International, also focused on the energy sector. During her seven years with the firm, she helped grow the Houston office from two to 17 staff members, and managed teams conducting searches in North and South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Additionally, she served as the Director of Alumni and Corporate Relations at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

Prior to Maxwell Drummond, Joy was with Heidrick & Struggles in the Houston office. Working with the leader of the Energy & Chemicals Practice, Joy helped build the practice from scratch to a significant business within the Industrial Practice for the firm. 

Joy began her professional career with Western Atlas International, a leading oilfield services company, now a part of Baker Hughes.  In her role she worked with the engineers, geologists and geophysicists of the company to provide technical, business and patent data for the development of the company’s logging tools.

Joy has an undergraduate degree in Russian and a Master’s degree in Library Science.  In 2012, she completed her Master of Business Administration at Rice University.  

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Jonathan Rhoads brings to us diverse experience across both commercial and talent/OD leadership roles at leading global oilfield service and chemicals companies. He has expertise in developing practical programs and solutions to help managers do their jobs of getting the best from their people.

Prior to his consulting career, Jonathan held account and sales director roles in the chemicals space at Univar and Rockwater Energy Solutions where he wore the dual hats of managing sales while also helping to guide the sales organizations through times of significant change. His career began at National Oilwell Varco, where after starting in a rotational program, ultimately served in global Marketing, Sales Effectiveness, and Talent Management Director roles. Jonathan led projects with different NOV business units across the world's major oil and gas regions to develop and implement sales processes and strategies, build the NOV sales culture and talent pipeline, develop leaders, and bring different groups together to create customer-focused solutions.

Jonathan holds a BBA in Management from Texas Christian University and an MBA from the University of Houston Bauer School of Business.



We have more than 40 project-based, subject-matter experts around the globe. Their backgrounds range from small firms, former military and intelligence, academia, mid- and large-size international industrial firms and large government organizations. In addition to their expertise and experience each of our associates share our commitment to the values that are at the foundation of our company. We create a unique team for each project depending on need.

Specifically, we provide people expertise in the areas of leadership, talent development, high performing teams, executive search and strategy. We bring systems expertise in culture (organizational and societal), organizational design, change management, organizational efficiency and alignment and strategic human resources. Our technical expertise and tools include mathematical modeling, intelligence (business, market and competitive) and data collection, anaylsis and methodology.

Additionally, our associates are skilled in project management, client engagement, and delivery of quality work. All meet our high level of expectations and requirements for excellence. They also have their own networks of experts who bring additional talent and skills to the table, as needed, and who are vetted by Grojean & Associates.