Helping our clients build extraordinary, brand-driven companies through exceptional leadership teams


Our deep management experience leads to unique insights when building high performance teams


Right sized for exceptional client service, with each project tailored to your specific needs


Aligning clients and candidates with compatible values enables transformational change


Meet Our Team

Dennis Joyce

Dennis Joyce

Managing Director

Dennis Joyce’s accomplishments span a range of complex businesses – large and small, public and private, heavily traded and closely held. He founded The Joyce Group to help clients build exceptional companies through exceptional leadership teams. Prior to this, Dennis conducted executive management and Board level searches for Hodge Partners’ U.S. Consumer Practice. A coach at heart, his passion for building winning teams is what led him to pursue a career in executive search and leadership consulting.

Dennis’ early years in business were in marketing with Johnson & Johnson, where he grew many of their familiar brands to record sales and market share. His work there was featured in publications including The New York Times and BrandWeek. As Vice President of Marketing at, he led the company as it grew to one hundred million dollars in revenues in its first year after its one billion dollar public offering. At Robert Mondavi Inc., he rose to Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing and ultimately Chief Operating Officer for the then publicly-traded, global wine company. After the merger of Robert Mondavi with Constellation Brands, he went on to become President of AgraQuest, Inc., a biotech developing transformative technologies for the commercialization of safe and effective pesticides. Throughout his career, and in each of these roles, Dennis consistently demonstrated an ability to build high performance teams that delivered positive business results and organizational improvement. He has hired executives at all levels, both as a hiring manager and as an executive recruiter.

Dennis received his B.A. from Georgetown University, M.B.A. from The University of Michigan, and also studied at the University of Oxford in England. An avid sports fan, and sometime participant, he played for Georgetown’s junior varsity basketball team.  Today he is happy to ride his road bike around western Marin and the greater Bay Area, and recently completed his fourth century ride.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of San Francisco, the Board of Directors of the Wine Market Council, and the Board of Governors of Georgetown University.

Michael Joyce

Michael Joyce


Michael Joyce has had an accomplished 35 year career in the food and beverage industry, most recently with PepsiCo, Inc. He has led and been a part of numerous teams throughout his career, and this experience instilled in him the belief that great people working together for a common cause are the single most critical success factor for driving exceptional results in an organization.

Michael started his career working for a family business, Joyce Beverages, Inc., a $250M manufacturer and distributor of many familiar soft drink brands including Seven-Up and Dr Pepper. In a variety of sales and marketing roles, this early experience provided exposure to the hyper-competitive beverage industry, an industry that would be a constant in his professional career. Upon the sale of Joyce Beverages, Michael joined the soft drink division of Austin, Nichols & Co., which was owned by Pernod-Ricard Group. As Vice President of Sales he helped launch an innovative, new product, Orangina, in the United States and Canada. This experience ultimately led Michael to a 25 year career at PepsiCo where he held numerous sales leadership positions. These various experiences ranged from General Manager of bottling and distribution operations to Vice President/Senior Director of national and regional accounts.

Throughout his career, Michael established a track record of delivering short and long term revenue and profit growth, with a focus on leading by example and motivating teams to exceed expectations. Michael received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross, and remains involved as a member of the school’s President’s Council. Michael participates in numerous cancer related fundraising organizations including Swim Across America and American Cancer Society.

Pam Banks

Pam Banks

Director of Finance & Administration

Nikko Tanaka-Pendleton

Nikko Tanaka-Pendleton

Director of Client Communications & Candidate Research

Pam manages the firm’s Administrative and Financial operations, and works directly with both clients and candidates during a number of important stages of the recruiting process. Pam has twenty years’ experience working for a variety of global organizations, most recently as a Development Director at Room to Read where she spent six years helping build a fundraising base that increased six-fold to support literacy and gender equality in the developing world.

Prior to joining Room to Read, Pam worked in a variety of positions for the Asia Society, an international organization dedicated to strengthening relationships and deepening understanding among the peoples of Asia and the U.S.  In addition to serving as founding Executive Director of the Asia Society Northern California, she has worked with the Asia Foundation and Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships developing deep experience in fundraising, strategic planning, programming, membership and board development.  Pam received a M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in International Relations from Georgetown University.

Nikko has worked around the world in Canada, South Korea, Madrid, and now back in the Bay Area.  Her career has spanned marketing, recruiting, and communications in higher education, nonprofits and tech start-ups. At Joyce Group she provides marketplace intelligence and supports a number of important stages of the recruiting process, providing deep industry research to identify the strongest candidates. Nikko also manages the firm’s extensive database of talent — one of the most robust networks of talent in the world.  She ensures continuous maintenance and security of both client and candidate information.

Nikko has a BA from the University of California, Davis an MBA from Charles III University, Madrid along with studies at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.  Passionate about social impact, she spends her free time volunteering at nonprofits in San Francisco and going for runs on the beach. 

What our clients say

Dennis is a very high integrity business leader and a great all-around person. He is one of the best search partners I have worked with due to his deep business acumen, EQ, and knowledge of what is takes to win. He is one of the most well connected people I have ever met, and has an uncanny ability to really cut to what is important in a role and why and to translate to searches that are expedient, painless, and fruitful. He led a search for a CFO for me that was a bullseye and worked out extremely well. I will work with Dennis many more times for these reasons. Also, and importantly - he is trustworthy. He's turned down search assignments I have asked him to consider if they were outside of his wheelhouse which is just as important to me as taking an assignment!

Rob Leibowitz, CEO of Kite Hill

We hired Joyce Group to help build out our Marketing and Sales leadership teams, and they hit it out of the park each time. The thing about Dennis is he has an uncanny ability to assess “real” talent. And what sets him apart from every other recruiter we’ve worked with is his operating experience and attention to detail. He knows what I’m going through as the leader of a high growth company, and so his insights are unparalleled. The highest recommendation for Dennis and his team.

Peter Byck, CEO of Winery Exchange

The Joyce Group are true partners in every sense and aspect of the search process. Given Dennis' executive background, his team offers strategic guidance and a comprehensive evaluation of candidates that is uniquely valuable in search and selection . Dennis and his team invested the time to understand our company culture and its importance to candidate fit, which goes above and beyond an assessment of candidate capability and qualifications. The Joyce Group always delivers exceptional results in a collaborative and thoughtful approach to their work.

Steve Myers, Managing Director at Distinguished Vineyards & Wine Partners

Dennis is a strong partner in the search process. For my business, talent is key but cultural fit is mandatory. Dennis developed his keen understanding of these areas through his own practical executive experiences. His ability to apply his practical experience with his probing candidate assessment and disciplined search process are a great recipe for success. Strong recommendation.

George Vukasin Jr., President, Peerless Coffee