Blue Rock Search

Nancy Estep-Critchett

Founder, Franchise Executive Search Practice Leader

Nancy is a founding Partner of Blue Rock Search, with oversight of the Franchise Practice. She has 30 years of successful working experience as a business advisor and executive recruiter in the franchising space. Nancy has built solid relationships which have spanned decades with industry professionals and internationally recognized brands.


Prior to forming Sterling Global Executive Search in 2003, Nancy was the first employee at one of the most widely recognized firms specializing in franchising in 1993. She managed the company-wide research function and then moved into Partnership, then ownership in 2003.  Nancy is the Founder of Source First Incorporated, a Sarasota, Florida-based business specializing in franchise sales and consulting and Founder of Franchise Resales LLC, a service company specializing in reselling franchises.

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Nancy thoroughly enjoys gardening and spends as much time as possible in her vegetable and flower gardens. When she is not elbow deep in compost and weeding, she can be found on the water.  Nancy and her husband and daughter spend a as much time as possible on the gulf waters off of Sarasota boating or paddle boarding.  Having grown up on an island off the coast of Maine, Nancy loves the rocky coast and frigid waters of the northeast coastline.  Her ultimate goal is to enjoy the warm winters in Sarasota and make her way back to Mount Desert Island in the summers.


She enjoys making jewelry and experimenting in the kitchen – although if you ask her, the perfect food is a good crispy grilled cheese with a dill pickle on the side.


Nancy resides in Sarasota Florida with her husband Chris, a naval architect, their 15 year old daughter Claire, and their three cats Rue, Bea and Scooby.    

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Nancy's Charity of Choice

Run entirely by donations, grants, and volunteer labor, the popover café runs a distribution program to deliver fresh soup and other pantry staples to senior residences and others who cannot make it out to the café or are dealing with food insecurity on Mount Desert Island in Maine.

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