Successful Search Projects

Successful Search Firm Projects

Senior Vice President Operations for Global Design Build Firm – This small, public company needed a larger company perspective and strong leadership to build policies and procedures to accommodate growth. After applying deep research and recruiting resources, we placed a Senior Leader with Fortune 500 background who improved the quality of the bidding process, project cost control and grew a multi-billion project proposal pipeline, after nine months of employment.

President for Software Company – Entrepreneurial software firm with inferior leadership needed a serious leader to come in and turn around company for investors. DK Cole found a laser focused, growth oriented leader with a strong operations background and the firm was well on way to turnaround within six months.

Chief Financial Officer—Federal Government Contractor—Conducted confidential search working exclusively with the CEO to find an individual with the appropriate technical mergers and acquisitions background and negotiating skills to get deals done on the board’s time frame for expansion.

Controller for Large General Contractor  – Large General Contractor had grown to the point of needing to promote current controller to CFO but needed a very detail oriented replacement. We successfully placed “hands on” controller who quickly freed the CFO to take on more responsibility.

Vice President Tax for 4 Billion Public Financial Services Firm  – Multi-location, publicly held financial services firm had VP of Tax retiring after 30 years. We found a professional with change management capability who fit perfectly with corporate culture and quickly took the department to the next level with full support of long time staff members.

Equipment/Fleet Director for Heavy Equipment/Fleet Operator—This growing company had outgrown its fleet manager’s capability and needed a higher level of leadership. Working exclusively with the President, we conducted a confidential search and found a more strategic leader who could work independently, provide the vision, long term planning, relationship building skills and communication to better serve their clients and ensure productive relationships with union employees.  The candidate was also able to eliminate the President’s constantly fighting fires and smoothing ruffled feathers.

Tax Manager for Family Manufacturing Business—Family-owned, multi-state, multi-divisional manufacturing operation needed a compliance-focused tax manager with hands-on capability in both federal and multi-state tax to free up the tax director to be more strategic.  Working directly with the CFO and Tax Director, our team was able to fill the position with an outstanding candidate with a public accounting background who had extensive experience in all areas, including manufacturing.

Payroll ManagerPrivately Held Multi-Division Company with over 500 employees.  Because the company moved its corporate offices to a new location, they were losing their long time reliable payroll manager. We were able to place an individual who had the high level of technical proficiency to handle their payroll systems through ADP and who had the people skills to work well with Human Resources and the operations executives.

Accounting Manager for Fast- Growing Restaurant Chain—Having just opened new locations all over Chicagoland, this trendy restaurant owner needed a good hands on accounting manager.  They needed someone who could act as a “right arm” to the operations manager in creating good management reporting and conduct financial analysis to help him keep food costs under control and identify important trends quickly.  We placed an experienced controller who had been in larger restaurant companies who walked in and hit the ground running and has provided vision for the company’s growth destination.