What Top Executives are Saying About Pierce Consulting Partners

A company’s reputation is determined by their clients. Even more significant is whether or not those clients will hire the company multiple times. We have consistently achieved a 90% client repeat rate, oftentimes being selected over much larger competitors. We are eager for you to know what our clients will tell you!

ameritrade“Nick and his team are one of the hardest working and responsive search firms that I deal with. It is a competitive advantage for them; specifically in terms of their level and quality of research for the industry and/or the role we are looking for, coupled with a strong sense of urgency in identifying the right candidates. Nick has excellent interview skills and provides sound insights as to whether the candidate will be successful in the role in terms of skills and required competencies, future potential, and if they will fit our culture. His “can do” attitude makes him a terrific search partner with which to engage.”

Karen Ganzlin, Chief Human Resources Officer
TD Ameritrade

“I have known and worked with Nick Pierce for over 20 years, and can strongly recommend him and his firm for any senior search.  His responsiveness is unmatched, personally driving each search.  And the results are terrific, with significant and high-impact hires.

When you deal with Pierce Consulting Partners, you deal directly with seasoned pros who drive the work.  It’s a real point of differentiation, one that has served me well for two decades.  I couldn’t be more positive.”

John Clendening – President & CEO
Blucora, Inc.

“I approached Pierce Consulting with a recruiting need for a VP of Strategy and Business Development.  Although, the construction industry is not an industry that they had traditionally recruited for, they did a great job and knocked it out of the park.  I attribute that success to the skills they brought as well as the process they used.  They really took the time to understand the hard and soft skills we were looking for and how to align them with our culture and strategy.  The Pierce Team brought us candidates we would have never considered but were exactly what we needed.  I would highly recommend them to others.”

Joseph A. Cutillo – Chief Executive Officer

Sterling Construction Company


First Performance Global

“Pierce Consulting was retained to conduct a CEO search for a portfolio company of RRE Ventures.  They ran a highly effective process and produced a high quality slate in short order.  They did so with great diplomacy in considering internal and external candidates while managing the Board dynamics.  We are very pleased with the outcome.

Jim Robinson III – Co-Founder and General Partner
RRE Ventures

rogers2”The Pierce team did a great job listening to our needs, understanding our company and identifying the candidates with the right combination of experience and skills. Their ability to “sell” Rogers was a key decision factor for us when we selected them. I believe we have a great new CFO that will really help Rogers achieve our goals. Thanks!

Bruce Hoechner – President and Chief Executive Officer
Rogers Corporation

virginia-industries“Pierce Consulting is a trusted advisor in addition to being an excellent search consultant. They recently worked with me to complete a very successful search for a high level executive – we had an internal candidate, but wanted to thoroughly examine our alternatives. They navigated this potentially uncomfortable situation leaving our internal candidate feeling good about the process while allowing us to fully vet several viable external candidates. I was kept informed at every step of the process and the personality profiling offered by Pierce was an informative addition to the process. I would highly recommend them as a thoughtful, skilled, insightful and professional advisor.”

Laura Grondin – CEO and President
Virginia Industries

belk“I worked with Pierce Consulting Partners both at Walgreens and at Belk. In a recent engagement, they helped us recruit our SVP and CTO. This was a tough search as the description of this new role in our organization changed significantly over the course of the process, but the team at Pierce worked with us to land a great hire. They continued the partnership with Belk after the search, and helped us recruit another outstanding technical talent at the Vice President level. The team at Pierce is thoughtful, responsive, and very client-centric. I have worked with various search firms over the years, both large and small, and I am always impressed by the quality of the outcome when I engage with Pierce Consulting Partners.”

Laurent Longin – Vice President, Talent Acquisition
Belk, Inc.

scottrade“I have worked both directly and indirectly with Pierce Consulting Partners for nearly 10 years and they have always done a great job. Communication and thoroughness is of high quality and they have always hit the mark. Impressive results!”


Matt Wilson – President – Brokerage Scottrade

prime-revenue“I worked with Pierce Consulting to recruit a critical CTO & VP of Engineering for our business. They took the appropriate amount of time to thoroughly learn the business and my requirements for the position. They did an outstanding job of putting together a comprehensive profile of what the ideal candidate would look like. The entire process was well-run and efficient and moved forward with great agility. The resulting hire was one of the best hires that I have made in my career. Pierce Consulting was able to not only help me identify and articulate my requirements (from a vision), but was able to nail down the ideal candidate within 90 days.”

PJ Bain, Chief Executive Officer
PrimeRevenue, Inc.

tredegar“I had the pleasure of working with Pierce Consulting both as a candidate and, subsequently as a client, all within one year. They are highly professional and leverage their extensive operating experience to provide helpful insight to both the client and candidates. They invested considerable time to understand the Company culture and characteristics of a strong hire. The benefit of focusing on only 2 to 3 searches at a time was evident as they were readily available to provide wise counsel, both pre- and post-hire thereby maximizing the satisfaction of both the Company and the hew hire.”

Mary Jane Hellyar, President, Films Division
Tredegar Corporation

Piedmont_Healthcare“I worked with Pierce Consulting Partners to fill the role of Chief Human Resources Officer for Piedmont Healthcare. They proved to be an effective team providing both operating background and experience in healthcare. After taking the time to thoroughly understand our needs and environment, they promptly developed a position description and list of target organizations from which to recruit. Their level of focus was evident in how quickly they developed a slate of solid candidates and we could not be more pleased with our selection. Our hire made a tremendous impact in her first year in our organization.”

Greg Hurst, Chief Operating Officer
Piedmont Healthcare

purchasing_powerWe were fortunate to work with Pierce Consulting in what proved to be a difficult search. We were looking for the senior technology leader for our rapidly growing eCommerce business and required someone who still had sufficient technical skills to lead a relatively small organization, but also possessed the leadership potential to grow into a much larger one. That proved to be the challenge, especially in a very high demand market. While the search took some time, they remained diligent and persistent in ensuring our requirements were held in the forefront. They run an engaged, collaborative process and in the end, we nailed it! “

Scott Wheeler, Chief Operating Officer
Purchasing Power

argus“Nick is the first recruiter that actually listened to my requirements and then fulfilled them. I had actually stopped using recruiters because of their practice of trying to place executives that did not meet our needs. A colleague persuaded me to try a professional recruiter one more time. Nick Pierce came to the table. He listened and documented the search criteria. He found four candidates that met the criteria. Any one of them would have been a winner. Approximately two months into the promise we found our new executive. We are still thrilled with our decision. Nick found us a game changer. Nick Pierce – efficient, effective and accountable. Thank you Nick.”

Mark Kingston, President
ARGUS Software

mutual_fund_store“They have been an invaluable partner to our organization and have an exceptional track record of helping us find Senior Executive talent. They have a strong understanding of the Financial Services Industry, but more importantly, have taken the time to understand our business and our needs. They are highly talented professionals and are the first firm I call for help when new opportunities arise within our organization.”

John Bunch, CEO
The Mutual Fund Store (over $6.5 B in asset management)

oshkosh“My experience with Pierce Consulting Partners has been outstanding! They assisted us with Executive level search activity globally, consistently exceeding our expectations. I’ve worked with many of the Tier 1 search firms, and I can say without a doubt that they work with their customers in a manner that makes our searches easier – and at the end of the day that counts with us!”

Tracey L. McKenzie, Vice President Human Resources
JLG Industries / Oshkosh Corp.

city_of_chicago“As Mayor and on behalf of the City of Chicago, I offer my sincere gratitude for your help in recruiting our new Chief Transformation Officer at Chicago Public Schools. Nothing is more important than making our schools work, and the position is critical in transforming our schools.

I thank you for your expertise, time and dedication to Chicago. The residents of the City of Chicago – and especially it’s young people – will benefit from your efforts for many years to come.”

Rahm Emanuel
Mayor of Chicago

rogers2“The search went very good! The announcement went well and the stock popped. We are thrilled to have our new CFO on board. Thanks for all of your help. Well done!”



Gary Glandon – Chief Human Resources Officer
Rogers Corporation

Polymer_Group“We were auditioning a few firms for a critical search when we were introduced to Pierce Consulting Partners. Their experience, methodical approach and the fact that they were involved in the first contact with candidates was very appealing. The time they spent to get to know us and what we were trying to accomplish allowed them to convey our story to candidates as if I were doing it the presentation myself. We gave them the search. Needless to say they gave us a slate of several great individuals to review and helped bring in the person that we believed to be the best fit for our needs.”

Mike Modak
Sr. V.P., Global Growth & Innovation
Polymer Group, Inc.

fiserv“We engaged Pierce Consulting Partners to fill a high profile position that needed to be executed quickly. I was very pleasantly surprised at not only the speed at which they engaged in the search, but even more in the quality of potential hires. They listened intently to our need and our ideal candidate profiles and found top quality talent that hit the mark exactly.”

Jardon Bouska, Div. President
Fiserv – Biller Solutions Div.

tredegar“It is a pleasure to work with Pierce Consulting Partners. We retained them initially for a search for the President of our largest division and, within the same year, for another very senior position. When we first established the relationship, they devoted the time necessary to meet key people in our organization, learn our business and, most importantly, to understand our culture. Throughout both processes, they were readily available and proved to be a trusted advisor, providing wise and thoughtful counsel all along the way. Given the thoughtfulness of the process, it is no surprise that we ended up with outstanding candidates.”

Anita de Lorme, Executive Director Human Resources
Tredegar Corporation

prommis“I have relied upon Pierce Consulting Partners for the successful placement of two of my most senior C-level executives recently. The word that comes to mind when I think of Nick and his Team is ‘thorough’. Once Nick has collected your requirements for the search, he and his Team leave no stone unturned in compiling a list of suitable candidates. While other recruiters may be content to produce lists of ‘the usual suspects,’ Nick and his Team scour the field and consistently come up with solid potential candidates, many of whom themselves profess to have not been looking for a career change until they heard from Nick. After you review the list with Nick and identify true candidates for the position, Nick and his Team commence to narrowing the field, which is where they really shine. After a comprehensive examination of each candidate’s background and qualifications resulting from a rigorous face-to-face interview, Nick and his team produce an in-depth analysis report on each candidate. Their reports are incisive and objective and I have found them to be invaluable in preparing for my own interviews with the candidates. Finally, once the finalists have been identified, Nick and his Team perform admirably in guiding the hiring decisions and negotiation processes to a successful conclusion. As a result, I would highly recommend Pierce Consulting Partners to any C-level executive or Board that is looking for assistance in making a critical senior executive hire.”

Denis Brosnan, CEO
Prommis Solutions

investools“Nick and his team are simply the best recruiting thought partners I have ever worked with. They completed several extremely difficult and narrowly defined searches for us. We went from concept to hire in less than 60 days and I am convinced that they got us the best possible candidates whom have helped propel our organization. Nick was very consultative in helping us scope the jobs and determine the best places to look. He and his team were incredibly effective and efficient securing high quality candidates. They took the time to get to know our business and they delivered stellar candidates who were motivated and excited about the job. Simply put, I would never consider using another executive search firm.”

Ted Bloomberg, Managing Director

etrade“I’ve worked with Nick for over 15 years starting from the time when he placed me as president of Europe, Africa and the Near East at ACNielsen Worldwide. Nick and I have continued to work together when I subsequently became Chairman, President & CEO of E*Trade. I’ve continued to work with Nick to help staff critical senior management positions at Pennington Ventures, a company in which I have funded. I’ve utilized Nick’s advice and counsel to help us build our organizational teams over the years. He has always delivered an excellent slate of candidates and provided us with real world options on how to best build an organization. Most importantly, the candidates that were selected exceeded our expectations in all areas of leadership and management capability.”

Christos Cotsakos, PhD, former Chairman, President & CEO,
E*TRADE Holdings

gtcr“I’ve worked with Nick Pierce for several years. They have consistently provided us with the most accomplished senior executives within the industry. They recognize talent, bring consultative-added value and have our complete confidence.”



Bruce Rauner, Chairman of the Board
GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC ($8 billion private equity leader)

swm“Pierce Consulting Partners has served as a reliable resource and an excellent business partner to our firm. I have been particularly impressed with the thoroughness of their search process and the quality of candidate appraisals they developed to enable us to make two great hiring decisions.”

Frederic Villoutreix, Chairman & CEO

solutia“We engaged Pierce Consulting Partners to do several critical top management searchs for our company. They were extremely professional and were concerned not only with finding quality candidates but the “right” candidate for our organization who would fit into our culture and have the proper fortitude for our stage of growth. I believe they nailed the search and found the ideal candidate that will serve us well into the future.”

Gary Glandon, Chief Human Resources Officer
Solutia, Inc.

brightwell_payments“I’ve worked with Nick Pierce on several searches and he has always provided me superior results. Nick has a long term background in the search industry and it shows in how client focused and responsive he is with clients. His in-depth and thorough analysis of candidates is very complete, saving significant time and effort. He has a significant base of referrals and contacts as well as valuable relationships with many Private Equity firms. Most importantly, Nick becomes a great business partner and sticks with you in ways no one else does. In my situation, he became a trusted advisor and supporter in my search for a new career opportunity. I sincerely give Nick my highest recommendation on a professional and personal basis!”

Ken Goins, CEO
Brightwell Payments, Inc.

etrade“When our firm selected Pierce Consulting Partners for one of our most critical senior leadership positions we had very high expectations. They not only exceeded our expectations – they shattered them! Pierce Consulting Partners found the perfect candidate to meet our key strategic need and every candidate they provided us was strong. Their process is truly exceptional because they took the time to fully understand our business and our needs. What is also impressive is the firm’s close alliances with the private equity sector. All in all, we were delighted with our relationship.”

Frank Petrilli, Chairman
E*TRADE, former CEO TD Ameritrade

norgren“My experience with Nick and his firm have never failed to please. He fully immerses himself into all the details of a search assignment, quickly and effectively developing keen insight not only into the particular requirements of the position but importantly into the culture of the Company. Nick’s deep understanding of both the appointment and the culture allow him to refer only the best qualified candidates with the highest probability of long term fit at Norgren. Over the years as our relationship has developed, I’ve also found Nick’s personal insights into my own career progression to be always thought provoking and highly useful. It’s rare indeed to find a trusted advisor of Nick’s caliber and integrity!”

Jim Mannebach, former President & CEO
Norgren, Inc.

arsenal“I’ve known Nick Pierce for over ten years. His firm has been a trusted advisor regarding providing select senior management to us and we respect their judgment of talent. We always take his calls.”



Carty Chock, Partner
Arsenal Capital Partners

wabco“I have been working with executive search firms around the world for the past 20 years. This has taught me that the individual you work with is more important than the firm name. Nick is one of the best I have worked with. He builds partnerships that last years since he focuses on the long-term relationship with his clients. I never felt that he was just filling an order and looking for the next assignment. His current business model gives him much greater access to the true best candidates in the marketplace. I highly recommend Nick and his firm.”

Kevin Tarrant, Chief Human Resources Officer

firstdata“Pierce Consulting Partners was selected as a preferred source at First Data Corporation over dozens of other search firms from around the world. Their professional, high touch, approach helped us hire world class talent that might have been missed by other firms.”

Mike D’Ambrose, former SVP, Human Resources
First Data Corporation

ingenico“I have had exposure to Pierce Consulting Partners both from a candidate perspective and subsequently as a client. I had never accepted calls from other search firms previously but I was impressed with their approach to me and took their call, eventually being hired as the SVP at Ingenico, the global leader in POS terminals. Subsequently I hired Nick and his Team to do a few searches for our company, including a search for our head of sales overseeing our Canadian business based in Toronto. My experience with them is that they have always been very responsive, consistently developed detailed and intelligent appraisal reports and are of the highest consultative level. Pierce Consulting Partners is at the top of my list when selecting a retainer search firm.”

Lisa Shipley, Sr. V.P., Sales

frontstream“I had the pleasure of meeting Nick several years ago when his firm was engaged in a search to find a COO for Tier Technologies (NASDAQ: Tier). Nick spent time to truly understand my professional background and placed me in the role. After a management change, I opted to resign from the company. I contacted Nick for his professional advice and he encouraged me to pursue a roll-up strategy. He spent countless hours working with me to develop my plan. Based upon his numerous industry contacts and trust that he had established with private equity firms, Nick introduced me to several key industry players including Arsenal Capital Partners based in New York. Due to Nick’s recommendation, they were willing to speak to me. This led to my hire as President, FrontStream Payments, Inc. Nick has become a trusted advisor of mine and based upon his professionalism, I would recommend Pierce Consulting Partners to all my colleagues.”

Nina Vellayan, CEO & President
FrontStream Payments

greathill“We have worked with Nick Pierce on recruiting several leadership positions for our portfolio companies. We value Nick’s experience finding and evaluating top rated talent. He and his Team do the research to ensure that the client and candidates are positioned for success.”

Matt Vettel, Managing Director
Great Hill Partners

swm“Nick is one of the best executive search consultants that I have ever known. He is also the author of a must read book, “The Executive’s Guide to Finding a New Job.”



Bill Foust, former SVP, Human Resources
SWM (global paper leader)

investools“People often think the primary role of a professional recruiter is to connect the right talent with the right job. Pierce Consulting Partners did that in my case, but that was only half the battle. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to leave my previous employer and I was also unsure that the opportunity that they presented was a good match for me. The real value Nick Pierce offered in this process was to help me get clear about my career goals. He also helped me think through the timing of the career change I was faced with. Ultimately, his wisdom and experience helped me make the right decision for me and my family.”

Jon Mott, PhD, Director, Learning Design