Hunt Scanlon Media Interviews DRI President & CEO Regarding New Search Model, Direct Retention

Dan Charney, President & CEO of DRI, talks about new search model, Direct Retention with Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media.

Executive search firm Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI), which focuses on the talent needs of small to mid-sized companies, is backing up its executive searches with a retention guarantee of its placements for one to two years. Direct Retention, as the firm calls its new product offering, revolves around a thorough evaluation of candidates by DRI as well as expert independent partners. Read Full Interview

Ground-Breaking Executive Search Model Eliminates Financial Risk

Unprecedented…Executives Monetarily Guaranteed to be Retained for 1 to 2 years

Direct Recruiters is proud to unveil their new ground-breaking Riskless Retained Executive Search appropriately named Direct Retention.

Direct Retention by Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI) is disrupting the search industry with its Money-Back Guaranteed Retained Search. Specifically designed for small and medium size companies, Direct Retention focuses on acquiring, assessing, delivering, and retaining Senior Level Executives and other key professionals without any financial downside.

How can we do this? By presenting only those candidates who have been fully vetted by us and our independent consultants of Pradco, Organizational Consulting Group, Dinn, Hochman & Potter, LLC and HR & Relo Advisors. Respectively, their expertise range from behavioral assessments, compensation studies, legal support for non-competes, and relocation assistance.

According to Dan Charney, President & CEO of DRI, “Direct Retention is an innovative executive search model. We’ve joined forces with independent consultants who are known for best practices in their fields as a means to offer total employment solutions for clients seeking to fill leadership positions. We are backing our product with an unprecedented retention guarantee. We’ve listened to our clients and the future is not just the recruitment of top-notch senior level management, but the need for seamless onboarding and long-term retention.

For more information regarding Direct Retention, visit

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DRI Welcomes Bill Wood as Executive Recruiter for Supply Chain/Logistics & Military Transition Practices

Direct Recruiters, Inc. is pleased to announce that Bill Wood has joined them as an Executive Recruiter for the Supply Chain/Logistics and Military Transition Practice Areas. Bill is passionate about helping candidates find the right careers/positions and clients find candidates that improve their organizations.

Bill brings a diverse professional background to DRI. He served a total of 12 years (United States Army and United States Coast Guard) in the military, the last five years as a commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard. Post-military, Bill held sales positions with Michelin and Ethicon managing large territories and high dollar accounts.

Bill earned his B.S. from Excelsior College, Albany, New York.

Bill recently returned to Northeast Ohio after living in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Bill, his wife, and 2 kids are happy to be back and closer to family and friends.

Contact Bill Wood at 216-253-0744 or

DRI Welcomes Rick Simon as Director of Automotive Technologies

Direct Recruiters is pleased to announce that Rick Simon has joined them as the Director of Automotive Technologies for their Michigan office.

Rick has been an Engineering Sales and Operations professional for thirty years. He has experience in a variety of areas including Automotive Technologies, Defense, Automation, IT, Special Application Tooling, and Alternative Energy.

Rick is a valuable addition to the DRI team since he brings a wealth of knowledge in Automotive Technologies including smart technologies, alternative fuel vehicles, electrical vehicles, self-driving/autonomous cars, infotainment systems, etc. In addition, he is very client focused. His goal is to help organizations within the Automotive industry find the talent required to fill positions for sustainable long-term growth. He knows the importance of building relationships with automotive technology clients in order to fully understand which candidates will be the best cultural and organizational fit.

According to Dan Charney, DRI’s President & CEO, “We are excited to have Rick join our team. He is a well-respected executive search professional who will help us manage and grow our footprint in the North American High-Tech Automotive Technologies market. Rick brings great integrity and years of proven search experience and I could not imagine a better fit for us.”

Contact Rick Simon at 248-782-9915 /

Plastics News Recaps David Peterson’s Executive Forum Presentation on Millennials

David Peterson

On April 6th, Plastics News featured an article highlighting David Peterson's recent presentation at the Plastics News Executive Forum. David spoke to plastics firms and executives on how to attract, hire, and retain Millennials in the industry. Read more on "Solving the Millennial Riddle."

Cherie Shepard Invited to be Big Biller Panelist at ORA Cleveland Chapter Meeting

March 9, 2017

Cherie Shepard, Director of Packaging, Material Handling & Food Processing will be a Big Biller Panelist at the Ohio Recruiters Association (ORA) Cleveland Chapter Meeting on March 28th. Cherie joins three other Recruiting professionals for the “Secrets of Cleveland Big Billers Revealed” to discuss how they achieved placement success in 2016.

As Director of Packaging, Material Handling & Food Processing, Cherie works closely with Dan Charney, President, and Jason Herbert, Practice Leader, to expand this specialty segment. Cherie is known for her ability to quickly comprehend clients' unique needs and identify high caliber talent compatible and capable of working in their specific environment and company culture. In addition, throughout the hiring process, she maintains open communication with clients and candidates and her friendly, outgoing personality and sense of humor immediately puts them at ease.

Cherie is committed to performance, quality, and positive results. To stay current with industry news and trends, she routinely travels to trade shows and networking opportunities to meet with industry leaders. Cherie serves as a positive role model for women wanting both a family and successful career.

She started the DRI Women's Group with the mission of supporting and advancing the careers of the women of DRI/DCA. The group focuses on Business/Personal Development, Wellness, Philanthropy, and Social activities. In addition to leading the women's group, Cherie is also a member of the company leaders group. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Cleveland State University.

Sarah Pozek Receives 2017 Movers & Shakers Award from Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club

Sarah Pozek, Director of Life Sciences with DRI, received the 2017 Movers & Shakers award from the Cleveland Professional 20/30 club.

The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club is the longest-running young professional group in Northeast Ohio.  Each year, they announce winners of their 25 Under 35 Movers & Shakers Award which recognizes 25 young leaders under 35 years of age that have a record of excellence in their work, civic engagement and philanthropic efforts.

Sarah graduated from John Carroll University with a Communications major and a Business minor. She was an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She recently completed her MBA at Baldwin Wallace University where she was a member of the Baldwin Wallace MBA Association and the Business Honor Society.

After a successful career in medical device sales, Sarah joined DRI in 2015 to build their Life Sciences practice and develop high-level relationships within the industry. She has been featured in several trade publications.

Sarah also has an entrepreneurial spirit. She is co-owner and founder of two companies: Bump to Bows, a Mommy Boutique Show for new and expecting families and Paper Pregs, an online forum for families who are looking to adopt and need help to relieve the financial burden of the process.

Sarah seeks to promote the welfare of others through her philanthropic efforts. She is a board member for the St. Peter Chanel Alumni Foundation and serves as the Chair for the annual St. Peter Chanel Holiday Party for children with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.

According to Dan Charney, President of DRI, “We’re very proud of Sarah and her achievement. She is an impressive young professional with a track record of excellence at work and in civic life.  Sarah is a great role model and a most promising young leader.”

To contact Sarah Pozek, 440-996-0597 / View her bio at

MH&L News Featured Dan Charney’s 6 Talent Trends for 2017

On February 3, Material Handling & Logistics News ( featured Dan Charney’s 6 Talent Trends for 2017. Check out how new C-Level titles are emerging, boomerang employees are becoming more common and much more.

David Peterson Speaking at Upcoming Plastics News 2017 Executive Forum

David Peterson, Managing Partner

David Peterson, Managing Partner and Director of Plastics & Flexible Packaging at Direct Recruiters, Inc. will be presenting at the upcoming Plastics News 2017 Executive Forum! The conference will be held March 27 through March 29 at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, Naples, Florida. This year the theme for the conference is “Engage. Inspire. Lead.” Leaders of the plastics processing industry will gather to network, share strategies, and engage in various presentations and sessions.

David Peterson‘s presentation is entitled “How to Attract and Retain a New Generation of Workers.” Since attracting and retaining top Millennial talent for your company can be challenging, David will provide advice on how Plastics companies can present themselves in the best possible light to attract and retain Millennials, the largest generation in the US labor force today. He will also share tips for Executives, Hiring Managers, HR, Talent Management and Culture Leaders on best Millennial workplace practices that will engage, inspire and lead these professionals in order to drive results.

Contact David Peterson at 440-996-0590 /

Aaron Kutz Speaks at Case Western Reserve University

aaron-kutz-web-shot-updated-2Aaron Kutz, Executive Recruiter for Government and Electronic Security at Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI) recently had the opportunity to speak to two Undergraduate Business classes at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Aaron was asked to give advice and answer questions on how college students can be successful when job searching, interviewing, and networking.

Since Aaron is an Executive Recruiter, he shared what companies are looking for in job candidates including emotional intelligence (EI), willingness to learn, attitude, and experience. Additionally, he spoke about the importance of networking and encouraged students to get hands-on experience through internships and interviewing as much as possible.

To invite Aaron as a guest speaker, contact him at 440-996-0869 /