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 / rsimon@directrecruiters.com.

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 / spozek@directrecruiters.com. View her bio at http://www.directrecruiters.com/team/sarah-pozek/.

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

On February 3, Material Handling & Logistics News (mhlnews.com) 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

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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 / dpeterson@directrecruiters.com

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 / akutz@directrecruiters.com.

The Direct Companies, DRI & DCA, Best of the Best For 2016

The Direct Companies of Direct Recruiters, Inc. and Direct Consulting Associates, recognized the Best of Best for 2016.
Congratulations to all our winners! 

bln468_jason-herbert_f-4x5DRI's Recruiter of the Year: Jason Herbert, Practice Leader of Packaging, Processing & Material Handling.

This award recognizes an employee who is a top producer that displays leadership, hard work and dedication to DRI’s process and values.

Jason Herbert has worked with clients to find high-impact talent to build their teams for over 10 years with DRI.  He is committed to quality and results, while developing and maintaining long-term relationships with client companies.  He makes it a priority to assess client staffing needs and expectations, to find talent required for long-term growth and success.

According to Dan Charney, DRI President & CEO, “Not only was Jason a top producer in 2016, he has consistently gotten better and built his practice over the past ten years. He is a leader within our great organization and I am proud to honor him.”

Contact Jason Herbert at 440-996-0591 / jherbert@directrecruiters.com


doug-kellmeyer_4x5300DRI's Rookie of the Year: Doug Kellermeyer, Project Manager of Government Technology & IT/Cybersecurity.

The award goes to an outstanding employee who has been at DRI for eighteen months or less, and has shown a high level of performance throughout DRI’s approach to the recruiting process.

Working closely with Ryan Lange, Partner, Government & Security, Doug qualifies and recruits candidates to find the best cultural and organizational fit for his clients.  He is determined, goal-oriented, and driven to develop new skills and take on complex challenges.

According to Ryan Lange, “In just 18 months, Doug has showcased the abilities it takes to become a consistent top-performer and leader here at DRI. There were 8 other individuals that could have been named DRI’s Rookie of the Year, but in the end Doug’s performance combined with his commitment gave him the edge. He is the first person to arrive to the office and last to leave. If Doug continues his commitment and development, he will have a very bright future here at DRI.”

Contact Doug Kellermeyer: 440-996-0876 / dkellermeyer@directrecruiters.com.

DRI's Operations Employee of the Year: Jordan Freireich, IT Manager

This award goes to excellence in overseeing the daily operations of DRI & DCA.

Jordan Freireich works closely with President, Dan Charney and COO, Shel Myeroff.  Jordan is responsible for all aspects of the technology database for DRI, which includes maintaining their software, as well as implementing and training the DRI team of new program features which will increase productivity and efficiency.  Jordan’s strong organizational skills combined with his keen attention to detail enables him to look for innovative ways to enhance the company’s performance.

"Jordan makes a positive impact on both DRI & DCA through technology and operational efficiency.  He continuously implements innovative solutions to business processes and effectively manages and executes IT strategies," said Dan Charney, DRI President & CEO. "Everyday he displays excellence and true commitment to the success of our companies."

Contact Jordan Freireich at 440-996-0587 / jfreireich@directrecruiters.com.


charles-aiken-iii_4x5300DCA's Recruiter of the Year: Charles Aiken III, Recruiting Manager

Charles oversees and manages DCA's recruitment team and works closely with clients to understand and satisfy their recruitment needs. He is committed to quality and results and the success of DCA.

Frank Myeroff,  DCA President, stated "A great recruiter and recruiting manager possess certain qualities that we see in Charles. He exemplifies the excellent listening skills, relationship building abilities, team building skills and business savvy required. In addition, Charles will always go the extra mile to find the best IT talent for our clients.  The fact that he gives us his best everyday, is why he is our Recruiter of the Year."

Contact Charles Aiken III at 440-996-0867 / caiken@dc-associates.com.

shayla_4x5300DCA's Rookie of the Year: Shayla Jastrzebski, Recruiter 

Shayla serves as an IT Recruiter for DCA. On a daily basis, she identifies, screens, and qualifies IT consultants and candidates for open positions. She is top notch when it comes to matching the right consultant with the right opportunity. Shayla is very goal oriented and loves to take on new challenges. Nothing is too big for her to tackle. 

"What I like best about Shayla is that she digs in and welcomes each assignment with high energy. Our team can always rely on her to overcome any obstacles in order to deliver results. She is certainly a go-getter," commented Frank Myeroff, DCA President.

Contact Shayla Jastrzebski at 440-996-0873 / sjastrzebski@dc-associates.com.  

DRI on Crain’s list of 52 Fastest Growing Companies

52_medallion_textDirect Recruiters, Inc. (DRI), Executive Search Firm, is proud to announce that for the second year in a row, they have been named to the Cleveland Crain’s list of 52 Fastest Growing Companies.  Presented by Huntington, the Crain’s 52 Fastest Growing Companies list recognizes the entrepreneurial spirit, innovative business tactics, and skyrocketing revenue growth of the fastest-growing companies in Northeast Ohio.

Why 52?
Heralded as the city’s most iconic structure since its construction in the 1920s, Cleveland’s historic Terminal Tower is 52 stories tall. Crain’s 52 tells the stories of NEO’s future skyscrapers of business — the 52 fastest-growing companies in the region.

According to Dan Charney, President of DRI, “Being named a Crain’s 52 Company for the second consecutive time is a great honor for our organization.   I am very proud of our dedicated and passionate team who always strives to accomplish great things together. Their hard work has helped us grow and prosper for 34 years and we look forward to many more years of continued growth. ”

For more information, contact Barb Miller, Marketing Manager, Direct Recruiters, 440-996-0581 or bmiller@directrecruiters.com.

Mike Silverstein Honored on “Millennials in Staffing” List

MikeStaffing Industry Analysts’ list of Millennials in Staffing featuring 35 industry influencers is out and DRI’s Mike Silverstein made the list!

This year marks the first time Staffing Industry Analysts has published a list of millennials in the industry; it features staffing movers and shakers who were born between 1982 and 2000. The list is sponsored by Monster.

John Yurkschatt, Managing Partner of our sister company Direct Consulting Associates, also made this list!

Millennials rank as the largest living generation in the US, according to population estimates; they are now the largest segment of the US workforce. And they will be 75% of the US workforce by 2025.

However, the list is not a ranking. It’s a recognition of a group that is shaping the future of the American economy, and it’s based on nominations from the industry. It’s a snapshot of several noteworthy millennials. The list does not include supplier to the industry or staffing buyers.

“We believe millennials bring vital optimism, entrepreneurship and positive change to the next era of the American economy,” said Subadhra Sriram, publisher and editor at Staffing Industry Analysts. “Our goal is to provide a glimpse into this generation’s achievements as they pertain to the industry and the evolution of the ecosystem.”