Company Overview:


Since 1983, Direct Recruiters, Inc. has been recognized as the relationship-focused search firm that assists top-tier organizations with recruiting, acquiring, and retaining high-impact talent for mission-critical positions.

DRI’s Commitment to excellence, performance, quality, and results is why we are known as the essential provider of executive search services and recruiting firm in our markets and vertical markets. When working with DRI, we promise the best client and candidate experience possible.

Our Story:

Thirty-seven years ago (1983), Sheldon Myeroff had a vision to start an organization that could bring a high quality service to the local employment market. He opened the doors of Direct Recruiters, Inc. as an employment agency for Cleveland, Ohio. Over time, Direct Recruiters, Inc. evolved into a top executive recruitment firm for North America complete with an experienced team of Recruiters, Account Executives and Researchers.

In the early days, Direct Recruiters focused solely on the Supply Chain Industry with a special emphasis on the Automatic Identification and Data Capture. Then the idea hit to expand into vertical markets and new emerging markets such as Healthcare IT. Since then, Direct Recruiters has been on a high growth trajectory.

Today, Direct Recruiters' many practices areas include: Automated Packaging & Material Handling, Automation Industrial Technology, Automated Material Handling, Automated Packaging Equipment, Cannabis Industry, Digital Health, Robotics, Electronic/Physical Security Technology, IT & Cybersecurity, Legal, Energy & Sustainability, Food & Beverage Processing, Foodservice Equipment, Food Processing Equipment, HVAC, Healthcare IT, Human Resources, Labels & Labeling, Life Sciences, Military Transition, Military Leadership Excellence, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Processing & Packaging, Plastics & Flexible Packaging, Government Technology, and Supply Chain & Logistics.

And we've made an impact. Executive search is not perception, packaging, or pontificating. It's about the hard, not so pretty work of contacting talented people, gaining their trust, and giving them the opportunity to enhance their careers and at the same time helping our client achieve their corporate goals.

We've also become part of the establishment. Success does that. But we haven't forgotten where we came from. We base our business on the same cornerstones that made us one of the best search firms in the country. Namely, we bring our unique ability to stay agile, nimble, and personal to each search in order to maintain speed of delivery and quality of service. In addition, we strive to provide the best client and candidate experience possible.

We also think it’s important to make a difference in the community around us. We hire local talent to help the Cleveland economy. We contribute to local charities including the Leprechaun Society, Cleveland APL, Cleveland Food Bank and area hospitals. We annually participate in “Kick-It” to benefit cancer research for children.

Even though Direct Recruiters, Inc. continues to thrive after 37 years, we stay real and humble and refuse to stand on our laurels.

DRI Executives & Partners:

  • Dan Charney

    President & CEO

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  • Matthew Cohen

    Partner and Practice Leader of Energy & Sustainability and HVAC/R

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  • Robert Cohn

    Managing Partner

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  • Kasey Fahey Kaiser

    Partner, Healthcare Technology and Life Sciences

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  • Jason Herbert


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  • Ryan Lange

    Partner, Government & Security

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  • Frank Myeroff

    Managing Partner

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  • Josh Olgin

    Partner and Director of Robotics

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  • David Peterson

    Managing Partner and Director of Plastics & Flexible Packaging and HR Solutions

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  • Cherie Shepard


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  • Mike Silverstein

    Managing Partner of Healthcare IT & Life Sciences

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  • Norman Volsky

    Managing Partner and Digital Health Practice Leader

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Media Contact:

Christy Fox
Director of Marketing


“We have partnered with Direct Recruiters on several opportunities and have found Mike and his firm to be exceptional at recruiting top talent.  They take a partnership approach and really take the time to understand your strategy, culture and key priorities. If you in need of a partner in this space, I highly recommend reaching out to Mike.”

Sarah Mihalik, VP of Provider Programs Explorys – a division of IBM Watson Healthcare

“Your company’s thorough diligence about our needs, the job description, the location, candidate duties, competitive industries, and compensation ranges allowed us to convey exactly what we were needing in our candidates. This information in turn allowed your team to find the exact fit we needed. The end result has been employees that quickly gained the necessary knowledge to become productive team members in a very short time. I would highly recommend your approach, and your services to any other business that needs immediate results from a professional, results oriented company.”

Greg Vap, SVP Operations and Professional Services Pulse Systems, Inc.

“Trying to hire for our company is a challenging thing; Robert and his team have consistently given us good candidates and helped in finding people who are not necessarily finding us.  I was happy that not only were they engaged and consistently sending over resumes, but also gave me extra background on the candidate to supplement the resume.  Robert and his team also helped in arranging meetings and calls which is helpful being on the road and traveling so often.  Overall, I have been happy with DRI, Robert, and his team.”

Eric Langhorn, Western Zone Manager WAGO

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Media Mentions:

Yahoo Finance: DRI One of Inc. Magazine's Best Workplaces 2017 DRI's Ground-Breaking Search Eliminates Financial Risk The Plain Dealer Newspaper: Dan Charney, DRI President & CEO interviewed by Marcia Pledger, PD Life Sciences Leader: Understanding Today's Talent in Life Sciences by Sarah Pozek, Director of Life Sciences Plastics News: The True Value of Mentoring by David Peterson, Managing Partner & Director of Plastics Packaging StrategiesThought leader interview with Michael Senske, President & CEO, Pearson Packaging Systems by Jason Herbert, Practice Leader Packaging & Material Handling

INC 5000 List:

Yahoo Finance:  Mike Silverstein, Direct Recruiters, Inc. Inducted into Pinnacle Society

Crain's Cleveland Business:

Press Releases:

DRI Fills CTO Position
DRI Recognized as NorthCoast 99 Company
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