Managing Partner, David Peterson Featured in Plastics News

July 1, 2022

David Peterson, Private Equity and Venture Capital Portfolio Company RecruiterJuly 1, 2022

David Peterson, Managing Partner and Director of Plastics & Flexible Packaging at Direct Recruiters was recently featured in a Plastics News Article, titled “Demand for Labor Covers Management Ranks, too.”

David gave thoughtful insight to the questions many professionals in the plastics industry have today. He talked about challenges with hiring that many plastics and manufacturing companies are facing, the lasting impact of COVID-19, what employers are looking for in candidates and vice-versa, and finally how the current economic climate is affecting hiring.

Direct Recruiters Named to 2022 Top Workplace List by and Plain Dealer

June 27, 2022

Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI) is honored to be awarded a 2022 Top Workplace by and the Plain Dealer for the 7th time. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner, Energage LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization. DRI proudly ranks 25th in the small business division this year.

“We are honored to be named to the Northeast Ohio Top Workplace list this year,” said Dan Charney, President & CEO. “We place a high value on building a culture that attracts top talent at DRI. This award is a testament to our team’s hard work and dedication towards building and growing our organization to be not only a leader in executive and professional search, but a top workplace in our region.”

Since 1983, Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI) 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. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @DRI_Inc.

Direct Recruiters, Inc. Acquires Sales Search International

June 2, 2022

June 2, 2022

Solon, Ohio- Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI), Executive Search, has announced the acquisition of Sales Search International (SSI), a recruiting firm focused largely in placing software sales talent into leading technology firms. DRI is honored to carry on SSI’s 35-year legacy, set forth by Founder, Doug Miller, who tragically and unexpectedly passed away in January of 2022.

DRI is pleased to welcome former SSI team members, Amy Ruddle and Kayla MacKenzie to continue to build upon SSI’s accomplishments within software sales recruiting. With over 3,200 successful software sales searches, SSI had a track record of success in working with some of the top software firms in the United States. DRI’s years of experience placing talent across various practice areas, paired with the former SSI’s expertise in the space provides clients with unmatched software sales executive search services.

According to Dan Charney, President & CEO, “DRI is honored to welcome Amy Ruddle and Kayla MacKenzie to the team, and to carry out Doug Miller’s strategic vision for SSI. We look forward to continuing to service our clients that are developing cutting edge software solutions across a wide variety of vertical markets.” For more information about SSI joining Direct Recruiters, Inc., visit our webpage.

DRI Named to Forbes Best Recruiting Lists

May 5, 2022

Direct Recruiters, Inc. is proud to be named to two of Forbes Best Recruiting lists, Best Executive Recruiting Firms and Best Professional Recruiting Firms. This year, we placed at #140 (up from 187 last year) for the Best Professional Recruiting Firms list. We also made the list in 2018, 2019, and 2021. For the first time in 2022, we have also placed #110 on Forbes Best Executive Recruiting Firms list.

The America’s Best Recruiting Firms ranking is based on an independent survey of peers and clients. Feedback from external recruiters, hiring managers at client companies, and job candidates were considered. Over 31,000 recruiters and 6,900 job candidates and hiring managers were invited to participate. Direct Recruiters is honored to be a part of this prestigious award and thankful for the testament to our relationships with clients and candidates alike.

Direct Recruiters Named to Hunt Scanlon’s Top 50 Recruiters List

April 19, 2022

April 19, 2022

Direct Recruiters, Inc. is proud to announce that they have been named to Hunt Scanlon’s Annual Search Industry Rankings for the fourth year in a row. Landing at #26 on the list, DRI was a part of 50 top firms ranging from largest recruiting and talent leadership solutions firms to the leading boutique specialists. Hunt Scanlon’s annual top 50 recruiters list is a roundup of the largest, fastest growing executive search firms in the Americas.

Cherie Shepard Named Managing Partner at Direct Recruiters, Inc.

March 31, 2022

Solon, Ohio- Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI), Executive Search, is pleased to announce that Cherie Shepard has been named Managing Partner at Direct Recruiters, Inc. As the first woman appointed to Managing Partner at DRI, Cherie has demonstrated leadership, mentorship, dedication, and a standard of excellence in her role and within the search industry.

Cherie Shepard began at DRI over 14 years ago and currently directs the Packaging, Processing & Material Handling teams. She is known for her ability to quickly comprehend clients’ unique needs and identify high caliber talent in her industry. Cherie demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities and serves as a positive role model for women in business. Cherie founded the Direct Recruiters women’s group to support women in professional development, wellness, philanthropy, and more. In addition, Cherie sits on the DRI Diversity Committee. She has been a great asset to the DRI company culture and exemplifies DRI’s core values on a daily basis.

According to Dan Charney, President & CEO, “We are so happy to congratulate Cherie on her new role as Managing Partner. We are proud of her accomplishments and everything she has done and continues to do for our firm. We look forward to her future successes at DRI.”

To contact Cherie Shepard, 440-996-0582 /