DRI Names Joel Jelinek as Partner

September 19, 2023

September 19, 2023

Solon, Ohio – Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI), Executive Search, is pleased to announce the promotion of Joel Jelinek to Partner. Joel's exceptional dedication and expertise have significantly contributed to DRI's growth and success.

Joel Jelinek joined Direct Recruiters, Inc. in 2013 as Packaging, Processing and Material Handling recruiter identifying top-tier talent and building strong relationships with clients and candidates alike. Over the years, he has consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence, a deep understanding of our clients' needs, and an unwavering dedication for connecting exceptional professionals with outstanding career opportunities. In addition to recruiting talent, Joel has built a significant client base that has enabled him to have a name for himself in the Packaging world. His expertise has been pivotal in placing top executives in key roles across the industrial sector, ensuring the continued success of our clients.

According to Cherie Shepard, Managing Partner, "Over the past 10 years Joel has grown into a talented recruiter with a strong understanding not only in the practice of recruiting but also as a 'Market Master' in the industrial space. His daily presence at Direct Recruiters offers a layer of knowledge and expertise to to the Packaging and Material Handling team and to others in the office, exemplifying the core values of DRI."

Rebecca Forristall and Ben Shamis Named Partners at DRI

September 18, 2023
Rebecca Forristall ben shamis

September 18, 2023

Solon, Ohio – Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI), Executive Search, is pleased to announce that Rebecca Forristall and Ben Shamis have been promoted to Partner. As integral team members on the Healthcare IT and Life Sciences teams, Rebecca and Ben are exemplary and consistent top performers at Direct Recruiters. 

Rebecca Forristall joined DRI in 2021 as Director of Biotechnology. With an extensive background in healthcare technology, life sciences and biotechnology, Rebecca brings a wealth of expertise in recruiting top industry talent. Her dedication to delivering exceptional results and her commitment to fostering strong client relationships have made her a standout leader on the DRI team. Rebecca's career in executive search has been marked by her in-depth knowledge of the candidate process, truly understanding their unique needs. This, combined with her extensive network and strategic approach to executive recruitment, has allowed her to consistently place top-tier executives who make a lasting impact on their respective organizations.

Joining DRI in 2021, Ben Shamis began his tenure at the company after sending several years of experience within physician consulting, finance, operations and business development. Ben leverages this extensive experience to provide customized recruiting solutions to clients looking to hire talented professionals. Spearheading DRI's Healthcare Finance and Professional Services recruiting, Ben has built an impressive track record in building lasting client relationships, and identifying top talent to align with their organizational goals. Ben's demonstrated commitment to excellence in executive search and recruiting has played a pivotal role in the DRI Healthcare IT & Life Sciences team's success.

According to Mike Silverstein, Managing Partner of Healthcare IT and Life Sciences, “We are thrilled to announce the promotions of Rebecca Forristall and Ben Shamis. They both are humble, fun and team players. Their accomplishments and the example they have set helps our team grow and succeed each day. Rebecca and Ben are admirable demonstrations of our core values in action, and eagerly anticipate their continued development and contributions they will make to both DRI and Starfish."

David Peterson Featured on Plastics News

September 12, 2023

September 12, 2023

David Peterson, Managing Partner of Plastics, Packaging and Specialty Chemicals was featured in Plastics News for his article titled, "The Power of Employer Branding in Retaining Talent." The article outlines the the dynamic landscape of the plastics industry and how compelling employer branding can serve as a magnet for qualified candidates.

Read the full article here.

DRI Hires Dave Emma as Practice Leader of Technology for Digital Health

September 6, 2023

August 30, 2023

Direct Recruiters, Inc. is proud to welcome Dave Emma as Practice Leader, Technology within the Digital Health vertical. Working closely with Managing Partner, Norm Volsky and Partner, Kasey Kaiser, Dave will partner with clients to provide customized human capital solutions within the digital health tech space. 

Formerly with Livongo and Teladoc Health, Dave joins DRI with over 25 years in executive search and human resource management. His truly consultative approach, knowledge of industry and partnership amplifies organizations’ value propositions and engages top talent. He is passionate about the transformation of technology that is advancing digital healthcare. Beyond Dave’s industry knowledge transcends a vast range of other categories including emerging media technology, financial services, omni-channel retail, and consumer products. 

With the expansion into technical recruiting, the Digital Health practice will now provide recruiting and executive search services across software engineering, cloud infrastructure, cyber/information security, systems engineering (I/O to IoT), data engineering & management, and R&D technology.   

Managing Partner of Digital Health, Norm Volsky said, "We are excited to welcome Dave to the Digital Health team as our Technology Practice Leader. His extensive experience in technical recruitment and background in Digital Health makes him a vital asset to DRI. We are looking forward to continued growth and expansion into tech roles with Dave leading the charge." 

Learn more about DRI’s Digital Health Technical Recruiting focus here: https://www.directrecruiters.com/practice-areas/digital-health/digital-health-technical-recruiting/ 

DRI Named a NorthCoast 99 Winner for 12th Year

September 1, 2023

Direct Recruiters, Inc. has been named a 2023 NorthCoast 99 award winner by ERC, the Employers Resource Council. The NorthCoast 99 award honors 99 great Northeast Ohio workplaces for top talent. This is the 12th time that DRI has received the prestigious NorthCoast 99 award.  

NorthCoast 99 winners participated in a rigorous application process that asked for detailed information on how their organization addresses top-performer attraction, development, and retention in the areas of organizational strategy, policies, and benefits; talent attraction, acquisition, and onboarding; employee well-being; employee engagement and talent development; total rewards; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

The 2023 NorthCoast 99 awards program is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Cleveland Magazine, ERChealth, Fifth Third Bank, Maloney + Novotny; Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis, Oswald Companies, Staffing Solutions Enterprises, and The Standard.  

DRI Named to 2023 Inc 5000 List

August 15, 2023

Direct Recruiters, Inc. is thrilled to announce that we have been named to the 2023 Inc 5000 list. DRI is a nine-time winner of this prestigious award. Inc 5000 is one of the most esteemed rankings of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list offers a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s dynamic private business sector. DRI placed #4811 on the 2023 list with a 81% 3-year growth.

A comprehensive list of the Inc. 5000 results, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at https://www.inc.com/inc5000/2023.