DRI Announces 2023 Award Winners

December 12, 2023

[Solon, OH] — Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI), a leading recruiting firm, is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2023 Awards, recognizing outstanding contributions from its exceptional employees. The winners were nominated and chosen by our esteemed leadership teams, embodying DRI's core values of being respectfully tenacious, passionately focused, team players, positive impact makers, and solutions-oriented individuals.

This year's award recipients are:

  1. Researcher of the Year: Kayla Fleeter
  2. Rookie of the Year: Jess Marino
  3. Recruiter of the Year: Ben Shamis
  4. Operations Person of the Year: Celeste Gable

Dan Charney, President & CEO, has this to say, "DRI's success is fueled by the exceptional talent within our team, and I am incredibly proud to recognize Kayla Fleeter, Jess Marino, Ben Shamis, and Celeste Gable as the embodiment of our core values. Their dedication, positive impact, and solutions-oriented mindset continue to propel DRI forward, setting the standard for excellence in our industry. Congratulations to these outstanding individuals – your hard work and commitment are truly the heartbeat of DRI."

Kayla Fleeter - Researcher of the Year

Kayla Fleeter has been honored with the Researcher of the Year award for her unwavering commitment and exceptional work. She approaches each day with a positive attitude, tackling challenges with grace and skill. Kayla's research work is the backbone of our team, consistently delivering high-quality results on projects with varying degrees of urgency. Her dedication, hard work, and coachable nature make her a true asset to DRI. Congratulations, Kayla!

Jess Marino - Rookie of the Year

In her short tenure at DRI, Jess Marino has demonstrated remarkable dedication, earning her the title of Rookie of the Year. Jess has quickly become an exemplary team player, showcasing initiative, enthusiasm, and a commitment to our core values. Her contribution to our team's success has been nothing short of commendable. Congratulations, Jess!

Ben Shamis - Recruiter of the Year

Ben Shamis has been named Recruiter of the Year in recognition of his outstanding achievements. Ben consistently surpasses goals and sets a high standard for hard work, organization, and client delivery. His exemplary performance not only benefits his team but serves as an inspiration to the entire DRI community. Congratulations, Ben!

Celeste Gable - Operations Person of the Year

Celeste Gable has been named Operations Person of the Year for her exceptional contributions to the operations team. In her short time at DRI, Celeste has played a pivotal role in the success of our social media platforms, showcasing her go-getter attitude and creative prowess. From running the rewards program to crafting detailed campaigns, Celeste is a driving force behind DRI's marketing team. Congratulations, Celeste!

These distinguished individuals have exemplified excellence and dedication, embodying the spirit of DRI's core values. Their contributions have significantly impacted our success and strengthened our commitment to delivering exceptional service to our clients.

DRI congratulates Kayla Fleeter, Jess Marino, Ben Shamis, and Celeste Gable on their well-deserved recognition and thanks them for their outstanding contributions.

Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI) Announces Promotion of Shawna Rosner to Partner

December 12, 2023

December 12, 2023

Solon, OH — Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI), a leading executive search and recruiting firm, proudly announces the promotion of Shawna Rosner to Partner. Currently serving as the Director of Legal Solutions Group, Shawna has played a pivotal role in expanding the firm's reach in the legal recruiting market since joining DRI in 2018.

As the Director of Legal Solutions Group, Shawna Rosner brings a unique blend of skills and expertise derived from her background as a practicing attorney, career coach, and recruiter. Leveraging her comprehensive skill set, Shawna is uniquely positioned to assist law firms and companies in securing the best legal talent tailored to their specific hiring needs.

Partner Tom Clark shared his thoughts on Shawna's promotion, stating, "She joined DRI a little over five years ago and in that time has built a superb reputation for herself, within our DRI Family, throughout the Ohio legal community, and across the country. Shawna exudes all of our core values, none more than Respectfully Tenacious, but I have repeatedly witnessed her demonstrate every single core value including Team Player and Acts for the Greater Good, Positively Impacts Others, and Solution Oriented each and every day for the past several years."

Clark continued, "Just last month, she led a training session sharing her knowledge and helping us grow the next generation of excellent recruiters within our Direct Recruiters Family. Shawna has not only placed partners & associates at law firms throughout Ohio and beyond, but she has also placed in-house talent from East Coast to West Coast, including Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel positions."

With devotion, Shawna has balanced her professional accomplishments with contributions to the community as a lay leader and volunteer. Clark noted, "With all the passion and successful results she delivers for our clients, it's hard to believe she has time for much else, but Shawna has regularly and consistently been recognized for her incredible contributions and impact in the community. And still there is more, she has balanced all of this while she and her husband Matt are raising four boys, each of whom give them much to be proud of."

Shawna Rosner's promotion to Partner at Direct Recruiters, Inc. is a testament to her dedication, expertise, and significant contributions to the firm's success. Direct Recruiters congratulates Shawna on this well-deserved achievement and looks forward to her continued leadership and impact within the organization.

Direct Recruiters Celebrates Shawna Rosner, Recognized as a Difference Maker by Cleveland Jewish News

December 1, 2023

Solon, OH - Direct Recruiters Inc. (DRI), a leading executive search firm, is thrilled to announce that Shawna Rosner, one of our esteemed team members, has been honored as a 2023 Difference Maker by the Cleveland Jewish News. The publication recently featured an in-depth article highlighting Shawna's outstanding contributions and impact in the professional world.

The article, titled "Shawna Rosner: A Difference Maker," delves into Shawna's remarkable career journey and her significant achievements. As a key player at Direct Recruiters, Shawna has consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence, dedication to clients, and a passion for connecting top-tier talent with leading organizations.

Shawna's innovative approach to executive search and her ability to build strong, lasting relationships have set her apart in the competitive recruiting landscape. The Cleveland Jewish News recognizes her as a leader who not only excels in her professional endeavors but also makes a positive impact on the community.

Direct Recruiters is proud to have Shawna as an integral part of our team, and this recognition underscores our commitment to fostering a work environment that nurtures talent and encourages success. Shawna's achievement as a Difference Maker aligns seamlessly with our company's values, emphasizing excellence, integrity, and client satisfaction.

"We are delighted to see Shawna Rosner receive well-deserved recognition for her contributions as a Difference Maker," said Dan Charney, President & CEO at Direct Recruiters. "Shawna's dedication and exceptional skills have been instrumental in our success, and we are proud to have her as a valued member of our team."

Direct Recruiters extends its congratulations to Shawna Rosner on this prestigious recognition and looks forward to her continued success in making a positive impact in the executive search industry.

For the full article on Shawna Rosner, please visit the Cleveland Jewish News website. 

For more information about Shawna Rosner and Direct Recruiters, please visit www.directrecruiters.com or contact srosner@directrecruiters.com.

DRI Hires Christian Byrd to Lead Medical Device Practice

November 3, 2023

November 3, 2023

Direct Recruiters, Inc. is proud to welcome Christian Byrd as Practice Leader, Medical Device, overseeing operations in North America and the Asia Pacific region. Christian will partner with medical device clients across various functions, including commercial, medical, clinical, R&D, regulatory, quality and safety to provide customized recruitment solutions. 

With 15 years of experience in senior-level executive search, Christian has worked with a diverse range of companies, from startups to Fortune 100 corporations, spanning the United States, Europe, Japan, and the Asia Pacific region. He is not just a recruiter, but a storyteller, and is a passionate advocate of Donald Miller's StoryBrand model, using it to uncover the unique narratives within each company, hiring scenario, and individual career. Christian crafts compelling messaging and executes a proven, systematic process that can be replicated across different functions and locations.

Managing Partner of Plastics, Flexible Packaging, and Specialty Chemicals, David Peterson said, "We are thrilled to welcome Christian to the DRI team. His extensive experience in the medical device recruitment industry will allow us to expand into the medtech and medical device industries. We look forward to new growth in these markets with Christian leading the way." 

Learn more about DRI’s Medical Device area here: https://www.directrecruiters.com/practice-areas/medical-device-recruiters-and-executive-search/

Direct Recruiters and Raymond Search Group HVAC/R and Building Automation Recruiting Collaboration

November 1, 2023

November 1, 2023

Solon, Ohio- Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI), Executive Search, is happy to announce expanded recruitment service offerings within HVAC/R and Building Automation in partnership with Raymond Search Group.  

For several years, Direct Recruiters and Raymond Search Group have been known as successful recruiting and executive search firms within the HVAC/R and Building Automation industries. Both currently operating under Starfish partners, an international investment and ownership platform for niched professional and mid to upper management search specialists, Direct Recruiters and Raymond Search Group have partnered to offer a comprehensive range of recruitment and executive search solutions to connect leading talent with top HVAC and Building Automation organizations.  

Matthew Cohen, Partner at Direct Recruiters said, “We are thrilled to form an expanded recruiting conglomerate within HVAC/R and Building Automation in partnership with Raymond Search Group. Working closely together, Direct Recruiters and Raymond Search Group now have the ability to provide recruitment services for an extensive and expanded list of roles and specialty areas.” 

This collaboration allows both Direct Recruiters and Raymond Search Group to use their combined industry knowledge and expertise to assist clients in building out high-performing teams from the c-suite through the individual contributor level. Both teams focus on placing sales, management, marketing, operations engineering and the executive level.  

“Exciting times lie ahead as Direct Recruiters, Inc. and Raymond Search Group join forces to revolutionize the HVAC/R and Building Automation recruitment landscape,” said Jeff Raymond, President and CEO of Raymond Search Group. “Our partnership brings an extended array of specialized services, ensuring top talent finds their perfect match with industry-leading organizations. Together, we’re redefining success, one placement at a time.” 

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."