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."

Shawna Rosner to be Honored at ORT America – Ohio Region Brunch

September 15, 2023

October 3, 2023

Shawna Rosner, Director of Legal Solutions Group will be recognized with the Robert Sill Leadership Award at the ORT America- Ohio Region’s 52nd Annual Brunch on Sunday, October 29, 2023 at Beechmont Country Club.

Created by his family in memory of longtime ORT leader, Robert Sill, this award provides a deserving ORT member the opportunity to travel to an ORT school and gain a deeper understanding and passion for the organization’s work around the globe. Shawna Rosner serves as an ORT Ohio Board Member and Co-Chair of the Jurisprudence event.

ORT is a global education network driven by Jewish values and innovation, preparing people and communities for meaningful, self-sufficient futures. The ORT network reaches more than 200,000 people a year in schools, universities, and vocational training programs in more than 30 countries.

Direct Recruiters, Inc. is proud to congratulate Shawna on being honored with this prestigious award.

Click here to read more about ORT America - Ohio Region brunch and honorees.

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 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

DRI Recognized in Hunt Scanlon Private Equity Recruiting Report

July 17, 2023

July 17, 2023

In July, Hunt Scanlon released its highly anticipated Private Equity Recruiting Report. This report delves into the new levers that private equity talent leaders are pulling on to unlock higher levels of leadership performance. DRI was recognized on this prestigious report on the PE Recruiting Power 100, as well as several highlighted quotes from DRI Managing Partner, Mike Silverstein.

Mike Silverstein was quoted in three parts of the private equity recruiting report. In the section titled, 'Uncertainty is the Only Certainty,' Mike said that generally macro events around the world have created a bit of a tepid environment across the VC/PE universe. “Investors are looking for strong business fundamentals in their pipeline of prospective portfolio companies,” he said. “Companies that have demonstrated product market fit, have customers, and have revenue, are in a much better place to attract investment. The firms I work with are more willing to take ‘execution risk’ vs. ‘idea risk,’ which was very common over the last couple of years. I think companies that are taking growth equity are in a better place than companies that are burning a ton of money on a monthly basis right now. Things have pivoted toward a more conservative tenor.”

In the 'State of Talent and Recruiting for the Private Equity Sector' section, Mike was quoted to say, "clients are realizing there is a bit of an opportunity to buy low(er) on some needle-moving talent. A lot of mediocre candidates did really well for themselves over the last couple of years. Right now, I think companies are seeing an opportunity to top grade on roles where they settled in the last 24 months.”

Lastly in Hunt Scanlon's section titled, "Challenges in Private Equity Recruiting," Mike said the biggest challenge in PE recruiting is perceived stability. He said, "putting the last couple years aside, the knock on PE was that they will ‘slash and burn’ their way to profitability. Over the last couple years, the ‘grow at all costs’ mindset had people looking at the upside of making a prospective career move. Job opportunities were abundant, and candidates could have their cake and eat it too. Right now, there are fewer open positions, at least it feels that way, and there is a lot of talent on the market because of layoffs. As a result, passive candidates have become far more risk averse.”

Download the Hunt Scanlon Private Equity Recruiting report here.