Direct Recruiters Celebrates 40 Years in Business

Solon, Ohio – Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI), Executive Search Firm, is proud to announce their 40th Anniversary. As a relationship-focused search firm, DRI would like to extend gratitude to the employees, and vast network of clients, candidates and vendors they have had the opportunity to work with over the years.

In 1983, DRI was founded by Shel Myeroff as an employment agency serving the Cleveland, Ohio market, then evolved into an executive search firm, focusing on placing professionals in the Supply Chain Industry with a special emphasis on the Automatic Identification and Data Capture industry. Soon after being recognized as a leader in the Supply Chain space, DRI continued growth, and began introducing new recruiting practice areas.

DRI’s current President & CEO, Dan Charney, appointed in 2013, has a unique blend of business acumen, industry perspectives, and executive search expertise that has continued growth at DRI substantially over the years. Touting over 37 practice areas and more than 90 employees, DRI has more than doubled its revenue growth in the past 5 years alone. DRI proudly offers contingency search, retained ‘Direct Retention’ search, and after integrating with former sister company, Direct Consulting Associates in 2019, contract staffing services to clients across several industries. In September of 2022, DRI was acquired by Starfish Partners, an international investment and ownership platform for search specialists, allowing DRI to leverage growth and continue to scale for years to come.

According to Dan Charney, “Thank you, Shel Myeroff, for being a true visionary in founding Direct Recruiters. Thank you for teaching me how to be a visionary to help lead us into the future. Thank you to all our past and present employees; you are all part of our history, in your own way. Thank you to our clients, candidates, and vendors for being a part of our journey. And finally, thank you to our current Direct Recruiters team for living by our core values and not putting limits on yourselves. The best is yet to come.”

Recognized by renowned organizations both locally and nationally, DRI has won several awards over the years, highlighting their track record of success as a recruiting firm, and a top workplace. DRI has been honored with Forbes Best Professional Recruiting Firms (4-time winner), Hunt Scanlon Top 50 Executive Search Firms (4-time winner), Inc 5000 (8-time winner), Inc Best Workplaces (2-time winner), Northcoast 99 (11-time winner), Plain Dealer Top Workplaces (7-time winner) and Weatherhead 100 (9-time winner).

For more information on DRI’s 40th Anniversary and company history, contact Christy Pashkovskiy at