Stacey Faught, HR Leadership – Academy Lock and Key

“I would highly recommend Direct Recruiters for your hiring needs. From start to a quick finish, Aaron and his team were the consummate professionals, respecting my time and immediately identifying the candidates we needed. Aaron was flexible with our scheduling, included pertinent information when submitting resumes and all candidates were qualified and on the mark! I am working with him on our next hire and look forward to a great partnership with Direct Recruiters.”


“You’re making a mistake if you categorize Ryan Lange as a “recruiter.” Ryan and the team at DRI go far beyond the services of what most think of when they say the word “recruiter.” They take a genuine interest in your business to ensure they not only get the right candidate for your role but also do right by the candidate who is making a career change.

I first began working with DRI in 2004 when my friends acquired a $5M manufacturing company. We were tasked with a turn-around effort that was rather serious. With the help of Ryan and DRI, we upgraded 83% of the talent in the company. The new team we brought together produced 4 times revenue and 3.5 times EBITDA in only four years. This success would not have been possible without the help of Ryan/DRI. After we sold the company, I brought Ryan along at our next venture where we had similar success. Upon my departure there, Ryan helped me build a team while I was responsible for a $250M division of a Fortune 50 company. Simply put, DRI has helped me find world class talent for well over a decade; whether running a private small manufacturing company or global division of a large corporation.

In my opinion, hiring a “recruiter” is foolish. Partnering with Ryan and DRI is an intelligent business decision. I’d highly recommend trying to get them as your partner if you desire results.”


“When Aaron contacted me at the end of last year I was not in the market to make a move from Verizon, but he was the best recruiter that I’ve ever worked with in my 25+ year career. He worked diligently to keep everyone in the loop during the entire interview process and nine interviews later I’m thrilled to be working at a company that cares about their people more than the bottom line. I have Aaron to thank for my success and would recommend anyone that I cared for to contact him if interested in finding a good fit for the next move in their career.”


“I’ve had the opportunity to speak to many recruiters, however, there is a reason Aaron is the only one in my phone book. From my first interaction with Aaron, he took the time to learn about me, my dreams, my goals, and my passions; From the bat, this set him apart from others simply trying to push opportunities my way. We continued to work together for a number of months until ultimately finding my perfect position. Aaron made sure to prep me for every interview and gave great insight, and followed up religiously. I’m coming up on 6 months with Zoll. Never been happier. Q4 of last year was great, the territory met its first annual ever doing 177%. I’ve had the opportunity to meet many people who have worked with Aaron, and they all rave about his passion and ability to connect people with what THEY want. I would highly recommend Aaron to find people for your company, as well as working with Aaron on your dream position. Keep up the great work!”


“I have used Ryan to fill positions on several occasions. I found his dedication to the client and attention to the customer to be very high. There was never a time when I felt like I wasn’t informed and up to date on my project. I always felt that Ryan provided current information and advice that empowered me to make the right decisions. I felt that our hiring process was very well-defined, effective and efficient because of the work that Ryan and his team did pre-qualifying candidates they presented to us. We were always presented candidates who were very highly qualified and matched the culture of our organization and its goals.”

“I would highly recommend Ryan and the team at DRI for hiring assistance. They take the time to truly understand the client’s needs in the position they are searching for as well as making sure they fully understand the client’s organizational culture, environment, and working environment. They take the time to pre-qualify the candidates and ensure the candidates they recommend are a positive fit for the client and meet the client’s expectations for that position. I truly appreciate the follow-up e-mails and calls from Ryan even if we are not in the hiring mode. It helps me understand if there are qualified candidates who we may not be considering. Ryan always makes a point of stopping by to visit in person during our major trade shows to ensure he is up to date on our projects and potential needs.”


“Doug and his team met my expectations 100 percent. He moved very quickly on the interview process and all of the follow-ups. Any time I had a question, Doug had an answer. I was most pleased with the direct communications with Doug. He worked out all the details that made the transition a positive experience and always had my best interest in mind. I would definitely recommend Doug and his team at DRI as they are very professional and prompt.”


“Working with Ryan and his team as a candidate exceeded my expectations. They consistently communicated with me to provide updates throughout the job interview process. I have and will continue to recommend Ryan and his team at DRI because I know a candidate can count on them to place him or her in the best job situation possible based on individual career goals.”

“From a client perspective, Ryan and his team were consistently communicating with me to provide updates on the status of each candidate. They did a great job defining the goals of each candidate so we knew as much as possible going into the interview process. I have and will recommend Ryan and his team at DRI because I know a company can count on them to find the best candidates possible that fit the company’s culture and goals.”


“Ryan is an extremely professional and detail-oriented recruiter. He creates a bridge between the hiring company and the candidate, relaying the specifics of the job that go beyond the job description. Ryan articulates the needs and key objectives of the role and makes sure that the candidate is best informed on it before he/she goes in for the interview. I was most impressed by Ryan’s prompt follow up every step along the way from phone screen, to the interview, and the offer process. Ryan and DRI are not in it just for the transaction; They are in it for a long-term relationship. He even checked in after I had started and had been in the role for about a month. I would not hesitate recommending Ryan and his team at DRI for those who are looking at connecting with a recruiter to chart their career forward.”

“Ryan and his team at DRI are extremely competent and effective in understanding your needs as a hiring manager, calibrating on the type of candidate, and then sourcing the best candidates for the role. Ryan will seek feedback on the sourced candidates and keep in constant contact so you know where things stand. He is proactive in providing feedback and will make adjustments as needed as you focus your needs. I would not hesitate recommending Ryan and his team at DRI to hiring managers looking to find the right candidates for their team.”


“We appreciate Ryan and his team’s approach to helping us find quality candidates. They are extremely efficient, sincerely understand our company needs, and consistently communicate throughout the process. They put in the work to understand how our team thinks to make things work well for everyone involved.”


“I worked with Ryan and the DRI team as a candidate first, then as a client, and they absolutely exceeded my expectations throughout both instances. I was most pleased with the level of communication and the consistency of Ryan and his team. As a candidate, one of the best things they provided was coaching throughout the process and setting me up for success in all aspects. Working with Ryan and his team as a hiring manager, they were very persistent and showed great tenacity during their pursuit of candidates, and held the same high level of communication and coaching throughout. I would recommend Ryan and his team at DRI to other clients and candidates without question, and I truly look forward to working with them moving forward as other positions come available.”