Eric Hutchison, Engineering Manager at Grote Company

“I had the opportunity to work with Katelynn for my current role after being in my previous role for many years. Katelynn was a pleasure to work with and very supportive for someone who hadn’t done this for many years. The videos and other guidance received along the way were extremely helpful. Katelynn is not only an expert on her client’s needs but also of the job markets for the roles she is filling. As a result, there was practically no negotiation necessary after receiving an offer.”

Flemming Scott, HR Manager – ITW Food Equipment Group LLC

“I have worked with Rachel at DRI for about two years in which we have had three placements through DRI’s services. Rachel is a very approachable recruiter and contact. She coordinates the efforts on DRI’s side to find talent and have conversations with me about them. Starting with a job description that we go over to make sure we have the points of interest collaborated, Rachel then goes about her way to look up people and do preliminary checks. When she presents a candidate, some of the necessary conversations have already taken place so I do not have to go back into those. For example, Rachel does a great job of making sure candidates know who we are, and what we represent. Another good take-away is that Rachel will only present 3 or 4 candidates whereas some search firms will send 10 in hopes that one will stick. Rachel does a great job on her efforts of gleaning down the pools so that I’m not wasting time going through candidates that have 50% of requirements; in her case they’re 80% and above. I would recommend Rachel to others looking for talent search services and already have recommended her. Rachel is doing a great job.”

Kyle Kraudy, General Manager – Conductix-Wampfler Group

“Steadfast is how I would describe Rachel. I had the opportunity to work with Rachel in filling a sales position. Rachel’s continued and constant attention was crucial in finding the right candidate. I greatly appreciate her diligence in finding quality candidates rather than simply pushing resumes to me. As I recruiter, Rachel has my complete trust.”

Harry Piligian, Sales Director – Bizerba USA

“I have been working with Direct Recruiters for about 15 years now, starting with Dan Charney and now Cherie Shepard. The transition of working with Dan to Cherie was seamless; Cherie picked up the standard that Dan had established and brings the same great attributes that he did. I have continued to work with Direct Recruiters over the years because they are easy to work with; they find candidates quickly, they’re very personable, quick to respond, and they always keep me in the loop as to progress. Most importantly though, is the effectiveness of the candidates Direct Recruiters brings to me. I would recommend Direct Recruiters to others essentially because the screening and recruiting process they use internally works. They deliver the bottom line, and that’s getting highly qualified candidates who are very effective in their position.”

Cary Landegger, Manager of International Sales – Bosch Packaging Technology

“Cherie did a great job of working with her team to present and manage a job opportunity for me. She skillfully balanced my interest and her clients’ to a mutually successful outcome. Cherie is reliable, extremely professional, responsive and manages the process well. I am very happy with her work and give Cherie and Direct Recruiters a thumbs up recommendation.”

Jim Spera, Regional Sales Manager – AmbaFlex

“Direct Recruiters and Cherie Shepard have been my partners for the better part of 13 years, of which 10 I have been in a managerial role responsible for acquiring new talent. I was hired as a candidate through them and now I work to hire through them as a hiring manager and it has been a pleasure working with them throughout the process whether I was a candidate or a hiring manager. Working with Cherie and Direct Recruiters is easy and painless. They’re educated about what they do, they understand the business atmosphere, and they understand the needs of the organization they’re working with. Throughout the process, Cherie continuously follows-up to ensure that our needs are being met. They understand the market, they take the time to understand what my needs are and what my organizations needs are, they vet the candidates very well, and they present me high quality candidates on a consistent basis that meet or exceed my expectations. I highly recommend Cherie and Direct Recruiters, to hire top quality talent.”

Steve DeVries, General Manager – NEIT

“I have worked with Rachel as a candidate being recruited, but also as a client where she works to fill roles for me. In either scenario, Rachel set the bar high and she has maintained that high level with each interaction. Certainly, you know you’re dealing with a professional person in a professional organization when you’re talking to Rachel. She understands how to move quickly, stay in touch, and communicate professionally, yet she is easy to talk to. She consistently takes the time to understand about the individual being recruited, while also setting expectations and helping the hiring manager establish expectations. I would 100% recommend working with Rachel and DRI as both a candidate and a client. It all goes back to the professionalism, consistency and follow-up. Overall, it is clear that there is a formula DRI has that their recruiters follow when it comes to a process, and consistency and a strong process is incredibly important to me.”

Robert Perez – Candidate

“Working with Rachel at DRI was a great experience. She showed me different options as far as opportunities out there, and was very quick getting back to me right away. Rachel was attentive to what I was looking for in employment and very persistent in making sure that I got what I asked for. Rachel and I had only spoken about 2 weeks at the most before I landed the interview with the company I’m with right now. I got the job within 3 weeks, so it exceeded my expectations and was very easygoing and stress-free. I would absolutely recommend working with Rachel and the DRI team because of the great customer service and attention to detail as far as what I was looking for.”

Paul Swallow – Service Manager, NEIT

“Rachel and her team definitely exceeded my expectations. I’ve been contacted by and worked with several recruiting firms over the years. I can safely say that Rachel stands head and shoulders above anyone I’ve dealt with before. I was most impressed with how engaged Rachel was and her passion for doing the best job possible. Despite being a matter of business, I always felt that she included a personal facet in it that kept it from being a cold transaction. I felt that Rachel did an outstanding job and I have actually already recommended Rachel and DRI to several of my peers. I would offer this analogy about my experience with Rachel: I have been managing mechanics & technicians for decades. I have seen them all outfitted with the same tools. Despite that, there will always be the “Rock Stars” that can outperform their peers. Rachel is a “Rock Star!” in my opinion.”

Jessica Gentit – Director of Human Resources, Idaho Milk Products

In our CEO search, we were looking to fill the role with someone to set the tone for the entire company, with industry knowledge, integrity, and leadership, who could take us to the next level. For such an instrumental and integral position in our company, we expanded our search efforts past our regular executive search firm. After contacting several firms, Cherie Shepard at Direct Recruiters stood out above the rest and really took the time to understand our needs. Cherie was willing to take on the challenge of filling the CEO role, knowing that she might be focusing her whole team on the project, and that’s what we look for in a consultative executive search firm.

Throughout the process working with Direct Recruiters, I was most impressed with the constant and in-depth communication we were provided. Cherie always had our best interest at heart to make sure we found the right candidate and took the time to get to know our company culture from the start, which was very important. She blew us away with her approach and genuinely cared about taking the time to understand our company, the role, and our needs.
Three top reasons I would recommend using Direct Recruiters for high level searches like our CEO search, would be:

1. Ability to adapt quickly. With our unique industry, Cherie was quick to get to know what we were looking for and our industry, which she exceled at because of her communication and dedication to us.

2. Personable communication. It never felt like we were just one of many clients. Communication was efficient, responsive, personable, and we always got the attention we needed from the DRI team.

3. Forward thinking. Cherie constantly went through the strides to prepare us. We had frequent updates from her and she was always ahead of it!

Overall, working with Direct Recruiters for our CEO role was a professional, delightful and insightful experience. We had so much success with DRI that we will continue to use Cherie and the DRI team for our future high-level positions.