President & CEO

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Dan Charney is President & CEO of Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI). Dan brings a unique blend of business acumen, industry perspectives, and executive search expertise that will continue to drive growth at DRI and nurture the company culture. In addition, his leadership style and personable approach is respected by his team as well as DRI clients and candidates.

In September of 2022, DRI was acquired by Starfish Partners, an international investment and ownership platform for niched professional and mid to upper management search specialists. Dan currently holds a Board of Directors role at Starfish Partners and consults with search firm owners to scale and monetize their business values.

As a seasoned search professional with 18 years of experience, Dan is known for providing meaningful consultations, accurate talent assessments, and quick identification of key individuals fitting specific cultures and challenges. Dan’s specialty areas include Packaging, Capital Equipment, Automation, and Material Handling & Logistics. Dan also oversees DRI’s executive search and recruiting services for private equity and venture capital portfolio companies.

Dan co-founded of the Ohio Recruiters Association (ORA), Cleveland Chapter and has been the keynote speaker at several events. Dan is often published, interviewed and quoted in well-known trade publications including Hunt Scanlon, CEO/CFO Magazine, Material Handling & Logistics Magazine, and Material Handling Solutions. In addition, he has been interviewed by local publications including Cleveland's The Plain Dealer Newspaper. Dan was named as part of the “Forty under 40” Class of 2013 by Crain’s Cleveland Business Magazine and he has been invited to participate as part of several industry events to help train other executive search firms across the country.

Dan holds a Bachelor Degree in Communications from The Ohio State University and resides with his family just outside of Cleveland.