Partner and Director of Food & Beverage and Foodservice E&S

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As Partner and Executive Search Director of Food Processing & Foodservice E&S, Rachel Makoski and her team are tasked with recognizing, qualifying, and recruiting key talent within the Food & Beverage Processing and Food Service Equipment verticals. She has spent her professional career in purchasing, gaining valuable skills in negotiating contract terms, resolving quality issues, facilitating resolutions regarding accounts receivable/payable issues, and cultivating and maintaining excellent supplier relationships, which aids in building quality relationships with her clients and candidates.

As a graduate of John Carroll University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, Rachel has excellent verbal and written communication skills, making her a great team member while still having the ability to work independently, handle simultaneous projects, and still meet deadlines with accuracy. Additionally, having finished her MBA, with a focus in process management and human resources, she has gained valuable knowledge of talent acquisition and the hiring process. She is a devoted learner with an insatiable appetite to gain new knowledge and apply it.

Also a published writer, Rachel has won several awards and scholarships during her undergraduate career for her work as the Editor-in-Chief of The Carroll News (John Carroll University) and in Cleveland Magazine. She continued her professional writing for a short time after college for a local newspaper. Most importantly, she has two young children that keep her on her toes from practicing her son's wrestling moves to attempting to help her daughter with her competitive gymnastics routines!

Contact Rachel Makoski: 440-996-0871

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Rachel Makoski Testimonials

Derek Pietz, VP of Automation, Ono Food Co.

“I’ve worked with Rachel and the team at Direct Recruiters to build teams at three companies now and will continue to do so in the future. What I especially like is that Rachel takes the time to not only understand…

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John Bergher, Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing, Artic Walk Ins

“Searching for the right professional to fill a critical role in your organization? Look no further than Rachel and her team! From the initial exploration to defining the finer details of the position; Rachel is on point through the entire…

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Pablo Ruiz, Plant Manager, California Custom Fruits & Flavors, Inc.

“If I told you that when Rachel reached out to me about an opportunity, would you believe it changed my life? It did. She was a total professional throughout the entire process and made it seem effortless. I could not…

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M.D. – Candidate

“Rachel called and presented a potential opportunity to me when I wasn’t actively looking… But she worked very hard to help me understand the opportunity, and placed me in an excellent company. She was consistent, reliable, and honest in her…

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K.J. – Candidate

“Rachel and Daniel continue to be an EXCELLENT resource! Very organized, helpful, and truly going to bat for me. I love them! Outstanding experience with DRI! “

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Mark Klindera, President/CEO, UNOX

“Rachel and her team are “best in class” recruiters in the Foodservice Equipment space. Rachel takes the time to listen and fully understand the requirements of the role she’s recruiting to fill. She also has taken the time to understand…

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Gregory Gavlak, Operations Leader – Grote Company

“We could not be happier with the way our most recent search turned out! Rachel and her team were extremely helpful in pulling out the critical aspects of our newly created role and presenting candidates that were truly what we…

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Yasmina Carrasco, HR Manager, Prosur

“Rachel and the team at Direct Recruiters helped us finding the right candidate. She is dedicated, professional and hard worker. I would recommend her as a recruiter to anyone.”

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Sara Kelly, Quality Assurance Manager, NuTrail

“Rachel was an excellent recruiter. she went above and beyond at handling my position. She was professional, informative, and made me feel confident.”

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Oliver Munoz, Talent Acquisition Leader, Olam Food Ingredients

“Rachel and team did a phenomenal job identifying a candidate for a critical role for ofi that had been open for over a year. She went above and beyond to ensure weekly updates were provided and provided clear insights about…

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Eric Hutchison, Engineering Manager at Grote Company

“I had the opportunity to work with DRI for my current role after being in my previous role for many years. Rachel and the DRI team were a pleasure to work with and very supportive for someone who hadn’t done…

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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…

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Brad Reifschneider, Sales Manager – Gemini Bakery Equipment Company/KB Systems

‘Incredibly efficient’ is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about Rachel.” I had the pleasure of working with Rachel during her search to find the perfect candidate for a Regional Sales Manager opportunity in the Foodservice Bakery…

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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…

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Fabricio Ruilova, Candidate

“Rachel helped me immensely during the recruitment process. Her professional approach is only matched by her dedication to represent her candidates. The close rapport she holds with employers makes her an extremely valuable point of contact. I would highly recommend…

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Edward Galante, Candidate

“From my first contact with Rachel. she was professional, very knowledgable of the position and worked hard to put me in the position. I would recommend Rachel to anybody, a very hard worker.”

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Machelle Johnson, HR Director – Pearson Packaging Systems

“I started working with DRI about 7 years ago and it was honestly because Jason Herbert was different from other recruiters. Instead of sending a bunch of resumes that never fit the bill, Jason prequalified and screened candidates to present…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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