Kelly Shillito, COO – C.L. Smith Company

“Working with Direct Recruiters exceeded my expectations. When looking for a search firm, the number one priority for us is to find a firm who thoroughly vets out candidates and asks detailed questions to candidates prior to sending them over to me. While they did a great job vetting out the candidates, Direct Recruiters also caught our eye with a unique program they have in Direct Retention. Having a guarantee that was more than 60 to 90 days to ensure we made the best hire was very appealing to us. I would absolutely recommend Direct Recruiters and Direct Retention for high level searches because of their exceptional follow-through, good flow of quality candidates, and they are very thorough. David and Ashley at Direct Recruiters were fabulous and I really enjoyed the experience working with them.”

David Peterson

David Peterson is a Managing Partner for Direct Recruiters. He manages and oversees DRI search and recruitment teams in the Plastics and Flexible Packaging industries.

David is an accomplished recruiter and has built a reputation for understanding client needs from executive search to direct contributor roles. They appreciate his in-depth industry knowledge, comprehensive understanding of job market conditions and future industry trends. David and his team offer both retained and contingency search options and their search completion rates are consistently among the highest of the firm.

David is a current and active member of the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) and Plastics Industry Association, Cleveland Chapter of the Ohio Recruiters Association and served as their Chapter Chair for 3 years. In addition, he took part in a discussion panel at NPE and was a speaker at the Plastics News 2017 Executive Forum in Naples, FL. David is an active Blogger on SPE's "The Chain" Career Center and has been published in industry-related publications such as Plastics News and Flexible Packaging Magazine. You can find and follow David on social media sites including LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

David attended the University of South Florida and prior to joining DRI, he was an Account Executive with Management Recruiters, Inc.

David is married and has 2 daughters. He enjoys being with his family and competing in racquetball tournaments.