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“Diversity and an understanding of intersectionality were among our top objectives in seeking a new Executive Director for PFLAG, and McCormack+Kristel delivered on both counts. As a national organization with members across the political spectrum, it was important for us to attract a leader who could work with parents of all political persuasions but who are united in their support for LGBTQ equality. In Brian Bond, a widely respected Washington veteran, we have such a leader.Throughout the search process, we had a productive partnership and collaboration with our recruiter, who kept us informed on a weekly basis of the challenges, milestones and successes of our search efforts. McCormack+Kristel continually addressed our concerns and the needs of our stakeholders to achieve a successful result.”

Chuck Middleton
Search Committee Chair

“McCormack+Kristel was instrumental in helping us expand our pool of passionate and enthusiastic potential trustees from which to draw, as we engaged in board expansion. The firm was very attentive to our requests and tried to get candidates whose characteristics best fit the needs of our agency. They listened carefully and got the work done very quickly and well. After they identified potential candidates, they diligently screened them to ensure that their background was appropriate to 4CS’s needs. They were easy to work with and the process took less time than anticipated. They have created a sound bench of board candidates who will serve as board committee members before being formally asked the serve on the full board. We are deeply grateful.”

Coleen Stevens Porcher
4CS of Passaic County

“When our Executive Director of eight years decided to retire, we knew we would have a tall order of replacing our exceptional leader. Our Board of Directors retained McCormack+Kristel because they knew the Coachella Valley Community and they came highly recommended by trusted sources. They brought us a talented group of candidates, delivered as scheduled, and we hired a seasoned executive who can take Guide Dogs of the Desert to the next level. The process was thorough, well managed and satisfying for all concerned. The Board of Directors from Guide Dogs of the Desert would highly recommend them.”

Gary Jeandron
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Guide Dogs of the Desert

“Our search for a new Executive Director for PFLAG National was handled efficiently, thoroughly, and with grace by Michelle Kristel.  Her excellent communication, her vast network  of contacts which enabled a large pool of qualified applicants, her sensitivity to issues of diversity and  her skill and expertise in interviewing top candidates were all critical to keeping the process moving on a well-paced timeline.  Best of all was the wonderful result in hiring exactly the right person for the job.”

Jean Hodges
National PFLAG
President & Board Chair

“McCormack + Kristel was the perfect firm for our Executive Director search.  Their expertise and experience was noticeable and crucial from the start to the end.”

John Oda
National PFLAG
Search Committee Chair

“Just a quick note to let you know {that the} Division Director of our Suicide Prevention Center, just hit her 90 days with us and she is AMAZING! I really feel like we made the right decision and she is beyond what we had ever hoped for. She is a gem and I just wanted to say thank you for finding her for us!”

Lyn Morris
Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services

“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for assisting me in my search for a new position at Compassion & Choices. I appreciated your professionalism and support during the search phase. I have been in the fundraising business for over twenty years and have used many search firms, but this was by far my best experience. I think for me, what stands out the most, was the constant communications and always had an awareness of where I stood in my candidacy. The conversations were honest and always helpful. A special thank you to Joe and Michelle. Your support was very much appreciated! As I’ve said before, what a long strange trip it’s been…but the results are fantastic!”

Ken Mintzer
Compassion & Choices
Chief Development Officer

“We hired McCormack+Kristel to fill a critical position with our health and mental health services. The search resulted in the hire of an exceptional candidate from another HIV/AIDS services agency. We were so pleased with the attentive service and thoroughly vetted candidates, that when a second important position became available, we reached out to McCormack+Kristel again. We are so thankful to Joe and the entire team for making the process smooth and enjoyable start to finish.”

David Brinkman
Chief Executive Officer
Desert AIDS Project

“I’ve been using the services of McCormack+Kristel for a decade. Over the years, I’ve tried many search firms but none have provided the consistent level of service that I get from Joe and his team. The most recent search was a terrific example. I was looking for a new Development Director—in my experience one of the most difficult positions for which to find stellar candidates. To add to my worries, several organizations in our sector were looking to fill the same position. Thus, I was very concerned about how the candidate pool would develop. As it turned out, we ended up with a small group of finalists, any of whom could have done the job. Instead of having only one finalist, I had several really good ones to choose from! The person we hired had not been looking for a job. He applied because Joe called him and talked to him about the position. McCormack+Kristel excels at that kind of strategic recruitment.”

Lorri Jean
Chief Executive Officer
Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center

“Just a brief note to recognize your work related to the CEO recruitment process.  The process was beautifully and professionally managed.  The candidates presented exceeded expectations.  As we move now to the final stages of the process, I wanted to thank you and your team for all you did to support staff and the ad hoc committee throughout.  Please know how much it is appreciated.”

Kay Hazen
Desert Healthcare District
Board of Directors