"Children's Council owes you and Mike a debt of gratitude, Bob. When our long-standing executive director announced her decision to retire after nearly 20 years, the board was very concerned whether we would find someone who could step in to run an organization that addresses a full spectrum of the child care needs of San Franciscan families. Our budget of over $60 million was threatened by significant cuts from the State, the main funder for child care programs. The board was unsure where to turn to face the challenges of significant cuts, disruption at the top of the organization, and an uncertain future. Not only did you accept the executive director search and meet with the board members on an number of occasions, you also helped us organize the process and, as a key to making sure we were all aligned around the process and the priorities, you facilitated a board retreat where we flushed out an agreed-to set of priorities for a new leader of Children's Council. After extensive outreach, you found us a remarkable range of candidates. Thanks to you, we found and choose an outstanding candidate who has led us through the budget crisis and the internal and external challenges of significant change for the organization. It wouldn't have happened without you and Mike. We can't thank you enough: those thanks come from all at Children's Council and from the families of San Francisco who benefit from our services."

Elena Schmid
Chair, Board CEO Search Committee
Children's Council of San Francisco

Our Integrity

You can trust us.

We have thrived as trusted confidantes to our clients for nearly 40 years. When we say we're going to do something, you can be sure we mean exactly what we say.

We'll tell you like it is.

We are successful because we are experienced enough to know that our clients value our insight, sensitivity, and candor. While we try to be diplomatic, "we don't dance." We have nothing to prove but our honest ability to help you to be successful.

You can be assured of our performance.

We value our reputation. Our reputation is our lifes' blood. That reputation - as skilled transition consultants and leadership recruiters with deep insight based on decades of personal experience - has been earned. We are committed to maintaining the highest possible successful search completion rate in the profession of executive search.

You get what you see.

No little part of our firm's success comes from our partners-only practice. The partners you engage will complete 100% of all of your transition consulting and executive search requirements. This firm does not employ junior staff or "associates" who assist partners. Quality outcomes require attention to every detail by a partner.

We listen.

We count on you as we learn your requirements. Frank, frequent communication throughout the transition and search process is critically important. We learn from you and you will hear from us very frequently with questions and updates.

We're just the right size.

Our mid-size firm of regional and national scope avoids the rainmaker/associate staffing typical of larger firms while at the same time offering the two-partner depth and research resources not found in sole practitioner firms.

We leave no stone unturned.

We don't stop until we've got it right. Every new search starts from scratch - from what you tell us you require. Every suggestion and lead is explored. We've often found the very best talent in unlikely places, sometimes recruited after persistent pursuit. We value diversity and take pride in the talent we've found where other firms have never looked.