Following are some client testimonials about our search process:
I first met Andy Wihtol when I was a board member of the newly formed Oregon Forest Resources Institute which had retained his firm to recruit its first Executive Director. He recruited several superb candidates and the one chosen did an excellent job for several years. Recently Contact Industries retained Andrew Associates Executive Search to recruit three people vital to our succession planning and growth strategy: President, VP of Sales and Sales Manager. Again, Andy demonstrated excellence in knowledge of business, leadership and recruiting, from coaching us in defining the positions, to finding the candidates, then assisting us in presenting the offers. I highly recommend Andrew Associates Executive Search.
As president of Cardinal Nutrition (now Bergstrom Nutrition), a privately held nutritional supplement and ingredient manufacturing company, I was accountable for growing and improving the financial performance of the business.
We retained Andrew Associates Executive Search to conduct the national search for an experienced VP of Operations, a position pivotal to achieving our goals. Results were excellent, and the chosen candidate exceeded my expectations. The return on the investment of this thorough recruiting process made the initiative well worth the effort.
When I was CFO of Mitsubishi Silicon we worked with Andy and Andrew Associates to fill two key leadership position in our company: the Chief Information Officer and the Director of Finance & Accounting. Andy leads you through a process to create a detailed description of the position and a complete picture of the qualities being sought in the candidate. Andy also took the time to learn about our business and corporate culture so that he could focus on candidates that would fit. All of this detailed up-front work paid dividends in terms of top-notch candidates and two successful hires.
Larson Fruit Company
I was the Senior VP Consulting Services of a systems consulting company, Emerald Solutions. We were growing exponentially in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere across the nation. In an overheated job market we were desperate to find Business Practice Leaders for offices being opened in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Minneapolis, amongst others. To focus our energies we retained Andrew Associates to find and recruit the people with the experience base, the personality, cultural fit, and technical expertise to grow those businesses. We weren’t disappointed with the effort. Andy Wihtol applied an intense process that enabled us and Andy to capture our vision, our culture, and the critical elements of the background candidates need bring to the table to be successful in their roles. He aggressively went into the local markets where offices were opening, identified superb candidates and presented the Emerald Solutions team with in-depth analysis of the candidates being presented. Andy assisted us in developing, presenting, and negotiating a job offer for some of the candidates hired.
In addition to the Business Practice Leader searches, Andy was retained by our CEO to recruit a Chief Operating Officer, a new position in the organization. As above, his process led to a well qualified set of candidates from which the company hired an excellent COO.
In summation, he won’t hold back at the outset of a search, he’s attentive and probing to assure he gets the facts essential to matching the best person to the company’s ambitions and culture. I highly recommend Andrew Associates Executive Search for its capabilities in recruiting executive level people in the systems and consulting professions.
ESCO has, on several occasions, retained Andrew Associates Executive Search, in
particular Andy Wihtol, to recruit mission critical leaders, in multiple disciplines,
during ESCO’s phenomenal period of growth and innovation over the last two decades.
I can confidently recommend Andy to recruit quality IT and Finance leaders
for dynamic organizations operating in competitive environments like ours.
Andy Wihtol was instrumental in changing my professional career. He first contacted me when I was in San Francisco. I was impressed with Andy's knowledge of my current career and his insight into the position that he was recommending me for. With his help I was able to move to beautiful Central Oregon and obtain a great job as IT Manager for Les Schwab Tires. In short order I was promoted to IT Director. Andy and I kept in touch. He was able to fill numerous IT positions at Les Schwab’s HQ in Oregon. They were well screened and all had the experience that I was seeking. Andy's standards for recruiting are excellent.
I've had the opportunity to work with a number of executive recruiters in recent years including Andy Wihtol. Andy was the recruiter for a CIO position that I accepted with ESCO Corporation in Portland, Oregon. Without question, Andy was the most thorough executive recruiter that I have come across. His thoroughness includes not just ensuring that he knows the job candidate in great detail, but also involves gaining detailed knowledge of his client company, its culture, direction and the critical skills required by the potential job candidate. His ability to match his clients' key requirements with candidates who will fit the position and the clients' culture is unsurpassed in my experience. Andy is an ideal recruiter for a firm who has a critical need to find an executive who will fit well with the position and with the situation at the firm.
Past Chief Information Officer
My experience working with Andy was exceptional. From the initial contact until successful placement, he consistently supported me in my application with a specific company for which he was retained. He ensured I was prepared for interviews and provided an approachable and professional service. In support of Evraz N.A., the company that retained his services, he was extremely diligent and thorough in probing my credentials, skills and experience. I highly recommend Andy.
Vice President, Information Technology
Black Diamond Group Limited
Marquis utilized Andrew Associates Executive Search during a time of significant change in the market and our company. Andy is highly competent and went above and beyond to understand our culture and meet our needs. He provided valuable insights about the candidates and worked with us in constructing and extending employment offers. We greatly value his services and the partnership. The successful executives found by Andrew Associates Executive Search have made enormous contributions to Marquis.
If your company is looking for the best talent, I highly recommend his services.
John M. Schrenk
I first met Andy Wihtol over 20 years ago when my firm engaged his services to find a new General Manager and Vice President for our pipe fittings manufacturing business. This wasn’t going to be a simple “plug and play” situation, but Andy did not shy away from the task. I am happy to report that the candidate that Andy found for us has not only been an excellent fit, but has exceeded all our expectations.
I believe the reason why Andy was successful in finding the perfect candidate for us was due to his ability to really get in depth as he made every effort to understand me, my team, my business, the overall industry and the competition. He delved into our vision and understood where we wanted to take the business. He then traveled the nation identifying candidates from coast to coast, not limiting his search to the local area.
He was consistent and persistent in his efforts to find the right candidate for our needs. Our new GM was not only highly qualified but an ideal match to our culture. Andrew Associates Executive Search is an excellent resource for privately held companies to identify, recruit, vet, select and hire executive level leadership personnel, who will fit in and deliver results for the long haul.
I would highly recommend their services.
Tube Forgings of America