We originally engaged The Carmon Group to fill a Technical Manager role for our business in 2011. As a result of this very successful search, we rehired them to identify a Plant Manager for our Cleveland facility. This role was created due to the continued growth of NPA and required the identification of a true leader who possessed chemical process, Lean manufacturing and the ability to satisfy future success plans for our business. This second search once again demonstrated strong communication by The Carmon Group throughout the process and their ability to direct source the best talent in the market. In the last week and as a result of prior success, we have retained them for a Quality Control Manager role.
The Carmon Group produced a deep pipeline of talent for our role and ensured that the short list of finalists were fully qualified prior to our conducting interviews. They take the time to listen and ensure that they understand not only the technical needs of the role, but also the have qualified talent that fits our culture. Their team operates with high integrity and serves as a gatekeeper and ambassador for our business. The Carmon Group operates with urgency, but does not pass talent through if they are not confident of the fit. I would strongly recommend them to any business who needs to secure senior level talent for their business. We enjoy working with them and know that we will secure the finest talent for our critical role.
The Carmon Group was referred to us by another functional area of MTD where they had successfully completed two searches. Our contact center division underwent a strategic reorganization which created a new role within our group. This was a critical role and part of our strategy to continue to advance our contact center to ensure a world-class customer experience.
We engaged with The Carmon Group due to their successful track record with MTD, their ability to clearly understand our business and culture coupled with their performance-driven philosophy to retained search. We were extremely pleased with their ability to direct source talent that fit our role and culture, the thorough qualification of that talent and the communication by them throughout the process. The Carmon Group truly served as a trusted advisor and partner for us on this search. We will continue to use The Carmon Group in the future as critical needs arise which require direct sourcing of talent.
Vice President & General Manager
Cub Cadet / MTD Products
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"Finding and retaining talent is key to business today and is a major focus area for EBO Group. Our belief is that to recruit and retain the best talent, you need to have a clear vision, a compelling strategy and real shared values. Because of this, EBO Group has been proud to partner with The Carmon Group in the recruiting needs for key roles within our company. We feel that we have found in The Carmon Group a team of dedicated professionals who share our values and truly care about EBO Groups' satisfaction and success. They have taken the time to know us intimately so they can continue to assist us well into the future."
"I had the good fortune to meet Chris Carmon after we completed the successful sale of Excel Polymers. I was part of Excel’s executive team and we just completed the successful sale which created a transition point in my career. John Quinn my former CEO at Excel Polymers introduced me to Chris Carmon and The Carmon Group and suggested that I meet him before I embarked in search of my next challenge. What first impressed me about Chris was his compassion and willingness to work with me in my transition, providing advice and networking resources. It was apparent that he clearly understood that it is people that are the foundation of any successful organization. Soon I started to defer to his judgment as I had come to recognize his high values which led to mutual trust between us. With his help, in short order I was able to obtain multiple offers, selecting the one which was the right fit for me and my family. During my transition period I was able to contrast and compare The Carmon group with other major National and International retained search firms – simply put none measured up.
Currently as vice president and NA head of operation for two companies I was faced with the challenge of acquiring talent to support our rapid growth. Since our company has a unique value proposition I needed unique talent to fuel the growth. I retained The Carmon Group initially for a Director level role which required very unique experience and skillsets. The Carmon Group won this opportunity by taking the time to understand not only the job requirements, but more importantly the company culture to ensure we would find a suitable candidate. Working with Chris and his team was a pleasure as it was based on a foundation of trust and shared values. Their performance-driven search model, expertise in direct sourcing and ability to understand our business and culture made this a very easy decision. The Carmon Group successfully and efficiently completed this project and we quickly moved to a second project with them which the also a homerun and now we are working on our third hire. We will continue to rehire The Carmon Group for future projects. If you are looking for a true search partner that will look out for your best interests and get the job done, I would highly recommend that you speak with The Carmon Group."
Dr. Rikki Lamba
Vice President of NA Operations
"We retained The Carmon Group for two senior position searches – VP Commercial Operations and VP Engineering and in both cases they came up with winners. The Carmon Group really got to know the existing team members and the culture of our company before starting the searches to not only streamline the screening process to establish candidate competency, but as importantly cultural fit. As part of the screening process they also have the screened candidates fill out questionnaires relating to abilities and style for our review prior to meeting them. This additional attention to detail really had us "knowing" the candidates before finally interviewing them. This very much shortened the search times to successful conclusions.
All along it was a very collaborative process that has continued with regular follow up conversations with both the winning candidates and our company. Definitely would use the team at The Carmon Group again in the future."
President & CEO
Plasan Carbon Composites / A Division of Plasan Sasa
"As a small firm, we can't afford to miss on new hires. When I have a high-impact role, I always turn to Chris Calogeras. Chris' team conducts thorough research and finds hidden talent that fits the niche of our culture and our business. Retained search is a big investment for our firm, and Chris always delivers a high ROI."
President & CEO
The Horsburgh & Scott Co.
"We engaged The Carmon Group to conduct our search for a new Executive Director of Merrick House. In conducting the search for a new Executive Director, The Carmon Group put great effort into understanding not only the role itself, but the organization's mission statement, our people and the surrounding community. The Carmon Group brought great compassion, understanding and an experienced perspective to the table — quickly gaining our trust, respect and confidence. The Carmon Group worked diligently to identify candidates who shared the values of Merrick House while providing a wide-range of options and alternatives.
Working within incredible time constraints, Merrick House will be forever grateful to The Carmon Group for not only orchestrating an exceptional search for a new Executive Director, but doing so in a professional, enjoyable and timely fashion."
Chairperson, Board of Directors
"Please consider this writing my enthusiastic recommendation of The Carmon Group. They played a pivotal role in securing qualified talent to expand our operations at Vitamix. Their quick response to our urgent requests were crucial to our ability to meet the demands of our customers. Chris Carmon provided thorough and timely updates on the status of all active supply chain search initiatives. The candidates were obviously carefully screened and prepared for their interviews and the hiring process was expedited considerably as a result.
I enthusiastically recommend The Carmon Group and welcome the opportunity to discuss their successful working relationship with Vitamix. Chris Carmon and his team truly turned a very compressed hiring cycle challenge into a smoothly executed "mission accomplished."
Ed Stelmach, C.P.M., CPIM, CIRM
Supply Chain Manager
"Chris Calogeras did an outstanding job in taking the time to understand our company and culture. When presenting candidates he was thorough and communicated far more about the candidate as a whole--much more then what is written in a resume. Our organization would work with Chris on other searches and certainly recommend him and his team to our colleagues. Chris is a dedicated professional and works to build and maintain relationships with his clients. He truly takes the time to understand the needs and wants of all parties to ensure success."
Employee Relations & Development Manager
"The Carmon Group has succeeded on a number of searches for our business over the last 10 years. I have gained great respect for the level of candor and integrity The Carmon Group has shown with all of our searches.
We have developed a great working relationship, and I can always count on their honest effort regarding the breadth and scope of a search. We recently filled an Engineering position in very short order, and the hiring manager has been thrilled with the candidate. Chris does an outstanding job of getting to know our Company and insuring the right fit of the candidate to our culture. He has become a confidant with which to discuss staffing and business challenges in a confidential manner. He makes himself available for any questions or discussions, and truly acts as an extension of our employment brand. He has a keen awareness of our Mission, Vision and Values, and does everything he can to uphold them on our behalf with candidates.
He has been a great business partner to Vitamix, even before I arrived, and I look forward to continuing our enduring and valuable business relationship. His integrity and professional ethics are a precise match to the guiding principles of our business. When you work with The Carmon Group you tap into a wealth of resources, knowledge and experience that immediately enhance your organizational capability and capacity."
Director of Human Resources
"Do you want the right person for the job? Do you find yourself overwhelmed with the wrong resumes and none of the right ones. Then it is time to step up to Chris' abilities. Many look at the upfront fee and shy away. However consider how much it costs in time, money and talent when you hire the wrong person or leave a position open too long. When I hired Chris, he interviewed me and truly understood the personality of our plant and the skill sets needed to fill the job. He cut our recruitment time significantly. He found the right person and this person has gone on to thrive and advance in the company. I recommend Chris to many of my associates in the industry. Chris has a comprehensive range that he can pull people from."
Director of Technical Development
"Venture Lighting has historically utilized contingent recruiting firms for our search projects. Upon meeting Chris Carmon of The Carmon Group, we were presented with a very performance driven approach to retained search that protected the investment we were making in their firm while also ensuring that they would put the necessary resources behind our critical search. This approach, coupled with their investment to clearly understand our culture and our critical hiring need, prompted us to align with their firm. The Carmon Group successfully completed our search for us. We were very pleased with the urgency they placed on completing our search, the qualified candidates they produced, weekly communication and progress reporting throughout the search project, and of course, the final candidate we hired. This is a firm who delivered on their promise. I would highly recommend the Carmon Group to companies who are looking for a better approach to third-party recruiting."
Michelle Guarino, PHR
Human Resources Manager
Venture Lighting International
"MTD created a Director level HR position which was a critical hire for my department and MTD. We approached The Carmon Group for our retained search due to their deep network in the HR community and their track record of superior performance and delivering results. We selected The Carmon Group because of our trust that they would represent MTD properly, their process to clearly understand our unique culture and finally, our confidence in their ability to satisfy the challenges of the requirements for this role. The Carmon Group delivered!
The Carmon Group's core values of professional communication, integrity, tenacity, and methodology were demonstrated throughout the process of this search. Working with The Carmon Group was both enjoyable and highly productive in delivering the result."
VP of Human Resources
MTD Products Inc.
"Three words best describe our experience with The Carmon Group: professionalism, commitment and execution. The Carmon Group's first order of business was to develop a client relationship and they immediately created a confidence among our staff when they described their business philosophies and search methods. We left knowing we had a professional working for us. From the start, The Carmon Group engaged our staff to thoroughly understand our needs and culture. Our searches involved engineering positions with qualifications unique to our industry. Throughout the process, The Carmon Group communicated thoroughly with all involved parties leaving no surprises. The Carmon Group provided several highly qualified candidates for the position and the individual we hired brought immediate value to our organization. We activated three additional searches with The Carmon Group as our company continues to grow."
"We retained The Carmon Group for a senior level engineering role due to their track record for delivering great talent, their unique capabilities of engaging with clients, and our confidence that they would be unrelenting in their search efforts for us. They quickly and thoroughly understood our requirements for this very specific and technical position, and equally as important, spent time with our team to also understand our culture to ensure the candidate would be a proper fit with our organization.
The Carmon Group successfully filled this position in nine weeks with a candidate that has seamlessly fit into our organization. Due to their success, we immediately retained The Carmon Group for a second retained search for our division."
Group Vice President
Fortune 500 Company