Executive/Retained Search

Drake Inglesi Milardo has been directly or indirectly involved in helping companies with finding and hiring talent for a number of years.

Our executive retained searches are more like consulting assignments than recruiting endeavors. We have a process that removes the hard work from the client and places the entire executive retained search and selection process on our consultants. We conduct online campaigns, actively network, screen all resumes and then conduct in-depth interviews. We understand that many qualified candidates are not actively conducting a job search – with our vast network of professionals we can identify those who will meet your specific criteria. Additionally, we provide a complete professional assessment for finalist candidates. Our comprehensive assessment examines the candidate’s EQ (emotional intelligence) primary strengths & limitations, cognitive abilities to include their verbal comprehension, quantitative reasoning, analytical/conceptual abilities, breadth of knowledge, as well as the cultural fit between the candidate and the company.


How are we different than a recruiter?

How are we different than a recruiter?

First off, we limit the number of executive retained searches we do each year to ensure that we can devote the time and attention required for each search. We work as an extension of the client and devote time up front in working with them to understand their organization's mission, vision and culture as well as the core competencies of the specific position.

Our consultants have extensive executive retained search experience and a vast network of executives nationwide. We then combine that with our firm's expertise in providing professional assessments so that we can eliminate the guess work from the selection process.

We present only the most viable candidates based on your specific criteria and only those who will have a positive impact on your business. We develop a rapport with the candidate and assist them with their transition to ensure that it is a smooth one. We also provide a limited time guarantee that the candidate will succeed or we will find a replacement at no cost to the client.

Our role is to be a strategic advisor by providing sound judgment, market intelligence and insight into your solutions. By providing our upfront consultation time, national search and networking capabilities as well as our effective assessment tools we can ensure that you are making a sound hiring decision within your leadership team. Every company, every individual is unique – our job is to make sure they line up before we recommend either party to one another.

Our executive retained searches are conducted on an exclusive retained basis and although our fees may be at the same rate as a recruiting firm, our approach and results are much different. We adhere to the highest professional standards and have built our reputation on ethical business conduct, forthright communications and mutual respect and integrity.