Proven Success – What Others Are Saying
“Over my career as a school of medicine department chair, school of medicine dean, and a vice chancellor for health affairs overseeing all health sciences in a large university, I have conducted many searches and have interacted with numerous large and well-known search firms. Of all of these firms, Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc. is at the very top of my list in every respect: thoroughness, efficiency, conscientiousness, courteousness, and plain old ‘savviness’! In addition to these qualities, the firm brought a personal touch to the process that other firms simply did not. Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc. helped us to complete a high-level health sciences dean search quickly and successfully. I will not hesitate to turn to the firm again for future high-level searches.”
David N. Bailey, M.D., Distinguished Research Professor of Pathology and Pharmacy, University of California, San Diego
“I have had the good fortune of working with Shelli twice. The first time was as a candidate interviewing for the Chief Financial Officer position with Beachbody, and my second experience was when I retained her to help our company hire a Chief Operating Officer.
From a candidate’s perspective, she took the time to get to know me – to understand my business strengths and career goals. Shelli clearly knew the company I interviewed with well and was able to answer my questions about the company’s history, strategy, and management team. She knew Beachbody and I would be a great fit for each other.
From the company’s perspective, Shelli provided outstanding service. She invested significant time interviewing our senior management team to understand both our company culture and the requirements for the position we were trying to fill. She helped draft an appropriate job description and presented a detailed candidate-recruiting plan with a realistic timeline. Shelli did an excellent job screening candidates; every candidate she presented was worth our time to interview. After each interview she asked insightful questions helping us further refine the search qualities. Within a reasonable time, she found an outstanding candidate and was instrumental in helping with reference checking and with crafting the job offer. The COO she brought to us has been an invaluable addition to our senior team as our company continues to experience exponential growth.”
Brad Ramberg, Executive Vice President – Strategic Initiatives, Beachbody
“I can recommend Shelli twice over, having been both a candidate and a client for higher education searches led by Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc.
I was first recruited by Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc. in 2009 and, throughout the process, I found Shelli to be both extremely knowledgeable and candid about the attractive position and excellent hiring institution. Moreover, when I withdrew from that search, she was tireless in leading them to a successfully completed search while maintaining a professional and cordial relationship with me.
Thereafter, I worked with Shelli as provost and president-designate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. We are a dynamic, cooperative, and creative place to work. The ideal candidate to replace me in the provost role needed the right “fit,” in addition to experience and prestige. Finding the right personnel takes an executive recruitment firm willing to get to know us and our needs. Shelli is that person. She and her team found us an impressive roster of candidates, all of whom were worthwhile to meet.
I could not be more pleased with my experiences with Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc. They are resourceful, persistent, candid, and professional. Looking for and finding new team members can be stressful moments of change, conducted under the full crush of the day-to-day workload. In all of the searches I was involved in, as both candidate and client, Shelli has been hands-on and timely, seamlessly guiding crucial transitions to happy ends for both personnel and institutions.”
Elissa Tenny, Ed.D., President, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
“As a candidate, I was impressed by how compellingly Shelli was able to articulate the mission and needs of the institution she was representing and how brilliantly she helped me see how my credentials and experience matched up with the available position. She guided me every step of the way, bringing transparency to an otherwise mysterious process and helping me become the best possible candidate I could be.”
Kerry Walk, Ph.D., President, Marymount Manhattan College
“I have worked with a number of search firms throughout my professional career and my experience working with Shelli Herman was the best working relationship that I have had with a search firm. As a result, my expectations are very high and few firms have been able to match the quality of care, professionalism, and end results of Shelli’s work. The overall experience from consistent and regular communication to the quality of the work is hard to match.
As a result of the work performed by Shelli, I have one of the best performers on my team and I am extremely grateful and thankful that I hired her to conduct a search for this critical position.”
Wanda Overland, Ph.D., Former Vice President for Student Development, St. Cloud State University
“I first worked with Shelli as a candidate for one of her retained search clients, the Beckman Foundation. She had extensive knowledge of her client’s organization and understood the qualities they were looking for in a new chief executive, both of which were invaluable in the interview and negotiation process. In particular, when Shelli contacted me about the open position, I was working in a job with ostensibly different responsibilities. Shelli dug down beneath the job description jargon and the different structures of the public and private sectors to find the core qualities of my experience and passion. Both I, as a candidate, and the Beckman Board had questions about my experience and fit. Shelli saw the bigger picture of potential for her client and brought me forward for an interview.
Since my hire, I have continued working with Shelli to assist the Foundation with Board Member recruitments. Shelli brings the same energy and insight into each engagement. She reads between the lines and sees angles and matches you may have never considered. With each recruitment she makes our organization stronger. If you need an expert to help your group build a cohesive team, Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc. is the firm for you!”
Anne Hultgren, Ph.D., Executive Director, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation