Why SearchPath of Chicago?
Efficient. Responsive. Experienced.
SearchPath of Chicago specializes in connecting our clients and partners with top-performing talent who can make an immediate impact on your bottom line. From local businesses to global firms, our executive search & recruitment teams specialize in finding the most experienced candidates to ensure your business gets the right hire the first time. Our extensive network and expertise allow us to locate identify, attract, and deliver professionals with the skills necessary to achieve your business goals.
Matching the RIGHT People with the RIGHT Positions at the RIGHT Companies
Years in Business
Candidates Placed at Start-ups – Fortune 100
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Our dedication and expertise in serving only a handful of niche industries gives us unparalleled insight & knowledge into the talent and hiring trends in those industries; making us one of the top executive recruiting firms in the Packaging & Plastics, Biofuels & Renewable Energy, Industrial, Food Ingredients, Nutraceuticals & Raw Materials, and Polymers, Pigments & Coatings industries.
What Our Clients Say About Us…
"I’ve had the opportunity to work with Mark as both a hiring manager and a candidate. My experience on both sides was very much the same. Mark is a trusted career consultant who sees the bigger picture, takes the longer view, wants the best thing for both parties. He has vast experience in matching candidates to role and has a wealth of knowledge to tap in any instance. It is a pleasure to work with someone who values integrity, balances what’s right and is an optimist."
Mark Manka, Director of Financial Planning & AnalysisSociety of Anesthesiologists
"I recently worked with Chris on a high level search. He was very thorough in understanding our company culture as well as the qualifications our team needed. He produced many of exceptional candidates. Chris was easy to work with throughout the process. I would certainly recommend Chris for your hiring needs."
Elena Puerner, HR ManagerSchoeller Arca Systems
"I recently worked with Chris on two successful candidate searches. He was very thorough in understanding the qualifications we wanted for each position and produced a number of good candidates that met those qualifications. Chris was great to work with throughout the process. I would certainly recommend Chris for your talent acquisition needs."
John England, National Sales ManagerSignode Packaging
"Chris is an effective recruiter because he spends a great deal of time listening to the needs of the role and seems to have a lot of solid contacts in the industry Get More Information. He follow ups well and is focused on making the right fit."
Jill Russell, VP of SalesOlam International
"I have had the great pleasure of meeting and developing a working relationship with Chris Hillman of Search Path of Chicago. Chris is an outstanding individual with extensive knowledge and an excellent reputation in the Ethanol Industry. Chris is a very honest person and is extremely passionate about his career. Chris takes immense pride in his wide and vast knowledge in the entire Ethanol Industry. His knowledge and skills are amazing and are very helpful to our company as well as to other people in the Ethanol Industry. Chris is very fair and loyal in his actions. He is constantly using his renewed skills and knowledge to achieve better results to bring excellent candidates. It’s a great honor to know and be associated with Chris Hillman of SearchPath of Chicago."
Alex Shifman, Marketing DirectorCTE Global, Inc.
"SearchPath has given our business a competitive advantage by providing us with the personnel that have the abilities and experience to make the difference."
Tom Trauscht, VP of Sales & MarketingIvex Protective Packaging, Inc.
"In the past, I’ve had a number of job positions that called for unusual blends of skill sets that I have had difficulty filling through traditional means. Patrick has come through on multiple occasions with strong candidates whom I have hired and they have had successful careers. Patrick takes the time to understand the position needs thoroughly and finds and screens quality candidates. I strongly recommend Patrick."
Vincent Lanning, R&D Program ManagerHi-Tech Mold
"SearchPath of Chicago has been a partner with my position vacancy searches for 2.5 years as a manager for BSN Medical. In a few short words, my experience has been terrific! Greg Daly has been the go-to person for me and he has been outstanding to work with! He is diligent in his process, he is timely in his responses, he is personable, pleasant and sharp. His response time is second to none and I have had NOTHING but positive interactions with he and the staff at the firm. I would highly recommend Greg for the vacancy needs and will be continuing to use he and SearchPath of Chicago’s services in the years to come!"
"I utilized Greg in my region as a recruiter for more than 36 months. He is highly motivated with a very strong work ethic. He understands what qualifications are needed and has always been able to close selected candidates. Greg has a energy level that guarantees results."
"I recently worked with Chris on several successful searches. He was very thorough in understanding our company culture as well as the qualifications our team needed for each position. He produced many of exceptional candidates that met or exceeded those qualifications. Chris was easy to work with throughout the process. I would certainly recommend Chris for your hiring needs."
Tina Kaveney, Human Resources DirectorAngleboard
"I have worked with Chris for many years in placing several highly qualified candidates within various organizations. He is thorough, ethical and extremely good at delivering the right candidates for the requested roles. I consider him a valuable extension to my HR department!"
Lisa Teeters, Director of Human Resources
"Chris Hillman is a real professional who “walks the walk” when it comes to executive search, particularly in the food ingredient space. Chris came exactly as advertised, with a deep list of contacts relevant to our search for a new CEO. We had a working list of highly qualified candidates in a very short period of time, and Chris helped us to manage the process of winnowing the field down to ‘short list’, and ultimately to the final candidate. All through the effort Chris was always available, responsive to our needs, and with the appropriate level of drive/push. I highly recommend Chris for your next search engagement."
Board Member, Food Ingredients Manufacturer
SearchPath of Chicago News
As a continuation of our new series – “Five Minute Friday” – we’re introducing you to Mark Ragland, Vice President, Science & Agriculture. Mark brings 17 years of experience in the recruiting business and has built his success by focusing on details and building strong relationships with clients. He has consistently ranked in the top 10% in placement revenue across all of SearhPath’s offices, proving that he continues to meet client needs.
What drew you to the field of recruitment?
I was never much of a corporate traditionalist and recruitment offered me opportunity to manage my own boutique corporation from a single desk.
What is your favorite client story?
There have been too many years of client stories to choose a single favorite. My favorite story type, however, has always involved helping my clients solve mission-critical searches and delivering candidates that exceed expectations.
What do you find the most interesting about the Science & Agriculture sector?
This sector is at the forefront of innovation for all the world’s consumables, influencing how we will eat and use resources in the coming decades.
How have the challenges of 2020 changed the way you approach recruiting?
The challenges of 2020 are scarcely different from the challenges of 2009 or 2001. It’s a recession – in a recession, we put greater emphasis on business development and focus more exclusively on mission critical searches. It is important as well to hold the line with fee percentages and to impart to our clients the benefits of mutually committed searches. A miss-hire in these times would be particularly devastating to a struggling company.
Fun fact about you?
It’s important to remember to have fun and keep one’s spirits high in life and at work. We keep music playing in the background throughout the day, and a great release after about 20-25 stressful phone calls is to dance to music for a few moments without worry of how one looks. If you were to visit our office and catch me in such a moment, it would certainly give you a good chuckle.
Recruiting Industry News & Articles
The next spotlight in our new series – “Five Minute Friday” – is Patrick Reedy, Managing Director, Polymers, Pigments and Coatings. Patrick has 12 years of experience as a executive search consultant. His passion for the role and dedication to clients has allowed him to serve a variety of industries which now translates to the niche markets that he manages for SearchPath of Chicago.
With 12 years as an executive search consultant, what keeps you excited?
I am in a business that literally can change people’s lives and build business’ all in one project and then get to do it all over again the next project.
What is your most memorable client story?
I think they are all memorable but the one that comes to mind is when I was searching for a specific background in polymer research and happened to find the candidate in Singapore doing a postdoc. I thought it may be a stretch to present someone so far away, but things worked out and the rest is history.
What is unique to the Polymers, Pigments and Coatings sector?
It is a segment that is ever evolving with strong growth projections. In addition, breakthroughs in research can happen literally any day which make it exciting.
How have the challenges of 2020 changed the way you approach recruiting?
2020 has presented its challenges to all industries and individuals but it has evolved the way that company’s hire. I have had to adapt to the current technology trends as well as video interviews. It takes another level of patience and persistence to make the match between candidate and company happen with these evolutions.
Fun fact about you?
When not working I enjoy live music of all sorts and love to play golf and skiing.
Organizations are only as strong as the staff that they have which is why it’s important to keep your top talent and addexceptional talent. We’ll get into how you should go about finding new talent next, but we want to share with you some tips on how you can positively enhance your company’s retention.
- Clear Paths to Advancement – Giving employees an understanding of where their career is going with the company allows them to see their future. Without they conversation and plan, employees might start to fear becoming stagnant and begin to look outside for advancement opportunities. The other half of this equation is to help them get there – provide education, training, attendance at conferences, etc. This extra step lets them know you’re serious about their growth and if you’re invested in their success, they will become more invested in the company.
- Benefits – One of the first questions on a new employee’s mind is, “what are the benefits?”. That’s normal – healthcare, pay, PTO all play into work-life balance and taking care of families. However, benefits go beyond just the normal standards. Companies could look into stock options and other financial rewards to help employees stay engaged and motivated.
- Communication – it seems simple but yet, for many employees this is a reason that look to leave organizations. In fact, 63% of employees state that lack of communication is a reason they have considered quitting their job. Being transparent and honest with frequent communication is a simple yet effective method to keep staff engaged over time.
- Be Flexible – Understand that everyone has lives outside of work and be open to working with flexible working environments and schedules. Given the current state of work force in the US, it’s a great opportunity to offer permanent work from home options for employees.
Understanding how to keep you top team members and positive retention is one of the first steps to building a strong team. Next step to building your team is to find the top talent.
For additional information, please email Chris Hillman or call (815) 261-4403 x 100