We successfully completed 99% of searches.

  • Searches were completed on average in 111 days with 47% completed in 90 days or fewer.
  • Clients made offers after interviewing an average of 4 candidates. 100% of our new clients have come from referrals.
  • 96% of our clients say they would be likely/very likely to recommend us.
  • 92% of our clients say they would be likely/very likely to retain us again.

We know of no other retained executive search firm with comparable results.

Markets Served

Advantage Partners has deep experience filling senior leadership roles for middle market ($50 million to $500 million revenue) operating entities, be they independent, privately-held businesses or domestic subsidiaries of foreign-owned corporations. We are particularly well versed in the requirements of private equity portfolio companies and their sponsors. Our client experience includes:


  • Aerospace & Aviation
  • Automotive & Specialty Vehicle
  • Basic and Industrial Materials
  • Chemicals / Plastics / Rubber
  • Capital Equipment
  • Consumer Products
  • Electronic Equipment & Components
  • Industrial Materials & Technology

Financial Services

  • Property & Casualty Insurance
  • Private Equity


  • Industrial
  • Commercial
  • Consumer
  • Technology Enabled and SaaS
  • Professional

Searches Executed

Our clients retain us to recruit executives for senior leadership positions at the corporate and operating unit levels for a broad range of markets. We routinely recruit for:

Executive Leadership

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Vice President Sales / Marketing
  • Vice President Operations

Our Team


Nikki Bondi

// Managing Partner

Nikki Bondi co-founded the firm with James McPolin in 1996, following a 20-year career in human resources and executive search. In addition to managing the firm, she leads the firm’s engagements for board positions and Chief Executive Officers. Additionally, she heads the firm practices in consumer, business and professional services industries.

Previously, Ms. Bondi was Vice President of Human Resources at Arrow International, a multinational manufacturer, and a company officer and human resources executive at Progressive Insurance, a Fortune 500 financial services company. She was also an Executive Search Consultant for LAI International, at the time, one of the world’s largest search firms.

A graduate of John Carroll University, Ms. Bondi currently serves on the board for Julie Billiart School, an alternative K-8 grade school for children with special needs. She is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). From 2008 to 2014 Ms. Bondi served on the Global Board and Americas Council Board for the Association of Executive Search Consultants, the global search industry’s leading trade group. She also has been an officer and board member for the Human Resources Planning Society, John Carroll University and organizations dedicated to women’s and children’s issues.



Almira Hercl

// Partner

Almira Hercl joined Advantage Partners in 2008, following a 20-year career devoted to human resources management and related advisory services. She focuses on CEO and CFO roles in middle market industrial and consumer manufacturing companies.

Previously, Ms. Hercl founded and led a strategic human resources consulting firm advising her clients on issues related to recruiting, talent assessment, organizational development, and compensation and benefits. She also has held the top human resources position in diverse industrial and health care organizations.

Ms. Hercl earned a master’s degree in organization development from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baldwin-Wallace College.



James McPolin

// Partner

Jim McPolin co-founded Advantage Partners with Nikki Bondi in 1996, following 25 years as an executive search consultant. He leads the firm’s industrial vertical with particular focus on aerospace & aviation, automotive, electronics, industrial materials & technology, and industrial services.

Previously, Mr. McPolin specialized in process industry general management and operations leadership searches at American Management Consulting Resources. His search career began with 17 years at a leading regional recruiting firm where he built and managed a successful practice in manufacturing and engineering management for a broad range of businesses from family owned to Fortune 500 clients.

Mr. McPolin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Lake Erie College.



Linda Pantaleano

// Partner

Linda Pantaleano joined Advantage Partners in 2014 after a 25-year career as a human resources executive, with concentration in recruiting, working for businesses in financial and professional services, and healthcare. Her focus is on candidate engagement, development and assessment across all of the firm’s primary industry segments.

Ms. Pantaleano most recently served as the Human Resources Executive for Friendship Village, a continuing care retirement community in central Ohio. Previously she was the Director of Centralized Recruiting for Mount Carmel Health System, a five-site hospital system in Columbus, Ohio. She started her career in human resources at University Hospitals of Cleveland and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation before joining Progressive Insurance. At Progressive, her extensive career as a human resources executive included five years as the Director of Recruiting.

Ms. Pantaleano earned a master’s degree in business administration from Baldwin-Wallace College and a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Bowling Green State University.



Tiona Thompson

// Partner

Tiona Thompson joined Advantage Partners in 2002 after a 30-year career with Progressive Insurance that culminated in her serving as its Chief Human Resources Officer. Ms. Thompson leads Advantage Partners’ financial services practice from Las Vegas, Nevada, and is also involved with CEO and CFO searches in consumer, business and professional services with additional responsibility for sales and marketing searches.

As Progressive’s CHRO, Ms. Thompson had responsibility for all human resource systems, policies, and practices as well as a staff of more than 300 professionals. Previously, she had held line management and division human resources positions there.

Ms. Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace College. She is affiliated with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., The Girl Friends® Inc., and United Negro College Fund. She also has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations.



Steve Price

// Senior Client Advisor

Steve Price joined Advantage Partners in 2011 after a 30-year career driving success in operations, process improvements and strategic value enhancement for a wide range of products and companies. His experience includes automotive, general aviation, and consumer products, as well as food, beverage and service businesses.

Most recently, Mr. Price served as Managing Director of Corban Advisors where he provided strategic guidance to companies for operational improvements. The previous 10 years, he focused on mid-market companies for private equity firms including over six years with American Capital, Ltd. as Managing Director, and four years with Dubin Clark and Company.

Mr. Price began his career at Procter & Gamble in brand management. Following P&G, he honed his operating and general management skills at Black and Decker as VP of Marketing for the hardware division and later at AlliedSignal as President of a $1.2B automotive aftermarket company.

Mr. Price holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brown University. He has served on a number of public and private boards.



Dave Roush

// Chairman

Dave Roush has served as Advantage Partners’ Chairman and as an active board member since 2004. He is currently President of JDP Holdings, an aggregator of software businesses.

In 2000, Mr. Roush founded Insurance.com and served as its Chairman and CEO until 2009. Under his leadership, Insurance.com grew to become the largest on-line auto insurance agency in the United States. Mr. Roush spent the prior 18 years with Progressive Insurance in marketing and executive leadership roles, most recently as Division President of Strategic Alliances. He also served on Progressive’s Executive Policy Team helping to form and execute strategic and operational directions company wide. Earlier in his career, he worked for automotive industrial suppliers in marketing and finance.

Mr. Roush received an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating magna cum laude in finance and entrepreneurship. A CPA, Dave was selected as Ernst & Young’s Northeast Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year for Emerging Business in 2007. In addition to his role with Advantage Partners’ advisory board, Mr. Roush serves on several boards including community non-profit organizations.



Pamela Taubert

// Principal

Ms. Taubert is responsible for firm operations including contract administration; due diligence, publication and quality for client communications and candidate documentation; and marketing/business development support. She has been with the firm since 1999, and has more than 15 years of previous human resources and management recruiting experience with Capitol American Financial Corp. and Progressive Insurance.

Ms. Taubert graduated magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University with majors in English and art history and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.



Molly Ionna

// Director of Research

In 2014, Molly Ionna joined Advantage Partners as the Director of Research and a Firm Principal. She is responsible for developing the search sourcing strategy with primary focus on intelligence in manufacturing and related services, business services, and insurance. In addition, Ms. Ionna manages all firm databases and information technology resources.

Ms. Ionna earned her bachelor’s degree with a dual major in finance and marketing from Xavier University. Among her internships she worked for Advantage Partners, The Gap Logistics, and VAA Architects. Following her graduation from Xavier in 2006, Great American Insurance, a $4 billion property casualty carrier, recruited Ms. Ionna. There she progressed from a staff role through multiple promotions into leadership of the product management group for direct channel auto lending.


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Dee Saxon

// Client Liaison

Dee Saxon joined Advantage Partners in 2012. She ensures our high-touch process for clients and candidates providing support for meeting logistics, document quality control, marketing communications, and general firm administration.

Ms. Saxon worked for 15 years for Management Recruiters International in Dayton, Ohio, most recently serving as a Senior Staffing Manager.


About Us

Advantage Partners is dedicated to surpassing your expectations.
When you partner with us, you get a firm with a history of…

Leadership · Commitment · Performance · True Collaboration · Transparency – no surprises

Since our founding in 1996, we have been extraordinarily committed to helping businesses recruit highly effective leaders to drive results and increase shareholder value.

Our Philosophy

“It is in learning that we know and in seeking that we find.”

– Vaddey Ratner, In the Shadow of the Banyan

We created our CampOut to ensure we learn first-hand about you, your business, its challenges, opportunities and culture. Illuminated with this knowledge, we go to market with a sense of urgency and fully developed perspective so that we can find the perfect-fit candidate who will help you achieve your goals.

About Our Candidates

We find, vet, and evaluate top performing leaders who:

  • are classically trained in relevant industries
  • are tested in diverse business situations from start-ups to turnarounds
  • can navigate in uncertain times, driving shareholder value and success
  • are effective change agents for cultural, operational, and market transformations
  • are visionary and can take the company to a higher level of performance

Our North American Search Practice


We listen closely and search deeply.

Advantage Partners is a boutique executive search firm founded in 1996, with a mission to outperform the industry. Our results speak for themselves; we know of no other firm that has comparable performance. In partnership with our clients, Advantage Partners’ team and signature Search Process are completely aligned to execute every search as unique and critical. We listen, learn and only then do we search, and we do so with high touch, speed and precision to deliver the perfect fit.

Advantage Partners is a member of The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), the worldwide representative body for the retained search industry and leadership consulting that promotes the highest professional and ethical standards. AESC, founded in 1959 aesclogofull_new, grants membership only to firms that meet and maintain its rigorous professional standards.

Search Process


  • Customized – to recruit the best people, find the perfect fit, and collaborate with our clients in delivering just the right executive leader
  • Creative – uses science and art to determine how and from where to draw out the best candidates and then gain acceptance from your first choice
  • Comprehensive – listen, learn and explore the opportunity through a 360° experience, our signature CampOut, to build internal engagement and drive greater precision
  • Agile – aligns objectives, focuses efforts and builds momentum to expeditiously secure the right leader, typically within three months

Our signature process ensures consistent high quality with systematized attention to detail, rigorous due diligence and continual refinement. Unlike many firms in the search industry, our partner teams conduct the search end-to-end and our staff creates a high-touch experience for candidates.

1. Initial Meeting

We begin by meeting with you, the client, your shareholders and key stakeholders to listen well to your thoughts, goals and insights. In so doing, we start collaborating with you to gain understanding and alignment; to offer our expertise and perspective; and to collectively create a high-level search strategy. You can be sure that we are smart about your industry, business and markets, challenges and opportunities. Often our clients rely on us to provide human capital advisory services for succession planning, transitioning from founder to professional management; organizational alignment to business strategy; and executive coaching.


We then CampOut at your business to listen, learn and experience your organization from the inside out. To reach the 360° view, typically we invest a day or two, or if appropriate, up to a week. Our partners apply their business, industry and organizational expertise as they become immersed in your culture. Meeting with the individuals in the top two to three levels of the company and touring operating sites, our partners acquire knowledge and insight to understand the entirety of what is needed in the search. Moreover, with this organizational intelligence we are significantly more credible in advising you before launching the search, building support internally with the existing team, and driving with increased precision and speed once launched.

3. The Compelling Story

Prepared by our CampOut and your knowledge, insights and observations, we draft the most important tool we take to market: a Confidential Specification. We call this a “compelling story” for two reasons. First, it puts into words the appeal of your company to ideal candidates. Second, it clearly articulates the qualities of the individual who has the highest probability of success at your company. The document is completely custom work and once approved becomes an operating agreement among you, our client, your shareholders, and our partner team so that all know “who” we are looking for; it is the foundation by which we leverage the process to recruit the best and together select and hire the perfect fit.

4. Real Recruiting Starts with Research & Sourcing

The partner team, with ongoing client input, applies science and art to determine where to search, considering multiple dimensions: the fundamental primary verticals, adjacent industries, and best-in-class companies noted for business performance and executive talent. Through our proprietary and licensed databases, we then zero-in on the right prospective individuals. Other dimensions considered may include geography, revenue, markets and technologies. We build a universe of potential candidates with ongoing discernment to bring forward the best talent, not just the best who apply. With first-hand knowledge and experience of the client through the CampOut, we send a powerful message to candidates during our recruitment efforts.

5. Progress Review

With speed and intensity creating great momentum in the market, our partner team is able to present you a slate of candidates within four weeks. Typically there are five to seven prospective candidates on the progress review, reflecting about 80% of the sourcing calls completed. The partner will have conducted an extensive prescreening tele-interview to qualify and vet the candidates, assuring genuine interest in the search including relocation if required. As a client, you will have the benefit of extensive profile information beyond the resume, which will bring the candidates to life and enable you to decide which ones advance to the in-depth, evaluative interview with us.

6. The Interview and Ongoing Assessment

We conduct structured, behaviorally-based interviews in discreet settings within days of client approval.  Beyond chronology and metrics, our focus when meeting with candidates is to spend time discovering what motivates them, how they set priorities, and what would be compelling to them. We drill down into details of how the executive inherited situations, set strategy, got things done, made decisions, worked with and through people, dealt with conflict, and pursue any leadership or management attribute that would elevate them above the rest. We then relate what we learned during the Campout in such a way as to build and gauge their interest. While our assessment started with the telephone interview, it is ongoing throughout the relationship with the candidate during the search. With each set of interactions, we are assessing the candidate’s competency, style, values and effectiveness as well as self-awareness, owning up to mistakes and developmental needs.

Upon reflection and immediate due diligence with two executive references, we assess whether or not to recommend that the candidate moves forward to the client interview phase. The greatest return on our CampOut and recruiting efforts culminates here when we discern the candidate’s cultural fit and calibrate who will have the highest probability of being successful and satisfied for the long term. We are not at all hesitant to advise the candidate or the client when there is not a strong enough fit.

7. Candidate Assessment and Reference Reports

Within a couple of days following the interview, we write comprehensive Candidate Assessment and Reference Reports for recommended candidates, which document and verify our findings as well as assess the candidate in the context of the search and cultural fit. In turn, the reports prepare you and your executive team for a highly productive meeting.

8. High-Touch Experience

Our client liaison is ready to assist in scheduling and coordinating the candidate visit so that the logistics are appropriate for your company and the experience is seamless for you and the candidate. The liaison is also attuned to the search process and facilitates the timely flow of information and feedback among the partners, clients and candidates.

9. Closing the Search

Typically within 90 days of the approved specification, the search is at a point where top candidates are ranked and four to six additional references are completed. The partner team assists in preparing the candidate for acceptance; advising the client on compensation and other terms of the offer; facilitating any personal or family needs; and coaching the candidate on resigning and avoiding counter offers.

10. New Hire Follow-up

Our firm provides assistance and counsel in onboarding new executives and follows a structured schedule to check in with the new executive and client throughout the first year.


Beyond being a recruiter who just moves people through a process, it is clear that you invest the time in both client and candidate to truly know each and make a strong match.   I don’t believe I have met anyone who so aptly and professionally represents both parties.   On a personal level, you helped me think about and communicate my strengths which will serve me well beyond this search.

Kristine Holtz CEO Candidate

Advantage Partners is one of my career “partners.”  I have consistently found this team to be a good sounding board as I thought through opportunities and challenges.  I learned, over time, that the consistent engagement also built their confidence in my capabilities.  I was delighted when they approached me to consider a board seat.  They had detailed knowledge about the company, the situation and the culture and saw a match with my skills, experience and personality.

Scott Weiss Board Candidate

With their expertise in middle market, industrial, commercial, energy and business services companies, for 10 years Advantage Partners has been an invaluable partner to Sterling.  They have been highly effective in finding CEOs and CFOs for our portfolio companies, even in the most challenging searches.

Alan Macksey Managing Director, Sterling Partners

Nikki Bondi and the team at Advantage Partners execute executive search assignments with a level of expertise, engagement, precision, and results that puts them in a class of their own. I simply can’t recommend a more qualified organization.

Doug Mann CEO, Archway

Compass Health Brands has used Advantage Partners for a number of executive searches in various functions (VP Sales, CFO) over many years. All searches ended successfully within the timeframe originally discussed. I attribute their success to taking the time up-front to understand the company, its people, and naturally, the full requirements of the position and what will make that person successful. That profile is combined with an extensive search to identify potential candidates who then undergo a rigorous screening before being presented as a viable candidate.

We have and will continue to recommend Advantage Partners to any company seeking to fill executive positions.

Paul Guth President & CEO, Compass Health Brands

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We completed a successful acquisition of our largest competitor and were in desperate need of an experienced CFO with strong operational experience that also had experience working with private equity investors. In addition to revamping our entire financial function this candidate needed to immediately immerse himself in the IT integration of the two companies. As well as finding these credentials we needed an individual that would work well with me and the executive team – no small task. After a failed search over 4 months with another search firm we engaged Advantage Partners to get us what we needed. At that point I knew exactly what I wanted, but had no patience left. Advantage Partners stepped in and was quick, efficient and professional in finding us the perfect candidate. Advantage Partners is a 10 in my book!

Mike O'Donnell CEO, Keane

Given my experience in the private equity space, a mutual acquaintance at an Advantage Partners’ client referred me to Nikki Bondi.   Nikki graciously provided me with real-world career counsel.   When a relevant opportunity subsequently arose, she introduced me into the search process and the rest, as they say, is history.  As exciting as my new role would be, it required a significant relocation for my family.  We all felt highly supported by the Advantage Partners team during the transition.

Kenny Gleockler CFO, Med-Legal LLC

I have continued to be impressed with the “value add” generated by the Advantage Partners approach to executive recruiting. The energy, attention to detail, and insight that Nikki and the Advantage team bring to the “C” level recruiting process is unmatched. Their intense focus on understanding business culture and then matching candidates with cultures is the key to their value add. I have experienced the Advantage process from both the candidate and client perspectives and have found it to be refreshing and effective.

I strongly recommend Advantage Partners and will continue to work with them on future engagements.

Steve Ragiel CEO, GEM Mobile Treatment Services

I have worked with Advantage Partners as a candidate, and also as a client. As a candidate I found their process very thorough, professional, and collaborative while we worked together to make sure the match was perfect. I found their knowledge of the requirements, real business needs, and candidate profile very helpful as we went through the process and very accurate once I arrived in the role.

As a client I found that the team differentiates itself with a focused approach:

  • Their up-front, on-site work learning about our business, people, strategy, and needs. This included individual interviews of our internal team.
  • They dedicated deep, talented resources to our search. We received the support and service other firms don’t necessarily dedicate.
  • Regular team reviews were scheduled – with the right folks in attendance – along with impromptu “touch points” to stay focused and on task.
  • Full support with the hiring process and on-boarding assistance.

I would highly recommend Nikki Bondi, and her entire immensely capable and talented team, for C-level searches. They are a pleasure to work with and have the best interest of the candidate and the organization always in mind to make sure the fit and placement is a success for all.

Jon Jensen President and CEO, L-com Global Connectivity

Having worked with Advantage Partners for 10 years, as a candidate and a client, I have come to appreciate their CampOut process in which they really get to know the company, its culture, its opportunities as well as challenges, and how the new hire will make an impact.

As candidates are generated, Nikki is involved throughout the interviewing and assessment process ensuring candidates’ skills match our needs. Through regular progress meetings, they kept us calibrated and made sure neither partner got ahead or behind.

John Campanelli President, North America and Asia, Polygon

I needed a strategic partner to come in and add executive leadership for a technology-enabled, software as a service (SaaS) business. I was looking for someone who knew what great looked like, having learned from the biggest and best, but also who retained the hands-on spirit necessary to get into the nitty gritty. Nikki and her team delivered candidates with the dual experience required – and more importantly worked tirelessly to close the deal with our preferred candidate.

Having worked with them as a candidate and client, I can say Advantage Partners truly understands the middle market and applies their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm for maximum advantage.

Greg Webber CEO, Med-Legal LLC

With confidence, discretion and sense of urgency, the Advantage Partners team successfully completed two CFO searches in 59 and 83 days respectively. Each search was unique with different businesses, challenges, and cultures. Nikki’s counsel and expertise throughout the process were invaluable in helping us make the right hire for each company.

Larry Shagrin Partner, Brockway Moran & Partners

I think all of us are in transition to some degree these days and although I was not seeking a job change, Nikki Bondi, Managing Partner for Advantage Partners, contacted me regarding a senior level opportunity. Her approach was inquisitive and informative. Nikki managed an effective balance to determine cultural fit as well identify core competencies that would match the company’s requirements. Nikki and her staff were very professional in representing me to her client. I was always well informed throughout the process. Logistically this was challenging given my current employment, international travel and work load. Her team did a great job. Nikki’s feedback and follow up were impeccable and I always knew where I stood throughout the process.

Without the initial contact by Nikki I would not have learned of what I consider the best job in the world. Thank you, Nikki.

Bill Miller EVP Sales and Product Development, L-com Global Connectivity, Inc.

Nikki Bondi and the Advantage Partners team understood and respected the process for an orderly transition from founding leadership to a new CEO at our portfolio company. Their professionalism and thorough assessment helped us find a leader with just the right fit. We are extremely pleased with the new executive who has brought a new energy and momentum to the business and we already see positive impact from his spot-on insights and drive for results.

Randy Paulson Managing Principal, Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC

The Advantage Partners Team was a pleasure to work with in every respect. Their commitment to delivering excellent results is second to none. The support we received was phenomenal. We were looking for a game-changing leader, and that’s exactly what Advantage Partners delivered. I am certain that we would not have found our candidate using resources other than Advantage Partners. The candidate we hired is already having a significant impact on our business, and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Mitch Williams President & CEO, Trim Parts Holdings Corp.

Through their CampOut at the beginning of the process, Advantage Partners came to understand the requirements of the position, the business environment, and the company’s culture. Using this 360-degree vantage combined with her deep experience, Nikki Bondi offered us key insights about the role. This fresh perspective challenged us to think differently about the skills and experiences the right candidate would need to successfully lead the business, which ultimately led to a great hire. Nikki’s personal attention and dedication to the project were consistent and appreciated.

Michael J. Faremouth Managing Director, Linsalata Capital Partners

I found working with Advantage Partners to be a very positive experience. Nikki Bondi was very knowledgeable about the company with which I was interviewing. She greatly understood the opportunities, challenges, staff, and general business and this helped me feel well informed throughout the process. Moreover, it allowed me to do a better job assessing the fit for me as I took the next step in my professional career. Lastly, I appreciated her direct approach and honesty as it allowed me to understand where I stood in the process so I could manage my job search effectively and make the right decisions for me. The next time I’m looking for a recruiter to fill a high level position within my own organization, I’m coming her way.

Laurie Gilner President and CEO, Transpac Inc. and Foreside Home and Garden

It has been my pleasure to work with Nikki Bondi and the terrific team at Advantage Partners as both a client and a candidate. Their professionalism, thoroughness, and resourcefulness make them a key partner in developing a management team. They understand the client’s requirements, work quickly and efficiently to match those requirements, and ensure complete satisfaction with the engagement.

From a candidate’s perspective, Advantage Partners brings integrity, great communications, and candor while building trust and understanding. This ensures that the candidates are well prepared and are fully engaged in a fair process, especially critical for C-Suite executives.

I highly recommend Advantage Partners and look forward to working with them again on future engagements.

Larry Ames CEO, Desert NDT, LLC

As a candidate working with Advantage Partners, I felt informed and supported throughout the process. Nikki Bondi and her team ensured the opportunity was a great match for me and my career and also for the company. She answered all my questions and helped me navigate the details so my family and I would be comfortable with this new step in our lives.

Jim Porcaro VP Operations, Inline Plastics Corp.

Advantage Partners persevered to ensure we found the right executive who shared our vision and passion for the business. Their signature CampOut not only captured the specific qualifications required in a candidate to reach our growth objectives but also the unique culture of the company. We especially appreciated their high touch communications which kept us informed and engaged in the search process every step of the way. Partnering with Advantage Partners with their insights and expertise in executive search allowed us to ultimately identify the ideal candidate in a timely manner.

David J. Wakefield Chairman, ShoreView Industries

I am very pleased with our decision to use Advantage Partners on our recent CFO search. My management team and I enjoyed their ‘CampOut’ and know Advantage Partners gained a solid understanding of our business, culture, and needs. This insight then informed them to develop a pool of strong candidates with several workable choices. All the way through to close, they provided us with sage counsel and we are thrilled with our new hire. I would be happy to work with Advantage Partners again in the future.

Tony Jace CEO, Crisis Prevention International

In a search that was complex and very particular in terms of our needs and desires, and included some unexpected twists and turns, Advantage Partners stuck with us to a successful conclusion. Their persistence paid off and we landed our CFO. Advantage Partners team members were true professionals throughout and never compromised the bar we set. We couldn’t be happier with our new hire and look forward to his contributions to our team and our company.

Gary Seehoff CEO, Evriholder Products LLC

Working with Advantage Partners was a pleasure. They were organized, responsive, and very thorough. Through their “CampOut process,” they invested the time to truly understand our needs as well as the culture of our portfolio company. They then effectively and efficiently executed our search, which was not an easy one. The results were outstanding; we found a highly qualified executive who hit the ground running. We have already engaged them for our next search.

Jay Shepherd Partner, ClearLight Partners, LLC

I have been working with Advantage Partners for nearly 20 years and have always had a positive result. I had a search for a President of a specialty chemical business that we were having difficulty in filling internally. We engaged Advantage Partners who conducted a diligent and timely process that quickly provided us a slate of viable candidates for this niche business. From that group of candidates we were able to hire a new President with direct industry experience who hit the ground running for our business. The search process was an absolute success and I was very pleased with the high quality and timely work performed by Advantage Partners on the assignment. Following the completion of the assignment, Advantage Partners has been staying in close contact to make sure things were going well with the new President – I like their commitment to the overall engagement as it didn’t end with simply filling the job.

Mark E. Brody Managing Director - Group CFO, Sun Capital Partners, Inc.

We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Advantage Partners. They were able to develop an in-depth understanding of our company and culture and used non-traditional channels to bring us qualified candidates for very senior positions. They were effective in looking beyond the “paper qualifications” of a particular candidate and brought us only people they felt would be a good fit for our company.

Hal Belodoff Chairman, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corp.

I have spent the majority of my career working in the private equity environment, and have been involved in numerous searches and placements. Most recently, I had the pleasure to work with Advantage Partners, which ultimately resulted in my successful placement as CEO of a large metalworking company in Ohio. Throughout the process, which was quite lengthy and involved due to the highly specific and challenging requirements of their client, Advantage Partners’ team displayed true professionalism while expertly managing the process to meet the requirements of both the client and candidate. Their in-depth involvement in all aspects of the engagement, including detailed knowledge of the business and its management team, was their key to success. Advantage Partners truly understands their mission and flawlessly executes. Highly recommended!

Charles J. Rowe Jr. President & CEO, Union Metal Corporation

We have used Advantage Partners several times over the past decade. They provide highly personalized service and take the time to thoroughly understand the specific needs of our companies. More importantly, they have demonstrated the ability to provide value-added judgment throughout the process when considering various candidates. As a result, Advantage Partners has helped us recruit many of our best CEOs.

Frank J. Pados, Jr. & Thomas J. Caracciolo Managing Partners, Dubin Clark & Company, Inc.


Advantage Partners, Inc.

25981 Nesting Court #202
Naples, FL 34134

216.514.1212 (phone)
216.514.1213 (fax)


For general inquiries, please contact Pamela Taubert.

Candidates: Please email your resume to: resume@advantagepartnersinc.com.

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Linda Pantaleano

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Director of Research
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Client Liaison
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