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Coleen Tabor Accepts New Role as Executive VP of Human Resources at Emprise Bank

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Coleen Tabor joins Emprise Bank

Emprise Bank of Wichita announced that it has hired Coleen Tabor, currently an executive at Spirit AeroSystems Inc., as its new executive vice president of human resources. Manhattan Resources handled the retained executive search for Emprise Bank.

“We are very happy that Coleen Tabor accepted the opportunity at Emprise. Her talent will be a tremendous asset to the Emprise organization,” said Chris Schoettelkotte, President and CEO of Manhattan Resources.

Honoree of WBJ’s 2018 Leaders in Diversity, Coleen Tabor is Well-Suited for New Role

Tabor will begin her work at Emprise later this month. Most noteworthy, her new role will have her leading HR and training groups with a focus on talent development for the bank.

She has spent the past 12 years at Spirit (NYSE: SPR), most recently as director of talent and diversity. Consequently, Tabor is among the honorees of the WBJ’s 2018 Leaders in Diversity awards in relation to that work.

Emprise Bank chairman and CEO Matt Michaelis said the addition of Tabor rounds out the bank’s leadership team. For that reason, Michaelis says that her new position will leverage her proven skills to drive growth.

Leading Development of People Adds to Bank’s Assets

“She has seen a breadth and depth of skills, systems, and experiences that will benefit us greatly,” Michaelis says.

And most importantly, he said, it means the opportunity for commensurate growth in the organization’s most important resource.

“Our people are our biggest asset. Hence, continuing to provide them with meaningful opportunities for development is key to our culture and future success,” Michaelis says.

Emprise Banks Has Aligned Vision and Commitment to Growth

Tabor is excited to join the leadership team that’s been built at Emprise. Furthermore, she is especially happy with the Emprise aligned vision and commitment to growth.

“That’s really what drew me (to the opportunity),” she said. In the end, “you don’t get a lot of chances to join a new team and enable a space for growth with a focus on people.”

In her role helping the institution attract, develop and retain top talent, Tabor supports the focus on employees. As a result, this growth-fueling focus on people will ensure that Emprise comes out on top in Wichita’s competitive environment for talent, she said.

“We want to be that employer brand of choice,” she said.

About Coleen Tabor

Tabor is a native of Kansas who earned a bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University and a master’s in business administration from Webster University in St. Louis.

Prior to her time at Spirit, she spent six years as a senior HR consultant at Allen, Gibbs & Houlik LC in Wichita.

Also active with numerous nonprofit organizations throughout her career, Tabor is currently on the board of directors for the Governor’s Education Council, The Pando Initiative, and the Rise Up for Youth program.

About Manhattan Resources

Manhattan Resources is a retained executive search and advisory services firm with deep experience supporting clients in varied industries, from its roots in oil & gas, retail energy, power & utilities, and petrochemicals, to manufacturing & distribution, legal, and engineering & construction, just to name a few. Manhattan Resources invites you to experience an executive search and business solutions partner like no other. When you are filling mission-critical roles with leadership talent, we can help. When you are building short-term teams of professionals, we are there for you. Whenever you tackle your organization’s most significant challenges, count on us. We have agility, innovation and business acumen to assume a bold approach to take your business to the next level. Find out how the experts can help. Contact Us >>

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Leadership Talent — How to Win the Battle for the Top Leaders

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Leadership talent will take your business to the next level. Photo by Nick Seliverstov, Unsplash.

 

Uncover the Secret Weapon Your Company Needs to Win Leadership Talent

by Chris Schoettelkotte, CEO, Manhattan Resources

It is always the right time for the right leadership, a renewed commitment to excellence, continuous improvement, and leadership talent. As predicted, this year is turning out to be a year of strength and prosperity for many companies. Do you have the right leadership talent in place to capitalize on the opportunities?  Are you ready to build out your leadership team but dreading the time that recruiting and interviewing takes away from your business?

The Right Leadership Talent is Critical Throughout the Organization

A retained executive search will help you find leadership talent to help throughout your organization, not just in the C-suite.  Learn the tips successful companies have discovered can jump-start your hiring process and assist in building the high-performance teams necessary to guide your organizations to victory.

For companies facing competitive market pressures, posting a job and hoping the right talent stumbles across your opportunity results in a sea of resumes with diverse skills and capabilities.  As your human resources team reviews these resumes, buzzwords leap off the page and candidates are sorted and passed to your functional business heads for review.

Balancing Daily Business with the Added Responsibilities of Recruiting Leadership Talent

Awash in evolving priorities, your leadership team has every intention of allocating time to vet candidates and prioritize the search; but as days progress, urgent demands for daily workflow take their toll. Each day the stack gets pushed farther and farther back.  Before long, another month has passed, and even if the right candidate had applied for the position, they are probably no longer available. Thankfully, there is an option. A professional retained executive search firm can move the process forward for you.

However, before you jump head-first into using a recruiting firm, be mindful of the differences in how they work. Here is an analogy to highlight the difference.

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Establishing Your Unique List of Must-Haves

Consider what happens when you want to buy a new house. You have definite ideas of the perfect home. Perhaps you are prepared with the floorplan and builder’s specs for what you require. Armed with the critical details, you call three different realtors and a builder to provide them with your specifications.  You want a four bedroom, two-story ranch style house with a pool, fireplace, and outdoor kitchen.  The home needs to have a funky modern feel, and you’re looking for something with modern touches and fixtures that requires minimal updating.

The house also needs to have all gas appliances in the kitchen, a second master bedroom with an en-suite bath located near the kitchen, and it should be handicap accessible for your mother-in-law.  The price must be affordable, and you provide a strict price range to guide the realtors and builder.

What Determines Who Wins the Prize?

Finally, you let the realtors and builder know how excited you are to work with them and that you can’t wait to see the house they find for you. Knowing you will only pay for the house you wish to buy, they must work hard to find you the perfect home so that you choose the one they have presented. In the end, this means that the first person to show you the house that you want receives the commission.

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What outcomes do you expect from this situation?

Surely you can guess a few of the outcomes of this situation. In the case of the builder, economics dictate that minimal effort is expended building a new house without a guarantee of payment. So, the builder is likely to send you a list of homes in inventory with varying degrees of relevance to your specifications.

In the case of the realtors, they know that you are working with other realtors.  As a result, the one who has the earliest time stamp proof of submitting the home that you desire is the only one who will get paid. This knowledge diminishes the certainty that there is compensation for all involved. To avoid “missing the mark,” they could send you an exhaustive list of every home on the marketplace that remotely meets your specifications. Doing so will allow them to claim they were first to submit the house you desired and thereby earn the commission. Or, they may send you almost nothing at all, as they focus instead on clients that were not working with other realtors or that have less exacting requirements.

Collaboration to Eliminate the Parameters that Drive Misalignment

At Manhattan Resources, we work with you to eliminate the parameters that drive this sort of misalignment. We partner with our clients exclusively. They commit to our firm for the search and pay a percentage of the final placement fee up front. This commitment ensures that Manhattan Resources is accountable for the results of the leadership talent search. It also ensures that we are not creating confusing messages to prospective candidates. We carefully vet the candidates before submitting them, interviewing and screening out candidates whose resumes have all the right buzzwords but lack the understanding and experience to be useful in the role.

Furthermore, we keep an eye on timing and drive urgency by not charging anything else until 30 days after the new employee is working at our client’s company. Plus, we stand behind the candidates we place with your business – providing a 365-day guarantee for your strategic leadership hires.

 

Discovering Talent that is Not Easily Discoverable

The beauty of hiring a professional retained recruiting firm like Manhattan Resources is simple. You will not be forced to select from the pool of candidates who are actively looking for a job.  At Manhattan Resources, we proactively go looking for the right person.  We find them through our time-tested search process; then we engage them, explain why your opportunity should be attractive to them, and bring the candidate to you.  In a competitive marketplace with many candidates on the market, a retained search can find candidates not looking for employment. Therefore, retained search gives you a competitive advantage.

Are you ready to try the process but not sure exactly how to organize your leadership team? Manhattan Resources can help with that, as well.  We have 20 years of experience assisting companies with assessments and determining how best to group responsibilities into critical roles.

In conclusion, here at Manhattan Resources, we are ready to help you meet the challenges of a growth economy.

About Manhattan Resources

Manhattan Resources is a retained executive search and advisory services firm with deep experience supporting clients in varied industries, from its roots in oil & gas, retail energy, power & utilities, and petrochemicals, to manufacturing & distribution, legal, and engineering & construction, just to name a few. Manhattan Resources invites you to experience an executive search and business solutions partner like no other. When you are filling mission-critical roles with leadership talent, we can help. When you are building short-term teams of professionals, we are there for you. Whenever you tackle your organization’s most significant challenges, count on us. We have agility, innovation and business acumen to assume a bold approach to take your business to the next level. Find out how the experts can help. Contact Us >>

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Why is hiring good employees still a challenge for some companies?

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Hiring Good Employees

Hiring good employees can be a challenge. A process approach ensures all of your critical bases are covered resulting in a stronger candidate pool.

 

If you are an employer, you are probably confident that with the right formula, hiring good employees should be no problem at all. Create exciting jobs, pay a competitive wage, and design a safe, inviting place to work. Sounds easy, but we all soon find out there is no “magic” formula.

Hiring good employees is a process, and like any process, it can break. If any single stage of a process is off, then everything that follows can be out of sync with the original goal. To hire the right people, get the process right from the start.

Hiring Good Employees – Process Step One: Expect to spend some time on it.

You need to do a lot more than merely selecting someone from a list of individuals who “check the boxes” when hiring the right person to work for your company. If you are treating your human resources team like your purchasing department, and they are not pushing back, then this is the first break down in your hiring process.

  • Make sure that you spend enough time with the recruiter – internal or external – to ensure that they understand not only the technical requirements for the position but also the goals of the role and how the person will contribute to the organization achieving its objectives. The recruiter must be able to explain the need that the person will fill, to assess the suitability of candidates.
  • Write an honest job description that communicates precisely who you are, what your company does, what they expect from the role, and what the position will accomplish for the company.
  • To attract the right candidate, be realistic about the requirements and match the criteria realistically to the salary range. Be ready to collect and respond market data about compensation as you begin the search, to develop a more realistic expectation of where the compensation needs to be to attract the candidate you want; or to modify your expectations if the budget isn’t there.
  • Don’t expect to “post it and forget it.” While there are many exceptions, hiring is rarely “if you build it, they will come.” For experienced roles, the chances are good that the person you want is already working and not looking for job openings, or is looking but maybe not at your website. In these cases, you will find the right person through networking or direct, targeted outreach.

 

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Hiring Good Employees – Process Step Two: Make a good (first and continuing) impression.

Once you get the attention of candidates, it is critical to put your best foot forward to ensure they have your desired impression of the company and opportunity.

  • Ensure that your company’s website is functioning correctly across all platforms. Candidates may be researching your company from any device; is your site readable from a phone screen? This is your first chance to make a good impression.
  • Be sure your hiring managers are the best ambassadors for your company. Do they understand your company culture? Are they involved in the brand? Do they know the mission, vision, values, and goals? If you are working with a third party recruiter, ask them to present your company to you. Make sure you know how they are representing you and your company in the marketplace.

Keep Your Candidates Engaged.

If you and your HR team spend a week interviewing people on the phone, then get busy for two weeks or a month and do not call candidates back, you will lose good people. Candidates assume that not hearing from you is the same as “no” at best. In the worst case, they consider your company disorganized and indecisive.

  • Say “Yes,” to candidate interviews. You are extra busy because you have this vacancy. Not spending time with the candidates may lead to hiring mistakes and send the message that you are disinterested. Finding the time for interviews results in a better candidate pool.
  • Be decisive. High-quality candidates will leave if the hiring process moves too slow.

Process Step Three: Exercise Flexibility as You Narrow the Selection.

Often when clients complain about not having enough candidates, what they are saying is they do not have enough quality candidates. If you are successful in narrowing the field to a few quality candidates, everyone is happy.

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Don’t overlook great candidates in search of the “perfect candidate.”

That is a bit like the dating fallacy of trying to find the perfect mate. Just remember, you are not looking for the perfect candidate; you are looking for the perfect candidate for your culture, the job in question and the team requiring another member!

Rather than being fixated on specific experience, it is sometimes better to keep your eyes open for plenty of potential, or as CEO Chris Schoettelkotte of Manhattan Resources likes to say, “plenty of runway.” Many companies evaluate potential candidates on their ability to be promoted several times in the organization.

Flexibility results in many more qualified candidates willing to talk and, consequently interested in your offer. Break your expectations down into “must-haves and “like-to-haves.”

Hiring Good Employees – Process Step Four: Make a Reasonable Offer.

Expecting excellent credentials for a rock-bottom salary is a mistake.  This thinking leads to process breakdown and significantly diminishes your odds of success. It also extends the time to fill the position and leaves you with an unmet need, resulting in more cost to the bottom line.

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It is essential to offer a competitive salary and compensation package to win the candidate and to keep them.

Be realistic about the options when a candidate is still employed. Offer enough of an increase to avoid a counter offer by their current employer, yet still be within your budget.

If you are using an executive recruiting firm, be sure to leverage their experience with compensation negotiations.   Avoid surprises and disappointment by using an experienced recruiter. This will ensure that you understand the candidate’s complete compensation package and strategize for success.

About Manhattan Resources

Manhattan Resources is a retained executive search and advisory services firm with broad experience supporting clients in oil & gas, retail energy, power & utilities, petrochemicals, manufacturing & distribution.

Manhattan Resources named one of  Forbes Top 200 Executive Recruiting Firms this past year, invites you to experience an executive search and business solutions partner like no other. Whether you are filling mission-critical leadership roles, building short-term teams of professionals, or tackling your organization’s most significant challenges, Manhattan Resources has the agility, innovation and business acumen to assume the bold approach that is often necessary to take your business to the next level. Find out how the experts can help. Contact Us >>

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Top Executive Recruiting Firms: Manhattan Resources Named to HBJ Book of Lists 15 Years in a Row

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Top executive recruiting firms named in the June issue of Houston Business Journal include Manhattan Resources. The company is noteworthy due to its winning position for the 15th year in a row. CEO Chris Schoettelkotte and his team all of their loyal customers for their support.

Top executive recruiting firms in the recent release of Houston Business Journal’s Book of Lists include Manhattan Resources. Most noteworthy, the Houston-based company is an award-winning retained search firm that specializes in building performance teams.

“We’re honored to be named to the HBJ Book of Lists for the 15th consecutive year,” said CEO Chris Schoettelkotte.  “The recognition as one of the top firms in the Houston-area is very special for all of us.”

The 2018 Book of Lists, Houston-Area Executive Search Firms, is based on the number of executives placed in new positions. Consequently, Manhattan Resources is 8th in the list of 20 firms.

“Our mission at Manhattan Resources is to help our clients build high-performance teams,” Schoettelkotte said. “Our partnership approach is especially relevant because it allows us to make a long-lasting positive contribution to strategic initiatives. In the end, our methods add transparency and engagement to the executive search process.”

Manhattan Resources Leads Positive Change Among Top Executive Recruiting Firms

Manhattan Resources is a global firm with deep roots in energy, oil and gas, and petrochemicals.

The ability to understand the needs of the customers and an intense client focus contribute to the company’s unique characterization. These traits make it possible to build world-class performance teams for clients around the world.

Few companies were talking about values-based business when founder Schoettelkotte started the company. He pledged to honor his professional commitments first and offer real value to his clients. This meant re-imagining the search process to add transparency and lasting results.

“I wanted our clients to see a search strategy and process that were transparent to them,” Schoettelkotte said. “That is still our strategy today. Yes, it is different from the rest. But it was important to do things differently even if that meant shaking up the status quo.”

Rapid Growth with a Difference Sets Pace for Top Executive Recruiting Firms

An extensive and diverse range of industry capabilities is another hallmark of Manhattan Resources. The company leverages industry association as a result of the comprehensive needs associated with its work. Its experience and growth are most likely due to work with the most wide-ranging corporations on the planet in oil, gas, and chemicals. Today the company’s expertise includes practices in finance and accounting, sales and marketing, information technology, operations, legal and compliance, and engineering and technology.

Manhattan Resources currently operates across a host of diversified industries including power and utilities, oil and gas, manufacturing and distribution, healthcare, finance and accounting, petrochemical and refining, legal, engineering and construction, and nonprofits.

The company takes pride in operating as a hybrid firm along the continuum of recruiters that range from very high-end firms costing up to the equivalent of the annual salary of a single executive to the fiercely competitive non-exclusive firms that will often toss a dozen resumes over the fence in hopes that one might a good fit.

“As a retained search firm, Manhattan Resources takes a hands-on approach to find the perfect cultural fit,” says Schoettelkotte. “As a result, we also focus on long-term growth and strategic development. Our fees are reasonable and installed in two payments. Plus our guarantees help ensure our clients that we are their partner in the process. It is a winning formula that has led to long-lasting relationships.”

To learn more about the HBJ Book of Lists, largest Houston-Area Executive Search Firms, click here.

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Manhattan Resources Candidate Jon Leonard Selected as President and CEO of Florachem

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Florachem cleaning agents are used with confidence to clean precision parts such as electronic circuit assemblies, wire and cable, aerospace parts, and medical devices, where cleanliness is considered critical for reliability.

Manhattan Resources, an award-winning retained executive search firm based in Houston, announced the successful placement of candidate Jon Leonard as President and CEO of Florachem.

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Manhattan Resources, recently named to the Top 200 for Forbes 2018 Best Executive Recruiting Firms, specializes in building performance teams.

Florachem Succession Places Founder, McAlister, on Board of Directors

Leonard succeeds Steve McAlister, the founder and current CEO of Florachem. McAlister will continue as a member of the Board of Directors and consult on the company’s strategic growth plans.

“We are very excited to have Jon join our team. He has an extensive background in citrus and pine derivatives and strengthens our commitment to these markets. Jon will take over managing the daily operations of the company including the transition to its new headquarters and manufacturing plant near the Port of Jacksonville,” said McAlister. “We believe Jon and our new facility will have a tremendous impact on Florachem’s ability to better serve our global customers.”

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Florachem cleaning agents are also used extensively as maintenance solvents for cleaning assembly line equipment, such as stencils, industrial molds, and conveyors.

 

New Florachem CEO has more than 20 Years in Citrus Industry

Leonard joins Florachem with more than 20 years experience in the citrus industry including executive management positions in operations, manufacturing, R&D and corporate leadership. Most recently, he was a consultant to a number of top global flavors and fragrances manufacturing companies, assisting them with mergers and acquisitions, supply chain management, and engineering projects.

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Florachem Precision Cleaning Products distributes commercial cleaning products worldwide, including US, Mexico, Canada, South America, and Central America.

Florachem and Manhattan Resources Partnered in Recruitment Process

“We are honored to have had the opportunity to participate in the recruitment and executive selection process with Florachem,” said CEO Chris Schoettelkotte. “At Manhattan Resources, it’s not about the placement – it’s about enabling our clients to achieve their objectives. Our intense focus in core strengths has helped Manhattan Resources build a reputation as unrivaled experts in top talent acquisition, management and retention strategy, and attrition planning. Our unique approach provides us with a defined edge in designed-to-fit permanent and interim professional solutions.”

Leonard previously held the position of Senior Vice President – F&F Business Unit for Flotek (formerly Florida Chemical Company) and served as President of the Renewable Citrus Products Association (RCPA). He has a masters of science in Social Science from Florida State University and a bachelor of science in Chemistry from Jacksonville University.

Florachem

Florachem manufactures cleaning technologies that are environmentally responsible. The company sells trichloroethylene replacement solutions, n-propyl bromide replacement options, fluorinated solvents, vapor degreasing solvent, and other cleaners.

About Florachem

Florachem is a leader in the manufacturing, sourcing, and supply of renewable, bio-based ingredients and products. Our expertise is in citrus, pine, and other plant-based chemistries. Please visit our website at www.Florachem.com for more information on Florachem’s products, markets, and personnel as well as the new Jacksonville (FL) production facility and headquarters.

About Manhattan Resources

Manhattan Resources is a retained executive search and advisory services firm with deep experience supporting clients in varied industries, from its roots in oil & gas, retail energy, power & utilities, and petrochemicals, to manufacturing & distribution, legal, and engineering & construction, just to name a few. Manhattan Resources invites you to experience an executive search and business solutions partner like no other. Whether you are filling mission-critical leadership roles, building short-term teams of professionals, or tackling your organization’s most significant challenges, Manhattan Resources has the agility, innovation and business acumen to assume the bold approach that is often necessary to take your business to the next level. Find out how the experts can help. Contact Us >>

 

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Executive Recruitment Firm Manhattan Resources Named to Forbes Best Executive Recruiting Firms 2018

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Executive recruitment firm Manhattan Resources selected by Forbes to America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms 2018 list for the second year in a row.

Executive recruitment firm Manhattan Resources, a Houston-based group specializing in building high performance teams, has been named by Forbes to its list of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms for 2018 for the second consecutive year.

Manhattan Resources CEO Chris Schoettelkotte says, “It really is an honor to be named to the Forbes’  list of Best Executive Recruiting Firms in the nation for the second year running. We are excited to be included on this year’s list and proud of our recruiters and research analysts who made this happen. Our mission at Manhattan Resources is to help our clients achieve their objectives by building high-performance teams. We take a partnership approach to transparency and engagement in executive search. This makes it possible for us to make a long-lasting positive contribution to our clients’ organizations.”

Executive Recruitment Firm Committed to Leading Positive Change

Manhattan Resources, founded in 1999, is an executive recruitment firm with deep roots in energy, petrochemicals, and the oil and gas industries. The company’s process, ability to seek out and understand the needs of its customers and an intense focus on its clients’ objectives enable it to build world-class performance teams for its clients around the country.

Founder Schoettelkotte started the company with a pledge to honor his professional commitments first and offer real value to his clients. Consequently, this meant re-imagining the search process to add transparency and lasting results.

“Our clients deserve a transparent search strategy and process,” Schoettelkotte said. “I started this company with that goal in mind, and it is still the heart of our business today. This transparency ensures accountability through the process and minimizes surprises, as our goal is to find the right person to make the company’s goals a reality. Therefore, our extended placement guarantee is a direct outcome of our ability to stand behind our results.”

Rapid Growth with a Difference Defines this Executive Recruitment Firm

An extensive and diverse range of industry capabilities is a hallmark of Manhattan Resources.  The executive recruitment firm expanded its functional expertise because of the comprehensive needs associated with the oil industry. Due to this diversity of experience, today its practices have greatly expanded across a host of diversified industries. Manhattan Resources subsequently works in power and utilities, manufacturing and distribution, finance and accounting, engineering and construction, legal, and nonprofits. And of course, it continues its robust practice in oil and gas, and petrochemicals and refining.

“As a retained firm, we take a hands-on approach. Our goal is to find the perfect fit culturally, for long-term growth and strategic development. We are our client’s partner in the process. Our guarantee ensures that partnership,” said Schoettelkotte. “It is a winning formula that leads to long-lasting relationships.”

Selection Criteria for the Recruiting Firms

Forbes partnered with the analytics firm Statista to compile two lists of America’s best-recruiting firms. The first ranks 250 professional search firms that place employees in roles with less than $100,000 in annual income. The second ranks 250 executive search firms that place executives in positions with at least $100,000 in annual pay.

To begin the process, Statista consulted with trade organizations and company databases to find 4,000 recruiters in two categories. Then, thousands of recruiters, professionals, and HR managers then took an online survey. Each person surveyed recommended up to 10 recruiting firms (excluding their own) with the end result of 20,000 recommendations. In conclusion, the companies with the most recommendations ranked highest and resulted in the top 250.

To learn more about the Forbes Lists of America’s 2018 Best Executive Recruiting Firms, click here.

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Manhattan Resources Participates in the Oil & Gas Industry Summit

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Oil & Gas Industry Summit participants Manhattan Resources President Ali Piper and Senior Business Development Manager Samantha-Anne Horwitch take questions about retained executive search and provide information about their company, a finalist for O&G Awards Recruiter of the Year.

Manhattan Resources President Ali Piper and Senior Business Development Manager Samantha-Anne Horwitch participated in the Oil & Gas Industry Summit today. The event was held all day, Wednesday, March 7, prior to the evening’s Oil & Gas Awards dinner. Manhattan Resources is a finalist for the 2018 Oil & Gas Award Recruiter of the Year.

Oil & Gas Industry Summit Provides Extended Platform for Detailed Content and Extended Networking

The Oil & Gas Awards are the industry standard because they showcase and reward best practices and excellence in the oil and gas industry.

The Oil & Gas Industry Summit series provides an extended platform to deliver detailed content and extended networking. Resulting in added value for attendees, the summit takes place annually immediately preceding the Oil & Gas Awards gala dinner. Consequently, the two events make a full day of unparalleled content and celebration of achievement.

The Oil & Gas Industry Summit agenda is tailored to the specific challenges in each region. This approach also benefits the regional plays due to its focus on key areas of performance. These assessed industry standards culminate in the awards ceremony based on results from the college of judges.

While a speaker faculty in each region is active at the summit, they also host the Oil & Gas Awards dinner. Since this panel consists of senior leaders, it is a strong representation of the E&P, midstream and vendor communities.

About Manhattan Resources

A retained executive search and advisory services firm, Manhattan Resource’s deep experience spans many industries and practices.  Enumerating just a few, the company works with oil & gas, retail energy, power & utilities, petrochemicals, manufacturing & distribution, and legal in addition to engineering & construction. We invite you to experience an executive search and business solutions partner like no other. Manhattan Resources can help you fill mission-critical leadership roles and build short-term teams of professionals. Proven agility, innovation, and business acumen make the MR team the best choice to tackle your organization’s most significant challenges. Those attributes give us the bold approach to take your business to the next level. Find out how the experts can help. Contact Us >>

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Manhattan Resources President Allison Piper Speaks at Bauer College of Business Executive MBA Program

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Allison Piper speaks to students working on their Executive MBA at University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business. Allison, pictured left, joins Scott Burns and Amy Gasca. Scott is General Manager, Home Services/Security and Head of Innovation and Customer Experience for Reliant Energy. Amy is a retail electricity entrepreneur, consultant and an adjunct professor at the UH Bauer College EMBA program.

President of Manhattan Resources Allison Piper speaks as one of three featured business leaders on Monday, Feb. 26, at the recent Bauer College of Business Executive MBA program. She addressed students regarding the status, history, workings, growth, and finally, the outlook of the electricity industry.

Allison previously served as Spark Energy’s Operating Officer, where she led operational strategy and execution.  She drove the customer experience including oversight of the information technology, customer interaction centers, and billing and transaction management functions. Allison’s prior leadership experience includes serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at StarTex Power, a privately held retail electricity company sold to Constellation Energy in May 2011.

Scott Burns and Amy Gasca with Allison Piper Speaks to Executive MBA Students

Other speakers at the event included Scott Burns, General Manager, Home Services/Security and Head of Innovation and Customer Experience for Reliant Energy and Amy Gasca, retail electricity entrepreneur and consultant, and teacher of the course series. Scott spoke extensively about the advances in technology that impact the customer experience. Consequently, engagement with electricity consumers vastly improved over the past decade. Today, due to its customer focus, Reliant Energy / NRG takes a lead in using technology to bring competitive benefits to consumers in Texas and beyond.

Allison joined Manhattan Resources in 2016 after nearly 20 years in environmental and occupational health consulting and executive management in retail electricity and natural gas. Her background in chemical plants and refineries, strategy and operations is especially relevant, and hence uniquely positions her to understand complex personnel needs.

The Manhattan Resources president also has extensive experience in start-up, corporate management, and integrations. This expertise proves highly valuable to assess client leadership needs. Furthermore, it helps Allison design roles for key players that corporations’ need to achieve their objectives.

GCPA Board Member Allison Piper Speaks about the Electricity Industry.

Allison serves on the Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA) Board of Directors where she was 2017 President of that organization. Additionally, she was a founding member and 2015 chair of the GCPA’s emPOWERing Women Committee, whose purpose is providing mentoring, networking and scholarship opportunities for women in the energy industry.

Additionally, Allison is a member of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) and was a certified customer experience professional (CCXP).

About Manhattan Resources

Manhattan Resources is a retained executive search and advisory services firm. Its deep experience and roots in oil and gas enable the company to support clients in varied industries.  Enumerating just a few, the company works with oil & gas, retail energy, power & utilities, petrochemicals, manufacturing & distribution, and legal in addition to engineering & construction. We invite you to experience an executive search and business solutions partner like no other. Manhattan Resources can help you fill mission-critical leadership roles and build short-term teams of professionals. The MR team is ready to tackle your organization’s most significant challenges. Above all, this team has the proven agility, innovation and business acumen to assume the bold approach necessary to take your business to the next level. Find out how the experts can help. Contact Us >>

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Manhattan Resources Named an Oil & Gas Awards Recruitment Agency Finalist for 2018

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Search Agency Finalist for the 2018 Oil & Gas Awards Recruitment Agency of the Year, Manhattan Resources is a retained executive search and advisory services firm headquartered in Downtown Houston.

Manhattan Resources has been named a search agency finalist for the 2018 Oil & Gas Awards Recruitment Agency of the Year in Texas.

The Oil & Gas Awards Recruitment Agency of the Year recognizes that “in a hugely competitive marketplace, requiring skilled talent, efficient search firms and recruiters enable clients to focus on other business critical matters; safe in the knowledge a suitable pool of talent is coming through this channel.”

Houston Search Agency Finalist is Well Known for Retained Executive Search within the Oil & Gas Industry

Manhattan Resources has created its success in the Oil & Gas Industry through a focus on its mission to help its clients achieve their corporate objectives by building high-performance teams.  The company brings years of expertise and a time-tested retained search process to find talent with the perfect combination of skills, experience, and cultural background to fit each strategic role.

“Texas is a large and extremely competitive market when it comes to retained executive search,” said CEO Chris Schoettelkotte. “We are honored to be named a finalist for this award in a market and industry that we have proudly served for almost 20 years.”

Manhattan Resources drives value throughout the search process, spending time with its new clients in their environment and meeting with their leadership team, to ensure thorough technical and cultural understanding. “A strategic hire must be evaluated concerning the team in which it will operate,” said Schoettelkotte. “Just as great sports teams are built by sourcing players with complementary skills, so are great corporate leadership teams.”

Nuanced Skills to Ensure Cultural Fit are Uniquely used by this Search Agency Finalist to Assess Potential

Manhattan Resources works upfront to understand and define nuanced skills that the right candidate needs to enhance team relationships, and examines historical expectations and less clearly defined aspects of the business that may be impacted by or intersect with that role. The team then conducts extensive research to target individuals with the right experience to match the role, and the interpersonal skills and preferences to fit well within the company’s culture.

“This dedication to finding the right professional for the technical and cultural needs of the client, at the right stage of the professional’s career, is how we can provide our extended placement guarantee of a full year for strategic placements, and provide candidates that often have extensive ‘runway’ for future opportunities within the organization,” Schoettelkotte added. “Demand for our services increases not only when a position is difficult to fill with qualified talent, but perhaps counter-intuitively also when the labor pool increases, as companies hire us to proactively target the talent they need for their organizations.”

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A Range of Specialty Technical Leaders at Manhattan Resources Span Functions in Oil & Gas and Supply Chain

Manhattan Resources helps its oil and gas clients source executive leadership as well as functional heads and specialty technical leaders across engineering, finance, accounting, sales, human resources, operations, quality, supply chain and strategic planning.

To help the Oil & Gas Awards judges make their decision, they explored a variety of criteria including but not limited to:

  • Relevance to the demands of the region’s leading firms.
  • Excellence in the quality and efficiency of services offered.
  • Examples of talent scouting and employee matching, while showing demonstrable value to the client.
  • Tailored energy-relevant expertise and understanding of client needs and job roles.
  • Outstanding corporate citizenship including details of CSR initiatives.

The sizable panel of judges for the Oil & Gas awards includes executives from leading E&P and midstream companies and professors from leading educational institutions. To learn more about this year’s judging panel, click here.

About Manhattan Resources

Manhattan Resources is a retained executive search and advisory services firm with deep experience supporting clients in varied industries, from its roots in oil & gas, retail energy, power & utilities, and petrochemicals, to manufacturing & distribution, legal, and engineering & construction, just to name a few. Manhattan Resources invites you to experience an executive search and business solutions partner like no other. Whether you are filling mission-critical leadership roles, building short-term teams of professionals, or tackling your organization’s most significant challenges, Manhattan Resources has the agility, innovation and business acumen to assume the bold approach that is often necessary to take your business to the next level. Find out how the experts can help. Contact Us >>

Happy New Year from Manhattan Resources

Happy New Year from the Team at Manhattan Resources

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Happy New Year from Manhattan Resources

Happy New Year from Manhattan Resources

From our team at Manhattan Resources, thank you to our clients, our community, and our friends for a successful year. Abundant thanks as well to our fabulous team at Manhattan Resources and each of the hard working individuals that have made it possible for us to expand our offerings in new industries and add value in our traditional sectors by meeting their rapidly changing needs. Everyone at Manhattan Resources looks forward to continuing this spirit of reinvestment in our company, services, and team in 2018.

A Happy New Year Means Closing the Chapter on a Year of Challenges in Houston

You cannot live and work in Houston without feeling like we have truly turned a corner. We are emerging on the other side of a challenging year for our community. We are grateful to do so. Finally, we have the opportunity as a community to look forward.

This New Year will be one of innovation, acceleration, collaboration, and growth for our organization, our clients’ organizations, and the industries we serve. As a result, incredible prospects await us all in 2018. We are excited passionate about the future of Houston and the industries we serve. Most of all, we are happy to eager to help your company meet and exceed its goals in the coming year.

Thank you and best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year!