About Us

Since 1983, Direct Recruiters, Inc. has been recognized as the relationship-focused search firm specializing in building customized employment solutions. Our team offers contingency search, contract staffing and retained ‘Direct Retention’ search to source, identify, acquire, and retain top-performing professionals that elevate the success of our client organizations. In 2022, Direct Recruiters was acquired by an investment platform called Starfish Partners. Comprised of a family of companies focused on executive search and staffing, Starfish Partners allows our team at Direct Recruiters to expand our search offerings and resources to our clients and candidates alike.


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Direct Recruiters, Inc. makes the recruiting process easy and quick. Its goal is to locate and recruit qualified candidates in an expedient manner.

The firm’s professional team of Senior Recruiters and Research Associates will provide you with a consultative team approach carried out in 5 phases: Strategy, Recruitment, Implementation, Closure, and Follow-up.

Throughout its 5-phase process, the firm works closely with clients and candidates alike to ensure an efficient, effective and positive experience.

Solutions And Expertise

Since 1983, Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI) has been recognized as the relationship-focused executive search firm that assists top-tier organizations with recruiting, acquiring, and retaining high-impact talent for mission-critical positions.

  • Assessment
  • Career Services
  • Culture Shaping
  • Data Analy./Mrkt. Intell.
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Onboarding
  • Recruitment Research
  • Temporary Staffing
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Customer Service
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Medical/Clinical
  • Research & Develop.
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

Direct Recruiters, Inc. and INNOVA People Join Forces to Form Healthcare and Tech Recruiting Divisions

Direct Recruiters Inc. (DRI) and INNOVA People, Starfish Partners companies, have launched INNOVA Healthcare and INNOVA Tech staffing practice areas. “We have diligently been searching for the right firm to merge our existing staffing business with since the inception of Starfish Partners,” said Dan Charney, president and CEO of Direct Recruiters, Inc. “Joel Slenning and

HR Leaders and Diversity Chiefs Continue to Push for Inclusion

HR leaders and executive recruiters alike say that promoting diversity and belonging in the workplace is not just a buzzword. It’s a crucial aspect of modern businesses. Companies that foster diversity and belonging have been proven to have better financial performance, increased innovation, and a more engaged workforce. However, a recent report from The Christopher

Direct Recruiters Inc. Appoints Practice Leader

Direct Recruiters Inc. (DRI) has named Christian Byrd as practice leader, medical device, overseeing operations in North America and the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Christian will partner with medical device clients across various functions, including commercial, medical, clinical, R&D, regulatory, quality and safety to provide customized recruitment solutions. “We are thrilled to welcome Christian to the DRI

Search Firms Continue to Provide New Services for Clients 

As the competition intensifies in the ongoing war for top executive talent, search firms are increasingly experiencing heightened pressure to provide an array of comprehensive services that go beyond pure retained search. The evolving landscape demands a strategic response, leading numerous firms to diversify, expanding their repertoire to encompass an assortment of supplementary offerings such

Press Releases

Starfish Partners Shines in Hunt Scanlon’s Annual Search Industry Rankings

April 18, 2024 Direct Recruiters, Inc., a subsidiary of Starfish Partners, secured its spot in Hunt Scanlon’s prestigious Annual Search Industry Rankings for the sixth consecutive year. Adding to the celebration, Kaye/Bassman International, another esteemed member of Starfish Partners, claimed a position on the coveted list. Recognizing excellence in the realm of recruitment and talent

DRI Earns Coveted Spot on Hunt Scanlon’s 2024 Healthcare and Life Sciences Top Firm Rankings

March 21, 2024 Solon, Ohio – Direct Recruiters, Inc., executive search firm, proudly announces its inclusion in Hunt Scanlon’s prestigious 2024 ‘Top 40’ rankings for both Healthcare and Life Sciences. This esteemed recognition underscores DRI’s unwavering commitment to excellence in executive recruitment and its position as a premier provider of top-tier talent solutions in the industry.

Direct Recruiters Selected in Hunt Scanlon Guide to 250 Top Executive Search Firms

March 12, 2024 Solon, Ohio – Direct Recruiters is proud to announce the inclusion in Hunt Scanlon’s 2024 Select Guide to America’s Top 250 Executive Search Firms. This guide provides a look at the best and most sought after recruiting providers, insider tips on industry trends, and guidance to corporate an organizational talent leaders. The

Direct Recruiters, Inc. and INNOVA People Merge to Launch Healthcare and Tech Staffing Divisions

(February 26, 2024) Solon, Ohio – Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI) and INNOVA People, Starfish Partners companies, announced the launch of INNOVA Healthcare and INNOVA Tech staffing practice areas. INNOVA People was acquired by Starfish Partners in 2023, merging with Direct Recruiters’ staffing arm to form a leading staffing conglomeration within Starfish Partners. Leveraging decades of

Norm Volsky Appointed Mentor for Techstars Ohio Chapter and Senior Advisor for Perceptual Advisors

(February 19, 2024)  Solon, OH – Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI), announced that Norm Volsky,Managing Partner and Practice Leader of the Employer Technology group, has been named a Mentor for Techstars, the largest global startup network, concentrating his expertise on the Ohio chapter. Concurrently, he has taken on the role of Senior Advisor for Perceptual Advisors,


DRI Releases Hiring in a Virtual World eBook
Direct Recruiters, Inc., a relationship-focused search firm that assists top-tier organizations with recruiting, acquiring, and retaining high-impact talent for mission-critical positions, has released their “Hiring in a Virtual World” eBook. READ MORE


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