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.


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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
  • Data Analy./Mrkt. Intell.
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • Recruitment Research
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Customer Service
  • Data/Analytics
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Medical/Clinical
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

How COVID-19 Has Reset the Talent Game in Healthcare and Life Sciences

Healthcare and life science organizations have been turning to executive search firms more than ever to acquire world-class leadership. The most pressing challenge has been finding high impact, innovative leaders. Three months into 2022, the economic picture is improving. But what is going to light the match to overcome the economic impact felt from the

New Business Climate Requiring New Senior Leadership Type

Businesses across the world are now at a post-pandemic inflection point with respect to their most precious commodity: their talent. According to a new report by Alix Partners, the immediate uncertainty and chaos, underpinned by personal and societal anxiety about the impact of COVID-19, will moderate as people return to work. “But they will do so with at

Jobless Claims Remain High as Summer Recovery Continues

The Labor Department reported that 385,000 Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020, when it was 256,000. The median estimate from economists surveyed by Bloomberg was for a decline to 383,000 claims. The previous week’s level was revised down by 1,000 from 400,000

Direct Recruiters Inc. Appoints Partner

Solon, OH-based Direct Recruiters Inc. (DRI) has appointed Matthew Cohen as partner. He is practice leader of energy and sustainability and HVAC/R. “We are proud to congratulate Matthew Cohen on his new appointment to partner,” said Dan Charney, president. “His hard work and dedication to Direct Recruiters has been and will continue to be an important part of

Press Releases

Cherie Shepard Named Managing Partner at Direct Recruiters, Inc.

(March 2022) Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI), Executive Search, is pleased to announce that Cherie Shepard has been named Managing Partner at Direct Recruiters, Inc. As the first woman appointed to Managing Partner at DRI, Cherie has demonstrated leadership, mentorship, dedication, and a standard of excellence in her role and within the search industry. Cherie Shepard began

Mitchell Herman, Youngest Managing Partner at Direct Recruiters, Inc.

(Jan. 2022) Direct Recruiters, Inc (DRI) is pleased to announce the promotion of Mitchell Herman to Managing Partner. As an Executive Recruiter on DRI’s Digital Health team, Mitchell works with many of the industry’s fastest growing companies to recruit, secure, and retain human capital. Mitchell joined Direct Recruiters in 2017 as a summer intern working

Direct Recruiters, Inc named 8th time Winner of the Weatherhead 100

(Oct. 29, 2021) Direct Recruiters, Inc (DRI) is a proud recipient of the Weatherhead 100 award presented by Case Western Reserve. This is the 8th time Direct Recruiters has won this prestigious honor. For 33 years the Weatherhead 100 has recognized local organizations for their annual revenue achievements. The Weatherhead 100 awards were established to

DRI Names Tom Clark as Partner

(Sept. 9, 2021) Direct Recruiters, Inc. (DRI), Executive Search, announced that Tom Clark has been promoted to Partner. He currently leads DRI’s Supply Chain & Logistics, Military Transition and Military Leadership Excellence practice areas. Tom also held leadership roles in DRI’s Contract Staffing business and was instrumental in aligning the permanent placement and contract staffing

Direct Recruiters, Inc. is a 10-Time NorthCoast 99 Award Winner

(Sept. 1, 2021) Direct Recruiters, Inc. is proud to be recognized by ERC as one of 99 great Northeast Ohio workplaces for top talent. This is the tenth time that our organization has received the prestigious NorthCoast 99 Award, making us a Legacy winner! NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program and event in its


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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