January 31, 2019 – O’Fallon, MO-based executive recruiting firm Jordan Search Consultants (JSC) has promoted DJ Larson to chief operating officer. In this role, Mr. Larson is responsible for overseeing business development initiatives as well as directing day-to-day operations. Additional duties include leading and managing the firm’s team of eight consultants and associates.
Mr. Larson has been serving as director of client development at the firm, with a focus on developing and maintaining healthcare client relationships and service offerings. Prior to joining JSC, he held executive sales positions at both Covidien Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson. In 2012, he assumed the role of vice president of sales and marketing for Lehan Drugs, producing more than 100 percent sales growth for four consecutive years.
“During his two years as head of business development, DJ has been instrumental in JSC’s growth,” said Kathy Jordan, founder and chief executive officer. “He has demonstrated his ability to lead, guide and mentor the team and has earned their respect. With DJ as COO, my capacity expands to be able to focus on long-term growth strategies for the company.”
In addition to search-firm business development, Ms. Jordan will continue to be involved in day-to-day operations and maintain direct contact with clients.
“I’m excited about this new role and the team we have in place,” said Mr. Larson. “I plan to ensure that the infrastructure and processes at Jordan Search Consultants are optimized to keep pace with the ongoing growth of the company, and to continue to expand and create innovative service lines for our clients. We also want to significantly increase our presence in targeted geographic regions, including the New England area.”
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Ms. Jordan said she is confident in Mr. Larson’s ability to help lead the recruiting firm. “Under our combined leadership, I anticipate JSC growing 30 to 40 percent in 2019,” she said.
Jordan Search Consultants was founded in 2003 as a physician and healthcare executive recruitment firm. In 2012, the company acquired another St. Louis-based search firm to add higher education, academic leadership and executive-level corporate position sourcing and recruiting to their service offerings. Two years later, the firm acquired a California-based search firm, expanding its geographic reach and its capabilities to include recruitment for managed care and health plan physician/nurse leadership, hospice organizations and non-profit community health centers. In 2017, Jordan Search Consultants increased its national footprint through the acquisition of Health Search New England, a healthcare search firm based in Bangor, ME.
Currently, Jordan Search Consultants is seeking senior leaders for clients such as AbsoluteCARE, Transmountain Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Baptist Health Arkansas, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and the Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, among others.
Ms. Jordan has won a reputation for her thorough understanding of the changing dynamics in the healthcare and higher education industries. With almost three decades of professional recruiting experience, she is nationally known for her unique recruitment and retention initiatives. By partnering with hospitals, medical groups, academic institutions and healthcare organizations to develop recruitment models designed to meet their goals, Ms. Jordan has effectively helped clients reduce time-to-hire, increase retention rates and reduce recruitment costs.
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