Through the alliance, each firm will be able to offer its respective clients a much deeper and broader suite of services, said the firms. The two organizations will continue to operate entirely separately, maintaining their own unique brands, websites, processes and personalities and ensuring the utmost discretion within the four walls of each firm.
“But when the opportunity arises, and it makes sense for all involved, each firm will be able to confidently refer the other, and at the end of the day, it’s our clients who will be better for it,” Pekarsky & Co. said. “This alliance couples decades of executive search and leadership development together in an innovative, made-in-Alberta fashion, delivering best practices from across each industry and doing so with the sensibility, approachability and professionalism, which allows each firm to do what it does best.”
Adam Pekarsky, founding partner of Pekarsky & Co., said the partnership allows his firm to stay true to its strengths while offering clients access to executive coaching and leadership assessment through Creative Coaching. “We are often asked by clients about our capacity in the area of leadership assessment and executive coaching, but we prefer to excel in the area we are best known for, which is executive search,” he said. “We find that the executive search firms who bring this coaching and assessment piece in-house without proper accreditation or training invite unintended consequences.”
“Through this strategic alliance we know our clients will be in good hands when it comes to coaching of their people, developing their leaders and facilitating a number of leadership and career assessments, to support desired development, as requested by our clients,” said Mr. Pekarsky.
Mr. Pekarsky, who has been recruiting executives in western Canada for over 17 years, is widely regarded as a top connected person in the Alberta legal community, although not as a lawyer. Prior to founding Pekarsky & Co. in 2009, Mr. Pekarsky was a client partner in the Calgary office of Korn Ferry, where he was a member of the firm’s global industrial markets energy sector, as well as the legal center of expertise.
Firms Offer More Services
Search firms continue to break into new areas, be it through acquisition, alliances or providing new services. It’s a trend being seen at both large recruiters and small boutiques as recruiters look to provide clients with services for finding, assessing, onboarding and retaining their senior-level talent.
Here’s a look at a few examples taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Quick Leonard Kieffer has partnered with BPI Group, a consulting firm with global experts in leadership, talent and career transition. Named Quick & BPI Group, the combined organization looks to offer “best-in-class” career transition services.
Investment management-focused executive search boutique Jamesbeck Global Partners formed a partnership with Megan Staczek, who has nearly 25 years of experience as a leadership trainer, organization development consultant and executive coach.
Cleveland-based Direct Recruiters Inc. formed a partnership with PRADCO, a talent assessment, development and management company. The alliance with PRADCO will enable Direct Recruiters to provide clients with customized assessment solutions.
Fargo, ND-headquartered search firm Sagency acquired coaching firm Success Energetics and appointed its founder Brian Rinke as director. Mr. Rinke has over 26 years of corporate business experience and has served as an executive and leadership coach for over 10 years.
RSR Partners established an alliance with OnPoint Consulting, an organizational and leadership development consulting firm, to deliver leadership assessment capabilities to their clients. The partnership creates an integrated but independent platform, separating search and assessment to ensure clients are provided with objective and unbiased advice, said the search firm.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media