The difference between the success and failure of an enterprise always comes down to the quality of the people and how well they work together. We make it our job to know the best talent available, to provide our client access to the most qualified candidates, and insure the candidate our client selects fits their culture.

Exceptional search execution is one of the most important skills an enterprise can develop. As organizations grow leaner, often these skills are not allowed to become institutionalized. We have refined our methodology over three decades, enabling us to produce quality results, every time. We call this process SearchKraft℠: our unique and proprietary search methodology.

“What stood out for me in this process was Daubenspeck & Associates’ single-minded dedication to multi-faceted, forcefully honest, articulate assessment of the situation/opportunity from both the organization’s and candidate’s perspectives, and a willingness to face up to any potential mismatches or misalignment between the two.”
– Executive Director; Massachusetts Institute of Technology

We are known for our unique and comprehensive profiles. Our Position Profile represents a clear and common understanding of our client’s business and corporate culture, and the market conditions that affects them. We also strive to build team consensus around the opportunity, search criteria, key success factors of the position, and personality profile of a qualified candidate. Likewise, we provide our clients with an equally comprehensive Candidate Profile, providing an insightful perspective about a candidate, their qualifications, their personality, their motivation, and any issues that may impact our client’s ability to attract the candidate.

Because we earn the trust of both client and candidate, we become trusted advisors to both; we insure success and satisfaction for all parties.


Client’s Testimonials

“I have utilized Daubenspeck and Associates search services for over twenty years. Ken and his organization have helped me find outstanding talent in Finance, Technical and Senior Management positions. Daubenspeck’s level of service, responsiveness and professionalism has always been superb. I will certainly use their services again in the future and would unhesitatingly recommend them to others for consideration in filling mission critical positions.”

Executive Vice President; Manufacturing Enterprise

“With the trust and performance gained having worked with Ken it was natural to call upon Daubenspeck and Associates at a time when I needed to build out a new IT organization at (a leading energy company). Ken and his team first helped clarify the needed role capabilities and competencies across several positions. He then further found exceptional talent – technical, functional, and industry specific – to fill targeted key roles. The people Ken helped me hire were then and still are some of the best IT talent I had ever worked with. Several people that Ken helped source for hire have remained valuable professional colleagues and friends of mine, and a number of them hired at the company have gone on there and in other petroleum companies to higher positions and successful careers. I am both confident and proud to endorse Ken Daubenspeck and his team as an exceptional advisor and partner in improving business with the support of their capabilities. I wholeheartedly recommend engaging Daubenspeck & Associates to help recruit top talent and secure sound advice on overcoming key human resource challenges.”

Managing Partner; Consulting Firm

“What sticks out most about Ken Daubenspeck is his sense of ethics, and his complete integrity with which he deals with people, with his clients, and with his customers.”

Director, Programs; Center for Executive Education

“Remarkably proficient overall, with admirable professionalism and outstanding ability to deliver quality. We have used them multiple times and would unhesitatingly do so again and/or recommend them to similar organizations. Key traits underlying this proficiency are: results focus; excellent customer service (both the paying customer and the folks being placed); seasoned and attentive listener; problem solver; relentless commitment to open, honest dialogue and finding win-win solutions.”

Executive Director; Top 10 University

“I have a very strong team and [Daubenspeck and Associates] are responsible for many of them (including myself). I would not hesitate to give them call should the opportunity arise again in the future to have them support me. [Daubenspeck and Associates] is of unquestionable integrity and has real talent for identifying the right people.”

Vice President of Service and Delivery; Top Natural Gas & Electric Provider

“I have worked with Daubenspeck and Associates and Ken Daubenspeck for many years and have always received excellent service and fully qualified candidates at a fair price. Ken and his staff document and confirm all requirements including salary expectations before any search work begins. As a result, they always introduce fully vetted candidates with all credentials and experience confirmed.  When my organization needs a specific skill set in a specific part of the world, my first call is to Ken and his team. Because I’m certain the search will be done quickly, efficiently, and meet my overall expectations.”

Managing Partner; Consulting Firm

“Daubenspeck and Associates is very service oriented and possesses a high degree of integrity and confidentiality. I rank this firm as world class, one of the best in the industry. Overall delivery and end result was beyond my expectations.”

Head of Human Resources; Global Insurer

“What impressed me most at the time I was making my decision was [Daubenspeck and Associates’] deep knowledge of both industries (banking and higher education), experience with similarly challenging career changes, excellent listening skills and communication skills in general, and credibility. I also appreciated [the consultant’s] enthusiasm, sense of humor and persistence.”

Associate Professor Emeritus, Former Dean, and Illinois Professor of the Year; Top University

“This firm is head and shoulders above the rest. They so favorably impressed me because of their excellent experience, knowledge and background, their high sense of ethics; their results oriented approach without being a high pressure firm; their availability (almost 24/7) and excellent communication skills; and, their excellent advice.”

Executive Director of Facilities & Services; Top University

“They show a genuine concern for the culture and the value system of the client they are serving. Unlike other firms, the account executive who secures the search is the individual who supports us through the successful completion of the assignment…I appreciate their advice and willingness to go beyond just the search and to understand the organization. They are true organizational advisors.”

Chairman & CEO; Nonprofit in the Education Sector