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Crains Names JW Michaels 7th Largest Executive Search Firm In NY

Posted on February 8th, 2016 by JW MIchaels

JW Michaels & Co. has been named the 7th largest executive search firm in the New York area by Crain’s New York Business. Last year the firm was ranked number 11 on this list. We look forward to continued growth in the future!

As appeared in Crain’s New York Business. Schifman, Gerald (2016, February 8) The List: Largest Executive Search Firms | Executive Pay Escalates

A strong economy has made it more expensive to hire the best executives.

Companies have to make top offers to hire top talent- or they’ll just lose them,
-Jason Wachtel, chief executive & managing partner at JW Michaels

“Companies have to make top offers to hire top talent- or they’ll just lose them,” said Jason Wachtel, chief executive at JW Michaels (No. 7 on Crain’s list), who has been working in recruiting for 12 years. “The average raise is about 20% to 30% and I’m seeing people on the junior side getting 50% raises.”

While rising C-suite compensation may frustrate the typical worker, whose wages have remained stagnant, it is a boon for executive recruiters, because their search fee is taken as a percentage of the total pay- typically 33% for retained searches.

“The end of 2015 was the busiest I have ever seen it,” Wachtel said. “Candidates are in high demand and interviewing at many places.”

To keep up with demand, executive recruiters are expanding their ranks. Overall Crain’s top 25 executive recruiters have grown their New York operations by 5.3%. Jw Michaels added 21 recruiters in New York in 2015 and already has hired five more in 2016.

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JW Michaels Increases National Expansion With New Investment in Atlanta

Posted on January 29th, 2016 by Kristy Wright Skeehan


JW Michaels & Co. Announces Investment in ExecuSource

NY-based executive search firm expands national presence with prominent Atlanta staffing firm investment

New York/Atlanta, Jan 29, 2016: JW Michaels & Co., one of the nation’s leading executive search firms, announced its expansion into the Atlanta market through a majority investment in ExecuSource, Inc. ExecuSource’s local experience and resources will contribute to JW Michael’s continued growth as a national firm with proven executive recruiting expertise.
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JW Michaels and CRC host RCA’s General Session

Posted on January 22nd, 2016 by Kristy Wright Skeehan

On January 19, 2016, representatives from JW Michaels & Co. and Compliance Risk Concepts hosted the 75,000 member Regulatory Compliance Association’s General Session.

Managing Partner Jason Wachtel spoke about the background of JW Michaels and CRC, and discussed the hiring trends in the Compliance, Legal, and Risk industries.

Mitch Avnet (Founder and Managing Partner, Compliance Risk Concepts) discussed CRC.

Justin Mandel (Partner, Head of General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer Practice) discussed hiring trends related to GC/CCO roles.

David Sawits (Vice President and Head of Legal Recruitment) joined Justin in the discussion of GC searches.

Adam Gantt (Executive Recruiter, Risk and Front Office) discussed hiring trends in the Risk market.


Financial Services Data Report Of 2015

Posted on January 8th, 2016 by Jason Wachtel

2015 Financial Services Market Data ReportJW Michaels & Co. has released its 2015 Financial Services Market Data Report. The data appearing in this compensation report were collected by comparing successful placements made by JW Michaels during 2015. The report presents compensations grouped by size and type of firm as well as by job title.

The data represent total compensation for various executive positions in the compliance, legal, risk, accounting and finance, and information technology areas. JW Michaels compiled this information based on completed placements made by the company in 2015 at its offices in New York City, New Jersey, Chicago, Houston, Boston and Atlanta.

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Essential Due Diligence for the Executive Job Search

Posted on December 8th, 2015 by Kristy Wright Skeehan

due diligence in executive search

According to Forbes Magazine, 40% of executives fail in their first 18 months in a new job. Prudent due diligence throughout the application process can greatly reduce the risk of failure.

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Corporate Citizenship Matters

Posted on October 23rd, 2015 by Kristy Wright Skeehan

Companies that disregard corporate citizenship are missing opportunities with both their employees and their external stakeholders. Your employees will embrace the opportunity to contribute beyond their day-to-day job responsibilities. Their engagement will reflect pride in your corporate culture. Your recruitment efforts will also benefit from your social responsibility reputation. Your company will attract candidates with the characteristics you aspire your employees to have. Likewise, your client community will respect your dedication to improving their environment and their standard of living. Developing and implementing a well-planned corporate citizenship practice is a win-win situation. Read more on “Corporate Citizenship Matters” »


Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure

Posted on September 17th, 2015 by Kristy Wright Skeehan

JW Michaels & Co. recently participated in the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure in Central Park on Sunday, September 13th. We were introduced to this event by Executive Recruiter Alyssa Guberman, daughter of Judy Salerno (CEO, Susan G. Komen). As a firm, we are committed to team building and passionate about supporting meaningful causes.


Pictured above (from left) Gary Weiss, David Sawits, Jacqueline Volpe, Alyssa Guberman, Jeff Detweiler, Shana Miles and Nate Wasserman.


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Meet H. Lawrence Brown | V.P. Legal

Posted on September 9th, 2015 by H. Lawrence Brown

H. Lawrence Brown | Vice President Legal

Lawrence earned his undergraduate education at Syracuse University where he earned a B.A. in Political Science from the College of Arts and Sciences and a B.A. in International Relations from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Lawrence earned his J.D. at The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law. After graduation from law school and his admittance to the bar, Lawrence joined JW Michaels at the beginning of 2011. Read more on “Meet H. Lawrence Brown | V.P. Legal” »