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Our Story: JW Michaels & Co.

October 24th, 2019 Posted by Executive Search, Meet The Team 0 thoughts on “Our Story: JW Michaels & Co.”

Jason Wachtel and Justin Mandel share the unique story behind JW Michaels & Co. and the company’s growth grown to over a 120+ employees across six offices nationwide. Both Jason and Justin attribute their success to staying true to their mission and employing the best people to find the best people. Press play and enjoy!

🎬 Featured In this video:
Jason Wachtel, JW Michaels & Company Founder & Managing Partner
Justin Mandel, JW Michaels & Company Co-Founder & Partner


Jason Wachtel: My name is Jason Wachtel, one of the co-founders and managing partners of JW Michaels.

Justin Mandel: I’m Justin Mandel and I’m one of the co-founders of JW Michaels & Company.

JW: Before we started JW Michaels, I worked for two different recruiting firms in similar industries.

JM: I worked in real estate development and consulting; a very different environment than executive search.

JW: I quickly realized that I was good in this business and one that I wanted to make a future out of.

JM: I really missed the human aspect and sort of human connection of business and that’s what really drew me back to executive search.

JW: I decided to do so many opposite things that the two companies that I previously worked at did, to create a company where people had a lot of comradery, a lot of energy.

JM: And there was sort of an opportunity for us to come in and disrupt the status quo.

JW:  When you’re interviewing people to join your company and you’re in a closet without a window, it’s hard to project this is going to be a huge company one day. So the biggest challenge was really having people buy into the dream that this was going to be a great career move for them both professionally, socially and something they were really going to enjoy and make a lot of money doing.

JM: We overcame those challenges organically. We led by example and we kept the focus of our business, which is at the core of what we do, the people.

I’d probably tell my younger self not to worry so much. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Focus on the task in front of you, focus on the people, don’t get overwhelmed and the rest will fall into place.

JW: The goal when we started JW Michaels was to be one of the largest national recruiting companies in the country. Today we’re about 120 people, I think that makes us the 7th largest in New York and probably one of the top 25 in the United States. But it’s nice to see that our vision nine years ago wasn’t just a dream, we’re sort of making that a reality every single day.

JW Michaels Gives Back At The Bowery Mission

JW Michaels Gives Back At The Bowery Mission

January 10th, 2019 Posted by Meet The Team, News 0 thoughts on “JW Michaels Gives Back At The Bowery Mission”

The Bowery Mission welcomed the JW Michals NYC team to lend a hand prepping and preparing food at their Tribeca campus. This amazing organization has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879.

Last year alone, The Bowery Mission provided more than 653,500 warm meals, 167,300 nights of shelter, distributed 46,380 articles of clothing and offered 1,300 onsite medical, dental and optometry exams. It was an honor to help. Can’t wait to do it again!

Jason Wachtel kicks off A.C. Incentive Trip

JW Michaels 2018 Atlantic City Incentive Trip

November 13th, 2018 Posted by Meet The Team, News 0 thoughts on “JW Michaels 2018 Atlantic City Incentive Trip”

Celebrating their best year yet, 31 people earned a spot at the 8th annual JW Michaels & Co A.C. Incentive Trip, to enjoy a weekend full of sweet Atlantic City perks. Jason Wachtel, Managing Partner of JW Michaels & Co. kicked off the casino fun with a proud congratulations and a toast to their continued success in 2019.

Executive Search Spotlight: Experienced Professionals of the Recruiting Industry

Experienced Professionals of the Recruiting Industry

October 25th, 2019 Posted by Executive Search, Meet The Team 0 thoughts on “Experienced Professionals of the Recruiting Industry”

What makes JW Michaels & Company so unique in a crowded recruiting industry? The diverse and collaborative culture of experienced professionals.

🎬 Featured In this video:
Peter Zeldin, VP of Business Development
Gina Zelko, Vice President
Richard Zakin, Managing Director

on the road

On The Road To Success

October 26th, 2019 Posted by Executive Search, Meet The Team 0 thoughts on “On The Road To Success”

On The Road To Success at JW Michaels. Julian DeZao and Cameron Pierce offer a glimpse inside the JW Michaels company culture. Identifying and attracting the best talent requires industry expertise, impeccable judgment, and commitment to leaving no stone unturned. That’s who we are and what we do at JW Michaels & Company.

Justin M. Mandel | Managing Director & Head of Compliance

January 17th, 2016 Posted by Meet The Team 0 thoughts on “Justin M. Mandel | Managing Director & Head of Compliance”

Justin is a founding principal of JW Michaels & Co. and head of the asset management legal and compliance practice. He also co-heads JW Michaels’ New York Office. Justin was formerly a co-head of the Executive Search division of a national search firm and built and ran the firm’s legal and compliance practice.

Prior to recruiting, Justin worked in real estate development and consulting, and was a Senior Consultant in the Washington, D.C. office of PKF Consulting – Hotel Consulting Services. Justin received a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Business Administration, from the University of Delaware.

Meet Howie Kobrin | VP, Legal Recruiting

October 28th, 2015 Posted by Executive Search, Meet The Team 0 thoughts on “Meet Howie Kobrin | VP, Legal Recruiting”

Howie Kobrin brings a wealth of experience and determination to his position as Vice President, Senior Legal Recruiter at JW Michaels and Company. Howie works with law firms and corporations to assist them in obtaining the best talent the marketplace has to offer. Prior to JW Michaels, Howie was formerly an attorney recruiter for two national search firms.

Howie lives in Jersey City, NJ with his wife and two young sons. He received his B.A. from Hobart College.

Meet Adam Gantt | Risk & Front Office

September 18th, 2015 Posted by Executive Search, Meet The Team 0 thoughts on “Meet Adam Gantt | Risk & Front Office”

Adam Gantt | Executive Recruiter Risk & Front Office. Leveraging his experience in the finance sector, Adam partners with global banks, hedge funds and asset managers to deliver solutions for their most critical hires. Adam primarily focuses on Risk (Market, Regulatory, Credit) and Front Office (Research, Sales & Trading) roles. He enjoys the pursuit of finding the superstars that will take his clients from good to great.

Meet H. Lawrence Brown | V.P. Legal

September 9th, 2015 Posted by Meet The Team 0 thoughts on “Meet H. Lawrence Brown | V.P. Legal”

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. (more…)

Justin M. Mandel | Managing Director & Head of Compliance

February 27th, 2014 Posted by Meet The Team 0 thoughts on “Justin M. Mandel | Managing Director & Head of Compliance”

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JW Michaels & Co. is an executive search firm dedicated to serving the specialized recruiting needs of top-tier financial services, legal, technology and business institutions.

Crain’s NY Business consistently ranks JW Michaels in the top 10 Executive Recruiting Firms – with good reason. We get results.



JW Michaels is headquartered in New York City, with teams based in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Greenville, and Houston.

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