“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”
– Benjamin Franklin

JW Michaels & Co. was founded in April 2010, by Jason Wachtel, Justin Mandel, Joe Kelly and Bill Lewis.

As the firm put roots down in a small office space in Midtown Manhattan, the goal was to become a preeminent executive search and high-end consulting firm. JW Michaels & Co. was initially focused on the legal & compliance space with the goal of developing strong relationships and developing complimentary verticals.

The firm’s blueprint for success was to hire the most talented people and support them with uncommon systems and processes that have resulted in a best-of-breed firm.

Over the last eight years, JW Michaels has grown from a single 300 SqFt office to a six-market diversified search and consulting firm operating within three specialized brands: JW Michaels & Co., Compliance Risk Concepts (CRC) and ExecuSource. These three brands service a diverse range of clients providing talent in Accounting & Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Security, Investment Professionals, Sales & Strategy, Law Firm Associates, Partners & Groups, Legal, Compliance, Regulatory Affairs, and Legal Staffing.

Since the beginning, the firm has prioritized hiring the best talent. The operating culture and model lends itself to attracting and retaining gifted partners, divisional leaders, and team members, including CRC CEO Mitch Avnet and ExecuSource CEO Frank Green, who have played significant roles in developing their respective specialty brands.


  • Firm Founded (with initial roots in legal & compliance placement for the asset management industry)
  • Expanded to serve other industries including Banking, Insurance, Retail, and Technology


  • Expanded into Accounting & Finance
  • Expanded into Information Technology
  • Opened second office in New Jersey


  • Expanded to serve other industries including Consulting Services, Consumer Goods, and Pharmaceuticals
  • Opened third office in Chicago


  • Founded Compliance Risk Concepts (CRC)
  • Opened fourth office in Houston
  • Crain's New York Business™ names JW Michaels to their list of the Largest Executive Recruiting Firms (#20)


  • Inc. 5000™ names JW Michaels one of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies


  • Expanded into Risk & Operations
  • Made Majority investment in Execusource, establish a strong market position in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic region


  • Further expanded into Legal by adding a Partners/Groups/Mergers practice, and a Project & Legal Support Group
  • Expanded into Human Resources
  • Expanded into Portfolio Management & Front Office
  • Inc. 5000™ names Execusource (a division of JW Michaels & Co.) one of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies
  • Crain's New York Business™ names JW Michaels one of the Top 10 Largest Executive Recruiting Firms (#7)


  • JW Michaels (via Execusource) opens sixth and seventh offices in Denver and Greenville, SC
  • Expanded into Enterprise Consulting Services

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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, Austin, Chicago, Denver, Greenville, and Houston.

For general inquiries please contact Jillian McElroy 646-624-2305