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Ropella IFT17 Drawing Winners

Posted: 07/14/2017  Category: Industry Trade Show

Ropella got into the spirit of Vegas during IFT17 and let visitors to our booth try their luck at winning some very nice swag. Among the prizes were a $250 gift card, travel mugs, and pens so nice that people in our office fight over them. All of our winners were notified this week and are looking forward to receiving their prizes.

Congratulations to our grand prize winner, Amber J. from Parker Products; hearing that she had won $250 made for a great kickoff to Amber’s week. Other prize winners include Hannah K. from Colony Brands, Inc., Michael R. from Alliance Corp., and Landon L. from Kerry Ingredients.

We enjoyed meeting everyone at IFT17! Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to find out where we will be next.

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The Ropella Group at IFT17

Posted: 07/06/2017  Category: Industry Trade Show

The Ropella IFT17 Team
(from Left to Right) Scott Schmieder, Director of Client Partnership Development, Patrick Ropella, Chairman and CEO, Jeff Bennett, VP of Client Partnership Development, & Travis Oran, Client Partnership Manager

The Ropella Group went to IFT17 in Las Vegas, this past week. Over the course of the four-day event, they connected with industry leaders, met with key clients, and formed many new partnerships, as well. With 20,000 in attendance, 100 sessions, and 1,200 exhibitors, there was much to do at IFT this year.

The Annual Meeting and Expo brought together the most creative minds in the food science industry and gave us the opportunity to gain exposure to the most innovative products and technologies. Across all industries - especially within food and beverage production - there has been a strong consumer push for all-natural products.This drive was a major theme at the show this year, with an emphasis on natural, "green" ingredients that help CPG manufacturers reduce costs while preserving the delicious flavors that make their products great. Progress was another important theme, with a lot of buzz around research into new ingredient innovations.

Strawberry Shrub Vinegar from IFF: Promotes gut health

There is no question the Food Industry is booming right now, heating up the talent war and requiring a significant change in talent acquisition strategy.  Ropella is trusted by clients from Fortune 500 Multinationals to Brand New Start-Ups.  We partner closely with each client, exploring each unique situation, and customizing our process to help them in identifying, recruiting, and retaining the best possible talent for their organization.  The propietary SMART SEARCH SYSTEM together with our experienced, specialized teams of Consultants and Recruiters, are our recipe for success

For more information, visit us at or call us at (850) 983-4777.

We look forward to helping you Grow your Great Company.

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The Ropella Group at NYSCC Supplier’s Day 2017

Posted: 05/16/2017  Category: Industry Trade ShowsRopella Newsroo

The Ropella Group went to NYSCC Suppliers’ Day in New York City on May 2-3 at the Jacob Javits Center. The 38th annual event had a prominent focus on sustainability. Attendees were able to learn about the latest sustainable ingredients and formulation trends, through product innovations on display, interactive workshops, dedicated content, and global expert speakers. With nearly 9,000 visitors this year, the event was well-attended with a high level of foot traffic to the 435 exhibitors’ booths.

The change in venue provided an accessible, convenient and enhanced trade show and conference experience. "The move to the Javits Center offered a more spacious environment allowing more companies to be under one roof. It was so much easier to get in without the long lines of the previous years. People stayed to enjoy the event longer in this improved venue", said, Ropella’s President, Robbie Ropella. 

Over the course of the two-day event, Patrick Ropella, Chairman and CEO, Robbie Ropella, President of Executive Search, Scott Schmieder, Director of Client Partnership Development, and Samantha Burris, Client Manager, connected with over 300 personal care, cosmetics, and ingredients industry leaders.   

The Ropella Group finds top talent exceptionally fast with our SMART SEARCH System. If you have priority roles to fill and missed us at NYSCC Suppliers’ Day, give us a call at (850) 983-4777, or e-mail us at

Let Ropella know how we can help you Grow your Great Company!

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The Ropella Group at in-cosmetics global 2017

Posted: 04/13/2017  Category: Industry NewsIndustry Trade ShowsRopella Newsroo

This past week, Patrick Ropella, CEO, and Jeff Bennett, VP of Client Partnership Development, traveled to London for in-cosmetics global, the leading event for personal care ingredients. While there, they met industry leaders to discuss The Ropella Group’s executive search services and our SMART Search System.

The conference hosted its largest attendance in five years, and the atmosphere was abuzz with optimism for the future. Frequent topics of conversation included strong plans for growth among both ingredient suppliers and personal care product manufacturers, and positivity regarding an improved regulatory climate in the US.

This outstanding news in the personal care industry signals an upward move in the global economy as a whole. “The economy in London is exploding. From the vantage point of the London eye I counted almost 100 cranes across the skylines – all building new skyscrapers,” said Patrick Ropella.

The Ropella Group attends many of the top industry tradeshows and conferences on a regular basis to network, speak, and stay abreast of industry news and trends. If you missed us at in-cosmetics global, perhaps we’ll meet you at SCC Supplier’s Day, InformEx or IFT in the near future.

Call us at (850) 983-4777 or email us at to find out more.

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The Ropella Group at ACI 2017

Posted: 02/03/2017  Category: RG Public RelationsIndustry Trade ShowsRG White PapersRopella Newsroo

Scott Schmieder, and Jeff Bennett, Client Partnership Development leaders, attended the 2017 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention at Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. ACI is the industry’s leading best business-to-business networking events in the cleaning products industry.

At the convention, Scott and Jeff connected and met with many industry leaders to discuss The Ropella Group’s executive search services and our SMART Search System. The frequent topic of conversation was succession planning and the lack of internal talent in place to fill many coming retirements. The cost of a vacant position can mean the loss of revenue and even market share. So, if you have not started succession planning, contact us and we can help.

We have assisted many clients throughout the Detergents and Personal Care Industry in areas such as:

The Ropella Group attends many of the top industry tradeshows and conferences on a regular basis to network, speak, and stay abreast of industry news and trends. If you missed us at ACI, perhaps we’ll meet you at in-cosmetics, AFPM, SCC Supplier’s Day, or IFT in the near future.

Call us at (850) 983-4777 or email us at to find out more.

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2016: Growing Great Companies

Posted: 12/21/2016  Category: Industry NewsRG Executive Search PlacementsRG Executive Search AssignmentsRopella Newsroo

The chemical industry had a dynamic year, and through the success of our clients, the Ropella Group had a record breaking year growing great companies. With our highly effective SMART Search System, we helped to fill very hard to place positions on the commercial and technical side, finding the right person for the right hire.

Here are some of the exciting successes we have been a part of this year:

COO at Peter Cremer


Vice President at Monolith


R&D Director at Melaleuca


General Sales Manager at Glatfelter


Head of Corporate Communications at LANXESS


Vice President at Chemtura


Business Manager at William Blythe


As a global executive search firm, we take pride in our 95% search completion rate in a variety of industries. We know that in the chemical and technology industries, searching for the ideal candidate can be highly challenging.

Along the way, we treat candidates with care as we continue our search process. Here is what one candidate shared:

“It has been your diligent follow-up, meeting arrangements and resources that have made me truly feel strongly about not only Edgewell but Ropella. Since then, I have recommended and commended you and your organization to a few choice friends of mine. Not to lay it on too thick, I just wanted to extend my sincere gratitude. After all is said and done, you have made me a believer, both in the potential for my career and in this process.

Please continue to do what you do each day. If no one else ever tells you, I want you to know, you are making a positive difference in many lives.”

Want top talent from competitors?

Have multiple roles to fill?

Leaders planning to retire?

Just received a resignation letter?

If you have a position vital to your companies’ growth and need exceptional candidates, exceptionally fast, give us a call at 850-983-4883 or e-mail us at

Mention how you found us on our company blog and receive a $1000 discount toward your next search!

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Ropella Adds New Team Members

Posted: 08/02/2016  Category: RG Company NewsRG Employee NewsRG Public Relation

Celebrating 30 years of growing great companies in the Chemical, Allied, and related industries, Ropella Group added new team members to support new demand for executive search expertise. Each team member brings a unique skill set and background to the Ropella Group.

Yvonne Baboi, Executive Search Consultant

Yvonne BaboiYvonne is from Northeast Ohio and recently moved to Florida last summer.  She was a middle school teacher, taught at the Correction Facilities in Ohio and Georgia, and currently teaches part-time at the local college in Pensacola.  She came onboard with the Ropella team in January 2016 as an Executive Search Consultant.



Cathy Barret, Executive Search Consultant

Cathy joined Ropella Group as an Executive Search Consultant in March 2016.  She relocated to Pace late 2015 to be near family when her youngest went to college. Cathy offers strong interpersonal skills and brings an accomplished background in marketing, sales and volunteer management to her executive search team.



Olga Danilov-Palacios, Administrative Assistant

Olga joined Ropella Group full-time in March 2016 as an Administrative Assistant. She came to the U.S. from Moldova as an international student at the University of West Florida earning her BSBA in Management and MBA degree. With her high attention to detail and strong organizational skills, Olga works to help the research and business development team at Ropella. In her spare time, she likes spending time with her family and their wonderful dog.



Brian Moore, Executive Search Consultant

Brian is a recent BSBA graduate from UWF and joined Ropella full time in May of 2016. He is from Pensacola, Florida. Brian has unique leadership and teamwork skills that help fulfill his role as an Executive Search Consultant.



Nam Nguyen, Business Development Research Associate

Nam is a recent MBA graduate from UWF and joined Ropella Group full-time in May 2016. He is a long time Pensacola native. With his unique skills in research and interests in technology, Nam works to help with the business development, marketing, and social media team at Ropella.


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Ropella Group Thanking Men and Women in Blue

Posted: 07/29/2016  Category: RG Company NewsRG Employee NewsRG Public RelationsRopella Newsroo

From Ropella Group, we like to thank the men and women in blue for keeping our community safe. For the month of August, our staff will pay for the lunch of any officer in uniform we meet. This past week, we have spotted police officers while at Fire House Subs and Piggly Wiggly.

From the Ropella Group, thank you for all that you do.

James Raffield and Santa Rosa police officers at Piggly Wiggly

James Raffield and Santa Rosa police officers at Piggly Wiggly.


Scott Schmieder and Santa Rosa police officers at Fire House Subs

Scott Schmieder and Santa Rosa police officers at Fire House Subs.

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Ropella Group Supports Bob Johnson

Posted: 07/21/2016  Category: MiscellaneousRG Public RelationsRopella Newsroo

Ropella Group supports Bob Johnson for Sheriff in Santa Rosa County, FL.


“As your next Sheriff, I will continue to work hard to ensure that Santa Rosa County stays one of the safest place to work, play, and raise your family.” 
                                                                                                                    -Bob Johnson

 For more information on his campaign, visit

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Ropella Group Attends IFT 2016

Posted: 07/21/2016  Category: Industry Trade ShowsRopella Newsroo

The Ropella Group attended the 2016 Institute of Food Technologists Expo this week in Chicago, FL to great success. 

The 2016 Institute of Food Technologists Expo is the industry's largest collection of food ingredients, equipment, processing, and packaging supplier under one roof. The latest global food trends – and the products and innovations designed to address them – are on display.

Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett

Ropella Vice President of Client Partnership Development, Jeff Bennett, and Business Development Manager, Scott Schmieder, attended the expo to connect with industry titans, reconnect with old friends and new ones, and to taste the latest food with advanced techniques.

Are you a hiring manager in the Food and Beverage industry looking for assistance with growing your great company? Ropella Group has 25 + years of recruiting experience in key niches such as:

Submit your open position today or call us about your $1000 discount.


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