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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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Ropella Group Hosting State Representative Mike Hill

Posted: 06/10/2016  Category: RG Company NewsMiscellaneousRG Public RelationsRopella Newsroo

Please join us June 23rd at 7 p.m. as we host State Representative Mike Hill for a reception and fundraiser at the Ropella Headquarters. Come hear Mike share his passion for service and find out what you can do to help him become our next State Senator. 

To learn more about Mike, or to donate to his campaign, visit:

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Ropella Group Networks at NYSCC 2016

Posted: 05/26/2016  Category: Industry Trade ShowsRopella Newsroo


Ropella President of Executive Search, Robbie Ropella, and Executive Search Consultant, Samantha Burris, flew to New York to attend the Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ premiere tradeshow, Suppliers' Day. During the two-day event, Ropella Group was able to network with industry leaders, visit clients, and catch up on the latest trends in some of our niche industries: Cosmetic and Personal Care Ingredients and Cosmetic and Personal Care Manufacturers.

Robbie Ropella and Samantha Burris said they “had a fantastic time connecting with past, present, and future clients. SCC was hugely successfully showing the economy is thriving.”                                                                                                                                                                                

Samantha Buriss, Jeff Waters, Robbie Ropella

Samantha Burris, Jeff Waters, Robbie Ropella


 We at the Ropella Group look forward to helping you grow your great company!

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Adam Klempa Saves a Life: Honored by Sheriff’s Office

Posted: 05/17/2016  Category: RG Company NewsRG Employee NewsRG Public RelationsRopella Newsroo

Ropella Group would like to congratulate one of our own employees, Adam Klempa, on receiving the Life Saving Award by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. On 12/9/15, he discovered a crash scene on his way home and pulled over to investigate. Adam immediately recognized an injured person on site and rushed to call 911. He administered first aid help and stayed with the person until EMS arrived. The injured person was later transported to the hospital. If not for Adam’s brave actions, it is believed the victim of this crash may not have survived.

Adam is an Executive Search Consultant at Ropella Group and is an exemplary member of our team, representing our core values: Christ Centered, Team Oriented, and Driven to Excellence.

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Ropella Attends NYSCC Suppliers’ Day & 106th AOCS Annual Meeting & Industry Showcases

Posted: 05/18/2015  Category: Industry Trade ShowsRopella Newsroo


President of Executive Search Robbie Ropella and Vice President of Client Partnership Development Jeff Bennett made appearances at NYSCC Suppliers' Day and the 106th AOCS Annual Meeting & Industry Showcases in early May.

Robbie and Jeff were eager to rekindle existing relationships and forge new ones with organizations such as AkzoNobel, Presperse and more.

If you are employed in the fats and oils industry, you may be interested in our article in INFORM magazine. Maybe cosmetic chemistry is more your thing? If so, check out our series of articles in Nutracos Cosmetics.

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