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Why Work with a Boutique Firm?

Discovering and assessing the absolute best leader for any role is very important! Don’t risk having your search handed off to a junior associate at one of the “Big 10” firms (where you would typically have no further communication with the “Sr. Business Development Rep” who sold you on using that firm in the first place). It would likely take four to six months to run the search, potentially ending up with a rejected offer, or worse yet - a nightmare scenario in the form of a bad hire.

Source and Recruit

We find highly specialized executives you can’t effectively recruit on your own in about 10 business days.


All of Ropella’s executive searches are executed with our proprietary, 12-step recruitment process, The SMART Search System®.


We stay ahead of the curve with cutting-edge systems and solutions that give our clients a competitive advantage.

About the SMART Search System®

The SMART Search System® drives quality and speed. It helps us find highly-specialized executives you can't effectively recruit on your own in about 10 business days. It impacts an organization's long-term success, enhances their employer brand, and yields a greater quality of hire.


THE RIGHT HIRE GUARANTEE We guarantee your hire is The Right Hire or we'll rerun your search at no charge.


To Qualified

An average job opening attracts about 250 resumes – a great majority are not even close matches. We deliver extremely well qualified executives who meet your search parameters in about 10 days.


First Offer
Acceptance Rate

Based on research and 35 years of experience, we know offers extended by Hiring Managers and/or HR Leaders result in approx. a 40% rejection rate and typically require two weeks to wrap up. Our executive search competitors average closer to 30% and a week. Because of our SMART Compensation, Benefits and Relocation Assessment System and our proprietary Comp. Comparison Calculator we get 90% of our offers acceptance in the first round and within three days.


to Placement

We understand the real cost of a vacant position and know how critical it is to find the right hire, right away. We know from our clients the average time it takes our competitors and HR recruiting teams is well over 90 days to a completed search.


Completion Rate

We can find highly specialized, passive candidates that you and other recruiters can’t find on your own. And we work very fast – resulting in extremely high completion rates. 76% of hiring decision makers report a concern or challenge in attracting and hiring passive candidates and find well over 30% of their openings remain open for six months or more.


Long Term
Stick Rate

Replacing an employee can cost anywhere from 16% to 213% of the individual’s salary. Our process ensures the company and executive are both carefully assessed for fit and expectations clearly aligned for both parties - resulting in long-term matches.


One Year
Promotion Rate

Our SMART Search System helps us find the executives who meet all your search parameters, but more importantly take the company to their desired goals, ensuring a long-term fit with hires that grow and promote with your company.


Annual Rate Of
Repeat Business

Precise and predictable hiring results mean our clients return to us again and again with their executive hiring challenges. A win for everyone involved.

The Ropella Group has negotiated over $23 million dollars in Total Compensation Plans
for our clients and executive candidates in the last three years.

What sets us apart?

You are Our #1 Priority

As a boutique firm, we’re able to dive in deep to develop strong relationships with everyone involved in the assessment and hiring process. Rest assured that your search won’t be handed off to a junior level associate. Every search we do is handled with care by our CEO and team of experienced search consultants.

Smarter Executive Search

We’ve spent nearly 35 years formulating and testing our proprietary SMART Search System® — which is like Six Sigma for executive search. This highly refined, process-driven system enables us to source, market to, assess, recruit, and train the most talented passive candidates faster and more efficiently than any of our competitors.