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Wayne L'Heureux
Vice President, Human Capital

Rasmussen College, Formerly at Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc.

"I wanted to take a moment to thank you and all the staff I have come to know at Tower Consultants, Ltd. for helping me build great Human Resources teams.  Your entire team worked with us in a partnership.  You understood the work objectives we needed to accomplish, not just the profile of the person we needed.  Understanding the organization, the current situation, and department objectives allowed the search effort to add more value, and helped us raise the standard of performance in our HR department.  The recruiting process never ends, and what started as identifying and bringing on a Director, in a key role, lead to successful searches for several other human resource professionals.

All the candidates that you and the Tower team identified and presented met and often exceeded the specs we outlined.  You never wasted my time; all the candidates were presented quickly, and with the appropriate amount of background information.  The nationwide network of human resource professionals the search consultants at Tower have built was evident as you continued over and over to find up and coming talent with solid experience and credentials.  The ability of you and your team to fill all of our searches in a most timely and professional manner helped us move faster on the changes we needed to make to accomplish our objectives.  Further, your support staff was terrific in scheduling appointments and arranging all the travel and logistics.

Now over 2 years after doing our first placement together, the group we hired with Tower's assistance has all done exceeding well.  More than delivering several professionals, you built a family that functions effectively together.  I really appreciate the way you and the staff regularly follow-up with me, and the candidates to assure their continued positive adjustment.  Indeed, I would be pleased to recommend you for all and any human resource searches.

I look forward to continuing the relationship.”

James Michaud
Adjunct Professor, School of Human Resources & Labor Relations

Michigan State University

"I have worked with Donna and her team at Tower Consultants for over 15 years.  Donna and her team have placed high-level HR and LR professionals in my organization at both Alcoa and Mittal Steel.  I would give her the highest recommendation possible as an Executive HR/LR search leader."

Toby Mannheimer
Senior Vice President Human Resources
DRS Technologies & Finmeccanica North America

"Congratulations on the 25th Anniversary of Tower Consultants!!  As they say, "only the strong survive" --or in your case "only the strong survive and prosper over the long term".      

Raymond Goldberg
Vice President Global Benefit Strategy
Lucent Technologies, Inc., Formerly Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.

"I have worked with Donna both as a candidate and a hiring manager (more than once).  She knows her clients and candidates extremely well, and both she and her support team provide responsive and helpful feedback throughout the process.  I hired two candidates through her -- in one case, creating a job because the fit was that good; both individuals performed very well and were a good cultural fit.

Highly recommended."

Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity

Stuart Boyne
Group Head of Human Resources

Endurance Services Limited, Formerly Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford

"It was a very professional search very much tailored around the needs of the client (me).  I was pleased with the way time zones were managed and I never felt out of the loop.  The quality of candidates was excellent as was the understanding of our needs.

I would use you again because of your professionalism, reach and the quality of your consultants.  I would recommend you because you get results.”  

Corey Heller
Human Resources Executive

Intermountain Health Care, Inc., Formerly Baptist Health South Florida - Placed Candidate and Repeat Client

"Chris has always demonstrated outstanding customer service to me in both a client and a candidate capacity.  Her sense of urgency and flexibility to the ever changing job specs was extraordinary.”  

Luis A. Jimenez, CECP


“In the compensation profession, your efforts have been instrumental in the appointment of great talent.  From time to time, I come across people who can attest to this in a number of leading organizations.  I was hoping to convey this and the deserved recognition.  Especially because in our profession, identifying and mentoring great talent seems to be a familiar and perennial challenge.”

Kurt Elia
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Argo Group US, Formerly Endurance Services Limited

"Excellent!  Tower presented a good slate of high quality candidates in a timely manner.  Excellent communications along the way and expert help in closing the deal.  I will definitely use Tower again.  Chris does great work, is very trustworthy, and is a great partner.”  

Scott Bontempo
Senior Operating Executive – Human Capital
Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, Formerly Dex Media, Inc.

“Donna Friedman and her team are very professional; know their space and the best talent in that space.  She is extremely responsive to her clients and can be counted on to keep looking for the right person, not just any person, for her clients’ search needs.”  

Virginia Lord
Managing Director

Lord Consulting Group LLC

"I have worked with Donna and her firm over a span of 20 years.  During that period, her firm and her client base have expanded beyond normal expectations due to the quality of the work performed and the total above average pre-consulting work done for her clients as well as her candidates.  

Donna and her team of professionals work diligently to insure the correct "match" is made.  She has extraordinary research skills, which complement her sales and marketing capabilities.  Her perseverance in matching the right person to the search is only bypassed by her strong investigative and interviewing skills.  Donna matches the needs of her clients with the professional and personal needs of candidates.  Each of the individuals I have referred to her recognizes the professionalism and care she applies to their search.  Each company I have referred to her mirror the same opinion.  

Tower Consultants "towers" over its competition."

Michael Kannisto
Global Director of Talent Acquisition

IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances Corp.), Formerly BASF Corporation

“The scene: An important VP’s office in corporate-land.

Important VP: Michael, we need a passionate, connected, innovative, inspiring HR leader to take this organization to the next level.  Now this is what –
Me: Tower Consultants
Important VP: Don’t interrupt me!  I need you to find out who the BEST talent in this industry is.  Leave no stone unturned!  
Me: Tower Consultants
Important VP: Michael, I don’t think you understand.  Talent is the make-or-break in today’s business world.  I need someone who knows all the key players, AND someone who can get those key players to return their calls.  
Me: Tower Consultants
Important VP: Stop interrupting – we need someone who understands our company, too.  
Me: Tower Consultants

The scene: The CEO’s office, several weeks later

CEO: Well done, VP.  How did you ever find such a PERFECT HR professional?  
Important VP: Awww . . . it was nothing!  

Moral -- Call Tower!!!”   

Patrick Wilkinson
Human Resources Executive

HSBC Securities, Inc.

"I wanted to thank you for your assistance with our recent search for a Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources Infrastructure, and Support.  As a client of Tower Consultants, I have only good things to say about the service your team provided to me and to HSBC.  As this was a challenging assignment, seeking a senior professional with heavy emphasis on tactical as well as strategic work, your team did a great job in understanding and filling this complex need.

You set out to totally acquaint yourselves with the many facets of this job, and I appreciate how you took the time to speak with multiple stakeholders on our team who were to be involved in evaluating candidates during the interview process.  This went a long way in your understanding of both the position and our culture, and resulted in a precisely targeted slate of candidates.  In seeking the perfect candidate for this crucial role, not only did you identify someone that met the technical requirements of the job, but also someone who could be a potential successor for my position.  Sourcing your obviously strong network of senior level Human Resources financial services professionals, you quickly submitted a diverse slate of potential candidates, and we were able to make an offer and gain acceptance in less than three months.

Out of the potential candidate pool that you presented to us, all were worthwhile, and we were highly interested in five candidates, who were invited to meet with my team for first and second round personal interviews.  The end result was two finalists, both stellar candidates, well able to take on the responsibilities of this job.  How nice to be able to make choices!

You partnered with us to make sure the selection process moved forward quickly, and built strong relationships with these candidates, which went a long way in working out any kinks before they turned into major issues.

While Tower is not a New York based search firm, you had no problem quickly identifying local high caliber viable candidates for us, and were able to meet candidates in person in a timely and cost effective manner.

You and your team worked well with our administrative assistants, scheduling interviews and phone conversations, and making travel and lodging accommodations.  I also appreciated how everyone in your firm was involved in the search and that someone knowledgeable was always available to manage any issues.  Tower was on top of every phase of the recruitment process from beginning to end, and that was reassuring to me.  The Tower team was extremely thorough in assessing candidates, and I appreciated the in-depth background histories and reference checks submitted in writing.

We enjoyed working with a boutique specialty firm that has an extensive Human Resources network and goes the extra mile to treat both candidates and clients with that special personal touch.  I would certainly work with you in the future, and will recommend Tower Consultants, Ltd. to other organizations looking for the best Human Resources professionals.

Thank you again to the Tower Team!"

Leslie J. Fagenson
Human Resources Professional, Director

Ballenisles Country Club, Formerly Honeywell International

"As both a candidate and a client, I have found Tower Consultants first rate.  As a senior candidate, I was treated as a valuable asset - professionally briefed for all of my interviews on the company, the specific position and environment as well as the individuals that I would be meeting.  As a client, I saw a very high level understanding of the Human Resources market/candidate pool and due diligence in terms of investing the time to get the understanding of the position, the history and prospects of the particular area and the true specifications of different types of ideal candidates from all involved in the hiring process.  We gave Tower some difficult assignments with a small candidate pool, but they managed to come up with both traditional and more diverse candidates that we ultimately hired.  The other quality that sets Towers apart is their professional follow-up ensuring that candidates are working out and clients are satisfied, but not aggressively pushing for new business - the emphasis being on investing in the long term relationship.”  

John Cunha
Human Resources Executive

Hewlett-Packard Co.

"It has been my pleasure over the years to have worked with Donna and her team as both a client and candidate.  In addition to responsiveness, wonderful service, and optimism, Donna stays in personal contact whether or not there is something in play.  She always finds time to stay interested in you as a person and provide advice, as appropriate."  

Robert “Bob” Morris
Vice President, Organizational Development
NBTY, Inc.

“I highly recommend Donna Friedman and the Tower Consultants group to candidates or companies seeking to work with a highly professional, highly ethical executive recruiting firm.  Donna is very responsive to candidates and can be relied upon to always speak honestly and candidly about the details of a given position.  In addition, she is equally honest and straightforward in her dealings with candidates.  In the executive recruiting industry, I consider Donna and her firm to be at the top of the list and highly recommend them.”  

Aroni Banerjee
Compensation & Benefits Leader, Platform Engineering Group
Intel Corporation, Formerly Honeywell ACS

"Chris Rose was very helpful all throughout the process and her input helped me overcome obstacles in my path.  I really enjoyed interacting with her.  I would work with her any day and hopefully will again.”  

Robin DeRogatis
Vice President Human Resources
Triumph Controls, Formerly Cephalon, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson

"I appreciate the detailed candidate summary.  Additionally, I felt that a lot of consideration was given to cultural fit, not just technical knowledge and experience.”  

Marybeth Gallagher
Human Resources Director

Flatiron Construction, Formerly Harris Corporation

"Having relocated East in support of a career advancement opportunity for my spouse, I found myself in the job seeker's market.  A colleague introduced me to Tower Consultants, a group working to identify candidates for an opportunity in my new city.  My experience working with the Tower Consultants team was extraordinary.  The knowledgeable boutique HR firm is top notch.  As a candidate I was treated with the utmost courtesy and professionalism throughout the entire selection process, they even worked with me to insure I was thoroughly prepared for the interview day and knew what to expect.  As an experienced Human Resources professional, should I again be in the market or be looking to fill an HR role on my own team I wouldn't think twice about engaging Tower Consultants.  Thank you for the excellent experience, I recommend Tower Consulting to both companies and candidates and hope to work with them again in the future.”  

Joanne Savitsky
Senior Director, Compensation
Comcast Cable Communications, Inc., Formerly Cox Enterprises, Inc.

“I had worked with Chris Rose on a prior assignment of hers and even though I ultimately passed on the opportunity, Chris has continued to check in with me as other opportunities crossed her desk.  When my current role arose, Donna reached out to me and did an exceptional job of explaining not only the job, but more importantly, the unique company culture.  For the first time in a very long time, I am very happy in my career!"  

Daniel Cymbala
Managing Director, Compensation, Benefits, Rewards
HighPoint HR LLC, Formerly Solaris Health System

“I worked with Donna on a confidential search at a top tier institution of higher learning.  She has excellent people insights and a knack for getting at the essence of the right fit between candidate and the client.  I would work with her on another search without hesitation.”  

Amy Talbert
Global Director, Staffing, Refining & Marketing and Corporate Functions
BP British Petroleum, Formerly Honeywell International

"Tower was outstanding!  Excellent candidates, very responsive and great service.  Tower was responsive, had great candidates, and was quick to complete assignments.  Tower really seemed to “understand” the profile we were looking for – excellent job!”  

Cindy Wukitsch
Director, Employee Relations/Staffing
PPL Services Corporation

"We were very pleased with the handling of our HR searches.  Tower’s turnaround time was impressive and candidate quality was very good.  We would use Tower again for several reasons: they took the time to understand our needs, produced diverse candidate slates, and thoroughly checked candidate references.  We recommend Tower."

Gordon Parry
Aristotle Group, Formerly Alliance Data

“Donna Friedman and her team at Tower Consultants are incredible talent acquisition partners.  I have worked with Donna as a candidate and a client over many years.  Their depth of expertise in Human Resources and skill in talent identification, assessment, and selection make them an invaluable resource.  Tower Consultants partnered with me in filling a client’s critical need for a Compensation leader.  The speed, focus, and quality of their partnership resulted in an outstanding candidate for the role as it stands today as well as the future needs of the business.  This was a critical hire for the organization and we are very pleased with the results.”  

Stephen Karp
Human Resources Executive

Karp Financial Strategies, Formerly Spherion Corporation

“Donna does an amazing job of staying in touch with talent in the marketplace.  She embraces the concept that today's candidate is tomorrow's client.  For clients, she puts her all into meeting their needs.  Working with Donna is a pleasure.”  

Julie Robinson
Director, Enterprise Talent Acquisition

The Delta Companies, Formerly Alliance Data

“Donna Friedman and Chris Rose were thorough and very good at anticipating what questions we might have.  They had information to support thorough candidate interviews.  I never once wondered where they were on the search because there was good communication throughout the process.  I would use Tower again and recommend to anyone, as they have a passion for what they do.  They listen to a client’s needs and make recommendations based on their depth of experience.  They do not oversell the candidate.”  

Ronald J. Weaver
CAMtech Precision Manufacturing

“The search was done timely and professionally -- the communication was excellent.  I would recommend Tower because for them it is all about the people, which is the number one investment."

Douglas Systrom
(Retired) Vice President, Human Resources Business Partner, Global Information Technology
TJX Corporation

“Tower performed a very focused search.  Donna Friedman was great at communicating through the entire process – start to finish.  I would definitely contract Tower again, as I know I will get results!”

Wayne C. Blikre
(Retired) Vice President, Human Resources
Amadeus North America, Inc.

"It was truly a pleasurable experience dealing with everyone I met at Tower.  You are all very professional and also a lot of fun.  My only regret about working with the Tower gang is that we didn't foster our relationship years earlier.  I haven't done many searches due largely to budget restrictions but finding you when I did was a godsend.  You would have come in handy a few times in the past as well."

Gregory McQuater
(Retired) Director, Human Resources, Taco Bell
PepsiCo, Inc.

"Over 21 years ago you took a chance and set up an interview between PepsiCo and a candidate who had zero experience in corporate America!  That ultimately led to a 16-year career that worked out pretty well for both parties.  For that, I will be forever grateful to you...  My PepsiCo ties are still strong".

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