Don Gaertner

Don Gaertner

Work experience

Work experience
1988 - Present

Partner / Co-Founder

Global Resources, Ltd.

Co-founder of this research and recruitment firm designed to provide clients with a cost effective alternative to traditional recruiting methods.

  • Manage executive search assignments across industry sectors that include medical, basic manufacturing, insurance, entertainment, aerospace, and non-profit.
  • Direct and participate in the creation of position specifications, sourcing of candidates, in depth candidate interviews and evaluations, coordination of candidate/client meetings, activity reports and comprehensive background references.
  • Functional expertise in the areas of: IT, Marketing, Human Resources, Non-Profit, Global Manufacturing Operations and General Management, Engineering, Project Management, Sales, Clinical Expertise, Staff Management and Board of Directors positions.
2004 - 2009

Vice President

Gary Kaplan & Associates

Retained executive search firm providing multiple markets and industries with high caliber recruitment services delivering effective leadership solutions for clients. 

  • Actively participate in business development and generate yearly billings of $500,000+.
  • Participated and managed executive search and research projects for companies in high technology, medical device, pharmaceuticals, financial services, consulting, manufacturing, retail, insurance and software development.
1999 - 2004

Managing Principal

Global career transition and organizational consulting firm with 325 offices worldwide and sales in excess of $550 million.

Responsible for the profit and loss of the West Los Angeles and Woodland Hills offices reflecting combined sales of $5 million and a professional staff of 20.

  • Personal annual sales of $1.5M serving 32 corporate clients
  • Supervised sales, delivery and administrative staff on a daily basis
  • Set key performance goals annually for each staff member
  • Oversaw the expenses in each functional area
  • Managed the top line sales activities of five sales/business development professionals supporting the areas of Career Transition and Organizational Consulting
  • Recruitment of staff

Client Services Consultant   (1999 to 2001)

  • Business development consultant in the areas of Career Transition and Organizational Consulting with 45 corporate clients representing a cross section of industry sectors.
  • Attained annual billing goals each year in excess of assigned goals averaging $1.5 to $1.7 million in sales. Recognized as "Outstanding Salesperson" for three consecutive years.
  • Won several exclusive four year contracts that included such companies as Northrop Grumman, Aramark Uniform, Invensys Corporation and DaVita Corporation.
  • Participated in 21 company sponsored sales, management, product, and coaching certification training programs.

Early Career Experience: Managing Partner, Boyden International; Managing Partner, AT Kearney;  Vice President, Houze Shourds & Montgomery;  Partner, Ward Howell International; Senior Vice President, Human Resources, McGraw Edison Company;  Vice President Human Resources, Republic Corporation; Director Human Resources, McGraw Edison Company;  Director Human Resources, Transportation Group, PepsiCo;  Director  Human Resources, Automotive Group, Rockwell International