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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.

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.

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


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Accomplished senior executive recognized for bringing leadership, administrative, and management skills to complex situations in human resources, executive search and career transition.  Exceptional strategic marketing, sales and general management ability is combined with proven business acumen to balance growth, organizational efficiency and profit goals.  Forge strong business relationships focused on teamwork, service level, and cost containment to achieve client goals for a variety of industries and disciplines. Core competencies include:

Recruitment & Employment ~ Leadership Development ~ Succession Planning

Budget Management ~ Account Development & Client Retention

Performance Improvement ~ Coaching & Mentoring


Donald G. Gaertneris an accomplished senior executive with more than three decades of management experience in human resources, executive search, and career transition across a range of industries...Click here to read more