Testimonials

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Testimonials 2017-10-12T14:02:44+00:00

“While CEO at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, we developed a meaningful relationship with Jim Batten and his firm, The Batten Group. We retained the firm to conduct executive level searches in major markets across the country which resulted in the hires of some of our best staff. The firm’s knowledge of our needs, the market and an extensive network of highly regarded professionals, allowed us a comfort that we would be interviewing the best talent that could be recruited for our specific needs. Jim and his firm bring 30 years of hands on experience in nonprofit, talent acquisition and strategic analysis of the market. We built a relationship of mutual trust, respect and felt confident our organization was always in good hands with Jim and The Batten Group as our strategic search partner. I would recommend The Batten Group to any organization seeking to recruit and attract the best talent for the most demanding and important hires.”

John Walter, Former Chief Executive Officer, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

“We are building a great partnership with The Batten Group team. They take the time to understand our organization and mission, and have presented us with quality talent for our more difficult to fill positions. Because of their extensive relationships in nonprofit, business and the public sector, their breadth of reach in providing excellent candidates for consideration for key roles has been invaluable.”

Ami McReynolds, Feeding America

“My experience with search firms has mostly been from the corporate side. Recently, I had the opportunity to work with Jim Batten, from the candidate side, and I was thoroughly impressed with his thoroughness, professionalism, and human touch. After he identified, contacted and engaged me from his network, he worked with me closely to understand what my values and talents were to ensure the best fit for his client. He spent a lot of time coaching me on the client’s needs, so I completely understood the role and expectations of the position.”

Phil Kozlowski, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

“Partnering with The Batten Group resulted in a strong pool of candidates for our vacant CEO position. The group truly possesses and in-depth background on all aspects facing today’s nonprofit health sector as well as an incredible potential candidate networking process. We found their approach to recruitment and selection to be one of integrity, insight, active listening, and always responsive to our needs. Their experience and expertise was invaluable and a model of professionalism that our selection team greatly appreciated.”

Al Rowe, Chairman of the Board of Directors, American Lung Association Upper Midwest

“We retained The Batten Group to launch two searches for Community Health Charities-NY, that of Chief Executive Officer and Vice President for Corporate Development. 

Jim took the time to meet as needed with our search committee, listen to the critical elements of the talent we needed to achieve our goals, create the materials for our launch and then recruit top level talent very quickly. The Batten Group has a team of expert recruiters who are in sync with nonprofit executives, boards and stakeholders. They intimately understand our unique industry needs, challenges, and are able to provide strategic counsel and direction that takes much of the risk out of making the wrong hire. I would recommend Jim Batten and The Batten Group to any hiring authority in nonprofit who seeks a proven search partner who delivers on what is promised, and works with the highest level of trust and integrity.”

Thomas G. Bognanno, President & CEO, Community Health Charities of America

“The National Psoriasis Foundation has engaged The Batten Group on several occasions to assist us in filling critical positions.

Jim has helped us find exceptional candidates for several community development manager positions based across the United States. Most recently, I worked with Jim to identify candidates for our Chief Scientific and Medical Officer.

Not only did The Batten Group present top candidates to us, but each candidates was very well qualified and fit the criteria we had provided Jim. I was impressed with his ability to present a wide range of candidates, based across the United States and in Europe. Based on the quality of candidates identified, it was apparent The Batten Group has an outstanding group of associates who have established relationships across the country that enable them to present ‘A’ quality talent very quickly.

As the person leading the search for the Chief Scientific and Medical Officer, I found The Batten Group to be professional, responsive and very easy to work with. From the presentation of seven top candidates, many in just a few weeks times, The Batten Group earned our respect as a national strategic search partner.”

Sally Spaid Norby, Director Training and Organizational Development, National Psoriasis Foundation

“Jim has a solid and successful development background. We initially worked together at the March of Dimes when Jim was in the Long Island chapter as Director of Development and I was in the New York metro area office as a Regional Director of Corporate Development. We later both worked at the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (JDF) where Jim did a great job raising funds and managing the Charlotte chapter as their Executive Director while I was National Director of Development at JDF. Jim’s nonprofit management and development experiences have served him well since he has transitioned to his current role as an executive recruiter. As a people person who truly understands nonprofit organizations, Jim offers a uniquely informed perspective to his clients which include Autism Speaks. While I was Executive Vice President at Autism Speaks, Jim successfully filled a number of key searches for me which I know was the result of his depth of understanding and personal experience gained over the past 30 years. His knowledge of the nonprofit community provides his clients an added value and distinct edge over many other executive search firms.

Glenn Tringali, National Executive Director, Adult Congenital Heart Association