Trusted Advisors for Long-Term Success

We understand having the right people in key positions will have a profound impact on the organization's success.

Building trusting, enduring relationships is the cornerstone of our business.
We understand that your success is intertwined with ours, and that's why we put your best interests first in everything we do.

Boutique Services

We understand one size does not fit all. We provide tailored talent solutions that include both retained executive search as well as contingency search services in specialized areas. We primarily deliver those services to middle market companies including private equity, family owned, privately owned and ESOP owned companies. Our key leadership domains include finance, accounting, HR, operations and sales/marketing and C-suite including CEO roles.

Client Focus

At the core of our philosophy is the unwavering dedication to building long term, trust-based relations. Our goal is not merely to fill your position but rather to help you achieve your long terms goals. This client-centric ethos permeates every aspect of our work, making us trusted advisors and strategic partners with our client organizations.Located in Michigan, we cater to local, national and global hiring needs ensuring we can provide solutions to your most challenging needs.

The WilliamCharles Difference

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Our team has the experience to help you with your most critical hiring decisions. We have delivered successfully for our clients… time and time again.
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Every situation is different. We will adapt a search strategy and process to your tailored need.
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We develop trusting relationships with our clients. We approach our work focused on your best interests.
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We are able to identify, attract and discern candidates who will deliver exceptional performance.

Tailored Hiring Solutions

We recognize that every client’s journey is distinctive. Whether you are a family-owned business, a middle-market corporation, or a private equity-backed company, our approach is tailored to your specific needs and aspirations. Our suite of services, encompassing both retained executive search and contingent search, is designed to adapt, and evolve with you. Your success is our top priority, and we’re here to ensure you have the right leaders by your side at every step.

Executive Search

When you need trusted assistance for your most crucial strategic hiring needs. We have trusted experience leading you through a step-by-step process to identify, attract and hire executives who will seamlessly integrate and impact the success of your organization.

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Professional Recruiting

When you need broader access to talent. We have recruiting team members focused on providing value added direct hire recruiting services to our client organizations. This gives you access to passive candidates who are not answering job postings.

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Contract Placement

When you need to fill a need immediately. We apply the same careful vetting that we use in direct hire to help clients locate candidates to handle contract, project based or interim needs. Our focus in this area includes finance and accounting, human resources across and project resources.

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Our Process Ensures a Successful Fit Every time (How we Work)

We execute each step of the executive search process with a critical eye. We understand the critical organizational importance of hiring the candidate who will deliver exceptional performance.

1 Discovery


Gain an understanding around the culture, organizational values, and goals. Meet key constituents and understand the desired outcomes for the role.

2 Strategy


Critical for key stakeholders to align around the desired candidate profile. This includes the experience profile and a list of intangibles required for a seamless integration.

3 Recruiting


Tailor the recruiting, attraction & evaluation process to the specific need. Build in key steps in the process, assessment, and stake holder involvement.

4 Present


Execute the research, sourcing and recruiting strategy. Build a candidate pool that involves covering the desired candidate market while narrowing the pool against tangible and intangible requirements updating our clients through this process.

5 Evaluation


Vett the candidate pool and collaborate to develop a short slate of candidates. Incorporate tools and criteria to use through client interview process. Determine final candidate(s) and execute final steps of evaluation.

6 Selection


Facilitate the final decision taking into account all the steps in the process including data points from assessment, references and evaluation process. Assist with the offer, acceptance, resignation and on-boarding process.

Building Your Talent Capability One Talented Leader at a Time

We have expertise to fill the critical needs in departments across your organization.

Client Segments

We are primarily focused on the middle market with companies on average ranging in size up to 500 million in sales. We do a concentration of work with Family-Owned Businesses and Private Equity Owned companies. We have expertise with employee owned (ESOP) and private owned companies.

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WilliamCharles has deep and broad experience working across a number of different industries and sectors. Located in Michigan gives us extensive experience with manufacturing and distribution industries. At times, specific industry experience is critical – other times it is better to seek the best talent across industries. We help you navigate those critical decisions.

Finding the Right Fit Locally and Globally

We take pride in having close-up knowledge of the talent in our local and regional markets. We also work with a partner network of search professionals that allows us to expand our expertise and access that same intimacy in markets across North America and the world.

If your looking for global talent, our established in-country search partners will bring knowledge of local talent markets, laws and will guide you through the process to a success hiring conclusion. This includes 500 locations on five continents. Learn more about NPAworldwide at

Global Positions Filled
VP Sales – Germany
General Manager – Shang Hai
Controller – Beijing, China
General Sales Manager – Mexico
Business Unit Manager – Germany
Controller – Toronto CA
General Manager – Qing Dao, China

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Bill Benson

President [email]
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Chuck Smeester

VP Partner [email]
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Paula Perkins

Executive Recruiter [email]
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Amy Suitter

Team Coordinator [email]
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Amy Judge

Accounting Manager [email]
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Jeff McGraw

VP Managing Director [email]
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Andrea Mehalco

Administrative Specialist [email]
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Mandy Murphy

Talent Research Manager [email]
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Nancy Rexroad

Executive Recruiter [email]
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Karen Stuart

Executive Recruiter [email]

Community Engagement

Kids' Food Basket

We love supporting the work of Kids Food Basket and we hope to encourage you to do the same as we highlight what they do for our community. We have participated in many of their events and fundraisers, such as golf outings, dinners, holiday cards and volunteering. We find them to be a wonderful and worthy organization to support. Join us in partnering with them to help feed kids in West Michigan!

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Community Partnerships

Let’s Elevate Your Success

Contact us today to discover how WilliamCharles Search Group can strategically elevate your leadership team and drive your organization toward new heights of achievement.

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