Success Requires Having the Right Leadership.

We have proven experience helping organizations identify and hire executive leaders that not only possess the necessary skills and experience but also align seamlessly with the company's culture and long-term strategic vision.

Our passion is impacting your success. We will guide you through the process of finding the candidate who will make a profound impact on your organization. We partner with our clients to tailor a search strategy to fit the inherent demands of the project but also the unique circumstances facing the board members or owners of the organization.

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Our search process includes guiding you through each step of the process from gaining and in-depth understanding of the culture, challenges, and goals to successfully reaching a decision and onboarding the new executive.

Our clients are primarily middle market private, family Business, ESOP or Private Equity owned organizations with up to a billion in revenue. We work across industry segments but have concentrations in manufacturing, distribution and service-related organizations.

We have teams located in Michigan and Pennsylvania. We have a successful track record in those markets but also have proven success in markets across the US. Additionally, we place executives globally through established partners on 5 continents.

Our Focus
We work extensively on CEO, GM, President roles as well as functional C-Suite roles across functions including CFO, CHRO, COO and CRO.
Recently Filled Positions

  • President – Manufacturer
  • President – Community Bank
  • SVP HR – HealthCare System
  • CEO – ESOP Distributor
  • CFO – National DSO (PE)
  • COO – Family-owned Mfg co.

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.

Case Studies

Hiring a key executive is among the your most critical decisions to get right. We understand the gravity of these decisions and each situation provides a unique set of circumstances. We have a successful track record creating successful outcomes to these seemingly daunting situations.

Medical Products – CEO

Growing medical device manufacturer was replacing a long time, President. Concurrently, the owners decided to move from the executive office to board roles leaving open a CEO role. The challenge was replacing both the President and the two owners who were working in the business.

Our Approach
We worked with all the stake holders to develop a specification and a search strategy. We searched locally as well as nationally and within and outside of the medical device industry. The owners met a diverse slate of candidates and then took finalists through interviews, an assessment, and references.

The successful candidate has successfully transitioned into the role and has accomplished setting up the organization for additional growth.

Distributor – Pres./CEO search

Regional ESOP owned distributor going through a CEO retirement/transition. Met with the board to outline the approach WC would take, process and timetable. We were selected to perform the search.

Our Approach
Used a multiple approach search strategy which in this case included posting the position in an industry publication, reaching out to multiple referral sources and conducting both a nationwide and local area search for industry experience and general leadership candidate profiles.

Brought five highly qualified candidates through a multi-step process with the board resulting in a successful hire and transition from the retiring CEO to the new leader.

President (Community Bank)

500+ million asset community bank was creating a succession plan to replace a long time successful CEO. After gaining an understanding of the desired profile and goals of the organization we set out to finding the right pedigree, experience and fit with the organization and board. The challenge was finding the person with local market relationships which was a finite potential pool.

Our Approach
We did a market survey and included all potential candidates within the market. We reached out and engaged the pool. We boiled down the list to those who fit and were interested. The CEO and Board Chair interviewed a slate of candidates.

A finalist separated from the pack and went through final steps including meeting the leadership team and full board of directors. This individual has fit in with the organization extremely well giving the CEO the succession plan he was seeking.

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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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