About Hagerthy & Co.
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight…
It’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
While that may sound like an unusual way to talk about a search firm, it sums up some things about the recruiting industry and how different recruiters operate.
Finding the talent is no longer the “fight”. With today’s unparalleled access to
information, having a list of people in the industry gives a recruiter, at best,
a few days head start. The real “fight” is getting the candidates who are not looking
for a job excited about your opportunity. Most companies see industry contacts as
a key factor in determining which recruiter to engage. Having “a lot of contacts
in the industry” can be a code phrase for recycling old candidates from prior searches.
You’re not paying a recruiter to tap into a database and bring you names of people
who have already said they would like to make a move; an ad will bring you the bulk
of those candidates. You’re paying a recruiter to mine deep to find candidates who
are not looking for a job, but became interested when the recruiter contacted them
about your opportunity. These are “sleeper” candidates and are usually the best talent
at their company. “Mining deep to find top talent” is what we do at Hagerthy & Co.
Getting top talent interested in the opportunity is only part of the “fight”. The rest is implementing a hiring process that:
• Structures interviews to unearth the most relevant predictors of future success.
• Assesses accurately and moves only the highly qualified candidates to the next step.
• Results in offers only to candidates who are capable of meeting your clearly defined expectations.
My colleagues and I have worked on over 300 searches and combining our experience with surveys and research, we have identified the top 5 hiring mistakes most companies make. We have developed a recruiting process specifically designed to address those mistakes and act as consultants to make sure our clients are hiring the best possible talent.
Knowing the background of the “dogs” you are sending into the fight is important.
Mike started his career in banking and holds a bachelors degree in Marketing and an MBA in
Finance. He was recruited to be one of the early marketing professionals in the public accounting
profession where he spent over eight years as the regional head of market for three international
accounting and consulting firms including Deloitte.
He began his recruiting career over 17 years ago when he became a partner in a startup venture,
IMCOR, which was providing senior interim executives for private equity funds and large corporate
clients. He helped build IMCOR to be the largest firm of its kind in the country and continued with
the firm after it was sold to an NYSE company.
He formed Hagerthy & Co. specifically to serve the unique recruiting needs of middle market companies and the portfolio companies of private equity firms. He has conducted over 150 searches in multiple industries and functions. He is a sought after speaker on the topics of how to make better hires and tips for executives in transition.
Ms. Watson's more than fifteen years of experience in the executive search field has afforded her
the opportunity to service virtually all functional areas and industries, though she has particular
experience in entertainment, healthcare, biotechnology, high technology, construction,
defense/aerospace and general management.
Ms. Watson gained much of her experience while she was a Partner at a retained research and
executive search firm, The Simonds Group. Prior to this, she served as Director of Research at
Houze, Shourds & Montgomery, Inc. – a leading
retained boutique search firm based in Los Angeles.
Ms. Watson has shared her expertise with the International Association of Corporate and
Professional Recruiters (IACPR) -
Ms. Watson was nominated for the Orange County Business Journal’s prestigious “2002 Women in Business Award” and has been a guest speaker at Long Beach City College; discussing such topics as “Preparing Yourself for an Interview” and “How to Write a Resume”. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for Senior Meals and Services, a non-
Angela D. Smith
Ms. Smith brings eight years experience in the executive search field to SWR Resource Network,
Inc. Prior to joining SWRRN, she worked with The Simonds Group where her assignments focused
on consumer products, manufacturing and engineering,
healthcare and professional services.
Ms. Smith obtained her B.S. in Business Management with honors distinction from the University of
Phoenix South Coast Campus. Ms Smith is a lifelong member of the esteemed academic honors
society, Alpha Gamma Sigma. Additionally, she has demonstrated her commitment through her
involvement with several volunteer organizations serving as President, Vice President of Community
Relations and Chairperson of the Fall Regional Conference, organizing Hiring Clinics focusing on
transitioning from college to career as well
She is a member of The Southern California Research Roundtable, an organization of research professionals, and has won numerous community service awards, including the Robert Mantovani and Hall of Fame, for her contributions. Most recently, Ms. Smith joined Toastmasters International and plans to stay active in her school and community while continuing to develop her professional leadership skills.
Consistent with the standards of the executive search industry, our professional
fee is based on service and is typically one-
third of the final candidate’s estimated first year’s total cash compensation, including base salary and
bonuses. In addition, we are reimbursed for actual, reasonable out-
There are no charges for “other administrative expenses” which other search firms charge as an
after we have achieved the agreed upon milestone. A typical billing structure would be:
Billed at onset of work.
Billed at the introduction of qualified candidates (Usually between 4 and 6 weeks)
Billed at the successful completion of the search. Due upon the candidate’s first day of employment
Partial Client List
Private Equity Firm Clients
AVF Holding Ltd.
Doyle & Boissiere
Catalyst Equity Partners
HIG Private Equity
Hampshire Equity Partners
McCown De Leeuw & Co
Recovery Equity Partners
Triton Pacific Partners
Trust Company of the West
Wedbush Private Equity
Middle Market Companies
M & M Blinds
Bank of the West
3 Day Blinds
Arctic Slope Regional Corp.
Coleman Natural Meats
Color Spot Nurseries
Crossroad Capital Partners
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