Blogs & Case Studies

Transition & Exit Planning: Why, When & How? Hosted by Ideal Business Transition Solutions and Now CFO

Do you have solutions penned for the uncertainty in life? Are your family and employees protected?
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Acumen Hosts Client Appreciation Party

Acumen welcomed dear colleagues to an appreciation party in October. It was a delight to connect with people in person! The wonderful company, in addition to the great food and …

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How Do You Position Your Company to Attract Top Leadership Talent?

The pandemic forced us to alter our focus to what is most important: namely family, human connection, good health, flexible work arrangements, and most importantly, the “why.”  Needs and criteria …

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Executive Compensation – Establishing KPIs

By Suzanne Hanifin Today, executive compensation packages are heavily weighted toward salary and bonuses.  As Executive Recruiters, we are often asked, “how do we set up a fair bonus structure?” …

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New CEO Breathes New Life and Innovation into Public-Sector Organization

By Molly Norton Acumen was retained to locate the next CEO for a leading edge, respected, highly regulated Oregon-based quasi-governmental institution that has existed since the late 70’s. The organization …

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Your Words Are Powerful

Your words can frame a person’s perspective of you in just moments.  Read tips how to present yourself with credibility
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What’s Your Company’s Future

What’s Your Company’s Future. It starts with a conversation about culture, can you describe it in five words?
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Transition & Exit Planning – The Why, When, and What

Succession planning webinar on how to maximize financial return and strengthen your organization as you plan for retirement.
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Retire Without Selling – Putting Your Plan to Work, Part 3

Retiring without selling, putting your plan to work. Part 3 of series lead by Alice Tang, Suzanne Hanifin, Don Bielen, and Jim Grew.
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Are You Zoomed Out?

There's a reason we have been experiencing being ZOOMED-OUT and MS TEAMS-OUT
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Retiring Without Selling – Crafting Your Personal Plan Webinar, Part 2

Retiring without selling, crafting your personal plan. Part 2 of series lead by Alice Tang, Suzanne Hanifin, Don Bielen, and Jim Grew.
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Retiring Without Selling – Finding Options For You Webinar, Part 1

Retiring without selling, finding options for you. Part 1 of series lead by Alice Tang, Suzanne Hanifin, Don Bielen, and Jim Grew.
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Why Acumen Executive Search?

Why Acumen should become your partner for your executive recruiting needs.
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CEO Insights Invites Heyke Kirkendall-Baker

Heyke Kirkendall-Baker, Founder of NW Employer Solutions and CEO of Parity Software. What you need to do to protect yourself regarding Parity Laws in Oregon.
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CEO Insights Invites Carl Cox

Carl Cox, CEO of 40 Strategy. Today more than ever, having a strategy has never been more important. Hear from the Strategy Expert himself.
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Planning on Selling Your Business? Think Again…

There will be a wave of Baby Boomer business owners retiring but research shows there aren’t enough buyers for all those businesses. What are the alternatives?
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CEO Insights Invites Kate Kanapeaux

Kate Kanapeaux, VP of Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition discusses pivoting to support members’ business growth, our region’s economy, and national security.
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CEO Insights Invites Adi Klevit

Adi Klevit, CEO and Founder of Business Success Consulting Group. Processes and Procedures for Effective Business Practices During Covid-19.
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CEO Insights Invites Leonard Felix

Leodard Felix, President of CID BioScience & Felix Instruments to discuss how diversity and innovation is key during the the pandemic.
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Acumen Helps Real Estate Development Client Secure Top-Tier C-Level-Talent to Bring World-Class Biotech Innovation to Portland

Acumen Helps Real Estate Development Client Secure Top-Tier C-Level-Talent to Bring World-Class Biotech Innovation to Portland
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Acumen Case Study with Will Fox

Suzanne Hanifin speaks with Will Fox, COO of Precision Analytical on how Acumen did placing him and everything he has accomplished in a short amount of time.
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Acumen Resume Quick Tip

A simple way to increase your unique value proposition and help your resume get noticed
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CEO Insights Invites: Laura Salerno Owens

Laura Salerno Owens, President of Markowitz Herbold PC. Watch and learn about how a premier litigation firm is navigating its way out of COVID-19.
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CEO Insights Invites: Will Fox

Will Fox, the COO of Precision Analytical discusses how they relied on their core values to make their way through the shutdown.
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CEO Insights Invites: Andrew Hermann

Andrew Hermann, Pres of CorSource Technology Group, shares importance of reconnecting old relationships and building new ones within the technology community.
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The 7 Basic Rules for Sellers

Professional 50 member Pete McDowell provides an easy checklist to reference when thinking about succession planning. 
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CEO Insights Invites Kendra Iden

Kendra Iden, President of KIKS Co, a Globally Inspired Design & Sourcing Firm for your home decor. Watch and learn about starting a business during COVID-19.
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Acumen Presents Career Support Services

Acumen can help guide your career strategy, personal branding, and help you nail your next interview.
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CEO Insights Invites: Agnes Zach

Agnes Zach has been a leader within the local Non-Profit community and discusses the non-profit landscape, success stories, and outlook for smaller non-profits.
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CEO Insights Invites: Chris Keefer

Chris Keefer, Principal of Keefer Strategies, a Preventative Law practice. Watch now and learn about preventative law from an expert attorney.
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CEO Insights Invites Ron Schoenheit

Ron Schoenheit, Founder & President of Cascade Protection Systems. Watch now and learn about a local company and their innovation during a time of crisis.
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CEO Insights with Chris Marsh, Leader Extraordinaire

Acumen is proud to share the first interview in our “CEO Insights” series: Chris Marsh, Leader Extraordinaire.
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Local Seamstresses Come to the Rescue of Pediatric Patients in Need

Local Seamstresses Come to the Rescue of Pediatric Patients in Need
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Onboarding Lessons and Advice

The most effective onboarding plans are those that give their executives a 3-month schedule that allow them to work a week within each group in the organization. 
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How to Thrive in a Time of Video Interviews

Here are a couple resources to help get you started navigating this virtual world of interviewing.
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The Acumen Approach – Now Backed By Behavioral Science

The Science and Power of Story. Behavioral science shows a staggering 95% of all decisions are first made emotionally
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How One Well-Placed HR Business Partner Can Transform an Enterprise and Mitigate Risk

A decades-old international transportation company needed a strategic HR leader who had the ability to lead following the strong Founder’s departure. 
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Acumen Facilitates Succession Plan at the Eleventh Hour

A mid-sized aerial services company was looking to hire its first Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to help the succession from generation one to generation two. 
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Acumen’s Open House Was a Success

Thank you to everyone who came to Acumen’s Open House and helped make it a successful evening.
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Ted Allen placed as Consulting CFO for PlusPoint Consulting

Acumen Executive Search is proud to announce the successful placement of Ted Allen as Consulting Chief Financial Officer for PlusPoint Consulting.
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Finding True Professional Fulfillment

For the majority of today’s workforce, more waking hours are spent during the week dedicated to our professions than spent with family and friends.  
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Outsourcing & Company Culture

Is it possible to outsource certain functions while minimizing impactful effects to company culture? 
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Stop Lying to Job Candidates About the Role

Too many hiring managers avoid telling candidates the truth about a job. 
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Bryan Bast Chosen as CEO for Food and Beverage Innovations.

Acumen Executive Search is proud to announce the hire of Bryan Bast as CEO for Food and Beverage Innovations.
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Suzanne Hanifin joins Professional 50

Suzanne Hanifin recently joined the Professional 50, a network of Greater Portland’s Elite Exit/Succession professionals.
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Congrats to Scott Cooper – New MEDP Executive Director

Acumen Executive Search is proud to announce the successful placement of Scott Cooper as Executive Director for McMinnville Economic Development Partnership (MEDP).
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Product Marketing Manager Sought to Prepare Product Launch

An early stage, pre-launch medical device company needed an experienced Product Marketing Manager to spearhead go-to-market strategy. 
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Suzanne Hanifin awarded Volunteer of the Year

The Oregon Cancer Ski Out awarded Suzanne Hanifin the Dave Grimshaw Award Volunteer of the Year. Suzanne has been involved with the Ski Out for about 25 years.
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Small Business Hiring Trends for 2019

Finding qualified people to fill positions in a booming economy is a challenge. Here are 4 key tips to ease the pain
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PwC 2018 Family Business Survey Results Are Out

PricewaterhouseCooper released the results of their 2018 Family Business Survey. It finds family businesses to be in good health. Click here for the quick facts
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World-Class Talent Expeditiously Moves Organization Forward

World-Class Talent Brings “Deeper Bench” to Early Stage Medical Device Company and Expeditiously Moves Organization Forward
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Back to Old School Recruiting

Finding a Construction Project Manager at the beginning of construction season proved to be challenging. Find out how this was overcome.
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Finding the Unicorn Locally

A fast-growing technology company was seeking an industry-savvy CFO who grasped the finance complexities for companies developing both hardware and software.
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Acumen partners with MEDP

Acumen Executive Search is proud to partner with McMinnville Economic Development Partnership (MEDP) in the search for their new Executive Director. 
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Acumen Receives Award from PNDC

Acumen Executive Search was the proud recipient of the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition 2018 Sustaining Member of the Year Award.
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OEDA Conference – Where Great People and Ideas Connect

Acumen was a proud sponsor and exhibitor at OEDA’s (Oregon Economic Development Association) Annual Fall Conference. Click here to see the award winners!
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How to Conduct a Search for Your Right Search Partner

The Most Critical Component of an Executive Search Takes Place Before the Search for an Executive. Read to see how to greatly increase the probability of search success.
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Pro-Bono Executive Development Board Hires Executive Director

An economic development board needed to hire it's inaugural Executive Director. Read how the needs were assessed and then successfully fulfilled.
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Acumen Successfully fills Executive Director Role

The experience we had with Acumen in the search for our Executive Director was superb. We highly recommend Acumen
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Focused Leadership Takes Good to Great

There was a substantial need for fresh perspective to help refocus the strategic vision and fine-tune executional methodologies. Read how the need was filled!
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The Right Person Opens the Door

A company hired 4 different individuals over a ten-year period and still didn't find the right Corp Account Manager. Read how they got finally got it right.
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The Cost of a Bad Executive Hire

Maybe that new executive you just hired, the one everyone thought was so great – isn’t. How much is their poor performance costing your business?
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The Leader’s Guide to Corporate Culture

Many leaders often don’t understand culture which can lead to their plans for company being derailed. Read more about how to use culture to shape your organization.
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Congrats to Avery Pickard, OEDA’s new Executive Director

Acumen Executive Search is proud to announce the successful placement of Avery Pickard as Executive Director for Oregon Economic Development Association (OEDA).
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Congrats to Sarah Garrison – New PNDC CEO/President

Acumen Executive & Talent Search is proud to announce the successful placement of Sarah Garrison as CEO/President for Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC).
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Hiring and Retaining Top Talent

Hiring the right talent is a critical decision facing CEOs.  Vistage provides insights for hiring the talent you need and retaining the talent you have.
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Oregon’s 2018 Job Outlook

If you’re looking to make a change, the outlook is very good.   More than 30 companies, such as Nike, Umpqua, and OHSU, are looking for hundreds of workers.
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Tracking the right sales metrics

There are three metrics high performing sales organizations track: behaviors, leading indicators, and lagging indicators. Read how these can make a difference
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Bad Hires Can Be an Expensive Mistake

A CareerBuilder survey shows three out of four employers have made bad hiring decisions. Read how much a bad hire can cost your organization
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Thank you to all of our Veterans

As a daughter of a Veteran who served during the Korean War, and a wife of an active duty Army Guardsmen – I want to say THANK YOU to all who have served.
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Acumen’s 10th Anniversary Party

Thank you for sharing such a monumental night with us.  Listening to your stories of how Acumen has impacted you personally touched our hearts.
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Game Changing Technology

A biomedical device company struggled to find its next for global Vice President, Customer Support. Find out what the missing link was.
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Managing Scope & Aligning Internal Strategy

A healthcare technology innovator sought a marketing and communications expert to spearhead next steps in its go-to-market plan. See how they succeeded
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Oregon Laws Changed – Employers Need to Know

It is now unlawful for prospective employers, recruiters, and others involved in the hiring practice to seek an applicant’s or employee’s salary history.
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Current Trends in Succession Planning

Watch a great webinar on Succession Planning & Current Trends.
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High Growth Requiring Change Management

"We desperately needed a leadership role in Finance. Our executive resources were stretched way too thin. We had a big hole to fill."
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New Oregon Law on Equal Compensation

Starting on January 1, 2024, job candidates will have a right of private action against prospective employers if asked about their compensation history.
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What is employer branding?

Sid Smith, of Predictable Traction, recently wrote an article breaking down the phrase “Employer Branding” and discerning how it can be done properly. Read how.
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Attracting Great Talent: Podcast with Tracy Vicario

Acumen Executive Search founder, Suzanne Hanifin, is featured in a Business Wellbeing podcast hosted by Tracy Vicario. Hear about retention and company culture
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Company Reaches Crossroads and Contemplates Future

With aggressive competition creating a sense of urgency, leadership realized the company was at a crossroads and in need of fresh perspective.
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Changing Corporate Culture from the Inside Out

A national company discovered gaps in its accounting practices and needed to make a change, but risked losing valuable info that only the Controller knew.
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Summer Intern at Acumen

Portland, Ore.- May 17, 2017 Acumen Executive Search (http://www.acumenexecutivesearch.com) announced today that Lexi Goebel has joined the firm as a Summer Intern. Lexi was born and raised in Oregon and …

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Molly Norton as Director of Talent

Portland, Ore. – February 21, 2017 – Acumen Executive Search (http://www.acumenexecutivesearch.com) announced today that Molly Norton has joined the firm as Director of Talent. Norton joins Acumen’s team of seasoned …

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Acumen Supports PIVOT Job Corp

Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program that helps people ages 16 - 24 improve the quality of their lives.
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USDOL Announces 2016 FLSA White-Collar Exemption Final Rules

Davis Wright Tremaine LLC posted the latest update regarding FLSA White-Collar Exemptions Rules. We want to share it the information of who qualifies for over-time.  It is important to note …

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Biosciences in Oregon Makes Big Economic Impact

The bioscience sector in Oregon may not get as much attention as San Diego or Boston, but it accounts for a sizable chunk of jobs and wages.
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Acumen’s Karen Anderson honored by Clackamas County

Clackamas County – Community Impact Awards are presented by the Clackamas County Community Action Board to honor individuals and organizations that achieve significant results fighting poverty and helping low income …

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April 28th, 2016 Acumen’s Web Launch & Open House

Join us to celebrate the introduction of Acumen Talent Search (and our new website: www.AcumenTSearch.com) We have opened our offices for friends and colleagues to party with us – food, …

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Congrats to Denise McCarty – New Oregon Bio Executive Director

Acumen is proud to announce the successful placement of Denise McCarty at Oregon Bioscience Associate. Click on the image to read the full article.
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