Testimonials & Awards

Acumen Executive SearchTestimonials & Awards


We have received multiple industry awards, nominations, and strong client testimonials.

"I highly recommend Acumen.  Their attention to detail, our needs and culture are a true differentiator in the professional recruiting world.  As opposed to trying to fill a position quickly, they were very thoughtful, diligent and focused on the long-term relationship.  They are a crucial asset to our long term growth strategy."

Travis D - CEO/President

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Here is What our Clients Have to Say

"Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Molly and Suzanne at Acumen on the search of my next venture. Both were amazing to work with and definitely one of the very best recruiters in town. What makes Molly and Suzanne so exceptional is their deep understanding of the market & industry, their ability to synthesize information and their ability to recognize what’s most important to the company, hiring executives and candidates. Both Molly and Suzanne hold a long term view of the world. They invest in building relationships and listen to better serve their clients. They are gifted at reading people and identifying the right fit. There is always a lot of unknown in a search on both sides, they work hard to fill the gaps and offer unconventional wisdom and insights to guide me through the decision making process. I always felt they both had my best interests at heart. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with these two amazing ladies and I look forward to working with them again and again in the future."

Caroline C. - CFO

"I had the pleasure of working with Karen and Molly at Acumen as a potential candidate. The majority of my positional placements throughout my career have been by word of mouth, so I was not sure what to expect with regards to an executive recruiter. From initial contact through my acceptance of the position, the information provided was thorough, accurate, and insightful. Though somewhat self-congratulatory, I believe they did an excellent job of vetting my experience, abilities, and references, helping their client as well as I understand the mutual benefit of my accepting the role as a COO. With each individual interview, I was provided background on the employee with which I was meeting, what points to touch upon in regards to my experience and skill set, ideas for having a purposeful conversation. Their follow up was always timely, checking on both my feedback as well as providing that of their client’s team. In terms of a recruiter which best represents their client by fairly and professionally treating candidates, I can not think of how this experience could have been managed better. If the opportunity arises to augment the management team at a company for which I have hiring responsibility, Karen and Molly will be my first call. Thank you for your efforts on my behalf."

Seth H. - COO

"Working with Molly and Suzanne was awesome. They were spot on with the information they provided and with their follow-up. They are pleasant to work with, not overly-communicative, and the process flowed along smoothly. They deeply understood what their client was looking for and why. They provided quite an accurate and fair representation of the company, especially considering the distributed nature of the teams and stakeholders globally.”

“Molly engaged me and made the correct assessment that I would thrive in this new structure. Both Suzanne and Molly went to bat for me at the offer stage and negotiations went smoothly – from A to Z without any snags.”

“The team I joined is fantastic and I’m thrilled to have this employment opportunity. My manager and I get along really well. Everyone on the Senior Leadership team has expressed how happy they are that I’m on board. They love my deep expertise in this space and history with Nike. We all speak the same language and run in the same circles – we truly are a family.”

“The fact that I was raised at Nike for so long and also represented an approved vendor is enormously helpful to the mission they want to accomplish. I’ve been able to plug and play into various teams, product lines, and geographies and am excited about all the ways I can add value and am already pulling together a global team to push a few initiatives forward. It really has been an ideal fit."

Mark S. - Global Sales and Engineering Executive

"We are extremely happy with the CFO you hired for us. Can I just say I love the guy? We’ve had to deal with a few challenging situations since he’s come on board and he’s calm and able to take so much off my plate. He gives me great peace of mind knowing that everything will be handled quickly and effectively. He’s hungry, has an excellent work ethic, thinks like an owner, and fits the culture of the team well. You really did find us our ideal candidate."

Chris M

"I thoroughly enjoyed working with Suzanne and Molly at Acumen. There’s a strong cultural alignment with the global manufacturer they placed me with. I appreciated the fact that, while my resume didn’t scream years of direct experience in the more technical facets of this industry, they noticed key triggers and understood their client’s priorities. She valued the diversity of my experience and entrepreneurial persona. She wanted a candidate who was as passionate about changing the world through cutting edge products that address climate change as she was.

The interview process was smooth and effective. I appreciated the coaching and immediate feedback they provided. I was well-prepared through every step of the process. I would absolutely recommend working with them."

DJ W - VP of Sales – Global Manufacturer

"Mike has added a huge amount of value and I honestly cannot imagine a better fit with me, the team, or the organization. He’s incredibly intelligent, driven, and loyal. He’s been instrumental in advancing our ground-breaking technology and acquiring investors. He’s truly our ideal CTO and I sing Acumen’s praises regularly for him."

Greta G. - CEO, Cyber Security Startup

"I’ve worked with many different search firms during my career, but Acumen took things to a whole new level and was a new experience for me. In short order, they presented a range of highly qualified candidates with the right niche industry experience, qualifications, and cultural fit who could take us to the next level during our rapid growth.

I’m comfortable telling people what they could have done better and I seriously cannot think of a single thing that Acumen could have done differently. The hardest part about working with them was trying to decide between the many highly-qualified candidates they presented."

Joel M. - CEO of a high-growth early-stage technology company.

"The best part about working with Acumen was working with Molly. She got me engaged quickly and has excellent strategic and business intuition. She knew the history; the personalities of the players; and well-understood the technology, mission, and vision. She did not over-state. There was ongoing dialogue and openness, respect, transparency, and active listening. Karen and Molly then ensured I wasn’t rammed through a process, but rather set up with an ongoing process of discovery and revelation."

Dr. Linda M. - Chief Medical Officer, MedTech

"Working with Acumen was a really positive experience. The process ran quite smoothly and I appreciated how timely it was. The whole process took two weeks from interview to job offer – which I know from experience is unusual.

I feel Karen and Molly prepped me thoroughly and were honest about the company, the leadership, and the culture. During the process, Molly had some areas of concern and she was honest about that. Other recruiters would just fill fill fill, but she provided feedback and coaching, which, as an HR professional, is hard to do with someone you don’t know well and still maintain that trust. It’s a really good asset. She’s able to give criticism and use it to build trust.

I’m pretty happy with the team here and they have stated that they are quite happy with me. I think I can really make a difference and I am excited by and aligned with their mission. My direct manager has been great and really supportive."

Jonathan C - Services HR Executive

"It’s been a great match — and you can quote me on that. You definitely represented me to them and them to me. This has been the best recruiting process I’ve ever experienced."

Ted A. - CFO

"It was a pleasure working with Amanda and Suzanne.  I’ve worked with multiple executive search firms in the past and Acumen has been by far the most professional and caring group.  It can be stressful going through the interview process so I really appreciated the constant communication and updates that Amanda and Suzanne provided me.  They were open and honest with me throughout the process.  It was very apparent from the start that they cared for me as a person and not just as a potential candidate.  Thank you so much Amanda and Suzanne!"

Mark T. - Executive Director

"Big thanks to all of you at Acumen.  You put several great candidates in front of us in short order and I feel great about where we landed.

You have a permanent home my contacts."

Tom W. - President & CEO

"Working with Suzanne & Molly was an absolute delight! I was approached by Acumen in regards to an employer that had several misses in their own attempts to fill a particular position. They were very wary of another bad fit, and were depending on Acumen to deliver. I already had a stable position with a current employer, and wasn’t immediately looking to make a move. Molly did a great job of explaining the background of the employer, and the desired traits of the candidate they were looking for. Based on her description, and the excitement about the job and the company she helped to create, we went forward into the interview process. It went for a longer period than anyone expected. Molly & Suzanne showed amazing amounts patience and professionalism with both the employer and with me during the whole journey.

They were honest and transparent with me and balanced that fine line of being an advocate for the employer, and for me as the job candidate. It was clear to me the “win” they wanted for more us than for themselves. Acumen was delightfully atypical in many ways, and exemplified what the recruiting process should be. I could not recommend them enough!"

Noah S. - Software Executive

"I want to thank you both (Amanda and Suzanne) for such a great process. It’s so incredibly nice to work with people who truly care and are seeking the best fit for all parties involved. You guys are rock stars!!!"

Sarah P - Executive Director

"How long do you have? Because I have an endless stream of positive things to gush about working with Acumen. AND, I feel like this important to say, I was pretty against the idea of using a staffing firm in the beginning. I felt like there was no way a team that didn’t interact with ours on a daily basis would be able to zoom in on our particular personal and cultural needs, and I wasn’t so sure they would find anything I couldn’t just find on my own with enough diligence. I also had a preconception that staffing agencies were all kind of smarmy and desperate, because of the spammy emails I regularly receive from other agencies.

Let me tell you, I have changed my tune. We worked with Molly and Suzanne, and from the very first meeting, I found myself trusting and believing that they would have the skills and connections to lead us to candidates who would not only match the needs of our team but would help us raise our tide. The amount of depth around fit and culture they presented to me when introducing candidates on paper was monumentally helpful, and having them take a deep dive into references saved me so much time. Not only do they do things incredibly well, they helped us iteratively zoom in on what it was we actually needed, not what we thought we wanted, which has helped us to avoid a lot of pain down the road.

Not only did I love their process, but I am genuinely so impressed with the integrity, flexibility, and empathy of Acumen. They really walk the path they sold us on, and we’re all (even our more skeptical technical leaders) so pleased with our experience. Thank you, Molly and Suzanne, for all you have done and continue to do for us."

Brandi C - VP HR & Operations, Software

"We are super excited – not only to land the CFO we so desperately need but to land such a quality individual."

Kari M

"I want to let you know what a great job you’ve been doing and it’s really awesome working with you so far. We have some candidates we are really excited about and your approach and responsiveness really has been a pleasure to work with. Thank you!"

Luke B - CEO Software and Professional Services

"My experience with Acumen Executive Search was top notch.  They took the time to get to know me and advised on specific research as I considered a new arena.  Starting from the same belief – Cultural fit drives success – we agreed that I had the skills and began focusing on my internal passion for the work.  Acumen’s thoughtful approach ultimately helped me decide not to pursue the opportunity and now we have a relationship that will serve to fully meet the desires of a future client.  Truly a partnership where everyone wins!"

Tony - CEO

"Every organization is as strong as the people it employs. Human Resources professionals play an important role in terms of coming up with the right people for key positions to support an organization’s strategies.  After having worked with Acumen on the PNDC President & CEO job search (my current position), I have so much appreciation for the hard work that they do.  They have garnered my trust and respect.

Acumen Executive Search had the ability to understand PNDC’s strategic focus and identify the high-level areas of focus that would drive success.  They got the vision that provided an indication of where the organization was heading and understood the people resources needed to help it get there. As a candidate for the position, they were also unfailingly honest about the challenges and opportunities.  They found me, talked me into applying, gave me as much information as they could, and kept me informed every step along the way.  And the relationship did not end with filing the job. They have continually been there for me when I had questions, or wanted consultants in specific areas of expertise. They have provided introductions to other high level executives, and have been there when I needed to vent and/or celebrate!  Acumen is in a class of their own and Karen and Suzanne are the best!!"

Sarah G - President & CEO

"I have worked with many placement firms both as an HR professional and also as a job seeker for more years than I want to admit these days. In working with them, I have developed a deep appreciation for the challenging work that they perform for client organizations and for individuals. When done well, the results are often transformative for individuals and organizations.

Unfortunately, not all recruiters and placement firms perform the work to the same degree, with some even cutting corners just to complete engagements. My experience in working with you during the recruiting was anything but that, as you were both professional, informative, kind, empathetic and extremely helpful from first contact call from Molly, through Suzanne sitting with us as we worked our way through the first day interview process, to the debriefing call that I received from Molly afterwards.

I am very appreciative of your efforts and the fact that you also treated me and my fellow candidates in a fully fair and supportive way that showed just how much you care about the people whose lives you touch. Thank you for that and keep doing the wonderful work that you do!"

Anthony C

"Dear Molly and Suzanne, I want to thank you both for helping to connect me to this wonderful opportunity. I have greatly appreciated your guidance throughout the process. The talented individuals I interacted with makes me very excited about the possibilities and I truly believe I would be able to help the organization move towards the outcomes that were discussed. ¡Un mil gracias!"

Alana H - Executive Director

"Both Karen and Molly were exceptional at follow up and maintaining frequent communication both with myself and the employer throughout the interview process. With drive and energy, they navigated flawlessly through the rapids of international employment with ease, getting us both to the destination with a positive outcome. I am now very happy to be in a job I really enjoy, thanks to the skills of the team at Acumen!

If you want a recruitment firm that goes way beyond simply connecting people, then I would highly recommend this team."

Nigel H - Global VP of Customer Experience, Biotechnology

"I appreciate your efforts and want to let you know you are rock-stars recruiters.  You go up and above and do a fantastic job for your clients and professional staff you are placing.  You have a great reputation in the market, that is why you are able to recruit and work with super people."

Jeff E - CFO

"Acumen worked with us to fill a new strategic position for our company. It was a critical role that needed to generate immediate value while seeing a vision of the growth and scalability of that part of the company. Acumen listened to what we needed and nailed it with a candidate that could take the vision and run while fitting right into our company’s culture."

Mike D - Sr. VP Sales

"I have worked with many executive recruiters throughout my career and have found the experience with Acumen to be exceptional. They were quick to follow through with all actions and (proved to be a) solid intermediary between the employer and me (the candidate)."

Mike S - Director of Business Development

"I very much enjoyed meeting and working with Acumen.  The experience was a pleasure and everything went smoothly and quickly. I would definitely use Acumen again for any future employee searches."

Mary M - SVP, Administration and Services

"Suzanne and the staff at Acumen are a delight to work with. I am impressed with their ability to ask the right questions in order to gain a thorough understanding of a position, company culture and candidates. I can’t recommend them enough!"

Mark H - Chief Executive Officer

"I have crossed paths with Acumen in several business situations and I continue to be impressed every time. I have had a front-row seat watching Suzanne and the colleagues at Acumen get to know our needs to a depth seldom seen in business.  Add that to Suzanne’s intuitive understanding of people and their business requirement, and you have an amazing talent for matching qualified people to a culture that is incredibly powerful in boosting retention, engagement and productivity. For my executive search needs, I would not consider anyone else."

Doug L - President

"Acumen made the process so easy. It was a pleasure to work with Acumen’s team.  I will always recommend them to anyone who is looking for a great employee."

Jerry V - Chief Operations Office

"Not only have I used Suzanne for my top placements but we also sit on a board together. In my past I have worked for a large staffing service and have a relatively good understanding of her industry.  Literally, I have not seen anyone that loves their job more than Acumen. Their level of enthusiasm rubs off on all in their presence. Acumen is the authority, has the expertise and understanding of what it takes to be successful in her industry. They could lead seminars on how to be the world greatest recruiters. Acumen is a fabulous boutique for executive/professional search… you are in good hands as they say with Acumen!"

Donna R - Chief Executive Officer

"Acumen was great. I had several recruiters out there working for me but Acumen stood out from all the rest. Their focus was not in landing me a job just anywhere but to find me a place to work that I would love. Even after I started the position that they found me, Acumen continues to follow-up to make sure everything is as expected."

Jacob S - Director of Finance

"I have solicited Acumen to source a number of management and executive hires. I found their team of recruiting professionals to be highly responsive and professional with proven results. The Acumen team takes personal pride in accomplishment, both for the candidates and the company. That drive and sense of quality will complement the business of whomever they work."

Kris K - Senior VP

"Acumen is a top-shelf recruiting firm that has earned a 92% retention rate. Suzanne and Acumen’s enthusiasm is contagious! Acumen personally encourages my organization to wait for the right fit and they are always right. Acumen is proven in leadership and is a great resource for us, and numerous other companies, consistently adding value.  Acumen gets my #1 highest recommendation."

Lynn H - Chief Executive Officer

"I have never worked with a group as thorough, efficient and professional as Acumen. We have used Acumen’s services several times since (the first search) and would not think about approaching a new hire without their stamp of approval. I have also proudly referred Acumen to my clients and their team has become one of my trusted partners in business."

Tracy V - Principal

"I have worked with other recruiters who placed, or attempted to place me in positions while treating me like I was a cold product to be sold to an employer. Not so with Acumen. They made me feel like I was important in the process and focused not only my skill set, but my personality fit with the employer."

Mike H - COO/CFO

"I want you to know that I appreciate all your efforts and that Acumen are rock stars among recruiters. You go up and above and do a fantastic job for your clients and professional staff you are placing. You have a great reputation in the market."

Yousef A - Chief Financial Officer

"Thank you for your professionalism and follow through. You are most definitely an asset to the recruiting field."

Todd W - Sr. VP Sales, Software

"It has been a great experience working with Suzanne.  I have worked with multiple recruiters and no one has ever worked so hard or cared so much about helping me to find the right position."

Brian A - Senior Financial Director

"Suzanne and the staff at Acumen are a delight to work with.  I am impressed with their ability to ask the right questions in order to gain a thorough understanding of a position, company culture and candidates. I can’t recommend them enough!"

Chuck T - CEO/President

"The ladies at Acumen are honest, up front and caring professionals. They really care about you as a person and the success of your business. I found them to be attentive and insightful as I spoke about my business needs. I would highly recommend Acumen for all of your recruiting needs. Acumen has the ability to read people and will find the perfect candidate for you need. You will enjoy working with them!"

Daniel M - CEO/President