WE BRING TALENT

We specialize in the research and selection of talented executives, senior managers and professionals, covering assignments in a wide variety of sectors. We are still working for many clients today that we started working for in the early to mid-nineties.​

  • We have a long and highly-respected record.
  • We go the extra mile.
  • We achieve success built on strong foundations.
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Mike Preston

Secretary of Commerce
State of Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas

Betsey Hale

President & CEO
Three Rivers Development
Corning, New York

Tony Kaai

President & CEO
Denison Development Alliance
Denison, Texas

Cindy Gillespie

Secretary
State of Arkansas
Department of Human Services
Little Rock, Arkansas

Allison J. H. Thompson

CEO
Economic Development Alliance
of Jefferson County
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Jeff Noel

Corporate Vice President
Communications & Public Affairs
Whirlpool Corporation
Benton Harbor, Michigan

Lisa Peck

City Manager
City of Hannibal
Hannibal, Missouri

Kamal Latham

CEO
U.S. Virgin Islands EDA
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Peter Chapman

Executive Director
University of the Virgin Islands RTP
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Misty Mayo

President and CEO
Development Corporation of Abilene (DCOA)
Abilene, Texas

Matt Prochaska

President & CEO
Brazos Valley EDC,
Bryan/College Station, Texas

Maureen Carpenter

Executive Director
Barren County Economic Authority
Glasgow, Kentucky

Kyle Kinateder

President and CEO
Midlothian Economic Development
Midlothian, Texas

Michael French

Executive Director
La Plata County Economic Development Alliance (LPCEDA)
Durango, Colorado

Corey Mehaffy

Executive Director
Northeast Missouri Economic Development
Hannibal, Missouri

Martha Allen

Executive Director
Extra Table
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Clayton Stanley

President
The Alliance, Corinth and Alcorn County’s Economic Development Organization
Alcorn County
Corinth, Mississippi

Kim Buttram


Economic Development Director
Cedar Hill, Texas

Rob Cleveland

President and Chief Executive Officer
Cornerstone Alliance
Benton Harbor, Michigan

James (Jim) McHale

President and Chief Executive Officer
Education Services Foundation (ESF)
Jackson, Mississippi

John Osborne

President & CEO
Lubbock Economic Development Alliance
Lubbock, Texas

Chad Newell

President
Area Development Partnership
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Lyle Roggow

President
Duncan Area Economic Development
Duncan, Oklahoma

Scott Martinez

President
North Louisiana Economic Partnership
Shreveport, Louisiana

We are not a “run of the mill” recruitment agency who only shakes a database to see what falls out; we are trusted to find talent that others cannot find. When you work with us, you can expect a full mapping of the market to identify relevant target companies and individuals.

Our clients tell us that we source the best candidates on the market because our candidates match their requirements and excel in job performance.

Drayton Mclane

Chairman of the McLane Group and Former Owner of the Houston Astros

“We knew the Texas market. Temple needed the BEST in the United States, and we got that with Lee Peterson; he was not looking to move South. He was happy in North Dakota. John and Anthony knew how to sell Texas and to get Lee to interview for the position. Lee had to compete and he won the interview, and Temple won big time with Lee and The PACE Group. They hit a Home Run with me. Lee is doing a great job. Nothing holds him back and I am impressed that he is always so upbeat and positive. We are proud to have him promoting our community!”

John Beckham

Development Corporation of Abilene Board Chairman

“The PACE Group did an outstanding job in successfully conducting our CEO search. In a short 4 ½ months, Anthony Michelic and their team helped us define our needs and priorities, identify qualified candidates, coordinate the interview process, and ultimately retain a stellar leader to take economic development in Abilene to a new level.”

Dr. Wayne Shuffield

Midlothian Economic Development Board President - Texas

“Our experience with The PACE Group was outstanding. Anthony and their team brought us an excellent group of finalists to interview and they exceeded the expectations of our stakeholders. This firm communicated clearly with us throughout the process they sold candidates on the benefits of living and working in our community. We are excited that Kyle Kinateder will be our next President and CEO and see a great future for our organization with him at the helm!”

Richard H. Solberg

Chairman, Bell Bank - Fargo, North Dakota

“We enjoyed working with The PACE Group. At first, I thought we could get the job done on our own, but I was wrong. We needed The PACE Group. Brian was living in Dumas, Texas and was not wanting to come back to North Dakota where he grew up. His wife did not want to move to North Dakota. John and Anthony knew how to sell Fargo and they understood our culture. The search was a win-win. Have anyone call me about The PACE Group.”

Drayton Mclane

Chairman of the McLane Group and Former Owner of the Houston Astros

“We knew the Texas market. Temple needed the BEST in the United States, and we got that with Lee Peterson; he was not looking to move South. He was happy in North Dakota. John and Anthony knew how to sell Texas and to get Lee to interview for the position. Lee had to compete and he won the interview, and Temple won big time with Lee and The PACE Group. They hit a Home Run with me. Lee is doing a great job. Nothing holds him back and I am impressed that he is always so upbeat and positive. We are proud to have him promoting our community!”

John Beckham

Development Corporation of Abilene Board Chairman

“The PACE Group did an outstanding job in successfully conducting our CEO search. In a short 4 ½ months, Anthony Michelic and their team helped us define our needs and priorities, identify qualified candidates, coordinate the interview process, and ultimately retain a stellar leader to take economic development in Abilene to a new level.”

Dr. Wayne Shuffield

Midlothian Economic Development Board President - Texas

“Our experience with The PACE Group was outstanding. Anthony and their team brought us an excellent group of finalists to interview and they exceeded the expectations of our stakeholders. This firm communicated clearly with us throughout the process they sold candidates on the benefits of living and working in our community. We are excited that Kyle Kinateder will be our next President and CEO and see a great future for our organization with him at the helm!”

Richard H. Solberg

President, Bell Bank - Fargo, North Dakota

“We enjoyed working with The PACE Group. At first, I thought we could get the job done on our own, but I was wrong. We needed The PACE Group. Brian was living in Dumas, Texas and was not wanting to come back to North Dakota where he grew up. His wife did not want to move to North Dakota. John and Anthony knew how to sell Fargo and they understood our culture. The search was a win-win. Have anyone call me about The PACE Group.”

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Bill Marohn

Former President and COO at Whirlpool, Inc./Chairman at Newell Rubbermaid Inc.

“When our community has looked for a CEO of our economic development organization we have called The PACE group since 1993. They brought us Jeff Noel, Mark Mitchell, Wendy Dent Chesser, and Rob Cleveland. We would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for this type of organization. The people that were placed have made a significant difference to southwest Michigan and our communities.”

Tom Pittman

CEO, Northwest Mississippi Community Foundation

“When we did the search for the CEO of our state chamber of commerce, Mississippi Economic Council, we thought we needed a Mississippian. We were wrong. Blake Wilson is the best state chamber CEO in the United States and John Lovorn found him in Florida. Blake said no the first two times he was approached for the position.”

Bob Luke

F.A.I.A., NCARB, Chairman Meridian, Mississippi

“We were looking for the best search firm that could bring us winners for our East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (Chamber and Economic Development). We interviewed three firms nationally. The PACE Group was selected unanimously by our search committee and they brought us winners. Bill Hannah has exceeded our expectations.”

Myrtis Franke

Former Chair Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and Executive for U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

“We have been hiring The PACE Group over the past 15 years and will continue in the future. John and his team found several executives and physicians for us at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, Mississippi, as well as many not for profit organizations on the Gulf Coast. We would not use anyone else. They are focused.”

Bill Marohn

Former President and COO at Whirlpool, Inc./Chairman at Newell Rubbermaid Inc.

“When our community has looked for a CEO of our economic development organization we have called The PACE group since 1993. They brought us Jeff Noel, Mark Mitchell, Wendy Dent Chesser, and Rob Cleveland. We would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for this type of organization. The people that were placed have made a significant difference to southwest Michigan and our communities.”

Tom Pittman

CEO, Northwest Mississippi Community Foundation

“When we did the search for the CEO of our state chamber of commerce, Mississippi Economic Council, we thought we needed a Mississippian. We were wrong. Blake Wilson is the best state chamber CEO in the United States and John Lovorn found him in Florida. Blake said no the first two times he was approached for the position.”

Bob Luke

F.A.I.A., NCARB, Chairman Meridian, Mississippi

“We were looking for the best search firm that could bring us winners for our East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (Chamber and Economic Development). We interviewed three firms nationally. The PACE Group was selected unanimously by our search committee and they brought us winners. Bill Hannah has exceeded our expectations.”

Myrtis Franke

Former Chair Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and Executive for U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

“We have been hiring The PACE Group over the past 15 years and will continue in the future. John and his team found several executives and physicians for us at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, Mississippi, as well as many not for profit organizations on the Gulf Coast. We would not use anyone else. They are focused.”

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