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“There are three kinds of executives: visionary leaders, managers of execution and relationship builders. Finding those rare leaders that have all three traits is next to impossible – but it is our job to find them to drive our client’s businesses to the next level.”
That’s Mike Levine, President of ML Search Partners.
Recognizing the need for leaders that could successfully navigate and prosper in unchartered waters, Mike started the firm in 1990 during the explosive cable era. Over the past two plus decades, he has helped organizations land visionary leaders who have made their marks across industries.
With a nose for talent, Mike has discovered some of the great executives by finding the rare leaders who can simultaneously deliver on the vision, build and manage relationships, and drive results and businesses that breakthrough.
As Mike has noted, “You can manage through change, but if you change everything, there will be nothing to manage. For new leaders, managing change to achieve results is everything because change is the only constant.”
Mike understands the challenges companies face in capturing market share and mind share of target audiences. With the seismic shift in power to the consumer coupled with the emergence of the multi-platform brand experiences, today’s executive has to excel at delivering on this new paradigm.
It is this intense focus on critical business challenges that make Mike and ML Search uniquely qualified to solving business problems through people. And, consistently finding executives that drive companies to the next level in dynamic markets has created deep relationships between ML Search Partners and its roster of longstanding clients.
It is the focus on execution of vision through change management that drives ML Search Partners to identify and deliver executives who will perform for today and continue to deliver results well into the future.
Mike’s ability to understand human nature comes with pedigree. Prior to executive search, Mike was a psychologist for a joint New York State program where he worked with children and their families to prevent institutionalization and foster mainstreaming. He also served as a placement counselor in a rehabilitation agency for the physical, emotional and mentally handicapped, where he worked with local industry to create jobs for his clients in the community. Mike has also managed not-for-profit arts groups and is currently on the Board of VH1’s Save the Music Foundation. Mike is a native of New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hartwick College and a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from The New School of Social Research.
“Each search presents new and exciting challenges. As the business world evolves, the need for extraordinary talent to lead increases exponentially and there’s a lot riding on making the right placement. There’s nothing quite like finding that slam dunk candidate.”
Karen is the newest member of our team. She spent the earlier part of her career on the client side in both creative and marketing roles where she managed large teams and significant budgets. She then ran her own brand consultancy, helping both for profit and not for profit clients tell their stories and achieve their goals.
Karen brings her extensive client and service experiences to the search process and thrives on the hunt. Having worked on the client side, Karen has first-hand experience with the demands, politics and skills required to not only survive but excel in a corporate environment.
Like Mike, Karen has an innate interest in people, having graduated from Brown University with a degree in Psychology. She prides herself on her ability to connect with clients and prospects alike.
“I love finding people that are the right fit for our clients – that feels really good.”
That is Nicky Martin, Director of Operations and Search Quality Control at ML Search Partners.
While that is an unusual statement from a director of operations, Nicky has an unusual background for search.
Nicky holds a BFA from The University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music for Electronic Media.
And now that media and entertainment industries are converging in the new media age, the world is catching up with Nicky’s skill set.
As Director of Operations, Nicky makes certain that clients and candidates always know where they are in the search process. If a client wants an instant answer; Nicky has it.
Through her creativity and stellar work ethic, Nicky assures clients have transparency into the search process with weekly reporting and on-going communication.
Nicky also digs deep into multiple source environments providing key research on industry dynamics as well as the top players; she populates and maintains MLSP’s state-of-the-art database.
In the end, as an MLSP client, you always find what you want because of Nicky – and it all starts with her desire in helping find that right person who is the right fit.