The greater Washington, DC area is home to over 1,400 international companies and associations as well as over 180 embassies and international cultural centers. The Federal government remains the largest employer in the area. Some of the companies with their headquarters in Washington DC area include Exxon Mobile, the IMF, Amtrak and Marriot. Because of its critical role as the seat of government and various businesses, private and non-profit organizations, the gross metropolitan product of Washington DC was estimated at $425 billion in 2010. The presence of a large number of organizations and businesses in this area has created a fertile ground for the recruitment industry to thrive. Some of the top executive recruitment and placing companies based in Washington D.C include: Reaction Search International, Battalia Winston, Gary D. Burnison, Sterling Martin and Heidrich & Struggles.
Reaction Search International (RSI) is a leading executive research and sales recruiting specialist. For over a decade, the firm has provided executive, placement service for clients in various industries including IT, banking, human resources, health care and telecommunication industries. The leadership at RSI includes 3 Managing Directors, namely; Chris Dowdy, Robert Boroff and David Kant. Chris Dowdy holds BSc in Psychology from St. Mary’s College of California. His areas of specialty include sales executive search and compensation and benefits recruiting. Battalia Winston, on the other hand, is a mid-size executive search firm with an international outreach. The firm has a team of highly talented executive recruiters with expertise in almost every industry. The recruiters are also well trained to identify executive talents and provide proactive workforce solutions.
Battalia Winston’s areas of practice include oil & gas, healthcare services, media & entertainment, financial services, technology and technology. Mr. Dale Winston is the CEO of Battalia Winston, she holds a BA in Psychology. Heidrick & Struggles is a fast growing executive search and consulting firm. The DC based company serves variety of clients including; law firms, non-profit organization and private and locally held businesses. Eric Joseph is the lead partner at Heidrick & Struggle. He holds a BA degree from Washington & Lee University. Sterling Martin is the other DC based executive search company. The firm specializes in finding talented leaders for various public and private organizations. Sterling Martin’s MD and Managing partner is David Martin. His specialties include management, healthcare and development and fundraising. David holds a BA and MBA from University of Vermont and SUNY respectively.