Top Executive Search Firms in the US
This list of the top executive search firms in the US helps make the process of finding a leader for your organization a little easier.
Below you’ll find a list of the top executive search firms in the US that is broken down into 33 major metropolitan areas. Click on the city name, and you’ll be taken to a page with a list of the top 5 executive search firms in the area, with phone numbers and a brief description of each firm.
All of these companies have been recommended to be included on this list. Some of these executive recruitment companies utilize a network of executive recruiters located in major cities across the country. Others are local to their area and have worked in the industries where they now recruit talent.
Here’s our list of top executive search firms in the US, broken down into every metropolitan area in the United States:
In 2000, 24 Fortune 1000 corporations were headquartered in metropolitan Atlanta. While no single industry or firm truly dominates the local economy, Atlanta’s largest industries that employ the largest number of workers include the services industry, trade and manufacturing. Among those who call Atlanta home: BellSouth, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Home Depot, UPS, and Georgia-Pacific, and other well recognized brands.
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Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, Austin strikes a balance between nature, education, the arts, and commerce. Known in particular for it’s strength in high technology, Austin also shows leadership in the semiconductor and software industries.
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Early in Boston’s history, the processing of wool and the manufacture of clothing, textiles, shoes, and leather goods drove the economy. Major industries in Boston today include finance, high-technology research and development, tourism, medicine, education, commercial fishing, food processing, printing and publishing, and government.
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Charlotte, North Carolina
The two major forces driving Charlotte’s economic growth and business development today are distribution and banking. Only New York City has more banking resources than Charlotte, making this city the major banking center of the Southeast.
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Many different types of businesses call Chicago home. Chicago is the second largest city for publishing companies – falling shortly behind New York. Manufacturing, food processing, and financial services are also large industries in the area.
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Cincinnati has a diverse group of industries at its core: including manufacturing, trade, finance, education, and transportation. It is also home to a number of Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble and American Financial.
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Columbus is a hub for insurance companies; over 70 operate out of multiple locations in the area. It is also home to many manufacturing centers, which benefit from Columbus’ nearby resources for coal, limestone, and natural gas.
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The sophisticated, bustling metropolis of Dallas is a broadly diverse business climate. Major industries include defense, financial services, information technology and data, life sciences, semiconductors, telecommunications, transportation, and processing.
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Denver, also known as the Mile High City, is the commercial, financial, and transportation capital of the Rocky Mountain region. Major industries in the Denver metropolitan area include air transportation, telecommunications, aerospace, and manufacturing.
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The Detroit economy continues to rely on automobile manufacturing as the primary force in the economy. However, dependence on the auto industry has decreased in recent years after the city lost 39 percent of its manufacturing jobs. Meanwhile, the services sector in Detroit has increased.
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Since the early 1900s, Houston has been known as a leader in the energy industry. While Houston was mostly known for their presence in the oil industry, the city has since grown into other areas of energy consumption, such as chemical energy. Houston is also known for its role in space exploration due to NASA’s space center.
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Indianapolis is close to both farming communities and other large cities, giving it a diverse economy. Manufacturing used to be the largest industry in Indianapolis, but lately the city’s high involvement in sports has led to a serious spike in tourism.
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Kansas City, Missouri
Sitting at the heart of the United States, Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri. Being located near the geographical center of the United States makes Kansas City a natural hub for intermodal transportation, warehousing, manufacturing, and distribution.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
As one of the nation’s leading vacation spots, tourism is the focal point of Las Vegas business. Entertainment, hospitality, and other services also play major roles in the city’s economy.
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Los Angeles, California
While many know the city as the home of show business, Los Angeles also has a large presence in manufacturing. The city produces lots of manufacturing jobs, especially in the fashion and automobile industries. Its also known for playing a key role in international trade.
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With its subtropical climate, naturally protected harbor, and spectacular beaches, most of Miami’s economic history has been based on tourism. Since the late 1980s, however, Miami has sustained unprecedented growth and, while transforming its image, has emerged as a center of international finance and commerce.
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Minneapolis is known as one of the strongest places for financial companies in the upper Midwest. The city houses a Federal Reserve headquarters, in addition to the headquarters of 16 different Fortune 500 companies. The city is also known for manufacturing and technology.
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The locale socially known as the country music capital is also home to one of the most eclectic groups of businesses in the country. The city isn’t known for any one particular industry, but there are plenty of career opportunities in healthcare, publishing, finance, music, and entertainment.
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New York City, New York
Many big businesses call New York City home – in fact, it houses the headquarters of more Fortune 500 companies than any other city. The financial and publishing industries have a stronger presence in New York City than anywhere else in the country. Technology, entertainment, tourism and clothing are also growing industries in the Big Apple.
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Orange County, California
Tourism is the most well-known industry in Orange County, as both Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm are located in the area. However, technology and manufacturing are also growing industries in this part of California.
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Phoenix is the perfect climate for business. With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, the Phoenix region offers a whole lot more than golf and spas. Greater Phoenix also offers a progressive, low-cost operating environment and a vast pool of young, diverse talent. Phoenix is especially lucrative for manufacturing and tourism.
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Long ago, Pittsburgh was known as an industrial city. But these days, Pittsburgh has more business in healthcare, research, tourism and education fields. Pittsburgh is also growing as a popular location to shoot movies.
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Because of its location near two major rivers, Portland used to be a strong farming community. Now, Portland’s location makes it a prime area for shipping and trade. Technology is also one of the city’s leading industries.
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Raleigh, North Carolina
The largest city of an area in central North Carolina known as the Research Triangle, Raleigh consistently ranks among the nation’s best economies year after year. Many high-technology and medical corporations call the Raleigh-Durham area home, mainly producing pharmaceuticals, electronic equipment, electrical machinery, processed foods, and metal products.
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In the days of the gold rush, Sacramento’s key industries were mining and agriculture. Though these fields are still important in Sacramento today, the city is better known for its jobs in information and technology. A plethora of educated workers has driven many businesses to the area in recent years, and many companies are growing rapidly.
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San Diego, California
San Diego is known for its beautiful weather and oceanside location, and both of these elements have had an impact on the city’s businesses. Tourism and trade are both booming fields in San Diego. However, the city’s most prominent industry is manufacturing, including military manufacturing.
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San Francisco, California
San Francisco is the halfway point between London and Tokyo, making it a prime location for international business. The city’s ports also serve as a good trading point for the West Coast, making trade one of the San Francisco’s main endeavors. It is also a well-known hub for financial services and technology companies, due to its history in the gold rush and its proximity to Silicon Valley.
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Nicknamed “The Emerald City,” Seattle is pioneering a purpose-based movement around conscious capitalism in computer software, biotechnology, electronics, medical equipment, and environmental engineering. In the past Seattle has been dependent on the aerospace industry, but it continues to get more diverse as a transportation, manufacturing, commercial, and services hub.
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Silicon Valley, California
Silicon Valley is the prime location for technology companies in the United States. Home to companies including Google, Facebook, Intel, Apple and eBay, Silicon Valley is no doubt one of the nation’s leaders in technology innovation.
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St. Louis, Missouri
Growth is important for industries in St. Louis. The city has been recognized in their region for biology and agricultural research, which is booming in the area. St. Louis is also home to many of the nation’s fastest-growing corporations.
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From the late 1880s through the 1930s, Tampa was undeniably a one-industry town. Cigar manufacturing dominated the economy. Today, Tampa’s chief treasure is its diversity. Though cigars still drive a portion of the economy, Tampa has grown to become the industrial, commercial, and financial hub of Florida’s west coast.
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
While not in the United States, Toronoto’s close proximity to the US makes it worth mentioning. In many ways, Toronto is much like New York City; both cities are the biggest in their country for financial and media services.
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While Washington, D.C. is best known as the nation’s capital, private businesses in the area have flourished in recent years. The computer, telecommunications, financial, tourism, and information industries play a large role in Washington, D.C.
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