Making the connections that build teams, careers and companies.
At Management Search Chicago, we understand that finding the ideal candidate is about more than matching a job description. We work to understand and realize candidates’ career goals, value proposition and opportunities which maximize skill and abilities as impact players. Our staff articulates and nurtures this understanding to help candidates achieve successful careers and business relationships.
Our hiring process involves opening doors, providing Positioning Strategy plus intelligence-rich strategic road maps, as well as real marketplace feedback and course correcting to attain career objectives.
If you’d like to be considered as a and candidate, please contact us tell us a little about what you are seeking and why you think your credentials will be of value to an employer. Any questions, please feel free to send us an email.
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Accomplished CEO, President and board member with a strong track record of performance in growth, M&A, and turnaround in financial services organizations. Recognized for rallying organization around strategic vision, formulating viable solutions and bolstering earnings and growth. Utilizes keen analysis and insights and team approach to drive organizational improvements and implementation of best practices.
Characterized as a visionary, strategist and influencer with a consistent record of delivering extraordinary results in organic and inorganic revenue growth and operational performance and profitability. Heavy transaction background, including start up financing, mergers and acquisitions and selling businesses. Expertise in developing, testing, and launching new products and programs within insurance sector, including key industry-changing technology products.
Superior interpersonal skills, capable of resolving multiple and complex (sales, human resources, legal, financial, operational) issues and developing staff to peak performance. Respected as a proponent of empowerment and accountability.
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Words from our Clients
“Stefan is our secret weapon in the world of recruiting and company partnerships-he always delivers on that hard to find employee or deal. He is our “go to guy” when seeking to add the right partner organizations and outstanding talent to our organization!”
Kent Nelson –Leadership Aon, Marsh, Gallagher, CEO HRH, Board Chairman- Instec
“Over our sixteen year plus relationship, I have always valued your opinions and assistance which has resulted in you placing me and others I know. We have been able to work openly, directly and always in an ethical manner. We would certainly use your firm again as we continue to strengthen our most important asset, our people.”
John Welch President C.N.A. Surety
“In a sentence – Hire this man for all your recruiting needs! In my over 25 years of experience, Stefan is by far the most experienced, passionate and focused recruiter I have ever worked with. He takes a personal interest in knowing the job/firm and matching it to the candidate. Just as important, he stays involved all along the way and offers tremendous value to close the deal. Stefan has helped to fill some very tough positions for me over the years and has succeeded where many others failed. He is indeed my number one “Go To” recruiter.”
Jim Pogorzelski CFO, EVP Willis Re, Team Leader Benfield’s DFA product
“I got to know Stefan through his contacting me about serving on the Advisory Board of Ultimate Risk Solutions. I have had many conversations and dealings with him since that initial contact, and I have found him to be very thorough, professional, caring and straightforward. He has expertise in many areas that other recruiters do not, and I would highly recommend him.”
John Gray-SVP General Reinsurance Corp.
“Stefan Levy works to understand his clients and searches high and low to find the right fit for his client and the executive. He takes time to understand his client’s business, their goals and needs and works hard to find executive talent that will make his clients more successful. He communicates promptly, fairly and thoroughly with all involved and will quickly become a valued business partner”
Steve Korducki, President /CEO
“You have done an exemplary job in recruiting for our recent position. All of your candidates were well qualified as a result of good screening.
As you well know, both of your candidates were the only finalists in our job search. We had candidates presented from approximately fifteen search firms.”
A.M. Jackson, Manager, Employee Relations
TRW Tool Divisions
“I was favorably impressed with your willingness to not only “dig in” on our behalf but your actually targeting and penetrating likely organizations to reach the candidates that might fill our demanding requirements.
Your perceptions and sensitivity to our unique needs does go beyond the usual search firm effort.”
Ron Schultz, Director of New Product Development
Zenith Controls, Inc.
“Over the past three years I have had the pleasure of getting to know Stefan. His energetic approach to business combines search expertise with business acumen. Stefan is more than a search professional. He is someone you can rely on to assist on any project where industry contacts, persistence and a full commitment to client satisfaction are the most important requirements. I recommend him without reservation.”
Mory Katz, President
“The position requirements were demanding and the skill sets sought after were rigorous. (So rigorous in fact that we exhausted all candidates referenced to us by another search firm without finding a suitable match) Based on this experience with your firm, I plan on directing my future business your way as my needs arise.”
Roy A. Koscielniak – SVP Business Planning & Analysis – Citicorp Diners Club
“Our company is a software development firm delivering risk modeling software products. We needed to expand our staff and Stefan Levy came highly recommended as an expert in matters of hiring skilled business development, technical, actuarial and risk modeling professionals. Stefan filled two key positions for our firm with highly talented professionals spot on to what our needs are. Our communications and Stefan’s personal execution throughout the process made for successful placements. Stefan’s best quality is that he listens. He listened to our needs very carefully and found people that exactly matched the job descriptions. I highly recommend Stefan Levy and Management Search as a trusted and valued business partner who gets the job done and is a pleasure to work with.”
Alex Bushel -Founder –Analytics Software firm
“Your company has been invaluable to me by presenting good, qualified applicants for our many openings! Through your good efforts, I have filled three difficult positions in a short period of time.”
Linda F. Stewart- HR Rep -Dean Witter Financial Services
“In a word, awesome! Why? Because he invests the time to follow industry trends and to thoroughly learn about what a company’s talent needs are and what skills and career objectives a candidate has. The end result is less frustration and wasted time because the search is more precisely targeted and better long term satisfaction by both the employer and the employee. I was able to land a suitable position that enhanced my skills and furthered my career because of Stefan’s recruiting talent and sage advice.”
Carol Pierce – CPCU, MBA, ARe, CPIW
“Stefan helped me to identify and successfully recruit a key member of my staff. Throughout the process he was terrific. I particularly appreciated his always being factual and candid, his willingness to listen, and his keen desire to bring about a good decision, not just a profitable one. I recommend him highly.”
Bill Panning EVP Actuarial, Modeling, Analytics.
“Knowing Stefan for almost 30 years, I can confidently say he is the best at finding C-Suite and high-caliber talent that are a perfect fit. He is the go-to guy and a one-stop for C Suite, A Team people across industries, and all manner of rain making and business intelligence expertise. Whether your goal is finding new talent, or replacement for key individuals with utmost integrity and discretion, he is the right guy. For experts in your marketplace, Stefan knows where the top people are and can take time and pain away during your search.”
Bill Budde CPCU – SVP Sales, Instec
“I have known and worked with Stefan for a few years now. Stefan is an excellent professional, who has a creative style in working with clients. Stefan knows the recruitment process extremely well and is a consistent and highly reliable resource. He spends a lot of time working around the details understanding client requirements, and willingly goes the extra mile to work out-of-the-box while crafting a match. Stefan is personable and a pleasure to work with. I strongly recommend him to those looking for a valuable and solid recruiter.”
Prodyot Samanta – President, S&P Modeling / Analytics Leadership
“I was fortunate to work with Stefan and Lori Dyer when Management Search was recruiting for my current position. Stefan was a true professional in every phase of the process, but I was most impressed by how fully he knew his client’s mindset and objectives. That allowed him to offer sound advice that was always spot on. I have worked with other recruiters over the years, some very good and some not so much so. I have no hesitation in highly recommending Stefan and Lori at Management Search to anyone looking to hire the right person or someone looking for the right opportunity.”
Dan Newsome, CPCU, SVP Reinsurance
“Stefan is a sound professional who makes job searching so easy. He takes personal interest in you and the company. He is very through and before you face the interview he will coach you enough so that you literally know the interviewer. This is true due to his long-term presence in the industry. He sent me to just one company and I got the job. I will give him full credit. You will never become a number in his data base like other big recruiters!”
Zia Zahid, MBA, CPA
“In a few short weeks you succeeded in recruiting a qualified candidate where as other agencies tried for months and failed.”
Kathleen L. Doyle, Manager
Illinois Insurance Exchange
“Many times you and your associates referred viable candidates when other search firms came up empty handed. Not only do I appreciate the results your firm has produced, I also appreciate the fact you maintain the kind of ethical standards that are not always adhered to in business.”
Dennis B. Thompkins, Employee Relations Manager, Zurich American Insurance Companies