Success Stories

In terms of professionalism, JK Strategies is second to none. Jill knew our organization really well, did the heavy lifting for me, and helped educate our volunteer board, bringing them to consensus on an exceptional candidate.

– Dan Rourke, CEO, First Heritage Federal Credit Union

In the search for the new President and CEO of a community credit union in Corning, NY, Dan Rourke knew he would face several challenges: a volunteer board and busy leadership team; many stakeholders, and a semi-rural location with a limited local talent pool. As stewards of the 65 year old credit union, their retiring CEO and board knew that a successful search for the new CEO was critical to the organization’s continuity and stability.

The highly visible organization and position were an exciting opportunity, but Dan knew from past work with national search firms that he didn’t have time to wade through applicants unlikely to relocate, and wanted a targeted approach.

JK Executive Search “did the heavy lifting”, quickly generating and filtering applications. “We couldn’t have done it internally. That step alone would have taken us 6-12 months.”

“A hire at any level can be a crapshoot.” By incorporating First Heritage’s workstyle profile testing into the interview process, the odds of a successful hire improve significantly.

Salary research, board education and consensus building, and status communications kept this executive search, and Dan’s retirement plans, on track.

Brittney McDonough, Senior Director of Recruiting at BarkerGilmore LLC


I recently had the opportunity to work with Jill after being connected through a mutual acquaintance. After our initial introduction, Jill immediately coordinated a call for us to get to know one another better. Jill earned my trust and confidence quickly. Her knowledge and experience with the local job market was evident and her dedication and passion for her clients is clear. Jill provided extremely helpful and focused feedback on my resume and her coaching and guidance ultimately landed me a great opportunity. Jill will take the time to get to know you, your qualifications and what you’re looking for professionally. The opportunity she found for me was perfectly aligned with my credentials and what I was seeking.

Jill is passionate, knowledgeable, approachable and accessible. My experience working with Jill was overwhelmingly positive and I would recommend her to any professional who is interested in pursuing new job opportunities and is seeking a highly experienced, committed and personable recruiter.

Deb Rosen, Executive Director, Bivona Child Advocacy Center


As a candidate for a competitive executive position, I relied on JK Executive Strategies for a smooth experience all the way from initial recruitment to onboarding. Jill’s skill and demeanor reflected well on the company she represented, which really solidified and increased my desire to work for them. It was a high-integrity process all the way through and met all of our needs exceptionally well. When I was offered the position, Jill managed our negotiations effectively and got us to yes; I’m not sure we would have gotten there if it weren’t for Jill’s ability to understand and interpret each party’s conditions.