We Specialize In:

  • Equipment Finance
  • Agribusiness Lending
  • Commercial Banking
  • Commercial Finance
  • Commercial Real Estate Banking
  • Commercial Real Estate Mortgage
  • Wealth Management


We have over 110 years' combined recruiting experience...let our expertise work for you


4 out of 5 candidates we submit to our clients get asked to interview


Our average time to fill a position is 48 days


90% of the offers we extend to our candidates get accepted

Our team at ThinkingAhead

The ThinkingAhead Life Sciences practice specializes in the placement of high-caliber industry professionals into niche roles within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries.  Our clients directly benefit from our highly specialized marketplace and deep professional network.  We make it our business to understand exactly the kind of talent you need to take yours to the next level.  

Recent Placements

  • V.P. Global Clinical Development
  • Exec. Director, Medical Compliance
  • Global Drug Regulatory Affairs Leader
  • Sr. Director,  Global Development
  • Global Strategic Sourcing Director
  • Exec. Director, Regulatory Operations
  • Senior Counsel
  • Assistant General Counsel

Our Expertise in Healthcare Leadership Recruitment

  • Healthcare Technology
  • Quality and Performance Improvement
  • Medical and Nursing Informatics
  • Data Analytics
  • Population Health
  • Network Operations
  • Consulting IT
  • Technology Sales Leadership
  • Medical Directors

Better Information is Better Medicine

Since 1998, we have recruited exclusively in the healthcare industry. Our clients value the assurance of knowing their vital searches are being managed by a highly knowledgeable and specialized team of professionals who invest their energies soley in healthcare.

100% of offers extended have been accepted since 2008.

National Recruitment

The ThinkingAhead Nonprofit practice recruits nationally across the sector selectively matching passionate, accomplished professionals with enlightened, mission-driven client organizations committed to making positive change  worldwide.

We understand salespeople, we are salespeople.

For over 160 years our family of companies has produced sales excellence in dozens of industries. Based on this rich history in the sales and recruiting profession, we are uniquely suited to identify, attract, and evaluate top talent. Our team has 70+ years of collective sales experience and each of our sales recruiters has prospered in the sales field themselves, literally knocking on doors. We specialize in recruiting and placing hard-to-find sales talent in a variety of industries worldwide; from up-start companies scaling a salesforce, to mature businesses looking to take their sales production to the next level with proven leaders. In a world where speed matters as much as accuracy, our unique process will deliver on both—and in turn, bolster your bottom line.

Recent Placements

  • VP of Sales
  • Director of Sales
  • Director of Business Development
  • Deputy Head of Sales
  • Account Executive
  • Fundraising Consultant
  • Product Specialist
  • Financial Advisor
  • Sales Performance Consultant
  • Sales Coach
  • Speakers Bureau Agent
  • Real Estate Agent


We qualify each search with the hiring manager to ensure we identify only truly qualified candidates.


The majority of the candidates we work with successfully aren’t “actively looking,” but they are “actively listening."


Our clients interview 1 candidate for every 1.2 we submit.


Our clients typically interview 3-4 candidates and make a selection from that grouping.

quotation marks
  • Chuck Hutsell with ThinkingAhead has been a tremendous asset to American Gaming Systems in our pursuit of exceptional technical team members. In my many years of hiring, I have never worked with anyone as diligent and tenacious as Chuck, which is reflected in his outstanding success rate placing top quality people with our company. One of the things that makes Chuck particularly valuable (and unique in my experience) is his relentless quest for understanding – of the needs of our business, of the skills and talents required for the position, and not least of the true strengths and weaknesses of potential candidates. By gaining a deeper understanding of what makes a good fit between candidates and job opportunities, Chuck is able to find and present high quality options that I know will be worth considering – even for the most challenging of positions to fill. The time and energy I save with Chuck’s help allows me to focus on my core business needs, contributing to the ongoing success of AGS!

    - AGS
  • I have been working with Chuck for quite a few years now and he is my go-to guy when the need arises to hire an IT person. I have worked with other search firms in the past, but to me the big differentiator is the quality of the candidates that Chuck presents. He really listens to what the needs are…not just technically…but also the soft skills and how this person will “fit” within the team. I get frustrated working with firms that just pass along resumes and I end up doing all the work of ferreting out the quality candidates. When Chuck presents someone, I know he has talked to them multiple times and they are a good match for the position and I’ll want to interview them. On top of that, Chuck is a an of integrity who does what he says he’s going to do. If he tells me I’ll get an update before end of day, I get the update. He really is a partner in the process. Hiring can be stressful…Chuck makes it a whole lot easier.

    - On IT Staffing
  • My experience working with Chuck Hutsell has been a breath of fresh air. Most recruiters and staffing agencies that I have worked with seem to listen to what I am asking them for, but end up failing to meet even some of the most basic criteria of a job description. This is not the case with Chuck and ThinkingAhead. Not only does he put a lot of care and effort into finding the very best candidates for me, Chuck also makes himself available for any questions or needs that I have whenever I have them. When I need a candidate to back-fill a role quickly and effectively, I don’t need to think twice about who to call. Chuck is one of our most valued service providers and will be for the foreseeable future.

    - A Positive Experience

For Our Candidates

Please reach out to us if you are seriously considering a career move. We do not waste time and ask the hard questions. We welcome contacts from senior management executives and experienced individuals (all levels) who are confidentially exploring career opportunities.

Empowering Opportunity

Started in 2009, ThinkingAhead’s Energy Practice has taken our successful boutique process to consulting clients working with critical infrastructure; Power Generation and Electric Power delivery. 

Positions Recently Filled in Energy

  • Senior Management
  • Project Management
  • Transmission and Distribution
  • Substation Design and Engineering
  • Protection and Control Engineering

Legal/Attorney Search...the expertise to serve you

With over 20 Years in the Legal Industry, Law Firms turn to ThinkingAhead for strategic lateral partner recruiting, partner group placements, new office development for law firms and law firm merger and acquisition services. Corporations utilize our expertise for Counsel and General Counsel positions.

Recent Placements

  • Real Estate Transactional Partner
  • Real Estate Transactional Associate
  • Labor & Employment Partner
  • Remote Litigation Partner
  • Remote Real Estate Partner
  • Construction Litigation Counsel
  • Land Use & Real Estate Partner

Security and Physical Infrastructure

quotation marks
  • Bill is a highly experienced professional that understands our industry and makes it his mission to connect potential employers and employees that are actually a great fit for one another. Bill makes the experience straightforward with great guidance and follow through the entire way. I could not be happier and would recommend contacting Bill if you ever need someone to assist with changes in your work related journey.

    - Regional Sales Manager
  • Bill is the consummate professional. He did a great job vetting me for my career move as well as answering all my questions. The process was lengthy, but Bill keep me updated every step of the way.

    - Regional Sales Manager
  • Bill is great to work with, he is detail oriented, committed, and knows the security/life-safety industry. He does a great job matching professionals & careers! Thank you Bill for finding me & for making my recent career move possible. I am truly grateful.

    - Regional Sales Manager
  • Bill was extremely professional, timely and very helpful through out the interview process. He painted an accurate picture of the organization and potential role. I would highly recommend him.

    - Regional Manager
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