We Specialize In:

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

Experience

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

Accuracy

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

Speed

Our average time to fill a position is 48 days

Results

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

Our team at ThinkingAhead

The ThinkingAhead Pharmaceutical 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

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.

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.

We are passionate about the building materials industry.  It’s in our blood.

The ThinkingAhead Building Products Practice specializes in the placement of high-caliber professionals within the Lumber & Building Materials industry.  With over 25 years experience, we know the LBM industry.  We have worked with an extensive client list across the country and our team has the knowledge and resources to identify, attract and place qualified talent to align with our clients’ needs.

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.

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  • Rich has provided top notch service to me and my team. He is consistently responsive, communicative and provides high quality talent in markets where top candidates are often hard to find. Rich is technically competent and understands that nuances of the construction business. I appreciate Rich’s knowledge and I will continue to rely on him for my staffing needs.

    - Client Review
  • I have worked with Rich for close to ten years now on numerous searches and I can honestly say, he is the best in his industry! Rich has found exceptional new hires for Design Collective over the years and most recently found us a new hire for a very specific position, that would otherwise have been nearly impossible to find. He is not your average recruiter! He truly works hard at getting to get to know the firm and candidates he is representing, what the firms culture is and exactly what type of candidate will best fit the bill. Rich is the consummate professional, that follows through with what he says he will do and is persistent until the right candidate is placed at your company. I highly recommend Rich Weinman! We will not work with any other recruiter!

    - Fred Marino, Design Collective, Senior Partner/Principal

Resume Editing

Interview Coaching

Career Direction

Salary Negotiation

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  • The candidates you have referred to us have been pre-qualified, because they were top producers with Southwestern Advantage. We appreciate the level of involvement and personal relationships you have built with your candidates. I would highly recommend your services to any sales organization; it has proven to be a valuable and profitable asset.

    - Keith Brown, SVP - Tom James Company
  • I am glad that I had the opportunity to work with Southwestern Career Services during my career search. They provided me the tools and guidance that I needed to organize what was most important to me in my career and personal life so that we could pin point the right type of opportunities for me. With Southwestern Career Services, I found a career that fits my needs financially, helps me to grow professionally, and allows me the personal time and flexibility that is so important to me.

    - Gina Tomerlin, Fundraising Consultant – Great American Opportunities
  • Southwestern Career Services has landed me every job I've had since I graduated college. They are caring and go above and beyond to help candidates, even if it doesn't necessarily benefit them personally.  They are very trustworthy and excellent at preparing candidates for whatever job they are seeking.

    - Chase Cato, Treatment Consultant – American Addiction Centers

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

Qualify

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

Attract

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

Present

Our clients interview 1 candidate for every 1.2 we submit.

Place

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

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  • Chuck Hutsell with Thinking Ahead 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

Security and Physical Infrastructure

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  • 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