1.    What are others saying about your services?
2.    What  types of clients have you worked with?
3.    Why should I select Kelleher Associates?
4.    What services and results can I expect from Kelleher Associates?
5.    Is there really a difference in Career Management and Executive Coaching firms?
6.    How do I know your services will help me?

Client Testimonials Print

From time to time we interview a client or former client about his or her career transition and their experience with Kelleher Associates.

Each client comes to us with a unique set of circumstances.  Our personalized career coaching addresses their specific needs and ensures a smoother transition.  Their individual experiences with Kelleher attest to this.

Jaine Lucas 2014 Print

Jaine Lucas is a senior operating and marketing executive, new venture expert, entrepreneur and educator who was most recently the Executive Director of Temple University's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures, Blackstone LaunchPad, and Assistant Professor for Entrepreneurship and Strategy.

How did you learn about Kelleher Associates and why did you select them for your career transition services?

Several executives in my network I trust had chosen Kelleher Associates and were extremely satisfied with their services.  I needed coaching and other support in order to successfully transition from academia back into an operating business.  After meeting with Mitch Wienick, I was confident Kelleher would be the best resource for my career needs.  Everyone I interface with there is extremely professional and helpful, client centric and results oriented.  Plus, there is a genuine concern for their clients' success and well being.

What tools did you obtain and techniques did you learn from Kelleher Associates that have been indispensable to your search?

My career has been exceptionally diverse – scientist, marketer, entrepreneur, academic – and I needed to effectively rebrand and position myself for what I was seeking to do next.  The SkillsSurvey and SAR (Situation-Action-Result) exercises Mitch Wienick recommended clearly identified the underlying common themes, ideation and strategy, across my diverse roles and the kind of businesses that would benefit most from the value created by a very "non-linear" thinking executive who understands the power of distinctiveness and differentiation.

What have you learned during the search process that you didn't know before you started that has become a critical part of your process?

The search process has changed significantly in the eight years since I was last on the job market.  Personal branding and social media – particularly LinkedIn – are critical, and it's important to become highly proficient in both areas.  Kelleher has the expertise to help clients make that happen.

What did you learn about the importance of networking through your work with Kelleher Associates and were they helpful to you in this area?

My last position required strong networking skills in order to build a critical mass of entrepreneurs, investors and senior executives around Temple's entrepreneurship program.  Kelleher opened the doors to new channels of networking through programs like the Senior Round Table, suggested effective ways of leveraging my existing network, and also coached me to become much more strategic about networking in the context of a job search.

How was Kelleher Associates helpful to you in refining your interview skills?

I listen more and talk less, and have become more effective at communicating the value my diverse background and skill set creates for middle market companies.  I'm more confident because my positioning and messaging is relevant and resonates with prospective employers.  And I've become more tuned-in to the nuances of nonverbal communication on my part and the interviewer's part.

What have been the most challenging and most rewarding aspects of your search?

The most challenging part for me is the relative isolation and loss of routine that are inevitable in transition, and concerns about finding an opportunity that allows me to keep growing and learning as an executive. Personally, I don't want to "step back."  The most rewarding aspect is rekindling professional relationships, and making strong new contacts and friendships.  I've met some truly amazing executives I likely wouldn't have met without my association with Kelleher.

What advice would you give to others who are embarking on a process to find their next position and haven't had to do it on their own previously?

Network, network, network.  To a large degree, it's a numbers game.  The more meetings you take, the more new contacts you make, and the more opportunities bubble up.  That said, don't start the process until your positioning and messaging are strategic, relevant, and authentic, and your search materials are highly professional and compelling.  And fasten your seat belt.  It's a roller coaster ride – good days, not-so-good days, some downright discouraging days.  Stay positive.  Find people going through the search process you can lean on and learn from.

Would you recommend Kelleher Associates to others and, if so, why?

Absolutely! The process Mitch Wienick took me through will result in a higher-quality opportunity than what I'd find on my own.  I've learned a lot about myself, and what I should consider doing next.  I've grown as an executive through Mitch's coaching and support, and that will translate far past my search and into my next opportunity.

Michelle Reed 2014 Print

Michelle Reed is a senior executive who was previously the Chief Marketing Officer for Ellucian, and most recently took a Chief Marketing Officer position with SkillSurvey, Inc.

How did you learn about Kelleher Associates and why did you select them for your career transition services?

When I first entered my transition, I called upon a handful of people who I trust. They are individuals who have either been through a transition themselves or work in the executive search industry.  Kelleher Associates was the common thread among firms suggested.

What were the most challenging aspects of your search?

Where to start!  First, I had no resume. After nearly 22 years of employment with the same firm, I was very remiss in not maintaining an updated resume. The SARS (Situation-Action-Result) exercise employed by Kelleher was incredibly helpful in thinking through my accomplishments which not only drove resume development, but became a good tool for me to review in advance of interviews to remind me of my key accomplishments and allow me to engage with confidence.

My second challenge was to look more broadly than the industry in which I had spent the last 20+ years given my non-compete with my former employer.  The process of targeting companies that meet the profile of what I was looking for was a wonderful eye-opener for me. It took me a while to get comfortable extending my reach outside of my comfort zone, but I found my way through the process and met some wonderful people in doing so.

What tools did you obtain and techniques did you learn from Kelleher Associates that proved to be essential to conducting a successful search?

The reminder to network, network, network.  And how to conduct a networking meeting.  I will admit it was not my favorite part of the process, but I worked my network and reached deep to connect and reconnect with people I know.   Reaching out to pretty well everyone and talking to them about your search, what your ideal position and company look like is essential. I have to admit I probably had more Starbucks and Panera food than any one person should consume in a year's time, but these meetings and just getting 'out there' is a critical part of the process.  And being clear about what you are 'asking for' in the meeting is also important. In most cases you are not asking for a job, but further connections and contacts to broaden your search. And your friends, neighbors and colleagues are going to be willing to help you broaden your net.

What did you learn during the search process that you didn't know before you started that became a critical part of your process?

Networking.  I hadn't conducted a job search since I was in my 20's.  And back then the focus was job postings.  Twenty plus years later and in an executive role, the rules of the game are completely different. Jobs that are a fit for me are rarely posted; you need to meet as many people as possible to shake out opportunities.

What did you learn about the importance of networking through your work with Kelleher Associates and were they helpful to you in this area?

Kelleher Associates was incredibly helpful in teaching me how to use LinkedIn to find paths to network into companies.  In addition, Kelleher Associates team members are well networked and willing to help connect clients with individuals in their respective networks.

How did you become aware of the SkillsSurvey opportunity?

I first met Ray the CEO at SkillSurvey a year before I landed the opportunity.  I met Ray through a networking connection.  A former colleague introduced me to a recruiter she knew.  I reached out to the recruiter; he did his homework and discovered he knew a handful of people who knew me (the power of LinkedIn). After checking in with mutual contacts and meeting me in person, he was willing to set up a networking meeting with the CEO of one of his clients. He didn't think I would be a precise match for the role they were looking to fill for the organization, but thought I'd have a very interesting conversation with the CEO about their direction and entry into a market where I have expertise.  We had a great conversation, but agreed it didn't seem like it was 'right' for either of us.  Fast forward 10 months later and the same CEO checks in to see what I've been up to.  We met for coffee and the rest is history!

You also had another opportunity besides SkillsSurvey? What was it and how did Kelleher help you navigate the decision process between both offers?

I did have another offer for senior vice president role within a higher education company – the industry in which I had spent the lion's share of my career.  It was with a really fascinating company that is working to expand access to quality education to all citizens. The company has wonderful purpose and I am passionate about their mission.  The company needed to significantly increase their market presence, reinforce their leadership position and get noisy in the higher education and consumer markets.  Kelleher Associates (particularly, my coach Mitch Wienick) helped me think though a list of pros and cons about each opportunity, and asked me many questions about what was of interest with both opportunities, what I was thinking about them, what worried me, etc.  There was a fair amount of probing to help me surface my thoughts, questions and concerns about both opportunities.

How was Kelleher Associates helpful to you during the interview process and offer package negotiations?

Kelleher Associates were incredibly helpful with the package negotiations. From initial review of what was offered, to a broad discussion of my requirements, request and goals they were insightful in providing suggested areas to negotiate.  Questions were asked that focused on what was most important to me. My coach also provided clear guidelines and language to use during the negotiation discussion.  The guidance provided gave me the confidence I needed to enter the negotiation conversations well prepared for both of the offers I was extended.

What advice would you give to others who are embarking on a process to find their next position and haven't had to do it on their own previously?

I strongly suggest working with a professional if you are in transition or embarking on a search process. If you needed work done on your home or your car you'd call a professional for help, correct? You really need to do the same when it comes to working on your next great career opportunity.

Would you recommend Kelleher Associates to others and, if so, why?

Absolutely.  Your next career move is critical. And it's essential to have a team of professionals helping you every step of the way.

Stan Haas 2014 Print

Stan Haas is a C-Level executive who was previously the President, Asia Pacific for VWR International LLC and most recently accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer for Affiliated Distributors.

How did you learn about Kelleher Associates and why did you select the firm for your career transition services?

A number of C-Level executives recommended Kelleher Associates and Mitch Wienick in particular.  I was using the services of another career transition firm, but they did not seem to have the same amount of experience as Kelleher does with C-Level candidates.

What were the most challenging aspects of your search?

Managing the details of a busy schedule of networking and the important follow up that was required to effectively capitalize on contacts and meetings.

What were the benefits of directly meeting with your career coach on a weekly basis?

Discussing the whys and the hows of new introductions to contacts within Mitch's network; preparing for key networking meetings and interviews; receiving input on new ideas and approaches to consider in my search; securing and benchmarking information that was helpful in my employment contract negotiations; and overall accountability and support during the process.

What did you learn about the importance of networking and was Kelleher helpful to you in this area?

Networking is the most critical element of a successful search.  Mitch was helpful and gracious in introducing me to valuable members of his network.

How did you become aware of the position at Affiliated Distributors and what were the major steps you had to go through from the start of the process to the offer stage?

I heard about the search from an executive that I was introduced to as a result of my networking efforts.  The search was being managed by Heidrick & Struggles, so between interviews with Heidrick, as well as with AD, and including my own market research, the entire process easily spanned 30-45 days.

How was Kelleher Associates helpful to you during the interview process and final negotiations involving compensation and governance?

Extremely helpful, including doing interview prep with me, providing me with market-based compensation comparisons for similar positions, and suggesting very beneficial counter-offer ideas in the negotiations and employment contract stage.

What advice would you give to others who are embarking on a process to find their next position?

Maintaining and then building a strong and active network is extremely important.

Would you recommend Kelleher Associates to others and, if so, why?

Yes, I would strongly recommend Kelleher and the services of Mitch W.  Kelleher has a more tailored approach for C-Level candidates than other firms and a vast amount of experience and contacts to help candidates successfully manage through the process.

Dr. Gail Rodgers 2014 Print

Dr. Gail Rodgers is a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist who was previously the Senior Director, Scientific Affairs, Vaccines for Pfizer, Inc. and most recently took a Senior position with the Gates Foundation focused on global vaccine development and distribution.

Why did you select Kelleher Associates for your career transition services?

As I researched available career transition services and talked to colleagues Kelleher Associates was always mentioned as one of the best. During my first meeting with them I knew that this was the place for me. They are highly professional, first getting to know you and personalizing a program to suit your needs. They deliver a strong team effort with all the principals and staff interested in helping you achieve your goals.

What were the most challenging aspects of your search?

I had never looked for a job before. I had always been recruited for jobs, so I didn't realize how hard and competitive it is to actually be looking for a new position. I found the ups and downs of the process, with excitement generated by new opportunities and interviews sometimes followed by disappointment and rejection, to be very challenging.

What tools did you obtain and techniques did you learn from Kelleher Associates that proved to be valuable in your search?

I learned so many things but the most important are to know who you are, what you've done and what you want to do. The process by which these elements are distilled, sorted out, and placed in a CV is crucial. Doing the work of delineating your accomplishments and what advantages you can bring to an opportunity is essential. I learned to be more proactive and position myself in a very positive light. The live mock interview was one of the program elements I found most helpful. The Kelleher interviewer picked up on several areas that were likely to be questions from prospective employers and coached me through them so I was smooth and prepared. I also learned to keep an open mind and say "Yes, I'm interested" to all potential jobs even those for which I wasn't exact fit, since even these positions often opened up other, attractive possibilities.

What did you learn about the importance of networking through your work with Kelleher Associates and were they helpful to you in this area?

I knew nothing about networking before working with Kelleher Associates. Now, I understand how invaluable it is. My coach, Mitch Wienick, taught me to be proactive and consider my colleagues and contacts as potential networking targets. At first I was apprehensive, but now I know that being bold and assertive with regard to networking is a very important part of the process. I was pleasantly surprised to find that people, many of whom were contacts that came directly through Kelleher Associates, were genuinely interested in me and very willing to help.

How did you become aware of the position at the Gates Foundation?

Following advice from Mitch, I reached out to a colleague in my professional field who had just recently accepted a position at the Gates Foundation just to network and that initial conversation ultimately led to my being the offered the position I accepted. Without this encouragement I would have never made the call that led to this exciting opportunity for me with the Gates Foundation which is doing leading edge work in my field.

How was Kelleher Associates helpful to you during the interview process and offer package negotiations?

Mitch was extremely helpful in the process. I felt totally prepared and in control since we developed a pre-interview strategy, reviewed how it went in real time, making adjustments as needed, and developed a post-interview strategy. I was inexperienced in negotiations and Mitch helped me with every single detail, with nothing left to chance. I am very pleased with my overall package.

What advice would you give to others who are embarking on a process to find their next position?

Nothing had prepared me for how difficult and often humbling the job search could be, so my advice would be to find a partner -- mine was Mitch -- to guide you through this often frustrating process.

Would you recommend Kelleher Associates to others and, if so, why?

I would recommend Kelleher Associates without reservation. They are extremely qualified professionals who are experts in career transition and support. You can count on them as trusted partners who will guide you through every step of this challenging journey.

Bill Cassidy 2014 Print
Bill is a Business Development Executive with an exemplary track record of starting or fixing – and then growing – financial services-related businesses in the U.S. and in Asia.
How did you come to use Kelleher Associates for Career Transition services?
A former Kelleher client referred me to Mitch Wienick and my network subsequently gave the firm a consistently high rating across the board.
How did Kelleher Associates help you develop your resume and your personal value proposition?
This can best be described as "guided discovery".  The interrogatories were extremely helpful and Mitch is excellent at extracting the information needed to develop content.
Tom Valentine 2014 Print

Tom has over 20 years of progressive knowledge and experience in the golf, lawn
care and sportsfield management business markets.  He has been recognized
for his contributions to record-setting sales figures, territory and product
expansion and new account development.

How did you learn about Kelleher Associates for Career Transition services?

Serendipity brought me to Kelleher.  I was offered an opportunity that was a step up from my current position.  A friend of a friend suggested that I utilize the services of a professional before making a move and recommended that I contact Mitch Wienick. 

Mark Trabbold Print

Mark Trabbold  is a visionary technical leader with 30 years of solid accomplishments in product innovation, process engineering, and quality assurance in the construction products/composites and glass industries. His most recent position was Vice President of R & D for the insulation division of a global building materials company.  He recently joined the Ben Franklin Technology Partners as Director, Business Development in the Technology Commercialization Group.

Dan Haas Print

Dan Haas is an executive business leader with experience in IT consulting & outsourcing, SaaS/cloud supply chain solutions and sourcing services.  Dan has expertise in P&L management, sales, service delivery and product marketing and has significant international experience working across many industry verticals, including chemicals, plastics & rubber, oil & gas, natural resources and manufacturing.  His superior skills in people leadership, business management, decision making, strategic direction setting and execution and C level business development were honed at such firms as Dow Chemical, DuPont Dow Elastomers and Computer Sciences Corporation.

Knut Fenner Print

Knut Fenner is an experienced global business leader who has worked for a number of well-respected international companies where he has held senior leadership positions.  Knut recently accepted a position as Senior Director of Business Development at Matcor Inc., a privately held company in Bucks County.  MATCOR is a leading cathodic protection and corrosion prevention engineering design firm, providing environmentally beneficial systems and services to global oil, gas, water and chemical clients for nearly 40 years. 

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