Lloyd Connect Earns Top Recruiter of the Year Recognition

June 28th, 2018 by Veronica Blatt


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — June 28, 2018 — NPAworldwide member Lloyd Connect, headquartered in the greater Melbourne area, has been named the Top Recruiter of the Year (2018) by HRD Australia magazine. The magazine polled its readers asking them to rate the performance of recruiters over the previous 12 months. Survey responses were used to determine a Gold, Silver, and Bronze winner in nine specialist sectors. The Top Recruiter of the Year goes to the company with the most overall votes. Lloyd Connect has been a member of NPAworldwide since 2016.

In addition to recognition as the Top Recruiter of the Year, Lloyd Connect also earned the following awards:

  • Gold Medal – Top Recruiter in Healthcare
  • Silver Medal – Professional Services
  • Bronze Medal – Public Service / Government

General manager and tech connector David Lloyd commented, “This is a true reflection of the amazing candidates and clients we have had the pleasure to work with, without both high quality candidates and supportive engaged clients this wouldn’t be possible as well as the the hard work and commitment from our team.”

“It’s an amazing result for an agency that has only been in business for a touch over two years,” says chief connector Jenny Lloyd. “To win the 2018 Top Recruiter award is a great stamp of what our clients truly think about the quality of service that we provide them. Great clients saying great things about the team at Lloyd Connect is what we strive for every day.”

About Lloyd Connect: Lloyd Connect is a boutique recruitment agency that specialises in connecting hiring managers with the highest quality candidates available in the marketplace. The firm provides recruitment services across the non-profit, airline, telecommunications, legal, IT, health, utilities, marketing and hospitality sectors. To learn more, please visit

RECRUIT2retail AUSTRALIA wins the 2018 Australian RCSA Industry Award for Excellence in Candidate Care.

June 26th, 2018 by Veronica Blatt


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — 22 June 2018 — On Thursday night, 14 June 2018, the annual Australian RCSA Industry Awards were held. RCSA and NPAworldwide member, RECRUIT2retail AUSTRALIA was announced as the winner of the Excellence in Candidate Care Award.

“The RECRUIT2retail AUSTRALIA team are thrilled to win this award. We are humbled, honoured and proud,” RECRUIT2retail AUSTRALIA Director and Recruitment Specialist Stephen Moir said. “Thank you to my team mates, Merryn Hailes and Sophie El-Atam, for your hard work and dedication to excellence in candidate care.”

“It is fantastic to also share the night with many NPAworldwide friends. Thanks for all your support, the applause, and the joy you brought to the evening.”

Awards were given out in the following categories:

  • RCSA Outstanding Contribution
  • CSR Excellence Award
  • Excellence in Candidate Care Award
  • Excellence in Client Service Award
  • Excellence in Safety & Risk Management
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year
  • Operational Excellence
  • Recruiter of the Year
  • Rising Star 2018
  • Winner of Tech Innovation of the Year

“This year we had more nominations than ever before for the awards and the quality was among the highest we have seen,” RCSA CEO Charles Cameron said. “It was gratifying to see so many in our industry join together to celebrate and honour our peers who have contributed in an outstanding way in the past year.”

About RECRUIT2retail AUSTRALIA: RECRUIT2retail AUSTRALIA is a retail recruitment specialist, placing retail professionals into retail roles Australia-wide. To learn more, please visit or contact Stephen Moir,, 0400 812 335.

About RCSA: The Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association Australia & New Zealand (RCSA) is the peak body for the recruitment and staffing industry in Australia and New Zealand. To learn more, please visit


Barbachano International Named to Forbes’ 2018 Best Executive Search Firms List

June 21st, 2018 by Veronica Blatt

Forbes Best Executive Search FirmsSAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, USA – Barbachano International, Inc. (BIP), the premier leader of human capital solutions in Mexico, Latin America, and the United States, has been selected as one of America’s Best Executive Search Firms 2018 by Forbes Magazine for the second consecutive year. In 2017, BIP ranked #225 from a total of 250 selected firms from over 18,000. This year, the company impressively climbed 166 spots to #59 in the Americas.

“We are honored to have been named to the Forbes list for the second consecutive year as one of the top executive search firms in the Americas,” said Fernando Ortiz-Barbachano, President & CEO of Barbachano International, Inc. “Our high ranking is truly the result of our team’s commitment to excellence and dedication to delivering high-impact leaders and talent solutions with a focus on quality, cultural fit, and diversity.”

Forbes partnered with market analytics research company Statista to collect over 14,500 nominations from over 30,000 recruiters and human resources managers, and 4,500 job candidates who had worked with recruitment agencies over the last three years. The top 250 firms were selected and ranked based on the most recommendations. The ranking is comprised exclusively of recruiting firms that have a sufficient number of nominations. Firms were unable to nominate themselves.

“People are at the heart of what we do,” commented Fernando Ortiz-Barbachano. “Our aim is to impact the success of our clients, one person at a time.”

About Barbachano International, Inc. Barbachano International ( is the premier executive search leader in Mexico, Latin America, and the USA with a focus on diversity and Hispanic target markets. Since 1992, BIP and its affiliates have served over 50% of Fortune 500 Companies. The firm’s talent solutions are delivered by bilingual and bicultural executive recruiting experts with in-country experience in Mexico, South America and the United States. Outplacement and Executive Coaching services are provided in Mexico by their sister company Challenger Gray & Christmas S.C. In addition to corporate offices in Mexico and the USA, Barbachano is supported by partner offices in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, and throughout Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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NPAworldwide Delivers Results of Global Employee Retention Survey

February 20th, 2018 by Veronica Blatt

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Contact: Veronica Blatt, Director of Corporate Communications
+1 616 871-3323

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA – February 20, 2018 –NPAworldwide Recruitment Network announced the results of its Global Employee Retention Survey. Member recruiters participating in more than 750 placements were asked to document the motivations and reasons for candidates leaving existing employers for new employment opportunities.

“Recruiters become uniquely exposed to the motivation behind a change of jobs” said Dave Nerz, president of NPAworldwide. “Candidates are in process with recruiters for weeks or months as they ponder a change. Sometimes these recruiter-candidate relationships span years. Since recruiters are paid significant fees to find top talent, employers can learn from this survey and change some of the issues within their control.”

The employee retention survey was a result of more than 350 candidate job changes in the 2018 version of this report. The survey was last completed in 2013 with more than 400 job changes documented. The results for 2018 show:

  • 46.1% of those making a job change cite “organizational” factors for the decision to leave the existing employer. Top organizational reasons captured included the desire to work for a smaller or larger employer and organizational direction that was concerning.
  • 52.8% of those reporting on the survey listed a “job-specific” motivation for the change of jobs. The top reason was unsatisfactory career progression.
  • 73% of employee moves managed by our recruiter group were captured as listing “personal” reasons as the motivation for the acceptance of a new job. Candidates were seeking growth and challenge most frequently, and secondarily were looking for a new location to live.
  • Access Survey Results Here

The top two reasons mentioned in the survey were “seeking growth and challenge” and “unsatisfactory career progression” reports Nerz. “Employers can retain top talent and impact retention stats within their companies with greater focus and training to address these known contributing factors.”

About NPAworldwide. NPAworldwide is a recruitment network facilitating placements between its members. The network has more than 500 member offices across 6 continents. For more information, please visit or


PKL Recruitment Named 2017 Optus My Business Award for Workplace of the Year

December 14th, 2017 by Veronica Blatt

NPAworldwide member PKL Recruitment, with locations in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, was named winner of the Optus My Business Award for “National Workplace of the Year.” The award was announced at the Optus My Business Awards ceremony last month in Sydney.

The Optus My Business Awards recognizes SME’s, their contribution through supporting jobs, delivering essential products and services and becoming integral parts of our local communities – benefiting all Australians. With over 150 finalists in total the awards celebrated innovation, leadership, growth and service from every industry.

PKL Recruitment has been a long standing leader in its industry with 22 years of experience in business support recruitment. Managing Director Phoebe Lane was honored to receive this prestigious award and said, “I have always seen my employees as an extension of my family and feel extremely fortunate in that I have extraordinary, motivated employees who love coming to work. We are at work longer than we are at home and it is critical to get the workplace environment right which this award has highlighted PKL Recruitment.”

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NPAworldwide Members Partner on CEO Search for ATA International

May 1st, 2017 by Veronica Blatt

James Lyons,, +1 203 286 7500
Michael Sudermann,, +1 336 404-4610

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA – May 1, 2017 – ATA International, headquartered in Little Rock, AR, has named Neil Morton its new CEO. ATA is the world’s largest organization dedicated to teaching martial arts to the entire family, with over 950 licensed locations around the globe.

The search was managed by James Lyons, president of LH International, LLC in New York, NY and assisted by Michael Sudermann, managing partner of ASCENT Select Talent Capital, Greensboro, NC. The two recruitment firms are member-owners of NPAworldwide and worked cooperatively on the assignment, with LH International working directly with ATA and ASCENT Select Talent Capital sourcing the candidates.

NPAworldwide is a member-owned, global network of independent world-class recruitment firms. Member firms share information to fill clients’ open positions with high-caliber talent. Through a private sharing tool, members have access to a pool of passive candidates developed by nearly 500 offices and 1300 recruiters.

LH International was selected to manage this search assignment because of its successful track record in filling C-level positions both nationally and internationally. President Jim Lyons commented, “Through my affiliation with NPAworldwide, I am able to work directly with owners of like-minded independent firms that I trust to find the talent my clients seek. It has enabled me to broaden my scope of business both geographically and across multiple industries and niches.”

Michael Sudermann added, “My NPAworldwide recruitment partners are an extension of my own firm. Jim provides the same level of detail I would obtain if I were working directly with the client, which makes it possible to tailor my recruitment efforts for the best results.”

About NPAworldwide. NPAworldwide is a recruitment network facilitating placements between its members. The network has nearly 500 member offices across 6 continents. For more information, please visit or


NPAworldwide Member Mel Weinberg Receives Ethics Award from NAPS

October 11th, 2016 by Veronica Blatt

Mel Weinberg of Accounting Career Consultants in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), has been named the 2016 recipient of the Norbert I.B. Fried Ethics Award, presented by the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS). Accounting Career Consultants is a member of NPAworldwide. The objective of this award is to recognize those individuals who have made a significant, positive, and lasting impact on the ethics of the staffing industry.

Norbert I.B. Fried Ethics Award Criteria

  1. Individuals may be eligible for this award regardless of tenure in the staffing industry or tenure of service to the staffing industry.
  2. Individuals may be eligible for this award through their contribution(s) on a local, regional, or national basis as long as the lasting positive impact was obvious across the entire staffing industry with regard to ethics.
  3. Individuals may be eligible for this award if it can be established that through their ethical practices, they have made a significant (staffing industry wide), positive (of great value), and lasting (withstanding the test of time) impact (change or impression) on the staffing industry.

This may be established by measuring their contribution(s) in ANY or ALL of the following:

  • Through their work within local, state, regional, or national associations have contributed in a major fashion to the betterment of the entire staffing industry.
  • Through their diligent efforts, an individual who has brought to the staffing industry a product or service of such significance and value that it created a positive change in the manner in which the staffing industry conducts its business.
  • At a specific time and place an individual who made a timely, lasting and significant contribution to the overall welfare of the staffing industry.
  • An individual who, when confronted with potentially overwhelming opposition, took a courageous stand (individually or as part of a group) and by so doing, created a result that stemmed the threat while safeguarding the existence, integrity, and future of the staffing industry.

“I’m especially pleased to have been nominated for the Norbert I.B. Fried Ethics Award and to have had it presented to me by my son, Larry. I was totally surprised to receive the award and I’d like to dedicate it to all of the professionals I have learned from in my 31 years in recruiting, most especially my mentor, Alexander de Greve, who is no longer with us,” commented Mr. Weinberg.

Mr. Weinberg was previously a longtime member of, and active contributor within, the National Banking Network (NBN). A list of the previous recipients of the Norbert I.B. Fried Ethics Award can be found here.

NPAworldwide Announces Results of Business Barometer Survey

October 5th, 2016 by Veronica Blatt

Contact: Dave Nerz
+1 616 871-3326

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA – September 28, 2016 –NPAworldwide, a global recruitment network, announced the results of its business barometer survey. The survey is done twice annually and looks to engage the boutique and independent recruiters that are members of the NPAworldwide global network in documenting past results and predicting future recruitment industry results.

“Member recruiters are very positive about business conditions over the last 180 days and see a continuation of positive momentum for the near future” said Dave Nerz, president of NPAworldwide. “More than 90% of the independent business owners surveyed are forecasting similar or improved market conditions in the next 180 days.”

Other results of this survey of the more than 500 independent members of NPAworldwide indicated:

  • The majority of respondents (65%) are from North America
  • A significant percentage (23%) of respondents are from Australia/New Zealand
  • 12% of respondents were in Asia, EMEA or Latin America
  • 48% reported business as improved in the last 180 days, 31% the same, and 21% as worse
  • Most (68%) saw business performing at or above expectations in the last 90 days
  • Only 9% of the respondents have a negative outlook for the next 6 months
  • A large majority (84%) see fees as remaining at or above the last 6 month levels

“Our member-owners listed the manufacturing/supply Chain, accounting/finance and technology vertical markets as particularly strong. The results of the business barometer overall pointed to a continuing positive trend for the independent firms that are working cooperatively within our recruitment network,” said Nerz. “Clients are offering our members many open assignments. The assignments are difficult, the candidates scarce but with the cooperation between independents, many openings are being filled. Most firms have more work than they are capable of filling on their own, so the NPAworldwide partner model is producing results for both their businesses and the employers they service.”


About NPAworldwide. NPAworldwide is a recruitment network facilitating placements between its members. The network has more than 500 locations with 1,400 recruiters across 6 continents. For more information, please visit or

Final Four: How to Recruit Millennials in Your Workforce (and Retain Them!)

September 30th, 2016 by Veronica Blatt

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Today’s guest blogger is Alana Davis of MAU Workforce Solutions, specializing in staffing, recruiting and outsourcing solutions for employers across the US and around the world through global recruiting partners.

Google Millennials in the Workplace or any other search involving millennials and employment, and there will be no shortage of articles, studies, and other content offering insight and data on how this generation operates in today’s workforce. Fortunately, the older Millennial group has now been in the workforce for five plus years.

Whether you have figured out the magic formula to working with Gen Y in your organization, or are still trying to grasp social media (what’s Snapchat??) and understand how emojis work, as more Millennials join the workforce in the coming years, there are a few key items to consider.

Here are the final four tips to make part of your recruiting and retention strategy.

1. “Meet” them where they are. Since the birth of Facebook, Millennials have been glued to social media. And now, with Instagram, Snapchat, and even Facebook Live, social media is where we spend our time! As an employer, having a presence on social media is crucial. Job seekers not only look to a company’s social media presence to gauge a company’s culture, but they may also use it as a form of communication, such as Facebook posts and messaging, or making comments to an Instagram picture. And you want to be right there, ready to engage! A company may even want to dedicate someone that responds to these forms of communication so not to lose the opportunity to engage potential quality employees!

2. Make the initial application simple. This cannot be emphasized enough! In a recent post, we discussed how our attention span has significantly decreased and is now shorter than that of a goldfish. And this is true for more than just the Millennial generation. As consumers, we have accessibility to quick fixes, solutions, and service. The job seeker wants the same thing, especially when initially applying or showing interest in a position. Try to make the initial application simple by having a short form for the job seeker to fill out with maybe an option to attach his/her resume. Since we know most people apply on mobile devices, the simpler the process is, the more applicants’ attention you’ll keep to finish the initial app.

3. Culture, Culture, Culture! When Millennials are looking for a new opportunity, one of their top priorities is making sure that they will fit in with the company culture. They want to know that they will be able to believe in what they do. This is key both in the recruiting and retention strategy. Use the job description as a way to give snippets of your culture by including the organization’s mission and values. Also, use social media to share the company’s culture with both prospective and current employees. Post pictures of company and community events, office gatherings, or holiday celebrations. This will help the job seeker understand what the work environment might be like, while also reinforcing the culture to current employees.

4. Embrace flexibility. In a recent article from the Charleston Regional Business Journal, Peggy Frazier, global talent acquisition manager of Blackbaud said she is working to recruit recruit millennialsmillennials who want more balance between work and their life outside of it. Because of technology, remote work and working beyond the regular 9-5 hours is possible. More and more job seekers are looking for flexible work and as the job market tightens, employers that embrace the trend will benefit in the long run. Consider evaluating positions in your organization that could be done remotely or with flexible hours. For example, at MAU, many of our professional recruiters work remotely and/or part time, so they can be with their families more. Embracing this type of work not only has been successful from a business perspective but has improved the employee’s job satisfaction!

Hopefully you’re getting a handle on this multi-generational workforce we are all navigating in today’s world. As we continue on this journey, and work to continuously improve our recruiting and retention strategies, consider these final four tips.

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Independent Recruitment Firms Expand Capacity through NPAworldwide

September 21st, 2016 by Veronica Blatt

Contact: Veronica Scrimshaw, Director of Corporate Communications
+1 616 871-3323

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA – September 21, 2016 –Fourteen independent recruitment firms have joined NPAworldwide, a global recruitment network. Membership allows these firms to expand their recruitment capacity across industries and geographies by partnering with other member firms.

  • Brown & Chase Pty Ltd (, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and Manila, Philippines
    • Primarily recruit in the disciplines of executive & board, sales, marketing & communications, information technology, accounting, human resources and office support with a focus on permanent retained assignments.
  • Intel HR Consulting Ltd (, Duoala, Littoral Province, Cameroon
    • Focus on accounting, financial services, pharmaceutical, C-level executives, construction, logistics, health researchers, disease surveillance, and NGOs
  • Prestige Recruiting Firm, LLC (, Tampa, Florida, USA
    • Specializing in recruiting executive sales, senior business leaders, and high level technical engineers across multiple industries
  • Technical Recruitment Solutions (, San Francisco, California, USA
    • Specializing in creative & technical talent UX, UI, full stack developers, technical executives and project leaders, data scientists, big data & data center professionals in healthcare, big data analytics, professional services, life sciences, software & internet development/delivery
  • Motion Recruiters (, Miami, Florida, USA
    • Providing recruitment services in the areas of finance, human resources, C-level executives, aerospace, defense, electronics development, hardware/software engineering, information technology, and engineering (mechanical, electrical, design)
  • Global Search Pte (, Singapore
    • Specializing in the attraction, selection and recruitment of professionals in the banking, finance, HR and management consultancy industries
  • Employment Vietnam (, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • Providing a wide variety of human resource services including executive search & selection, HR outsourcing, payroll outsourcing and HR consultancy
  • Overture Placements, LLC (, Syracuse, New York, USA
    • A few of the industries served include administrative, education, executive search, finance, healthcare, human resources, insurance, marketing, non-profit, produce/food manufacturing, sales, technology
  • Bryn Neil International (, Los Angeles, California, USA
    • Focus is on application development, infrastructure, security, quality assurance, and project management
  • Career Advantage, Columbia, South Carolina, USA
    • Focus is on the manufacturing industry
  • U.S. Staffing Agency, LLC (, Jackson, Jonesville, Battle Creek, Lansing, and Coldwater, Michigan, USA
    • Specialized in adminstrative, management, skilled labor specialists, and general labor roles in the automotive, agriculture, food processing, entertainment, and other industries
  • TW Staffing Solutions (, New York, New York, USA
    • Areas of focus include information technology, finance, and human resources
  • Beecoz P/L (, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    • Specializing in technical, operations, and business positions in the special events industry
  • Escape Recruitment (, Dublin, Ireland
    • Boutique financial services/energy/sales search firm

“Congratulations to each of our new members,” said Dave Nerz, president of NPAworldwide. “By joining the network, these recruitment firms are invested as owners. Membership in NPAworldwide allows independent recruitment firms to more effectively serve their clients and candidates by adding or increasing split placements.”

NPAworldwide membership is offered on a selective basis to independently-owned recruitment firms who meet the network’s enrollment criteria and have a strategic interest in making split placements.

About NPAworldwide. NPAworldwide is a network of independent recruitment firms facilitating placements between its members. The network has more than 500 member locations across 6 continents. For more information, please visit or