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March 28, 2007

Mr. Tim Barton

Barton Executive Search

4401 Northside Pkwy. NW, Suite 350

Atlanta, Ga. 30327 


Dear Tim:


Thank you again for helping us to successfully fill our VP, Marketing position.   As you know, this was a critical position for our organization that needed to be filled with not only a strong functional leader, but also a succession candidate that has the skills and competencies to move further in the organization.  Your ability to understand the functional requirements of the position, along with our culture, leadership philosophy and business environment helped you to identify five very high potential candidates for us.  I am extremely pleased with the candidate that we selected.  Ultimately any one of the individuals could have done the job very well.  I was not surprised by how well this search went, given your success in filling the numerous sales positions we’ve had over the last several years.


I have worked with a number of other search firms in my career, both large brand-name organizations and smaller boutique firms like yours.  I found that the approach you use, with both the candidates and your clients, is much more comprehensive and consultative than any of the other search firms.  The way that you handle candidates – from the questions you ask to your open and honest feedback delivered in a direct but empathetic manner – leaves them feeling good about themselves and about [CONFIDENTIAL].  You truly have become an extension of the Human Resource group at [CONFIDENTIAL] which has enabled our HR staff to focus their time and attention on other priority items.


Additionally, you distinguish yourself from your competitors by partnering with us not only on the many searches that we have done in the past, but on helping  coach and develop our employees and providing good advice and counsel on succession planning.   You have excellent instincts in this area and I am always grateful for your advice.


I would be more than happy to serve as a reference for you.   


VP, Human Resources

Privately Held Grocery Consumer Products Company

* For additional information on the source of this referral, please contact Kelly Baranovic at: 770-512-7315.

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