Nonprofit Executive Search Endorsements


The best predictor of future success is past experience. Following are testimonials and endorsements from board members and other clients who retained James Abruzzo to conduct nonprofit executive searches.

“James has a deeply experienced grasp of the history and challenges of the museum field, especially as they pertain to leadership imperatives. In each of my interactions, James Abruzzo has consistently combined a soft-spoken listening-ready manner with the powerful additions of his knowledge and network. For an executive search by any nonprofit seeking to make a difference,  I strongly recommend consideration of James Abruzzo and DHR International.”

Emlyn Koster
Director, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

“During my 25 years in the aquarium and zoo business, I have had the good fortune of knowing and working with James Abruzzo and his team….They understand completely the required skills for leadership positions within our industry.  There is a fine line in our profession between the conservation/education mission and the necessary business management skills for a successful leader.  They have the know how to find those leaders of tomorrow.”

Ted Beattie
President (Former), John G. Shedd Aquarium

“I am Chair of the Sciencenter Board of Trustees. We recently used DHR International, specifically James Abruzzo, for a search  for an Executive Director. Although my past experience with search firms, at least in the for-profit world, has been underwhelming I could not have been more pleased with James and DHR. Not only were the candidates excellent and the search successful, but the team we worked with was responsive, professional and personable. James went above and beyond the scope of work on many occasions to move the process forward, gain insights and guide our deliberations.”

Greg Galvin
Chair, Science Center, Ithaca, NY

“I have worked with James in his role as a search consultant and compensation expert on more than one occasion and have found him to be insightful, diligent, and resourceful. His knowledge of the sector, its issues, and those within it make him a valuable resource, whom I continue to rely on when I need it.”

Ken Tabachnick
Executive Director, Merce Cunningham Trust

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