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Corporate History

Automotive Recruiters International, Inc. was founded over two decades ago and is recommended to clients by many of the world's leading management consulting & CPA firms. Our story is noted below:


Jeffrey R. Ketchum founded the firm, following his employment within a Tier 1 & 2 automotive supplier of services to the automotive and heavy truck OEM supply base. From the very beginning of the firm, family members have played a key role in the organization and today, 3 generations are employed within the business.

1999 - 2001

The firm focused on senior level professional and management searches for organizations such as Aaron’s Automotive, Cooper-Standard Automotive, Meridian Automotive Systems and Thyssen Krupp Budd.


The firm began transitioning to a retained executive search consulting firm, focusing exclusively on senior level executive and management roles ($150K+). The roles have included CEO’s, COO’s, CFO’s, Vice Presidents, Directors and General Managers.


Executive Development and Coaching services were added to assist high potential managers and executives. This was followed shortly thereafter by the firm’s executive outplacement services, designed exclusively for automotive industry professionals.


Strategic Planning, Execution & Accountability/Coaching services were initially launched in 2007 and merged with our sister company Lordstone Business Advisors, Inc. in 2018. Clients include Automotive OEM Tier Suppliers and multinational companies operating in North America and Europe.


The firm developed a proprietary management appraisal and executive assessment service and began providing these services to clients. Since that time, more than 95% of the firms' clients have utilized this service to mitigate risk in their senior level executive hires.


Leadership Consulting & Succession Planning Services were developed and offered as a part of the firms' services. This has assisted several organizations in the development of their succession plans and bench strength.

Office Locations

Fort Myers Office
P.0. Box 62093
Fort Myers, Florida 33906
Tel: +1 (239) 344-9514

Gladstone Office
P.O. Box 469
Gladstone, Michigan 49837
Tel: +1 (906) 428-9330


+1 (239) 344-9514

SINCE 1998 - ARI has more than two decades of succession planning, recruiting and executive hiring & development experience that can benefit you.

BOOK A DISCOVERY CALL - We know the exact process that works when planning for C-level hires, attracting “excellence” to your role and assessing candidates for experience, style and cultural fit. Our studies and insight into executive hiring “best practices” help to mitigate risk when hiring senior level executives, while maximizing the contributions of new hires through accelerated integration and on-boarding.

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