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How We Do Business


In our industry, executive search consulting and contingency recruiting are often thought of as being the same, however they are completely different professions and skills. This is best explained by the AESC (Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants):

“Executive search firms are specialized management consultants retained by clients in an advisory capacity. Executive search firms partner with a client to identify, assess and select the very best possible candidate. Contingent recruiters are hired to present a pool of candidates that fit certain criteria. Contingent recruiters generally work the front-end of the process, leaving the assessment and selection work to the client.”

Automotive Recruiters International, Inc. is a retained executive search consulting firm. Our clients speak to our skills and abilities the best:


“I liked that you interviewed us as much as we interviewed you.  I liked the on-site visit initially to meet with us and see what we were about and again with each of the candidate interviews, the process to vet the family for a potential move.  Each candidate brought something a little different to the table but were in line with what our needs were.”

— Erika Cox, Director, Employee and Community Relations, MPW

Professional & Diligent

You guys are super professional and diligent.  You represented Vigor (Industrial) very well, and the candidates understood us by the time they showed up.

— Wayne Graham, Chief Operating Officer, Vigor Industrial

Inquisitive & Knowledgeable

Honestly, I have never experienced a search firm becoming so personally involved in candidates, after immersing into learning about our business. Your extensive knowledge of our business allowed you to bring multiple qualified candidates.  I have never had such choice in selecting the “right” professional.  I was impressed.

— Nick Notte, Former President of Sterling Autobody (a subsidiary of Allstate Insurance Company) and current Vice President of I-CAR

Informative & Objective

Your assessments played a huge role in our decision-making process.  Being objective with scores in each category, we were able to compare across candidates more effectively.  We did not solely rely on these assessments, but they gave us a great foundation from which to form our questions, both for the candidates as well as their references.  They also allowed us to more quickly identify candidates we would like to interview further.

— Chris Patton, CEO, Mike Patton Auto Family

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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