CEO Letter

Over 30 years ago, Russ Hadick, my father, started Russ Hadick & Associates, Inc. to be a ministry that God gave him and the employees that worked for him to further His kingdom.  Since 1999, when I joined the firm and became the owner in 2003, I have wanted to continue that ministry.

We want to be the best recruiting firm in the nation, not by just serving our customers in Dayton, OH to the best of our abilities, but by making a positive difference in the lives of our clients, applicants and everyone else we meet.  We are committed to doing business with honesty, ethics and a moral code unmatched by any other firm.  We will always strive to do what we say when we commit to meeting our customer’s needs.

Our firm has a unique selling process that other firms do not. We seek the best currently employed candidates. Not the best unemployed, nor the best on the job boards, but the best employees which companies want to keep. Ones who are not actively looking for jobs. In more than 30 years of successfully using our proven unique selling process, we have staffed small start ups to Fortune 500 companies with the top 20% of candidates in their field.

I started out as an electrical engineer designing board-level electronics. I used a recruiting firm to help me find a new job, and when I became Director of Engineering, I used recruiting firms to staff my department of 55 engineers.

I now have been recruiting for over 18 years. I know from experience what is expected of a recruiter from the candidate as well as the manager points of view. As a job-seeker working with our account executives, you will be treated as a person who is making a life decision that affects your career, personal and family life. We will not waste your time with opportunities that don’t meet your career and salary objectives.


Bob Hadick
Owner and CEO

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Bob Hadick, Owner and CEO

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Bob has over 25 years of industry experience as an Executive Director of Engineering where he hired and grew an engineering department to 55 engineers in the U.S. and the UK. In the past 15 years, Bob has placed more than 500 high-tech and management professionals. His background and experience in industry allows Bob to “talk the talk” with hiring managers so he can properly evaluate and match up candidates’ career goals with the hiring manager’s job specifications.

Bob is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a minor in computer science.

Bob has lived and helped raise two kids in the Dayton/Cincinnati area for the past 30+ years.

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  • Won design awards as an electrical engineer
  • Promoted to a department director within 10 years of college graduation
  • Was on the executive board of a local company
  • Consistently in the top 5% of all recruiters in the nation

Bryan Kierstead, President

Bryan has successfully recruited 200+ professionals that resulted in placements over the last 10+ years. He has been promoted over the course of his tenure from intern to President and has been the highest billing Search Consultant in the company consecutively for 4 years and consistently ranks among the top 5% of executive search consultants in the nation. His specialty is developing new business and forming lasting relationships where he’s valued as a trusted advisor for his clients.

As a Search Consultant, he has led the company in business development which included multiple Fortune 500 companies of various disciplines. Bryan has a proven track record of cold calling and networking to uncover a passive candidate pool hiring managers would otherwise not have access to, and matching the hiring managers’ requirements with the candidates’ skill set and professional goals.

  • 200+ career placements
  • Ranked among top 5% of Executive Search Consultants in the U.S.
  • 97% retention for first year of all professionals placed
  • Ratio of 4:1 first interviews to placements

Brandon Hamilton, National Director, Construction

Brandon started with Russ Hadick & Associates, Inc as a Senior Recruiter and was quickly promoted to the National Director of the Construction Practice. Currently he manages a team of recruiters that specialize in recruiting for critical positions in the construction industry such as Project Managers, Superintendents, Estimators, and Executive Management. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Market Manager for a professional staffing agency where he grew the division 300% in 5 years. Brandon holds his Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) certification and is tenured in the art of identifying and attracting top talent.

Outside of the office, Brandon enjoys coaching both of his son’s select traveling baseball teams, where they compete competitively at the state-level.

Jake Chmiel, Accounting & Finance Practice Leader

Jake Chmiel has been in sales for the last 10 years and has been a top performer as well as 100% club member of a top ten fortune 500 company. He has formed teams to implement new products and sales areas in an untapped region and market that grew a department by 23% in the first 12 months. Jake has been able to adapt his techniques to help him grow in all facets of the industry and be a leader.

In his spare time, Jake enjoys coaching his children’s sporting events and giving his time to his community. He has served on the local peewee football board and is also as a member of his son’s high school quarterback club. Jake loves taking his family on vacation and spending quality time together as a family in any way possible.