Nonprofit Executive Search Testimonials


Theresa Simon, Director of Human Resources
Diocese of Orlando
Orlando, Florida

“We worked directly with Bill Moran. In the beginning, Bill met with several of our key players to be sure he fully understood the mission and direction of The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, Inc. before beginning our executive search for its President. He worked closely with me in establishing a realistic time-frame for this process and kept me in the loop at each step. Responsiveness to our needs was a priority to Bill. In addition, Bill was careful to touch base when necessary with the board chair. We were pleased with the skill and knowledge levels of the candidates that we received. Ultimately, we selected a candidate from this process and we are excited about the future of our Foundation.”

Jono and Jenny Helmerich, Chair, Transitional Planning Committee, Board Member
Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

“We want to thank you once again for leading us to the right person for Circle of Care. Your thoroughness, attention to detail, and professionalism were noted by all, and words used throughout the interview process – communication, coordination, and collaboration – accurately describe your efforts!  We had a wonderful meeting with Keith this afternoon, he agreed to the contract, and is excited to take the helm. Good things are surely ahead for Circle of Care!​”

Daniel Neeley, Board Chair
New Horizons Mental Health Services
Lancaster, Ohio

“Our search process with The Moran Company began with our initial call with the founder of the company, Bill.  We had calls with several search firms and were unanimous in our choice to work with Moran. Bill presented a level of expertise in the field of nonprofit search and gave us a sense that they would work to achieve our goal in a new CEO for our agency. Once we had the opportunity to meet with Anna our decision became even more solidified. Our search process was far from ordinary and had it’s share of bumps due in no fault to Anna or The Moran Company. Throughout the process there was never a sense from our committee that Anna wasn’t doing everything in her power to find us the right candidate. We needed to hold meetings abruptly at times, pull together information with little prep time and it was such a relief to know we could count on Anna to be there with us along the way, equipping us with all the information relevant to our process. I would prefer to not have to go through a CEO search again anytime soon but if I did, The Moran Company would be my first call!”

Shane Jett, President, Board of Trustees
Cherokee National Historical Society
Tahlequah, Oklahoma

“Traci was fantastic to work with – professional, empathetic, knowledgeable, sincere and genuine. She immediately established a rapport with our search committee and our board. She was sincere and direct and gained our trust. She was timely with deliverables and always accessible when we had questions or needed assistance. She expertly navigated the personalities on my board and took the time to really understand our organization’s needs, goals and mission. She provided the right mix of guidance yet allowed our members to take the lead. She was clearly focused on helping us achieve our objective of finding the right candidate for the position. I enthusiastically recommend Traci McClellan-Sorell and The Moran Company.”

Robin and Dick Kelly, Co-Chairmen, Board of Directors
Can Do Multiple Sclerosis

Avon, Colorado

“The Moran Company was a top-notch recruiter for our Executive Director opening. They handled all the details of analyzing our needs, searching for qualified candidates, interviewing and reducing the list of candidates to the most qualified, and assisting our search committee in performing the final interviews and selecting our new Executive Director. The whole process was completed on time and within budget. I would strongly recommend the Moran Company for executive recruiting needs.”

Gary Shaw, Board of Directors, Search Committee
Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc.
Oakland, New Jersey

“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you so much for your company’s assistance in finding our new Executive Director. We are so pleased and we could not have found an individual of his talent without your assistance.  I truly appreciate your professionalism in dealing with my concerns and addressing all of our hiring questions. I would certainly recommend your firm to any non-profit seeking assistance with a candidate search and I have  provided your contact information to another organization of which I am a Board member which may soon be searching for a new Executive Director. I once again thank you for your expertise in guiding us to the right candidate and for all your assistance in helping us hire the right candidate.”

Bud Firth, Board of Directors
Glory Community
Broomfield, Colorado

“My personal thanks for your skills and experience in bringing the right candidates for the process.  I have used other firms for non profit executives for many years, but always selected a firm in the local area.  Should I need another search for another Board I will contact you.”

Suzanne Benally, Executive Director
Cultural Survival
Cambridge, Massachusetts

“Bill Moran and Company provided exceptional services in conducting our search for a Director of Development. Their professional experience, knowledge and expertise about fundraising and senior leadership, yielded highly qualified candidates from which we made a successful hire.  We could not be more pleased with the comprehensive, focused, and efficient search process they led. They were true partners in our effort.”

Mitchell M. Zais, Ph.D., Chair, Search Committee
American Philatelic Society
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania

“The Moran Company won the competition among the seven search firms specializing in non-profits and associations that competed for our business.  Bill Moran and his associates generated a significant number of highly qualified applications for the position of executive director of our national level association.  They screened and interviewed them and referred six to our search committee for interviews.  The final candidate chosen was exceptional.  Our Board and members are enormously pleased with our new executive director and the critical role played by Moran Company throughout the process.”

Christine Smith,  Assistant Vice President
Missouri Military Academy
Mexico, Missouri

“We selected  The Moran Company after a careful review of other firms. From the very beginning, Bill and his team were very responsive and attentive, taking time to ask the important questions that would inform their search. Their personal experience in the field of nonprofit administration and fundraising is valuable to the search process. With their help, we successfully concluded our search on schedule.”

Judy Culley, Executive Director
The Shelter, Inc.
Lawrence, Kansas

“Our agency is a community-based not-for-profit agency that provides residential and non-residential child welfare services for children who are either in the custody of the state or at risk of being in the custody of the state.  We recently contracted with the Moran Company to do a search for someone to replace me as Executive Director, knowing that I will be moving into our newly-created position of Development Director after a two month transition.

The Moran Company was a great help in the search, as they were able to find a large pool of applicants that included a number of good candidates.   Having the help of Paul Gemeinhardt, who was a child welfare director at one time, was extremely important, as he had a good working knowledge of our needs, and he understood the dynamics of working with a Board of Directors to make a selection.  We were very happy with the service we received. ”

Crosby Kemper III, Director
Kansas City Public Library
Kansas City, Missouri

“We worked through a very complicated process in searching for our development director. The search was a success due to your patience, persistence, and professionalism. Because this involved two organizations, the Library and the Library Foundation, and three interested parties, the Library Board, the senior staff, and the Director we gave you more than the usual amount of footwork and stakeholder communication, much more. You handled that with aplomb and satisfactorily to all parties.

You were an excellent analyst of candidate strengths and weaknesses, keeping us from wasting our time, and when the decision time arrived you were a wise counselor. You presented and vetted good candidates and understood our complicated needs. I would and will unhesitatingly recommend you to any one needing similar services.”

Bill Craig, Ph.D., Retiring President/CEO
Lakemary Center
Paola, Kansas

“We contracted with the Moran Company to guide our search for a new CEO. Our retiring CEO had been with us for twenty two years and the agency had grown exponentially during that period. We knew this would be the most important task our board had ever taken on and wanted it done correctly. We selected Moran because of their excellent local reputation and contacts. They worked methodically with a board steering committee to lay out a process and timetable. The entire board knew from the beginning that they were in steady hands. When a candidate was selected and offered the job, she turned it down for personal reasons. The Moran consultants immediately stepped in ready to redo the process, basically starting over. A new crop of good candidates was identified and a selection has been made. A testament to their work is that not only the board, but the retiring CEO and the internal applicant who did not get the job feel that the process was good and that an outstanding selection has been made. We would highly recommend the Moran Company to any not-for-profit agency facing this significant task.”

Robyn Wilkinson, Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Mercy Medical Center
Des Moines, Iowa

“The Board of Directors and hospital management had specifically decided that we wanted a regional search, concentrated on successful professionals within our locale. Bill Moran worked diligently, talking to many, many fund raising experts in the area to source candidates. He left no stone unturned. We have successfully secured an outstanding candidate meeting all of the qualifications previously determined. I would highly recommended The Moran Company.”

John Jeter, M.D., President and CEO
Hays Medical Center
Hays, Kansas

“Bill Moran is a consummate professional whose involvement clearly influenced the success of our search. Foundation executives are a specialized group of people who respond well to one of their own.”

Bob Labat, President
United States Council for Serra International
Chicago, Illinois

“Bill, I want to thank you again for the great work you did for Serra on our Executive Director search for both our International and United States organizations.  You were right, John L. not only was a good candidate but is doing a wonderful job for us.  Without your bringing him up as a finalist, I do not believe our organization would now be as well served as we are….plus your fees were most reasonable and the entire engagement was very professionally done.”

Stephen M. Blaes, JD, Chair, Search Committee
Serra International
Chicago, IL USA

“Serra International, an organization with a presence in forty-six countries on six continents retained The Moran Company to assist us in a global search for a new Executive Director. The results were very impressive. Moran people screened more than sixty applications, narrowed the field to six well qualified executives and participated in our interviews. We had access to the very finest men and women for the position. Without Moran, there is simply no way we could have been in contact with such an impressive array of candidates. Moran professionals know their business – finding the very best people for the important leadership opportunities strong organizations are seeking to fill.”

Judy Rigginbach, President
Prescott Meals on Wheels
Prescott, Arizona

“On behalf of the Prescott Meals on Wheels Board of Directors, I want to thank you for the stellar job you did in helping us find a qualified Executive Director. We appreciated how easy you were to communicate with and how very prompt all replies were. You led us through the process with patience, timely information, and often some much needed “fatherly” guidance. Being novices with this venture, we had no idea what to expect. The final applicants were qualified and the selection was a difficult decision for the committee and ultimately the Board. Had it been easy, we probably would have questioned our choice of Search firms.”

Nick Colarelli, Ph.D., President
Fostering Hope Foundation
Colorado Springs, Colorado

“Thank you for the services of your firm.  Jerilyn did a great job for us and I especially appreciated her ability to draw on her past experience as a fundraiser.”

Karen McClure, Ph.D., Vice-President, Global Health Partnerships
Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area

“CLSI utilized the Moran Company to help us with our search for a Development Director.  Bill was great to work with, he was very professional in conducting business, asking questions to help us develop a better understanding of our needs and offering helpful suggestions to improve the job description to target the right person for the position.  Within just a few weeks Bill had conducted a search and interviewed potential candidates for the job.  He suggested two outstanding individuals for CLSI management to interview.  Both candidates were great and we now have our Development Director! Thanks for the efficient and thorough job, Bill!”

James Braun, President & CEO
Youth In Need
St. Charles, Missouri

“When our state association of non-profit organizations began a search to succeed our long-tenured and successful CEO, we knew it would be challenging to find someone with the depth of experience and skills we needed. We turned to The Moran Company as a search firm and could not have had better results.  Bill Moran and his team were responsive, highly professional, met our very aggressive time-line, and delivered highly qualified and fully vetted candidates for our search committee to consider.  Most importantly, we have successfully hired an individual that has the right experience and know-how to meet our association’s needs.”

Bob Elliott, Board Chair
National Basketball Retired Players Association
New York, New York

“Bill and Paul, your assistance and guidance throughout our process to hire an Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer was professional, sensitive and greatly appreciated. Your methodical, disciplined approach worked wonderfully. We are extremely pleased with the final results.”

Matthew Naylor, PhD, President
Outreach International
Independence, Missouri

“Getting the right people on the bus is a key to nonprofit organizational success. Bill Moran provided the lead in our executive search that took a massive load off our team, and freed us to concentrate on our core business. He brought us the strongest candidates. From listening deeply to our needs and culture, to leading the search, sifting candidate profiles and doing the hard work, I had every confidence in Bill’s expertise. He’s a master at what he does.”

David G. Murphy, Chief Executive Officer
Arapahoe House, Inc.
Denver, Colorado

“Arapahoe House hired The Moran Company to fill a high level position . . . Moran did research to determine who the best candidates might be … and then pursued those individuals . . .  As a result of this process, he connected us with an individual who fits our requirements perfectly. We feel we’ve made a very sound hire.  I am delighted with the outcome and with the Moran Company!”

Barry W. Whitsell, Chief Executive Officer
Village Northwest Unlimited
Sheldon, Iowa

“As an nonprofit organization located in a rural community in Northwest Iowa we were apprehensive about the ability of The Moran Company to fill our Director of Advancement position. Bill however reassured us that he could find us a quality candidate and do so in a reasonable amount of time. Bill worked extremely hard and “left no stone unturned” to locate and screen candidates for our position. Bill had to do double duty on this search because he not only had to locate “the right person” for us but also someone willing to relocate. Bill found us that candidate and we are extremely pleased at the person we hired and the extra effort that Bill puts into his searches.”

Curtis Gray, Executive Director
Darrell Gwynn Foundation
Davie, Florida

“On behalf of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation I would like to thank Bill Moran and the Moran Company for their recent successful search to fill our Director of Development position. Mr. Moran began the search by getting to know our Foundation, our mission and our staff to the point that we really felt he was part of our Team. Mr. Moran has developed a unique process for filling non-profit positions, the key to which is a great sense of listening to his client. Through this process, Mr. Moran was able to fill our position with a person who we feel will be a very positive part of our organization in the future. We will definitely reach out to the Moran Company for future searches.”

Liz Gibbons, Director
St. Louis, Missouri

“Bill, Thank you for helping to find such a great candidate for the development position.  We are all thrilled with Matt and he seems to be very excited about joining our team.  You did an excellent job on our candidate search. We have ended up with a great employee in the time frame that we needed.”

Gary Christ, M.S.W., Executive Director
Boys Hope Girls Hope
Kansas City, Missouri

“Contacting Bill Moran about our need for a development director was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done.  He not only helped clarify the direction we needed to take as an organization, but he identified the ideal candidate for us as well.  Bill’s recommendations and assistance have proven invaluable to us.”

David Johnson, MS, Chief Executive Officer
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center
Lawrence, Kansas

“We were frustrated in our attempts to find the right fund development staff for the Bert Nash Center before partnering with the Moran Company.  Bill brought us great candidates and we got the right person.”

Dennis Boody, M.S.W., Executive Director
Turner House Children’s Clinic
Kansas City, Kansas

“Turner House Children’s Clinic needed a licensed RN, with pediatric and clinic management experience, who also speaks Spanish. After months of frustration in trying to find qualified candidates, we contracted with Bill Moran to assist in the search. Mr. Moran was diligent in determining exactly what our needs were, in placing strategic ads and postings, and in using his significant network to identify candidates. In less than one month, we were able to interview two qualified candidates and have in fact hire our new Clinic Manager. The Moran Company performed professionally and produced positive results.”

Clark E. Byron, D.Min., Executive Director & CEO
Coalition for Independence, Greater Kansas City
Kansas City, Kansas

“The Moran Company was an excellent choice for our search for Chief Development Officer. Moran recruited the best candidates and sent us only the best of the best. CFI is very pleased with the first-quality individual we selected. The process was prompt, efficient, hassle free, and cost effective. I highly recommend the Moran Company.”

Find out more about Bill Moran, President of The Moran Company.