Today marks the official launch of Oakleaf Total Rewards Search and the culmination of nearly 2.5 years of my life dedicating my entire efforts to cracking the US market!
Having worked in executive search in the UK Compensation & Benefits market for a number of years, in 2019 I wanted to take on a new challenge and when I looked at the New York market, I found a market where there wasn't a dedicated search professional focusing purely on the Compensation & Benefits arena and a community of brilliant professionals that hadn't been supported for years! I fell in love with New York city and felt remarkably comfortable marching along the streets every trip and meeting new people all the time, many of whom had never been met by a search firm! After thousands of airmiles, a global pandemic, discovering the best steak and best pizza I have ever had, we have got to this official point of launch and I couldn’t be happier!
There have been some incredibly challenging times; building a brand and a market from scratch and trying to build an entirely new network has been tough, but great fun. The pandemic and not being able to travel to the US hasn’t been ideal but ironically 2021 has already seen us break a number of records within the wider Oakleaf Group, symptomatic of the current market activity.
Our team has grown and I have been joined by the brilliant Jessica Phelan and Charlotte Henney both of whom are rapidly expanding their networks in this niche market, and I am truly proud of all they have achieved in such a short period of time. We are hiring two more heads out in the US and I am excited about where we will be in the next 12-24 months.
Not to get overly sentimental on things but I’d like to thank my CEO Richard Colgan for his support over the last 2.5 years and for allowing me to do what I do best and backing me to build something special, even in the midst of a pandemic where many other firms would have walked away. Additionally I’d like to thank my wife and two daughters for battling on whilst I spent week after week away in New York to get things moving.
Finally I'd like to thank my New York connections for their unwavering support and allowing me to deliver my services and show what I can do; I have been truly impressed with the quality of talent and inspired by the passion that people have towards the profession in the US.
Please feel free to checkout our new website www.oakleaftrs.com and of course for any enquiries do feel free to reach out to me or my incredible team.
Here's to an exciting future ahead!!