I have known Andy Miller and Brainworks for over ten years and have come to rely on them as a strategic partner in building teams and finding great talent.
I first started working with Brainworks when I was the VP of eCommerce at Party City and they helped me to staff several difficult to fill ecommerce roles. I later moved on and joined Cost Plus World Market where they again helped me to fill several key ecommerce roles that were key to us growing our ecommerce revenue from $25 MM to over $160 million in under four years. I had a particularly difficult Director of eCommerce Operations role which I wanted to retain their services for. Andy went out on a limb and suggested he do it at his expense since his expertise was limited in the ecommerce operations side of the business. Brainworks was able to source great talent within 30 days from start and the person I hired was one of the smartest and best hires I have ever made. (more…)
Brainworks was a great fit for our portfolio company’s search for a Vice President Analytics & Insights. We were searching for someone who had a high-quality pedigree as well as the nimbleness to operate in the lean culture of a middle market private equity-backed company. In addition, the candidate had to be capable of building an analytics organization from scratch. Guy Gomis led the search and quickly identified multiple candidates that met and exceeded our specifications for the role, but just as importantly was the right cultural fit. Within about a month after Brainworks identified candidates to interview, our candidate accepted the offer.
I have known Andy Miller for several years and have found him to be extremely professional and an excellent resource in recruiting senior level PE executives. In 2015, I was the CEO of FeraDyne Outdoors, LLC, a rapidly growing PE backed branded consumer sporting goods business. During a major acquisition integration, I unexpectedly lost an excellent CFO due to personal reasons.I went to Andy and BrainWorks and explained the situation. We were in a difficult position because we needed to find the right person quickly. Within three weeks, Andy had 3 very qualified CFO candidates identified for phone screenings. He was able to help us move the interview process along quickly and efficiently. Within 8 weeks of starting the search, due in large part to Andy’s efforts, we made an offer to a very qualified candidate. The PE sponsors of the business have stated that the person we hired is one of the best operating CFO’s that they have. Andy and his team did a terrific job for us. They understand the space and the type of skill sets that are needed in PE. They didn’t waste our time during a critical search that needed to be completed quickly. All the candidates that they identified were top quartile with significant PE experience. It was an excellent experience and I will continue using BrainWorks as an excellent resource for terrific executives.
I’ve known Andy for about 6 years. Andy doesn’t just fill positions for the sake of churning thru searches. Andy works with clients to develop an “employment plan” by identifying and prospecting the right opportunities at the right companies. For someone looking for the next opportunity, I would highly suggest partnering with Andy. For companies looking to retain a search firm, I would highly suggest partnering with Andy.
Always a professional, Andy Miller is well connected, extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful in partnering relationships. He is available when you need him and efficient with information. He has always been a great networking contact. I highly recommend Andy for any partnering solution you may be looking to establish.
It has been a pleasure working with Brainworks in our recent recruitment efforts. From the outset, Guy Gomis and Andy Miller demonstrated deep knowledge of our industry, and knew where to look to source top talent. They listened carefully to our needs and concerns, and helped us develop a strong short list of candidates, from which we ultimately selected one. The process was fast, efficient, and extremely professional, and we are delighted with the outcome. We will absolutely use Brainworks again for our future executive recruitment needs.