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Our Services

Executive Search Services

Finding and retaining top leadership and board talent can be a strategic game changer. Our retained executive search firm has been providing executive search consulting services since 1996.

Leadership Advisory Services

Allen Austin’s Leadership Advisory Services are based on Total Performance Leadership (TPL), which is a journey that will never end. It is our study of organizations that perform at the very top of their sectors.

Interim Leadership & Project Consulting

Our flexible model and tailored solutions allow us to operate with precision and rapidly respond to our clients’ needs, providing a roadmap to measurably improve business performance.

The Allen Austin Difference

Since 1996, Allen Austin, has been dedicated to building lasting relationships and delivering real value to our clients.

As a global retained executive search, leadership advisory, and interim leadership and project consulting services firm, our mission is to provide fully integrated management solutions that allow our clients to unleash the full potential of their organizations and deliver outstanding business results. Our fundamental commitment is to do the right thing, for our people, our clients and for the global communities in which we work.

Our Clients

What Our Clients Say

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When Tanglewood Legacy Advisors engaged Allen Austin for a retained search I expected just that. What we received was so much more.

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Andrew T. Gardener CFP , President, Tanglewood Legacy Advisors

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[Allen Austin’s] approach is different than the big three or four firms, and they deliver a much more hands-on experience led by senior executives.

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John Dennis , Managing Partner & Founder of WoodRock & Company

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I have had the opportunity to engage with a number of different recruiting firms over my career and have to say that I thought the experience with Allen Austin was exceptional.

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Bob Aylward , Chief Executive Officer & President of Jones & Carter

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Tom was not just a consultant; he was a member of our team. I very much appreciate the impact Tom had a me as a leader, and the impact he had on our performance for Hess.

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Brian Truelove , Retired Senior Vice President of Hess Corporation

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Allen Austin is pound-for-pound the best executive search firm that I dealt with over a 40-year career — no contest.

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Jim Eggleston , Board Member of Silberline Manufacturing Company

Consultant Spotlight

News & Insights

By Rob Andrews with paraphrased content from Gina Acosta’s article in Progressive Grocer on January 20th, 2023 We are always on the hunt for meaningful research that will assist our clients in building peak performance cultures. In last week’s edition of Progressive Grocer, Gina Acosta’s article on Target highlights the need for organizations to keep cultural health front and center, while simultaneously pursuing advances in technology, strategy, and other forms of innovation. While many companies in the grocery industry and other sectors are laser-focused on strategy, Target Corp. says sustained…”

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By Rob Andrews In our 26-year-old retained search practice, our stick rate at the two-year mark over the last two years is 96%. It’s easy for us to measure our performance because we have a 2-year replacement guarantee on all placements above $250,000. While not the last word on wisdom, our process, trademarked ForesightTM, includes principles that you can apply to your own human capital practices to dramatically improve your overall results. We attribute our success to a disciplined process that includes 12 proprietary steps unique to our practice. Our…”

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  By Liz Townsend I asked Rob if I could hi-jack his blog this week to share some gold nuggets from my time running teams and organizations and coaching leaders on Total Performance Leadership. Additionally, Allen Austin is preparing to host a live workshop to introduce a powerful assessment tool and proven process that brings us to our core “ah-ha” moment in our leadership and how to connect the dots to achieve our goals and dreams. Like a bolt of lightning, we each had a moment in time where our…”

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By Rob Andrews with paraphrased content from Alan Murray’s Fortune CEO Magazine article published December 19, 2022 I read Alan Murray’s Fortune CEO magazine regularly and was struck by his report. Alan says he’s been looking for evidence that the threat of recession is causing companies to pull back on investments in technological transformation or ESG. But he can’t find much. Alan says the best companies seem to be viewing a downturn as their chance to build a competitive advantage. At the Fortune Global Forum dinner in San Francisco last night, McKinsey’s Alex…”

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By Rob Andrews with paraphrased content from Melissa Kress’s article in Convenience Store News December 18th, 2022 The convenience channel is an industry where many teenagers turn for a first job. Most are looking to earn some spending money, save for college, or a stepping stone to another career. Few think of the C-Store sector as a long-term career. There are those who grow up in the industry, sweeping floors and stocking shelves in their family’s store, thinking of it as the first step to eventually leading that company. For…”

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By Rob Andrews with paraphrased content from M. O’Brien’s mindsetting workshop and Jen Sincero’s book You are Badass: Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life   Learn to Give “It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson For some of us, the desire to give and bless others is innate; for others, we need to work a little harder at it. Regardless, the benefits in joy and life satisfaction are…”

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By Rob Andrews with paraphrased content from M. O’Brien’s mindsetting workshop and Jen Sincero’s book You are Badass: Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life   On December 8th, Michael O’Brien, our collaboration partner at BluePrint Toolset, and a very good friend, conducted a 3-hour mini workshop on developing a high-performance mindset. 25 people attended, including a half dozen clients. The response has been amazing and now everyone who attended wants to learn more. People who have had just a small taste of what it’s like to…”

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By Rob Andrews with paraphrased content from Chief Executive’s CEO Briefing article Confessions of a CEO Turned CHRO December 5, 2020 We coach CHROs around nine principles we’ve observed in organizations that perform at the very top of their respective sectors. One of nine covers disciplined human capital practices; the other eight round out the other elements that are necessary to build a peak performance culture. In Dan Bigman’s article, Priti Patel, a CEO-turned-CPO explains why concrete business skills—and a keen understanding of revenue-per-employee—are so essential to the success of…”

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By Rob Andrews with paraphrased content from Gallup’s Strength Based Organizational Culture Guide, November 29, 2022 51% of employees surveyed by Gallup are actively looking for a new job and are spending significant time watching job openings and applying to those that resonate with them. Gallup, in its new guide, lays out a compelling case for building a strengths-based company culture. The approach is a powerful differentiator that will help you attract top talent, bring out the best in every employee and drive formidable organic growth. The dissatisfaction driving these…”

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Paraphrased content from Linda Lisanti’s Convenience Store News Retail Executive of the Year article November 2022 For Parkland USA President Doug Haugh, leadership means empowering people to recognize their strengths, and then putting them in a position to maximize those talents. Since joining the Charleston, S.C.-based company in November 2017, he has put together a powerhouse team to grow Parkland USA’s retail business across four key regions of the country and relaunch the On the Run brand as both a convenience store and forecourt brand. “The opportunity to pull together…”

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Why Do You Do That?

Rob Andrews talks about why our team at Allen Austin operates the way it does; how it’s all led by purpose and how we implement it into our Executive Search (executive recruitment) and Leadership Advisory practices.