Client Commentary

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

You have exceeded my expectations over and over again; and continue to. I secretly suspect you may have cloned yourself because whenever I have needed your input or assistance, you have been there. That includes during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, when our office building was not available for 6-weeks-You generously offered us the availability to use your conference rooms whenever needed. You also introduced my team to your breakthrough concepts of Total Performance Management, which generated immediate results.

You’ve been incredibly generous with your time, your insight, your candor and your passion to help others.

Andrew T. Gardener CFP, President, Tanglewood Legacy Advisors


We have been working with Allen Austin for almost ten years. As a result of our 16 years in business as WoodRock, as well as each MD’s experience prior to WoodRock with other management recruiting firms, we feel that we have a broad perspective and experience from which we can recommend Allen Austin to any company, in practically any situation. We have recommended them to investment banking clients as well as hired them ourselves for our merchant banking projects. Their approach is different than the big three or four firms, and they deliver a much more hands-on experience led by senior executives. Interestingly, their approach is much like what we explain to our clients: that they are a small, professional services firm with world-level expertise, delivered in a personal manner, by an industry expert. We don’t make referrals of three management recruiting firms: rather, we make a single recommendation when the opportunity arises. More importantly, we recommend meeting Rob Andrews often before the need becomes clear to the others in the room.

John Dennis, Managing Partner & Founder, WoodRock & Company


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. They did a fantastic job of keeping me informed throughout the process by providing timely and insightful feedback. The team at Allen Austin also did a great job of helping me through the transition period, to ensure that a fantastic opportunity became an extraordinary reality. The Allen Austin leadership consulting team has helped our firm complete a comprehensive strategic planning process that included the entire senior leadership of the company. They helped us navigate the process each step of the way which resulted in the company developing an exceptionally focused plan that we are excited to execute. Allen Austin played in important role in helping us reach our potential.

Bob Alyward, Jones & Carter – Civil Engineering Consulting Firm


Allen Austin is pound-for-pound the best executive search firm that I dealt with over a 40 year career — no contest. In general, the executive search business has become a cookie-cutter industry, sort of a for clients and candidates. Maybe that works for some clients, but it does not serve the client well, and quite often results in mediocre placements and multiple do-overs. Allen Austin takes the extra time, and puts in the extra effort, to UNDERSTAND the client and, more importantly, the client’s culture. Yes, “The Process” is a pain up front, but it virtually ensures a one-time, long-term successful candidate placement. The two-year placement guarantee (for hi-comp candidates) should say it all. AA’s track record is outstanding and (in my experience) is unique in the ES industry, particularly when compared to the bigger firms in the business.

Jim Eggleston, Board Member, Silberline Manufacturing Company


Most service providers offer a menu of product solutions and the feeling is much like buying a major appliance, which may or may not satisfy. The Allen Austin experience is an enjoyable, interactive, educational and lasting relationship with a partner who helps identify and solve the right problems. You’ll do a little more work on the front end but the results will be phenomenal. Allen Austin could very well be the next great global firm. Engaging an Allen Austin partner in a half day needs assessment could be your fastest route to dramatically improved top and bottom line performance.

Don Benson, Chairman of the Board, CHR Solutions


Allen Austin uses one of the most exhaustive and thorough screening processes I have ever seen in many years of working with executive recruiting firms as an executive consultant and senior human resources professional. My guess is that only the FBI and NSA delve deeper. If a candidate is not willing to undergo this process, they “do not get to play.” This eliminates the non-serious window shoppers from the start. The consistent result is a group of very high quality candidates from which to choose. Our partnership with him contributed to outstanding outcomes and extremely high client satisfaction.

Tony Mulkern, Sigue