Executive Search

To be successful, you need the right combination of talent and culture working together to enable everyone to flourish while in pursuit of a winning strategy. That’s why Catapult does much more than help you fill key positions on your team. We’re committed to finding the right people and best fit for your organization, culture, and vision—for today and into the future.

Search Services

  • Retained Executive Search
  • Assessment Services
  • Onboarding & Team Assimilation
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Successful Searches

CEO Searches

We partner with forward-thinking boards to deliver the CEO talent you are searching for. 

Company

Child & Family Services

Position

Chief Executive Officer

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Company

Aspire WNY

Position

Chief Executive Officer

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Company

WNY Impact Investment Fund

Position

Chief Executive Officer

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Company

Community Action Organization of WNY

Position

Chief Executive Officer

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C-Suite

Build your dream team through our insightful, tailored executive search process.

Company

Stanley G. Falk School

Position

Superintendent

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Company

Nardin Academy High School

Position

Principal

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Company

North Forest Office Space

Position

Chief Financial Officer

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Company

Trocaire College

Position

Chief Human Resources Officer

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Company

Cobham

Position

Vice President Finance, Vice President Human Resources

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Company

Buffalo Sabres

Position

Vice President Human Resources

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Company

Erie County Medical Center (ECMC)

Position

Vice President Human Resources

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Company

Harlequin

Position

Senior Human Resources Manager

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Company

Buffalo Medical Group

Position

Director of Human Resources

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Company

University at Buffalo

Position

Director Investor & Entrepreneur Engagement

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Our Approach

A Strategic Decision

Catapult is not just a search firm. We want to know much more than the description of the job that you are filling. We start by understanding your organization as well as your vision, strategy, and culture. We identify candidates who best fit your corporate profile, not just the position requirements. Our holistic approach ensures not just a good fit, but the right fit.

Cultural Awareness

It cannot be taken for granted that the right fit on paper is right for your unique organization. Catapult gains a deep understanding not only of the skill gaps to be filled but also the cultural needs. Recruiting for the right cultural fit can make the difference between retention and looking for another candidate mere months later.

Identify, Assess & Engage

We cast a wide net, reaching beyond our own expansive network to ensure we identify a robust, highly-qualified and interested pool of talent. We also use the Hogan suite of assessment tools to better determine that you have the right addition to your team. We engage your candidates in thorough and meaningful interactions to ensure you know who they are, how they think and what they value.

Start, Finish & Follow Through

Catapult’s Search approach is all-encompassing. We handle every step of the hiring process, from the big picture to the smallest detail. Once the right person has been identified, we work with you to facilitate a harmonious integration, ensuring your new hire is effectively acclimated and on-boarded.

Client Testimonials

  • Catapult (Marsha Koelmel) understood the unique circumstance and attributes that our CEO search implied and effectively identified candidates with responsive credentials. Catapult's qualification analysis- including personality profiling- was excellent and spot on for the applicant we chose, whose performance has been even better than hoped for. We would recommend Catapult highly and enthusiastically for searches that require insight, diligence and great follow through.

    Bill Joyce

    Founding Chair, Western New York Impact Investment Fund

  • Catapult added so much value to our search. By taking on all of the recruitment and candidate screening, they brought us a list of qualified candidate for consideration. Their professional insights, candidates assessments and screening process enabled our search committee to quickly identify and secure an exceptional candidate.

    Christina Orsi

    Associate Vice President of Economic Development, University at Buffalo

  • As Board Chair for Aspire of WNY, in 2019 I led a volunteer team to interview firms that could guide our CEO search. Aspire is a complex organization with a $75 M annual operating budget; ensuring continuity of leadership was and is of paramount importance. After careful deliberation, we engaged with Catapult Executive Consulting to provide CEO search services for the Agency. The performance of Catapult was simply outstanding. We could not have been more satisfied with the advice and counsel provided during their engagement. Led by Catapult co-president, Marsha Koelmel, we felt from the onset that we were in expert hands. For us, the key factor that differentiated Catapult from the other firms we considered, was their genuine interest in working first to understand our priorities, preferences, and concerns. The other firms we considered were far more prescriptive in their approach (i.e.: "We know what is best for you", "Just listen to us", "Our opinion is the one that matters", etc.), even at times a bit dictatorial. Marsha and her team put us in the driver's seat from the start and provided responsive guidance that fit our needs perfectly. And the result of the search, three years later, underscores the success of the entire search process - we are extremely satisfied with our new CEO (Ms. Renee Filip) and we feel strongly that Marsha and her team were highly effective in navigating the waters that brought Renee to us. You can be entirely confident placing your trust in Catapult. I would hire them again in a nanosecond.

    John Earshen

    Board Chair, Aspire WNY

  • I can say without reservation, that you and your team, Paige in particular, made for the best candidacy/recruitment process I have ever experienced. I am not certain what your secret might be; transparency, sincerity, integrity, communication, professionalism and humor all come to mind. I consider myself very fortunate to have met you as you are a consummate professional and a great woman-leader in our community. I look forward to continuing our relationship.

    Renee Filip

    Chief Executive Officer, Aspire WNY

  • The professionalism, thorough and consistent process, and responsiveness of the Catapult team instilled confidence in the successful outcome of our search, especially during an unprecedented challenging time for all of us. I would turn to them again for any future needs in the services they offer.

    Nardin Academy

    Search Committee Member, High School Principal Search