My Thoughts for Today

YES, it’s my birthday! But this one is a Flagship Birthday! “The BIG SIX O”, Ha! everyone is telling me how special it is!

I thought about it for a while…and really it is just another day in time….. but it certainly gets your thought process going!

You can choose to think either positively or negatively when you hear that number, right? This made me want to write something! I am not sure why, but felt compelled to, so here I go!

For so many reasons, I feel extremely blessed this birthday. Amazing Family, friends, good health and a successful business that allows us to touch so many people’s lives in such a positive way!! Two and a half years ago, I made the decision along with my son to start our own search firm, after years of experience working in HR and executive search, I really felt ready to do this and customize the business the way I felt it should be in my heart. Aren’t you scared???.... People said……what if you fail?.. what if…. What if….. and that is what I heard….. but then I choose not to hear any of that and realized you will do what your mind and heart will steer you to! If you allow those negative thoughts to take over your mind, then you have chosen your destiny. We hear so much about attitude and passion and positivity….. and you know what? They are right…. It’s EVERYTHING! My whole life I have always worked hard to think this way and it has never failed me. Don’t get me wrong, many days it is not easy to think like this, but it is a choice I have to make and turn any negative thoughts around right away. When you don’t let obstacles that are in front of you, stop you, when you don’t let fear overcome you and paralyze you, when you don’t listen to other people who try to tell you that life is hard and challenging and why bother…..when you just choose to kick those fears away and just step out in faith and trust in what you know, amazing things will happen!

I have had such wonderful mentors that believed in me and taught me so much all along my life path that I am extremely grateful to.

So, advice to those that wish to hear it, find great people that are willing to guide you and then take the guidance! We don’t all know everything….and learning from those that have done and know, is the smartest thing you can ever do. Don’t let pride ever stand in the way… it will definitely hold you back. Also, pick good people to be in your life circle that you trust and will build you up and will be there for you and then you do the same for them. Because as you know, who we spend most of our time with influences us greatly

So….. on MY sixtieth birthday, I am sending all of YOU some of my life wisdom and wishes for your strength and courage to live out your best and fearless life yet with no excuses! Remember that little engine that could? I think I can, I think I can….. ☺

Those that know me, get it that I am all about love, kindness and gratitude….this IS my essence. My wish for you is that you also can know and live out your true essence, the person you are deep in your soul and never worry about what others may think of you.

Thanks for reading my friends…..

Love and kindness to all,

Diane

Today, as we gather with family and friends to enjoy burgers and beer. As the fireworks light up the sky and the bonfires warm our night. Let's enjoy what it means to be an American. Happy 4th of July. #FourthofJuly #Freedom #Independence #America  

Today, as we gather with family and friends to enjoy burgers and beer. As the fireworks light up the sky and the bonfires warm our night. Let's enjoy what it means to be an American. Happy 4th of July. #FourthofJuly #Freedom #Independence #America  

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Hope everyone had a great long weekend. While everyone was grilling and enjoying each others company. I wanted to take a moment and remind everyone what Memorial Day is all about. It's not the grilling and the day off of work. It is remembering those who died serving in the armed forces and protecting our freedom.  

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is with much gratitude that I send this Thanksgiving note out today. My son Edward and I, launched Symphony Search earlier this year and we've had a fantastic and blessed start. We appreciate the incredible excitement and support from our wonderful and gracious clients that were so happy to see me step out and start this business. For that, I am eternally grateful and appreciate each and every one of them. Our work is very gratifying in that we are privileged to be a part of so many amazing transformations for people and organizations. 

Enjoy this Thanksgiving Day my friends!

Diane

Director of Compensation and Benefits Opportunity

The Director of Compensation and Benefits is responsible for leading these areas through analysis, development, evaluation and implementation of the organization’s compensation and benefits plans. Set forth and execute departmental goals by providing vision, leadership, planning project coordination and management for HRIS while concurrently facilitating efficient operations to meet current and future business needs within the Human Resource Department Lead and plan the day-to-day operations of compensation, benefits, HRIS, payroll and employee health (FMLA / LOA). 

Location: Chicago, IL

If interested please contact us at ed@symphonysearchinc.com, thank you. 

M&A Integration Leader Opportunity

The ideal candidate will be driven to lead a successful new company merger and integration, have a strong sense of accountability and the skill to partner with key leadership to optimize the growth potential and profitability of the company.

This individual will be in a very exciting position to help my client create a global presence in their industry. Will contribute to business vision and lead complex projects while working as a trusted advisor at the highest levels of the organization. Great ability for future growth opportunities/acquisitions within the organization.

Reports directly to the President of International Operations for company.

The Successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring that all corporate deliverables are integrated and completed through all phases of the Acquisition.

  • Must have prior experience with at least 2 mergers/acquisitions.
  • Ability to travel extensively between US and Europe.
  • Six Sigma background and ability to influence this mentality and processes.

If interested, please contact us at ed@symphonysearchinc.com, thank you. 

Plant Manager Opportunity - Northern Chicago Suburbs

This is an extremely exciting opportunity for an individual to come in and be a part of this company’s growth and success. We are looking for a Plant Manager that is comfortable with the fast-paced demands of a multi shift food manufacturing facility and can communicate and collaborate comfortably with their team along with all other areas of the company. We are looking for a candidate that will oversees management of all areas of manufacturing including, but not limited to, production, maintenance, quality, warehousing and sanitation.  The successful candidate will be focused on safety, food safety, quality, waste reduction and operational improvement.  This position is responsible for directing and coordinating activities to ensure products are manufactured on schedule and within quality standards and cost objectives.

If interested please contact us at ed@symphonysearchinc.com.

Maintenance Manager (Food) Opportunity - Northwest Chicago

Our client is leading food manufacturer who has an immediate opening for a Maintenance Manager and we're looking for a reliable “Hands On” leader. This role is responsible for overseeing the maintenance department and reports to the Director of Operations. This is a hands-on management production environment position; candidate must be comfortable with managing and working in a fast pace, non-stop, production environment to keep the equipment up and running. 

If interested please contact us at ed@symphonysearchinc.com.

Quality Assurance Manager (Food) Opportunity- Northern Chicagoland

Quality Assurance Manager Opportunity- Northern Chicagoland

This is an extremely exciting opportunity for an individual to come in and be a part of this company’s growth and success. We are looking for a Quality leader that is comfortable with the fast-paced demands of a multi shift food manufacturing facility and has the ability to communicate and collaborate comfortably with their team along with all other areas of the company. We are looking for a candidate that will bring good energy and passion to match the direction of this company. The qualified candidate will provide leadership and direction for the facility’s Quality Assurance and Sanitation functions to ensure that all materials used and products produced meet customer requirements and comply with all company, USDA, FDA and other professional/regulatory requirements.

If interested please contact us at ed@symphonysearchinc.com.

Senior Vice President of Sales (Food) Opportunity

With dynamic market conditions and an assertive plan of action, my client needs a proactive, results-oriented, highly effective and hands-on Senior Vice President Sales. The ideal candidate will be driven to lead a successful sales team, the proven ability to develop and implement effective sales strategies, have a strong sense of accountability, and the skill to partner with key leadership to optimize the growth potential and profitability of the company. In addition to a hands-on style, it is essential that the individual possess the excellent people skills necessary to foster an environment that supports teamwork, continuous improvement and innovation while at the same time striving to maintain a high level of performance. Responsible for developing strategic sales plans based on company goals that will promote sales growth and customer satisfaction for the organization.

Please contact us at ed@symphonysearchinc.com if interested or know of someone who is, thank you. 

Director of Manufacturing Operations Opportunity

The Director of Manufacturing Operations is responsible for leading all areas of the company's manufacturing with a focus on Employee and Food Safety, meeting established quality standards, delivering on time and the development and execution of the actions required to meet or exceed established cost objectives. 

If interested please contact us at ed@symphonysearchinc.com.

Corporate Controller Opportunity Sacramento, CA Area

Corporate Controller Opportunity Sacramento, CA Area

The Controller reports directly to the Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) and is responsible for the accounting operations of the Company.  The Controller's responsibilities also includes the management of corporate accounting and the direct management and review of divisional controllers, which include periodic visits and audits of all remote accounting operations. Responsibilities include developing and implementing financial policies, accounting procedures, internal controls, periodic reporting, accounting oversite of locations outside of corporate headquarters and the management and maintenance of the accounting systems of the Company.

If interested please contact us at ed@symphonysearchinc.com.

Regional Sales Manager (Western US) Opportunity

Regional Sales Manager (Western US) Opportunity

As a Regional Sales Manager (West) you will be responsible for generating revenue and sales growth in the West Coast states of the United States.  You will be working to find, qualify and develop sales prospects.  You will penetrate qualified accounts to establish long term relationships with decision makers and influencers.  You will be supported by the sales and technical teams to bring customized automation and packaging solutions to customers.  You exhibit a consultative selling approach, driving a robust sales pipeline of qualified prospects to achieve or exceed quota. You consistently outperform your peers.  You are comfortable working in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment, doing what it takes to get the job done.

5 to 10 years of experience, knowledge and understanding of the food processor, food service industries and their impact into the retail environment.

If interested please contact us at ed@symphonysearchinc.com.

Sr. Tax Accountant Opportunity Southern Chicagoland

Sr. Tax Accountant Opportunity Southern Chicagoland

Our client is looking for a Senior Tax Accountant who is responsible for establishing and maintaining the corporate tax function for the company reporting directly to the CFO. They will be overseeing tax activities, understanding and interpreting tax regulations; completing tax returns; ensuring tax compliance; and coordination with third party consultants.

If interested please contact us at ed@symphonysearchinc.com.

Official Launch

Excited and proud to announce the official start of Symphony Search!  Family owned and operated, combining decades of experience and passion will allow us to provide outstanding benefits and service to our clients.

We are a national search firm servicing the following industries;  Food, Dairy, Consumer, Industrial and Human Resources and will place senior, middle management and professional level positions. 

Symphony Search believes in working together to create harmony and agreement with our clients; this is the genesis of our company name and of our beginning.

Here's to creating great experiences together!