About Us

Kaplan Executive Search is a retained executive search firm and cannabis industry recruiting solutions provider headquartered in Southeast Michigan. We help cannabis-based businesses, private and family held companies, as well as organizations running on EOS® recruit better people faster.

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Our Mission

Our goal is simple - to help growing organizations recruit and retain top talent.

We have a passion for partnering with CEOs to place transformative talent that will help them achieve their vision. We do this by offering retained executive search services, as well as recruitment solutions specific to the cannabis industry.

The Perfect Fit, Guaranteed

How we get it done:

Step 1

We begin each search by immersing ourselves in your world - the people, processes, and strategies that drive your business forward.  

Gather Intelligence and Administer Kolbe

During this step of the process, we interview those who know you best, including leadership team members, line staff, and at times, even your spouse. The information we gather during these conversations helps us to develop and validate the search parameters. The Kolbe RightFit™ assessment is also introduced to find an appropriate “work style” match. 

Prepare Documents

Our team is busy preparing key documents, such as a position profile, search parameters, and a target list during this stage. The Range of Success™ report is prepared to ensure sourced candidates are in alignment with the goals and priorities of the role.

Step 2

We begin the recruiting process by developing a well-crafted research plan. Our team executes on this research plan to generate targeted lists of top performing candidates.

Present Benchmark Candidates

During this step of the process, we get qualified candidates in front of you and other decision makers quickly. A benchmark candidate is one whom we believe meets most of the candidate qualifications.  

Candidate Referrals

You let us know if we are on the mark; we refine, and then present more, and better, candidates. During this stage, the client will be actively interviewing top talent for their key leadership role.

Step 3

We spend time with you to help determine your top and secondary choices. Our team will conduct detailed reference checks on the top candidate, and help develop a fair and competitive offer letter.

Candidate Reference Checks

Once the final candidate(s) have been identified, we conduct structured reference checks. These discussions are used to probe key areas of the candidates’ background(s), and to validate their rankings. Based on the information gathered from these calls, we discuss any issues that have surfaced with the candidate/ client and recommend next steps.

Develop Offer

You will select a finalist you wish to pursue, and in what order during this stage. Our team at Kaplan Executive Search will assist in preparing an offer letter that is a win-win for both parties.

Step 4

We wrap-up the search by overseeing the negotiation process, as well as assisting in the development of the onboarding plan. 


This is a critical phase in the process - for both you, as well as the candidate. We help both parties come to an agreement during this stage and serve as an intermediary to work through all issues that may arise. 

Prepare for Candidate Start Date

It is crucial that the new hire tie up all loose ends in order to hit the ground running in his or her new position. During this step, we help finalize a start date that is comfortable for both the organization, as well as the individual. The team at Kaplan Executive Search will also work with you to develop a successful onboarding plan to ensure a seamless transition.

Hiring Services

COO Recruiting Services
Chief Operating Officer Recruiting Services
Integrator and Leadership Recruiting for Companies Running on EOS®
Integrator and Leadership Recruiting For EOS® Companies
Cannabis Industry Executive Search

Cannabis Industry Executive Search

Cannabis Industry Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)
Cannabis Industry Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)


The Kaplan Executive Search Team


Adam Kaplan



Diane O'Brien

VP, Executive Search

Hear From Our Clients

"We partnered with Kaplan Executive Search to recruit a Head of Operations at EOS Worldwide, a key role on our leadership team. Kaplan understood our unique culture, ambitious job requirements, and budgetary limitations, and delivered a slate of qualified candidates ahead of schedule. With their help, we hired our "right fit" Operations Leader and could not be more excited about the outcome and are ready to best meet our company's future needs!"
Kelly Knight
Integrator, EOS® Worldwide
"We retained Kaplan Executive Search to find a rockstar COO. Adam delivered... in less than two months we had our man and our business is stronger than ever!"
Marc Beginin
CEO, Precision Extraction Solutions
"Adam helped me find the right COO after I screwed up the first two times. He’s definitely a great CEO and COO matchmaker."
John Akhoian
CEO, Rooter Hero Plumbing
"Adam took the time to really understand the role and our company so he could tailor his search for the “right” candidate to fill a role at Zoup! The final selection was an ideal candidate who has exceeded our expectations and we are very happy with the service Adam provided. We plan to use Adam again for future talent searches."
Richard Simtob
President, Zoup!, Southfield, MI
"I hired Adam Kaplan to lead a national search for a VP – Sales at my company, CRDN. Within 90 days, I was interviewing three highly qualified candidates and soon thereafter I had my person. Adam owned the recruitment and negotiation process 100%. I highly recommend Adam to business owners who want a professional recruiter to do their searches right."
Wayne Wudyka
CEO, CRDN (#1 Textile Restoration Company in the US)
“Adam has done a great job and was worth every penny on this engagement. The amount of communication and insight he provided was truly impressive.”
Edmond Delude
CEO, E7 Solutions

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