About Us

Kaplan Executive Search is a retained executive search firm located in Metro Detroit / Southeast Michigan. We help private and family held businesses, as well as EOS® companies across the country recruit key leadership talent for their organization. 

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Our Mission

We are passionate about partnering CEOs to help them achieve their vision by recruiting top leadership talent. We focus on placing the best leaders who will hold team members accountable, improve company culture, and manage the bottom line.

Our Unique Process

Learn more about our unique, personalized, step-by-step search process to find the perfect fit for your business.

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.


The Kaplan Executive Search Team


Adam Kaplan

CEO, Search Lead


Britney Shirshekar

Executive Search Associate

Hear From Our Clients

"Many thanks for coming through with an exceptionally well qualified company…You not only found a company with the appropriate culture, but a company who I would consider to be the “best-of-the-best” in their industry. I cannot thank you enough for your rare talent in successfully recruiting superior firms, for superior candidates. Similar to the company you recommended for me, you are also the “best-of-the-best.”
Michael Richards
Inside Sales Manager, Online Tech, Ann Arbor, MI
"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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