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Kurt Rakos, Tony Fornetti and Paul Beard Offering Best of Their New "Short List"

Minnesota’s leading search firms, McKinley Group and McKinley Finance, split up effective January 1, 2013. Kurt Rakos, Tony Fornetti and Paul Beard along with 14 staff members -- including seven of the eight top producers from the previous firm -- started 2013 as SkyWater Search Partners (www.skywatersearch.com). The new team and staff will bring 147 years of combined search expertise to SkyWater, or an average of 9.8 years per person.

The new company is based on the first floor of the Carlson Towers (601 Carlson Parkway, Suite 150) and will continue to deliver the best talent to companies in the area, focused in the following areas:

  • Information Technology
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Sales & Marketing
  • CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods)
  • Engineering
  • HR (Human Resources)

From 2006--2011, McKinley Group had been the number one Executive Search firm in the area, with more than 1,800 successful placement, ranked by The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. The firm was number one in the Journal's recent annual Book of Lists. It had also been named a top Search Firm by Twin Cities Business magazine. And it placed in the Business Journal's "Fast 50" growth companies for the same five-year period. It also was on the Inc. 5000 from 2007 through 2010, another fast-growth award.

"SkyWater Search Partners is a 'Short List' search firm. We will begin with 17 employees, all of whom came from McKinley," says Kurt Rakos. "SkyWater Search Partners' practice groups are focused on providing clients with the best qualified candidates and we are looking forward to working with both the most qualified talent and the area's leading organizations in 2013."

"SkyWater relationships will be founded on trust and transparency with both candidates and clients," adds Paul Beard. "Our staff has a proven track record of consistently delivering highly qualified candidates to our clients. SkyWater will be relentlessly focused on consistently delivering quality vs. quantity of candidates."

"With the economy slowly rebuilding, we hope to be a valuable asset for companies that can’t find the right candidates," notes Tony Fornetti, who led the Finance Practice Group at McKinley Finance. "We expect companies to look to us in filling positions that are too important to do a search on their own. SkyWater Search Partners is an ideal resource that is in touch with the market in all of our key areas of search expertise."

About SkyWater Search Partners -- A Short-List Search Firm

SkyWater Search Partners is a hybrid contingent fee and retained executive search firm that also provides specialized recruitment and representation services. Its seven practice areas are led by highly experienced executive recruiters who take great care in fully understanding client requirements and candidate qualifications.

SkyWater's process is consultative and transparent. Whether working with hiring managers or candidates, its focus is always to provide a short list of sourced and secured “best choices.” With more than 147 years of combined experience in search, the company knows the importance of making the right hire. Its executive recruiters have guided hundreds of successful placements through proven insight and persistence.

Whether looking for a new position, or searching to fill a critical role, SkyWater Search Partners are ready to put its industry knowledge and strong business contacts to work by starting with a short list.

For more information -- or to interview the principals of SkyWater Search Partners -- please contact Martin Keller, Media Savant Communications Co., 612-729-8585, [email protected]

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