Testimonials

John Tarvin was an incredible partner when the Vermont Council on Rural Development undertook its first search for a new executive director in 21 years. He helped us to articulate our vision and our goals in a new leader and then went about recruiting an impressive slate of candidates. John understands the challenges faced by a volunteer search committee, reviewing, and interviewing all the candidates, communicating with them and keeping everyone informed. When it came time to settle on finalists, his wise counsel guided us to consensus and a fantastic choice to lead our organization well into the future.”

Ross Sneyd

VCRD Board Member and Search Committee Chair

Erin Cox was an ideal partner in our search for a new Executive Director at College Visions. She listened keenly to our concerns, understood the core values of the organization, and designed and managed a search process that was inclusive, transparent and successful. She took the work seriously, but also kept a good sense of humor throughout the process, motivating our search committee and Board to do the same. It was a pleasure to work with Erin and I would highly recommend her to any non-profit organization.”
Deborah Obalil

Board and Search Committee Chair, College Visions

Nancy has managed three executive transitions for WCHR over the past 11 years.  She is easy so to work with and manages the process in a very efficient manner. She keeps the process on track and follows through on all the details.  Nancy is very skillful in guiding a committee to prioritize the needs of the organization to help identify qualified candidates – three times she demonstrated her experience and insight to assist in finding the right person for the job.”

Jim Hayes

Board Chair Worcester Community Housing Resources

Eos Transitions has the ED search process down to a science. Their process is designed to efficiently and thoroughly prepare the search team to make the best choice possible and it works. Catherine Bradshaw’s dedication and thoughtfulness gave us confidence that we would find the right person to replace our ED of 23 years. We couldn’t have done it without Catherine. I would definitely hire Eos and their team again.”

Margaret Cicchetti

HomeShare VT Board President and Search Committee Chair

With the goal to grow Otsego Land Trust to the next level with a new Executive Director, we selected Eos Transition Partners based on John Tarvin’s extensive expertise with organizational assessment and searches in conservation. John’s ability to understand our organization and bring clarity and structure to the process made this search easy and successful for both our board and staff. He and his associate superb, Erin Cox, created a clear position profile that guided the search and attracted excellent candidates. They managed all communications and interviews with sensitivity and respect, keeping us on track, on time and within our budget. He guided us smoothly through the interviews, offer and salary negotiations and on-boarding. In the end, our organization benefited greatly from working with John. Now we look forward to working with our new Executive Director. Everyone at Otsego Land Trust is grateful for John’s presence, professionalism, responsiveness, and wisdom.”

Carla Hall

OLT Board Member and Search Committee Chair

We just met with our incoming executive and had a lovely conversation about our work with you (Nancy). We were pondering what factors made this transition process work so well. We reflected on how every situation is different and we appreciate your flexibility in not having a rote way that things must be done. Having such an awesome candidate, a team relentless in pursuing its goal, and great consultant – facilitator are obvious components. Thank you for being nimble, patient and open with us. Your insights and experience were really helpful.”

Liebe Gadinsky

Board Co-Chair National LGBTQ Task Force

As the Connecticut River Museum began to undertake its search for a new Executive Director, the board did an extensive search and interview process of search firms to assist us. It was clear that EOS Transition Partners would be a good fit based upon our needs, their experience, their commitment to client service and the recommendations of their former clients. Our confidence in them has been completely vindicated. John Tarvin and Erin Cox not only laid out a clear and consistent strategy for the search, but they went beyond that to also act as facilitators, helping to bring our board to a consensus as to our needs and how best to meet them. Their communications were always clear and timely, and they made what could have been a daunting process smooth and seamless. They produced a remarkable number of applicants, narrowed the field to a list of the most qualified and delivered a short list of solid candidates. Their guidance and steady hand right through interview and negotiation has produced an excellent result for CRM. John and Erin are clearly experienced professionals and personable individuals. They can be trusted to provide excellent guidance, to anticipate any potential rough spots and handle the entire search process with an eye on the best result. Our entire Board is grateful for their support, their effort and the result.”
John Bennet

Connecticut River Museum Board Chair

John Tarvin helped On The Rise find our Executive Director and Director of Development amidst a pandemic, within an incredibly challenging hiring environment.  By interviewing staff at all levels, he learned about our organization and its needs and then guided us through a deeply collaborative and well-organized hiring process for both positions. Throughout, John was straight-forward, organized, insightful, curious, and kind.  After his interviews, he brought us candidates that met our needs and understood our mission. I can’t recommend John more highly and would turn to him again if we needed to hire another leader at On The Rise.”

Josh Gerber

OTR Board and Search Committee Chair

For a small nonprofit organization preparing to jump to the next level, John Tarvin’s advice and assistance were invaluable. John quickly grasped the challenges and the potential of our organization, helped us craft a coherent job description for the Executive Director, and led us through the process of solicitation, interviews, and final selection. Our organization is considerably stronger and more unified as a result of John’s tactful and perceptive guidance.”

Gregory Farmer

Board Chairman, The Landmark Trust USA

John Tarvin is a fabulous human being. He is authentic, kind, knowledgeable, and a wonderful mentor. Working with him is a delight: he is extremely organized, communicates promptly and clearly, guides clients in a gentle manner, and really brings out the best in people. I would hire him again in a second.”

Kara Kaufman

Search Committee Chair, North Andover Historical Society

Great Mountain Forest engaged John to manage the search for our first full-time Executive Director. Right from the beginning he was effective in providing structure and organization, and kept the Search Committee focused and moving forward. He devoted the time to meet with all of our board and staff members. John was thoughtful about the potential complexity of introducing a new leader into an organization where a small staff had been working directly with board members on day-to-day operations for many years. He managed the day of in-person interviews with the full board and the two finalists. They were both stellar candidates with different strengths, and John was extremely helpful during the board’s deliberations. We were all impressed from start to finish and would highly recommend John to anyone undertaking a search.”

Susan MacEachron and John Coston

Search Committee Chair and Board Chair

John was invaluable to us in our search to replace our retiring longtime Executive Director. His management of the entire process from initial interviews with us to clarify our needs and expectations through the search and evaluation of candidates to the final selection and hiring was incredible. John has a way of engaging all parties in meaningful ways, is insightful and a consummate professional. As a consultant, John is at times a mentor, counselor, strategic partner, and at all times a trusted friend and resource. My only regret is that he is not a permanent member of our team!”

Brad Finkle

Board Chairman, Tourism Cares

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