Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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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