The Experience That Yields Exceptional Results

A FIT ... not just a Find

RAY HOLLEY, Executive Search Specialist

My Search Philosophy

Recruiting is a Contact Sport …

Nothing beats experience. With over 30-years of recruiting experience and having interviewed over 50,000 people, I source and recruit only qualified and interested “A-list” candidates for your open positions.

While I employ the latest in sourcing technology, I also believe that recruiting is a “Contact Sport” …

When I started in this business computers didn’t exist. It was done the old-fashioned way. I learned the business by picking up the telephone and calling people. In fact, in those days, success in the recruiting business was directly proportional to the number of times you dialed the phone.

This personal contact created many valuable relationships, some I still maintain to this day. As a result of that early training, I stand apart from today’s definition of recruiting.

Outside of entry-level campus recruiting efforts that focus on specific disciplines, “recruiting” in its purest form, is non-existent. What’s now called recruiting means shot-gunning ads around the job market Universe, hoping that the exact “fit” you need for the position is going to see your ad and send you a resume. I can tell you that “hoping” is rarely a winning strategy.

Compare this to working with an experienced outside recruiter who can represent your company and its key critical positions in the most professional way to their base of established contacts. And that fact alone proves my theory that “Recruiting is a Contact Sport!

A Fit ... not just a Find, Ray Holley Group, LLC

To Be a Great Company You Need Great People …

I work with a select group of growing clients who understand that it’s not just a fancy campus, good products and services, and catchy advertising that makes a great company. It’s great people, working together, who make the company a stellar success!

Most companies don’t have the luxury of being a “name brand” that has people “beating the door down” to come work for them. In fact, during any type of economic times, the best and brightest need to be sought out, made aware of your company’s opportunity and then sold on why the position would be a good fit and a great step forward for them on their career path. This is where a seasoned professional like myself excels and how I stand apart from today’s recruiters.

In the mid-1990s, I revolutionized the executive search business with my unique approach to recruiting that eliminated expensive percentage-based fees, retainers, flat-fees, and recruiters chasing commission checks. This new concept quickly caught on, offering clients greater flexibility throughout the entire recruiting process while saving them a substantial portion of their recruiting budgets.

Benefits of the Ray Holley Group proprietary model…

  • A savings of over $10,000,000.00 in recruiting fees to clients over the years
  • Ability to hire multiple people for a single search assignment for one cost
  • The client directs the recruiter’s time to their most pressing needs (most recruiters “pick & choose”)
  • Saving an average of 45% – 75% of your recruiting budget

Click the completed searches button below to see the types of positions my clients have saved over $10,000,000 on.

“My clients say that I am “the Best Recruiter they’ve ever worked with.” Now, while I don’t make that claim myself, I’m inclined to agree with them!”

~ Ray Holley


“I started to write you a response to your last email and it's been sitting in my drafts file ever since. I wanted to tell you how delighted I have been with the entire recruiting process that led to bringing our new VP on board. He's an excellent fit here and is going to make a huge difference. As I am decentralizing the management of the online business, I am sure there will be more opportunities as well. So, I look forward to meeting you in person at some point and I want to say that it is really a pleasure to work with you." Best regards, Steve Weitzner, President and CEO of CMP Media

Hiring Manager

“We have worked with Ray following a recommendation from our sister company. Not only was Ray successful in completing the assignment, I found the service very quick, efficient and professional and was particularly impressed with the thoroughness of Ray’s work with the candidates themselves. What makes this all the more impressive is that we are based in Europe and all of this work has been done remotely over several thousand miles distance. I have already recommended Ray to another company and would not hesitate to do so again.” Simon Foster Managing Director – CMPi International Exhibitions, London

Hiring Manager

“I have experienced working with Ray from the perspective of being recruited and recruiting for me. He goes the extra distance. He offers advice that really adds value, and sometimes even acts a coach. His style is unique, as he progresses each project towards a successful conclusion in his inimitable, fun loving, way. He is a professional, and you sense it as he takes the sting out of the recruitment process. I can safely say that I am delighted with the position that Ray recruited me into, and with the people he has recruited for me. Ray Holley stands out as the best in his class.” John Stuttard Vice President / Group Director, Events – CMP Information USA

Placed Candidate and Hiring Manager

“Ray Holley is, quite simply, the best recruiter I have ever worked with in my twenty- year sales career. The great majority of recruiters will throw any number of candidates at the same position and hope that one of them sticks. Ray is different. He will act as a candidate's advocate if he truly believes him/her to be a fit for the position. He is also a great coach during the interview process. His intelligence, experience, and integrity put him in a class of his own in the profession. I'm very glad that our paths crossed.” Lee Salem, Sales Director, Heavy Reading

Placed Candidate


Office / Mailing Address

Ray Holley Group, LLC
6635 W. Happy Valley Rd.
Suite A-104, #401
Glendale, AZ 85310

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