About Definitive Search Partners

We Partner With You

to perfect your hiring and bring
you the highest quality candidates!

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(215) 321-0290

We help hiring authorities and HR Managers who are frustrated and can’t find talent that fit their current needs.  Which allows them to go back to doing the day to day tasks of their job.  It also saves them money by not overpaying for junior search consultants to come in and train on their dime.

Our Story

I was at the top of my game working for one of the largest building materials manufacturers in the country where I grew my territory 750% in less than ten years.  During that time I noticed that the Building Materials industry had a hard time attracting good sales talent who understood the “Pull Through Sales Cycle” and the needs of their distribution partners. 

 

I also knew there were hundreds and thousands of underutilized candidates who were struggling to find the right company to grow with. I knew I would bridge that gap. I wanted to make a difference and founded Definitive Search Partners in 2006.

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We Partner With You

To perfect your hiring needs and bring you the highest quality candidates in the industry.

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How We Roll

Our Core Values

#1 - PEOPLE

We believe building strong relationships is the foundation of building any successful business. We value the people we serve (you) and the people we supply (your candidates). We are not just a vendor, but viewed as industry experts. We build trust with our clients through our industry knowledge.

#2 - PASSION

Our team at Definitive Search Partners is passionate about the building product and commercial construction industry. What we love about it that it is and always will be a relationships industry and the value of these relationships are stronger in Building Materials and Construction over any other industry

#3 - PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

We are committed to your long term success. We know turnover is expensive and bottlenecks progress and momentum for your organization. That’s why we only put candidates in positions that will help them grow professionally and financially, so you not only have top talent for today, but you can retain them for a prosperous future.

 

We Believe…

♦ We believe the only way we succeed is by helping you succeed.
♦ We believe people are the #1 best investment to becoming the leader in your industry.
♦ We believe relationships are everything. We invest heavily in all our client relationships.
♦ We believe the only way to make the dream work is to get the right team to work together.
♦ We believe when you love the people you work with, you’ll never work a day in your life.
♦ We believe people are not your most important asset. The right people are.

Meet The Executive Team

James McKenna

James McKenna

Managing Partner

Mr. McKenna worked for ten plus years for one of America’s leading Building Products manufacturers GAF Materials Corp.  In the field Jim developed relationships with product end users (Contractors, Builders, Architects and Specifiers) along with working with local one step and two step distribution as well as with National distribution chains including Home Depot.  Jim grew his territory 700% achieving over ten national awards including presidents club.

Prior to working for GAF Jim worked in the communications industry for SkyTel selling to C level
clientele in national accounts such as IBM, PepsiCo, Morgan Stanley and AIG.  Here Jim won President’s
Club in his first year of employment.

He started his professional career at ADP selling payroll services to small and midsized companies exceeding his sales plan every year and winning numerous awards and recognition both regionally and nationally.

Jim earned a BS in Business and Administration from Siena College in Loudonville, NY.  He currently resides in Bucks County Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.

Patrick Rice

Patrick Rice

Managing Partner

Mr. Rice has over Fifteen years of experience working in the Construction Industry.  From the start of his career Patrick started estimating for a medium size Excavator (Amato Construction Corp.) on projects ranging from five acres to a hundred acres. From start to finish he developed skills in Material Purchasing, Hiring Sub-Contractors, Proposals and Submittals.

Patrick left Amato construction and joined Kings Park Industries a major player in the Long Island Asphalt business. While at KPI Patrick’s true passion was discovered with such large undertakings as repaving the Long Island Expressway Route 495, Reconstruction of the main thruway in and out of Long Islands Stony Brook University Hospital and overseeing many other complex and challenging projects.

After a long hard search and a little help from a Recruiter, Patrick landed a position with Asplundh Construction Corp, a two billion dollar plus utility contractor.   Patrick was hired to spear head Asplundh’s expansion into General Construction where his knowledge of the construction industry was tested.  His responsibilities included; crew management, union negotiations, interaction with the corporate office, estimating, equipment procurement and most importantly who to HIRE. Patrick became an expert on building strong teams of quality people and attaining them.

Patrick earned a Degree in Civil Engineering.  He currently resides with his wife and two sons
in Bucks County Pennsylvania.

Patrick Rice

Patrick Rice

Managing Partner

Jill St. Thomas

Jill St. Thomas

Executive Recruiter

Prior to her career at DSP, Ms. St. Thomas worked for eight plus years in Human Resources, Benefits Consulting and Marketing for several large companies such as General Accident Insurance, ADQ Inc./New York Life, and Mattel.  Jill has effectively communicated and interacted at all organizational levels.

She made the transition to recruiting after staying home a few years to raise her family. She has always been a people person. Jill has said, “There’s nothing like the thrill of a candidate’s enthusiastic “Yes!” to an offer, and an equally pleased hiring manager who just landed a top performer.” Candidates often tell Jill that they appreciate her responsiveness and transparency. You will always know where you stand in DSP’s hiring process.  When it’s time for honest feedback, she will give it. Jill, and the team at DSP, deliver a top-notch candidate and client experience.

Jill earned a BBA in Business Administration from Temple University in Philadelphia.  She currently resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband, six children, and two dogs.

Get in touch

Our address

2370 York Rd.
Jamison, PA 18929

Call Us

(215) 321-0290

Send us an email

jmckenna@dspglobal.net

Jim McKenna

(215) 321-0290