“Karel & Company has been our executive search firm for the past two years. They have successfully recruited for EA the following management positions at corporate, national, and regional levels: Marketing, Sales, Regional CFO’s, National Technical Directors, Branch Managers, VP of Laboratory Operations, Transportation Engineers, Director of Proposals, Engineers, and Management Consultants.

In all the assignments that were given to Karel & Company we have found them to be fast, accurate, efficient, and cost-effective. They have always found the right candidate in the right geographic location so that our relocation costs were kept to an absolute minimum. Stephen Karel and his associates have the unique ability to fully understand our corporate culture which enables them to provide us with qualified candidates.

I highly recommend to you Karel & Company, and Stephen’s ability as a solid search and management consultant, and one who understands the importance of reliable customer service.”

Meredith Conklin
VP of Human Resources
EA Engineering


“Karel & Company has an excellent grasp of our needs, and has successfully placed with our firm eight individuals of the caliber and skills which were required by our organization, including designers, construction technology, and marketing management.

Mr. Karel performed his services in a highly professional and reliable manner. We could count on him to fulfill all our needs. I highly recommend Karel & Company to your firm without reservation.”

Peter Kosinski, President
Kosinski Associates
Architectural & Engineering


“Karel & Company has worked with Metcalf & Eddy as an executive consultant for many years. Mr. Karel has successfully placed several highly qualified individuals in key positions with our organization. The positions filled by Karel & Company have included project engineering, business development, and senior level management.

I am impressed with Stephen’s professionalism, in-depth industry knowledge and sound business acumen.”

Shirley J. Boyer
HR Mgr., West Coast
Metcalf & Eddy


“Stephen, you’re the best!”

Robert Kelleher
Employee Engagement, CEO


Dear Mr. Karel:

On behalf of the Stuart Dean Company, Inc., please accept this communication as acknowledgement of our deepest appreciation for the excellent services you provided in our successful executive position search for our Senior Vice President and National Director of Operations.

You were selected to take the assignment because of your reputation of Karel&Company as a premier executive search firm. This was confirmed by referrals and clients who attested to the Karel&Company patented process of qualifying, selecting and presenting only the best candidates to the client.

We found this to absolutely true and our expectations were exceeded as you directed and completed the search. The process of taking the time to visit and interview the management staff, understanding the nature of the niche business we operate, and drilling down to present superior candidates was precise to our needs.  From over 300 résumés reviewed and multiple network contacts you made, and hiring executive manager and senior management staff and the Board of Directors was presented with candidates all of whom could do the job.  The time and detail you spend researching and testing the potential candidates is the most thorough that I have ever witness in my 30 years in the human resources profession.  These remarkable experiences lead to the selection of the most appropriate candidate and the one who is truly committed to the company.

Stephen, you provide the mentoring to facilitate a solid interview process and educated staff to maximize efficiency and capability for recruitment and selection. Most of all you were available, patient and perspicacious, and objectively guided us through the difficult selection process.  In the end you helped solidify and present a very good offer of employment to our candidate.  You facilitated the candidate entry into the company and still maintain contact to assure both incumbent and client satisfaction.

The Stuart Dean Company, Inc. is very pleased with the services provided and we look forward to the future to continue our relationship.


James F. Foley

Director of Human Resources