MSAE Executive Search

Executive Search Service

Our approach is based on a philosophy that the strategic direction of the organization should guide the selection of its next leader.

MSAE conducts searches for Michigan-based groups and organizations throughout the country.  Our success rate is higher than any other Michigan placement company - demonstrated by continued employment of more than 90 percent of the executives placed in the over 40 organizations we have assisted in the past decade.

One of the most important responsibilities of the board of directors is the selection of the chief staff executive. This individual not only oversees the organization's scope of work but also sets the culture and determines the major decisions to keep moving the organization ahead.  It is essential that the selection process provide the next best leader for your organization. 

The MSAE Executive Search Service provides associations and other not-for-profit organizations with a true, holistic approach at the time of transition – the ability to hire the best person to move the organization toward its strategic direction.  Our success is built on understanding an organization’s vision and direction that drives the criteria for identifying a new leader and determining the necessary performance expectations.

The major element that MSAE provides is the knowledge of the association and not-for-profit sectors, their specific dynamics, and the players that make it successful.  Besides involving the right people at the right time, in order to assure future cohesion, we guide the committee with the issues they need to discuss to prioritize the skills, experiences, and perspectives needed of its next executive.

Let us help you by bringing the key considerations you need to make to the forefront.  Though our process, we will do the work to set up the decisions you need to make. 

Interim Executive Director Service

MSAE can help you locate an interim director for your organization, either as part of the executive search, or as a stand-alone service. We maintain a list of possible directors and can set up interviews for immediate service. 

To learn more about any of our services, to request a proposal, or to set up a consultation, contact Larry Merrill, CAE

Executive Search Service Team

Larry Merrill, CAE
President & CEO, MSAE

Taylor Benavente
Association Industry Advocate, MSAE


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About Our Company

We are the association for associations  in Michigan! Our mission is to ensure a knowledgeable, professional and successful association community. 


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