"In late 2015, I was contacted by Mike during his search for an SVP, Infrastructure at a large Boston-based technology company. I was immediately impressed with Mike's professional but personal style. His attention to detail and focus on shepherding candidates through the recruitment process is not only beyond reproach but was an important, positive element in evaluating the potential employer.

"Mike is responsive, personable, and thorough. His solid working relationships with his client departments was clearly evident throughout the process. He took time to understand the client requirements - not just the what but the why - and he ensured candidates were closely aligned to satisfy the client needs.

"My experience during this recruitment process was very positive. I enjoyed working with Mike and recommend him highly."

Group Vice President, Global Information Technology 

"Changing jobs always has some uncertainty and it's hard to know if the person recruiting you is being truthful. Michael recruited me into a Director of Marketing Operations position and he was professional, honest and respectful throughout the process. Michael has a calm and caring personality that helps keep a somewhat stressful activity manageable and positive. Based on my experience with Michael, I would highly recommend him to represent a company recruiting at the mid or senior executive level."

Director Global Sales & Marketing Operations

"Mike reached out to me while recruiting for senior level positions on two separate occasions. His approach and savviness in identifying candidates well suited to his client needs was impressive. From our initial discussions to our ongoing conversations, Mike was an excellent communicator - transparent, clear, responsive, and insightful. I would work with him again without hesitation.”

Management Consultant and Account Lead 

"Mike Fernando was a complete stranger when I received a call from him asking if I would be interested in discussing an opportunity. Sixty days later I became their SVP of Sales for North America.

"The entire process flowed smoothly and was a comfortable experience. Mike was always direct, knowledgeable and made sure that I was constantly informed. More importantly he spent a tremendous amount of time and effort determining whether or not I was the proper fit, both for my benefit as well as the company.

"Mike was instrumental in bringing top talent to Iron Mountain and personally helped me build a great team. He is the ultimate professional."

Senior Vice President Sales, North America 

"I worked with Mike in applying for an executive role at a previous employer. Mike did a great job of balancing both the candidate (me) and the company's needs, and he did it in a way to keep me comfortable. He answered (and got answers to) my questions promptly. That and Mike's just a great guy to work with, and that counts for something."

Director of Internal Audit 

"Michael does a search right--he spends time gaining a nuanced understanding of the role, the context for the role, and the key success factors a candidate must possess to impact the organization. He is patient, methodical, and every candidate introduced by Michael is very on target. This makes for an efficient experience, and in the end, the right person in the right role. In high stakes searches, I trust him completely!"

SVP Talent Management

"I have had the pleasure of working with Mike Fernando over the years and he's one of the best Talent Acquisition Consultants I've ever collaborated with. He partners effectively with the Hiring Management team as well as the HR Business Partners. He is a consultative partner, always investing in the due-diligence efforts necessary to learn about both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the role and what it will take in order for the new hire to be successful. He is open and honest in his assessment of the engagement, prioritizes the role requirements and communicates effectively with the hiring team. Mike provides consistent updates on the progress and obstacles encountered as he conducts the search. He is able to quickly build open, trusted relationships with his candidates and clients and he maintains those relationships over time in order to compound his effectiveness. Mike is thoughtful and strategic in his approach, brings a sense of humor and flexibly adjusts course as needed. He treats each search as unique, each hiring team as his most important client and invests in each candidate as an extension of his consulting network."

Vice President, HR Operations and Global HR Shared Services

MainSail Search Associates, Inc.
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