Stacy Pursell – Founder and CEO of The VET Recruiter®
Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS, is an internationally respected Executive Recruiter and Search Consultant, based in the United States and ranked in the top 1% of search consultants worldwide. Stacy builds world class Animal Health, Veterinary and Pet Industry organizations. She is a Talent Scout and Workplace/Workforce expert in the Animal Health Industry, Pet Industry and Veterinary Profession and specializes in direct hire and contract placements in the Animal Health, Animal Nutrition, Animal Sciences, Agriculture, Veterinary and Pet Specialty Industries. Stacy helps companies of all sizes throughout the United States, Canada and abroad locate, recruit and hire the best talent for their specific needs. Stacy has assisted many of the major Animal Health Companies in recruiting C-Level executives, senior level management personnel, mid-level management and individual contributors. In addition, Stacy has helped start-up Animal Health Companies and Veterinary Businesses build their entire teams. She has assisted numerous veterinary hospitals; both corporate and privately owned, across the United States in finding executive leadership, associate veterinarians, medical directors, chief of staff and boarded veterinary specialists. With 25+ years of executive search and recruiting experience, Stacy has one of the highest success rates in the recruiting industry and has filled more positions in the Animal Health Industry and Veterinary Profession in the United States than any other recruiter. She was also the first recruiter in the United States to specialize in the Animal Health Industry, Pet Industry and Veterinary Profession as a search practice specialty. In fact, Stacy developed the Animal Health and Veterinary Recruiting niche as a recruiting specialty. Stacy has been called a trend spotter and trailblazer, especially in the Animal Health and Veterinary Industry. She is an entrepreneur.
Stacy is one of a rare number of search consultants to bill One Million Dollars in production in one year and she has done that consecutive years in a row. There are only approximately 27 known executive recruiters in the United States to achieve this accomplishment. What is even more impressive is that her own personal billings have come without the assistance of lead generators or research assistants. Stacy runs the majority of her search processes from start to finish, which creates a high degree of accountability for her clients. What clients love most about Stacy is her attention to detail and ferocious work ethic. Stacy’s reputation nationally and internationally with her clients has driven her executive search and recruiting practice to be one of the most respected independent executive recruiting firms. Stacy has been consistently chosen by her clients to represent them on their most challenging searches because of her dedication to get the job done right. Stacy built the firm from being a single million dollar producer to building a team and now manages a multi million dollar recruiting firm. Stacy has achieved more than $16MM in individual personal billings.
Stacy is an award winning Executive Recruiter and was a National Top Ten Account Executive (ranked Top 10 globally out of around 5,000 recruiters) and Pacesetter for one of the world’s largest search firms and the #1 recruiter in the Southwest region of the United States before starting her own firm in 2004.
Prior to specializing in the Animal Health, Pet Industry and Veterinary Industries, Stacy specialized in placing sales and marketing executives for Fortune 500 Companies, mainly in the Consumer Packaged Goods area including in the food and beverage industry, pet food and cosmetics industries. She also recruited for human hospitals. In addition, she placed professionals in the broadcast television industry including television producers for a major cable TV network. She placed CPA’s with a Big 5 Public Accounting Firm and recruited for a Natural Gas Company, a computer software company, a leading provider of fiber based communications services, and in the fashion industry for one of the biggest names in fashion.
She is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and a member of an elite group of search professionals who have passed this challenging exam to show her commitment to the advancement of professional and ethical standards and to the quality of the work performed in the Search Profession. Stacy served as a volunteer board member for the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) for four years and is a preferred member of Top Echelon. She has won numerous awards in the search and recruiting industry over the years. She was a 2014 and 2017 Finalist for Pet Industry Woman of the Year recognized by Women in the Pet Industry.
In addition to being a Certified Personnel Consultant, Stacy is a Certified Employee Retention Specialist (CERS) and a member of an elite group of about 30 search professionals who have passed this challenging exam. Finding and retaining employees is the #1 concern of employers in today’s marketplace and this certification helps our clients become better at retaining their employees in order for them to have a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Stacy is a member of the following organizations: American Association of Industry Veterinarians (AAIV) (affiliate member), Vet Partners, Toastmasters, Top Echelon and the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) (past Board of Directors Member). She has been a contributor for Next Level Training, the leading Recruiting Industry Training Firm. Stacy has a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Oklahoma State University and worked in the Television Broadcasting and Advertising Industries before joining the search profession in 1997.
Stacy’s volunteer experience in addition to previously serving on the board of the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) includes currently serving as an Advisory Board Member for the Professional Science Master’s programs (PSM) at Kansas State University’s Olathe campus. She serves in Vet Partners as a member and Co-Chair of the Membership Committee and is a member of the Opportunities Committee and Technology and Innovation SIG. She previously served as the VP of Public Relations for her local Toastmaster’s chapter. In addition, she packs meals for starving children for Feed My Starving Children.
Stacy has been asked to speak at numerous veterinary conferences, associations and meetings including at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) conference, American Veterinary Medical Association Economics Summit, Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA), Western Veterinary Conference (WVC), American Association of Industry Veterinarians as well as Vet Partners.
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