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Background of the Firm

Cizek Associates is a top-rated national executive search firm that connects organizations with top-level executives for strategic leadership roles. Established in 1992, CAI is a privately-held, woman-owned corporation.  Cizek Associates has been trusted to complete over 1500 executive searches ranging from small organizations to large conglomerates, in large cities to rural communities.  We are a generalist firm providing senior level recruitment services to a wide range of client organizations in the public and Fortune 500 corporate sectors across the country. As a generalist firm, we work with a variety of industries and have specialty practice areas in higher education, government and non-profit. 

Our client base and recruiting reach are national in scope. We enjoy a positive reputation not only among our client organizations but also among those we recruit. Key executives manage each of our searches. All of our search consultants are accomplished executives in their own right and have successful track records in search completion in a range of industries. Our business model offers simple continuity – the search consultant you meet at the beginning of any assignment is the person you will work with during the assignment and through to its completion.

Why Companies Trust Us

We are different. Our clients tell us we are different – they hold us in the highest regard, respect and trust us, and are confident in our ability to represent them well, attract top talent, and conduct searches that are always focused on their best interests. We believe evidence of trust is in the numbers – over 85% of our work load is from repeat clients. We’ve successfully completed over 1500 senior executive level searches in most industries including higher education, government, non-profit, manufacturing, technology, healthcare, and banking and financial services. It is the mission of CAI to make sure our clients are pleased with the work we have provided – period. Whatever it takes to establish professional relationships and provide outstanding results – this is what we offer, assignment after assignment and year after year, to our client organizations.


We operate with a deep understanding and care for our clients, employees and wider community and place high value on kindness, empathy, generosity, and a deep sense of humility. We are committed to making a positive impact for our clients and the communities they serve. 


At the heart of everything we do is our commitment to integrity and ethics. For the past 30 years, Cizek Associates has grown upon this foundation. It is our promise to our clients and fellow advisors to conduct business with honor, consistency, and transparency. We are committed to doing the right thing, even when it may be a difficult or unpopular decision.


Your success is our success. At Cizek Associates, our reputation for excellence is something we earn each day with each search. That is why over 88% of our placements are still succeeding in their role five years later. Our mission is to find candidates that align with your company’s needs not only in terms of experience and skill, but also with their values and personality.


It is vital that we encourage and prioritize open, transparent communication not only in our organization but also with and for our clients.  We actively seek and listen to feedback, challenges and opportunities to best serve our clients needs to be more adaptable, innovative and effective. 

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National Headquarters

2415 E Camelback Rd

Suite 700

Phoenix, AZ 85016

(602) 553-1066

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