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ABOUT US  |  History


National Search Associates was born in 1991 from the dreams of businessman, Philip Peluso and long-time executive recruiter, Richard Cimicata. They believed that each client would be delighted to receive the service and attention that the large, national firms offered on their retained searches. They were right. Word of mouth spread quickly and National Search Associates was not a secret for long.

With clients trusting them with more search work than could be serviced, Peluso and Cimicata set out to build a staff that would rival the top search firms in America. To accomplish that, they tried something revolutionary in the search industry; when employees succeeded in hitting their goals, they were awarded ownership in the company! Over the next two years, National Search Associates attracted some of the best recruiters in Southern California. An explosive growth period followed. In December 2000, National Search Associates instituted an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (E.S.O.P.) so that each employee could own a portion of the company. Today, the company is 100% employee owned.

The company continues to provide exceptional resources and a positive work environment for all owner-employees. This translates into successful search results for clients and candidates alike.