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Executive Search Solutions

Does you association have a CEO opening or expecting one soon?

Let us help find you someone to fill that empty chair!

Whether it’s to help you with the entire executive search or parts of it, Martin & Downs can assist your association with finding the ideal candidate to help lead your association into the future. We'll work with you to determine what skills and experience you’re looking for and will help you match the successful candidate with the culture of your group. Professionalism and confidentiality are key factors in a search and both will be assured with this service.


We will offer you the best search facilitation you've ever imagined!



New CEOs Martin & Downs has helped place in late 2022 and 2023:

Nathan Gorton, Washington REALTORS®

Jeff Hornberger, Residential Real Estate Council

Tiffany Claxton, Spokane Association of REALTORS®

Josh McFall, Minnesota REALTORS®

Michael Parent, River Counties Association of REALTORS® (TN)

Nicole Novotny Smith, Wyoming REALTORS®

Kurtis Krueger, Huntsville Area Association of REALTORS®

"It is critical to have the right search firm in place when hiring your next CEO, and I can without hesitation recommend Martin and Downs. I had heard rave reviews from many that I respect in the industry, prior to our decision to hire Martin and Downs, but I know, no two searches are the same, and no two search committees are the same. I can now speak based on first-hand experience. From our search inception to final CEO contract and terms negotiation, M&D provided professional, discreet, and organized guidance. Communication was exceptional and each step followed the detailed outline they provided prior to commencement.  You owe it to your board, search committee, and members to interview Martin and Downs. I wish you the same level of success we experienced. Our council's future is bright and we thank Martin and Downs for their part in the process."

- Holli Woodward, 2022 RRC National President

“It is my great pleasure to recommend the firm of Martin & Downs Consulting for your consideration. Over the years I have worked with both Alice Martin and Ginger Downs and have observed their work with others. In 2019, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors® engaged their firm to support the search for a new Chief Executive Officer. As Chair of the Selection Task Force I saw firsthand how their ability to understand the needs of multiple stakeholders and to articulate clearly the needs of their clients were impressive. Additionally, their ability to leverage their considerable networking skills leads to a smooth and successful process.  We could not be more pleased with their efforts, insights, and skills. If you have a chance to work with Alice and Ginger, seize the opportunity"

-David Peretti, Chair for the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® Selection Task Force

It was such a pleasure to work with Alice and Ginger recently as they represented Spokane Association of REALTORS in their search for a new Chief Executive Officer.  Martin and Downs ensured this was a seamless process.  As a CEO/AE, there are parts of the search process that must be present: confidentiality, feedback, open dialogue, expectations, timelines, and timely communication. Alice and Ginger handled each aspect of the process with the utmost care and were respectful of my time and the search committee's time.  I was particularly pleased with their expedited responses and the nature to which I received their feedback both by email and phone.  As such, it was an honor to be selected by the search committee and we are most gracious for the services provided by Alice and Ginger and highly recommend them for other associations doing executive searches.

With gratitude,

-Tiffany Claxton, CEO Spokane Association of Realtors

Our organization had the pleasure of working with Martin and Downs in our search to replace a retiring CEO. I was very impressed with their professionalism, attention to detail, and their deep understanding of our industry. The team at Martin and Downs had a thorough process that was personalized to meet our needs and timeline. They took the time to understand our desire to make the most of this opportunity and guided us through every step. I highly recommend their services and wouldn't hesitate to use them again in the future.

- Emily Green, 2023 President MN Realtors

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