Recruiting the right candidates has been a challenge in recent years across the industrial sector, and that is just as true for organizations hiring onto their leadership teams. Pender & Howe has developed a proven recruitment process for helping specialized industrial organizations embrace the possibilities in their future, identifying and securing the unique talent they require.
The industrial sector stands as a leading contributor to the GDP in both Canada and the United States. Many companies boast a proud heritage and longstanding tradition of work encompassing a range of economic activities. Manufacturing, agriculture, energy and natural resources, metals and mining, construction, and supply chain and logistics all fall under this umbrella. Other industries rely heavily on the industrial market, as well, from aerospace and defense to healthcare and retail. The variety of industries that intersect with the industrial world make it even more important for these organizations to develop and hire leaders with the right expertise.
Today, industrial organizations find themselves facing both new opportunities for innovation and emerging marketplace pressures. Positions at all levels are becoming increasingly technical as the sector undergoes a technology transformation. The widening adoption of automation, AI, robotics, and other emerging technologies means the staffing needs of industrial businesses are changing. Today’s industrial leadership talent faces new challenges in managing their human capital to balance productivity in their operations with the expectations and needs of their team.
Succession planning is increasingly difficult for industrial employers, as well. The workforce across the industrial sector is aging, with fewer young professionals opting for a career in this sector than in the past. This leaves executives with fewer options within their teams, requiring them to look outside the company to find professionals with the skills and experience to excel in leadership or executive roles. The negative perception of the industrial sector is part of this problem, with many people seeing industrial jobs as obsolete and lacking in diversity. To change this image, businesses need leaders who can create a culture of diversity and inclusion and entice younger employees with the right qualifications to join their team.
Pender & Howe’s executive search services connect our clients with the talented leadership ready to face these challenges. With decades of experience as industrial recruiters, we understand the industry’s talent markets and what top candidates look for in an organization and position. We serve, not just as a search firm, but as trusted consultants who deliver the results and insights to drive our partner businesses to success.
Pender & Howe Executive Search was formed by a team of professionals with extensive experience in executive search services. We provide a fully streamlined boutique retained service for companies looking to bolster their executive leadership team.
With a strong presence in key cities across North America, Pender & Howe boasts a comprehensive reach that spans the continent. From venture capital-backed disruptors, recently acquired private equity portfolio companies, academic institutions, not-for-profits to global public companies, our diverse client portfolio showcases our ability to cater to organizations of all sizes and stages.
We understand that transparency, collaboration, and high-level service are paramount, and our recruitment team is committed to delivering these qualities consistently throughout every assignment we undertake. As a strategically low-volume recruitment firm, we ensure that all our clients receive a white-glove service, never diluting our efforts or compromising on quality.
At Pender & Howe, we go beyond mere recruitment; we forge strategic partnerships that empower businesses to excel. By leveraging our extensive network, expertise, and dedication to exceptional service, we guarantee that your team receives the utmost attention, guidance, and support throughout their executive search journey. Trust us to deliver results that propel your organization to new heights, backed by our unwavering commitment to excellence.
A Co-Founder of Pender & Howe, Glenn brings over 25 years of targeted search experience to his Clients. As an Advisor with Loyal VC and a member of the JR Shaw School of Business Sales & Marketing Advisory Board Glenn enjoys being actively involved in the business community. Focusing on executive search within the C-Suite and Board space across the scientific, healthcare, artificial intelligence/machine learning and NPO sectors, Glenn and his team work diligently to source exceptional talent for top-tier organizations.
Glenn enjoys fishing although not always “catching”, excellent wine and is a foodie.
Travis is a co-founding Partner of Pender & Howe. He sits on the Executive Board of Directors for Kestria, the world’s largest executive search network. As an Advisor with Loyal VC, he also supports entrepreneurs in all aspects of key talent strategies.
Travis’ primary focus is partnering with investors and C-Suite leaders on complex executive searches. His latest projects have included a CEO search on behalf of a global family office, building a leadership team for a Series C VC-backed tech company and replacing a long-standing founder of a business that went public on the NASDAQ.
Travis is an avid competitive golfer passionate about international travelling, often trying to combine the two!
Natural curiosity, strong business acumen and an ability by means of a high EQ to connect with people are characteristics that make Ryan a trusted recruitment partner. Equipped with over two decades of Consumer-Packaged Goods and Sports Marketing experience, Ryan has quickly established himself as a trusted partner for companies operating in the private and public sectors.
Ryan has built commercial leadership teams and successfully placed several executives in every function across a variety of CPG industries.
When he’s not building relationships and feverishly working, you can find Ryan enjoying soul food in the outdoors with his family and friends.
Ronald brings over 10 years of retained executive search experience to the firm with vast experience focusing on both academic and administrative leadership searches. He has partnered with a wide array of institutions on searches for Presidents, Provosts, Deans, VPs, and a variety of other senior leadership positions. Ronald has been a long-time member of the American Marketing Association’s Board of Directors and has held several senior leadership and executive positions at both the Pittsburgh and Boston chapters, as well as serving on several search committees while working in Higher Education earlier in his career.
When Ronald is not in the office, he can often be found supporting the arts, trying new restaurants, or cheering on his local sports teams.
Tara-Lynn supports Pender & Howe’s North American operations, leveraging her Human Resources Management education and 10+ years of recruitment experience in the life science, healthcare, consumer, technology, and academic sectors. She collaborates with Pender & Howe’s Partners on emerging market trends, uncovers top-performing talent, and builds partnerships with clients and candidates. Tara-Lynn has a knack for finding needles in haystacks and a passion for discovering extraordinary leaders.
Outside of work, Tara-Lynn enjoys playing fetch with her Golden Retriever, listening to a new podcast, or training for her next marathon—sometimes all at once.