Testimonials & Endorsements

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  • Asset Strategies, Director Audit Services

    "When Mike first called me 13 years ago to discuss the "perfect" position it all came down to his knowledge and expertise in matching the right candidate with the right company. Mike is thorough, knowledgeable, and his efforts serve both the client and the candidate. He is an expert recruiter that I highly recommend to any professional seeking a career, or any company seeking a professional recruiting firm."

  • Bi-Lo Holdings, Group VP Merchandising

    "From my perspective Mike has three characteristics that make him a special Executive Recruiter. The first is always functioning with the highest level of integrity in everything that he does. Second is that he gets things done and finally he has a great personality that makes him easy to work with."

  • Dollar Tree, VP Ecommerce Digital Services

    "I highly recommend Mike. I have had the pleasure of working with Mike in the past and he is honest, professional and great at keeping open the lines of communication. Mike not only knows the ins and outs of his profession, but also has a wide network of colleagues to draw upon."

  • Destination XL, SVP Human Resources

    “I have been working with Mike Powell since 1997 and regard him and his firm as one of our most valued business partners. Mike knows what I'm looking with regard to technical skills and understands the behavioral profile candidates must have to be successful in our environment. He consistently delivers candidates that meet or exceed my expectations.”

  • Director Financial Optimization | Leading retailer in the automotive industry

    During our initial conversation and throughout the interviewing process, Lisa shared a significant amount of key information regarding the company and how to prepare for the interview process. She provided links to pertinent articles and reached out to the internal recruiter to get answers to my questions. She responded quickly to all of my requests and was always available when I needed her.

    Lisa had me comfortably prepared for each interview so I was able to be my best during, what can be a stressful time. After each interview, she would follow up to get feedback from me regarding how it went and evaluate how the support she was providing was working. Ultimately, I was offered and accepted the job!


    “You are the only recruiter who followed through on things that they have told me. It speaks volumes and makes candidates more seriously consider the role and relocation, as well.”

  • Burlington Stores, EVP/Chief Financial Officer

    “It is my pleasure to write this unqualified recommendation for Mike Powell and his team.  Before he began his first executive search at our company, Mike spent significant time meeting myself and the rest of the executive team to really understand our hiring profile and the types of executives we were looking for and the culture we were trying to create.  He has gone on to fill dozens of jobs with outstanding candidates that fit superbly within our organization.  I truly appreciate the partnership and relationship that continues to this day.”

  • Sr. Marketing Director, children’s retailer

    “I sincerely appreciate all that you have done through this process. You have been a wonderful advocate and the most thoroughly prepared recruiter I have ever worked with.”

  • Human Resources Director, D2C retailer

    I've partnered with Lisa on several occasions over the past few years for recruitment assistance for roles that are often very niche and very specific...unicorns if you will. Lisa has always been a top notch resource for these efforts. In addition to providing multiple qualified candidates, she does an awesome job of providing feedback to me regarding her search efforts and top notch summaries of the candidates presented. She does her homework and really vets candidates before presenting them. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone recruiting in the retail space. I would also recommend her to anyone looking for a next opportunity.

  • Foot Locker, former EVP/CFO

    “Mike was our number one outside recruiter at Foot Locker for many years. We hired dozens of high-quality people through Mike and almost all became valuable employees. Mike helped create the turnaround story at Foot Locker, which was very near bankruptcy. Many of our hires from Mike were critical in saving Footlocker. His input was accurate and supportive of our goals. He never treated us like a "to do" list and always forwarded us great candidates. A relationship with Mike is long term and he manages the relationship in that manner.”

  • TJX Corp, AVP Human Resources

    "Mike is the "go to" recruiter I now use for a lot of our retail openings. He is an extremely responsive business partner and provides a well qualified slate of candidates for each opportunity. Mike goes the extra step with the candidates he presents, in that his communication to them and to us is superior. I view Mike and Marc-Allen Associates as a long-term business partnership which is what I look for in my recruiter relations. I would without any hesitation recommend him to other Companies (as long as they don't have the same openings we do and at the same time)!"

  • Harry & David/Musician’s Friend, former Chief People Officer

    “I had the pleasure of working with Mike on a large (50 positions), and fast hiring initiative within my organization. Mike was meticulous in his approach to understanding the scope of my needs, the skills and experience I required and the culture fit I was seeking in potential candidates. Mike delivered exceptional candidates within a very short period of time and assisted my organization in driving the talent injection we needed to meet critical business needs. Mike is a true professional and business partner who works with you to deliver outstanding results.”

  • Valvoline and Chico’s FAS, EVP Chief People Officer

    “I have had the great pleasure of working closely with Mike Powell of Marc-Allen Associates for executive search over the last 10+ years.  Mike and his team always sourced, selected and managed highly skilled, top-notch executive leaders during the recruitment process.  Marc-Allen Associates make the recruiting process easy because they make it their business to know the company culture and quickly scour the Retail industry talent pool for the best candidate fit-both skill and culture. Marc-Allen Associates always has qualified candidates that are a great match ……. the first time!”

  • EXPRESS: Director Enterprise Organizational Development & Learning

    “I have worked with Mike Powell for over 20+ years and find his professionalism and results in the recruitment arena exceptional in the Retail industry. I would highly recommend Marc-Allen Associates and Mike Powell to anyone who is looking for a Talent Acquisition expert!

  • Gabe’s, VP Human Resources

    I have had the opportunity to work with Mike Powell and his team over the last 6 years, and I have found Mike to be a true professional.  He brings forward great candidates and, when needed, does so in a confidential manner.  Mike and his team have very high standards, vet candidates thoroughly and present only the “best of the best”.  I trust Mike and his team and Marc-Allen Associates has and will be my very first choice for external talent recruitment because they always have our organization’s best interests in mind.

  • Tops Friendly Markets, SVP Human Resources

    "I would highly recommend Mike to any company who is in need of an Executive Recruiter. Mike over delivered on our expectations by producing more top quality candidates than we could of ever asked for in a short period of time. Mike personally traveled to meet our executives, learn about our business and master our expectations prior to reaching out to find candidates. Mike is highly professional and very trustworthy."

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