Executive recruiters for the hardware, home improvement, building materials, AND consumer products industries.

A Legacy of Industry Expertise

When he founded the company in 1992, Chairman Jim Schaffer brought almost three decades of C-level and senior management experience in corporate leadership to the equation. In particular, he served in the hardware, building materials, and consumer products industries with such companies as Builders Square, Erb Lumber, Diamond Lumber, Grossman’s Inc., and Sears.

Including Schaffer’s own industry expertise, our team boasts upwards of 100 years of cumulative industry-specific experience, which allows us to approach every project with a relevant understanding of the issues, needs, and trends that are unique to our industry. By tapping in to our extensive network of industry contacts, we are uniquely qualified to locate and attract top talent for our clients.

A Commitment to Integrity & Results

Building on a foundation of industry focus, our goal is to develop a partnership relationship with each of our clients as we strive to meet their specific talent needs. We know that our shared success depends on our commitment to listen to our clients and to coordinate each aspect of our comprehensive process with the relevant individual, whether that be the hiring manager or the head of talent acquisition.

Importantly, our commitment to integrity proves the most crucial element in building relationships with our clients. By utilizing our exclusive search methodology, we’re able to provide our clients with outstanding service that is characterized by uncompromising integrity and proven results.


Manufacturing. Distribution. Retail.

Investing in quality talent is critical to a company’s success. Schaffer Associates exists to ensure the highest return on that investment. Since 1992, we’ve achieved this with our industry focus at all stages of the supply chain.


From global sourcing and supply chain management to the manufacturing disciplines of Production, Engineering, and General Management, we have extensive knowledge and proven expertise in recruiting leadership across a variety of sectors.

Founded more than 20 years ago on helping respected manufacturers build world-class leadership teams primarily in Sales and Marketing, Schaffer Associates’ capabilities are now documented in virtually every discipline in consumer and commercial products manufacturing.

For offshore manufacturers, we can help structure and recruit the leadership teams that can profitably grow businesses in North America as it has for many others.


Schaffer Associates has helped a number of distributors in both B2B and B2C markets build their organizations and meet the demands of an ever-changing marketplace.

Our team has recruited key leadership in General Management, Purchasing, Logistics & Distribution, and Sales & Marketing for domestic and international distributors in a variety of product categories. We understand the prerequisites for success for this crucial step in the supply chain.

With ecommerce fulfillment becoming a primary point of focus, Schaffer Associates can support a distributor’s growth in this area by recruiting the very best individuals from across a number of industries who know how to meet this growing demand.


In the ever-changing world of consumer retailing, our team has extensive experience.

From single store operations to highly diverse global retailers with hundreds of store locations, Schaffer Associates has successfully recruited for C-Level executives, location managers, and every position in between.

The demand for talented retail executives has increased dramatically as companies diversify their product offerings through differing channels of distribution. We understand the radically changing marketing demands that have resulted from the growth of social media and ecommerce, and can put that knowledge to work for your organization.

Other Functional Areas of Expertise.

Schaffer Associates has been retained by companies in a variety of product and service sectors to recruit leadership talent.  Although product and channel knowledge can be important, the prerequisites for success in Sales, Marketing, Finance, Engineering, General Management, and a number of other disciplines are often the same.   We will work with any employer – irrespective of industry –  to identify prerequisite skills and experience, and to recruit the best candidate.


Corporate Marketing Executive
International Energy Corporation

“I have worked with several executive search firms over the years and Schaffer Associates stands out as one of the best.  During our searches for various Marketing Roles including: Vice President, Directors and Product Managers, your team conducted an exhaustive search for our highly unique position demands.  Your depth of research and thorough market evaluation gave our team the information we needed to make the best hiring decision for the company.  Your team always conducted themselves with the highest level of professionalism and integrity, which is always refreshing to partner with that kind of team.  I look forward to working with you in the future.”

Executive Vice President
Major Home Products Company

“Every now and then we find some little things for which to be thankful. One of those “little things” happened to me when I contacted you regarding my search for a Vice President of Sales …Thank you for an outstanding job.”

Vice President of Human Resources 
Leading National Retailer

“The responsiveness of Schaffer Associates to our organizational needs is truly unparalleled; I know that I have their full support and undivided attention when I approach them for assistance. It’s refreshing to know that their level of service exists.”

Senior Marketing Executive industry
Leading Consumer Products Manufacturer

“Schaffer Associates really takes the time to understand my needs for each search. Their thorough investigation of each candidate saves us time and energy so we can conduct effective interviews with candidates.”

Vice President
Major Construction Products Firm

“Schaffer Associates produces results by actively listening to the client’s skill set and competency needs and matching those and the work culture with outstanding candidates from which to choose. Schaffer Associates has taken the time to discover our real business needs for the near term and long-range and has presented candidates strategically well-suited for those challenges.”

Senior Human Resources Executive
Multi-billion Dollar Consumer Products Company

“Schaffer Associates has been reliable, trustworthy and results oriented. They `listen’ to our needs, conduct a thorough search, and present very qualified candidates. I recommend them without hesitation and look forward to our continued relationship.”