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Source: Canaan Ridge, Wednesday February 3, 2010

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Steve Boudreau, Vice President Marketing & Communications
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New Canaan, CT, February 3, 2010 – Fourteen leading executive search consultants successfully completed the most recent professional development program conducted by Canaan Ridge – and came away with overwhelmingly positive comments about the event's value in helping to enhance executive search performance.

Evaluations of The Exceptional Search Consultant program held in Palm Beach, FL included comments such as "more than I ever expected", "great learning environment" and "invaluable for search professionals at any stage of their careers." Participants also gave high marks to the quality of instruction provided by the Canaan Ridge faculty.

"It is very gratifying to see this kind of response across the board," said Bob Benson, founder of Canaan Ridge. "We have worked very hard to make our programs engaging and highly focused on the key areas it takes to be an exceptional search consultant. Response likes this tells me our efforts to build a comprehensive professional development program exclusively targeted at executive search have been worthwhile. This group told us we've built something the search community needs and values."

The program provided a total immersion in industry best practices related to Sales Effectiveness, Building Client Reputation and The Ideal Search. In addition, participants spent a full day taking a comprehensive look into effectively Building a Personal Brand. "Throughout the program, the participants worked very hard to improve their skills and found ways to improve their personal brand and build stronger relationships with clients," Benson noted.

"We had representation from major, mid-size and boutique firms including Boyden, Carter Baldwin, ChampionScott Partners, CTPartners, DHR, Egon Zehnder, Korn/Ferry, Preng & Associates, Sheffield Haworth and Sherwood Talent Solutions," said Benson. "The program provided demanding coursework and a collegial environment where the participants could learn both from the faculty and one another. But it adds something more -- individual attention and access to experienced coaches who could help each participant zero in on the next steps to take to develop all the competencies required to be a truly exceptional search consultant. "

Program faculty included Mary Beth Barron, President of GlobalThinking, LLC; Geoffrey M. Champion, Chairman & CEO of ChampionScott Partners; Ginny Clark, Career and Talent Management Expert and Author; Charley Polachi, Partner at Polachi Access Executive Search TM; and Garland West, President of WestWord Communications and Founding Partner of Canaan Ridge.

Judee von Seldeneck, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson also spoke to the group during Monday evening's dinner, sharing her thoughts on the state of the industry and providing the participants with insights on how to thrive in today's tough economic times and beyond.

The next Exceptional Search Consultant program will be held in New York on May 2 – 4, 2010.

For additional information on Canaan Ridge's programs and offerings, visit www.canaanridge.com.
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