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From The Managing Partner


founderDan is the founder and CEO of Deffet Group. He started the firm in 1989 with a focus on advising health and human services providers, and continues this core commitment today on a national level across all areas of the aging services continuum. Dan has extensive experience regarding competitive human resource structuring with the intention of maximizing strategic business plan objectives. He regularly counsels the firm’s clients in senior-level hiring, structuring of compensation packages, and upholding an organization’s mission throughout the process. His executive search expertise crosses all functional lines and includes operations, finance, development, fundraising, marketing, and clinical projects.

A firm believer in professional ethics, Dan holds Deffet Group to the highest standards in the marketplace. He also believes strongly in values-based leadership, and that a collaborative relationship developed through meaningful communication and knowledgeable, consultative service for his clients plays a crucial role in his team’s repeated success at connecting organizations with the visionary leaders they seek.

Prior to establishing Deffet Group, Dan was associated with another executive search firm in Dublin, Ohio where he had sole responsibility for client development and recruiting in health care, real estate, construction, and financial services. During his tenure with this firm, he successfully developed from inception the health care recruiting practice and achieved a ranking among the "top four" in the country for the areas of long-term care, rehab., and retirement housing.

Earlier associations included progressively responsible positions in development and management. Among these were Vice President of Development involving upscale lifecare, skilled nursing health care centers and multi-sports facilities and included the coordination of disciplines necessary to accomplish corporate goals. Other positions in real estate have entailed commercial property management and construction. Dan holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Franklin University, located in Columbus, Ohio.

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