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“We were looking for someone who could be a strategic player in the company with the right domain and interpersonal skills. Mike did a great job and exceeded our expectations. I would certainly engage Mike again and am very comfortable recommending him. Professional, knowledgeable, high integrity, great to work with and very effective.

Mike Smiley, Chief Financial Officer


“Whether that is the senior partner on their team, the person doing the interviews or scheduling - every level is done with a level of care, quality, personalization and timely follow through. All calls had all people involved in the search on the phone, listening intently to our needs and incorporating our feedback. There is no better testament then being a return client - of which I have been twice and would again.”

Diane Strahan, Chief Operating Officer

Motion Picture Association of America

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“We were extremely pleased with the process and the result. Mike established what we first thought were aggressive deadlines for each step, and then did not just meet the deadlines, he delivered well in advance. He spent much time and effort first learning the culture of our firm and the ideal candidate we were searching for. He then used both his own network and our contacts to provide us with a very strong slate of candidates, all of whom he had thoroughly vetted.”

Steve Schatz, Esq., Partner

Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP

"Over the past decade, Mike has established himself as an advisor of choice for executives and business leaders. In my case as a CIO, I recently connected with Mike and appreciated his advice and counsel as I navigate my future career plans.I would highly recommend BURGATE for any executive seeking to advance in their field."


Bradley Dick, Chief Information Officer

Resurgens Orthopaedics

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"I recently had the opportunity to work with Mike utilizing his Executive Search Consulting Services. One word to describe the experience if you choose to stop reading here, "Amazing"!

Mike's knowledge of the technology field, specifically the CIO role is second to none. He is keenly aware of opportunities, trends, and employer expectations. This knowledge is a great starting point in an executive search, but what I respected most about Mike was his genuine caring spirit and fortitude to ensure I stayed on track.

He was always there via telephone, email, and text to support me and provide advice as well as the truth from his perspective regardless if it was what I was desirous of hearing.

Mike made me a better candidate, which helped me secure a new position. When our professional relationship concluded, I am proud to refer to him as a friend and someone who earned my utmost respect and trust.

Should you ever require Executive Coaching, I recommend Mike's services without any hesitation or reservation!"


Mark Brewer, SVP, Chief Information Officer

Launch Federal Credit Union



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