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Client Testimonials

“What we absolutely love is their passion, professionalism and caring attitude for the client and candidate. Their performance makes it easy to endorse them.” 

Frank Rossi SRVP Human Resources, Cook Children’s Healthcare System, Fort Worth, TX


“I have worked with Merle and Jesse Owens for a number of years. I’ve been amazed more than once at the “out of the box” approaches they take to find the right match. This combined with old-fashioned hard work, have helped us fill many critical positions over the years. I have been very pleased with their responsiveness to our recruiting needs. They have truly been a tremendous resource for us.”

Sam Reeves – VP Human Resources, The Ben E. Keith Company, Fort Worth, TX


“I would like to highly recommend to you Merle Owens & Associates. We were so privileged to work with their search firm several years ago in obtaining a wonderful development officer. He’s been one of the finest development officers we could ever have and we were so pleased that they found him and shared him with us. I have known Merle for the last 10 years. He is of the highest character and integrity. He is someone whom you can totally trust.”

Dr. Gary R. Cook – President, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX


“Working with Precise was a great experience and we got impressive results. Jesse gave us personal attention and took time to understand our unique needs in excruciating detail. They delivered, continued to follow up, and provided us with much-needed guidance on some of our other processes and requests. They run their business with tremendous integrity and a clear commitment to their clients. Some search firms offer fluff–Jesse and Merle are long-time experts and are extremely well-versed with assessing their client’s needs and delivering with strong results.”

Paayal Majahan – Director of Human Resources, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

“Our experience here at American Foodservice Corp. (AFC) with Merle & his team can best be described as a completely thorough, professional, and mutually rewarding, one. From the creation of the Position Description to the finalization of the Job Offer communication amongst all parties was clear, selections decisions were excellent, and the “closing” of the hiring process was professionally managed. We here at AFC would be more than please to recommend Merle & his team to anyone considering a search for a key individual!”

David S. Miller – VP Human Resources, American Foodservice Corp, King of Prussia, PA


“As CFO of Jagee Holdings, I worked with Jesse Owens at PRECISE to identify an executive assistant/office manager to work directly with the principals of a family-owned, diversified real estate and investment company. Based on their experience with similar assignments, PRECISE had a quick understanding of the unique needs of the position. Jesse and his team quickly identified several qualified candidates, prescreened them and after our interviews, Jagee had four individuals that fully met our qualifications. PRECISE arranged follow-up interviews and did further reference checking that allowed us to pick a superior candidate. The entire process took less than a month. We have been very pleased with PRECISE’s highly competent and professional service. I have worked with Merle Owens and have known Jesse Owens for several years. They both operate from the highest standards of integrity and can be trusted to offer sound judgment in any circumstances, even if it means passing up a fee. They treat clients and their candidates with respect and integrity.”

Reece Pettigrew – Chief Financial Officer, Jagee Holdings, Fort Worth, TX


“During the past 10 years, a number of my clients have needed to make either critical personnel changes or make additions to their senior management team. I have advised my clients to use the services of Merle Owens & Associates. During the search process, I personally monitor the progress. My clients and I have been very pleased with both the thorough process and the final candidates selected.”

Pat Powers – Business Consultant, Fort Worth, TX


“Over the past 10 years, Merle Owens & Associates has proven time and time again to be a tremendous resource for management placements to Mother Parkers. The entire Merle Owens & Associates team understands their clients’ needs, regardless of the industry and has a network of resources to respond quickly with a very select group of candidates that all meet the requirements for the job. As a privately held Canadian based coffee and tea manufacturer,, sometimes the skill set we require is unique; however, Merle Owens & Associates has always been able to identify very qualified candidates that fit well into our unique organization. We appreciate their efforts in making Mother Parkers a stronger company and look forward to working with them again.”

Dennis D. Paynter – VP of Coffee Operations, Mother Parker’s Tea & Coffee, Fort Worth, TX


“I first met Jesse in 2002 when I needed a professional search advisor to help with a challenging position search at Crescent Real Estate. Jesse exceeded my expectations in every way. His search expertise is outstanding and his personal and professional standards are golden! Throuhout the years we have forged a meaningful relationship and I have sought his wise counsel on several occasions. I trust Jesse and value his friendship and expertise.”

Tom Shaw – Sr Vice President of Operations and Administration, Payment Processing Systems, Carrollton, TX

“Merle Owens & Associates came recommended to TTI, Inc. when we had a critical and unique hiring need.   For this difficult skill set we were seeking they approached with unrest until the right candidate was found.  With their extensive network and work ethic they can get the job done.”

Marla Roper – Human Resource Manager, TTI, Inc., Fort Worth TX