Blue Rock Search

Attracting the hard-to-find talent you need to achieve your goals

"I was introduced to Blue Rock by a trusted colleague. I learned very quickly how much value they bring. Blue Rock has not only brought us high caliber talent but have been a great partner. They have taken the time to understand our business, our people, and our culture. This both enhances the quality of the candidates that we receive and enables Blue Rock to be a much broader resource for us."

— Joline Manning, Chief Human Resources Officer, Shearer's Foods
“I have worked with Nancy Estep for over 20 years. She is a pleasant, hard-working leader who is not afraid to take on a challenging project. She is reliable, tireless and a take-charge person who is able to present creative strategies and tactics, and clearly communicate the benefits both up and down the organization chart.”

— J.J. Sorrenti
President Safeguard Business Systems; Former SVP & GM GNC Franchising; Former CEO Huntington Learning Centers
Previous slide
Next slide

Our Practices

Human Resources Executive Search

Our expertise and deep relationships in the HR talent community have earned our HR Executive Search Practice a place on Hunt Scanlon’s HR/Diversity Recruiting Power 65 list. We specialize in the targeted identification, evaluation, and acquisition of high-quality, transformative HR executive and diversity leaders. The HR function has a unique opportunity and responsibility to support their organizations in building a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As former HR leaders ourselves, we can help you design processes to eliminate bias and achieve these cultural goals. Whether you’re looking for your next Chief People Officer, Chief Diversity Officer, or any other HR executive, we are your full-service executive search and talent solutions partner. Our team provides consulting support to ensure alignment between the organizational structure and business objectives


Franchise Executive Search

Blue Rock Search has the skills and network to find executive-level talent for both established and emerging franchise groups across a wide range of industries. Our search team starts with in-depth discovery to understand your goals and culture. We identify where you are looking for business impact to drive growth and lead in your market. Need us to take recruitment off your hands? Through our Recruitment Process Outsourcing Service (RPO), we act as an extension of your team to develop a scalable talent acquisition model designed for your unique needs. The candidates we present have the expertise to take your franchise organization to the next level and inspire confidence and loyalty from your entire network of franchisees.


Private Equity Executive Search

Our expertise has earned Blue Rock Search a place on the Private Equity Recruiting Power 100 list – Hunt Scanlon’s annual roundup of the top executive search firms serving the private equity sector. We specialize in finding transformative and diverse talent for your team and your portfolio companies, all with the necessary skills and vision to drive exceptional growth and strong returns. Blue Rock PE clients who partner with our dedicated team get the benefit of our team’s broad reach and extensive knowledge of the sector across multiple industries. Our proven search process quickly connects our PE clients with profile fitting talent. If you are looking for discretion, speed, and agility in a search, we’ve got it covered, and through every step of every search, you’ll reap the benefits of proactive communication, subject matter expertise, and a true partnership approach.


CX Executive Search

People and culture are essential to achieving your organization’s vision, success, and continued growth. The CX leaders you bring on board must be innovative, empathetic, and business-minded. You require confident decision-makers with functional expertise who can envision and implement a strategic plan to transform the customer’s experience, contribute to key business priorities, and improve outcomes. Our CX Practice team specializes in retained executive search for key roles across the CX platform. Get the expertise you need to build your CX team and transform the customer’s journey into profitable business initiatives.


Higher Education Executive Search

Institutions choose Blue Rock Search because they need a partner who is highly connected in the higher ed community and well-versed in the nuances of higher ed selection processes. Our higher ed search team starts by getting to know you, understanding your institution’s goals and culture, and the needs of your specific stakeholders and selection committee members. Blue Rock’s search process uses a performance-based hiring methodology alongside technology and tools designed to accommodate your unique needs. We combine this with resources that allow us to identify, source, select, and secure preeminent, innovative talent in today’s competitive marketplace. As your Higher Education Executive Search partner, we do more than look for your next transformational hire. We curate an experience designed to attract dynamic leaders, ensuring you get the right candidates to positively impact your academic, enrollment, retention, and advancement goals



Data & Downloads

HR Compensation Guide

Comprehensive data for HR and

Diversity roles in 6 regions.

Franchise Compensation Guide

Comprehensive data for 10 functional

areas in 18 metropolitan locations

Total Reward Audit Framework

The guide to developing a

best-in-class Total Rewards program.


Get the latest insights to stay on top of trends and plan your talent strategy in Pinnacle.


Blog Posts

Recent Placements

CertaPro Painters

Chief Brand Officer

Shoreline Equity Partners

Human Capital Partner

Front Row (Trivest)

Vice-President of Human Resources

Papa Johns Pizza

Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Pet Wants

Brand President


Chief People Officer


Country Ops Manager, Canada


Vice President of Franchise Development


Global Head of Talent Acquisition



PE Power 100

Blue Rock Search is proud to be named to the Hunt Scanlon Private Equity Recruiting Power 100. Hunt Scanlon Media is the most widely-referenced source for information in the human capital sector and private equity is a central area of focus for Hunt Scanlon. Blue Rock’s inclusion on this list acknowledges our demonstrated expertise and in-depth understanding, and that we are a trusted private equity executive search partner for this specialized enterprise category.


Blue Rock Search is proud to be named to the Hunt Scanlon HR/Diversity Recruiting Power 65.

For over 32 years, Hunt Scanlon’s global news network has shared teh latest news and the top expert commentary with an audience of talent management professionals. Their offerings include dialy newswires, annual leadership and “stateof the industry reports,” market intelligence sector briefings, and a signature Executive Search Review newsletter.

Best Firm

Blue Rock Search is proud to be part of the Sanford Rose Associates network. As a member of the SRA community, Blue Rock Search is part of a global consortium of 200+ search firms from which they can access resources, professional search experts, and a network of consultative support for their clients. Sanford Rose Associates is ranked #20 on the Forbes listing of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms and is ranked “10th Largest U.S. Search Firm,” by Executive Search Review.

MBE Certification

Blue Rock is proud to be a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certified firm. Offered by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), MBE Certification recognizes for-profit enterprises that are at least 51% minority-owned, managed, and controlled. Eligibility is established by the NMSDC by conducting a series of reviews, screenings, interviews and site visits. MBE membership offers numerous unique opportunities for networking, growth, and more.

Associations and Partnerships

Scroll to Top