We Are Not Your Typical Search Firm

We are business leaders who understand your business first and then search for transformative executives to enable your growth objectives. We specialize in the C-Suite and have real-world executive leadership experience to know the difference between a “good” executive hire and a “great” transformative executive hire. Why do we know the difference? Because we have sat on your side of the desk working in the trenches with great leaders. 

Clark Schaefer Executive Search helps the most recognized organizations with their recruiting needs because we conduct searches the right way by putting the time in up-front to understand our client’s business, the people and the culture to find candidates that will take the company well into the future.

Our Team

Peter Olmsted

Managing Director

Peter Olmsted is the Managing Director of Clark Schaefer Executive Search. Peter partners with clients to develop executive strategies and solutions that enable organizations to fuel their growth by developing optimized executive talent.

Peter’s cumulative experience enables him to provide unique insights in the service of client needs. Utilizing his BA in Business Administration, HR Concentration from Pace University, New York and MBA from Xavier University, he has spent 25 years working in HR leadership positions at both public and private companies. Peter was the Senior VP of HR for a $6 billion diversified global manufacturing company as well as a VP of HR for a $1 billion consumer products company.

Peter helped initiate and develop “Career Bridge” a program for underserved and disadvantaged workers in Greater Cincinnati. Career Bridge is an initiative of Partners for a Competitive Workforce (a United Way Organization). Peter was formerly on the advisory committee for the Boy Scout’s Learning for Life initiative, and he was also a board member for Junior Achievement. Peter currently serves on the Board of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, a bi-partisan non-profit organization dedicated to promoting fair and equal justice for all people.

Rich Premec Jr.


Rich Premec, Jr. is a Senior Executive Search Consultant with thirty-five plus years of experience in recruiting, sales and sales management, marketing, logistics and general management. Rich is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BS in Administrative Science. Rich began his career in global logistics where he contributed to the growth of one of today’s leading global logistics providers. Rich left the industry in 2000 to pursue business ownership by purchasing an executive search franchise. Rich’s success as a franchise owner earned him notoriety in Entrepreneur Magazine and Kiplingers. Rich is an avid fly fisherman who enjoys fly tying, hiking, guiding as well as fishing and believes it is a strong metaphor for his approach to executive search.

Committed to Real Values

We operate according to a set of R.E.A.L. values which drive our behaviors and decisions. They rest on this belief: to achieve greatness, we must first care for each other and serve our clients. That’s why we show Respect; achieve Excellence, embrace Accountability, and demonstrate Leadership. As a result, we thrive as a team and grow as a firm.





Clark Schaefer Executive Search: Diversity Powers Us

Top-performing organizations are diverse organizations. Our diversity is the foundation on which our organization’s growth and success is built. We strive to be an innovator for our clients, and a catalyst for positive change. We bring those innovations along with a passionate, dedicated workforce with diversity of thought, background, and experience. Clients look to us to help build their brands and increase their performance by sourcing the best talent. We deliver candidates from a diverse applicant pool and work with clients to help them build strong teams and achieve their goals.

Clark Schaefer Executive Search – Who We Are

We are more than an executive search firm.

Clark Schaefer Executive Search is proud to be part of Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co., an accounting and advisory firm. Our brand extensions for Clark Schaefer Hackett also include Clark Schaefer Strategic HR and Clark Schaefer Consulting.