Some organizations have been clients of Abruzzo Associates for over 20 years. Following are some client testimonials; individual references are available on request.
"Many years ago, James and I shared a consulting client…he as strategic planning counsel and I as development communications consultant. James's work on the museum's strategic plan was very good; he engaged trustees and staff and produced a workable, coherent, practical plan. (This, to me, is a very high compliment!) I know this because I wrote the executive summary for "public consumption!""
- Jane Savitt Tennen, Independent Development Consultant, Jane Savitt Tennen/Strategic Development Consultation, worked with James at A.T. Kearney


"James is an extremely knowledgeable executive recruitment expert in the nonprofit sector. He is an articulate and engaging professional who can laser in on the most critical issues in making a hiring recommendation. In addition, he is able to put the interviewee at ease due to his warmth and sense of humor. It is my great pleasure to know him."
- Ken Berger, President, Charity Navigator


"Inviting James as a speaker for our conference about abilities and requirements for managers and future developments was definitely the right decision, since James is extremely knowledged and experienced in terms of the nonprofit sector. We received great feedback from the audience and are looking forward to seeing James again this year."
- Sophie Winckler, Berlin, Germany, hired James as a conference speaker in 2008


"I am writing to thank you for your great service in helping the DCPA recruit a new Chief Executive Officer. Our search in Dallas has to rank as one of the fastest searches of your career. I was in a hurry, it is true, and I thank you for helping me speed things along. You brought us good candidates, and most importantly, you brought us one absolutely outstanding candidate[s]…You have a real talent for what you do, and I know whatever you undertake will turn out good."
- Howard Hallam, Chairman, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts


"I worked with James on his search assignment for the COO position at the Columbus Zoo for which I was hired. James proved to be an executive search professional with the highest ethics helping me and the organization through the process making sure the communication flow continued until the hiring process. I would recommend James to anyone in need of a professional and caring search executive."
- Manny Gonzalez, (former) COO, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium


"James is an expert in the field of non profit executive search. He commits himself to his clients and his candidates and exhibits flawless search work. He was truly a great partner to work with!"
- Kelly Kress, former Principal, DHR International (Retained Executive Search)


"I was recruited via James Abruzzo and DHR International for my current position. They worked hard to ensure that it was a good match on both sides. DHR has a deep knowledge of the field and is able to successfully meet the goals of their clients."
- Catherine Fukushima, Program Officer, The Wallace Foundation


"James Abruzzo is an original thinker. He creates new possibilities, opportunities that did not exist before. His creative approach to problem definition and his remarkable insight into strategy make new things possible for his clients. When it is time to act, his ability to motivate the team and his approach to managing a project creates opportunities for outstanding individual contributions. The high spirit of a team lead by James is contagious inside and out of the project, organization and company."
- Eszter Erdelyi, Senior Manager, A.T.Kearney


"During my 25 years in the aquarium and zoo business, I have had the good fortune of knowing and working with James Abruzzo and his team. They bring a level of experience and expertise to their understanding of how the aquarium and zoo business really works. They understand completely the required skills for leadership positions within our industry. There is a fine line in our profession between the conservation/education mission and the necessary business management skills for a successful leader. They have the know how to find those leaders of tomorrow."
- Ted Beattie, President, John G. Shedd Aquarium


"DHR worked well to provide us with a choice of excellent candidates for the position of President of the Direct Marketing Education Foundation. They also helped our committee to revise the by-laws that ultimately has led to a stronger organization. The new President of DMEF is now in her position for over a year and has already had a positive impact on both the DMEF and the Direct Marketing Association."
- John Greco, President, Direct Marketing Association


"To James - thanks for all you do for the arts. Your thought leadership is inspiring!"
- Michael Kaiser, President, John F. Kennedy Center
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"It is a professional pleasure for me to write this open letter of reference regarding DHR International and James Abruzzo, its executive in charge of nonprofit executive search.

I have known James over the past ten years in his capacities as a search consultant, cultural industry surveyor, CEO advisor and, most recently, also as co-founder and co-director of The Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership at the Rutgers Business School. This spectrum of capacities, building upon his earlier reputation as head of AT Kearney's nonprofit practice, give James a uniquely strong set of credentials in the world of museums, arts and performing arts organizations.

As background context, Liberty Science Center is New Jersey's most visited museum and, as a result of a recent $100+ million expansion and renewal project, ranks as a new benchmark for the museum field's quest for new models that combine usefulness and popularity. James has a deeply experienced grasp of the history and challenges of the museum field, especially as they pertain to leadership imperatives.

In each of my interactions, James Abruzzo has consistently combined a soft-spoken, listening-ready manner with the powerful additions of his knowledge and network.

For an executive search by any nonprofit seeking to make a difference, I strongly recommend consideration of James Abruzzo and DHR International."
- Emlyn Koster, President & CEO, Liberty Science Center


"The National Aquarium in Baltimore has called upon James Abruzzo and his team to assist us in a variety of organizational development projects. These have included analyses of establishing satellite facilities and benchmarking our development program, executive compensation planning, and executive searches. James' work has always been of enormous help to both the Board and staff, bringing to bear his own expertise and that of a talented group of associates."
- David Pittenger, Executive Director, National Aquarium in Baltimore




"No one understands the strengths & pitfalls of the nonprofit sector better than James Abruzzo. Please check out his presentations: "Ethical Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector," and "Best Practices in Compensation for Large Nonprofit Organizations." (http://www.sobel-cpa.com/resources/presentations)"
- Caroline Werth, President, Turnaround Arts Management