Executive Searches

Updated on November 20, 2018



Well-respected real estate/property management company based in the metro Detroit area has an outstanding career opportunity available. The Chief Accounting Officer manages professional level accounting functions and preparation of reports. Directs, coordinates and administers accounting operations. This position maintains the integrity of the company’s financial data and provides detailed analysis to identify areas where incremental value can be obtained, applying the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The individual will work actively with all areas of Accounting, Operations and Senior Management and have high level involvement in developing practices and procedures that will protect and promote the reliability of the company and its financial and management systems. Individual must be able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, have a strong customer service ethic, and exemplary attention to detail, communication skills and analytical capacity.

Requirements include:

  • At least 5-7 solid years of cross functional accounting and analytical experience in a multi-family environment, 10+ years of cumulative relevant experience (financial analyst/commercial accounting) and at least 3-5 years management and supervisory experience.
  • 5 years of experience in the multi-family industry preferred
  • Bachelor Degree in accounting/finance (Graduate level degree and/or CPA desirable)
  • High level of professional skill / knowledge in accounting. Current with developments and trends. Knowledge and ability to use applicable information technology and systems to meet work needs.
  • Leadership and management skills to successfully manage the overall Accounting Department and also mentor, train and supervise the Accounting staff.
  • Demonstrated analytical aptitude to quickly identify problems and solve effectively.
  • Familiarity with internet based property management and accounting applications. (YARDI experience highly preferred)
  • Strong experience with QuickBooks.
  • Computer proficiency, including MS Office: Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Candidate will be required to exhibit experience of spreadsheet implementation including multifaceted formulas, links, etc.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload in order to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, with the ability to clearly communicate issues to all levels of management and collaborate with others inside and outside the organization.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects adjusting as priorities change.
  • Knowledge of Fair Housing regulations.

Exceptional six figure base salary offered!

All inquiries will remain strictly confidential

Send resume in a Word format attachment to ben@harperjobs.com


The Executive Personal Assistant will serve as an essential partner to the President and CEO of a fast paced, dynamic family investment and philanthropic firm. Ideal candidate will be a highly organized, self-motivated, positive individual who welcomes the challenge and opportunity to advance the executive and personal activities of company leader to excellence. Must be able to be flexible with work hours, performing functions both in an office and household environment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead gatekeeper and point of communication for all professional, personal, philanthropic, community contacts and relationships
  • Expert management of scheduling and calendaring of appointments across multiple platforms
  • Successfully provide overall household management, including completing independent projects to fruition and liaise with service and maintenance providers systematically and efficiently
  • Create and master systems to streamline procedures and processes that maximize organization, reporting and communication
  • Artfully exercise discretion and confidentially in all company and personal matters
  • Adept event planning and social management
  • Superlative administrative management

Key Requirements/Skills:

  • Highly organized and detailed oriented
  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Positive disposition and demeanor
  • Confidence in problem solving
  • Exercises extraordinary judgment
  • Ability to lead projects from a solution-based perspective, setting and exceeding deadlines
  • Impeccable time management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, including constant professionalism and positive phone etiquette
  • Diplomatic and service-minded attitude
  • Adaptable to changing environments, shifting priorities, and different personalities
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure
  • Ability to “manage up:” understanding how to take charge of communication and prioritization
  • Technology savvy
  • Creative and design skills a plus

Send resume in a Word format attachment to ben@harpejrobs.com


Beverage Program Manager - Large Food and Beverage Entertainment Venue

Metro Detroit - $60,000 -$65,000

In search of a charismatic, knowledgeable and creative beverage manager to take one of Metro-Detroit’s groundbreaking hospitality venues to the next level. Applicants will be well versed in local beers, wine basics, and craft cocktail design. Ideally, this individual will be well connected in the Metro-Detroit Bar scene, possess exceptional customer service skills, and be a great trainer.


  • Experience in managing 10+ bartenders
  • The ability to design signature drinks
  • Knowledge in schedule writing, hiring, and training
  • Experience in inventory management and loss prevention
  • An upbeat and captivating, hands-on approach

Send resume in a Word format attachment to sarah@haprerjobs.com 


Looking for a strong team leader to assist in sales training, management, and operations. Applicants should be polished, ambitious, and accustomed to working in high-volume venues. This individual will work both in office, and in the field, to produce new contracts for our private events spaces. The position will include visiting local businesses, taking sales calls, following up on leads, producing BEO contracts, and communicating event needs to management staff.


  • Oversite, training and management of 3 sales managers
  • Arrange meetings with local business to create partnerships
  • Set department goals, and monitor
  • Develop BEO’s and convey all of the necessary information to create a successful event


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of phone systems and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Associates degree or equivalent in experience

Send resume in a Word format attachment to sarah@haprerjobs.com 


Join one of the nation's most successful food service manufacturers!

Harper Associates has been retained by the Chelsea Milling Company, better known as Jiffy Mix, to identify a star Food Service Sales Manager to help grow the restaurant / food service division as a Bid Manager.


• Unrivaled company culture - there is virtually zero turnover and employee tenure is an average of 17 years

• A foundation built on honesty and integrity

• Exceptional salary and health benefits

• Profit-sharing bonuses

• Great work/life balance

• Health and wellness programs


• Utilize market research and networking to identify opportunities

• Execute food service bid process by providing bid pricing to all food service distributor and direct customers

• Use CRM tool and other computer software to maintain client base

• Collaborate with others on pricing decisions and strategies

• Execute purchase agreements

• Have an in-depth knowledge of all products and services offered


• Bachelor’s degree in Business, Sales, Marketing, Hospitality or Culinary Arts, or equivalent related experience

• 5+ years prior Foodservice sales, in a role with bid coordination responsibilities

• Experience using a CRM system to manage work flow

• Demonstrated solid analytical skills (data entry, business math, statistics) and data analysis experience strongly preferred

• Strong computer, communication and presentation skills, and the ability to work cross-functionally

• Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office

• Demonstrated success in nurturing and developing Food Service business

• Demonstrated success in integrating cross-functional communication, establishing a network of key industry and market resources, and successfully using effective planning and organizing tools and methods (including computer software tools)

• Should be able to collect high-level and detailed market and competitive intelligence information

• Will involve travel, as needed for business development

• Excellent communication skills – written and verbal

Ideal candidates would be those that meet the minimum qualifications and are looking for a long-term home with a privately held company that focuses on people. Must enjoy a team environment and thrive on camaraderie.

Send resume in a Word format attachment to kevin@harperjobs.com 


Seeking an accountant/experienced bookkeeper for a fast-paced family office to maintain books and records for multiple related party companies. Companies have a diverse asset mix including marketable securities, private equity, hedge funds, and real estate investments.

Qualifications and Personal Traits:

  • 5-10 years of bookkeeping experience, Peachtree preferred, Yardi and other real estate management background a plus.
  • Accounting degree or BA preferred.
  • Executive office support with various software proficiency including Excel, Adobe, Word, and Power Point.
  • Upbeat personality
  • High attention to detail
  • Interest and willingness to learn new skills
  • Able to interface with multiple parties and various entities on a professional level


  • Maintain books and records for family entities
  • Reconcile investment statements and K-1’s with internal books and records
  • Prepare supporting schedules for balance sheets
  • Assist with generating checks and associated GL entries
  • Various administrative tasks including record keeping, scanning, filing, and providing reports to other executives.
  • Assist with preparing and pulling information together for family presentations.
  • Preparation of tax return support for family members and related entities

Send resume in a Word format attachment to ben@harperjobs.com


Searching for Landscaping Design/Architect professionals to join this premier design-build landscape company, offering high-end 3D design, installation, and maintenance to the metro Detroit area. This company has a versatile team of landscape architects, designers, horticulturalists and installation experts. As a member of the design staff, you will be responsible for working with sales managers to design and create models according to a client’s specifications and preferences. Applicants should be well versed in current design programs and standards, and have a strong knowledge of horticulture.


  • 3D computer modeling skills
  • Strong plant knowledge
  • High level of proficiency in AutoCAD (Real Time of SketchUP) and Microsoft Office
  • Working knowledge of Google Earth
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong knowledge and creativity in Landscape Design
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture/Design, Horticulture or related field

Send resume in a Word format attachment to sarah@harperjobs.com 


Newly Created Position

Exceptional Compensation and Benefit Package


  • Enhance General Counsel effectiveness
  • Provide information-management support
  • Liaison with internal team members and external contacts
  • Maintain confidentiality and preserve attorney-client privilege as appropriate
  • Work effectively with administrative team and stakeholders


  • Welcome guests and clients by greeting them in person or on the telephone; answer or direct inquiries
  • Produce information by transcribing, formatting, inputting, editing, retrieving, copying, and transmitting text, data, and graphics; coordinating case preparation
  • Conserve attorney’s time by reading, researching, reviewing, verifying, and routing correspondence, reports and legal documents; drafting letters and documents;                collecting and analyzing information; initiating telecommunications; organizing client conferences, and attorney meetings; scheduling couriers, court reporters, expert        witnesses, and other special functions; coordinate preparation of charts, graphs, and other courtroom visuals; preparing expense reports
  • Maintain attorney calendar by planning and scheduling meetings, teleconferences, depositions, and travel; recording and monitoring court appearance dates,                         pleadings, and filing requirements; monitoring evidence-gathering; anticipating changes in litigation or transaction preparation requirements
  • Represent attorney by communicating and obtaining information; following-up on delegated assignments, knowing when to act and when to refer matters to attorney
  • Maintain client confidence by keeping client/attorney information confidential
  • Provide historical reference by developing and utilizing filing and retrieval systems; recording meeting discussions; maintaining transcripts; documenting and                       maintaining evidence
  • Enhance department and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job               accomplishments

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experienced and polished professional demeanor, ready to step up and handle whatever needs to be done in new legal department
  • Schedule and track calendar; organize travel as needed
  • Excellent verbal communications and attention to detail
  • Pleasant and capable liaison with internal team and external contacts
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite and ability to learn other software programs as needed
  • Familiarity setting up and maintaining legal files/information and working in a highly confidential environment
  • Highly organized, with the ability to navigate deadlines with flexibility and high level of focus


  • Associate’s degree and 5 years of legal secretarial experience or equivalent
  • Higher education a plus
  • Must be positive, helpful, flexible, consistent, predictable and reliable

Send resume in a Word format attachment to ben@harperjobs.com



  In search of organized and tech savvy landscape sales professionals to join this award winning Landscape/ Design Company. Client base focuses on real estate and shopping center developers, builders, commercial businesses, and luxury residences throughout Metro Detroit. The company provides extensive services through its design team, plant nursery, and professional and knowledgeable landscape architects, production, and maintenance management teams.  

Sales positions available in commercial/residential landscaping and client retention. These individuals should be successful landscape sales representatives eager to develop sales strategies and attract new clients. Must be able to achieve sales targets, maintain ongoing and positive relationships with current and prospective clients, and manage sales and service contracts and records. 


  • Proven work experience in landscape contract sales  
  • Expertise in sharing knowledge of various landscape and design options  
  • Exceptional communication and professional sales approach  
  • Strong organizational skills with clients, designers, and office staff  
  • The competency to develop and deliver sales presentations to prospective clients  
  • High proficiencies in Microsoft Office Suite  
  • Degree preferred (Horticulture advantageous) 
  • Local candidates or those with strong ties to the metro Detroit area  

Excellent compensation and benefits commensurate with experience (holidays and paid vacation) $50,000-70k salary plus commission ($100+k package)

Send resume in a Word format attachment to sarah@harperjobs.com

 We handle many searches within the hospitality and healthcare industries. We also represent many leading Chairmans and Presidents as they confidentially seek new Executive Assistants. Please return to our home page and hit the link to the appropriate web page (Hospitality, Healthcare, Executive Assistants, etc.) for details of any searches).

Harper Associates

31000 Northwestern Hwy,

Suite 240,

Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Phone. 248-932-1170

Fax. 888-737-8525





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