Testimonial | National Rural Utilities Cooperative...

National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) is a nonprofit finance cooperative created and owned by America’s electric cooperative network. With approximately $21 billion in assets, CFC is committed to providing unparalleled industry expertise, flexibility and responsiveness to serve the needs of its member-owners.

I probably started working with Paul Dinte about 13 years ago. Once I started working with Dinte and had my initial experience with them, there was just no question who I was going to use in the future.

We don’t do a lot of high level executive searches. We needed the support of a firm that would take the time to get to know us and were genuinely interested in building a long-term relationship with our organization. Dinte met the need. We felt their expertise in executive level search assignments would save us a lot of time and effort. We wanted a true business partner for executive level recruitment and that’s precisely what Dinte gives us.

They help with the specifications of the search and we can essentially count on them to take it from there. They understand our company so well that, by the time we get a short list, I know I’ve got two or three solid candidates to choose from.

The cultural fit of any senior executive hire is extraordinarily important to us because we’re a not-for-profit cooperative. We’re a unique corporation in a very narrow niche, so cultural fit is often more important for us than any specific industry expertise or skill set. Dinte is extremely attentive to ensuring short-list candidates have the precise cultural fit for our organization, and more importantly, they seem to get it right every time.

We have confidence in Dinte for a lot of reasons. Our years of high-quality experience with them is the biggest reason. We also find them unique because they have a high-touch boutique style, coupled with very extensive global connections (through IIC Partners). We find that style more comfortable than simply going with a big, global firm because we don’t want to be one of those organizations who can get lost in the mix. With Dinte, we always feel that we’re being very well looked after.

One of the best hires I’ve ever made was as a result of a Dinte search performed thirteen years ago. It was an extraordinarily positive result and that individual is now my COO. It was a search where cultural fit was more important than an industry-specific skill set and Paul and his people got it right.

Paul is truly a trusted advisor, not just a consultant, and that’s why he’s currently helping us with our strategic succession planning process.

He and his people have taken time to fully understand our company and our culture. We can depend on them for solid advice and for candidates who will excel within our organization.

Sheldon Petersen, Governor and Chief Executive Officer
National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC)