SkyWater Search Partners
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    We Bring The SHORT LIST®
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    We Bring The SHORT LIST®

Recent Search Placements

Following is a sampling of recently closed search placements conducted by SkyWater Search Partners across the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest area. View all recent placements >

Sales & MarketingITEngineering & OperationsAccounting & Finance
National Sales Manager - Leading International Medical Device ManufacturerDirector Of IT - Construction Equipment ManufacturerSales Application Engineer - OEM manufacturer, electrical distribution equipmentVice President of Tax - Durable Goods Company
Category Manager - Privately Held Manufacturer’s Representative FirmSr Software Eng - Health Equipment ManufacturerCustomer Service Representative - Engineering design and applications support, automation and motion control productsChief Financial Officer - Software as a Service
National Account Manager - Market Leading Fitness Products ManufacturerSr Javascript Engineer - Vc-backed Saas StartupElectrical Controls Technician - Manufacturing and design, refrigeration systemsVice President, Warranty and Technical Service - Durable Goods Company
Sales Analyst - International Beauty Products ManufactureSr Software Eng - Seo Software CompanyV.P. of Product Development- Utility service provider in the upper MidwestDirector of Finance - Durable Goods Company
Category Manager - National Manufacture’s RepresentativeSenior Automation Engineer - Wellness CompanyDirector of Engineering- Leading manufacturer of industrial construction suppliesChief Financial Officer - Financial Services Company

We put the right candidates on your Short List.

Led by a group of seasoned search industry professionals, SkyWater Search Partners brings new focus to a novel concept, “short list search”.  Our purpose is to leave a lasting impression on the clients we serve by providing individuals who will make a measurable difference in their business.  We strive to consistently deliver great results to our clients in a very timely manner.

Meet the Leadership.

Interdisciplinary team with big ideas and challenges.

Tony Fornetti

CPA (inactive) Partner

Tony was a Partner and spent nine years with a leading Minnesota based executive search firm. View bio >

Kurt Rakos, CPC

Kurt Rakos is a founder and Partner at SkyWater Search Partners. View bio >

Paul Beard


A founding Partner of SkyWater Search Partners, Paul has dedicated his career to world of executive search. View bio >

Adam Hoffarber, J.D.

Managing Director

Adam brings sought-after technology expertise, and executive recruitment & legal background. View bio >

Brian Rudolph

Managing Director

Brian Rudolph is a veteran consumer-packaged goods (CPG) recruiter. View bio >

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Total Job Placements in 2015.


Job Placements in June 2016.


Total Job Placements in 2016.


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