Executive Team

Mike Milby |
President & CEO

Mike Milby joined Ratliff & Taylor in 2002 and currently serves as President & CEO. In addition to directing business operations, he consults with executives and client companies on a broad range of strategic human resource issues. Due to the reputation Mike has established advising business leaders, he is routinely engaged by organizations across the […]

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Rick Taylor |

Frederick E. (Rick) Taylor, President, joined the firm in 1993, just three years after it was founded. Rick focuses on business development and spends much of his time with clients and engaged in the Cleveland business community. He also supports the Executive Search practice and has over three decades of expertise in Human Resources with […]

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Beth Sweeney |
Executive Vice President

Beth Sweeney joined Ratliff & Taylor in the summer of 2014 as Executive Vice President. She brings more than 15 years of experience in the talent management arena and has a successful record as a senior leader, consultant and coach. She is known for leading strategic initiatives and designing impactful customer solutions. Prior to joining […]

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Barbara Danforth |
Senior Vice President, Leadership Initiatives

Barbara Danforth is Senior Vice President and much of her efforts are focused on Leadership Development and Executive Search in the non-profit and public sector markets. Barbara brings more than 20 years of executive and civic leadership experience to the firm. Her commitment to gender equality and leadership excellence fueled the creation of a prestigious women’s […]

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Kenneth Sachs |
Senior Vice President

Kenneth Sachs joined Ratliff & Taylor in 2003. He is responsible for expanding and maintaining client relationships, marketing and enhancing our service offerings. Ken provides consulting solutions for all of Ratliff & Taylor’s practice areas. Client organizations range from Fortune 500, middle market to smaller, privately held and span all industry segments including manufacturing, financial […]

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Leigh Mars |
Vice President, Search Operations

Leigh Mars is Vice President of Executive Search Operations for Ratliff & Taylor. She oversees all aspects of the retained search practice, working closely with clients as well as leading the internal team. Leigh is directly responsible for the quality of each search and the ultimate client experience. She is known for building exceptional relationships […]

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Jennifer Cohen |
Senior Vice President, Leadership Development

Jennifer brings 30 years of diverse Human Resources experience working in corporate, public and non-profit organizations. Her background is concentrated in Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Talent Acquisition, Training & Development, and Human Resources Management. Jennifer works with organizations to craft effective and practical strategies to maximize leadership capabilities for individuals and teams. In addition, Jennifer […]

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Nada Norval |
Senior Vice President, Career Transition

Nada Norval is Senior Vice President Career Transition Services. Since 1991, she has provided career transition counseling to C-level and senior executives, middle management, and professional candidates. She has also managed career transition centers; advised colleagues and consultants on job search strategies/techniques; and presented on topics such as networking, interviewing, negotiations, and technology. She is […]

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Career Transition


Mark Little

Vice President, Executive Search

Patti Shumay

Senior Executive Recruiter

Sue Frammartino

Administrative Support Specialist