Business Professionals With A Passion For Strategic Placements

Bell Oaks Executive Search, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, focuses on helping client firms identify, attract and hire management to executive-level positions for their organizations.

Comprised of professionals with diverse business backgrounds and boasting a strong track record of over 45 years, Bell Oaks offers clients what other search firms can’t – longevity and first-hand business experience built upon solid professional relationships. Our vision is to cultivate deep relationships with our clients and partners through honesty, authenticity and integrity.

We believe that when we listen thoughtfully to client needs and deliver on the things that matter most to them, success and loyalty naturally follow. By gaining a complete understanding of our client companies’ unique personalities, we are able to deliver great service and candidates who are a strategic and cultural fit.

Bell Oaks History

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Bell Oaks History

Over Four Decades Of
Executive Search

Bell Oaks Executive Search was first founded in 1970 with a simple goal:
connect companies with perfect candidates.

Four decades can bring about a great deal of change to a company and an industry. Along with the great advances in technology, executive search has come into its own as a valuable workforce development

service for companies of all sizes. At Bell Oaks, we embrace this evolution, building a legacy and reputation as an innovator in the field of executive search.

Bell Oaks celebrates 45 years of success in 2015 April 1st, 1970Bell Oaks is founded by Price Harding, Sr. Price Harding, II acquires full ownership of Bell Oaks in 1996 Named to 1998 Inc. 5000 List Bell Oaks hires Todd Warshaw, Partner, in 1998 Bell Oaks hires Carol Chizzolin, Administrator, in 2001 Named to 2006 Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Best Places to Work in Atlanta” Named to 2007 Inc. 5000 List Named to Top Ten in 2007 Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Best Places to Work in Atlanta” Named to 2008 Inc. 5000 List (second consecutive year) Named to 2008 Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Best Places to Work in Atlanta” (third consecutive year) Bell Oaks Business Forum launched in 2008 with the first of over 100 business forums that bring executives and thought leaders together Bell Oaks hires Matt Tovrog, Partner, in 2009 Bell Oaks moves into their current location, The South Terraces Building in Atlanta, in 2010 Bell Oaks hires Lori Swope, Partner, in 2014


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Bell Oaks News
Nov 4, 2016

Delivering First-Rate Results to a First-Time Client

Finding a special candidate who can not only handle the current needs of a high-profile key position but also help grow the business can seem daunting. Read More...
Oct 18, 2016

James Gates Elevated to Bell Oaks Partner

Bell Oaks Executive Search is proud to announce that James Gates is now a Partner at the firm. Read More...
Oct 13, 2016

Emily Varon Promoted to Senior Search Consultant

Bell Oaks Executive Search is pleased to announce the promotion of team member Emily Varon to the role of Senior Search Consultant. Read More...
Jul 7, 2016

You Had Me at Relo

Jerry “had her at hello,” but I’ve always wondered about the company Dorothy abandoned in San Diego, and the bind they were in when she bailed. Read More...
Jun 13, 2016

Phish: When Band and Business Intersect

Underlying Phish’s success are sound business practices. Phish is an expert in their space. They know their business plan and they execute it to perfection. Read More...
Jun 6, 2016

Congratulations to Our Own Lauren Comer

Bell Oaks’ Lauren Comer has received her Master of Education in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of Georgia. Read More...
Mar 18, 2016

Bell Oaks Volunteers at Zaban Couples Center

At Bell Oaks Executive Search, we not only work hard to help clients with strategic hires, but also to help our community in as many ways as we can. Read More...
Feb 17, 2016

Atlanta Executive Search Firm Adds New Team Member

Bell Oaks Executive Search is pleased to announce the expansion of their search team through the addition of new hire Lauren Comer. Read More...
Feb 4, 2016

Identifying a Global Leader in Their Own Backyard

It takes a special set of skills to help develop and manage Cox Automotive’s pay and rewards programs as the company’s VP of Global Total Rewards. Read More...
Sep 30, 2015

Finding The Perfect Entrepreneurial Fit

Recently profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Wela was ready to add more talent to its team. However, hiring the appropriate professional was not so easy. Read More...
Jul 2, 2015

Atlanta Executive Search Firm Announces Launch of New Website

The refresh of the website was undertaken to more accurately reflect the company’s dedication to providing high-level placements who are strategically aligned with a client company’s vision for growth and expansion. Read More...
Jun 29, 2015

Bell Oaks Business Forum: How To Effectively Eliminate Workplace Dysfunction

Bell Oaks recently hosted a Bell Oaks Business Forum featuring “The Workplace Therapist” Brandon Smith. Read More...
Apr 27, 2015

Atlanta Executive Search Firm Continues Growth with Addition of New Search Consultant

Bell Oaks Executive Search is excited to announce the addition of new team member Emily Varon as a Search Consultant. Read More...
Feb 16, 2015

New Associate Partner Named to Atlanta-Based Executive Search Firm

Atlanta tech entrepreneur, business development specialist James Gates joins Bell Oaks as the firm’s newest Associate Partner. Read More...
Nov 7, 2014

New Partner Named to Atlanta Executive Search Firm

Bell Oaks Executive Search has announced the addition of new partner, Lori Swope. Read More...
Nov 6, 2014

Ginny Adams Promoted to Senior Search Consultant at Bell Oaks Executive Search

Ginny Adams Promoted to Senior Search Consultant at Bell Oaks Executive Search Read More...


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Bell Oaks Philanthropy


Charitable Giving With “Lend A Hand”

Bell Oaks has a long history of philanthropic involvement in metro Atlanta and surrounding communities. Since our founding, we have been dedicated to community service as the cornerstone for building a business of substance … a business of compassion.

Today, our commitment is as steadfast as ever. Through Bell Oaks’ internal charitable “Lend a Hand” program and other avenues, the firm and its employees strive to make our neighborhoods better and healthier places to live, work and do business. We consider it our privilege and responsibility to pursue a better life for the people we encounter each and every day.

Our strength comes from within. Mirroring Bell Oaks’ core values, our charitable endeavors are centered on the passions and interests of our team members, who drive our giving – whether through time or money – based on the pursuits that motivate them.

Over the last four decades, we have aligned ourselves with several organizations in many capacities. We’ve shared our spirit and passion. We’ve contributed our time and money. And we consider it an honor to call these organizations our partners: