Testimonials

“Cypress helped us efficiently identify and on-board several critical management positions during a year of dynamic change. We couldn’t be happier with our team. They’re like that good hands insurance company.”
— Brian Hilliard, President,
Pahlmeyer Winery

“From their guidance in defining the position of President, to presenting a number of highly qualified candidates, through the successful selection and placement of our finalist, Jim and Courtney were insightful and supportive. I am incredibly grateful for the skill and professionalism The Cypress Group brought to the process and the caliber of candidates we met. Bottom line, we couldn’t have done it without them and I am thrilled with the results!”
— Jayson Pahlmeyer,
Pahlmeyer Winery

“The Cypress Group is one of the top executive search firms in the industry. Jim & Courtney conducted my search with the utmost thoroughness, candidness and professionalism. I felt well-prepared walking into every interview and knew what to expect at every step along the way. Perhaps I imagined it, but Jim & Courtney seemed like they were truly rooting for me throughout the process even though I knew there were several other very strong candidates vying for the same position. I highly reccommend The Cypress Group.”
— Carol Reber, Vice President Marketing
Duckhorn Wine Company

“Winery Exchange has not utilized executive search firms in the past, and we were uncertain about the process and what results to expect. I was delighted at the quality and breadth of candidates that were presented by The Cypress Group. They conducted a comprehensive, nationwide search and delivered exactly what we were were looking for. The Cypress Group communicated proactively and often and helped me keep our process on track. I wholeheartedly endorse The Cypress Group and will use them again in the future. Overall it was a great experience.
Oliver Colvin, Chief Operating Officer
Winery Exchange

“I had a very positive experience working with The Cypress Group on our important VP National Sales search. Courtney and Jim brought us an outstanding panel of candidates which was honed to our needs.They ran a tight process with a high degree of communication and follow through. I look forward to working with them again when the need arises and would recommend their services without reserve.”
— Erle Martin, President and CEO,
Crimson Wine Group

“The Cypress Group was extremely thorough and professional in their approach to our search. Before commencing, they developed a detailed outline of the specific job requirements and, as importantly, the corporate culture in which the individual would be expected to perform. The search itself was organized and thorough and we were kept informed during the process. We ended up by creating a second position and hiring two candidates rather than just the one originally contemplated.
— George Peterson, General Manager
Spring Mountain Vineyards

“Diageo chose The Cypress Group to lead our search efforts for a Director, Winemaking. A tailored and detailed position profile was developed, and in a matter of weeks, we were presented with a highly qualified panel of notable candidates who were strong matches for the role. The support we received through out the search and negotiations was proactive and thorough. The Cypress Group cared about getting the right fit for both Diageo and the candidate and hindsight confirms our joint success. I would highly recommend The Cypress Group and will use them again in the future when the need arises.”
— David Hayman, Senior Vice President Wine Operations
Diageo Chateau & Estates

“What a pleasure it was to work with Jim and Courtney.
“I would recommend them without reservation, but even better, to expand on my thoughts with others personally…..at any time. Thorough, broad, complete, incisive and fun, are only some of the positive qualities of their work.”
— Don Sebastiani, Founder,
Don Sebastiani & Sons

“My experience as a candidate working with The Cypress Group was very positive. Jim and Courtney were focused, discreet, smart, diligent and a real pleasure to work with. They represent compelling opportunities and take the time to accurately describe both the positive aspects of a role as well as the flaws. They provided meaningful insight about the role I ultimately accepted as President and COO of Don and Sons and kept me informed throughout the duration of the search with constructive feedback and regular follow-up. My time was respected throughout and The Cypress Group made the whole process painless and easy. When I need help recruiting Business Leaders in my new role Jim and Courtney will be the first people I contact.”
— Mike Holden, President and COO,
Don Sebastiani & Sons

“Swanson Vineyards engaged The Cypress Group for our search to find a Chief Operating Officer for our company. It was an enjoyable, useful and productive experience working with The Cypress Group’s two principals, Jim Anderson and Courtney Andrain. Particularly helpful, they assisted me in more clearly defining the relative roles between me as CEO and the duties of a new Chief Operating Officer.

“Jim and Courtney took the time to get to know our team, learn our issues and culture and truly understand the nuances of our position and business.

They presented a slate of very well qualified candidates and were extremely customer focused through the recruiting process. We received personal attention from both partners and were delighted with the final results of the search.

“I would not hesitate to retain them again.”
— Clarke E. Swanson, Proprietor
Swanson Vineyards

“Very simply, we could have never found the caliber of candidates that The Cypress Group introduced without their help. Their search process enabled us to make our hire within our time frame which was by necessity an accelerated pace. We were impressed with the attention to detail and counsel given by The Cypress Group during the course of the search, and we found our perfect candidate!”
— David Duncan, CEO
Silver Oak Cellars

“The Cypress Group helped me find my dream job in the wine industry. The products, the people and the opportunity are exactly how The Cypress Group described them to me during the interview process. The position profile sent to me the first day is extremely close to actuality and I greatly appreciated their candor and integrity. Each step from the initial phone call to the signing of the offer letter was handled professionally and personally. The Cypress Group kept me up to date throughout the process and made me feel like they had my best interests in mind as well as the company’s.

“The Cypress Group has continued to check in with me to see how the job is going and that’s impressive. I imagine that they are doing the same thing with the client—another impressive tactic. When I have the opportunity to hire a recruiter anytime in my future, I’ll be calling The Cypress Group.”
— Karen Hunt, Vice President, Sales
Francis Ford Coppola Presents, LLC

“Through our experiences working with The Cypress Group, we learned the value of working with search professionals. Jim and Courtney clearly understand how to identify and attract top quality people in our competitive environment. They extended our reach far beyond our personal networking and introduced a broad panel of high quality candidates.

“The Cypress Group has been a very valuable asset to us on the search side and has also brought valuable networking opportunities that extend beyond the traditional role a search firm plays. They are comprehensive in their approach, well connected, and always provide candid and valuable insight and feedback. We are delighted with our VP National Sales selection and feel his professional background and skills ideally match our needs and culture.
— Jim Harris, President
Huneeus Vintners

“I was sitting in a meeting discussing the recruitment for an important position in the organization, and noticed that 2 of the 4 people sitting at the table came to us through The Cypress Group. Needless to say, we’ll be counting on Jim and Courtney to find us another great candidate.
— Tony LeBlanc, President
Silver Oak Cellars and Twomey Cellars