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Tracey L. McKenzie, Vice President Human Resources
JLG Industries, Inc.

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Holly De Nike, Director Human Resources
Cambridge Technology Inc

Great process, thorough search, very helpful… In my opinion, Palio did a very thorough search and presented several viable candidates. Michael also helped us navigate the cultural differences in the process and labor market as well…drove the process and kept us on track.








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Doug Wright, President & CEO
Source Photonics

Michael and his team ran a thoughtful and efficient process to understand and respond to our needs, then presented very high quality candidates and followed through to hire. Very good. Standard rates, above-standard quality.


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Howard Hohmann, Exec. Vice Pres. Sales
Somero Enterprises

Michael impressed us very much. The process of selection, the score card and the dynamics the company brings. We knew he would find the right person, we just didn’t know how long it would take based on past experience.

Very professional, provides updates on a weekly basis, no surprises always keeps the team abreast of any changes in direction or thoughts. Stays close and understands both parties. Everything is clear and to the point

There was never a time where I thought Palio was not doing their job and that we had made the wrong decision to hire.

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Toni Bernards, CEO

After our CFO left our company in July 2016 we needed to find a suitable successor for this position. Certain preconditions for the specification of suitable candidates were a MUST.

At the beginning we had our doubts about the value-for-money. Especially because the initial offer from Palio was certainly more expensive than most HR service providers in China. But the intensity, quality and final success showed that “You get what you pay for” is still valid. The value for money was very good.

Though we provided as usual a JD for the position, Palio went in discussions with us much deeper into the requirements of suitable candidates. They also checked us as a company regarding performance but also company philosophy. During the time to find suitable candidates we received from Palio weekly activity reports in writing and also phone conferences.

Yes, we were, and we are, very happy with the services received from Palio. This was very impressive and a totally transparent and different approach (concept). Looking forward to do business with Palio again. It was enjoyable and nice to work with such great professionals.

Michael thanks again for your great service. This is absolutely recommendable.

Senior Executive Recruiters

Vlad Hermann, President
VAST Alliance LLC

I have had the pleasure to work with Mike for almost 5 years. We started to recruit Senior Executives to work at our company in China at all functional levels back in 2006. Right from the start, Mike has been a trustworthy, reliable and professional. His knowledge of the Chinese market and how the Chinese think proved to be extremely valuable in our efforts to recruit suitable talent. Mike went far beyond our contractual agreements to satisfy our needs when we needed it most, during very difficult and adversarial conditions.

Thank’s to Mike’s support, we managed to restructure and build a very capable executive team, one which has grown our business in China, and communicated and cooperated on business needs with our global entities in Asia, North America and Europe. I would not hesitate to recommend Mike and his team at Palio to anyone requiring top quality, dependable and value-for-money management recruitment services.

Senior Executive Recruiters

Tracey L McKenzie, Vice Pres. Human Res.
JLG Industries, Inc

The Palio Group is innovative, very flexible, and have a very open approach to partnering with businesses. They worked with JLG to help us define certain roles and approaches that differentiate us in the market place. The results of our work together with The Palio Group have been excellent; Michael and Stephen have helped us recruit the senior leadership for China, and for Asia.

I’ve worked with Michael for some time now – and I thoroughly recommend him. Specifically he is someone you should talk to if you are having trouble attracting leadership talent in China – he makes what is otherwise challenging and confusing, straightforward and successful.

The people The Palio Group brought in have just added a tremendous amount of talent and capability to the JLG team in China and Asia, so — an outstanding job. It is a whole different ball game for us now. We have the level of experience and caliber of people that are leading us to even greater success in this region, so the results are game changing for us.






Senior Executive Recruiters

Ben Xia, Managing Director North Asia
European Airport Systems Company

Michael recruited me to a company with …barely any revenues in a very tough competitive market…ranked last amongst its industry rivals in China. It has taken…7 years, I have taken the company from near-zero to Euro 45 million in annual revenues, and from last to first place in industry rankings in China. I think this speaks volumes for what is possible with Michael’s quality approach to executive recruitment.

Senior Executive Recruiters

S H D Abbott, VP, Human Resources
Power Service, Alstom

A short note to thank you… for the excellent work done on our recent senior recruitment exercise…superb candidates…you have materially altered Alstom’s competitive stance in the China market…in a relatively short period and in an open, communicative, and consultative style

Senior Executive Recruiters

Klaus Aaen, Vice President Sales
Suzlon Energy Ltd (China)

It is with great confidence that I recommend the recruitment services of Michael Whelan. He seems always to immediately grasp what type of person you are looking for – not only in terms of skill sets – but equally important, the desired personality and maturity of the candidate. There is no doubt that the degree of thoroughness applied in the search process is unmatched. Michael is highly knowledgeable and up-to-speed about the business environment in China and it has always been a pleasure to work with him.

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Jason Jin, President
AES Deepwater, Inc

Michael and I worked together on a very important and complicated position in China. As one of his candidates, I was impressed by Michael’s communication and interpersonal skills, and his ability to match a candidate’s experience to his client’s expectations. Michael always treated me with respect, communicated in a transparent manner, and was mindful of the new position’s potential impact on my career development. At the same, I know he was very respectful of his clients’ needs.

Senior Executive Recruiters

Gerard Stenson, Director of Sales Asia
Dresser NGS Asia (now GE Oil & Gas)

Michael demonstrated considerable resilience and tenacity in filling a key sales leadership position, for a high growth segment in our China Natural Gas Solutions business. The end result was the right candidate being recruited, who quickly made a difference and moved this business to the next development phase.

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Todd Judy, Managing Director
Vermeer Asia (SEA) Pte Ltd

We found the quality of the search process to be very efficient and accommodating to our long-distance, very stringent schedules…Michael’s methodology and expertise in the Heavy Equipment market added great value to his service. [He] brought forward excellent candidates for us to review… we hired an exceptional candidate who has hit the ground running and begun to make solid contributions to our expanding China business.

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