Testimonials

Building Materials Vice President Global Sales

We’ve worked with TH Bender since the earliest stage of our US subsidiary. Over a period of several years, the team completed more than 30 projects. Their focus was growing our sales organizations in the USA and Canada. Mr. Bender was always able to provide us with industry-savvy professionals - not always an easy task, as we first had to build up our name recognition and reputation as one of the industry leaders. We were able to build a national distribution as well as a direct sales network and within a surprisingly short time we considered an industry leader. TH Bender is extremely reliable and 100 per cent trustworthy. I would be happy to work with them in the future again.

Building and Lighting Controls General Manager

Our sales division in the US was underperforming when we retained the services of TH Bender to help us make a change at the general manager level. Our sales organization needed a capable leader able to drive the sales and channel strategy. We were impressed by the knowledge that Tilman Bender and his consultants have accumulated in the building controls space. Mr. Bender was able to approach and engage an individual who led a business unit of a much larger, international company and make that person realize the potential of our building and lighting control products. After meeting with this individual (and several other suitable candidates T.H. Bender & Partners found), we agreed to extend an offer. Tilman Bender was instrumental in negotiating the contract, including compensation incentives, which we would not have been able to achieve on our own. We highly recommend TH Bender without reservations to any company looking for a worry-free recruiting experience based on decades of experience in North America.

Technology Development, Semiconductor Vice President

As head of technical development for one of the world's largest semiconductor companies, my responsibilities included intellectual property and technology licensing. As technology licensing follows American rules, the board decided to hire an American for a new position that directly reports to the CEO. We commissioned Tilman Bender with the very demanding, very urgent search - the desired candidate was an American with solid experience in the field of licensing / intellectual property from the semiconductor industry, with an engineering diploma and ideally an MBA. Readiness to relocate to Southern Germany was a prerequisite. We were very surprised - within three weeks we were presented with top-notch people who met all the criteria. Within six weeks, the work contract was concluded with an industry-recognized, dynamic professional.

Computer Tomography and X-Ray Systems Chief Financial Officer

I worked with Tilman Bender on five searches. He was tasked to recruit hard-to-find sales representatives and managers with experience selling x-ray and computer tomography based inspection systems geared towards industrial applications. We had heard about his firm through searches he had previously successfully conducted in the industry. All assignments were completed in a short amount of time. We felt that Tilman Bender went above and beyond what we typically expect from a recruiter; he even visited several times our facility to introduce candidates in person and also to familiarize himself with our equipment and the other team members. I look forward to continuing working with Tilman Bender.

Engineering and Electronics Systems Company General Manager (USA)

I know TH Bender from the perspective of a candidate and a client. Tilman was instrumental in staffing our sales and engineering teams. Tilman Bender is easily one of the most effective headhunters in the solar energy industry. He has an extensive knowledge of all the players - not only does he know their names but he is intimately familiar with their backgrounds, interests, motivations and aspirations. He gets to the point, makes solid recommendations and always has the long-term interest of his client at heart. He is very trustworthy – this alone makes him a very rare bird in the business world. He is also a skilled, creative and tenacious negotiator familiar with all aspects of complex employment agreements – he even knows how to effectively address the tricky aspects of unvested equity payments. He recruited me from one of the leading solar companies to build the startup US operations for a leading European electronics company. Having worked with Tilman as a candidate it was easy for me to recommend him to the Board for all other search assignments. Our firm continued to use his services as our exclusive third-party recruiter and we build a team of around 12 people. I continue to recommend Tilman to my own clients and partners and look forward to continue the relationship.

Telecommunication Equipment Senior Vice President Intellectual Property

I met Tilman initially when he was retained to recruit various high-level position in the world of intellectual property. When I was hired by a well-known telecommunications company to build and lead their intellectual property organization, I worked with Tilman Bender to hire a director of licensing. The placement worked out extremely well – he was from the same industry and very well versed in all issues impacting our work. After several years I accepted a very attractive position with another company and was succeeded by the executive recruited with Tilman’s assistance. I would like to state that my experience working with Tilman Bender was extremely positive - he ran an international search, which resulted in the recruitment of an extremely capable executive who not only thrived in the position but was successively promoted internally.

Manufacturer of Electro-Mechanical Systems Chief Executive Officer,

After many years of successful export business to the United States, we decided to involve the TH Bender team in building up our US subsidiary. Tilman Bender also helped us to establish our US Corporation. This included the placement of lawyers, tax consultants, and experts in payroll accounting all who are familiar with the concerns of a privately-held German company. We view TH Bender as an absolutely trustworthy partner, with whom we will look forward to working with in the future.

Semiconductor Equipment Vacuum Coating Systems Chief Executive Officer

Our U.S. subsidiary is the market leader in the deposition of thin-films onto different substrates such as polycarbonate or silicon. Thanks to our visibility and the niche nature of our industry we typically do not rely on recruiters. However, there are circumstances when we need an external recruiting partner and its then when we rely on T.H. Bender. Our most recent search covered a sales and business development executive with the ability to sell a highly engineered product and who had experience in our industry. Through the firm’s assistance we were able to recruit a highly experienced account manager who had ample experience with our account base. This individual was a great match – not only because of his professional background but also he integrated seamlessly into our culture. I look forward to continue working with T.H. Bender and Partners because I know that I can always rely on them.

Racking and Mounting Systems Global Chief Executive Officer

During the establishment of our US subsidiary, we relied on TH Bender as a competent partner. Our US subsidiary has achieved a noteworthy market share in the US and is now a key contributor to our group’s success. We’re happy that the sales director who was initially recruited by Mr. Bender has now been promoted to Managing Director/CEO. Mr. Bender is a very dedicated consultant who maintains business contacts on a long-term basis. He rolls up his sleeves and gets personally committed. His clients’ sustainable success is his utmost objective.

Global Sales, Solar Energy Board of Directors Member

As our global sales executive and board member, I worked closely with Tilman Bender. For several years, we were “observers” in the USA, and when we decided to step in with a team of our own, T.H. Bender was responsible for recruiting the top ranks, consisting of a general manager/sales manager, a technical manager and a financial manager. We were very pleasantly surprised by the candidates presented. We managed to win over one of the USA’s most respected sales managers in the solar industry. A very talented, young engineer with strong leadership potential was hired as the technical manager. In the years that followed, when it came to setting up the entire team, we gladly worked with Mr. Bender - his knowledge of the industry and his great “sixth sense” for extraordinary talent has always been very helpful to us.

Energy Storage Systems Head of Global Sales

Our publicly traded company has been working in the American market through partners for quite some time. In order to fully tap our market potential, we decided to build up a highly skilled sales team. Our candidate profile for the top sales leader was demanding: solid sales management experience in the field of inverters and switchgear for medium- and high-voltage applications. The successful candidate had to have a solid Rolodex of electric utilities, network operators and power plant constructors and operators. We commissioned TH Benderwith this project.Within three weeks, Mr. Bender introduced five candidates, each of which individually fulfilled all these characteristics. Mr. Bender positively surprised us and we’d happily work again with T.H. Bender executive search. We gladly recommend him.

One of the Worldwide Leading Solar Companies Head of Global Sales, Board Member

Our company has been working very closely with TH Bender for several years. Tilman Bender helped us recruit our US distribution company’s president as well as various sales positions within the company and efficiently supported our sales organization’s expansion. Mr. Bender is personally very dedicated and hands-on; he can often be met at trade shows, and is recognized as a "business partner” throughout the industry.

Manufacturing of Inverters and Power Electronics General Manager and President

Tilman’s recruiting efforts led me to leave one of the globally largest company in the electronic manufacturing industry to establish the first U.S. manufacturing facility of our German parent company. It has been a very good match. For years we have used his services to fill high-priority vacancies. He even filled “hard-recruit” positions with highly experienced power electronic engineers and technicians who had extensive knowledge of the engineering challenges we faced. Tilman Bender is one of the few recruiting professionals who maintain relationships over years. He is dedicated and loyal, and I look forward to continuing the relationship for years to come.

Power Electronics Chief Executive Officer Americas

I have known of T.H. Bender and Partners for a few years. The CEO of my former employer, a large Canadian manufacturer of power electronics, had retained Tilman to fill two highly critical positions for a divisional president and a vice president of engineering. So, when Tilman called a few years later in the context of a CEO search, I did not hesitate to return his call. After a thorough interview process in two countries and serious due diligence from my end I accepted the role. I was so impressed by Tilman’s professionalism, candor and savviness that I did not hesitate to retain him for a half a dozen searches for key positions. All of his placements were very solid and contributed significantly to the success of our organization. From basically zero sales in the United States we scaled rapidly. After having grown to 50 people a large competitor decided to acquire us outright – to the delight of our founders. I attribute a significant portion of our success to his contributions and highly recommend his services. I look forward to continue working with him.

American subsidiary (fastening and mounting systems) Managing Partner

We heard of T. H. Bender through referrals in the industry as well as by board members. When we decided to expand our sales targets in the United States, we approached Tilman to find us a hands-on, dynamic new leader for our sales team. With Tilman’s help we were able to recruit this individual. He wasn’t with one of the obvious competitors in our industry and didn’t even live in the same time zone as our headquarters so we were mindful of the risk involved. We decided to trust Mr. Bender’s instinct (and persuasion) – and have not regretted it. In a short amount of time our revenue more than doubled and we are now a market leader in our industry segment. While our board is always very mindful of the expenses associated with using an executive recruiter we were more than happy with the return-on-investment and have continue to work with TH Bender & Partners. We consider Tilman Benderour “go-to” guy for exceptional talent. We look forward not only to our industry’s growth, but also our long term relationship with the true professionalism that Tilman Bender brings to the table.

Powerplants Head of Corporate Development

TH Bender was instrumental in building up our US office. With a powerful, harmonious team of industry insiders and within just a few years, sales grew to nearly $200 million. During those years, our US office was the most profitable business unit and became a sought-after acquisition target and acquired by a well-known player. It should be emphasized that our subsidiary operated in a highly competitive, complex business environment dominated by entrenched and well-financed competitors. Mr. Bender provided us with excellent staff and also supported the complex negotiations. He was capable of providing detailed compensation information from the industry. In the future, I plan to work with T.H. Bender covering topic concerning “America”.

Pre-IPO Energy Storage Systems Chief Executive Officer

For years, I've been doing business in the USA, and for many years was aware of T.H. Bender as a competent and reliable headhunter. When I accepted the task of building up our American subsidiary as quickly as possible, and getting it ready for a possible IPO in the shortest period of time, the decision to work with Tilman was obvious. Thanks to his expertise, our company is now made up of people from the industry, whose technical and personal expertise make a major contribution to our company’s success. Even “tricky” searches, such as those for engineers, were successfully completed by his team very quickly. Tilman understands the needs and challenges of a fast-growing organization. The candidates he provides are able to quickly familiarize themselves with a fast-growing, high-volume business and successfully grow with the company.

USD500m Country Manager with P&L responsibilities

I have known of T.H. Bender for many years as a major player in the German-American business community. While I was building up the U.S. sales and operations team for a leading global manufacturing company I approached Mr. Bender to assist us in building out our U.S. team. He was instrumental in helping us recruit sales, finance and operations managers. The team has been very successful – we have signed major supply agreements worth several hundred million US dollars annually out until the end of 2016. I look forward to working with Tilman again and know that I can always count on his professionalism and his ability to identify and recruit highly engaged, reliable and successful team members

Metal Fabricator Vice President of Human Resources

TH Bender is characterized by its extensive and thorough approach during the recruitment process. Their professionalism and depth of experience in American HR matters was also proven during complicated contract negotiations. Tilman Bender demonstrated a great deal of intuition in balancing the interests of both the employer and the candidate. Since the first successful placement, we commissioned him with further searches, all of which, without exception, were carried out successfully. We look forward to a further trustful cooperation.

Manufacturer of Couplings Chief Executive Officer

For many years, we’ve been known as a very successful producer of transmission solutions in the USA. It was, however, our impression that our US subsidiary would benefit greatly from a new CEO. Therefore, we commissioned TH Benderto find and recruit such executives. Our new managing director is a very dynamic industry expert, who has already tapped new sales channels and highly contributes to profitable company growth. We are pleased to continue working with Mr. Bender in a most trusting manner as we develop new customer groups. In this context, we have repeatedly taken advantage of his services, including the recruitment of a industry insider for the large Texan market.

Americas, Specialty Steel Products Chief Executive Officer

I know TH Bender from the perspective of a candidate and a client. What makes TH Bender so effective is their ability to quickly develop a thorough understanding of the business drivers and culture of an industry. This allows them to rapidly build a network. Because of his ability to convincingly articulate the potential of an opportunity, Mr. Bender was instrumental in my willingness to research the open position and - after extensive due diligence - leave a globally leading steel company and join the subsidiary of a European company. As a candidate I appreciated Tilman’s candor, honesty, professionalism and patience, even when addressing complex challenges. When I look to hire the team for this subsidiary, Mr. Bender was our exclusive recruiting partner, and I look forward to continuing the relationship

Traditional German Company in the Field of Metal Processing Managing Director

We’re a medium-sized, yet leading, company in the field of straightening equipment for sheet metal processing. In order to promote the growth of our sales division, which sells machines and is engaged in contract manufacturing, we commissioned Tilman Bender with the search for an industry-experienced, sales-oriented, preferably German-speaking American. Within a few weeks, Mr. Bender presented us very good candidates, all of whom either spoke German or had many years of experience with German companies. The then-newly-appointed German-speaking managing director for our US subsidiary spent several weeks with us onsite in Germany. Due to the cultural sensitivity, as recognized by Tilman, he was capable of immediately getting familiar with our culture and quickly learned the ropes. We are very satisfied with the performance of Mr. Bender and his team, and we look forward to further cooperation.

Global Sales for a Globally Leading Steel Mill Board member and Head

While restructuring our US office, which included the exchange of long-term senior employees we hired TH Bender & Partners as our exclusive executive search consultant. During the placement of the new CEO (a highly accomplished industry insider), we could rely on their expertise and professional as well as cultural sensitivity. In addition, we also commissioned him with occupying all other positions within the company and were able to observe rapid, successful results. After our industry got hit by punitive tariffs TH Bender helped us to re-size the team and recruited a National Sales Manager for an important NAFTA country.

Production Division (low and medium-voltage Inverters and Power Electronics) President
08.13.2018

Tilman Bender’s recruiting efforts led me to leave one of the globally largest company in the electronic manufacturing industry to establish the first U.S. manufacturing facility of our German parent company. It has been a very good match. For years we have used his services to fill high-priority vacancies - he even filled “hard-to-recruit” positions with highly experienced power electronic engineers and technicians who had extensive knowledge of the engineering challenges we faced. Tilman is one of the few recruiting professionals who maintain relationships over years. He is dedicated and loyal and I look forward to continue the relationship for years to come.

Technology Licensing and Intellectual Property Executive Vice President

Before joining a pre-revenue technology licensing start-up I worked at a large telecommunication company, which was globally well-known for its NJ-based labs. Tilman Bender contacted me with a unique proposition - move to Munich and develop a global technology licensing group. He was candid and did not sugarcoat the professional and personal challenges that come with an international relocation involving a whole American family. But within less than a month I was working in Germany!

Electrical Power Distribution Chief Executive Officer

I was introduced to TH Bender by an industry colleague. TH Bender was working on a search for a European company, which had to undergo a leadership transition and had to reboot their US operations. After 15 years with my previous employer and having started their export business and established three successful subsidiaries and turned around the US operations I was looking for a challenge to build an organization. The team at TH Bender conducted a very professional interview process; the founder of the firm participated in all US meetings between me and the client. They helped to negotiate the employment offer and found a very fair balance between my expectations and the company’s financial resources. I can wholeheartedly recommend TH Bender and look forward to them helping me to round up my own team

Engineering and Electronics Systems Company General Manager (USA)

I know TH Bender from the perspective of a candidate and a client. They recruited me from one of the leading solar companies to build the startup US operations for a leading European electronics company. Tilman Bender is easily one of the most effective headhunters in the solar energy industry. He has an extensive knowledge of all the players. Not only does he know their names but he is intimately familiar with their backgrounds, interests, motivations and aspirations. He gets to the point, makes solid recommendations and always has the long-term interest of his client at heart. From the perspective of a candidate he is very trustworthy – he doesn’t oversell his client and that alone makes him a very rare bird in the recruiting world. He is also a skilled, creative and tenacious negotiator familiar with all aspects of complex employment agreements – he even knows how to effectively address the tricky aspects of unvested equity payments.

Having worked with TH Bender as a candidate, it was easy for me to recommend them to our board for all other search assignments. Our firm continued to use his services as our exclusive third-party recruiter and we built a team of around 12 people; they were instrumental in staffing our sales and engineering teams.