Our story began in 2000 when Sean and Juanita became colleagues at a boutique search firm in Chicago. Later, when Megan and Mary Pat joined, we realized we had something special. We really enjoy working together and our bond was solidified through our shared work ethic, dedication to excellence, collaborative spirit, and sense of humor.

Like some entrepreneurs, we struggled with taking the first step out of our comfort zone into the unknown. We realized there is never a perfect time to start your own business.  Rather than procrastinate in fear of making the wrong decision, we weighed our options and embraced challenges as new opportunities, disrupting “what is” with “what could be”.

Our team has what start-ups spend years developing: a trusted partnership and a supportive, results-focused culture. Determined to differentiate ourselves from our competition and make a positive impact in recruiting, we will challenge and change the standard of what a search partner should be. Our mission is to help our clients find top talent to create their dream organization.

At AMPlified Search, there are no bosses, just collaborators. There is no hierarchy; we are equals that contribute to the success of the work we do. After many years of helping shape other people’s destinies, it was time to shape our own. We were lucky to have found each other and Oprah’s quote says it best.

“I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been lucky.”

― Oprah Winfrey

As we step into this new chapter as AMPlified Search, we have never been more confident that our combination of unique skills and complementary strengths is the “secret sauce” that no process can replicate.


The definition itself means “increase, augment; cause to become more marked or intense.” In visual communication and sound, it represents measured and controlled growth.

We wanted the company name to represent our platform, which helps elevate an organization’s ability to achieve their goals by attracting and retaining the top talent. With the right people and teams in place, the vision can be AMPlified in a way that allows your mission to reverberate well beyond that single individual or team.

Was it fate that brought us together?  We think so. We wanted something that defined not only our purpose but who we are as individuals.  We are AMPlified.