Our Leadership

Dan Rodgers and Matt Houder created RodgersHouder to provide a unique and conscientious search experience for growth-oriented manufacturing companies in North America. They saw a need for these companies to find top talent for hard-to-fill roles that typical retained search firms didn’t want to take on and contingent agencies couldn’t fill.

Meet Our Team

The collaborative, candid, and creative culture that the leadership team has developed, extends to our relationships with clients and candidates, and creates a transparent and supportive process from start to finish.

Partner

Dan Rodgers

Throughout his 20 years of recruiting, Dan has successfully executed hundreds of searches, ranging from C-level..

Throughout his 20 years of recruiting, Dan has successfully executed hundreds of searches, ranging from C-level executives to individual contributors, in both private and public sectors across a broad range of industries. As founding partner of RodgersHouder, Dan is actively involved in all phases of the search process, ensuring seamless and timely results for every client, each and every time.

A native of Montreal, Canada, Dan is a leader in developing creative outreach techniques and innovative strategies for sourcing candidates. Aside from his exemplary interpersonal skills, he is well known and respected throughout the industry for his honesty, concern for his clients, and high level of professionalism.

Dan began his recruiting career as Manager of Executive Search at Gaffney Management Consultants, and quickly rose through the ranks to Vice President of Executive Search before leaving to launch his own firm in 2006.

He has two children and resides in the western suburbs of Chicago. Away from the office, Dan enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, traveling, and winter sports.

Partner

Matthew Houder

Matthew began his career in the recruiting industry in 1997, and joined RodgersHouder as partner in 2011..

Matthew began his career in the recruiting industry in 1997, and joined RodgersHouder as partner in 2011. Matthew has broad experience in developing human capital strategies for multiple disciplines within such industries as automotive, industrial, electronics, and packaging, among others. The same bold entrepreneurial spirit that led him to build several companies from the ground floor fuels his enthusiasm and success for building a client’s leadership team from top to bottom.

Matthew has successfully completed hundreds of searches nationwide and has a keen ability to identify exceptional candidates. He plays a critical role in enhancing the efficiency of day-to-day operations and was instrumental in launching the firm’s contract staffing division.

Before joining RodgersHouder, Matthew was a principal at HPG, LLC. Earlier in his career, he held various positions at Gaffney Management Consultants including Manager of Executive Search. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from John Carroll University.

In addition to his work, Matthew’s passions include his family, traveling, and golf. He and his wife, Lauren, along with their three children, reside in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Director of Recruiting

Marissa Pileggi

Marissa is an executive recruiter with 6+ years of experience across a multitude of industries and functionalities..

Marissa is an executive recruiter with 6+ years of experience across a multitude of industries and functionalities including Industrial Manufacturing, IT, Finance, Automotive and Food Production in an engaged capacity. Marissa has had the opportunity to work with global brand names within private equity along with multi-billion dollar, publicly traded organizations.

As the Director of Recruiting for RodgersHouder, Marissa creates strong business partnerships with clients and candidates to provide a thorough recruiting experience. Marissa prides herself on assisting talented professionals discover new career opportunities within innovative and growing organizations.

Outside of work, Marissa enjoys spending time with family & friends, cooking and regularly attends Shred415 classes.

Executive Search Consultant

Brian Gates

After starting his career in medical device sales, Brian transitioned into Executive Recruiting in 2015..

After starting his career in medical device sales, Brian transitioned into Executive Recruiting in 2015 and learned strong fundamentals within one of the industry’s largest agencies. Brian has led hundreds of placements as a sales rep, lead recruiter and manager with specialties in finance, private equity and manufacturing. His diverse background in executive search allows him the ability to act quickly and provide clients with a tailored game plan on how to secure the market’s strongest talent.

Brian is an avid Chicago sports fan and when he is not working, you can find Brian spending time with his family or enjoying the outdoors. Whether its musky fishing in the Northwoods, golfing or grilling with the family, you will usually find Brian enjoying life without a roof.

Senior Executive Recruiter

Jennifer Yager

Jennifer joined RodgersHouder in 2017 as a Senior Executive Recruiter. With over 7 years of successful experience in full life cycle..

Jennifer joined RodgersHouder in 2017 as a Senior Executive Recruiter. With over 7 years of successful experience in full life cycle Recruiting and Business Development, she has a knack for finding needles in a haystack and a passion for discovering amazing talent. During this time, she has developed a keen ability to understand the needs and objectives of hiring teams and provide qualified candidates for their open positions. Jennifer offers both clients and candidates exceptional professional service, confidentiality, and the most ethical values in executive search.

Outside of the office, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her daughter, traveling, and training Jiu Jitsu.

Director of Business Development

Dan O’Donovan

Dan started with RodgersHouder in 2016 and currently serves as Director of Business Development..

Dan started with RodgersHouder in 2016 and currently serves as Director of Business Development. In his current role, Dan’s primary focus includes advising, consulting, and engaging new clients who are interested in finding top talent within the manufacturing industry.

Dan began his career in 2008, selling human resource services to small businesses, primarily manufacturing companies. Thus, it felt like a natural fit for him to join RH, a recruiting firm specializing in supporting organizations within food & beverage, packaging, automotive, CPG, and industrial manufacturing industries.

Dan believes in a consultative and hands-on approach. Since joining the RH team, he has successfully led over one hundred searches from the initial in-take call to the placement of the candidate. He attributes his successes to his passion for helping others and his innate ability to network and connect trusted individuals for a mutually beneficial outcome.

Outside of the office, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, golfing, and grilling. He also volunteers with Junior Achievement, a non-profit organization that teaches financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship to kids in kindergarten up through high school.

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Chris Nutt

Chris is a hands-on, cradle-to-grave recruiter with over eight years of experience in the industry..

Chris is a hands-on, cradle-to-grave recruiter with over eight years of experience in the industry. He concentrates on full-time direct hire placements in an engaged search process with manufacturing clients across all industries. His personal, consultative approach has allowed him to successfully place top-notch candidates to private equity portfolio companies, venture-funded startups and Fortune 500 corporations nationwide. He is passionate about delivering results and he is most proud of his placements impact on our client’s production, efficiency and bottom line.

Outside of recruiting, Chris has a passion for cooking, spending time with family, taking in live music and cheering on the Chicago Bears. Chris has been a high school wrestling coach since 2011.

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