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“Thanks to Rick, our business is rockin’ like a 1980’s waterbed! In 2020 we brought on Scaling Up Coach Rick Crossland and saw revenues triple from $16 million to over $50 million in 36 months while our number of employees only doubled from 70 to 140.”

Bob Robinson Jr., President & CRO

Kaivac, Inc.

“Rick has been an executive coach to many of Palmer-Donavin’s key executives since 2016, helping these leaders achieve peak performance through new and more strategic ways to approach the business and lead their teams through his Scaling Up and A Player methodologies. He achieves this through robust and proven “how to” systems that also reinforce our core values. This work has led to very impressive sustained results, process and cultural changes in our organization.

As the author of The A Player, Rick knows talent! In addition to his coaching, his organization has successfully recruited multiple candidates for key executive positions including my successor for the CFO role. He has introduced the Topgrading interview methodology to our company which has improved our success rate in hiring and promoting the right executives.

If your organization is ready to be challenged and energized, Rick will help you get to the next level, by improving your talent and bottom-line. He is a trusted and “go to” partner for us.”

Robyn Pollina, CEO

The Palmer-Donavin Manufacturing Company

“When we started Scaling Up we wanted to get the right coach to fit our company, Kaivac, Inc. We found Scaling Up had a great network of coaches throughout the Midwest and interviewed 6 different coaches. We made the right pick with Rick Crossland. Rick is a world class coach, he pushes and encourages all of my team to be their very best and puts time, energy, and effort into making us better. Rick is highly energetic, wise for his age, quick to read people, very knowledgeable of many and varied business issues, and truly wants us to win! In less than a year, our business is up over 60% in spite of the Corona Virus and other head winds affecting the economy. His book, The A Player and the Scaling Up roadmap are setting the bar for our employees and Rick is helping our entire team to reach our goals. If you are serious about growth and looking for a great coach and adviser, I highly recommend Rick.”

Bob Robinson, Sr. President/Founder

Kaivac, Inc

“Rick Crossland’s keynote address on the importance of having a team of A Players captivated and challenged our audience of high-level CEOs. His content and message was spot on for our group. We received excellent feedback and scores from our members on the quality and relevance of Rick’s message. Many plan to put his expert advice into immediate action.”

Kevin Minton, CEO

Chief Executive Boards International

“The performance improvement in the executives Rick has worked with has been incredible! The program is a terrific return-on-investment to our business.  His program has helped us build an industry leading apprentice program for sales talent, an internal corporate training university for rising leaders, strategies to dramatically improve labor turnover in warehousing, and an innovative approach to sales management that is driving bottom-line profits.  We have committed to being a team of only A Players and our culture and performance is better as a result.”

Shawn Richard, Vice President Human Resources

The Palmer-Donavin Manufacturing Company

“Rick has immersed himself into our business and industry to help us immediately address our challenges.  His strategic approach to our business, specifically the sales process, helped us to develop a digital sales playbook as well as a lead measure tracking system to drive accountability throughout the organization.  Combining these improvements with his approach to attracting and retaining “A Player” talent has been a tremendous asset for our business including the turnaround of a key region, reduction of employee turnover, and the coaching and development of several rising leaders.”

Matt Butzier, Vice President and General Manager

The Palmer-Donavin Manufacturing Company

“I reached out to our Scaling Up Coach Rick Crossland asking him if he could help with filling three critical positions that my company was hiring for. Within a week of giving each of my requirements to Rick, he and his team found phenomenal candidates for each of the positions. I quickly hired three new A Players for our team. These three new team members have exceeded my highest expectations. From day one each of these new employees came ready to rock and hit the ground running. To say they made an immediate positive impact is an understatement! These new employees are so good their performance makes your toes curl!

Rick makes the hiring process so much easier for the employer as he and his team specifically target what we need. He personally vets potential candidates and only passes them through if he evaluates that they are truly A Players. The recruiting services he offers his clients are far more efficient and cost effective than job postings when you consider the time he saves your organization and the immediate impact his candidates make to your bottom-line results. In short, the caliber of talent he provides is awesome!  Rick knows A Players!Moving forward whenever my company has a position to fill, I know that my first phone call is going to be to Rick Crossland.”

Chris Miller, Associate Vice President

EduMind Inc.

“Rick and his team always find the best people! Period!”

CTO, high growth IT company

You are a highly successful company that understands that getting the right high-performing A Players on your team is the secret to your success and growth. You understand that a top executive recruiter can help you find people, which would be extremely hard and time consuming to find on your own. You are also fed up by traditional headhunters who send you unqualified B and C Players with little or no process or guarantee of your new employee’s success.

Welcome to the A Player Advantage Difference!

A Player Advantage offers a revolutionary approach to executive search and recruiting that will improve the culture and performance of your business. First, new employees are sourced using proprietary big data tools that can find the right A Players—doing the right jobs—in the right industries—at the right firms. Therefore, we can find better candidates faster for you. Second, unlike traditional search, A Player Advantage actually validates that your new employees are A Players through a unique and highly effective interview process that includes Topgrading™ and exclusive behavioral assessments. The end result is great new employees who make an immediate positive impact on your business and no more worrying about bad hires!

Let Your Candidates See the Difference

“The A Player Advantage team knows far more about the firms they represent and their strategies than most recruiters. Much more elevated than the typical recruiting experience.”

High tech candidate

The War for Talent is on! Unemployment is at historic lows, which makes it a “seller’s market” for the candidate. Differentiate yourself in this competitive market with a recruiter who has the strategic insights and knowledge of your open position and business. This will help you win the most desirable candidates. We hear from candidates all the time that our process is more professional and strategic. They learn that you are building the A Player culture in your business from their first contact with A Player Advantage. This enables them to get on board in your business faster and produce immediate results for you.

Innovative, Groundbreaking Services

To provide our clients the most effective and efficient ways to build their teams and cultures, A Player Advantage continually innovates in the area of A Player talent acquisition and development. This manifests itself in cutting-edge programs tailored to your business’s needs.


A Player Executive Recruiting:

Most recruiters are happy to serve up B and C Players, which exacerbates your chances of a mis-hire. At A Player Advantage, we only source, present, and vet validated A Players.

First, we only do targeted searches using big data for happy, passive candidates in the specific job classifications, industries, and competitive firms that will yield the best prospects for you. Second, unlike traditional recruiters, A Player Advantage actually validates that your new employees are A Players through a unique and highly effective interview process that includes Topgrading™ and exclusive behavioral assessments. Using our experience, we lead the validation process, taking the guesswork out of the hiring process and significantly reducing the chance of mis-hires.


Hybrid A Player Executive Recruiting and Coaching Program:

This innovative hybrid program combines both executive recruiting and executive coaching. It is designed for the company that is committed to being an organization of 100% A Players. The executive recruiting component allows you to add A Players to fill critical positions as your business grows and you need more people, and the executive coaching teaches you to develop your existing team into A Players. This extremely efficient and high value program allows you to cost effectively source multiple candidates to your business.

This program covers all of the key elements of your business: People, Strategy, Execution, and Finance. It will transform your business into one that is truly extraordinary.


Middle Management and Entry-Level Recruiting:

A Players are needed at all levels. As you are well aware, there is a dearth of key talent available at the middle management and entry-level positions. Because of the efficiency of our recruiting technology, tools, and processes, A Player Advantage has pioneered the ability to cost effectively source these key emerging positions to enable you to grow with A Players from the ground up.

Contact A Player Advantage to discuss the executive recruiting program that is right for your business

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