Ardent Search is a retained search consultancy firm focused on recruiting leadership talent in the most ethical, financially prudent, and expedient manner. Success hinges on leadership. Nothing is more critical to a company than the people setting and executing the business strategy. Our goal is to forge long-term relationships with organizational leaders and become a trusted resource for senior leadership needs.
Ardent serves locally and nationally by partnering with boards and senior management to build successful execution-focused teams. Our experience as trusted advisors and business partners enable organizations to gain powerful, far-reaching, and lasting contributions from their leadership-level human capital.
Ardent Search is a subsidiary of the Dingman Company, Inc. (www.Dingman.com). Since its founding in 1979, The Dingman Company, Inc. has conducted hundreds of executive search engagements nationally and around the globe serving C-level positions. Ardent Search Company was established in 2007 to assist in a faster and less expensive manner serving the second and third level leadership positions in the profit and non-profit sectors. The companies share experience, expertise, standards of excellence and integrity, values, staff, and database.
Ardent Search Company Co-Founder and President
Dingman Company Vice President
Prior to starting Ardent Search in 2007, Tim joined The Dingman Company in 2004 where he has been leading the research and reference functions, candidate development, and managing client relationships. Before being in the executive recruiting arena, Tim led his own consulting practice for three years, specializing in re-organization and systems/structure improvement. Previously, for eighteen years, Tim held leadership positions in operations, strategy, marketing, and development in Fortune 100 companies as well as municipal, educational, and faith-based organizations. Tim’s commitment to integrity, a definitive understanding of leadership and transition, along with his highly relational style are strong assets in assisting clients in their change process. Tim and his wife, Beth, live in Southern California with their four school-age children and serve weekly at their church, Cornerstone Moorpark.
Master of Organizational Leadership
La Mirada, California
Master of Science, Counseling Psychology
California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, California
Bachelor of Science
California State University, Northridge
President, The Dingman Company
Ardent Search Company Co-Founder
Since joining The Dingman Company in 1986, Bruce has executed a variety of executive search assignments serving clients in diversified industries. In 1993 Bruce became President of the Dingman Company and has worked with clubs, financial services, consumer products, manufacturing, travel, hospitality, aviation, and non-profits including Christian organizations and universities. Prior to joining The Dingman Company in 1986, Bruce spent almost 20 years in the hotel, food service, and food distribution industries.
Bruce and his wife, Janet, live in Southern California and are the parents of three adult children and seven grandchildren. Bruce is a proud veteran having served in the United States Military. Bruce and Janet are members of Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, CA.
Bachelor of Science
Ithaca, New York
Ardent Search Company Executive Search Consultant
Jeff brings a broad and diverse set of experiences to The Dingman Company. Ranging from Christian non-profit to multi-billion-dollar corporate settings, he is recognized for his talents in team building, organizational design, marketing & fundraising, and strategic implementation. Over the past three decades, Jeff has been an innovator in business and entrepreneurial in church ministry, non-profit organizations, mission sending organizations, missionary care & support, and coaching for leadership development.
He is a founding Board Member for Marketplace Ministries Worldwide, a mission in third world contexts, utilizing small business as a platform for evangelism and discipleship. While serving with Evangelical Friends Church Southwest and Evangelical Friends Mission, he has worked extensively providing missionary care, support, and training in Cambodia, Nepal, Vietnam, Philippines, India, Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique, Ecuador, and Mexico.
Knowing that the most productive search process is a combination of effective communication and meticulous research, Jeff leverages his experience in business, non-profit, and pastoral ministry, to identify the best candidates who fit the culture and objectives of the client organization.
People who know Jeff would describe him as winsome and tenacious. He excels at understanding how organizations operate most effectively and helping people get into the right place to maximize their strengths and talents. He is an absolute people person – loves developing relationships and reading personalities.
Founding Board Member, Marketplace Ministries Worldwide
Bi-vocational Co-Pastor at The Well, a Friends Church
Board Member, Olive Branch International
Board Member, California Friends Home Inc. Board
Board Member, Friends Financial Development Corp
Master of Arts, Pastoral Studies
Azusa Pacific University
Bachelor of Science, Business Marketing
La Mirada, California