Norm Roberts pioneered the field of public sector recruitment over 35 years ago. During his career, he has managed/conducted more than 3,000 chief executive and senior level recruitments.
Mr. Roberts started his career as a staff assistant to the City of Los Angeles’ Board of Public Works, served as an Assistant City Administrator for a newly incorporated city, and then became a senior member of the Executive Director’s staff of a $60 million federally funded program. He was a senior consultant with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., during which time he managed major consulting engagements for public agencies. He was also a consultant with Arthur D. Little, Inc., where he conducted general consulting assignments and recruited executives for local governments and associations.
Mr. Roberts was a Senior Vice President with Korn/Ferry International, and was founder and manager of the firm’s national public sector, not-for-profit, education and health care executive search practices. Among the many placements made by Mr. Roberts was the President of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, Peter Ueberroth.
For eleven years, he was co-founder and President of Norman Roberts & Associates, Inc., then the largest executive search firm in the U.S. specializing in nationwide public sector recruitment. The firm was acquired by a Fortune 1000 company, and he continued with them until co-founding ROBERTS CONSULTING GROUP, INC. in 2003 to provide executive recruitment services to public agencies.
Mr. Roberts received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
In the book The Career Makers, which profiled the top 150 executive recruiters in the nation, Mr. Roberts was ranked as the leading recruiter for both Government Agencies/Municipalities and Engineering. He was among the top ten for Transportation, MIS/Computer Operations, and Women/Handicapped/Minorities, as well as being named a leader in several other areas, including Associations/Societies/Non-Profit Organizations, Health Services/Hospitals, Universities/Colleges/Schools, Public Relations/Government Affairs, Legal, Law/Accounting/Consulting Firms, Construction and Retail.
Mr. Roberts is a Past President of both the Los Angeles and San Francisco chapters of the American Society for Public Administration, and has been involved with numerous other public sector and recruitment organizations. He also served on the Board of Children’s Institute International and is a Past President. Mr. Roberts has authored numerous articles and spoken before national organizations on the subject of recruitment issues.
Valerie Roberts has over 25 years of executive recruitment experience. She co-founded ROBERTS CONSULTING GROUP, INC. in 2003 to provide executive recruitment services to public agencies. Previously, she was co-founder and Executive Vice President of Norman Roberts & Associates, Inc., then the largest executive search firm in the U.S. specializing in nationwide public sector recruitment. The firm was acquired by a Fortune 1000 company, and she continued with them for several years.
Ms. Roberts started her career in international banking, and then worked for Theodore Barry & Associates and Management Systems Consulting Corporation, specializing in management development, strategic planning and organizational development. She worked for Korn/Ferry International, doing executive recruiting in the areas of financial services, the public sector and within the general practice. She also held the position of Assistant to the President of the Arden Group, a holding company with interests in supermarkets and telecommunications.
Ms. Roberts received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado Women’s College (now a part of the University of Denver), where she was valedictorian and graduated summa cum laude. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.