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Welcome to Kokott, Wood & Associates!

At Kokott, Wood & Associates, we take pride in presenting our Candidates and Clients with the most accurate match possible. In fact, our retained search matches are so accurate, we're the Convenience Store and Petroleum Industry's ONLY executive search team with a 100% retained search success rate. We accept no alternative and take great pride in this achievement. The industry 'average' is 71%. We are the only firm standing behind our commitment to success with a guarantee. We're also very proud of our 95% 'stick' rate, an industry benchmark.

Our candidates are presented only after completing our exclusive qualification process. Don't take our word for it. Our clients have stated it's the most comprehensive and rigorous qualification process in the industry. We employ these extensive processes to ensure both the Client and Candidate experience the highest level of professionalism and service. Only then can we achieve the best match possible, ensuring a long term and mutually beneficial relationship.

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Why Kokott, Wood & Associates

Kokott, Wood & Associates specializes in placements of executives, management, IT, and other professionals in the C- Store and Petroleum Industry. With over 60 years of actual industry experience, our executive search professionals have the knowledge and insight to identify the right candidate to excel within your organization.

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  • Testimonials

    My experience with Kokott, Wood & Associates was extremely positive from first contact to job offer. Klaus Kokott and Dick Wood are long-time members of the c-store industry. We all spoke the same language. Both recruiters are quite personable, which makes the often nerve wracking process of a job search a little more enjoyable. Even though the first position they presented did not work out, they persisted in seeking out other opportunities for me to find a great organization to advance my career. They were very discreet and professional. Klaus communicated with me regularly during the search period. Dick had legitimate, long term relationships with hiring managers and human resources professionals at the company I am with now.

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    "Klaus carefully orchestrated an action plan geared to differentiating my unique talents from the rest of the crowd. He readily made himself available to offer guidance and conduct thorough mock interviews designed to bring out my personal strengths and value to the hiring company. His focused approach not only helped prepare me for the interview process, but gave me the confidence that I was the right person for the job. Klaus is a top notch recruiter committed to strategically preparing clients for positions he has deemed are a strong fit. He truly cares about the success of his clients and the contributions they will make to the organization."

    Category Manager, Southwest US Retail Company

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    "I wasn't sure of the value of your Retained Search process when you first proposed the concept to me. I can now tell you (and others), it is the only way we'll ever conduct another search. You told me it would save me time, eliminate frustration, and provide me with a selection of 3-5 very qualified Candidates. I was truly impressed with the detail of Candidate information and your qualifying process; it was as if I knew the Candidate before I ever interviewed them. The time you spent with us, learning about our business, our culture and what this key position would be responsible for was time well spent. The most difficult task for us was that of making the final selection... "

    Fred - President/CEO - Retailer - East Coast

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    Having been a part of the recruitment process on both sides of the table I can definitely say that my experience with Kokott, Wood & Associates was a privilege. From the initial stage of describing the role & the company to the final negotiation stage - Kokott, Wood & Associates made sure all parties were well aware of the situation at hand. There wasn't one point in the process where I wondered where things stood and what next step(s) needed to take place. Their ability to communicate their client's expectations, company culture, and need(s) for the role could not have been better. It was a pleasure working with Kokott, Wood, & Associates, and I would highly recommend working with their professional team. I look forward to the next time I deal with them as a client.

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  • Testimonials

    “Now that everyone is settled in, I have a few minutes to say thank you for your assistance in helping me land this position. Prior to my job search, I had never worked with recruiters and didn’t think I would ever need to. As you know, I had my resume with several other companies, but I’m glad your posting worked out for me. For starters, your description of the company, the hiring manager (now my VP), the pay plan and the area were so correct. This really helped us in deciding to pursue this opportunity and was especially helpful when we moved here. It was as we expected (hoped) it to be.

    Thank you so much!

    Wholesale Fuel Manager, Midwest Fuel Wholesaler / Distributor

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