Our History

Alford Executive Search (AES) is a division of KEES (Kistner Eddy Executive Services), a national boutique firm. In 2013, we established KEES as AES’s parent company and a woman-owned and operated firm. At that time, our practice also expanded beyond just Executive Search services to also include Human Resources Consulting, Leadership Development (undergirded by assessment and planning) and Specialty/Interim Staffing solutions. We now serve clients across the country in a multitude of ways that support the establishment, growth, development, and evaluation of healthy teams and leaders.

Alford Executive Search was originally established in 2000 by The Alford Group, one of the largest and most respected consulting firms working with nonprofit organizations in the country. AES was created as a search firm only, with the concept to meet client need and demand for executive level staffing and recruiting services. The collective work of both firms has strengthened more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations in the past 37 years. Heather Eddy, founder of KEES, was a key leader in The Alford Group from 1996-2013.

Because we know the importance of leadership and staffing, each of our consultants has served as a nonprofit staff leader, board member and/or key volunteer. This experience, coupled with extensive training and years of consulting, gives our team the expertise and strategic ability to deliver our services to all segments of the nonprofit sector, including community-based service agencies, human serving enterprises, associations, foundations, health care entities, arts/culture organizations, education institutions, and senior living/aging communities.