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Company: Treeline, Inc.
Company Description: Treeline, Inc. is one of the East Coast's fastest growing executive search firms, exclusively focused on helping companies build world-class, high-output, sales teams. Specializing in the medical, technology, B2B, & financial industries, Treeline filled more sales positions last year than any other firm in New England. Also in 2007, Treeline was ranked #5 among Massachusetts' Best Places to Work.
Nomination Category: Management Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Best Executive - Services

Nomination Title: Daniel Fantasia, President and Founder

  1. Tell the story about what this nominee achieved since January 1 2007 (up to 500 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms. Be sure to mention obstacles overcome, innovations or discoveries made, and outcomes:

    Daniel Fantasia founded Treeline, Inc. in 2001 with an exclusive focus on 
    helping companies build world-class, high-output, sales teams. Treeline
    provides services in two areas: contingency-based placement and sales
    outsourcing. During the past seven years, Dan has partnered with hundreds of
    respected companies and thousands of top-tier sales candidates. His company is
    consistently recognized by clients and respected sources as a rapidly growing
    and innovative service partner.

    Under Dan’s leadership, Treeline has achieved double- and triple-digit growth
    and profitability each year (400% in its first year) and has become widely
    recognized throughout the Northeast and beyond. Treeline’s client roster now
    includes 200+ high-profile regional and national companies. At present,
    Treeline employs 30 recruiters and will generate $4 million in revenue this
    year, making it one of the largest of its kind regionally.

    Dan has grown Treeline from a one man operation to one of the Area’s Largest
    Executive Search Firms in 2007 and 2008. Also in 2007, Treeline was recognized
    for filling more positions than any other staffing company (among 40 firms) in

    Last spring, Treeline was named as one of the top five (#5) Best Places to Work
    (companies up to 100 employees) by the Boston Business Journal. This honor
    speaks directly to Dan’s commitment to being “an employer of choice.” Dan is
    consistently recognized for creating a unique corporate culture based on
    entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration, mutual respect, and team success. The
    company has invested significantly in its most important asset since day one –
    human capital; this includes compensation and training. For example, Treeline
    has offered a matching 401k plan since the hiring of its third employee (now
    4%), and all team members receive a base salary in addition to uncapped
    commissions – which is unheard of in the staffing industry and is definitely
    not the norm.

    Because of his strong commitment to his employees, he is able to retain the
    vast majority. In 2007, the average turnover rate for recruiters at executive
    search firms was 59%. However, Treeline's 2007 turnover rate was only 14%. In
    fact, Treeline’s turnover rate has always remained between 10-14 percent –
    which is a fraction than that of our competitors. As well, Fantasia promotes
    100% from within and promotes workforce diversity (50% of management is female).

    Most recently, Treeline was recognized as a Stevie Award Finalist by Selling
    Power Magazine in multiple categories including Sales Recruitment Organization
    of the Year, Training Program of the Year, and Compensation Program of the Year.

    Treeline has captured the largest market share among permanent sales recruiters
    and has surpassed our direct competitors - who've both been in business 3X
    longer. In 2008, in response to client demand and compelling trends, Fantasia
    created Treeline Contract Staffing Solutions.

    Fantasia has overcome many challenges. He started Treeline in the midst of an
    economic downturn with no outside financing. Treeline remains debt-free to this

    The most significant outcome has been financial success - consecutive double-
    digit profitability - resulting directly from Fantasia's unique collaborative
    approach that encourages talent retention and low turnover.

  2. List hyperlinks to any online news stories, press releases, or other documents that support the claims made in the section above. IMPORTANT: Begin each link with http://, and enclose each link in square brackets; for example, []:

  3. Provide a brief (up to 100 words) biography about the nominee:

    Daniel Fantasia is President and Founder of Treeline, Inc., the East Coast’s 
    fastest growing executive search firm focused exclusively on sales. Fantasia
    grew the company 400% in its first year alone, and has achieved double-digit
    profitability ever since. He named “Treeline” for the outdoor adventurers
    who “climb above the Treeline” for the rush, excitement, and challenge,
    believing the best sales people share this same mentality. His goal is for
    Treeline to become the largest executive search firm in the nation.

    Prior to founding Treeline in 2001, Dan became the youngest managing partner
    ever at another noteworthy Inc. 500 staffing firm.