Client Testimonials

What Our Clients Have To Say About Us

Darra Gordon, Chief Operating Officer

It has been my pleasure to consider Ira and his firm ACUEM a friend and valued partner to GLAAD over the past several years during which he and his team have successfully and professionally conducted a number of key leadership and operations searches for us. Ira brings to his work extensive experience in senior leadership roles in the nonprofit sector as well as a deep understanding of operations and HR/People strategy which has contributed to his unique ability to quickly grasp the GLAAD mission and organization culture and match the best talent to meet our needs. I’d highly recommend Ira and ACEUM to any nonprofit seeking a trusted partner and advisor in this area of work.

Sue Donoghue, President and Park Administrator + James Snow, Chief Operating + Financial Officer
Prospect Park Alliance

We engaged ACEUM to undertake a full transformation of our human capital management practices. This included the selection and implementation of new HRIS technology, a value-adding performance management + management process, a learning program that included management and leadership training, and a compliance review. All these initiatives were built upon a comprehensive DEI strategy and program. The insight, deep experience and ability to understand our specific needs that ACEUM brought to this work was truly remarkable and fundamental to bringing about a successful outcome.

Additionally, during the course of the transformation project, our Senior People + Culture position became vacant and Ira stepped in and provided excellent leadership on an interim basis for a period of nine months. Having such expertise in this critical role was essential to guiding our organization through all the changes that we faced in 2020, including our COVID response. We couldn’t be more satisfied by our experience with ACEUM and Ira Machowsky.

Martin Englisher, CEO
YM/YWHA of Washington Heights + Inwood

The Y is so grateful and lucky to have had the expertise of Ira Machowsky and ACEUM Partners. Ira brought decades of Human Resources acumen to two searches he led for our organization. His professionalism and keen eye for talent resulted in individuals who are now embedded in our executive team and contributing greatly to our success and impact on the community we serve.

Whitney C. Allgood, Former CEO
National School Climate Center, Inc.

ACEUM Advisors + Search was an invaluable partner to me as I took over a struggling non-profit and had to assess the situation, develop strategy, and execute on some tough decisions on a very tight timeline. With Ira’s help, I was able to rapidly stabilize the situation and then organizae a successful partner search that gave the organization a new life. Ira’s deep experience with all these processes, throught partnership, and willingness to roll up his sleeves and provide real help on a varity of tricky tasks made all the difference.

Sharon Sewell-Fairman, Executive Director
Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI), Inc.

We initially engaged ACEUM to help us strengthen our operational structure to better support our expanded business model and organizational growth, This included restructuring our human resource practices, recruiting new leadership talent, and enhancing our technology and program infrastructure, marketing and communications capacity. Our key objective was to effectively develop an infrastructure that would support the integration of our three core practice areas and the evolving capacity needs of a growing organization. Subsequently, ACEUM and Ira Machaowsky assisted WPTI to develop a plan to ensure the successful transition of our becoming an independent nonprofit organization. Both ACEUM and Ira’s extensive experience in nonprofit leadership, organizational and operational strategy as well as contextual knowledge of the sector and workforce development industry was invaluable to us during this period. Ira was always available to listen to our needs and was able to integrate a thoughtful plan of action, processes and systems to support this important organizational change. We engaged ACEUM a second time in August of 2020 to help us further restructure our operations. During this period, ACEUM additionally provided leadership coaching to me in my role as Executive Director which was instrumental in helping me position the organization for a successful transition and plan for future growth. ACEUM’s work has added incredible value and I would highly recommend them to any organization seeking to enhance areas such as organizational performance and HR/people operations and developing leaders and teams. We would be delighted to work with ACEUM again in the future.

Lois Deutsch, Exeutive Director
Selfhelp Community Services Foundation, Inc.

We engaged ACEUM to recruit for a senior level fundraising professional and were very pleased with the outcome. Ira is a respected leader in the non profit sector, bringing a wealth of experience and insight to his work. He and his team take the guesswork out of recruiting top leadership. And they do it with honesty and integrity.

Russell Lusak, Chief Operating Officer
Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.

Selfhelp Community Services needed several key executive leadership positions filled quickly and I found Ira and his firm ACEUM to be highly professional, honest, an their work, exemplary. When it came time for us to interview and select final candidates, we knew so much about each candidates based on ACEUM’s thorough and careful assessment that it made our decision-making easy. We hired several senior leaders in record time. We would be extremely pleased to engage ACEUM again in the future to support our key talent needs.

Howard Martin, CEO
Bronx House, Inc.

Bronx House has worked with ACEUM Advisors + Search on two leadership searches. At the outset of the search process they helped us clearly redefine the position, develop a position summary and aligned the leadership title to enable us to attract the appropriate level CFO level candidates for the role.

I was very impressed with ACEUM’s dedication, knowledge and ability to quickly grasp our organization’s financial and accounting needs, Ira and Heather were always accessible and patient with us. As a small not for profit, ACEUM was very sensitive to our timeframe and budget and was instrumental in lining up quality talent to lead our finance function to help us continue to fulfill our mission. I would highly recommend ACEUM and the dedicated team of Ira and Heather.