Executive Search & Selection

History & Client Success


ABA Group’s history began in 1980 Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Our intention is to offer innovative, retainer based executive search and selection services to industrial and technology clients. From our early beginnings we have worked hard and diligently with our clients to deliver cost effective search and selection solutions, and ensure quality hires from a win/win perspective.

Manufacturing Client: Aerospace

In 2005 we were approached by a very successful business entrepreneur who acquired a small Canadian aerospace parts manufacturer based in west end Toronto. The company was almost bankrupt and the previous owner/ operator wanted out. My client had prior business experience as a very successful manufacturer of sophisticated water filtering systems for the semi-conductor industry. My client loved the aerospace market sector, but lacked the industry contacts necessary to get his company’s landing gear products off the ground.He quickly became frustrated was looking for some advice and support.

During my initial meeting with the new owner I informed him that the commercial and defense aerospace industries are quite unique and highly regulated. In this market sector quality is of the utmost importance and he would likely need to prove the ability to deliver quality machined parts on time and budget, through a second or third tier aerospace parts supplier. This marketing process would take years to establish and would also be costly.

I sensed this entrepreneur was very inpatient to achieve success. He was willing to work hard to establish his parts business and increase his company profile in the Canadian aerospace manufacturing market sector.He also indicated he was prepared to make the necessary financial investment through acquisitions. He was determined circumvent the “Old Boy” network by hiring the best industry people we could recruit to his company. With great leaders our clients  develop successful business strategies, products and services.This results in a positive financial impact impact on the businesses, the shareholders and customers. To this effort, I suggested he retain my services and consider the following business strategy and search approach;

With more than 30 years experience in this market sector I knew that his company’s landing gear products would require developing a close working relationships with global landing gear manufacturers. As such, I suggested he consider forming a small informal Advisory Board of Directors. The directors would be retired industry executives from world class landing gear manufacturers. They would help provide my client with the appropriate network of high level aerospace industry contacts. This in turn would serve two purposes allowing retired aerospace directors to maintain the contacts they have developed over their entire careers. It would also provide my client with desired credibility and contacts required to become an accepted industry supplier to the global aerospace landing gear supply chain.

The idea was a great success and not only were we successful in hiring the two former  CEO’s of the two largest landing gear manufacturers, we additionally hired two retired former Global VP’s from the two largest commercial aircraft manufacturers in the world. The results opened sales doors at the appropriate executive levels, spurring double digit growth, and expedited the quality certification processes for my client. Our executive search process ultimately strives to ensure both a better business fit and cultural fit. Our client grew this business to become a leading global supplier of landing gear parts within a five year period.

Experience and Personal Attention:

All retained executive level assignments are led by our President, Allen Ballach who possesses 35 years of International search experience. Additional support is provided by a experienced project support group (in house and contract) selected specifically for their industry specific knowledge and market experiences.

Combining our collective business market experiences and resources we can address your most stringent search demands, ensuring the successful outcome of your specific recruitment assignment needs. Your executive search requirements are never handed off to junior or inexperienced researchers. We work closely with our clients to develop the job scope and desired success competencies. We help determine the desired business performance objectives of the role and expected deliverable timeframes.Our executive decision support tools provide detailed candidate assessment data to ensure the best quality job fit.

Client Partnership:

Understanding our client’s unique business needs, customer markets and corporate culture is fundamental to the success of a win/win hiring outcome. The ability to understand our client’s businesses and markets sharing our combined knowledge and experiences facilitates an effective recruitment campaign allowing us to target,attract and hire the most talented executives.

Guaranteed Results:

Our client focussed business model ensures the highest quality results are achieved and holds us accountable to delivering quality results. To-date we can boast one of our profession’s most successful job completion rates (98% search efficiency) we are very proud of this achievement and remain committed to continuously improving our services. Using our proven search and selection processes our clients have experienced the increased  productivity and improved financial results which only high quality executives and managers can deliver. Our search process unconditionally guarantee all candidates hired through ABA Group Inc.

Please call me, Allen Ballach B-905 493-3232.