Our Company

Sterling Martin Associates (SMA) is a national executive search firm founded in 2006 by CEO and Managing Partner, David Martin.

Since our founding, SMA has grown to five offices with seventeen staff located in Washington, DC, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, CA, and Orange County, CA.

Sterling Martin specializes in working with associations and nonprofit organizations on senior-level executive searches. Sterling Martin Associates - Executive Leadership DeliveredEighty-five percent (85%) of our searches are for CEO/Executive Director level with the balance being for senior staff. SMA offers national reach and scope while providing a superior quality of service in a cost-effective manner. Our partners and consultants bring association, nonprofit and for-profit management experience to each our client engagements. Our team also serves as volunteers for a wide range of nonprofit governing boards.

This combination of hands-on executive experience, executive search expertise, governance, and corporate experience provide a deep understanding of the issues and challenges faced in recruiting senior executives. Because of our staff’s prior search experience working with such global firms as Korn/Ferry International, the world’s largest search firm, our clients get the best of both worlds, that is, big firm experience in an innovative, mid-size search firm package.

To stay abreast of the latest thinking and best practices in nonprofit management, we regularly pursue professional development through industry events and leadership development meetings such as the American Society of Association Executives, Independent Sector, BoardSource®, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Through our ongoing search work, attendance at industry forums, and continued research, Sterling Martin has built a formidable network of contacts throughout the United States.