Manufacturing ~ Private Equity (Middle Market) ~ Diversity

Operations ~ Supply Chain (Procurement/Logistics) ~ Human Resources

Executive Search, Recruit (ESR) is a boutique firm engaged in exclusive retained executive search for small, medium, and multi-billion dollar companies. Our area of expertise is in Manufacturing, Private Equity, and Diversity for world-class leaders in Operations, Supply Chain, and Human Resources.

ESR has made its mark by having a strong capability in identifying, recruiting and assessing leaders whose experience, skills and record of success, are a clear match with our client requirements.

Our passion is recruiting talent with passion, energy and cultural match, to support taking your organization to the next level.

ESR has a strong sense of urgency, discretion and confidentiality, as well as excellent follow-up and follow-through abilities.

As a consultant, we take pride in the quality of service we provide to our clients and candidates by building personal relationships and providing valuable industry advice.

Our mission is to surpass the expectations of our clients and candidates. Executive Search, Recruit will focus on your needs and strive to provide the highest level of quality and personal service.


About Me (Principal)

Ms. Nakita Gates
Nakita Gates, Executive Recruiter

For Nakita, executive recruiting doesn’t involve churning resumes. It involves making carefully-considered suggestions on people who show the greatest capacity to contribute in a substantive fashion. It also involves candor and counsel as well.

She asks challenging questions, provides relevant data related to the position, and keeps all parties aware of the process and its progress.
Her approach is one of passion and professional excellence.


Nakita loves recruiting, but she's not always comfortable with some of the less flattering stereotypes of her profession: transactional, poor listeners, more sales than results-oriented. Those stereotypes certainly do not apply to a woman who marches boldly in a very different direction, a direction that relentlessly focuses on insight, integrity, results, and a personalized approach.


Nakita really doesn't know how to operate any differently. She treats each search engagement as an opportunity to shape the future of a company and a candidate, and she understands the impact that matching a position with just the right person can have on both. Her searches are not transactions, they are life-changers.


To find the right match, she listens carefully to what her clients say about the position. What responsibilities must it fulfill? How does it contribute to achieving strategic objectives? How does it fit into the company culture? How will its success be measured? The same quest for insight applies when talking to candidates as well. What would cause you to consider a new opportunity? What variables are most important for a change?
How can your talents contribute to this organization's success?


A marketing graduate of Sam Houston State University, Nakita's passion extends far beyond her profession. She has become a crucial point of financial and emotional support for a family in the Houston area in need of her assistance. She recently helped to refurbish two bedrooms for this family of five and took the two oldest girls shopping for linens, pillows, personal effects—things that they’d never before had the opportunity to afford.
She also helps them with basics like groceries and school tutoring, as well as some entertainment outings for the entire family. Nakita has forged a deeply meaningful relationship with this special family and finds herself the better for it.

Nakita’s elegant mix of passion and professionalism is special. It may be time to consider making her part of your recruiting team.


Our area of expertise is in Manufacturing, Private Equity, and Diversity for world-class leaders in Operations, Supply Chain, and Human Resources.

Successful Searches/Industries:

  • Diversity Recruiting – Executive Level
           Private Equity Partners

  • Private Equity – Middle Market
           Partners (Heavy Industrial/Automotive)
           COO (Consumer Goods)
           VP, HR - Consulting
           Director, Human Resources (Manufacturing)

  • Chemical Manufacturing
           Director of Operations
           EHS Director
           Lead Chemist
           Chemical Engineer (Production/Process)
           Control Engineer
           Regional HR Manager
           Enterprise Process Owner (IT)

  • Energy
           VP Supply Chain/Procurement

  • Oil & Gas
           Director, Supplier Quality Manager
           EHS – Corporate
           Global Commodity Leader – Travel/Fleet
           Global Commodity Leader – Human Resources

  • Automotive
           VP Operations

  • Consumer Goods/Foods
           COO (private equity portfolio)
           Senior Manager, Global Procurement, Chemicals

  • Healthcare
           Director of Procurement
           Strategic Sourcing Manager



What Clients/Candidates are saying about Nakita:


Office: 713-244-5321
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