I’ve known Peter Cotton for the past 25 years and have had the pleasure of working closely with him for the past ten years. He joined the Rhode Island Staffing Association (RISA) when a critical issue surfaced at the state government level that posed a serious threat to our businesses and the recruiting industry in general. Peter joined to help us fight adverse legislation that would have put many people in the Rhode Island recruiting profession out of business. He mounted a strong social media campaign to inform, educate, and rally independent and franchised recruiting businesses alike into action. Peter also spoke on behalf of our industry at the Rhode Island State House during financial committee hearings. He was masterful at putting the campaign together which ultimately led to our success in defeating the issue. I was very grateful when Peter decided to join the board and take an active role in the association as our Vice President of Membership. He is a gifted speaker, a talented writer, and he puts together marketing campaigns that are persuasive. Peter increased the RISA membership by 25% in his first year. He’s a rare talent and the type of person who gets things done. If you want a successful outcome to your recruiting efforts, then Peter is the person you would want working for you.
Bethany G., President
Rhode Island Staffing Services Association
Our company tackles hard work every day cleaning up after fires, floods, and mold but in reality the hardest part is getting the phone to ring. We need excellent sales staff who need to build long-term relationships with our referral partners. We have utilized Peter Cotton twice to assist us in the daunting task of soliciting, vetting, and hiring effective sales representatives, and he has delivered what he promised both times!
Chris S., President/Owner
Restoration Services Company
I have utilized Peter Cotton and Best Sales Talent to help me build a professional sales force. Peter not only finds better candidates than I have been able to hire on my own; he also shortens the hiring cycle considerably by interviewing the candidates in advance and only introducing me to the very best matches. He is very professional and is always available to answer my questions.
David S., CEO
Industrial Products Distributor
Anyone who has hired you for a search, or anyone in general who knows you, understands that you are one of the true experts in the field of sales/sales management, business development and marketing recruitment and highly targeted sales training.
Paul F., COO
I had the pleasure of working with Peter on a skilled position that we were attempting to fill on our own for some time. Peter took the time to understand the core of who we are as a company and that allowed him to source the candidate that would make for a good marriage with our organization. Peter is thorough, personable, professional, conscientious, experienced, results-oriented and he listens. I appreciated the fact that he called on the candidates first day of employment –just to check in. I would not hesitate to use Peter for my future recruiting needs and I would definitely refer him to my HR colleagues.
Roxanne C, Human Resource Manager
Pursuing a new career in late 2008, I was contacted by numerous recruiters about potential positions. Some were decent. Others horrible. However, Peter was quite a step above the competition. It was very apparent from the beginning that he was more professional and more personable at the same time.
I have since been happily employed at the company he recruited me to for nearly 5 years. As an extension of Peter’s unprecedented recruitment skills, I have also been fortunate enough to gain a great friend and mentor in the process. As a young professional who has risen through the ranks, Peter has also been there to lend a helping hand, provide an open ear and share his great wisdom as I develop into an effective manager and leader for the future.
On the recruitment side, Peter is diverse, resourceful, and committed to finding candidates who fit with your organization. In my mind, the toughest part of recruiting is not getting volume through the door, but getting a finite number of “the right candidates,” driving interviewing and review efficiencies. Peter has that special gift. I was able to move extremely quickly and efficiently on a recent hire from the start of a requisition to working with the candidate to agree on our terms, to the signing of a candidate’s contract as a result of Peter’s attention to detail. EVERY hire that we’ve worked on together has been nothing short of a rock star and a valued, high contributing member of our team.
Marcus V., National Sales Manager
Contamination Control Products Manufacturer
I have known Peter for more than 30 years. First as a customer, then as a service provider, and ultimately as a friend. He has worked tirelessly to find candidates that will help my business grow. Peter is also willing to share his knowledge to assist you even if it does not result in business for him.
I look forward to working with Peter in the future.
President – Business Furniture Dealership
We have utilized Peter’s recruitment services for many years for a variety of sales roles. He is diligent in ensuring that he thoroughly understands all aspects of his client organization’s business, and as a result, has provided us on each occasion with an excellent pool of candidates from which to select.
Peter’s grasp of our business is such that we have engaged him to provide training and consultancy services which he delivers with his customary zeal and attention to detail.
Mark D., Managing Director
Contamination Control Products Manufacturer
Peter’s extensive experience and genuine caring allows him to help a client understand what will benefit them the most, whether they may already know it or not – a real “problem avoider.”
William K., Founder
United Boomers of America
Peter is the best recruiter I have worked with over the last 20+ years. He is detailed, professional and knowledgeable. One of the things I appreciate most about Peter is the research he invests during a search. While many recruiters simply pull out a file of resumes, Peter tries to match personalities, experiences and outcomes. His ability to analyze and understand our needs has lead to a better process and better outcomes. I have hired three candidates from Peter.
David F., Vice President of Sales & Marketing
I have known Peter for well over 35 years. First as a recruiter who placed people with me, then as a fellow franchisee and business partner, but most importantly as a friend. Peter is a rare talent that invests himself into his client’s businesses as though they were his own. His work product is impeccable, and his willingness to blend responsibility and accountability is like having another member of your team available on demand. He will never let you down if you have a need. He is dedicated, honest, and above all, someone you can always rely upon.
Jim M. Managing Partner
I retained the services of Peter for the first time in 2005 after interviewing several recruiting companies. We had such great success with that effort that I retained him again to recruit for four more positions. In each case, every candidate that Peter recommended was well screened and capable of fulfilling the position. The result was that we interviewed and hired excellent people.
Robert B., General Manager
Traffic Controls Manufacturer
We were most highly impressed with the service you rendered in terms of hiring Tom. Your approach was thoroughly professional in every possible way and it was a genuine pleasure to deal with you and your firm. We look forward to availing ourselves of your services once again, when the need arises in the future.
William B., President
Specialty Textile Manufacturer
Enclosed is a copy of the company annual report for our last fiscal year. I thought it would be of interest to you.
I have much appreciated your help over the past few months and for the high caliber of candidates you have placed with us. I hope I can continue to count on it.
Robert M., Director of Sales
Payroll Services Company
Thank you for the fine job you did in providing us such highly qualified candidates for our opening in New England. I am very pleased with the candidate we ultimately hired through your service. The professionalism you showed to me is certainly the highest I have seen from within your industry.
George L., District Sales Manager
Paper Products Company
We want to thank you for the very productive meeting we had during your visit to our offices today. After having met with you, we both feel very confident that you will be a source of highly qualified, pre-screened and interested candidates for the sales positions we need to fill here. We feel we have embarked upon a mutually beneficial relationship and we look forward to working with you to fill these critical positions very soon.
John L., Regional Sales Manager
Business Products Company
Twenty years of field sales and sales management experience has provided numerous opportunities to observe first-hand the inner workings of recruiting services. During last fall, my personal career change, which you helped arrange, provided a different perspective on career placement. Based on these two diverse points of view, I can unequivocally recommend and attest to your professional approach.
Rick P., Director of Sales
Thank you ever so much for finding us Rick! He is an exceptional salesman and sales manager and we are sure that he will help us achieve our sales objectives in the coming years. Your services were spot on and highly professional. I am very pleased with the result and I am enclosing our check for your placement of Rick with our firm.
Vincent P., President