Chesapeake Search Partners Promotes Kate Strzelczyk to Assistant Practice Director – Real Estate and Financial Services Practice

Jan 4, 2024 | News

BALTIMORE, MD (January 5, 2024)— Chesapeake Search Partners (CSP), a professional search and consulting firm, proudly announces Kate Strzelczyk has been named Assistant Practice Director – Real Estate & Financial Services. The strategic move underscores CSP’s commitment to recruiting excellence and marks a pivotal moment in the firm’s evolution and expansion. Kate will report to Founding Partner Johnny Black.

Since joining CSP in June 2023 as a Senior Search Consultant, Kate has played a pivotal role in propelling the growth of the REFS Practice, working in tandem with Kristin Freitag and Rachel Talbot. As the newly appointed Assistant Practice Director, Kate is central in steering growth for the practice and the firm alongside CSP Partners Johnny Black, Rick Fribush, John Geraghty, and Jason Nemoy.

“We are thrilled to appoint Kate as Assistant Practice Director of the Real Estate & Financial Services Practice,” said Johnny Black, Founding Member and Partner. “Kate’s tenure at CSP has been marked by unwavering dedication, strategic prowess, and unparalleled interpersonal skills. Her impact on the REFS practice is undeniable, from her ability to develop and grow relationships to the enhanced value our clients experience to the innovative solutions she introduces in fiercely competitive landscapes.”

With a wealth of experience in the recruiting industry, Kate brings a proven track record to her new role. Her recruiting career began in 2003 with MRI Baltimore/Timonium, where she focused on developing long-term relationships with clients and candidates in the Baltimore – Washington corridor. Her areas of expertise were administrative, commercial real estate, human resources, and legal. After a brief hiatus in Tennessee, Kate returned to Maryland and rejoined MRI in their healthcare finance practice group. Working a national desk, Kate honed her national recruiting and relocation skills and focused her efforts on relationships with senior executives. Core competencies included Chief Financial Officer, senior-level accounting and finance, and compliance positions. Recently, Kate completed a talent acquisition contract with Johns Hopkins Medicine, recruiting professional pharmacists nationwide.

Kate is a distinguished alumna of Roland Park Country School and attended Dickinson College.

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About Chesapeake Search Partners 

Chesapeake Search Partners (CSP) is a professional search and consulting firm that focuses on placement in Accounting & Finance, Human Resources, Real Estate & Financial Services, Sales, Marketing & AdministrativeConstruction, Engineering & Manufacturing Services, and IT. Focused on client growth and planning for the future, CSP’s unique, relationship-driven approach leverages industry experts who understand the process of identifying the right skill set for each position. The result is matching talented professionals who have the ability to meet and exceed a client’s organizational needs. For more information, visit