Meet the Team – Kay Calivas, Training & Development Consultant

Meet Kay Calivas, Training and Development Consultant at CSP. 

Kay Calivas brings extensive recruitment, management, and training experience to CSP. As a Training and Development Consultant, Kay’s role is unique. “I am a dedicated resource for new recruiters as well as anyone who seeks my assistance. I don’t know of another local firm that has a training and development person on-site.”  

New hires start their CSP journey with Kay, learning all the stages of recruiting. Once new hire training is complete she continues to mentor them, serving as a foundation for new recruiters. “I believe my role reinforces our approach to the business and our core values and I am a resource for the entire firm.” 

Her ties to the firm date back to her time as a financial services recruiter in Baltimore more than two decades ago. It was here she met Rick Fribush.  Kay’s career path then led her to meet Johnny Black and John Geraghty while managing the flagship office for a startup boutique search firm in Baltimore.  Ultimately all three of CSP’s founders reported to Kay at this firm.  “Looking back it’s serendipitous – Johnny, Rick, and John all reported to me at one point. Once the firm changed its business model we all went our separate ways but stayed in touch. I’m so glad we did because I find it so rewarding to be reconnected with them and bring value to their team. It feels like we never skipped a beat.” 

Her most rewarding experience so far in her role at CSP is watching the team grasp the art of recruiting. “I enjoy teaching the team to be consultative in their approach to the business. Seeing their excitement when they complete a search or simply have a good interaction with a client or candidate brings me so much satisfaction.  It’s about building something great where people respect each other, celebrate success, provide support to get through the failures, and most of all, do the business the right way in an industry often prone to skepticism.” 

When Kay is not supporting the development of CSP team members, she enjoys gardening, working out, and spending time with her family in Baltimore County. Returning to Greece and Alaska is on her bucket list, as well as booking a trip to the Olympics. 

BALTIMORE, September 22, 2022 Chesapeake Search Partners (CSP) today announced that Johnny Black, Co-founder and Partner at CSP, has been recognized as a member of the Baltimore Business Journal’s 2022 40 Under 40 class. The prestigious award recognizes young professionals in the Greater Baltimore region for outstanding success in business and contributions to their communities. Dubbed one of the region’s most influential young leaders, Black will be celebrated at an in-person event on November 17 and featured in the Baltimore Business Journal print issue on November 18. 

“I am honored to be recognized among a group of outstanding professionals who represent the next generation of leaders in our business community,” said Black. “I am blessed to have had the opportunity to build amazing relationships throughout my career. These relationships are the foundation for Chesapeake Search Partners, the firm I launched from my parent’s garage in 2013 alongside my founding partners, John Geraghty and Rick Fribush. I look forward to continuing to build relationships with my team and our partners, as well as the community as we support career development for youth in the region.” 

CSP is a professional search and consulting firm based in Baltimore. By developing relationships and working effectively on behalf of its partners and job candidates, CSP creates meaningful business impact for all. Each of the firm’s core practice areas is led by an expert who understands the process of identifying the right skill set for each position allowing the team to match candidate abilities directly with organizational needs. With a primary focus on the Baltimore and Washington DC area, CSP’s client partnerships, extensive networks, and industry connections enable the firm to support searches outside of the region, extending across the U.S.

For more information on the 2022 40 Under 40 class and the in-person event at the Marriott Owings Mills Metro Centre, click here. 

About Chesapeake Search Partners 

Chesapeake Search Partners (CSP) is a professional search and consulting firm that focuses on placement in Accounting and Finance, Human Resources, Real Estate and Financial Services, and Sales, Marketing, and Operations. 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

Meet the Team – Cassidy Eichelberger, Operations & Marketing Coordinator

Meet Cassidy Eichelberger, Operations and Marketing Coordinator at CSP. 

A Baltimore native, Cassidy spent most of her childhood on the west coast in Oregon before finishing high school in Ocean City, Maryland. Her bicoastal childhood led her to become an avid road tripper, having visited 31 states across the U.S. Her favorite sights include a beautiful farm in Wyoming and Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.  

Despite her bicoastal childhood and travels, Cassidy felt she ultimately belonged back in Baltimore. “I started my professional career with a brief stint at a recruiting firm but left after to pursue a career more tailored to my major,” shared Cassidy. “Eventually, I came across an opportunity with CSP in Baltimore. I’m thrilled to be able to practice marketing while also leveraging my previous recruiting experience. And to top it off, be a part of a company and brand that my values align with; I knew I had finally found the place where I belong.”

Cassidy planted roots in Baltimore, recently becoming a new homeowner in Brewers Hill.  “I appreciate the continued growth I experience here daily,” said Cassidy. “I’m growing my knowledge and marketing expertise and learning from some of the most talented team members in the industry. When I’m not at work, I’m focused on growing a sustainable lifestyle – from tending to my indoor plants to starting a vegetable garden.” Additionally, Cassidy spends her free time finding ways to give back to her community by providing food for those in need, supporting small businesses, and seeking out volunteer opportunities. 

Before starting her recruiting career, Cassidy earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications from Salisbury University. She worked her way through college with part-time serving jobs and practiced leadership skills by holding multiple positions in her sorority. 

From the Desk of Jen Schneider – How to Collaborate with a Professional Search Firm for an Effective Hire

By Jennifer Schneider – Senior Search Consultant, Sales, Marketing & Administrative

Finding and retaining Top Tier talent for your team can be a challenge for any company. It might be time to consider partnering with a professional search firm if adding to your team is affecting your business operations.

The conversation that surrounds partnering with a recruiting firm is often paired with, “how can we maximize time spent with recruiters for an effective hire?” As a Senior Search Consultant at Chesapeake Search Partners (CSP), I support our clients who are looking for Sales, Marketing, and Administrative talent. Prior to conducting a search with a client, it is important for us to take time to prepare the hiring team by identifying your pain points throughout the hiring process. The result – an effective hire and a retainable one at that.

Being Open to Partnering with a Search Firm

The first step is recognizing that the search is a challenge. Being open about your goals and why you’re reaching out to a firm will effectively kick off your new partnership. Make a list of what has happened during your search thus far, if you’re seeing any quality candidates, and any roadblocks that have come up.

Kick-offs are Key

When looking for the right search partner, pay attention to the kick-off process. Your search consultant should be spending ample time with you to get as much information as possible. This goes well beyond reviewing the job description and includes discussing elements like your company’s culture, organizational structure, current employee roles, and more. Setting both teams up for success is key.

Sense of Urgency

Given the current state of the recruiting market, a sense of urgency is essential on all sides of the equation. Responsiveness to each other’s emails and phone inquiries will lead to an effective hiring process for all.

Sharing Feedback

Share your notes on any resumes received and interviews conducted. What experience/qualifications do you value? Are the candidates’ salary requirements within a comfortable range for you? As a search firm, are we meeting your expectations (if not, why not)? Detailed feedback is critical to the continued success of an effective search process.

Regroup and Reset 

A couple of weeks into the search process, if there is little to no headway, schedule a reset. Discuss what needs to be done or shifted to successfully execute the search. This can involve changing the search criteria, the process, changing the compensation, and more.

Personally, I find these resets are a way to get creative. Oftentimes my client and I come out of these meetings feeling recharged and armed with new ideas to execute the search successfully.

Maintain the Relationship

It’s important to keep in touch with your search partner well after you find a great candidate. We want to hear if the hire was a good fit and how your business is doing.

Our team at CSP is successful when we are an extension of your company. We get to know you and invest in getting to know candidates in our respective verticals. We make meaningful connections for you that lead to quality hires and ultimately, the growth of your business.

A collaborative relationship will lead to the most effective, and efficient hires. If you’re interested in learning more or want to start a search for your company, contact me at

Meet the Team – Rachel Talbot, Search Consultant 

Meet Rachel Talbot, Search Consultant Real Estate & Financial Services Practice

“I am thrilled to be working in a position where I get to support and guide people towards a fulfilling role, and, ultimately steer them to a career they love.” 

For Rachel Talbot, a unique daily routine and CSP’s tight-knit team drew her to her current role at the professional search firm. “No day is ever quite the same at Chesapeake Search Partners. I’m connecting with new people every day, which enables me to continue growing my network while ultimately connecting people with companies that they can help strengthen. I was drawn to the size of the firm and the opportunity to work with a team that values relationships – both internally and externally. It seemed like a much different and welcoming experience than what I saw most of my peers moving toward after college.” 

Rachel has already established a vast professional network in the Baltimore and D.C. metro regions. Born and raised in the Baltimore area, Rachel is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Marketing. ​​Prior to CSP, she supported a major Timonium retail establishment with brand development, marketing, and client relations, She also worked at an online media network where she focused on connecting Baltimore families with local events and businesses. 

Rachel resides in Federal Hill and enjoys experiencing new restaurants throughout the city. Currently, her favorite spots are AJs on Hanover and Blue Agave. Her free time is mostly spent with family on beach trips to Ocean City and traveling to new places like Costa Rica.