A wide range of clients have made NLES their first choice. See what they have to say about their experiences.
"I have never met an executive search consultant with more dedication, passion and dependability than Michael. I wholeheartedly recommend that if you have not already retained Michael to fill a senior-level vacancy in your organization, that you do so. Michael will do the job professionally, promptly and with the highest level of integrity."
Steve Lavin, Analyst
College Basketball
"Michael Garnes rates at the top of my list of professionals in the sports and entertainment management fields. He is a man of stature among his peers, known for his straight-forward and honest approach to helping institutions and corporations handle their human resource issues.

Moreover, as a personal representative of professional athletes he demonstrated his fiduciary skills in the highest interest of the individual clients. I have observed the work from my position as Division I-A Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and as a professor of sports management. From my latter position, I have called upon Michael for presentations to students and colleagues. He is always willing to help, always a captivating speaker, and always in demand."
Gary Ness, Ph.D.
Dept. Chair Sport Management, Retired
Lynchburg College
"Next Level Executive Search provides professionals in intercollegiate athletics the opportunity to enhance their careers. Mike Garnes has been an effective leader in higher education for many years. I have worked with Mr. Garnes on various projects and can attest to his competence, passion and effectiveness in the completion of complex recruiting."
Dr. Lee McElroy
Director of Athletics
University at Albany
"Working with Michael Garnes is a pleasure, because he succeeds in combining professionalism with humanity. All these skills make Michael Garnes a much appreciated businessman.

Doing business with Michael Garnes expands to more than just business. The result he achieves, however, is the result you wish for in any project: to achieve your business goals. Therefore, I fully support the activities of Michael Garnes, and I can greatly recommend him to anybody who wishes to be personally guided in optimizing his professional activity or career."
Karel Van hoorebeke, Esquire
Van hoorebeke, Gotghebuer & Partners
Gent, Belgium
"Michael is a consummate professional. His follow through, reliability, honesty, and work ethic are qualities that define who he is."
Susan Brown Foster, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Dept. of Sport Management School of Business
Saint Leo University
"Michael Garnes is one of the most influential people I ever met. He shared with me many insights from the sports industry, specifically his valuable experience with representing professional athletes. His professionalism and ability to mentor young students and young professionals is an asset that a person can not learn. You either have it or not. He is able to identify a talent and then find an area where that talent can excel.

Michael Garnes has the ability to create a vision, follow the vision, and most importantly, he brings the vision to life. The Next Level Executive Search is one of the many visions that became reality and I believe it will bring a new dimension to the recruiting industry."
Simona Galik
Brand Marketing, Global Trademark Manager
"After interviewing the CEO candidate that Michael recommended, we felt we finally had the combination of talent in our organization that would take us through to our next step...entering the market. Following the match, Michael continued to play an integral role in our company by keeping his ‘ear to the ground’ for other synergistic relationships he felt would benefit our company. The quality and breadth of contacts Michael has developed through his professional and personal relationships has proven to be an exceptional side benefit of doing business with him and his company. When Michael says he will do something…consider it done, done well, done promptly and done with the highest level of integrity."
Kevin Cook
President of Safety Cast Corporation
"Michael Garnes has contributed his consummate knowledge of the Florida business community coupled with a seasoned understanding of the sports business to assist SFX Sports Group with our initiatives. In particular, Michael’s C-suite relationships and extensive network of relationships has enabled me and the SFX Sports Group to significantly extend our presence in Florida and other locations around the USA. He has become a very valuable partner to us and we are delighted to work with Michael in the areas of new business, talent marketing and corporate sponsorship."
Scott Lange
Vice President
SFX Sports Group