Our Mission & Values

Bell Oaks Executive Search partners with businesses to attract and hire exceptional, culturally aligned, hard-to-find talent to fill high-level roles that are vital to the organization’s strategic goals.

Our objective is to be the premier search firm in the country by: elevating our clients’ organizations through partnership and successful execution; positively impacting the lives of the candidates we represent; and selflessly serving our Bell Oaks colleagues and our community as we foster a company culture of honesty, integrity and trust.

Our Story

Founded by Price “Preston” Harding, Jr. and his wife Shirley in Atlanta, Georgia, Bell Oaks Executive Search has been a leader in the executive search industry for over 50 years. Their son, Price Harding, began working for the firm in 1989 and helped shape the foundation to what it is today, with a focus on relationship-centric values, dedication to the community and an exceptional reputation for alignment of leadership talent. Price retired as Chairman at the end of 2020 and continues to be a trusted friend and supporter of the company he and his parents built.

Today, Bell Oaks’ guiding principles are still what set us apart from other search firms. We continue to keep the primary focus on people, including our employees, the clients we serve and the candidates we work with. Bell Oaks has been honored to receive accolades over the years, including being named on the Inc. 5000 list, being recognized as a Best Place to Work, and as Forbes' Best Recruiter in Executive Search.