The Palma Group conducts confidential searches for top marketing & advertising talent on a retainer basis — the most effective and cost efficient way to way to attract and hire top talent.

The most prolific headhunting firm in advertising history. In 2021 & 2022 we won the talent wars and had our best years ever.

More than 1,500 successful talent placements since 1989

Over 33 years of experience placing top talent

Averaging $12K per placement


  • Weeding through job boards, resumes, and links?
  • Recruiters that dump loads of unqualified resumes on your desk?
  • Getting applications from freelance free agents?
  • Throwing money away searching on your own or with an ineffective recruiter?

We can help you…

  • Attract top talent to your organization fast
  • Reduce wasted time with a team that knows the right talent
  • Review only qualified candidates who are known and vetted by our headhunters
  • Keep your search confidential

we can help you Hire Top-Tier Talent at any level

  • Executive Creative Director
  • Creative Director
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Marketing Director
  • Digital Director
  • Account Director
  • Account Supervisor
  • Strategy Director
  • Business Development Director
  • Content Strategist
  • Media Director
  • Paid Media Specialist
  • Art Director
  • Copywriter
  • Designer

We’ve Placed Top Talent at Hundreds of the World’s Leading Brands and Creative Agencies

  • Arby’s Restaurant Group
  • BBDO
  • Church’s Chicken
  • Cramer-Krasselt
  • Crispin, Porter + Bogusky
  • GSD&M
  • McKinney
  • TBWA/Chiat/Day
  • Connelly Partners
  • The Johnson Group
  • Tombras Group
  • EP+Co


Ryan Farinella National Recruiting Director/Partner

Ryan is one of the top recruiters in the Southeast with over a decade of experience attracting top talent to the best independent agencies: 22squared, EP+Co, Blue Sky, Bright Red, BooneOakley, The Johnson Group, Trade School, and more. His dedication to understanding agency culture and growth makes him a strategic partner to the C-Suite, Directors and Managers. Ryan’s roles have been critical in advancing the key initiatives of recruiting and retaining top professionals as well as maximizing client revenue.

A SHRM-certified recruiting veteran, his passion lies in solving People challenges. When he isn’t searching for the rising agency rockstars or giving career advice to candidates, you can find him at Taqueria Del Sol with his wife Michelle or messing around in his yard planting and gardening. He is an avid sports fan with loyalties to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Manchester United, and his alma mater, the Tennessee Vols.

To start your search contact Ryan at ryan@thepalmagroup.com or (865) 414-7507

Mike Palma Founder & Owner

In 1989 Michael Palma founded The Palma Group and began headhunting for creative advertising agencies.

Since then he has placed well over 1,000 of the top professionals in the industry at nearly 200 agencies making him the most prolific recruiter in advertising history.

He has placed top agency talent in five consecutive decades.

Contact Mike at mpalma@thepalmagroup.com or (404) 408-8375