Phil Hunkler is the founder and President of
Search Associates headquartered near Charlotte, NC.
Phil has been successfully recruiting since May of 1991.
Originally from Ft. Wayne, IN and the youngest of
six boys ,
Phil finished in the top 3% from Wayne High School, was two year
State cross country finalist and a city-all star soccer finalist.
Despite coming from a family background of all
engineers (Notre Dame Civil Engineer, Naval Academy
Mechanical/Nuclear Engineer, Purdue University Mechanical Engineer
and a father who spent 42 years as an Aerospace Engineer) Phil
stumbled into a sales career with Southwestern Company to pay for
tuition and expenses at
Phil finished in the top 10% of 1100 rookie students with
Southwestern and won the President's trip to Cancun, Mexico. Phil
went on to win Presidentís Trip four out of the next five summers.
Southwestern Company afforded Phil the means to pay for 100% of
college costs. He graduated from Indiana University Dec. 1988 with a
BS in Finance and 3.02 GPA. Attached is Philís college
As a student manager in his second summer with Southwestern, Phil
began his pre-recruiting career. He recruited and trained Mike
Bieker who went on to finish #6 of 1200 rookie students. After
graduation, Mike founded
www.marketlabinc.com in 1996. His company was profiled in Inc.
Magazine (Oct. 2001) as a top 500 fastest growing companies to watch
in the U.S. Mike sold his company in 2012 and is taking time off and
preparing for his next venture.
Subsequently, Phil recruited and mentored Hank Boughner who
finished #3 of 1200 rookie students. Hank continued to be a top 1%
producer for several summers with Southwestern. After completing his
self-financed MBA from Wharton Business School Cum Laude, Hank
Boughner was a successful partner with The Goldman Sachs Group in
Manhattan, NY and is now a hedge fund Manager in Atlanta, GA.
Thus began Phil Hunklerís foundation in sales
and his passion for identifying, mentoring and recruiting qualified
individuals into outstanding sales careers.
After graduating from Indiana University in 1988, Phil wisely moved to
the Carolinas with a brief stint in Columbia, SC and then to
Charlotte, NC in 1991. Phil is married to beautiful wife,
Sherry Hunkler, and they have four wonderful young adult
Phil began recruiting and mentoring with Premier Search in the
spring of 1991. The senior recruiters had over 25 years of combined
recruiting experience. After a successful start Phil was offered an
opportunity to purchase a portion of the business in 1993. In June
1993, Hunkler Medical Associates was founded. A later name change to
Hunkler Search Associates better identifies that we are a recruiting
Phil has continued to excel in assisting managers in locating
qualified candidates based on their companyís individual
requirements. As a member of
First Interview Network, Phil has continued to rank in the top
15% in split business nationally since 1997.
- 1997-Top 8%
- 1998-Top 20%
- 1999-Top 12%
- 2000-Top 16%
- 2001-Top 5%
- 2002-Top 8%
- 2003-Top 15% Office Nationally
- 2004-Top 6% Office Nationally
- 2007-Top 16% Office Nationally
- 2008-Top 7% Office
- 2009 #10
Office Nationally and Co-Rookie of the Year
- 2010 #18
- 2011 #22
With a proven track
record of successful career placements, Phil and his associates
would appreciate the opportunity to enhance the careers of
candidates or partner with managers in building a solid,
growth-oriented sales force.
We encourage you to
view the testimonials below then give us a call to begin the
Testimonials of Client Managers