Our Mission

To build the talent foundation for growing organizations and partner with them in shared success and growth.

Our Story


READY SET EXEC the executive search firm was founded by its Managing Partners, Patrick Shea and John Pezoulas. With over 15 years experience in recruiting and executive search, they developed a passion for the industry. Patrick and John realized that many recruitment firms are transactional and that the key to long lasting success is developing partnerships with your clients. After several years and scaling another brand together, they decided to launch READY SET EXEC together and build a legacy they could pass to their combined six children.

Our Values

  • Tenacity We show unwavering commitment and grit

  • Adaptability We’re committed to lifelong learning, professional excellence and continually mastering industry trends

  • Transparency We’re dedicated to providing our clients with clear, concise and relevant communication at every stage of our working relationship
  • Assurance We stand behind the quality of our service and partner with our clients in growth

Our Founding Partners

Patrick Shea
Managing Partner

Patrick is an accomplished leader and C-Suite executive recruiter with years of experience in talent management and retention. He discovered his passion for the recruiting industry while working in transportation and logistics, recognizing the needs of his clients and the shortage of available talent. It was there that he embarked on a venture by founding a recruitment firm specialized in driver recruitment. Since then, Patrick has expanded into new verticals and industries, including sales, marketing, human resources, and operations. He is partner-focused and delivers a direct and transparent approach to his customers’ searches. Beyond his professional life, Patrick is passionate about his family and contributing to the community where he lives. He was an active volunteer firefighter in his local community in Rideau Lakes and serves as the head coach of his son’s hockey team. Through these activities, he instills in his three children the value of volunteering locally in their community.

John Pezoulas
Managing Partner

Over the past 15 years, John has excelled in the recruitment industry, from scaling an Exec search firm 25% QoQ, a staffing recruitment office 160% YoY or managing 14 Regional offices 66% YoY. In highly competitive markets in Executive Search (Marketing/Sales/HR) , High Volume Staffing, Manufacturing/Hospitality/Construction/Industrial/Events), Telecom and International trade. John has consistently secured and managed large contracts with Fortune 1000 companies. John has extensive management experience such as managing multiple offices, up to 300 headcount and $25M P&L. With a focus on open communication and a dedication to personal service, John earned a reputation as a respected leader among both clients and peers. Outside of work John is busy raising his three beautiful children, Anastasia 12, and five year old twins Pallas and Theodore. John volunteers with local immigrant and refugee groups to helping arriving newcomers transfer their professional skills, transition employment and adapt to their new home.

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