Aaron Schmidt
President & CEO

As President and CEO of Insight Executive Search, Aaron has directed senior level searches for many of the nation's most highly regarded research and nonprofit institutions, providing clients with widely acknowledged leaders in their respective fields: senior scientists, directors, principal investigators, scholars and their executive management.  His expertise spans the fields of healthcare, education, economics, workforce, community development, human services, children and families, survey research, statistics, life sciences, development and corporate affairs.  He has provided clients the human capital that has allowed them to expand their business and secure millions of dollars in new business awards.

Prior to Insight Executive Search, Aaron was a Director at Interconnections where he led searches for the nation's leading research institutions, managing complex searches for multiple clients.

Ari Ayares
Vice President

Ari manages recruitment and leads the business development efforts of Insight Executive Search. With ten years of experience conducting national searches, Ari has honed his ability to identify talent, with a specific familiarity in hiring for the social science research sector. His extensive experience managing searches for senior level positions offers Ari an acute understanding and insight into the complex dynamics of identifying the specific candidates that will be appropriate for the client’s particular needs.  In addition, Ari advises and instructs others in how to conduct the most cutting edge executive search research and candidate identification methodologies.  

David Schmidt
Executive Adviser 

In his 35 years in the search business, David has traversed several industries -- including defense, technology, professional services, and social research – through which he has acquired an intimate and in-depth understanding of the sector we serve. Additionally, David has worked with America’s leading economists and advised senior members of several presidential administrations in regards to employment in private industry.  

Previously, David founded and served as director of Interconnections, an executive and senior technical search firm with national client base.

Jon Cohen
Managing Principal

In his 10 years of experience completing national searches for leading researchers and non-profit executives, Jon has developed a distinct skill for active listening which he finds critical in recognizing, identifying and recruiting top professionals.  Using the most advanced methodologies to effectively meet client search criteria,  Jon has placed individuals in a wide variety of disciplines, including education, healthcare, economics, social policy, survey research and finance. He is committed to top-tier client interface in an effort to cultivate an active and thriving network.

Previously, Jon was a journalism professional. He has a B.A. in International Relations.