About Us

Dana Kowen Associates, LLC is a boutique executive search firm based in Sacramento, California with a national footprint. We specialize in recruiting individuals who excel in their field of expertise for outstanding mid-to-upper level Human Resource and Sales management positions. For our client companies, we identify and recruit individuals who can hit the ground running and make a meaningful impact to their business. For our candidates we listen closely to what is truly important to them in their next career move.

We are your valued partner in Human Resource and Sales talent acquisition, providing superior customer service with a focus on quality, not quantity. Each client company and candidate receives personal attention – we never take on too many searches at one time, thus not diluting our resources.

About Dana Kowen, CPC

Founder & President

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Dana Kowen grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and graduated from the University of Cape Town with a degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She has over 17 years of recruiting and HR experience, working for top-tier search firms in South Africa & the United States, and as a successful corporate internal recruiter. As a result of her extensive experience, Dana knows what it’s like to be a Human Resources manager hunting for the best talent.

Upon immigrating to America, Dana became an integral member of the team at A-Fox Enterprise, a Chicago-based recruiting firm. She spearheaded the launch of a new healthcare division for the company, which became a highly profitable expansion of the firm. Later, she was recruited by one of her clients, KPMG, to join them as a corporate recruiter, where she was awarded the Power of One Recruiting Award for Excellence.

In 2000, Dana launched Dana Kowen Associates with the mission of delivering client companies & candidates a partnership of collaboration, exceptional service and the utmost integrity, thus providing a competitive edge to clients while also creating opportunities for candidates to further their career aspirations. Dana Kowen Associates has gone on to win several awards, including multiple Top Ten Agency and Top Ten Counselor awards from Intercity Personnel Associates (IPA) – a network of over 200 search firms.

Dana is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) through the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS), which is the coveted symbol of professionalism and excellence in the personnel consulting industry. What does CPC mean for you? It is your assurance that you are working with highly competent individuals in the complex field of executive recruitment. CPCs are recruitment professionals who have met or surpassed a prescribed set of standards and are professional in all aspects of the highly technical field of personnel recruitment.

In addition to regularly attending industry conferences to stay abreast on current HR and recruitment trends, Dana holds membership in several professional organizations, including:
• National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS)
• Toastmasters International
• Intercity Personnel Associates

Her firm’s performance is measured by a 97% candidate acceptance rate (well above industry average) and strong word-of-mouth referrals. To this day, Dana personally manages every search her firm conducts.

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