About Us

About BEST

BEST Human Capital & Advisory Group was formed in 2017 by a group of professionals in executive search and business management who were tired of seeing executive search commoditized, and business done the same old way with little regard for the people being placed. Today, it is more important than ever to not just fill a position, but to fill it with a qualified candidate that will take the company to the next level. The cost of employee turnover and missed opportunities is just too great.

At BEST Human Capital & Advisory Group, we help drive the achievement of our client company’s strategic goals by identifying middle management to C-Level leadership professionals who align with the culture, behaviors and results valued by your organization.  BEST provides tactical expertise within their practice areas and partners in a highly-vested retained recruiting and advisory capacity to develop customized human capital and tailored management solutions that fit your unique situation.  BEST provides our clients extensive consultation in getting their message accurately and efficiently to target markets, increasing brand equity standing and proactively addressing upcoming trends in their sector.

Finding the right people, and then keeping them, are some of the biggest challenges to your business!

Business owners and senior level executives want to see their business consistently run better and grow faster, and to do this you need the right people in the right positions. To make this happen, you need the BEST!

BEST Stewardship

Giving back. It’s part of who we are at BEST.

The “S” in BEST is for Stewardship. We are very grateful for the many blessings we have received from clients, candidates and our stakeholders. BEST stakeholders volunteer to help the causes and communities that are nearest and dearest to them. Both individually and as teams, BEST stakeholders are putting in the time and effort to make a difference.

Organizations we currently support…

Midwest Food Bank - Indianapolis Division    Million Meal Movement    

Our Mission

BEST was formed on a cultural philosophy of abundance and servant leadership.  While teamwork, partnership and collaboration are often meaningful yet overused words to describe business relationships, you will find in BEST that these descriptions apply to the vested long-term relationships BEST develops in the course of business with clients, candidates and stakeholders of the firm.

OUR MISSION: To use the gifts that God has given us to provide human capital advisory and growth (executive recruiting and workforce development solutions) to small and middle market companies.

Our BEST Values

Driving the success of the clients we serve and the candidates we advise is what we do BEST.


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Who is Behind the BEST?

Meet the leadership and experts that are growing a truly different model in executive search and business advisory…

Chris Cimaglio
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
With over 30 years of horticultural and consumer products experience, including over 9 years as President of a Lawn & Garden sales and marketing firm in Chicago, Chris brings a unique strategic marketing and management perspective to BEST. Leading our Retained Executive Search in CPG, Marketing, PPE and Retail as well as our Business Advisory sectors, Chris is also a Board Member and Treasurer of the Million Meal Movement, a nonprofit organization based in Indianapolis and holds an MBA from St. Louis University.
Todd Downing
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Todd brings 30+ years of horticultural, consumer products and multi-industry business experience, including over 13 years of working as an Executive Search and Human Resource Advisor. Todd leads our Horticulture, Hemp & Cannabis, Restructuring and C-Level Retained Executive Search in addition to our HR Advisory. Todd provides client companies a consultative partner who proactively aligns hiring strategies and human resource initiatives that impact the completion of strategic goals with a positive ROI.
Joni Downing
CFO & Co-Founder
Joni brings 30+ years of business and project management experience, including over 20 years supporting the growth of the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Radio Network. In addition, Joni has broad retail and sports/entertainment management experience. As a human resource, finance and operations professional, Joni provides extensive support to the clients we serve as well as the entire BEST Team. Joni is also active in client relations and working with premier candidates in our targeted industries. 
Nancy Hintz
Senior Human Capital Advisor
Nancy has over two decades of diverse experience in chemical, biotechnology, manufacturing and non-profit industries. This broad base of knowledge helps her serve an array of clients in identifying top executive leadership. According to Nancy, "Clients need more than just candidates. They need solutions. I strive to help my clients identify the right solutions by listening to their needs, utilizing behavioral-based assessments and asking the right questions." Nancy is also the Executive Director of the Million Meal Movement, a nonprofit based in Indianapolis.
Michael Maggiotto, Jr. PHR, SHRM-SCP
Senior Human Capital Advisor
Michael brings over 20 years of experience including management, human resources, talent acquisition, project management, and owner/operator. Michael has significant experience within the Restructuring & Crisis Management, Packaging & Containers, Manufacturing and Retail industries and specializes in Human Resources, Accounting & Finance, and Engineering roles. As a Senior Certified Professional in Human Resources, Michael developed our WR2 HR Analysis and leads our HR Advisory Services.
Ben Molenda
Human Capital Advisor
Ben first joined BEST as a Junior Advisor (Intern) in early May 2018 and since then has been promoted to a Human Capital Advisor position. Ben completed his studies at Indiana University in December 2018. Since joining us, Ben has been involved in recruiting, business analysis, client intake, candidate assessments and pre-and post-screening and has also written for the BEST Blog. Bringing a strong work ethic and millennial perspective to BEST, Ben continues to be a strong contributor and has a bright future.
Matthew Pope
Director of Business Development
Matthew brings to BEST over ten years of business development and client management experience in the sports and entertainment industry. Matthew has managed the careers of thirty professional athletes, in addition to creating an equity driven platform connecting companies and influencers. Matthew’s experience providing a solution-driven approach to companies across multiple industries ideally positions him to help companies identify and implement the targeted BEST Retained Recruiting and HR Advisory services to help companies achieve their goals and successfully solve challenges.
Tessa Rasmussen
Junior Human Capital Advisor
Tessa has recently joined BEST as our new Junior Human Capital Advisor. She completed her studies at Bradley University in May 2019 with a Bachelor's Degree in English and Creative Writing. She is looking forward to using her degree to bring a creative and analytical flare to the group. Tessa also comes to us with over 5 years of experience in customer service, marketing and sales and has a bright future. Tessa is the proud parent of one-year old vailed chameleon, Chamuel L. Jackson, and hopes to get a dog soon.
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    BEST Human Capital & Advisory Group is a retained executive search and business advisory/consulting firm that specializes in small-to-medium sized companies, with an emphasis in the horticultural, hydroponics/cannabis, consumer products, crisis management and business restructuring categories. BEST serves companies nationwide and globally in an active and evolving market. Through a well-connected network of colleagues and a sophisticated predictive behavioral screening system (that we call “BEST Behaviors”), BEST drives our client’s growth and success through a focused and consultative approach.


    5809 N. Post Rd.
    Indianapolis, IN 46216