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 qualified candidates that will take companies 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 manner to develop customized human capital and 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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BEST Associations

Proud members of the following and proud of the company we keep…

AmericanHort    Indiana Chamber of Commerce     NRHA     SHRM


Who is Behind the Best?

The leadership that is growing a truly different model in retained executive search and business advisory services…

Chris Cimaglio
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Chris has over 30 years of horticultural and consumer products experience, including over 9 years as President of a progressive sales and marketing firm in Chicago. Chris brings a unique strategic marketing and management perspective leading our Consumer Products, Retained Executive Search and our Sales & Marketing Advisory sectors.
Todd Downing
Managing Partner
Todd brings 30+ years of horticultural and multi-industry business experience, including over 12 years of working as a talent acquisition and management consultant. Todd is leading our Hydroponic/Cannabis and C-Level Retained Executive Search in addition to our Human Resource Advisory sectors. This includes: Succession Planning, Retention Strategies and Organizational Development.
Joni Downing
Managing Partner & 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. Joni is instrumental in client relations, working with premier candidates in our targeted industries, while providing project management, administrative and Business Advisory support.
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.
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."
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.
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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