Our Team


We all need someone to lean on— Lean on us!

Our experienced team of Human Capital Advisors and HR Advisory Experts work with major companies in our targeted industries and are incredibly adept at recruiting the right professionals for their needs. Candidates also know they’re in good hands because communications are always in a timely and professional manner.

  • We are not transactional.
  • We are not headhunters.
  • We are not contingency recruiters.

We are your total talent and HR solution identifying professionals that align with the culture, behaviors, and results valued by your organization.

Who is Behind the BEST? Meet the leadership and experts that are growing a genuinely different model in executive search and business advisory (and having some fun doing it too).

The BEST Team
Chris Cimaglio
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
With over 30 years of horticultural and consumer product experience, including over nine years as President of a Lawn & Garden sales and marketing firm in Chicago, Chris brings a unique strategic marketing and management perspective to BEST. He leads our Retained Executive Search in CPG, Marketing, PPE, and Retail as well as several of our Business Advisory Services. 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 with 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. Joni also 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 excelled in executive 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 an active 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
Human Capital Advisor
Tessa has recently joined BEST as our latest 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 five years of experience in customer service, marketing, and sales and has a bright future. Tessa is the proud parent of Rudy, the BEST Office Mascot (and he is indeed the "best dog").

Join the People Behind Our Success

BEST has developed a culture of change for experienced Retained Executive Recruiters or Human Capital Advisors who desire to be part of a firm that operates with full transparency, professional collaboration, respect for work-life balance, and an abundance mentality.

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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