Our Team


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

Our experienced team of Human Capital Advisors and Human Resource Advisory Experts work with a variety of companies in our targeted industries. We are incredibly adept at recruiting the right professionals for your specific needs and company culture. 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 nine years as President of a Lawn & Garden sales and marketing firm in Chicago, Chris brings unique strategic marketing, management, and succession planning expertise to BEST. He leads our Retained Executive Search in CPG, Marketing, PPE, and Retail as well as several of our Business Advisory Services, and is an approved Exit Plan Advisor. 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
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 nonprofit 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.

Matthew Pop
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.

Ben Molenda
Human Capital Advisor

Ben joined BEST in May 2018 as a Human Capital Advisor, where he has excelled in executive recruiting, business analysis, client intake, candidate assessments, and pre-and post-screening and has also written for the BEST Blog. Ben co-leads our Succession Planning Advisory as an approved Exit Plan Advisor. Bringing a strong work ethic and millennial perspective to BEST, Ben continues to be an active contributor and valued member of the team.

Harrison Downing
Harrison Downing
Human Capital Advisor

Harrison joined the BEST team in the fall of 2020 after investing the previous five years in growing a microbrewery, craft distillery, and gastropub brand throughout the state of Indiana. He excelled at talent assessment, hiring, training, engagement, crisis management, and business development with the belief that “shortcuts today lead to shortcomings tomorrow.” Harrison has a keen eye in identifying opportunities for growth and working collaboratively towards the necessary solutions. With a BA in History from Indiana University, he can empathize with all perspectives to make informed and well-rounded decisions in the recruiting process.


Born in 2016, Tyson was recently rescued from a local shelter and hit the jackpot finding his furever home with Harrison. Since joining the BEST team, Tyson has excelled at employee engagement, meating attendance (though he is still working on staying awake for their duration), and performing quality assessments for the team during lunch hour and snack breaks. According to Tyson, it is a “ruff” world, so he is happy to be at BEST.


BEST is about identifying the tailored human capital support your organization may require today with an eye on tomorrow…


BEST Executive Search

Companies from around the world are competing like never before to attract the best executive talent without boundaries…


BEST Practice Areas

BEST provides clients with comprehensive and targeted expertise to complete each search successfully. BEST’s targeted industries are…

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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