The Banking Industry’s
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Welcome to Heartland Search Company. Whether your search is for a Credit Analyst, VP of Commercial Lending or C-Level Executive, you have found the right search partner.

Heartland Search Company has compiled a large network and long lasting relationships throughout the banking industry as well as various industries throughout eastern Iowa. As an industry insider, we can quickly understand your unique situation and effectively represent your search in the marketplace.


With a tailored approach based on your desires and timeline, we execute in a way to save you valuable time and money.

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We understand that in order to take your career to the next level, you have to be proactive and grab the ladder of success.

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"Wes was very proactive with us. We had a need for a Portfolio Manager and called to introduce us to a very strong candidate - one who we likely would never have found without his services. Wes is very straightforward, quick to respond and fair to deal with. I would recommend his services to any bank in Iowa in need of good lending candidates."

 — Pat D. - EVP, Senior Lending Officer


"I recently worked with Wes Schulte and Heartland Search Company regarding an addition to my Business Banking staff. Wes was extremely prepared when calling me to present information. He took the time to talk through exactly what I was looking for in a candidate as well as presented to me the positives of the candidate he was working with, and why that person would be a great fit for my sales team. Wes’s follow-up was professional and not at all over-bearing. When asked to follow-up with me on certain dates, he was responsive. I really appreciated the fact that Wes took the time to analyze my needs as the hiring manager, and wasn’t just trying to push the candidate onto me. Wes was patient with my time line, and maintained a professional conversation with me throughout the process. I would absolutely utilize Heartland Search Company for new transactions and would be happy to refer them to my colleagues in the future."

 — Stacia P. - VP, Business Banking Team Manager


"We have utilized the services of Heartland Search Company in several important hires, and we have been very pleased with the results. Wes has proven to be a consummate professional throughout our searches. He is very respectful of our time and puts a lot of energy into finding potential candidates that he thinks would be a good match for us. Wes has taken the time to get to know and understand our culture to more fully grasp the type of candidates we are looking for. Wes receives my highest recommendation. He is one of our go-to resources and has been a great partner for our organization."

 — VP, Human Resources


"Wes is a highly skilled recruiter. I was looking to make a change after 16 years in lending to focus more on sales and Wes happened to call to see how things were going. After visiting for a couple of weeks, Wes presented me with a few great options that blended my lending background with a sales focus and a top notch comp package. He's very professional and listens to clients’ needs and goals, then works hard to achieve those goals with just the right amount of communication and guidance. Top notch recruiter and will be the first call I make if I'm ever in need of change."

 — David S. - VP, Regional Banker, Commercial & Ag Lending


"Wes contacted me regarding a career opportunity he thought would be a good fit for both me and the organization. After having several conversations with him, I decided to sit down with the potential company to see if he was right. Wes was spot on. My values and ideals were very much a match with the organizations. That is what I loved about working with Heartland Search Company – they don't just look to fill an opening and move on, they look find the right fit and to build lasting relationships with everyone involved. From our initial conversation to setting up interviews to offering help with the resignation process, Wes was there to offer suggestions and answer questions throughout the entire process. I really appreciated the fact that Wes took the time to get to know me. His professionalism, attitude, and hard work really made changing jobs easy. If you are an individual looking for a career change or are working for an organization looking to make some hiring moves, contact Heartland Search Company."

 — Dave R. - Regional Manager & Lending Officer


"I would recommend Wes Schulte and Heartland Search Company to anyone and everyone. Working with Wes was very positive — his communication and preparation materials were excellent. He was very open and honest about all aspects of the interviewing process and through the acceptance of the position as well. I used a recruiter in the past and I can tell you that not all recruiters are the same. Wes is someone that will help you through the process the entire way and will be a resource in the future as well."

 — S.G. – Senior Commercial Banker, Iowa


"Wes approached me about a job opportunity he thought I would be perfect for and as it turned out he was right! I would not have found this opportunity without his services and most importantly this opportunity brought me closer to home, which meant more time to spend with my family. Wes always knows what his client needs are and incorporates that with career opportunities he presents to his potential candidate clientele, which keeps him one step ahead of his competition. I strongly recommend using Heartland Search Company for any future career move you might be planning in the financial industry."

 — Mike H. - Commercial Portfolio Manager


"After having beginning discussions with Wes we were able to establish the target area and position I was looking for. Wes was polite when making contact to present potential positions. We came across a job close to the target area and position I was looking for, so Wes made the arrangements for a visit in order to learn more. It didn't turn out to be exactly what I was comfortable with, but Wes did a great job of keeping the lines of communication open. During this whole period my wife and I were about to have our first child. With understanding Wes did not pressure us during this time period knowing switching jobs wasn't my main focus. As a result of Wes keeping the lines of communication open, the same company wanted to meet again and discuss a different position in another market. Not only was Wes able to locate a job in my target market, he was also able to present me with an opportunity for a promotion and competitive compensation package!"

 — TW - VP, Commercial & Ag Lending Officer


"When I learned I would have to relocate from my position in Business Banking in Southwest Florida to St Louis, MO, I knew I would need the assistance of a recruiter. The economic environment was/is extremely challenging and I needed to land a Business Banking position in a market I had never worked in before. Wes and several other recruiters were recommended but very quickly I determined Wes was the only one I wanted working for me. He took my resume and enhanced the content and presentation. Then he set up four interviews and followed up with me after every interview and provided immediate feedback from every bank I met with. 

It was only due to his persistence and follow up was I able to obtain a position. Wes truly cares about the people he is representing and will go to great lengths to help someone."

 — Karen B. - VP, Business Banking Officer


"I thought Heartland Search Company was very helpful in finding a new employer. I felt that I was at an advantage going into the interview since I had been recommended by someone that that the employer trusted to help them find qualified individuals. It was also great that I could consult with Wes on questions and concerns I had about changing employers. Overall I would say Wes made switching employers go very smoothly and I greatly appreciated his service."

 — Jeff K. - Mechanical Engineer


"Thank you very much for all of your help! You provided with many great ideas and tools. This was made easier because of you. I'm excited about this new opportunity."

 — B.C. – Retail Market Manager


"Wes is thoughtful, considerate and professional. He is a superb executive search professional who represents his clients very well. I would recommend him to any financial services person seeking a new position."

 — Carlotta O. - Managing Director, Business Development & Client Service - Asset Mgmt