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Reengineering the Executive Search Process.

We’re the people you call when you want to find the right fit – the first time. As one of three LGBTBE-certified executive search firms in the country, Retained offers a unique solution to address your diversity spend goals and secure top-tier executives for your organization. Each principle of our executive search practice has at least 20+ years of leadership experience.

Meet Our Leadership Team.


Betsy Robinson

Founder & Ceo

Betsy has 20+ years of experience in recruiting and executive search. Betsy is an active volunteer with WIT (Women in Technology), currently serving on the Board of Directors. Betsy has also served on the Board of Directors for the Technology Association of Georgia’s Diversity & Inclusion Society, as well as the Business Advisory Board for ITT Technical Institute. As the 2023 Georgia LGBTQ+ Businessperson of the Year and an honoree for Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30-ish, Betsy has built a solid reputation as the go-to for diversity tech recruiting and equitable hiring processes. Adding to her accolades, Betsy was recognized in Inc.’s Female Founders 250 list of 2024, solidifying her impact and influence in the industry.

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Tino Mantella

President & Managing Partner

With a passion for community engagement, Tino led a dedicated team of stakeholders to establish the largest tech trade association in North America, expanding membership from under 350 to over 36,000. As a transformational leader, Tino orchestrated the growth of an established leadership development company, achieving a remarkable 200% expansion over a five-year period. Throughout Tino's tenure in the not-for-profit sector, he facilitated substantial donor contributions and secured over $300 million in funding, earning recognition as the first recipient of Fast Company's George Land award for innovation. Additionally, Tino directed efforts to allocate more than $50 million towards research for arthritic diseases, contributing significantly to medical advancements. As CEO of a dynamic for-profit company, Tino pioneered a program to recruit Regional Presidents, now boasting over thirty influential leaders nationwide. Furthermore, Tino managed the largest single-room occupancy housing complex in Illinois and initiated a prestigious 501-C6 organization dedicated to National Security Policy, earning accolades from Governor Nathan Deal. Notably, Tino successfully led a gang intervention initiative in Chicago under Mayor Richard M. Daley's administration, resulting in a substantial decrease in gang-related deaths within the city.

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Robert Bouchard

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Bouchard is an established thought-leader in IT staffing, having implemented multiple programs surrounding international recruitment strategies, talent acquisition, work authorization, and third-party process during his 20-year career in the private sector. He has built global delivery teams using cutting-edge technologies in recruitment automation and talent analytics that have produced high volume output.

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Core Values.

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In Your Shoes.

Proven practitioners delivering exceptional executive talent.

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Casting a Wide Net.

Uncovering diverse executive brilliance as part of every search.

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Invested in People.

Transforming executive recruitment through a powerful alliance of human capability and state-of-the-art technology.

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Dynamic Synergy.

Clients, candidates, our team, and the community. Relationships over transactions always.


Our mission is to empower companies to thrive by providing them with diverse, quality candidates who bring unique perspectives, experiences, and skills to the table.


Our vision is to be the preferred choice for technology and nonprofit executive search.

Building Resilient Teams With Diversity at the Core.

Our active participation in community organizations allows us to serve our community and gain access to networks full of diverse executive talent.

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Building on Tier4 Group’s Legacy.

As an extension of Tier4 Group, Retained’s clients benefit from the extensive network and trusted reputation that earned Tier4 Group a spot in the Inc. 5000 for 5 consecutive years, along with 18 other awards and honors.

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Ready to Secure Top Talent?

Speak with Tino Mantella to start your executive search journey today.

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