Kent Burns

Founder and CEO

Kent Burns leads Simply Driven Executive Search, which delivers talent in the areas of Automation, Robotics & Engineering, Finance/Accounting, Information Technology, Point of Sale Retail Technology, Human Resources and Workforce/Staffing Solutions. Simply Driven achieves client results that rival any search firm in the United States. Historical performance metrics are as follows

  • 4 to 1 Interview to Hire Ratio
  • 10 day average to deliver the winning candidate (retained searches)
  • 99+% placement retention 12 months after hire
  • 41% of placements have been diverse hires
  • 31% of placements promoted within 24 months

Simply Driven is one of the Top Producing Offices within Sanford Rose Associates, the ninth largest search firm in America. In 2019, Burns received the Corporate Mystic Award, which is the highest individual honor within Sanford Rose Associates.

A former Big Four CPA and corporate CFO, Burns’ finance/accounting technical expertise is unmatched in the recruiting industry. Since 1999, he has leveraged that expertise to find and deliver talent to premier organizations across the United States. Well-connected and widely read, his articles are enjoyed by business executives across all disciplines.

Prior to Simply Driven, Burns was a Partner with MRINETWORK. His success there included being the Top-Producing Individual Account Executive worldwide, outperforming approximately 3,500 recruiters in 38 countries.

He is the author of “What’s Your Why?” and “The Why Guide to Your First Job – College Edition.” He has been featured in publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, CFO Magazine, HR Magazine, The Journal of Accountancy, The Boston Globe, Reuters, The Houston Chronicle, The Indianapolis Business Journal and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.