Our Team

Our Team

Craig Novins, CPC – President/ Owner – Executive Recruiter & Search Specialist

Craig Novins, CPC received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering in May of 1990 from The College of NJ. Upon graduation, Craig began his career working for Siemens Demag Delaval Turbomachinery, Inc. in the Manufacturing Engineering department. In December 1990, he had the opportunity to get into the fluid power industry in a sales engineering role and then worked directly in the hydraulic industry from 1990-2004 selling hydraulics directly to OEM’s while setting up a North American distribution network.

Craig started as an Inside Sales Engineer for a major hydraulic manufacturer and then handled both inside and outside hydraulic sales engineering roles through 1993. From 1993-1998, Craig held the position of North American Sales Manager. In 1998, Craig was appointed V.P. and Managing Director, North American Sales, and held this title through 2004.

In 2004, after years of becoming very well known, and establishing many, many contacts throughout the fluid power industry, Craig began fluid power recruiting and started Fluid Power Connections, LLC now known as Universal Search Associates, LLC (DBA Fluid Power Connections).

Since 1992, Craig has exhibited at or attended every International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE). He exhibited 3 times in 1992, 1996 & 2000, with his last exhibit being in a 900 sq. ft. booth. Additionally, he has exhibited at many annual regional Hydraulic & Pneumatic shows in various cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. He continues to keep abreast of the latest technologies by attending various specialty tradeshows where hydraulic engineers are used including construction equipment, mining, metals, wood, rubber, plastics, and packaging – any place where fluid power products are used. Fluid Power Connections maintains a database of literally thousands and thousands of fluid power and engineering contacts.

Fred Fishman – Director/ Sr. Executive Recruiter

fred_fishmanFred Fishman has been a recruiter since 1978. He learned his craft working directly with Robert Half himself in the 1980’s. Back then, there was no Linked-in, Facebook or Twitter, to help you find good job candidates. There weren’t even spreadsheets to help you organize your recruiting and marketing efforts, in those days.

Fred later spent almost ten years with a large CPA firm, EisnerAmper. He was their internal Recruiter for six years, and later, their internal Scheduler for three years. In that time period, he recruited numerous high level accounting executives, many of whom are still with the firm. Among the position he filled with the CPA firm were Bankruptcy Partner, IT Director and scores of audit, accounting and tax professionals at all levels. He has also filled positions for Engineers, Regulatory Affairs Specialists, Client Service Specialists and Purchasing Managers.

Fred brings total dedication to his searches, and leaves no stone unturned in his quest to find the exact right fit for the openings on which he works. He has built a very impressive list of contacts that he’s cultivated over the years. He has gotten, and will continue to get, referrals and commendations from this large group of associates and former co-workers.

Above all, Fred follows the Golden Rule. He treats all of his recruits and clients in a very transparent and above board manner. Through over thirty-five years of recruiting, he has found that the best placements are the ones that don’t require a lot of cajoling, selling, or prodding. He’d much rather make fewer very good placements, than many shaky ones. Those forced placements often result in fall offs, and disappointment on all sides of the equation. He’s found that dealing in a professional, above board manner with both candidates and clients, is the way to build a loyal base of people. These are the people who want to deal with him on an on-going basis.

Jim Nolan – Vice President Executive Search

Vicki Patel – Researcher/ Programmer