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Zaniello likens search to putting puzzle pieces together

Former CEO Update managing editor founded Vetted Solutions in 2010 after stints at SmithBucklin and Association Strategies

January 9, 2015
By William Ehart

Jim Zaniello trained as a journalist—but finally found an honest living in executive recruiting.

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Asked how he got into the search business, the Vetted Solutions founder said, “It’s all CEO Update’s fault.”

Zaniello was managing director of CEO Update in the late 1990s. He started at the publication in 1994 after being hired by owner Don DeBolt, former head of the Menswear Retailers of America, where Zaniello was working in communications. (That association was later absorbed by the National Retail Federation.) Zaniello had recently graduated from St. Bonaventure University in upstate New York with a journalism degree.