Matt Nickens,
Senior Partner

Matt Nickens brings extensive recruiting experience and a natural ability to build deep, transparent connections with people.

I’m not a salesman. I’m not a fast talker. I’m a consultant and adviser. My strength is building trust and transparency, and unveiling existing commonalities between people that weren’t readily seen or previously visible by others.

Matt came to Coleman Search Group in the summer of 2020 to partner with long-time friend Darryl Coleman in opening CSG’s new mid-Atlantic Maryland office while continuing to build upon the firm’s success and reputation. He brings extensive recruiting experience and a natural ability to build deep, transparent connections with people.

Prior to joining Coleman Search Group, Matt worked as a Business Development Manager at Experis, the IT Division of the world’s third-largest staffing firm at the time, and grew a national book of business servicing federal and commercial clients that generated $2 million annually. He was involved in strategic planning, negotiation, and client communication for small-to-medium businesses and Fortune 500 companies.

A connector of people and believer in people, Matt has spent his career helping others find new levels of success. An outside-the-box thinker and entrepreneur at heart, Matt’s first venture, Reel Athletics, was a multimedia company that connected student-athletes with college coaches. After directly assisting more than 200 men and women navigate the recruiting process to play at the collegiate and pro levels, Matt decided to apply his natural gift to the world of recruiting and joined the boutique recruiting firm, NRI. There, he gained a 360 view of the recruiting process, handling recruiting and account management responsibilities for their accounting/finance team. He dove head-first into the real estate and construction industries, establishing new business partnerships and finding early success within the world of recruiting.

Matt Nickens brings a fresh, new perspective to commercial insurance recruiting.

In joining Coleman Search Group, Matt’s brought a fresh, new perspective to the world of commercial insurance recruiting. His ability and patience to listen and digest before responding and advising is one reason why insurance executives and HR leaders have quickly warmed to the charismatic and transparent consulting style that Matt’s brought to an industry that’s now experiencing quick cycles of evolution and diverse growth.

Matt graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major from Towson University and achieved an early dream of working for ESPN on more than 80 nationally televised events before transitioning full-time to Reel Athletics to begin assisting others in achieving their dreams. When he’s not working, skydiving, or running with the bulls in Spain, you’ll likely find Matt painting, pursuing his passion for travel and culture, and enjoying weekly game nights with his family and friends. Matt is a strong advocate for dyslexia awareness and devotes a lot of time and energy to helping others through various charitable avenues and one-on-one conversations.

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