After 15 years recruiting, Kent Burns challenges the status quo with Simply Driven Executive Search

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Search industry veteran, Kent Burns, plans to change recruiting through launching his own firm, Simply Driven Executive Search, LLC.  Simply Driven will challenge the status quo of traditional recruiting by driving clients and candidates toward “why” instead of “what” or “how.”

Simply Driven is founded on Burns’ 15 years of experience in the recruiting and search field, combined with his personal mission – his “why” – to impact people in a positive, lasting and life-changing way.

“More than any other reason, employment relationships break down due to lack of meaning.  Meaning is a question of ‘why.’ The recruiting industry doesn’t focus on ‘why’ first – it focuses on ‘what’ and ‘how,’ – and all parties are guilty: employers, employees, job candidates and search firms.  We’re changing that,” said Burns.  “Companies and candidates will have a different experience with us at Simply Driven.  We impact the personal, professional and financial lives of the candidates and organizations we work with; we do it in a positive, lasting and life-changing way; and we do it through executive search.”

As Vice President of Sales for award-winning search firm Protis, Burns delivered consecutive years of double-digit sales growth, helping the company set multiple revenue records, including the best single month and the best quarter in the company’s 18-year history.

As a partner and perennial top producer with MRINETWORK, he was the top-producing individual account executive in 2003, outperforming approximately 3,500 recruiters worldwide.

“The success of a search firm is measured by two things: employee performance and employee retention.  Skills are critical, but it’s the personal and cultural alignment that make or break the deal over the long haul,” says Burns. “Talented people must be engaged, vetted and won from the marketplace.  “Why” gets them there, and helps keeps them there.  You can’t automate that dialogue or that experience.  It requires an expert.  And this is where we excel.”


Simply Driven Executive Search specializes in sales/marketing and finance/accounting search.  The firm’s client list includes some of America’s premier companies.  Simply Driven has a national presence and focus.  Founder Kent Burns is the author of What’s Your Why? and The Why Guide to Your First Job – College Edition. Burns has been featured in publications such as 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.