Why TESA Talent? 

Partner with advisors and search partners who care and bring years of talent recruitment experience to guide you and your process, whether you’re looking to advance your career or for the perfect fit for your company culture.  

Our curated process is proven to raise the level of talent in our client companies while providing insight into candidates that seem elusive in the marketplace. 

Who We Are

After more than 20 years of serving the laboratory sciences industry, Owner and Managing Director Emil Gerardi found a need for trust and empathy in the executive search market and founded TESA Talent in 2017. We strive to be a different kind of talent acquisition solution, one that truly knows and understands the employers we partner with.   

Whether your organization needs to design an entire recruitment process, has a significant recruitment project, or needs to hire a top-notch change maker, we are the perfect partner to achieve your hiring goals.

Our Core Values

The first word in our name, TESA, stands for Tenacity, Empathy, Sincerity, and Acumen. These four attributes define who we are and the expectations we bring to every project for ourselves, our clients, and every candidate we speak with. 

Our Team

Emil Gerardi, Managing Director

Emil Gerardi is the Managing Director of TESA Talent. He has worked in the lab sciences industry in various recruiting capacities for over 20 years. Emil began his career in HR and Internal Recruitment for a manufacturer of analytical instruments before his 12 years of progressive headhunting and leadership experience with Management Recruiters International (MRI). He founded TESA Talent in 2017 to offer a refreshing approach to talent acquisition by leveraging his deep understanding of the lab sciences industry to deliver impact players to top employers in lab sciences. 


Nicolas Barrantes, Executive Recruiter

Nicolas Barrantes is an Executive Recruiter at TESA Talent with a mission to advise Life Science professionals on their next career opportunity. Nicolas takes pride in holding TESA’s clients and candidates as a priority and aims to be regarded as a trusted advisor by both. In his free time, Nicolas is working towards earning his MBA from the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins. Nicolas also enjoys hard-enduro racing, hiking, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.