Robert J. Friedland




Robert J. Friedland is a Founding Partner of Essential Human Capital, a New York City based integrated executive search and coaching firm. His executive search clients include hedge funds, private equity portfolio companies and financial technology firms.  Robert has more than 30 years experience as a senior-level recruiter, including hundreds of searches for senior-level sales, finance, marketing, capital markets and operations professionals. He is an expert in all aspects of the search and recruitment processes, from candidate identification and assessment through negotiations and closing. Robert creates win-win situations and efficient, enjoyable search processes for both clients and candidates. Recognizing the unique value that integrating search and coaching adds to recruitment, retention and development,  Robert became a Certified Professional Coach specialized in leadership, communication and team building. He also works with individuals in transition, helping them align their core values with their assessment of new career and life opportunities. Coaching honors Robert's long-standing commitment to being of service to people in both his personal and professional lives.  He spent the first seven years of his career running a group home for blind adults in Manhattan.  He subsequently worked in operations within a family business before beginning his career in executive search. Robert earned a B.A. in Political Science from the State University at Albany. He became a Certified Professional Coach and ELI-Master Practitioner (ELI is an attitudinal assessment tool) through IPEC, the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.

Steven D. Niss

Steven D. NissSteve Niss is a Founding Partner of Essential Human Capital. He has been an Executive Search Consultant for more than 14 years and serves a global client base of leading investment management organizations. Steve was most recently with RWD Executive Search and Fiderion Financial Services Group, where he helped expand their presence within the investment management community.

Earlier in his career, Steve was the Managing Director of Creditanstalt Global Asset Management, a multi-product global asset management group, where he led the efforts that grew the firm from start-up to $1.2 Billion in assets. Steve also held executive positions with American Express (Posthorn) Global Asset Management, Chase Manhattan Bank and Bankers Trust.

Steve earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University.


Richard M. Cohen

Steven D. NissRichard M. Cohen joined Essential Human Capital in 2016 and specializes in search assignments for CEOs, CFOs, and board positions. His expertise regarding the attributes required for success in the C-suite is derived from his deep experience in several leadership roles within public and private companies. Rich was the President of two public companies, General Media, Inc. and National Auto Credit. His also served as the President and CFO of CorMedix ( NYSE:CRMD ) from 2011-2013, and he was the Chairman of Chord Advisors (2012-2015), a firm that provides outsourced CFO services. He was also a founding shareholder of two private companies (Novation Capital and Regional Help that were successfully sold to private equity firms. Mr. Cohen has also served on a number of Boards of Directors (Rodman and Renshaw, National Auto Credit, Helix BioMedix and Dune Energy) and is considered an expert in chairing the Audit Committee of publicly traded companies.

Rich received a BS cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Stanford University. He began his career with Arthur Andersen and earned a CPA accreditation in New York State.