MRINetwork Takes on Defense Industry Recruitment with New Office in Virginia

(Chesapeake, VA) – The Starfish Group, LLC announced that it has joined MRINetwork, one of the largest executive search and recruitment organizations in the world, as a new affiliate office, in Chesapeake, VA. Led by owner and managing member Casey Shaw, the firm specializes in providing key talent for small and medium-sized defense contractors with a focus on engineering.

“Mr. Shaw comes to MRINetwork with a wealth of knowledge in the defense industry,” says MRINetwork interim president Stuart Batchelor. “His expertise in this space will be a great asset to both our organization and to his clients, in helping them deal with today’s pressing issues of employee attraction and retention.”

Prior to joining MRINetwork, Shaw was employed by UFP Technologies, Inc. for seven years, most recently as the manager of business development for aerospace and defense. He also worked previously as a sales manager at Guilford Mills and served in multiple roles with Collins & Aikman.

The Starfish Group was founded to support the defense industry. “We work with our client companies to support their strategic initiatives, which may include adopting emerging technology, responding to disruptive change, developing processes to comply with new legislation, or managing a defense contract,” says Shaw.

Shaw notes that the defense industry is undergoing a fundamental shift in how it handles project budgets, strategy and delivery. “The United States defense industry is running away from the free spending, wartime years,” he says.  “Today’s defense contractors realize the need to balance ever increasing cost pressures with technical innovation.  Lowest cost, technically acceptable (LCTA) is the contracting officer’s mantra.  We help firms find the next generation of strategists that are able to balance innovation, performance and cost.”

In 2013, Shaw founded to raise awareness and money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF). SOWF is a nonprofit organization that supports the military’s special operations forces and their families through key programs. The Starfish Group makes a contribution to SOWF for every permanent placement they make.

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About The Starfish Group:

The Starfish Group, LLC is committed to supporting and promoting our nation’s defense by finding and delivering strategic talent to small and mid-sized defense contractors. We recognize that the most impactful talent is often the most difficult to find.  Leveraging our experience and relationships in the industry, we work diligently to find the right person for you. Learn more about The Starfish Group at

About MRINetwork®:
Management Recruiters International, Inc., branded as MRINetwork®, is one of the largest executive search and recruitment organizations in the world. A subsidiary of CDI Corp. (NYSE:CDI), a global provider of engineering & information technology outsourcing solutions and professional staffing, MRINetwork has approximately 600 offices in 35 countries. Visit MRINetwork at For franchising opportunities, visit