Jim Gilreath is a well known search consultant and founded successful recruiting ventures in Boston and Stamford, before establishing himself at Skin in the Game.
Skin in the Game is a fantastic read and provides a unique perspective to Private Equity clients and CEO candidates interested in private equity ventures. It tackles the real "behind the scenes" experiences many clients encounter on the way to finding exceptional talent. For prospects, Skin in the Game emphasizes the leg work, follow up and the discipline a prospective candidate might employ to effectively navigate the search process. Its a" tell all" from a very creative expert in the field and a hand book for professionals on both sides of the table.
Expert Insights gained from years of successful experience make “Skin in the Game” the absolute go-to resource for middle-market PE firms, C-suite executives and others looking for the right fit, the right partnership and the right investment.
~Gary A. LaBranche, President & CEO, Association for Corporate Growth
Metapoint Partners has had a relationship with Jim Gilreath for more than 17 years. We have never experienced anyone who does a more thorough and complete evaluation of candidates. Gilreath Consultancy has handled 24 searches for Metapoint Partners. We are happy to recommend his services without reservation.
~Keith C. Shaughnessy, President & CEO Metapoint Partners
In all my years of corporate consulting, I have yet to meet an executive search professional with greater integrity, diligence, or expertise than Jim Gilreath. Jim understands that every new hire ultimately contributes either to moving a business forward or holding it back. We’ve collaborated successfully in a number of critical hiring situations for companies whose prior selection errors had been costly. Combining Jim’s careful, exhaustive search discipline with expert psychological assessment technology, we were able to hire ‘by design’ rather than by chemistry’.
~David Pellegrini, Ph.D., principal The Global Consulting Partnership
Gilreath Consultancy has many years experience in matching up high-performance individuals with high-performance opportunities. Jim’s process is extremely thorough for both the client and the prospective candidates. It ensures that the clients understand the candidates, the candidates understand the opportunity and both know what is required for success. I know because I am a satisfied hired candidate.
~Gregory J. Biederman, former President and CEO Nylon Corporation of America
Jim Gilreath’s tenacity in pursuing candidates, the thoroughness of your reference and work experience checks, and your patience in seeking out only the most qualified candidates separates you from the other retained search firms with whom I have worked.
~Peter Bransfield, former President, Altair Avionics Corp
The strength of a Gilreath Consultancy search is in the defined process they use to assure a good match between the private equity company’s desires, the portfolio company’s needs, and the candidate. As a placed CEO, Jim did an excellent job in making sure that my experiences and professional strengths were the right matches for Roscoe Medical. He did this through a variety of steps that included traditional, but detailed, “search” measures (e.g. references) as well as ones that seem to be unique to Gilreath Consultancy. While unique, they were valuable in completing the match between Roscoe and me.
~Paul J. Guth, President & CEO, Roscoe Medical, Inc.
Jim Gilreath sets a very high benchmark for retained recruiters hiring C-level executives. I learned this as a candidate when I was hired as CEO by one of his private equity clients. Jim works to know the human being behind the titles and marketing. In his process of revealing me from youth, through the formative years and education; to reasons behind career choices and decisions; we both learned a lot about me. He is a consummate professional and a pleasure with whom to work.
~Bob McKinley, former CEO & President, Sidump’r Trailer Company
I have been through the Gilreath due diligence process twice. The thoroughness of the process impressed me as a candidate. Doing the biography that Jim calls the “Indiana Jones” provided me with an opportunity to summarize my career in the most advantageous light; answering the detailed questionnaire Jim put together about the position I was being considered for was a great help in preparing for the in-person interview. Several of my references commented about how in-depth the reference checking process was (the most in-depth that any of that had ever encountered). From the candidate’s perspective, this meant that there would be no surprises; allowing you to concentrate on preparing for the interview process.
~Wayne D. Pedlar, former General Manager Tower Industries, Inc.
As a CEO hire and beneficiary of Gilreath Consultancy services. I have never participated in a more comprehensive or thorough vetting process. At the end of the day, both the candidate and company will have all the information necessary to make an informed decision.
~Timothy L. Friedel, President & CEO, Stone Panels, Inc.
In the future, I won’t hesitate to call as rarely have I been so impressed with the thoroughness and quality of work from an outside consultant. Once again, thanks for a job well done. I can’t believe that I actually did hire the first guy that I spoke to.
~Larry J. Franklin, President Franklin Sports