Gilman Partners


Gilman Partners is the leading retained executive search and recruiting firm serving clients throughout the Midwest from its Cincinnati headquarters and its Chicago office. Many of our clients are family owned or privately held. Our experience has made us especially attuned to the needs of these organizations.

Reputation, reach, and results are what you can expect from Gilman Partners. As business leaders and expert consultants in executive search and recruiting services, we have developed a process that through hundreds of successful client engagements has been refined to near perfection. We have the agility and responsiveness of a local recruiting firm coupled with the experience, influence, and sophistication of a national firm making us a leading search firm in the Midwest. Our proven process, optimal size, and proactive communication allows us to deliver exceptional results for every engagement.



Gilman Partners Launches Real Estate & Economic Development Practice

Executive search firm Gilman Partners has formed a new commercial real estate / economic development recruiting practice led by partner Karen Finan. Ms. Finan joined Gilman Partners after a career with Duke Realty Corporation and Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED).  After years of conducting local and regional searches in the sector, the firm decided to formalize the practice, and

In a Three Generational Workforce, Baby Boomers Provide the Backbone

Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are still some the most motivated and driven members of the workforce, according to a newly released survey by the Futurestep division of Korn Ferry. Interestingly, the survey revealed that Baby Boomers will be working for far longer following the global recession. As a result, businesses should

Gilman Partners Forms Non-Profit Leadership Practice

Due to growing demand for talented leaders of non-profit organizations, executive search firm Gilman Partners has formed a non-profit leadership practice. Under the direction of partner Barry Elkus, in collaboration with partner Karen Finan, the firm’s new non-profit leadership practice works with non-profit organizations to identify, screen, and attract talent for mission critical roles including CEO, COO,


Gilman Partners Launches Commercial Real Estate Practice

CINCINNATI, OH, September 27, 2016 — After years of local and regional success conducting searches in commercial real estate and economic development, Gilman Partners has formalized and launched a Commercial Real Estate Practice, and will expand services throughout the Midwest and into the Southeast. The firm will continue to focus on mid-to-upper management positions in areas related

Gilman Partners Welcomes Debra Savage

CINCINNATI, OH, September 14, 2016 — Gilman Partners is pleased to announce that Debra Savage has joined the team as an Executive Recruiter. She specializes in accounting and finance searches with a focus on CFO, controller, human resources and strategic planning roles. Debra has more than 30 years of experience with companies including Deloitte, Ursuline Academy of Cincinnati,

Gilman Partners Announces Non-Profit Leadership Practice

CINCINNATI, OH, July 25, 2016 — Based on growing demand in the region for talented leaders of non-profit organizations, Gilman Partners has focused its expertise and resources to formalize a Non-Profit Leadership Practice. Under the direction of Barry Elkus, in collaboration with Karen Finan, the practice partners with non-profit organizations to identify, screen, and attract talent for mission

Culture Shaping: Hiring Employees Who Can Shift Organizational Culture

CINCINNATI, OH, June 13, 2016 — Hiring individuals who align with your company’s core values, ethics, and culture can be critical to their success as well as that of your organization. However, successful and thriving companies continue to evolve their culture in order to maintain their competitive advantage. Cultivating organizational culture, or culture shaping as it’s often known,

Who’s Going to Fill the Leadership Gap? Attracting and Retaining Millennial Employees

CINCINNATI, OH, May 27, 2016 — As Baby Boomers are planning for retirement and thinking about the future of their companies, many are concerned they haven’t recruited enough top talent to step into open leadership positions. Businesses are fiercely competing for top talent to join their organizations, hoping those recruits will replace the Boomer generation in the coming