BrainWorks Names Leader of Real Estate, Infrastructure, and Private Investment Practice

August 16, 2023 – Warren, NJ-based executive search firm BrainWorks expanded with the addition of Charles Wilson as leader of the real estate, infrastructure, and private investment practice. His division focuses on execution, origination, and portfolio management talent for private investment platforms across various asset classes, industries, and strategies. “Charles brings 13 years of experience in finance recruitment, successfully partnering with firms ranging from top five mega funds to de novo middle market managers and family offices – and everything in between,” Brainworks said. “Welcome to the team, Charles.”

Mr. Wilson brings 13 years of experience in finance recruitment, successfully partnering with firms ranging from top-five megafunds to de novo middle market managers and family offices – and everything in between. “Over his career, he has honed the skills and abilities to map and execute search processes for investment leadership that can capitalize on nearly any thesis or economic trend,” BrainWorks said. “Charles’ foremost concern is always prompt delivery on promises made and candid communication on both sides of the search process, driving long-term relationships with top industry professionals.”

Mr. Wilson most recently served as a consultant with One Search. In this role he provided infrastructure and real assets private equity recruitment services. Before that, he was senior vice president and head of the southern U.S. region for Selby Jennings. Mr. Wilson has also served in search positions with RJ Byrd Search Group and Henderson Taylor Consulting.

Since 1991, BrainWorks has been providing executive recruiting services in the practice areas of private equity, consumer products, decision sciences and analytics, market research, and relationship marketing. The firm focuses on the recruiting needs of C-level and sub C-level management specifically within private equity and Fortune companies.

Recent Additions

BrainWorks recently named Liam Garrity as the national practice leader – go-to-market search, private equity/insurance, and financial services. “We welcome Liam Garrity to our BrainWorks team,” the search firm said. “He is laser focused on listening to the needs of his candidates and clients. Liam enjoys the challenge that comes with making strategic matches and diligently works to form synergistic partnerships that benefit both his clients and candidates.”

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Prior to joining the executive search industry, Mr. Garrity was an employee benefits broker. As an outside sales representative, he finished in the top 10 percent of sales representatives 12 years in a row at Sun Life Financial and The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Mr. Garrity transitioned to recruiting in 2017, working with a boutique executive search firm in the Atlanta market. During this time, he gained recruiting experience before moving to Korn Ferry/Lucas Group from 2018 through 2023.

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BrainWorks recently added Ashley McKnight as a recruiting coordinator – sales and marketing. “Ashley is a highly creative and detail-oriented individual with an exceptional ability to stay organized,” the firm said. “Ashley has supported the sales and marketing team by creating all visuals, running data entry, and coordinating activities. As the right- hand person of the team, Ashley has proven to be an asset making sure all tasks are completed with utmost efficiency and accuracy.”

BrainWorks also recently added John Redmond as a recruiter for the cybersecurity and financial technology divisions. “His primary focus is to drive new business and meet the ever-evolving needs of clients and candidates alike,” the firm said. “Drawing on his proven track record, John’s approach is characterized by his focus and friendly demeanor. He creates a transparent environment where both parties can feel heard and valued, fostering strong and long-lasting relationships.”

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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