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 Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission

Gilman Partners Taps New Leader for Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission

Following a nationwide search, Gilman Partners has placed Catrena Bowman-Thomas as the new executive director of the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission (NKCAC). She will take over the Covington-based non-profit on July 1. Current director Florence Tandy is retiring. The community group was seeking an executive who had past overall management responsibility of a non-profit agency, company

Gilman Partners Seeks New Leaders for Two Kentucky-Based Non-Profits

The non-profit sector has gained economic strength in recent years, making it the third largest employer in the country. Nearly two million not-for-profits employ 10.7 million people and produce $1.9 trillion in revenue. In the past decade, employment in the sector grew by 17 percent. With demand for non-profit talent at an all-time high, search firms have

5 Tips to Help Executives Make Successful Career Transitions

The failure of a new leader can cost an organization dearly – most estimates put the price at more than double the executive’s compensation. Add in an estimated new leader failure rate of close to 50 percent and it’s easy to see the inherent difficulty of leadership transitions. Even with a stellar selection process, the

Gilman Partners Forms Talent Advisory Practice

Gilman Partners Forms Talent Advisory Practice

Executive search firm Gilman Partners has appointed talent management executive Mary Morand to lead its newly formed talent advisory practice. Ms. Morand brings more than 30 years of leadership development and talent management experience to her new role. Most recently, she served for nine years as senior vice president of leadership and talent management for U.S. Bank, where

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


Gilman Partners Expands Services to Include New Talent Advisory Practice

CINCINNATI, OH, July 10, 2017 — For nearly 40 years, Cincinnati-based Gilman Partners has identified, recruited, and placed top leaders for clients throughout the Midwest as a retained executive search firm. Now, in addition to finding great talent, Gilman Partners announced it will work to develop talent through the addition of its new Talent Advisory Practice.

Mary Morand Joins Gilman Partners to Lead New Talent Advisory Practice

CINCINNATI, OH, July 10, 2017 — Gilman Partners has hired talent management executive Mary Morand to lead its newly formed Talent Advisory Practice. Morand brings more than thirty years of leadership development and talent management experience to her new role. Most recently she served for nine years as Senior Vice President of Leadership and Talent Management for

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