JM Search Recruits CEO for Colony Display

February 29, 2024 – JM Search has assisted in the recruitment of Craig Marton as the new CEO of Colony Display in Bartlett, IL. Partner Trista Bleers McCarthy led the assignment. “We could not be more thrilled to welcome Craig to the Colony family,” said Suzanne Yoon, founder and managing partner of Kinzie Capital Partners, investors in Colony Display. “We are confident that his unique expertise in strategic vision, human capital, culture and operational excellence will be a tremendous asset to Colony employees and customers.”

A former United States Marine, Mr. Marton brings decades of leadership experience to his new role. With Mr. Marton at the helm, Colony will embark on a period of strategic growth as it further expands its retail display manufacturing offerings. Leading a team of approximately 150 highly-skilled employees, Mr. Marton will support Colony’s history of promoting sustainable manufacturing practices as the company strengthens its market presence and upholds its reputation for best-in-class client satisfaction.

During his career, Mr. Marton has specialized in serving as a turnaround CEO. He has led TEPCOGLASS, Able Manufacturing & Assembly, Bancsource, LMC Industries, Hedstrom Corporation, among others.

“I am honored and excited to begin this new chapter with Colony Display,” said Mr. Marton. “I look forward to leveraging my years of experience in the manufacturing, service and construction industries to further cement Colony as a leader in innovative custom retail display solutions and manufacturing.”

Specializing in wood, metal and plastic manufacturing, Colony is a portfolio company of Chicago-based Kinzie Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in lower middle-market companies in manufactured products, business services and consumer industries with $3 million to $15 million of EBITDA. Established in 1982, Colony Display is known for its end-to-end custom retail fixtures and unique merchandising solutions. The company is a designer, manufacturer, and installer of highly customized fixtures, exhibits and displays servicing home improvement, retail, and hospitality.

An Advisor to CEOs, Investors, and Boards

JM Search is an advisor to CEOs, investors, and boards of directors in recruiting, assessing, and delivering high performance leaders and transformational leadership teams. Its clients include private equity firms and portfolio companies, venture capital-backed businesses, and publicly held companies across North America. Founded in 1980, the JM Search recruiting team brings together former operating and financial executives, investors and experienced search professionals with deep industry specialization, functional expertise, and proven access to talent spanning multiple industry sectors.

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Ms. Bleers McCarthy co-leads the firm’s go-to-market team. She has over 25 years of experience in executive search, human resources, and brand marketing. She focuses on recruiting C-suite executives and senior leaders across the industrial and services sectors, with a functional specialization in marketing. Ms. Bleers McCarthy supports both large public clients as well as mid-market private equity and Family office backed businesses. Prior to JM Search, she was a partner at Roberts and Ryan, a boutique retained executive search firm, where she recruited executives across industries and functions.

Past Assignment

Kristian Shannon and Jocelyn Scott of JM Search recently recruited Gary Santo as CEO of RX Green Technologies, a producer of commercial cultivation supplies for the cannabis industry. He replaced Wes Matelich, who will remain on the board as an advisor. “With such a strong foundation in place, RX Green Technologies is ready to scale,” said Mr. Matelich. “Following an extensive search led by myself and the board, we are excited to add a leader with Gary’s depth of experience in the cannabis industry and strong history of transformational leadership. Together with his passion for serving customers and brand partners and proven track record of developing and inspiring lean, high-performance teams, we believe Gary is the right person to take RX Green to the next level and accelerate the company’s growth opportunities.”

Mr. Santo brings nearly three decades of experience leading high-performing teams in consumer credit, financial services, gaming and technology, higher education, specialty-pharma and regulated cannabis sectors across North America. He has held a variety of senior-level positions including roles at The Cannabist Company, and most recently held the role of CEO at TILT Holdings Inc., a multi-state operator and global inhalation business in the licensed cannabis industry.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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