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On October 6, 2022, Hunt Scanlon Ventures is convening hundreds of executive recruiters, PE leaders, and investment bankers at The Harvard Club of New York to examine how executive search firms are funding expansion, raising growth capital, seeking PE growth partners, and acquiring rivals to stay competitive.

If your search firm is preparing an expansion and in need of funding, seeking a private equity growth partner, considering a sale, developing an M&A strategy, setting up a continuity plan, or mapping an exit, we take a deep dive with the best experts across the field. We take you inside the latest deals to examine how investors themselves are assessing search firms – and evaluating risk.

We invite you to come meet key players in the PE community, shake hands with top executive search leaders, and discover your next move. Our formal sessions will include a continental breakfast followed by a networking break which will include mid-morning snacks. We end with a ‘champagne & nibbles’ gathering upstairs in the club where you will meet everyone one-on-one and exchange business cards!

Agenda

Welcome

A Special Thanks To Our Premier Sponsors

7:45AM-8:45AM

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Rob Adams
8:45AM-9:00AM

Opening Remarks

Rob Adams Moderator – Hunt Scanlon Media
Aileen Alexander
9:00AM-9:30AM

Partnering with Private Equity: DSG’s Journey

Aileen Alexander Chief Executive Officer – Diversified Search Group

As more and more private equity firms enter the executive search industry, there are incredible opportunities to differentiate and scale. In this presentation, Aileen Alexander, CEO of Diversified Search Group, will discuss the firm’s path from a privately owned company to a private equity partnership with Shoreview. This case study provides a window into a respected partnership that led to the firm’s continued growth. Aileen will share key insights from their journey, including those from the firm’s most recent acquisition of Alta Associates. She will discuss how forging partnerships with innovative, fast growing industries like cybersecurity creates exponential opportunity for growth.

9:30AM-9:45AM

AUDIENCE Q&A

Kevin McVeigh
9:45AM-10:15AM

How to Assess Investment Opportunities in Executive Search

Kevin McVeigh Managing Director – Credit Suisse

In this special presentation, Kevin McVeigh – a well-respected analyst and managing director at Credit Suisse – will examine how investors, and Wall Street, assess and evaluate executive search firms. His presentation will cover why the sector is ripe for investment and reveal the valuation metrics that investors look at, but more importantly, he will discuss the key topics and risks that investors focus on when evaluating investments in this sector.

10:15AM-10:30AM

AUDIENCE Q&A

10:30AM-10:50AM

Networking Break

Moderator: TBD (Tied to Reception Sponsorship)
10:50AM-11:20AM

Why Executive Search Firms are Highly Attractive for Investment

Moderator: TBD (Tied to Reception Sponsorship) TBD

Acquisitions have made huge news in the recruiting industry this past year, and for good reason. Outside investors finally caught on to the sector’s expansion potential and long growth runway ahead. Top search leaders also found ways to maximize profit which made them highly attractive to private equity firms looking for platforms they could accelerate. In this panel discussion, leading PE investment and human capital management professionals discuss why search firms are primed for investment. They will also share how small and mid-sized recruiters can best position themselves as possible acquisition targets, seek acquisitions of their own, and when mezzanine capital makes most sense.

John Beauclair
Senior Principal
New State Capital Partners

Juan Gaitan
Chief Executive Officer
TalentoHCM

PE Speaker #3
TBD
TBD

Executive Search#4
TBD
TBD

11:20AM-11:35AM

AUDIENCE Q&A

Jack Saxton
11:35AM-12:05PM

How Executive Search Firms can Maximize Equity Value

Jack Saxton Chief Executive Officer – Tempting Talent

There’s one challenge at the forefront of most executive search business owners’ minds – hiring and retaining great talent. A great talent strategy is fundamental to maximizing equity value in executive search businesses. In this session, Jack Saxton, CEO of Tempting Talent – discusses how executive search firms can maximize equity value through his unique lens as leader of the USA’s largest search-to-search business. Mr. Saxton’s insight will uncover the major pitfalls and secrets for success that his best clients are using to maximize their growth and create long-term value through best-in-class talent attraction.

12:05PM-12:20PM

AUDIENCE Q&A

Rob Adams
12:20PM-12:35PM

Closing Remarks

Rob Adams Moderator – Hunt Scanlon Media
12:35PM-1:35PM

VIP Champagne Reception

A steady wave of M&A activity is sweeping across the top-end executive recruiting solutions sector. In hot pursuit: private equity firms, investment banks, super boutiques, and multi-billion dollar consultancies seeking new platforms – and investment opportunities – to drive growth.

On October 6, 2022, Hunt Scanlon Ventures is convening hundreds of executive recruiters, PE leaders, and investment bankers at The Harvard Club of New York to examine how executive search firms are funding expansion, raising growth capital, seeking PE growth partners, and acquiring rivals to stay competitive in one of the hottest markets in years.

Executive search firms are today highly attractive to investors. They are expanding rapidly, diversifying into new business, and going global. Investors see a multi-billion industry at a crossroads, and in need of capital funding to accelerate growth. Human capital leaders, search firm founders, and M&A investment professionals come together to offer up surprising recommendations for anyone considering this path.

Meet key players in the PE community, shake hands with top executive search leaders, and discover your next move. Our formal sessions will include a continental breakfast followed by a networking break which will include mid-morning snacks. We end with a ‘champagne & nibbles’ gathering upstairs in the club where you will meet everyone one-on-one and exchange business cards!

Executive Recruiting M&A Forum: Maximizing Equity Value‘ will include presentations by Aileen Alexander, chief executive officer at Diversified Search Group; Kevin McVeigh, managing director at Credit Suisse; John Beauclair, managing principal at New State Capital Partners; Juan Gaitan, chief executive officer at TalentoHCM; and Jack Saxton, chief executive officer at Tempting Talent.

Harvard Club of New York City
35 West 44th Street, NY 10036

(Cancellation notice: any passes canceled after August 19th, 2022 will not be refunded. Sponsorships non-refundable.)

Speakers

Aileen Alexander, Chief Executive Officer – Diversified Search Group

Aileen K. Alexander is the chief executive officer of Diversified Search Group, the largest woman-founded executive search firm in the world. Her responsibilities include oversight and management of the company. She previously served as vice chair, leading the firm’s global corporate practice. Aileen is a global board member of AltoPartners, a leading international alliance of executive search firms, with Diversified Search Group as the exclusive U.S. partner.

Based in Philadelphia, Aileen is a recognized leader in the executive search and talent management industry, having led C-Suite and board level searches from large, global corporations to high growth entrepreneurial companies. She leverages her expertise in technology, cybersecurity, risk management, leadership, and succession planning to enable clients to achieve their purpose and strategic priorities. Alexander is committed to ensuring client service that is creative, nimble, responsive, always centered on people first and building diverse teams that drive innovation, growth, and inclusive cultures.

Prior to joining DSG, Aileen was a managing partner at Korn Ferry where she co-launched and co-led the firm’s global cybersecurity practice. She had leadership responsibilities for Philadelphia and was also a member of the technology officers and aerospace and defense practices. She entered the industry with Heidrick & Struggles, in their Washington, DC office.

Before embarking on her career in executive search, Aileen worked in international security and defense policy at the Department of Defense and U.S. House of Representatives. She is also a military veteran, having served as a captain in the U.S. Army.

John Beauclair, Senior Principal – New State Capital Partners

John Beauclair joined New State Capital Partners in 2013 following over 18 years of experience in investment banking, private equity, and operations. John has significant experience sourcing and executing transactions across a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, specialty vehicles, agriculture, packaging, and business services.

Previously, John was a principal with Vector Capital, a 2.2B fund focused on the technology sector. Prior to Vector, John was with Gryphon Investors, where he oversaw the firm’s special situations and business development efforts. Prior to Gryphon, John worked at Sun Capital Partners, where he focused on distressed and value investment opportunities across a number of industries.

Earlier in his career, John co-founded TransOcean Capital, Inc., a middle-market private equity firm which serves investors in the MENA region. His work at TransOcean involved highly complex capital structures designed for TransOcean’s off-shore investor base.

Juan Gaitan, Founder & CEO – TalentoHCM

Juan Gaitan is founder & chief experience officer at Talento Human Capital Management holding primary responsibility for managing the growth of the firm to $100M in revenue by 2025.

Juan is obsessed with TalentoHCM’s customers success and enabling their performance through custom design and implementation of talent & organizational solutions. With two decades of human capital management & transformation experience in 30+ industries placing over 20k professionals across 500+ organizations, Juan partners with senior business leaders and human resources management teams to facilitate, align, optimize, and execute.

Prior to TalentoHCM, Juan co-founded, managed, and grew a global professional services firm delivering management consulting in human resources & information technology as well as a robust recruiting services offering in search, RPO and staffing. Prior to the global professional services firm, Juan served as managing director of an executive search & HR advisory firm and held progressive business & HR roles with an emphasis in talent management, organization design, strategy & transformation, mergers & acquisitions, change management and technology.

Kevin McVeigh, Managing Director – Credit Suisse

Kevin D. McVeigh is a managing director in the equity research department of Credit Suisse based in New York covering business and information services. Kevin joined Credit Suisse in 2018.

Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Kevin was at Deutsche Bank where he was head of U.S. business and information services. Over the last 20+ years in research, Kevin has been consistently ranked by Institutional Investor with such accolades as Best Up and Coming Analyst for 2009, several honorable mentions, and top five ranked business services analyst in 2017. He also ranked 2nd for stock picking by StarMine in 2015 and 2017. Kevin has covered the sector for over two decades at a number of other investment firms including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Bear Stearns. Prior to Bear Stearns, he was an audit manager at Deloitte.

Jack Saxton, Chief Executive Officer – Tempting Talent

Jack Saxton is the CEO of Tempting Talent, the largest search-to-search firm in the USA. He consultants executive search businesses about M&A, strategy and strategic talent acquisition.

With 10 years’ experience in this market, Jack has supported executive search & staffing firms grow in every major continent to scale high-performance teams.

After deciding to specialize in the U.S. market 4 years ago, Tempting Talent has placed over 300 executive search professionals in the U.S. It has also secured venture investments or equity partnerships for four executive search or staffing businesses that it has gone on to support successfully through preferred talent acquisition agreements.

Tempting Talent has a team of 18 consultants focussed on niche specialisms within the staffing and executive search industry and has offices in New York and London.

Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

Diversified Search is one of the top 10 retained executive search firms in North America. It has nine offices across the U.S. – in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Southern California, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. and global capabilities in 37 countries as the exclusive U.S. partner of Alto Partners. Diversified Search delivers leadership talent to its clients using a highly collaborative approach to each search assignment, viewing each one through a broad lens. This allows its consultants to consider all issues – including generational, cultural, ethnic, industry, gender and functional – to bring organizations fresh, high-potential candidates. For more information, visit www.diversifiedsearch.com.

Tempting Talent was founded in 2017 as the talent arm of Tempting Ventures, a recruitment focused venture capital firm.

It was founded to support Tempting Ventures’ mission to help build specialist recruitment entrepreneurs in new and exciting markets.

Since then, Tempting Talent has grown to become a leading recruitment-to-recruitment business in the USA, working with recruitment companies from the UK and US companies to expand in America.

The firm’s mission is to empower people to reach their potential through careers in recruitment. They aim to do this through access to the right information, opportunities, and people that maximize the chances of professional success, and by helping people find purpose and meaning in work to lead as fulfilled and happy lives as possible. For more information, visit www.temptingtalent.com.

Reception Sponsor

Lanyard Sponsor

Talento Human Capital Management provides talent and organizational solutions enabling businesses to evolve beyond tactical human resources management.

The Talento recruiting division provides customized talent acquisition solutions by aligning the right talent through an industry changing client experience model. The firm’s approach evolves organizations from traditional recruiting models into a strategic, value-added capability. For more information, visit www.talentohcm.com.

Gold Sponsors

Talento Human Capital Management provides talent and organizational solutions enabling businesses to evolve beyond tactical human resources management.

The Talento recruiting division provides customized talent acquisition solutions by aligning the right talent through an industry changing client experience model. The firm’s approach evolves organizations from traditional recruiting models into a strategic, value-added capability. For more information, visit www.talentohcm.com.

Cancellation Policy

(Cancellation notice: any passes canceled after August 19th, 2022 will not be refunded. Sponsorships non-refundable.)

Register

Thank you for your interest in attending our upcoming conference, Executive Recruiting M&A Forum: Maximizing Equity Value,’ to be held on October 6, 2022 at the Harvard Club of New York. The half-day event will begin at 8:00am with continental breakfast, a mid-day Networking break along with very exciting presentations by top professionals in the sector.

We invite you to come learn how the executive search community is reimagining how they can fund their growth and expansion plans, raise capital and prepare for an expansion or exit strategy.


 

Price: $850

(Cancellation notice: any passes canceled after August 19th, 2022 will not be refunded. Sponsorships non-refundable.)